This year we spent Thanksgiving with Brian's family in Moab Utah. We had such a great time. How can you not have fun when your with people you love and we all love to stuff our faces.
We left the Valley at 5:30pm and arrived in Moab (driving) at 1:30am. I walked into the house and it was dead quiet with sleeping bodies all over breathing evenly. The only sound I heard was my father in law snoring loudly behind a closed door. We had Max with us and we didn't know where we were to sleep, so we set up camp in the Tucson (car). I slept great, I had the pad and the most sleeping room. Brian couldn't say the same, he was a little cramped. But poor Max, he had no idea what was going on or where he was, he ended up spending the night in the front seat inbetween the steering wheel and the seatback.
Thanksgiving Day was really fun. Our host Kim made the BEST pancakes I've ever tasted, with the best Buttermilk syrup. Once you've tasted this, you can never go back.
A little history: This family, with Kim's visionary talent and my father in law's architecture talent, took the old Moab theatre and renevated it. Those around them actually told them they were crazy. They had to clear out this old theatre that had been vandelized many times. They took out the old theatres seats and ceiling to floor drapery material (large spider webs and all) and cleared out the whole theatre. Then they lived in this theatre while they renovated it. They now have the last laugh after countless hours of sweat and work. Their house is something out of a magazine. It is beautiful, and very open and warm. I wish the pictures could show you the granduer of this house.
Left: From the back of the house looking to the front.
Right: Looking from the front of the house to the back.
It is tradition in the family after thanksgiving dinner to lay our very full bodies all over the place:-)
I have a great picture of a room full of bodies just laying all over, but for the 3rd day in a row, blogger won't upload the picture. So please use your imagination;-).
Friday this old horseman came by the house on his beautiful black horse (bareback) and gave a bunch of the little kids rides. He said he had a partnership with his horse and deminstrated this by scooting off the horse at the rump and then crawling between the horses legs. It was pretty cool.
Just outside of town there is a tall sand hill maybe 200 or 300 feet high where the kids would run up it and roll, scoot, sled, summersault, you name it down it. It was hilarious to watch these kids get so full of sand and loving it. Max (dog) had a great time dragging Brian up and down the hill. We couldn't let him off of his leash because it was too close to the main highway.
After we left the sand hill we went to this stream not too far from their house. Max had the time of his life running all over, up and down the rocks and into the stream which was more like a river with rapids. He scared his dad half to death.
We had a great time and are glad we went. On the way home it was light and we got to see all the beautiful senery in Monument Valley and even got a great picture of the road/mountains where Forest Gump did his running and stopped and said "I'm pretty tired, guess I'll go home now."
We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and were able to spend it with family or friends.
We are anxiously waiting for referrals to arrive, so we can see the face of our beautiful girl.