Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Fall Vacations

October has come and gone, and even November has been replaced with December. Time truly does travel quickly when you are having fun, or extremely busy. We went to Oregon to visit my brother and his family in October and then spent the Thanksgiving holiday in Lamar, CO with Trav's family. It was a fun vacation and we got to get things in place for when we move there next summer. I love that I married into a family that can keep up with mine. There is never a dull moment between the Cox and Hall families. 

Antelope Island

Over October weekend our good friends Ryan and Meredith invited us out for an overnight excursion. We made it back just in time to listen to all the awesome conference talks. On the night we arrived, we barely made it through the gate before they closed it down at 7 p.m. Thank you Ryan for driving like a speed demon.

Taking down camp. It got so windy around 3 a.m., so Travis and Ryan had to get out to stake the tents down. Good job men. They were pretty proud of their manly accomplishment of providing for their women.

We didn't bring cups. Thank you washed out cream of mushroom soup can and....

Camelbak water bottle.

It was cold and we weren't aloud to have a fire, but it was a fun camping adventure.
We even had some roaming herds around our camp site. Thank you Antelope Island and buffalo preserve. Friends told us to watch out from Grumpy Pete or something. We may have passed him on our way out..... Just wanted to pass along the message. I think he's a charger.   


Happy Birthday to Mom, Amberly, and Chloe bug. Hilary made an awesome hot pink ladybug cake and we had a yummy dinner at New York Richie's. Italian in the country of Oregon is AMAZING!

Above Nick and Hil's house. Myself and the family were campaigning to Travis about moving there someday. Maybe he might......

We could get a good hunting dog like Lucy if we moved there. She hiked all the way to the top of the mountain behind the house with us.

We could see this.

And this. Travis told me he was tired of being in all the pictures.

Most of all we could have horses!

And more horses! This photo takes my breath away. These horses came out of no where. One second we were enjoying the scenery and the next, a horse was nudging me in the back.

I named this one Phillip like the horse from Beauty and the Beast.  I am pretty sure he was the same size, HUGE.

The best part about the whole trip was being with these munchkins and all the family. I miss them so so much. I would love to live near them, but Oregon is probably too far from Colorado and Trav's family. We both wouldn't like to be too far from them. Who knows where our permanent home will be. For now it is SLC and 8 months from now it will be Lamar, CO.


We left SLC on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. and arrived in Lamar of Wednesday morning at 4:15 a.m. Thank you Daniel for coming with us because I would not have been a great midnight driver. The first thing we did when we got into to town- check to see what time Daylight Doughnuts opened. The sign said 5:30, so we went to the house to catch some sleep. When the boys found out it opened at 5 a.m. they had no choice but to stay up a bit longer and be the first in line. They told me it would be historical because they had never been the first in line.

How did they convince me to come? I guess I had to be part of the historic moment too. And yes, we were first in line.

We took all the long johns.

Black Friday at Big R, the local cowboy store.

My Black Friday special. The women's boots were too big, so I got a nice pair of the little boy boots. They are adorable!

The 8 man division state championship courtesy of Grandpa Sim.  Those are pretty much the only bleachers other than one more small set next to us. Don't worry, we came prepared with camping chairs. I got to sit next to Grandpa Sim and he gave me a play by play for the whole game:)

We had such a good vacation and now we are counting down the days to Christmas vacation; Travis' comes sooner than mine, but at least I don't have to worry about finals anymore. Part of me misses my classes and learning about the latest research, but the other part is grateful not to pull late nights studying anymore. Thank you again to our family and the good times we had in Oregon and Lamar. We hope to see you again soon!

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