Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Labor Day Weekend

We spent the weekend with my family down in Payson for the Labor Day celebration. Friday night we all went to see "Beauty and the Beast" put on by Payson Community Theater. It was fantastic! I got to see a lot of my theater friends from previous shows that I have been in and it was so much fun! I have met some of the most wonderful people through PCT!

Saturday morning we got up bright and early to help my parents do some MAJOR yard work (a chainsaw was involved). There were some trees that needed to go, some bushes that were out of control and other things that just didn't look too good anymore. In a short period of time (with the many hands that were helping!) we had it all done!

Dad cutting down one of the apple trees

These kids know how to work!

It took 3 trips to the dump to clear everything out

Look at this beautiful picture! It's of my mom's grape arbor in her backyard.

That afternoon we went over to my friend, Carey's house to visit. She made one of my favorites - Thai Food!! Ooh, ah, yumm!! She is an excellent cook and how awesome is it that she made it all from SCRATCH!? Thanks so much Carey! We also played around on the piano and sang together - one of my favorite pastimes. Thanks to both of our husbands who wrestled with the kids so that she and I could visit and play!

Saturday evening (yes, we were just running from one thing to the next - but how else can you fit everything in?) we had a friend reunion out at the Trout Farm in Spring Lake. This is a group of friends I've been close to since high school. Somehow we've managed to stay in touch and actually get together 2-3 times a year. It was fun to see everyone again. (And no, I didn't eat any fish. Blech!)

Me, Matt and Shelby out at the Trout Farm

My friend Kate. It's been years since I've seen her and we had a great visit!

Brenda and I

Madi gets her pole ready!

Derek and his catch. I think he let this one go...

Monday we braved the weather to go to the big parade. We wore our jackets and packed our umbrellas. We thought that it would be enough.

But when we took a good long look at what was coming...

Shelby wasn't too sure that she wanted to see a wet parade

We made a dash for the car and just barely made it!

I can't remember the last time it rained on Labor Day. By the time the parade reached us, people were running for cover. Too bad. I was really hoping to get some candy...

We really had a great visit with my family. And as always, it was hard to leave.

Here are a couple of other fun pics from our trip.

Mom and Dad swinging in the backyard

Grandpa was playing with Shelby and she was pulling the funniest faces!

Grandpa and Shelby - they hung out a lot!


The Marlin's said...

You sure appreciate family time a lot more when you move away. Looks like you had fun.

Fitzwater Family said...

Your Dad looks great. Send him and your mom my love, and tell them to hang in there...
Did my meet any toads in the Ogden area?

ramsam said...

Looks so fun. I enjoyed Beauty and The Beast, too! I was supposed to be in the Alumni Float, but I left when I saw the storms. Alot of people stuck it out- but not me! I didn't feel good anyway, and spent my Labor Day in bed!

also known as shell said...

okay um you are freaking beautiful! sorry that has nothing to do with your post but I just had to say it.

Carey said...

Love Shelby's funny faces. I need pics of Shannon's wall art though!