Sunday, August 24, 2014

Travel rules

I have rules when I travel. 
Don't stay anywhere there have been cats
Stay in a Marriott property if available
Fly with Wayne because he has the pts so he gets the perks
Take my own pillow
Don't sleep your vacation away.... You can sleep at home....or when you are dead. 
Take plenty of books to read
Wear good walking shoes 
Only eat at restaurants that we DON'T have in Utah.  This last one makes me sound bossy, particularly to the new members  of my family...Bre, Alex and Lexi .  Part of the joy of travel is food. So trying new places and new food makes me happy. 
I was reminded of my "rule" and how crazy it sounds as we travel in Michigan with Monson and Lexi.  Oh well. No Cracker Barrel for me!!

This is a Pastie from the best Pastie restaurant in Mackinaw city....can't get that in Utah!!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Laila's summer adventures

Laila was in BHS summer drama camp for teens. They put on  "The Little Mermaid "
Laila was Ursula's eel Flotsam and Jetsum with Heather Kofford. She was slithery good.  Lailas two favorite things about this experience: highschool friends and trying a new type of role. 

Wayne and Laila have been planning an overnighter / motorcycle  ride all summer. It finally happened this week. They rode to Park City, shopped, ate, saw "The Giver" , laughed , ate and rode some more. 

Daddy- daughter date 

Ogden Temple open house was with Gma Welch, Holly, and Mark and Jill Welch family.   
Laila also got to go to the UofU Fan Fest night. So much team spirit!!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

BearPa Challenge

Wayne did it!! His 200 mile, mostly uphill, bike challenge from Bearlake to Park City is just a memory now with only aches and pains and a bum that is finally un-numb to show for it.    He trained hard and he is definitely a climber on his bike.

 I did the first 50 around Bear Lake and then it wasn’t fun anymore, so I got in the car.   But Wayne just kept at it through hills and head winds.  It was impressive.   

We had a great time  biking with the Belnaps, Martins, Lakes and Lallis.   We borrowed Terry and Cyrrena’s suburban so we could all fit in just 2 cars. We got motel rooms in Bear Lake for the first night.  The reservations got mixed up so the Belnaps and us ended up in a nice condo instead.  It was so nice and the motel rooms were so “Bate’s Motel”  yucky that we didn’t dare tell the other 3 couples. 

We went and saw Juanito Bandito at the Pickleville playhouse.  We laughed and laughed and once again we have sayings and jokes that will carry us through til next summer….”You underestimate my awesomeness”…say this with a Spanglish accent. 

The weather was great… The first day I rode my  50, then joined the pit crew of the other wives.  We would go to the different bike rest stops to cheer and help with whatever the guys needed…  It was great to spend two days in a car with one of my besties Laura.  We have had busy summers so a lot to catch up on.   ON the top of the first canyon pass form Laketown into Randolph some how, we locked the keys in the Suburban and laughed and then spent the next hour trying to figure out how to get in and who could help us without driving keys up from Farmington…thank good ness a nice service guy out of Laketown helped us.  It’s crazy how easy it is to break into cars if you have the proper tools…kind of scary.
Scott Keller, Marcie, Wayne, Diane Lake, Bob Lake, Kevin Martin, Eric Belnap
We stayed in Evanstan in a nice Hampton hotel…which helped to "make up" for the first night.  The bikers came literally dragging in the first day, with crampy legs etc…wondering how they would ever do this again the next day.  It was Wayne’s first completed Century ride…which is a big deal….but he was going to do it again on Saturday.  After a nights sleep they were back on their bikes going from Evanston to the Mirror Lake Highway up the East Fork of the Bear River. 

  It really is just one big gradual climb for a bout 30 miles, then straight up Mt. Baldie to the summit of almost 11,000 feet.  I didn’t think Eric Belnap was going to survive…but he did.  Wayne was a biking machine.   He stayed up at the front of the pack and helped pull many riders in.   What a celebration!  We lunched at the top then it was still 50 more miles and one more canyon before getting into Park City.  

This ride was all to benefit the children at the Shriner’s hospital in SLC.  We ride for those who have disabilities and all money gathered in goes to get  modified bikes for the kids…some with hand cranks etc.  They had 3 bike recipients at the end of the ride and it was really teary.    IT was a great weekend… I’m thinking about riding more of it next year.  Wayne is not thinking about next year quite yet…it’s kind of like having a baby.  Once the memories of pain fade away, it’s time for another.  Wayne has now done two Century rides….Love this guy!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Black leotard

Wanee Welch Reunion!

What a wonderful extended Welch reunion we had this weekend.  It was from Thursday night til Sat at Noon and we had, off and on, 56 in attendance. We went up Big Cottonwood Canyon to two cabins that a family in Cyrrena and Terry’s ward own.  They were very generous to let us use these.  We were able to accommodate all of the sleepers quite nicely.  Cyrrena and Terry were in charge this year.  We got darling reunion shirts…purple like the grape juice with grape leaves that had each of the 9 siblings represented.
We hiked Donut falls.....even Holly. 

Played many card games, did minute to win it type games and laughed at each other, had a talent show, did some yard work service, enjoyed delicious food and presented a memories/gratitude book to Grandma Welch. 
Alfie's back, Becca, Laila, Alex, Abby
It’s always good to be together. We had Wayne, Melinda, Laila, Add, Bre, Alfie, Tru, Monson and Lexi representing our family. 
Wanee and Tami in the Shaving cream-cheese ball- shower cap throw.
Wayne with his orange-nylon on his head getting ready to knock some cups an elephant.
Laila pulled against 3 other nylon faced people...and won!
Melinda knocking the cups with the orange....making elephant noises helped.
We got chased out of the cabins and canyon earlier than we wanted to because of the Tour of Utah bike race that was using Big Cottonwood… so we had lunch in Wanee’s backyard to finish off the reunion. The big family announcement is Jane and Steve Shurtz have put their mission  papers in and will be receiving their call soon.  WOW

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Saltaire Photo Shoot

Add and Bre took Laila out to Saltair Tuesday night for a photo shoot in her dance costumes.  

They got some GORGEOUS shots…
Love the mood on  this one....
.....a beauty...
 ...but the conditons were less than ideal.  Laila had freshly shaven legs, so the time in the salt water made her cry…she came home with over 50 bug bites and she said the ground was always moving with was disgusting. It's hard being a model.
She said she will never go back there….Add and Bre will though even though their low rider car had a rock puncture their oil pan.  And they were locked in a state park because it was after dark. They had to be rescued by Wayne and by a tow truck….it was a costly mistake…but now they know to take bug spray and our truck next time.
Totally worth it. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014