Wednesday, December 20, 2017

march: Braden fam reunion part uno

Once upon a time in March, baby Jett was blessed in Utah so my parents and brothers and families all gathered round and had such a fun quick reunion! 

Our first stop on Saturday morning was a way cool indoor trampoline/playground place with Grandpa:

Clyde and Will explored a bit with Chuck and Quinn while the rest of us mostly stuck to the kiddie zone area. Jack and Carma loved running around with cousins.

Chuck and I both got suckered into climbing through the (small! claustrophobia-inducing!) tunnels. I think he went through with Jack. I shot down my own kids' requests but finally gave in to a super cute Miko because who can say no to winning over a niece??

Quick photo ops! I don't get to be around my dad and brothers all together very often, so this was really really fun for me.

The slides were a big hit. I'll spare everyone the video of me going down with Miko on my lap, but rest assured that the loud squeal after hitting a bump came from the grown woman and not the preschooler haha:
And of course Uncle Cody cemented his place in the hearts of various nieces and nephews by taking them on repeated trips down the slide, including one attempt with Miko, Leila, Carma, AND Jack. Lots of giggles that time!

Quick attempt getting Grandpa and the oldest ten grandkids in a picture: 

Ha, we'll take it!

All that running around built up some pretty serious appetites so we headed over to BYU campus for some reminiscing and food. Carma and Miko were so so so cute in their matching braids and flowery skirts and held hands the whole walk and I just died:
We went to the Wilk, which is across the street from the Law building where I attended church every Sunday during my year at BYU! Our ward met from 2pm to 5pm which was kind of brutal but also meant that we walked back to Deseret Towers and got straight in line for dinner which worked ;).

We found lots of excellent food options and enjoyed a little bit more time together as we ate.
Carma enjoyed scamming Leila out of her ice cream haha. Such good little sharers though!

At this point we stole Grandma Pam away from her cute twin sister/good friend and college roommate Sandra! Sandra lives in Orem and has graciously housed my mama and various members of our family over the years when we've been there visiting. We love the Thornes!

We handed Will over to Grandma and caravanned over to a park near Sam's house to spend the evening. Clyde sought some peace and relaxation whilst surrounded by younger siblings and cousins:

Chuck explored the playground haha!

The hit of the evening was this random spinning device that Cody spun and spun and spun for the kids:

I love Carma's face in all of these pictures!

My cousin Janessa lives near the park as well, and came over to the park with a few of her cute kids which was really fun too - Mom and Cody talked to Janessa and we all loved watching Janessa's cute Hazel (just a few months younger than Carma) and her darling shenanigans :). Such a lovely evening! Almost enough to distract us from Quinn having 9 o'clock church the next morning AND losing an hour to daylight saving's time, grrrr.

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