After dropping Laurie off at the MTC we drove straight to vacation at my sister's family ranch in Star Valley, Wyoming. It was so wonderful to be with extended family and relax after the hectic pace of the last few weeks.
This year it was all about the grandchildren. Allison is old enough to really enjoy the ranch this year and being with her cousins is a top priority for her. She was able to use those red boots and lead the horse around the little corral.
Even Lizzie got into the action. This was a photo op, of course. But Lizzie flourished with the constant stimulation of family and cousins.
Jumping in the frigid lake is always a tradition. Of course not all of us venture out in that cold water but we love to watch. This year cousin Rex took the plunge.
Mason should have swam around to warm up. His expression shows the temp of the water.
The paddle boat is an easier way to play in the water. Shelbie took the kids out in turns to tour the
Jamie took advantage of the water. She's a bit braver than some of the lake goers.
Luke is Lizzie's favorite cousin. I think they had a really good time together sharing toys and interacting.
We had a pirate treasure hunt for the little cousins. Jamie took her turn playing pirate. Arrr.
Jens and Allison are best friend cousins. They even have matching boots. They were inseparable and wore themselves out each day with ranch fun. Now that we are home she keeps saying: "I want to go see Jens. Jens Please"
Thanks so much to my sister Michelle and her family for letting us play at the ranch. We loved it We miss everyone now. It was fun to unwind. I didn't even put a needle in my hand! I can't believe it. But it was time well spent.