Miranda, Bella & I got to go with my Mom to Utah a few weeks ago. We went to take my brother his BBQ pit that he had bought in Texas. So, we benefited from the trip by visiting with all the family and having lots of fun. While we were there, only a couple days into our supposed five day stay, my Mom's van broke down and couldn't be repaired for over a week. So, instead of being gone for one week, we were gone for two. We made the most of it and had lots and lots of fun with our Utah cousins. We stayed at Phil and Leanne's house in Springville. Here is a bit of a photo journal of some of our activities.
On the way, we stopped at Wilson Arch, near Moab, UT. We attempted to climb, the best we could in flip flops, and half way up Miranda decided (jokingly) that she had had enough....here is her tired of "hiking" look.
Then Bella joined her (it was really hot and she had lost her flip flops....ouch!). They thought they were too cool in their shades.
When we got there, Miranda and Katie were inseperable. Literally. They slept together, showered together, played, ate, you name it, they did it together. I love the bond that they have. They have been mailing each other letters since we got home. I love that they are BFF's, especially since my BFF is Katie's momma!
This is the view of the mountain outside Phil's kitchen window. Actually I was standing at the end of his driveway. Beautiful, isn't it?
On the morning of the 4th of July, we attended the Provo City parade. Here is me and my BFF (Leanne). We had a great time.
Miranda and I sitting and waiting for the parade to start. Miranda had a really good seat. She was right up front.
Spencer and Bella were best buddies the whole time. Here they are waving at the Provo Police (next pic). Bella had never been to a parade before. She LOVED it!
Here is the cop they were waving at.
Spencer, Bella, Katie, two of Katie's cousins, and Miranda watching all the festivities.
Here comes Bella's favorite part of the WHOLE parade...
...a huge Curious George balloon. She was SO excited!
Everytime a motorcycle came by, this is what Bella did....she even does this when you flush a toilet...she hates loud noises.
Miranda got a big kick out of the BYU Cougar mascot.
As well as all the huge balloons. I had never seen any like this in person. Only on TV for the Macy's parade at Thanksgiving time. This is Miranda watching Babar the Elephant.
And here is Underdog...the cartoon version.
After the parade, everyone was pooped out, except Bella and Ben. He had her laughing so hard. Good thing I had put her in pull-ups for the parade. They were so funny. (notice Miranda in the background?)
Katie, Spence, and Miranda were GONE within minutes of putting on their seatbelts.
Later in the afternoon, my bro set up slip n slides, and BBQ'd for the whole family. We had a bunch of people there. (I think he counted 70 or so-true Johnson fashion!)
Here is Miranda in all her sliding glory.
While the big kids were sliding, Bella was enjoying the pool all by herself (keep in mind that this was before everyone arrived).
We managed to snag a group photo of the kids that were there. It ended up being the oldest boy & oldest girl and the youngest boy & girl!
Phil (#14), Sue (#3), Arlo (#1), and me (#15) with my Mom sitting in front. Aren't we cute?!
Bella, her cousin Bethanie, cousin Keslee(sp.), and a friend all enjoying the slip n side.
Cousins having fun...Samara, Clayton, Bella, Keslee, and Bethanie in the background.
My nephew, Vinnie, me and my niece, Mindy (they are Samara's parents)...enjoying the BBQ and family fun.
Here is me and my niece Hollie Anne. Aren't we too cute?
Bella sure loved the sparklers. It kind of looks like she is going to burn Bethanie's leg...optical illusion! Ha Ha!
Here is the whole crowd watching the little bitty fireworks display.
Miranda, Katie and Spence doing their silly faces that I think they did in almost every picture.