Saturday, July 26, 2008

Going Coconuts!

So tonight I fulfilled my childhood dream of seeing the Osmond's perform in concert. If you haven't heard the story, when the Osmond's were on their "Going Coconuts" tour (not the movie), they came to Wichita. My parents bought tickets for our family to go. I was so excited and then they dropped the bomb on me that they didn't buy me a ticket. I was staying home with Debbie & Daniel and a babysitter. I was devastated! I have never forgotten how sad I was that I wasn't able to attend.So, thanks to Stacia, DeLyn, Dianne & Diana - I went with many friends! I had emailed a few out of town people asking them to register for the free tickets, and man oh man did I hit the jackpot! I ended up with 24 tickets! I should have only ended up with 16, but they had a glitch and sent DeLyn 12 tickets (vs. 4) for the same section!
Donny & Marie sang a medley of some of their most famous songs.
Donny sang a tribute to his parents with a song he wrote while his 3rd son was on his mission.
The Mormon Tabernacle choir did an amazing job and even "rocked out" with Donny & Marie.
The brothers sang some great numbers as well.Marie sang "How Great Thou Art" and it was beautiful.
I was so happy that Darla & Jim were able to come. I was so fun sitting with them. Amy came with her 2 girls and 2 of their friends. LOVED IT LOVED IT LOVED IT!!! Thanks again for helping me get tickets!!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Happy Anniversary!

Sunday was our 8th anniversary. It was eight years ago that we spent nearly 3 weeks honeymooning in Spain. Maybe in another 25 years we can do that again!

Happy Anniversary Jeff - I love you!

Storybook Island

This was probably my favorite activity in South Dakota. We went on our last day there with just my Dad, DeLyn, Dianne. It has gotten so much better since I was little. It is free and will always be free. The girls were so excited they were literally running from one thing to the next and I had a hard time keeping up.Bella & The Cat in the Hat
Reed cannot get enough of those puppies!

Even the drinking fountains are cute! Reed's new fascination - cars. He now can make his way to the front seat

of the van and LOVES pushing, pulling and turning.

Back to my roots

The whale and Yogi Bear were two of my favorites when I was little.

Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater was DeLyn's. She and Bella are in the pumpkin shell.

Crazy Horse

So before going to Mt. Rushmore, we went to Crazy Horse. I personally was not a fan. First of all, it cost us $27 for our car to go through and you could see it before going in the gate. Second of all it wasn't even finished, not even close. Why did we go then you ask? Because we were the last car in our group to go through and couldn't not pay, everyone else was inside already.
I was so disappointed I didn't even take a photo of it. I had to scan this one off the pamphlet.
Mt. Rushmore was only $10 to go through, and was FINISHED! It only took 16 years to sculpt, and Crazy Horse has already taken 60. With that said, here are the photos.

This is what it is supposed to look like when completed. Perhaps in about a thousand years.

Mount Rushmore

A trip to South Dakota just would not be complete without seeing Mt. Rushmore. It is amazing and I absolutely love going there. We had dinner there and saw the lighting ceremony.

I love these cute cousins Jane, Bella, & Carter.

Family Shots

Here are some fun family shots we took while up there.

All 6 girls were in attendance, and the one of my four brothers that was able to make it. From left to right: DeLyn, Dianne, Darla, Dean, Dayna, myself, and Debbie (in front).

This and Dean & Debbie's cute family. The last time we saw them was in 2002, when Bella was just a couple of months old. We could not have been more excited that they were there. My adorable nieces and nephew are so sweet, well mannered, and I love them to pieces. It was great catching up with them and getting to know each other's children.Dayna, myself, DeLyn & Di getting "squeezed"!
I think Sofie hung out with her boy cousins a little too much - she got way too excited about this cap gun!My dad always says that when he holds a baby, they have to "just sit". He doesn't do the tossing in the air or playing around. The funny thing is that when he holds Reed, he just chills out and doesn't wiggle and squirm. I guess Reed was sitting still enough that Dad could fall asleep!
My cute Abraham family. I miss so much living close to them and seeing their little ones grow up. Bella could not have been happier than spending so much time with Jane. I also loved getting my "baby fix" by holding Baby Kate.

Orr Family Reunion 2008

The reason we went to South Dakota was for my dad's family reunion. He is one of 6 children, and they were all in attendance. There were a total of 115 of us in attendance. There were lots of great activites, food, and conversations with cousins and aunts and uncles. We had a great time.
Here are the "ORRiginal Orrs. From left to right: Dean, Duane (my dad), Vel, Jay, Ora Lee, and Larry.We had a photo shoot one morning and every family had a different color reunion shirt. Our's was light blue. Here's Mom with Jane, Sofie & Bella.
There were 7 out of the 10 kids in attendance from my immediate family. It was great to see everyone and spend time together. I just hope it's not another 14 years before we have another reunion for my dad's family!

If you haven't been to the "Black Hills", you need to put it on your "bucket list". It is such dense beautiful forest and the it's amazing what unadulterated air smells like. We had fabulous accommodations is a "cabin" that was more of a luxury home, including a hot tub and playhouse for the kids in back. There was a golf course on the property, as well as a lake for fishing. Jeff enjoyed running and fishing in the mornings. (I enjoyed sleeping in!)

As my brother-in-law Mike put it, the Orr's are famous for playing hard all day, and staying up all night. We did not go to bed until 2 or 3 every morning because we love to talk, laugh and reminisce. This would be why I've been SO tired since returning home.

Bear Country U.S.A.

So, between catching up on my sleep, doing laundry, cleaning house, grocery shopping, and celebrating the 24th today, I'm going to try and finish my vacation posts.

Our next stop was Bear Country. It's basically the best zoo ever invented for small children. You drive through it and so the kids can get out of their car seats and see all kinds of animals up close. They loved it. I loved not having to deal with a stroller or kids running wild!
At the end you can park the car and walk around a little bit to see the baby bears.

And we all got tattoos - even my mom!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Reptile Gardens

We had so much fun on our vacation. I will start with our trip to Reptile Gardens. The last time I went, I was about Bella's age. It was fun to relive my memories of the trip, and enjoy it with my children.

I have a photo of me riding a tortoise 30 years ago. We asked the attendant how old the three tortoises were, and come to find out, they are the same ones that were here then. You can't ride them now but the kids still thought it was great to get up close.

Some of the cousins with Aunt Debbie

Watch out for those snakes - they'll get ya when you least expect it!

This just looks so creepy to me. Thank goodness there was a fence in between us. FYI - they can't see directly in front or behind them. (Not that I would like to get close enough to them to put it to the test.)It cracked me up that Sofie was completely unfazed by petting the baby alligator. They had to put electrical tape around the mouth!

We had a ball!