Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Utah will always and forever be my home. As much as I like traveling and being able to see different parts of the country, there is no place quite as amazing as Utah.

As soon as my plane touched down last Monday, I felt like I could finally breathe.....sort of...I was (and still am) battling a nasty chest cold.

First things first, we took Hayden out to get a new cowboy hat at Smith and Edwards. In the parking lot, they had a tank that Hayden was mesmerized with. He climbed up and down the stairs and checked everything out.

After we picked out a cowboy hat, it was on to the trains at the Union Station. Grandma climbed up on one train and Hayden yelled up to her, "Grandma! Be careful!"

Later that night, we met up with Josh and Cindy (my brother and sister-in-law) and their kids (Jesse, Bella, Brooklyn and Tayton) to let the buddies play.

Hayden and Jesse on safari

Wednesday, we rode Frontrunner with Sheryl (my cousin) and her kids (Eva, Katelyn and Colin) down to the Gateway for lunch and a little splashing in the fountain.

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Kyle (my brother) flew in late Wednesday night and by 8:00 am Thursday morning, Hayden and Kyle were best friends.

Thursday night, my mom and dad treated all of us to a concert. Darryl Worely!
What a freaking blast!

Man this dude is tall!

Mom and Dad in their roaring fifties!

Me and Hayden love this guy. Who wouldn't?

Friday we took family pictures and then we all went to dinner at our favorite steakhouse, Maddox. Yum!

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Saturday morning we had our wild and crazy Smith family reunion.

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Hayden and Jesse running around the sprinklers...these two had a blast together!

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Later that afternoon, we celebrated my Grandpa's 80th birthday!

Happy Birthday Grandpa Fred!

On our second to last day, we celebrated the blessing of my nephew Tayton. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of the adorable little guy, but here are his parents, Josh and Cindy.

Our very last day in Utah was spent mainly in the airport. It was quite the nightmare. Our flight was scheduled to leave at 12:50, but it was delayed due to bad weather in Baltimore. When our plane finally arrived at 2:30, we boarded. After sitting on the plane for 20 minutes, they de-boarded us, because they could not get the door to close. We waited for another plane to arrive. Because we waited so long, we were able to say another goodbye to Kyle. Our plane finally got off the ground at 5:00 and we touched down at almost midnight. It made for a long exhausting day.

We had a great trip. I wish I could fly home every other month. I want to say thanks to my mom for an awesome week. Hayden has been saying he misses Grandma and Grandpa ever since we touched down in Baltimore. I guess we'll just have to go back next month right? :)


Alison@Oopsey Daisy said...

I'm so glad you had a great trip home, Brandy! You deserve it! :) By the way, whenever we're in town, my uncle always treats us to dinner at Maddox Steak House in Brigham City. So fun! Just had to tell you that!! Cute pictures, my friend!

landofnyedom said...

Looks like you got some good family time. Sorry we missed seeing you. Hope you're feeling better!

randj said...

Looks like you all had so much fun! Sad that we missed you by only a couple days!

Delia said...

Maddox! Yum! I didn't know you would be visiting so close to me!

Glad you had a good trip. Looks like a blast.

Jocelyn said...

Yea for all the fun pictures! Thank you for sharing them with us! It sounds like you had an amazing time with your family!!!