Thursday, May 14, 2009


This week our family went to Cabo San Lucas on vacation. It was AWESOME! The wonderful thing about Cabo is that there is NO PRESSURE to do anything because there isn't much to do except soak up the sun and relax. This is the first time that Josh and I have traveled with our kids and it was great. They loved every moment and made the trip much more enjoyable for us. (Of course it was more work, but they were wonderful entertainment.) They were so good and willing to be obedient. They LOVED the beach and ocean and they spent countless hours in the pool.

This trip was the first trip in over ten years for my family, and we were all able to make it. My parents now have seven grandchildren. (Cathie, Keith and their three kids came from Alaska.) My parents are so fantastic with the kids.

The kids followed my mom around like a magnet. She had fun activities planned for them, and of course she had a candy drawer in her condo. Dad spent hours holding and taking care of the baby's.

Dad was willing to "sacrifice" and stay back in the shade and nap with the babies. I think he may have slept like a baby too.

The cousins had a wonderful time together. There is something really special about cousins!

Colter, Corbin, (Cathie's boy's) and Caleb (You may notice the C pattern, but is is not intentional. It does make things a little confusing.

Cara and Emi (Cathie's girl) couldn't get enough of each other. Emi is 15 months older than Cara, but when they are together they are best friends.

Andy and Daniel (Cody's boy. They are only four months apart in age. They will have fun growing up together.)

We adults had a fantastic time together too.

Cody (my only brother) and his wife Stephanie, Connie (the baby), Christie (who hooked us up with her condo's) and her boyfriend Jeff, Cathie and Keith, and Me and Josh. (Not pictured my parents and Aunt Merle who is also a part of our family.) It was amazing how well we all got along. It was wonderful!

Following are a few of my favorite pictures from the trip that show just a few of the things that we did. They are in no particular order so enjoy the randomness.

Andy was so good even though it was sometimes hot. He must like the taste of sand because he ate it every time we were on the beach.

We played cards at the condos, which by the way overlooked the pool and beach. This was an intense game of Old Maid.

We took a glass bottom boat to the famous Cabo Arch (notice over our shoulders).

This is the whole gang on the boat. In order to get onto the beach we had to bail off the front of the boat into the strong waves. I thought Merle and Stef were going to to be sick they were so nervous about it.

Josh took up rock balancing, and actually was quite good at it.

This was a tight van ride from the airport to the condo. We mostly took public transportation which was quite a scene with 19 gringos getting on the bus.

We went surfing and boogie boarding. The waves chewed up us amatures, but Keith and Jeff held their own. I would have ended up at the emergency room if we didn't have our own private RN with supplies to treat a foot full of rocks (sand).

We flew kites on the beach.

We searched for crabs.

We tried not to cook in the desert while we waited for the bus.

The kids waited for the waves to push them on their kick boards.

Cody barried the kids in the sand.

Connie served as "the other mother" and helped a ton with the kids. Sometimes she thinks she is their mother and I don't mind a bit.

Cody and the kids worked very hard at building a sand castle with sand that didn't really want to stick together.

We went to church. It reminded me of the first few months of my mission because I didn't understand much of it. I think that the Lord really blesses me with spiritual experiences when I go to church while on vacation. I highly recommend it. My most memorable church experiences have been from vacation.

The guys went deep sea fishing and caught us a mahi mahi dinner.

We took family pictures.

Thanks for all of the wonderful memories!


Erica said...

Looks like SOOOOO much fun! Your kids look so cute in all the pictures. And I must admit I love Andy's choice in swimwear ;) I'm so glad you guys had a good time.

Cathie said...

You are on the ball! I LOVE your post I esspecially LOVE LOVE LOVED being there with you all. I am a little emotional still (like when I read your blog), but I am doing better today. (I bought my airplane tickets today July 22 - Aug 4 - pencil me in!) What a GREAT vacation. Fun pictures - I need to look at mine and get them up!

Janes Family said...

What a great idea to take family pics in Cabo! They look awesome! I love the last pic. I love Cabo, the Arches are way cool. Glad you had a great time!

The Ravsten's said...

Looks like so much fun and everyone was kissed by the sun for sure. I love your family picture. It's awesome. Welcome home!

The Jensens said...

Looks like you guys had a great time. How special is that to be able to have your whole family go. I hope some day our whole family can do that. What a special time that will never be forgotten.

Andersons said...

What a fun trip! And I just want to jump through the computer screen and squeeze little Andy - can he get any cuter??

Karlenn said...

Oh my GOSH. What a gorgeous place. And what a blessing that you were all able to be there together. I would die and go to heaven to go to such a place with my sisters and their hubbies and kids. I love those family pictures you took. Picture-perfect.

misty said...

I love seeing your whole family together. So much of the fun I had as a child was with you and your family, so I pretended I was there with you.

sorichfamily said...

so fun! it was great to see how your family has grown! i just love them! and i love your family pictures...your kiddos are so cute and looking so grown up! hopefully we'll get to see you this summer! love ya!

Diane said...

What fun family pictures!

Jill said...

Carrie what cute family photo's. Looks like everyone was all smiles. Glad you got away and created such wonderful memories.

Jordan and Jodi said...

WOW--I LOVE the last family picture! Looks so great! You should frame it--if you haven't already! What a great idea for a trip & with the WHOLE family! And I loved the picture of your dad and the babies napping---another framable picture!