Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Picture update!

  After our vacation, I ran a 5K:
Robert & Camille & co. visited Utah for a week or so, and they came down to Provo to have dinner with us:
While the Provo temple was closed, we attended the Mt. Timpanogos temple:
We saw The Music Man. Thomas' former roommate was in the band:
I went to a couple of baby showers. While I was at one, Thomas and his dad went to a barbecue and got some neat pictures:
We tried escargots at home, which we found at Walmart of all places:
We spent part of a weekend at the cabin with Thomas' dad. Thomas and I had dinner at a local Mexican restaurant before going to the cabin for the night. The next day we spent some time at Cascade Springs.

After baking some molasses cookies to take to the party, we headed to Bountiful for a Bradshaw family get-together. We ended up taking a different route than usual, which provided some magnificent scenery.
Then, we spent the evening with all of these wonderful folks:
I was excited to learn that Thomas' aunt and uncle who hosted the party have a couple of apiaries in their backyard. Beekeeping is something I would love to try.
On our way home, we saw this beautiful sunset:
The following weekend, we both got a chance to see former roommates. My roommate Natalie came down to Provo and we ended up going to the Latin American festival that was happening on Center Street.
For Labor Day, since Thomas had to work, we got together at his work for brunch. I brought McDonald's breakfast and we ate together. After he got off work we went mini-golfing.
We've been keeping fairly busy with full-time work and our church callings. I was recently called as a counselor in the Relief Society presidency in our ward. Life is pretty good and we're in love :)


Monday, August 12, 2013

Bradshaw Family Reunion 2013, part 2

In our last post, you learned about our vacation to Washington. Let's pick up where we left off...

Our time in Washington came to a close, but our vacation continued with several days spent in Oregon.

We all traveled separately so that various families could run various errands. We stopped at the Portland temple for a sealing session on our way to Seaside, OR.

We then continued on to Seaside, where we would be staying in cabins at a resort campground:

It was an ideal setup-- each family had some privacy and independence, but we were all really close. We were also just a mile from the beach, and from the Seaside Promenade. The weather was nice but cool while we were there (a welcome break from Utah weather for sure!).

That evening we had an appreciated and delicious dinner thanks to the Petersons (Thomas' uncle, aunt, and cousin) who had arrived a day or two ahead of the rest of us. Then we helped get the families with kids settled into their cabins.

The next day, Saturday, we had a birthday party for Thomas' grandmother at the assisted living complex that she and Grandpa moved into recently. She is a lovely and very loved lady.

After church on Sunday, Thomas and I walked to the beach and along it.

Monday was a great day. I did my 30-minute run and was feeling awesome. Then we went swimming with all the kids at the campground pool. After getting cleaned up, we went to Astoria for family portraits. Then, since we were there, we stopped at the Astoria column and climbed all its stairs with all the kids.

After all that, we headed back for lunch and a smaller family birthday party for Grandma at the campground, complete with a gourmet chocolate cake, and an ice cream cake:

Oh, and lunch? Each family had a turn cooking a meal for the whole gang, and we ate together between 2 of the cabins on some picnic tables:

On Tuesday, Thomas and I went back down to the Promenade for a little while. We looked in a few shops, but mostly just enjoyed the day together. We did splurge on some fresh cotton candy from a special vending machine, however:

We skipped all the deep-fried stuff, though:

On Wednesday, we headed out after a yummy breakfast with Grandpa, Grandma, and Uncle Eric, Aunt Susanne, and Lovisa.

We attempted to navigate to a beach north of Seaside, but we couldn't quite figure out the roads so we gave up.

We stopped at a dam for a potty break and spent a few minutes watching the fish ladder:

We spent the night in Baker City and drove the rest of the way home on Thursday. We took a couple of minor detours to see LDS temples along the route that we hadn't seen before...

Twin Falls, Idaho:

And Brigham City, Utah:

There are fruit trees on the grounds of the Brigham City temple!

While at the Brigham City temple, we also checked out the Brigham City / Box Elder Tabernacle, just across the street:

Thomas even tried his hand at the organ:

We had a really great time and this post really doesn't do it justice. We enjoyed spending time with each other, with the Bradshaw family, and in a cooler climate. It's so fun to get away from the everyday routine!