Friday, July 24, 2015

Shakespeare Festival—Summer 2015

Ahhh, our yearly tradition of Bianca and me going to the Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City.

This year, we stopped in Santequin for our favorite scones at the Family Tree Restaurant (please remind me to only get ONE to share next year as they're way too big and with that honey butter, I try to eat it all). I always joke that their scones are larger than my first-born, so I guess it's apropo that that's where I eat with my firstborn.

We tried out a new B&B this year but it felt a lot like staying in someone's house so we probably won't stay there again. We love the Big Yellow Inn, so we'll try to book early next year.

We had tickets to see two plays: King Lear and The Taming of the Shrew, both in the theatre that's being replaced soon. Bianca and I took some pictures (there was a selfie contest and we won tickets so we're coming back in the fall!) of the theatre before it's gone.

We also went to see a movie (Papertowns) and ate out (a terrible Indian restaurant and then our Centro Pizza place that reminds us of Italy).

This time, we even went to the lecture the next morning in the trees and that was a ton of fun. I can't believe we've never done that before!!!

All in all, another great mother-daughter bonding weekend. Sometimes with all this teenager stuff, we don't get a chance to bond. Love these weekends!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Watters Family Reunion 2015

We have a family reunion every two years. This year, mom planned it for Bear Lake (only 3 hours from us!) for all of my siblings and our families to spend time together. Mom rented this really nice log house to stay in with a view of the lake. Oh, and we all got these great matching t-shirts. =)

With these matching t-shirts, we were ready for a family portrait that we haven't done in quite some time (yes, Bianca is missing but don't worry, she got a t-shirt).

The weather was surprisingly cold for July so we spent a lot of time inside (and even built a fire!) but also went hiking up into Winnetonka Cave, spent one day on the lake in boats (I'd elaborate but I think it's still a touchy story for those who were on the boat that broke down), and saw a play. Honestly, it was a relaxing weekend where we could all talk and spend time as a family.

(btw, those people in the last row are NOT part of the Watters family--hahaha)

Swimming in the lake

on the boat

We had little FHEs every night and took turns who taught (I did my lesson on talents). And mom had fun little crafts for each night.

I love spending time with my family!!! Bianca wasn't here because she's in Indiana, but it's also fun to see my kids playing with their cousins they don't get to see all that often.

Oh, and I think I forgot to mention the shakes. We had an excuse to get ice cream often, even with the cold weather.