Grandma & Grandpa Lifferth invited us to ride along with them on a very long road trip to Utah for tons of fun and to see Brent and Kaylie get married. It was awesome! Had to make a quick potty stop and grab some ice cream cones along the way. Thanks Grandma & Grandpa for the adventurous trip and all the help with my four kiddos.
On the way out to Utah, we stopped in Hays, Kansas for a few hours of rest and a great breakfast.
On our first day in Utah, Grandpa offered to hike up the mountain with my kids. He is truly amazing. He had just driven across the country and was completely exhausted, but that didn't stop him from creating some fun memories with the grandkids.
Enjoying the swing at Aunt Ya-Ya and Uncle Don's house.
Laura begged to hold Hally the whole time we were there. She just wanted to sit and snuggle as much as possible. Hally loved every second of it.
Cousin David meeting Hally for the first time.
Mikaela is the BEST! She had a makeover night with the girls, which is one of Brennley's most favorite things to do. Kaela even let Brenn put mascara on her. Kaela is so brave and super fun!
Lucy was really excited! Hahaha
These are the best parents ever! I can't believe how much they do.
This was McKay's most favorite thing to do in Utah. He would ask quite frequently if David would box with him. Then, if it they were eating, there was always a little competition on who would eat more and be stronger for their next fight.
*National Hot Dog Day* We celebrated by enjoying some delicious JDawgs in Provo.
They had free watermelon for the special day and I guess it was really juicy!
One of the funnest part about the trip was staying at Don & Laura's with the Zurawski Family. The kids got to play so much. The girls wanted to perform a mermaid dance for us. They are so cute!
Race Day! Pioneer Day! Shauna's Birthday!
For July 24th, we ran the Temple to Temple Run in Provo. We started at the original Provo Temple and slowly walked all the way to the brand new Provo Temple.
I loved being in Utah with my kids, but I really wish Pat could have been there too. I was quite emotional seeing so many memorable places. It was so cool to show these special places to our kids.
With all of these kids, we had to get creative on how to walk three miles. Thanks for all of the help guys!
The new Provo Temple. It is beautiful. Brennley said it looks like a castle.
On to the next activity for the day.....SHAUNA's Birthday Party! And, any party at Laura's house is no small ordeal! We had so much fun! Cotton candy all over, slip n slidin', bounce house, great food, water balloons, and most important, great family!
Uncle Don was so nice to take us for a ride in the Razor. McKay got to ride in the front and he was amazed. After this ride, McKay would come out the front door and stare at the Razor. He really enjoyed it.
Aunt Shauna gave the girls beautiful braids. She is so talented.
More Hally snuggles. This was such a fun filled day, we were all exhausted/
But wait.....we have a little energy left for some facials!
Uncle Don and Lucy. Lucy loved Uncle Don and would run and give him bug hugs every time she saw him,
We loved going to the Reservoir. This little lake a few miles from the Gages was so beautiful. It is surrounded by the beautiful Springville mountains and the kids loved playing in the sand for hours.
We spent a fun morning at BYU. Thanks Kaela for going with us to help out.
This was the exact bench I was sitting on when I saw Pat for the very first time! I was sitting there in flip flops waiting for Geology 101 when this tall return missionary came walking in ready for hiking. I had no idea we were hiking. But, we stuck together each week as we hiked around Utah. He loved my backpack full of snacks and I loved having a friend to chat with as we hiked.
This was the building where we met!
Enjoying some delicious BYU ice cream in the Wilkenson Center.
Wedding Day!! This was the main event of our trip, Brent and Kaylie's wedding. It was an amazing experience to be a part of the entire day's events. Our kids loved every minute of it. Kaela was brave enough to watch a ton of kids in Uncle Don & Aunt Laura's camper (Thanks Gages!!) while we went to the Temple.
Lots of beautiful girls.
I love to see the temple! I love any chance my children get to be at the temple. Brennley especially loved seeing Brent and Kaylie taking wedding pictures. She started talking about getting married someday and looking like a princess like Kaylie.
Lucy & Kaela
Lucy & McKay
Lucy LOVES Uncle Don!!! I absolutely love this picture. We sure love our Uncle Don!
The precious couple! Congrats Kaylie & Brent! Thanks for giving us an excuse to come out to Utah.
Exploring the Conference Center. I am so excited for General Conference this weekend!
Yummy dinner with the beautiful couple!
Super fun ending to an amazing day. Brennley, McKay, and Lucy danced the night away. We had an unforgettable trip to Utah. Thank you to all the many people who helped me survive 2 weeks with 4 kiddos. Thanks Gage family for opening your home to all of our craziness.