Arriving in Salt Lake on November 22, 2013, Bob and I enjoyed our first night with Linley, Max and Elynor, while their parents were away celebrating the marriage of Jill's sister and husband. Chelsea and Thomas arrived from Texas early Saturday morning at about the time of Bobby and Jill's return, and Stephanie, Ben, Emma and Paige drove in later that afternoon. The party began with an ice skating adventure that afternoon, followed by a "Ladies' Night Out" to dinner and a play in Park City (while the guys, though outnumbered, managed the kiddos).
In what seems to be usual fashion, I got sick shortly thereafter and spent the next couple of days in bed while the rest of the family pursued various avenues of entertainment and fun together. The favorite activity seemed to be involving the kids in any kind of craft!
We rented a couple of places to stay up in Park City in order to relieve over crowding at Bobby and Jill's home. One morning, we divided into two teams and set out on a "Moose Hunt" down Historic Main Street. The idea was that the team who could take the most qualifying photos with one or more moose in them would win. Each photo had to include at least one adult and one child with "moose antlers", and additional points were awarded for including total strangers who would pose appropriately adorned with us. It was a fun way to see the town and create a few good laughs! We celebrated our successes with a treat at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.
One of our favorite activities was going snow tubing at a place called Gorgoza Park near Park City. With a conveyor belt that takes you half-way up the hill, and another lift that pulls you on your tube to the top of the hill, tubing is a whole lot more fun than it was when I was a kid! It was unseasonably warm and the snow was all man-made. I don't know who had more fun - Grandma and Grandpa or the grand kids?! Of course, we hate to admit it, but our horsing around (Ben) led to some nasty ice burns and bruises on Chelsea, as well as a few imposed restrictions on the lanes that day.
Black Friday shopping now begins on Thursday, so while the rest took off to go shopping, Linley, Emma, and Max, headed back up to Park City for an overnight adventure with Grandma, Grandpa, Chelsea and Thomas (THANKS Chelsea and Thomas!) That evening we decorated giant gingerbread men and let the kids play hide-and-seek until bedtime. The next day we took the kids to Monkey Mountain play place to expend a little extra energy.
Friday evening we had a mini-Christmas celebration, made ornament crafts, and opened a few of our Christmas gifts to each other. Then the girls entertained us with impromptu song and dance renditions. We've got some of granddaughters who love the limelight just like their mommy and daddy used to!
THANKS for making this all possible, Bob!