Cabin Fever! (in a good way)

28 Jul

We just got back from a fun weekend in Park City. Thanks to the generosity of our sister-in-law’s parents, there’s an amazing cabin up in the mountains occasionally at the disposal of the Mason clan. Patrick and I have fond memories of it. Our first stay there was for our honeymoon. After wedding festivities and a few nights on South Padre Island in balmy 75 degree December weather, we immediately flew to Utah for a reception and festivities up here. After the reception, which marked the end of basically a week of wedding fun, we came back to the house and immediately- and I mean in a matter of ten minutes- went from happy and healthy to coughing, headachey messes. We drove to the cabin in Park City the next day, which we had been looking forward to with visions of firelit evenings, snowboarding lessons, late-night snowmobiling through the mountains. Instead of relaxing in our romantic winter wonderland though, we spent the next few days snowed in, huddled under blankets on separate couches, surrounded by mountains of used Kleenex and cold medicine, watching the entire Star Wars trilogy, which we had received as a wedding gift. One night, I kicked Patrick out of bed because his coughing was keeping me awake.  Ah, memories.

Since then, we’ve spent a few more weekends up there, always with the entire family. It’s always tons of fun and we look forward to it. This time we had 3 more grandchildren and one more adult than ever before, bring it to a total of two grandparents, 8 adults, and 6 kids, 1 toddler, and 2 babies. Nevertheless, it never felt crowded and was tons of fun. Highlights include the family gathered around Rock Band on the Wii, with Nick melodically crooning Enter Sandman like a Broadway ingenue. As usual, some good stories came out, like the fact that Patrick and Christian were once both forced to wear t-shirts with flashing lights and a 9-volt battery attached to them.

Finn went swimming for his first time. We went to an awesome rec center with a huge pool, lazy river, and amusement park caliber slide. That is a good use of tax dollars, if you ask me. We held Finn and got into the water. He betrayed no surprise of confusion. He looked at our eager faces as if to say “what’s the big deal?” We put him in a floaty boat and pushed him around the pool. He seemed to enjoy it and started kicking his little legs to paddle himself along. Clever boy. My favorite part though was when I took him out, wrapped him in a huge plush towel, and cuddled him close. He’s so active, that he rarely sits still long enough to cuddle, so I really enjoyed it.

On Thursday, Finn hit his half-birthday. We celebrated the day before by taking him to the mall and getting portraits taken. I was impressed by the place, they did a great job. Finn was a peach. He laughed and smiled non-stop and the photographer was having a blast. I think she gets so many grumpy snotty kids, that Finn was a snap to work with. After the photos were printed, the other workers were asking who took them because they were amazed at how good they were. Here are a few samples. They’re off the e-mail the place sent, so they’re no very good quality (I guess they want me to buy the prints from them, rather than printing my own).

In a few days, we’re going to head to Yellowstone with Matt and Stacie and their three girls, who comprise the founding members of Finn’s fan club. We’ll be gone a few days and then leave Utah next Wednesday to head back to Texas for the last leg of our summer trip. Our time in the States really is flying by.

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3 Responses to “Cabin Fever! (in a good way)”

  1. mom July 29, 2008 at 4:17 am #

    Oh I can’t wait to pull out your six month photos to show Patrick when you get here! Finn’s smile looks exactly like yours! Except for the fact your red hair had a bit more curl to it – these pics could be you at six months!

  2. Jeff July 30, 2008 at 11:42 pm #

    Cute pictures! A happy kid really helps make good pictures. Now if we could just get Daughter the Elder to look at the camera. And smile nicely…

    Finding a good photographer is hard to find, especially for kids. And good kids photographers like to charge a lot, because they know parents (ahem, moms) and grandparents (ahem, grandmas) go crazy for those pictures. 🙂

    Luckily, we came across a photographer that does it for the art, and is willing to give you unlimited reproduction rights, ALL the photos on a CD, and retouch some of the photos for a reasonable rate. (make you own prints, post on-line, etc) In fact, she doesn’t even do prints. We used those photos for all of our parent’s Christmas gifts last year.

  3. Dre August 2, 2008 at 9:20 pm #

    Ahem. I do believe that Grandma Luisa and Grandma LeAnn were the original founding members of the Finn Fan Club.

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