What has been going on Part Two (again, lots of family photos - you have been warned)

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.

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Nedra said...

I'm so glad you had a chance to go to Michelle"s cabin in Star Valley and be with family right after taking Laurie to the MTC. I know how much you love it up there. A great vaca after all of the things you have had going on. And those red boots on Allison are the best!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

Very cool red boots! Looks like great family time together.

Thimbleanna said...

It looks like you all had a wonderful vacation Nanette. I'm thinking that next year, everyone needs red boots!!! ;-D

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh nothing like family! What a fun family you have, you are so blessed.

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Oh I so enjoyed seeing everyones happy faces and all the fun you had together.

Those are the days to remember and hold onto, when family are together.

Blessings to you and yours always sweet friend. :)

em's scrapbag said...

Love family get togethers. Looks like everyone one had fun!

Elaine/Muddling Through said...

How nice to have such a beautiful place to enjoy your family! Everyone looks truly happy and blessed. Glad you got some rest!

•stephanie• said...

that looks like a lovely place to spend time with family. how fun!

Lynn said...

It looks alike a terrific time. How blessed you are.

jan said...

I just can't believe how much Miss lizzie is growing. She is such a doll. And so sweet with luke!
And the other two with the red boots - ADORABLE!
I am so glad you had a good time!
xo jan@sewandsowfarm

donna said...

I am so glad you had a great time and got to relax a little. You are so blessed to have such a wonderful family.

Marie said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful family with us. I love to see the babies grow up. And yes I love your sewing too. thanks. Hugs, marie

AnnieO said...

That looks like a lot of great cousin time! Glad you all enjoyed the getaway. Lizzie looks adorable.