After Graduation and our trip to Arizona for the funeral,
Diana had two weeks of summer school.
Finally we were free to fulfill our dream of getting out of Vegas and the heat.
Each summer we love to go up to Spanish Fork and hang with cousins and
pretty much avoid responsibility for as long as possible.
We have kind of developed a system for our drives to Utah.
We know where the best bathrooms are, and
where all the Cafe Rio's are located.
If we stop to eat in St George, we like to go to In-N-Out.
If it is Cedar City, then we usually go with Cafe Rio, although
Panda Express is right across the street.
If we need to eat in Beaver, Jack in the Box has great fry sauce.
Filmore has a Subway next to the gas station.
And we have been know to do some shopping at the Wal Mart in Cedar
if the need arises. (ie the CD player or DVD player needs replacing)
And of course we can't forget to mention the Cheese Factory in Beaver.
If we are not on a time constraint, we simply MUST stop there.
They have the best ice cream, cheese curds, and jewelry.
Who'd have thunk it, that you could find great priced jewelry at
the Beaver Cheese Factory.
But I wouldn't lie to you about a thing like that.
My most favoritest flavor of ice cream is Lemon Custard.
I had some there a couple of years ago, and it
took me right back to my youth at Baskin Robbins.
Oh how I love that Lemony creamy goodness in the form of a frozen confection.
The bad news to this addiction is that the Cheese Factory changes its flavors
as often as its underwear, and Lemon Custard is not always on the menu.
I know the horror and injustice, I tell you.
I have taken to calling the factory from the freeway to
inquire if they are selling my form of crack that day or not.
No Lemon Custard, not worth the 30 minute detour.
However, their phone number was tragically deleted from my phone a while back.
I was feeling in a hurry to get to Spanish Fork this day. The last few times I stopped without calling,
they didn't have the Lemon Custard, much to my despair.
I said to Diana, 'I bet they won't have it today. Let's not stop."
To which she replied, "Well don't you think we ought to just check it out".
I would like to think that her motives were to help satisfy my cravings, but I am
pretty sure she was just in it for the jewelry.
And so we stopped, and it was my LUCKY DAY because on this
glorious occasion they did have the Lemon Custard.
But they were out of waffle cones. Oh the misery.
It is just not the same without the waffle cone.
I contemplated stopping at the grocery store and purchasing my own,
but decided that was a little bit ridiculous.
So no waffle cone, but a double scoop of Lemon Custard - yes, please.
So after the squeaky cheese and the jewelry, it is kind of expensive ice cream.
But delicious none the less.
Finally we were on the road again.
And just after we passed Filmore there was a fire on the left side of the road.
Now of course being me, I just whipped out my phone and started clicking
pictures. Because surely there are no safety hazards to taking pictures
while driving, right?
It looked pretty intense over there.
Check out some of the shots I took:
Look how it was pretty black on the one side of the road and then just blue sky.
I don't think anyone was hurt, but it was not something I drive by everyday.
Finally we made it. We always receive quite the reception from my nieces and nephews.
It makes one feel rather special and loved.
One of the things we did while we were there was take a horse riding lesson from my sister's neighbor.
It was great and very thorough.
We also had a photo shot with one of my sisters friends.
Here is a shot of Diana and my nephew.
It was really hot that day and as incentive for smiling and cooperation
shaved ice was offered.
It was super yummy!
The girls hung out a ton and did things like dress up and make overs.
My nieces love to hang with Diana in the bathroom and watch her get ready.
My niece Megan.
We were pretty busy, but every now and then there was time for cuddling on the couch.
Or even a quick nap.
My nieces love to take pictures on my phone.
You never quite know what kind of picture will show up.
Lots of lovely pictures of home decor like this one:
Some of their brother:
Some self portraits:
Or cute ones of the sister:
Or the other sister:
Here's a great one of Diana. Don't tell her I posted this,
she is in that lovely 13 year old stage where she doesn't
want me to post about her.
But seriously, how gorgeous is this girl?
I am contemplating locking her in her room until she is 18, just so you know.
And look how instagram can take a messy toy room floor and make it look special.
I like this one a lot.
You may have already seen this one on facebook ,but it is to great to leave off of this post.
Lizzie is trying to shade Diana. Nice benefit to small children.
Of course there were trips to Macey's for ice cream and the bins of candy.
Here is a nice assortment of air heads. Sugar anyone?
Diana took this one of my nephew. Such a cute little kid.
And I love this shot as well.
We also went to Seven Peaks twice.
And planned the food for our upcoming family reunion.
I got my hair done, which is when I went blonde. I kind of love it.
Perhaps blondes do have more fun.
And we just generally hung out and had a great time.
The Forth of July happened in there somewhere, but it was kind of a non even for us.
I have to admit to having small panic attacks when I would think of all the things
needing to be done back in Vegas. This was only 3 weeks before Trent was due to come home.
It seemed a bit ridiculous to be sitting relaxing at a water park
when I needed to paint his room and clean out the junk
that had accumulated for the past two years.
I love Spanish Fork. If I can't move there, visiting often is the next best thing.
Overall we were very glad we went, and
sometimes mandatory relaxing is a good thing.