|The floor in our car after a few hours. It only went downhill from here.
Monday and Tuesday were spent in the car. I revamped the kids' car bags after our summer trip so everyone would have their own. I was hoping to prevent things getting spilled all over the care but, that didn't work out so well. One great idea was to get cheap cookie sheets and magnetic shapes. The kids loved it and spent hours making pictures. I also bought slinkys at the dollar store. They were a great success. Spencer loved calling out when saw a train, windmills or cows. Thankfully there were a lot of those things. It kept him busy. The other kids did a pretty good job of playing together or just enjoying their stuff in their space. They traveled great, especially since we usually make a point of stopping and seeing things.
|Kids outside the tabernacle on Temple Square.
Wednesday we got up early and drove north of Salt Lake to a friend's house, where we dropped the kids off so we could attend a session at the Bountiful Temple. It was a beautiful day and a beautiful way to spend our morning. The temple is always a source of peace and comfort for me but that day it was especially so. We picked the kids up and then hurried back to hotel to drop the kids and Hyrum off for lunch, naps, and work.
Hannah and I headed to the Dodo for lunch with Charity and her bridesmaids, sisters, sister-in-law, mom and those soon to be related. It was fun to get to know Charity's side of the family. After lunch Hannah and I ran errands to places I can only go shop at in Utah--we had to check out the cooking store, Orson Gygi. Love it.
That evening we joined the two families for a pizza dinner and some fun to get to know Ian and Charity a bit better. They just glowed with excitement for their big day. The pizza was good, the company was better and it was just a fun night.
|View from the top of the Conference Center.
One of the biggest reasons we decided to take the kids with us was because of all the times we've been to Utah we had never visited Temple Square. This was one of the highlights of the whole trip. On Thursday, we arrived a couple of hours before the wedding and took a tour of the Conference Center. The kids loved it. They loved seeing the place we had just watched General Conference take place in. We saw several wedding pictures taking place on the grounds of the temple and had wonderful opportunities to talk about why we strive to be sealed in the temple.
|Cousins at the Salt Lake Temple.
|The Happy Couple with the groom's nieces and nephews.
|Sillies at BYU
|Our family at the reception
|Most of the nieces and nephews, it's a big family.