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Jun122013

Favorite Vacation of the Year!

Just about everyone in our family agrees—Lake Powell is the best vacation ever! And this year has to be one of the best of the best! I blog about our days on the lake every year, so I won’t bore you with many details (I’ve got lots of photos though!). . . I’ll just focus on what made this year stand out. 

The first thing that comes to mind—NO WIND! That’s a first! We almost always have a little wind, and sometimes we have quite a bit of wind, even to the point of being dangerous. Not this year! It was fabulous not to have to worry about the wind whipping up and creating problems; I know that’s always something that Sterling and the boys stress about, so we loved that this year wind didn’t even enter the picture.

Our grandchildren are getting older, which means a few things were different. While the menu items remain the same, the quantity sure did increase! I was amazed at how much food we went through—we’re definitely feeding some growing bodies.

Shanna and Jared and the twins didn’t come—we definitely missed them, but understood why they chose not to come. The twins are little but mobile—and fast! Two-year-old Makai was the youngest grandchild there, and we still had to keep our eyes on him, but watching one child is sure different than watching a dozen! The others were all old enough and good enough swimmers that, while we kept them in sight, we didn’t have to be nearly as vigilant as in years past.

Because the grandchildren are older, they were going pretty much all the time. There was always someone on a wave runner or in a boat pulling a water skier or bumbuster! Because of some healthy cousin competition, pretty much everyone got up on skis or took turns wake boarding—even some adults who in the past have pretty much been spectators got in the act!

It was hotter than normal, so we spent a LOT of time in the water! Even I got more sun and swimming in than normal—and I loved every minute of it!

The trip felt more relaxing, probably because of all the things I just mentioned! We enjoyed visiting, popping popcorn and watching movies in the evening, just relaxing and enjoying each others’ company. My only complaint? It ended way too soon! I’m already looking forward to next year. . .

   

 

 

 

 

 

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That area is so beautiful down there. My husband and I just returned from a week vacation in Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. This was our first time visiting.
June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Boyer
My maiden name was Powell. Looks like a nice place and also looks like you had a great time. Beautiful grandchildren. Where is Lake Powell located?
June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Powell Worlock
Looks like so much fun! What is the water temp? It must be so cold! Also, do you all fit on one houseboat?
I love the last picture, where all the grandkids are on their electronic devices! So funny! Lake Powell is just beautiful, but we must have our toys! (And in answer to Charlene's question about where is Lake Powell, it is in Southern Utah, right near the Utah/Arizona border.)
June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn Whittaker
Oh my gosh! The kids are getting so big! You have such a beautiful family. The scenery is breathtaking! Thanks for sharing your family vacation with us!
June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary Davidson
This looks amazing! the kids have grown so much. What wonderful memories you've made this summer. Love all the pictures....
Isn't it fun just being and doing nothing but enjoying each other. I love doing that!!
Thanks for sharing Shelli!
June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLee Conrey
Shelli, first of all, wow, breathtaking place! Then, such a charming place, such dear people needs not only "an eye" for those Kodak moments, but also as a good camera :) Which camera/lens do you have, Shelli?

(Upgrading my our gear soon and with all the possibilities out there, I'm asking EVERYBODY :) I hope you don't mind!)
June 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergitte
What a grand time! Love those smiles, all those legs and feet and iPads!!
June 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWendie Waldman
I love reading about your family events, Shelli! And I've been doing that since you started your blog and the grandkids were small. It's been fun watching them grow up! Thanks for sharing your lovely family with all of us. Kinda makes us feel like family, too!!
June 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJudi Carpenter
What fun I so wish I was in your family! You always seem to share the BEST of TIMES with us. Makes me think back to years ago when our family went Camping a lot. It was definitely the best of my memories of growing up. I am sure your grandchildren will thank you in years to come for making the BEST of Memories for them. I loved seeing all your beautiful pictures. Look forward to seeing you soon.
with love,
Debi Pippin
June 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDebi Pippin
I have been following a lot of your demonstrators blogs and no one has mentioned, as far as I have seen, the price mistake on the neutrals stamp pads as a set or the set of markers. They aren't the same price as they were last year. I hope when the number is entered on the order forms one doesn't actually pay $49.95 for stamp pads:} I'm not a demonstrator, just a happy customer who is very curious. By the way, I've really enjoyed the new catalog and can't wait to order new product. Thank you
June 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterfiddlinfan
Wow, wow, wow!!! This would be a DREAM of mine, to have everyone together on a lake for the week -- and you couldn't have a more beautiful setting :) Thanks for sharing.
June 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjennibell
How utterly relaxing and fun! Gorgeous photos as well. Thanks for sharing Shelli.
June 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStella MacKay
What a beautiful family !! :)
June 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTeresa Bartley
thank you for sharing the inside world of your family; the grandchildren are definitely gorgeous & must all have the same orthodontist, as they have *beautiful teeth*!
June 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSue
Hi Shelli! I am brand new to Stampin Up and I absolutely love it!! I have just read your blog about your vacation and I must say you have a beautiful family!! The photography is stunning! Everyone in my upline tells me how amazing and approachable you are! I can't wait to go to my first event and meet you myself... Thanks for sharing Shelli :)
June 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie Knapp

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