Friday, March 20, 2009

Our family road trip & celebrating Joshua Solo's birthday

Warning lot's of pics a head!
So we had a family wedding to go to in Arizona. Since Jetblue does not fly to Arizona from Salt Lake we decided to fly to Vegas to cut out some driving time and rent a car and drive from there the 4 or 5 hours to Phoenix. Since I have worked for Jetblue the last 6 years, my kids have been very spoiled. We have not really taken a road trip. We have flown everywhere we go. So as soon as we get in our rental minivan, my kids start asking, where's the TV and every 5 mins, they were asking when we would be there. It was very good for them to not have access to a Tv and to actually look outside at the scenery and enjoy the drive. Thank goodness it was only about a 5 hr drive. So after flying into Vegas we had lunch with my sister Tara and then we headed off to Phoenix.

Joshua was in the wedding party and here are a few pics of him in his tux.

We had to call in the size measurements and because we weren't able to do a fitting, when we got the tux, it was a tad small. It was okay though. I still think he looked very handsome. The wedding was on Sat 3/14 which ended up being his birthday as well.

This is taken at the Mesa, AZ temple. That temple is beautiful. One of my favorites, I think.

This is a picture of all the groomsmen with the groom. It was a huge wedding party.

This is all the family for the wedding. It was a beautiful wedding.

In between the reception and the temple that morning we had some time to go back to our hotel and Lloyd took the kids swimming.

I was happy that Joshua was able to do something fun on his birthday. They had so much fun. The weather was beautiful in Phoenix. After the wedding reception that night we went to Baskin Robbins so Joshua could have a yummy birthday dessert. Can you say chocolate peanut butter? YUM!

So I mentioned we rented a minivan. It was awesome. Props to the minivans. We loved it. I am wanting to now trade in my suburban. It was so nice to pull in and out of parking spaces with ease.

We drove through Hoover dam.

The one sad thing about the trip is Milika was really sick. She had fever after fever and a runny nose and so it was hard to enjoy ourselves with her being sick.

They are building a new bridge over the Hoover Dam. It was crazy. If you can tell by my fabulous photography. The bridge is going to curve up very high off the ground. I can't wait to see it when it's done.

We drove from Phoenix back to Vegas on Sunday and we had dinner with my sister Tara. She was so sweet. She decorated her house and made a birthday cake for Joshua. He loved it. Thanks again Tara for doing that and making him feel special.

We ended the trip the next day with lunch at the park in Vegas.

Then flew home that evening. It was a great trip and fun to see family.
Oh and on a side note, just so I have this journaled. Joshua just finished his basketball season. I am a loser because I did not take one picture of him playing basketball. We took a video every game, but forgot about pictures. Anyways, he was in the Dimple Dell league and their team won the tournament and they were also in the AAU tournament that their team took 1st place in as well. They have a great team with some very talented boys. We hope to keep the same team together next year.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Viva Las Vegas

This past weekend I was able to take a trip to visit my sister Tara in Vegas. My other sister Cindy and her son Noah and me and Siera flew out there Fri morning and came home Sunday night.

We had such a great time. This is us goofing around, playing American Idol on X-Box. Siera and Noah really had fun karaokeing too.

We went to the Mandalay Bay and saw the shark exhibit that they have there. It was really great. The kids all really loved this too. Siera pretending she is underwater .

They have some really great parks in the area that my sister lives in. I love it there. It's far away from the strip and it's beautiful. When your there you don't even feel like your in Vegas.

The weather was gorgeous and it was so great to spend time with my sisters. We went and saw a chic flick together. He's just not that into you. We laughed and stayed up late talking, we ate horribly and had so much fun! I love them so much and are so glad that we have great times like these to look back on and enjoy. Also I feel so lucky to have such a fabulous husband that supports me and takes care of the kids while I go take some time for me. Especially this time, where I was able to take Siera, who does so much for us in babysitting and taking care of Milika. It was nice to be able to treat her and have some good mother daughter time as well.