Tuesday, December 30, 2014


Over Christmas Break, we braved the snowy roads to drive to Utah, where we met up with my parents, Aunt Ninnie, Uncle Andrew, Aunt Lenora, and cousin Henry! It was a blast! I have a lot of other posts to catch up on all the fun we had, but had to start with what was the absolute highlight for J and M - visiting BYU! Talk about a blast from the past. Coop and I haven't been back to Utah since he graduated nearly 10 years ago. It was so weird! We were too old to be students but too young to have kids there. Just kinda some weird old wanna-bes! Ha! But It was super cool getting to show them around to our old haunts. 
We ate in the Wilk, then again at the Creamery, walked all around, played with the Eyring Science Center's cool gadgets, enjoyed Minerva Teichert's collected in the JSB, bought t-shirts (thanks Nana and Bopa!) and remembered the "good, ol' days" when we talked about getting married right there on that piece of grass. The kids enjoyed it way more than we would've ever thought!

Bean life science museum

We remembered having taken baby J to the Bean life museum before we left BYU. If memory serves, she was terrified of all the stuffed animals until she saw the butterflies. And then it was the happiest day of her short life. So naturally we wanted to terrify a whole slew of new kids!
Baby L wouldn't have even been a snack for that guy. And she was surprisingly unfazed. J and M's favorite display:
And Dude thought this bird was the most hilarious thing he'd ever seen. He could not stop this ridiculous laugh. That is until he turned his head and saw he was face-to-trunk with a giant elephant. He yelled, "WHA?" and froze. Love that kid. 
Zebras are such cool looking animals. G was slightly nervous. 
And seriously, the way they posed these guys was amazing. Really got dude's imagination going. The kid is obsessed with animals so he was basically in heaven. Almost as cool as if he could follow the Kratt brothers around!
Not so scared anymore. Just a ham. And a Cougar fan!
I know I'm a nerd but I just couldn't resist a staring contest with these guy. He looked so serious. The kids thought I was genius, which, of course, was the point.
And M with her all-time favorite animals.
Such a cool place! So glad we went!!