Monday, July 30, 2012

July 2012

4th of July was kinda sad for me.  I had to be in Tucson and Derek and the kids were in Peoria.  I was so happy that he still took them to see the fireworks.  Here is one of the pictures Ashley took on my camera.  Pretty good for her first time at doing firework pics which are very hard to get good ones of.
WARNING Lots of Pictures from our Peterson Family Reunion:
So this year we had part of our reunion at Zion's National Park.  We all did part or all of the Narrows hike and had a blast being together.  The ones that did it all did 16 miles, this included Debbie, Glenn, Derek, Devan, Becky, Micheal, and Bradley.  The rest of us went from the bottom up and went as far as we wanted depending on what children we had.  It was hiking on river rock and for the 16 milers it was not good when they got back.  We actually didn't know for a while if they were going to make it back because the trams end at a certain time and we hadn't heard from them by that time.  We were really worried due to the fact that Debbie has diabetes and held a family prayer with those of use that were back at the Motel.  We decided then no more extreme family reunions and our prayer was anwsered when they drove up 1 hour later to us. We then all drove to Provo to Debbie and Glenn's house to hang out more together and did our traditional adult/older kids chinese dinner.  We loved being together and building our family bonds.

Motel we stayed at near Zion's National Park
View outside of the Motel
Other Part of the Motel
Cabin we  had at the Motel
Wyatt at the Visitor Center at Zion's National Park
We were getting ready to hike the Narrows
Elora and Draelen at the start.
Kent, Wyatt, Elora, and me in the Narrows playing
Linda and the kids splashing each other in the narrows. 
Wyatt and Elora on the path to get to the Narrows river

Kent and Draelen at the river where we can walk up it
A normal pouting session for Wyatt.

These are the Narrow walls it was so beautiful and I'm so glad I got to see them.

Driving back to Provo we stopped and looked at Cedar Breaks.  They were amazing.
All the kids in the car on our way home back to AZ.

Tanis turned 13.  I can't believe I have a teenager, where did the time go and I really am not old enough for this.  He loves computer/video games and is a big superhero movie fan just like his dad. He asked for an Avengers cake so we found one for him.  He is Deacon's Quorum President and during the school year will have leadership positions also.  He really had come out of his shell this last year and we are very proud of him.