Monday, July 24, 2017


Sarah Richardson (now Reynolds) was one of my companions while serving my mission in Ecuador. She was one of the biggest blessing to me there, and still continues to be one of the dearest people in my life. She is "Richy" to me, and I am "Liggs" to her. We never call the other Sarah. :)

She lives in Texas now with her family, but came to UT for a few weeks to visit friends and family. She stayed with me for two nights before she headed off to another vacation. 
It was so good to see her and all of her kids! Over all these years, it's been wonderful to see her change as she became a wife and a mother, but nothing has changed about her as a friend. She is still has devoted, kind, thoughtful and charitable as ever. So we had a great time with her and her small family here!

We went to the Bean museum on BYU campus with all our littles. 

We stopped at the BYU bookstore and we all spent a good hour or so there....

Clara always falls asleep on Erwin's shoulders like this. No joke.

In Ecuador, mostly in the coast, there is a soup called Encebollado. It was one of my favorite dishes to eat while there, and I still have found memories finding a street vendor who sold it, and sitting down with everyone while savoring every bite. Richy has found a recipe to make it work here in the Unites States, and she and I went all over Utah county to different stores to find all the ingredients. When we did, she went right to work and made us Encebollado for dinner. 
I couldn't believe the nostalgia as we ate, and I felt so many different emotions come flooding back to me. Crazy how food and smells can transport you back to a different time. Sigh. It was delicious!!

To die for!
We took some to my dad. He loved it!

All the kids got along well and enjoyed laughing together. Sean especially made Clara laugh.

On Richy's last day here, she surprised me with a massage at the Orem college. We went bright and early and enjoyed our massages and the time alone as friends. Afterward, we got Kneaders for breakfast, and soon after, her husband came into town and they were off to their next adventure!
I love you Richy! Thank you for coming, and for being one of the best friends a girl could ask for.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

St. George getaway, day four! (and last day!)

Our last day in St. George was July 4th! The kids had painted cute matching shirts just for this day and wore them to the parade. (Great idea Cam!)
We all had no idea why the parade started at 7:30 in the morning, then we realized it might be because it is just too hot to do it any later. Ugh.
So we woke up by 6:30 and were out the door by 7:15 a.m.
We found a great spot with tons of shade and set up camp! The kids ended up sitting on the curb or standing in the road to see things better and get as much free candy as they could from everyone. Wahoo!
It was a nice parade, but it felt more like a car show to us, and nothing was super themed. Weird.
Afterward, there was a huge carnival and tons of games and booths set up, but we skipped all that and went right for the food at Black Bear Diner. YUM!

These two were always holding hands. :)

We love their shirts!

Erwin sat in the sun with the kids. What a trooper!

I'm totally that mom that makes sure that no other kids (ah hem. Referring to the group of girls in this picture) steal from him or block him from getting any candy. Watch out! Mama bear is here!

Someone walked around and handed out free little American flags.

I don't have any pictures from our time at Black Bear diner! But we all had breakfast food and enjoyed every single bite. 
After lunch, we did more shopping at the store to replace what we had used in the house, and get more snacks for the road trip home.

The kids watched movies while the adults packed and cleaned like crazy. 
Then it was time for us to go. :(
The Rivas family left first, while we stayed to finish laundry.  We all gave hugs and Wa'a cried when they drove away. Cami and I agreed it ended way too soon.

Leaving Bro Crebs' house! It was a blast there. 

We decided to join in on Wa'a's inability to open his eyes for the picture. :)

 The kids did well on the drive home, and we made one pit stop for food and gas. We got home around 8:30 that night, and went outside to get sparklers and end the 4th of July right! We had some neighbors who set off super high and big fireworks, so we got a little bit of our own show from our front porch. We were tired, hot, but oh-so-happy. It truly was such a fun and great trip, (and SO needed) and we couldn't have asked for better people to spend it with!