(Part II) Family in Utah!

Ohhhh…looking over these pictures makes me smile.  I think that’s the whole point of capturing moments with photographs–so you can relive those special times as much as you’d like.  I’m pleasantly surprised at how many pictures we have of our time in Utah.

For about two weeks I was able to truly relax and take in the mountain scenery.  I met most of Nate’s family (the amount of Younkers rivals the size of my blended family–that’s a lot of people!).  And the amazing home-cooked food shall be highly noted.  Ok, and the heat, too.  It was HOT in mid-July

This morning in Los Angeles, it was finally cold enough (talking 52 degrees in the a.m.), that I actually wanted to stay nestled under the covers to keep warm.  Looking at these Utah pictures, I swear I can still feel hints of that 95 degree heat.  So, I’m welcoming this crisp, cool SoCal weather.

Our first evening in North Logan.  Views to the east and south…

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There was a BIG rock pile to be cleaned and used in the landscaping.  We earned those delicious home-cooked meals (Nate did anyway…someone had to take pics:) !

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Mountain sunsets…

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Mornings were usually spent enjoying the backyard…

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(like I said, Nate did most of the manual labor between the two of us)

We went for hikes with Nate’s dad Gordon.  He’s the best tour guide to have in these parts…

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(AND both Nate and Gordon found ticks on themselves after this hike!  This one was already burrowing into Gordon’s leg. Enough hiking for me!)

We relaxed by the pool…

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(I can’t resist the sleeping pics–you know that, Mandi)

Roasted s’mores in the backyard on many nights.  Bonfires are my favorite!

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Took a day trip to SLC (even hotter there–pushing 100 degrees)…

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We took another day trip, this time to Bear Lake.  My pictures don’t do it justice because I guess I don’t have any close ups of the lake itself, but it was a vibrant, clear, turquoise color that reminded me of Punta Cana and even Cancun!  To help you imagine the bright color of the lake, here’s Nate in the brightest outfit possible, ready for some fun in the sun:

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(Father/son four-wheelin’)

And we patiently awaited the arrival of this little guy!  Nate’s nephew Louis (look at those cheeks!):

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Uncle Nate is so fun!

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Louis’ dad (Nate’s oldest brother) Jarod…all the boys cooling off in the shade.

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Family gatherings and food!  Both so good.

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Gordon coordinated morning yoga classes and they came willingly!

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And I will never forget the tour of Grandpa Don’s museum.  In his basement he has war memorabilia, (dead) animals and a plethora of stories!

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(Silver Beaver Award is the highest honor in the Boy Scouts of America)

Planning a quick browse of the museum and it turned into a lengthy and entertaining history lesson.  Arms crossed because I wasn’t about to touch any animal tails, soft or not.

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A few more pictures of working around the yard, the landscaping and a final North Logan sunset.

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It’s hard to sum up this trip, but I have to try.  When you’re welcomed with open arms and treated like family (in the best way possible), it makes for a really difficult good-bye.

So much love and warmth.  Thank you, Gordon and Diane.

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