Thursday, September 4, 2008

Back to Reality...

The Fall Trimester is in full swing now. Seth started up again on Tuesday. We decided that before that, though, we should take a little vacation. First, we headed out to my mom's in Queen Creek and spent a few days with her and my sister, Emily and her kids. From there we drove up to Taylor, AZ and spent almost a whole week with my dad at his house there. He has a house on an acre lot, with lots of room for Colton to run around on. It was great! No TV, no Internet, and minimal phone service - I don't think I could live like that all of the time, but it was great during that week. We read books and went for walks/runs and just enjoyed the beautiful scenery and weather. My dad cooked for us every night and even took us out to lunch a few times!

Here is my Dad and Colton outside of "El Rancho" in Snowflake.

My dad also watched Colton one morning so that Seth and I could go to the Snowflake Temple. We had such a great time there - so peaceful and relaxing! Colton, however, while we were gone ended up taking off his diaper and peeing all over the floor in front of the buyer of my dad's house! My dad just kept asking us, over and over that week, "How do you guys get anything done?" Our reply: "We don't!" Colton got out of his bath one night and this is how we found him:

"Naked Cowboy"

He LOVED wearing my dad's boots! We also learned on this trip that Colton has a new favorite movie. One night, before he went to bed we started watching a movie. Colton was so mesmerized by it. Here's how he looked for the next 30 - 45 min:

Can you guess which movie he's watching?

Here's a pic:

You might have to make it bigger, but it's "The Sound of Music" - He absolutely LOVED all of the singing! It just cracks us up how much he likes it!

We also went to the Taylor Cemetery to where many of my McCleve ancestors are buried.

Colton is giving his Great-Grandma Jerry a kiss! He really liked the cemetery - just like his mama!

After spending 6 days at my dad's we drove over to Hawley Lake for our annual Labor Day Family Outing. We spent 3 nights there. It rained a lot of the time, but we still had a blast eating as much as we could and laughing as hard as our stomachs could handle!

My niece Kinsley

Fishing with Grandpa - Colton just wanted to play in the tackle box
The sun finally broke through on our last morning. Here's a view from our Cabin.

Our annual family portrait on the stairs before we leave (ok Emily you have my permission to post that pic of me fishing in the rain!) We've promised ourselves that next year we're going to take this picture on the day we get there (this way we won't look so tired and bloated!)

(L to R) Front: Dad AKA Grandpa Mac. Second Row: Jillian, Maddie (hiding behind Grandpa) and Parker. Third Row: Stacey (pregnant with TWINS!) Marc, Austin (he didn't want to take the picture, can you tell?) Emily and Kinsley. Fourth Row" Jason, Me, Colton and Seth.

We got home late Monday night and were glad to be in our own home and in our own beds! BUT we had a GREAT time!


The Nunes' said...

I think Colton might just have a future performing in the streets of New York City... that is the cutest picture I have ever seen! You definitely have to save that one to show all of his dates! And don't worry, I'll just save your fishing picture for a special occasion!;) We loved being up there with you guys this weekend... can't wait until next year!

The Riding Family said...

How fun! That picture of Colton is absolutely hilarious! He does have impeccable timing with the tinkling, doesn't he? We need to start a Traeger family reunion. What do you think?

Nick and Maddy Winward said...

Love the boots! So funny! Sorry about school starting. It brings you closer to the end, right?

Wendy said...

Colton is definitely an adorable naked cowboy! So, reading... have you read Breaking Dawn? I'm assuming this is a silly question!

Dave and Tricia Folsom Family Fun said...

It looks like you guys had a fun family trip!

Tyler said...

I am happy that you guys were able to have such a fun time before school started!


james n mary said...

yay fellow naked baby parents!!! fox somehow has figured out how to book it on outta the clothes and diaper. ugh!