This is kind of old news as we have been back home for almost a week, but it should be recorded anyway because we had such a good time. We had a Mergenthaler family reunion in Park City and got to visit with Rick’s parents and siblings and their families. We also got to squeeze in some visiting with my parents on the way there and back and a half of a day at Lagoon with the Henstrom family and my brother.
The drive there was pretty nice without much more drama than the usual car fussiness and fighting.
We saw some beautiful landscapes and breathtaking skies throughout the trip. As much as I tried to capture the beauty on my little phone camera, the pictures really don’t do justice to the scale of the mountains or the intensity of color in the skies.
Maybe I’m just getting old, but one thing I don’t like about traveling is the food. Even though we try to pack our ice chest with healthy options and a few treats we enjoy, it seems that we still eat too many disgusting, greasy fast food options. It’s fun to be all together as a family and I do find myself grateful for less dishes and cleanup.
We liked spending an afternoon and evening at Lagoon with the Henstrom’s. We haven’t been to an amusement park with the kids for a couple of years, so it was fun to see who was excited about which rides. Brooklyn and Sean are pretty fearless. Makayla too.
This is our view from the Ferris wheel:
Brooklyn loved going on a ton of rides with her friend, Caroline.
Sometimes Gavin got in on the fun, but he always got a little nervous when the workers buckled him up and walked away. He liked the rides, but wanted me with him.
He cried all the way through this car ride with Brooklyn even though he kept trying to cut in line to get on the ride.
The actual reunion was lots of fun. Our first big event was traveling the Utah Olympic Park with the hopes that we would see Olympic athletes practicing ski jumps into the giant bubbling pool. We actually only saw some amateurs slide down the hill and hop into the water, but it was fun hanging with the kids.
There was a shopping trip:
I don’t actually like shopping and haven’t bought very many clothes or shoes for myself in a few years (excluding a few secondhand finds) but it’s still fun to hang out. And Emily found items worthy of purchase (she almost always does).
I loved playing Handball. And just visiting. I don’t have a lot of pictures because I was content to leave my phone in the house and not check it much.
I read scriptures out on the hammock on the last day and have a few pics from when the kids invaded my peace. Brooklyn looks up to her cousin, Kelsey even though Kelsey rather play with Sean. They look cute in their matching shirts.
I have a picture of the grandkids with Grandma and Grandpa:
As I said, it was a very nice trip. My life is enriched by all the good people we were able to visit. I was especially happy for the kids to be able to visit and play with their cousins–not just because they are family but because they are genuinely good kids who are also a lot of fun to be around. On the way home, I reflected on the influence all of these good people have on me and felt blessed by the many positive associations.