Sunday, July 20, 2008

1812 Overture!

Friday night Mom, Dad, Granny, Uncle Don, Aunt Judy, Joseph, Bonnie, and I went up to Park City to meet Zach and Brian for dinner. Brian won a trip from his work and they were staying at a nice lodge there. We ate some delicious Thai food, the name of which I cannot pronounce or even remember. After dinner we went back to the lodge and played Rook. Joseph, Bonnie, and I stayed to play a game of Phase 10 after the others drove back to Provo, but we ended up stopping the game when it got late and everyone got sick of playing.

Saturday night Mom, Dad, Ashley, and I went right back up to Park City to attend the opening of the Deer Valley Music Festival. The Utah Symphony performed a variety of songs and it was a fantastic night of music. My favorites were the Olympic Fanfare and Theme, Piano Man, the Tribute to Elvis, and of course the 1812 Overture. They even had real cannons for the Overture.

With Dad at the lodge

Dad, Zach, and Joseph outside the lodge

Playing Rook

These are the cannons they used during the 1812 Overture. They may have been small but they were pretty loud.

If you pay $60 per ticket you can sit in the seats near the stage. Personally I think it's much more fun to lay out a blanket and watch the show picnic style.

Mom and Dad

The wheels on that cannon are original wheels from the Civil War. That man let Ashley and me come into the cannon area and he talked to us about the cannons.

He let me wear his hat too!

The four of us relaxing on our blankets. Everyone brings food and games. One group even had a blender (must have been battery-powered) to make martinis.

Keeping the sun off my face. Look at the kid next to me. That was me 15 years ago.

This particular cannon looked the best to me.

The only distraction was the gay couple sitting in front of us. They weren't shy.

Sunset at Deer Valley

During the Tribute to Elvis a lot of us got up and danced to the music. Mom decided it was a good time for a nap.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Family Reunion

Last week we finally had another family reunion. I don't remember having one for the past 10 or 15 years, so it was about time. Mom, Dad, Joseph and I drove the (approximately) nine hours out to Colorado Springs where we met Elizabeth and Dan, Sara and Jarem, and the rest of the extended family. My backside was so sore after the drive. I need more "padding" back there. We stayed at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort and had a great time with everyone for a few days. We swam in the pools, used the kayaks in the lake, played tennis, went rafting on the Colorado River, played Rook (of course), and ate good food. It was a great family reunion. Many thanks to Doug and Denise for putting it all together.

Granny talking to her posterity

Uncle Luther giving a presentation on finances

With the Zufelt gang

Paul and Zack decided to play dodgeball with the tennis equipment

Dad and Pete Sampras' equal
With the Zufelt boys on the lake
Our awesome family reunion t-shirts
Playing Rook
Other side of the Rook table

Dad playing tennis
One night we went to a place called the "Flying W Ranch" where we had a traditional cowboy dinner and a fun little concert afterward. They told us that cowboys call beans "whistle berries" because they make you "whistle". I caught Dad here praying that they won't make him whistle. After dinner I wanted to leave because I was full and a little tired, but I'm glad I didn't because the band that played was very entertaining.
Erika teaching the kids a story from the Book of Mormon
Look at that professional stance!

The two brothers

Anders had fun "yeehaaing" at the Flying W Ranch
With Paul and the Zufelts at Mimi's Cafe
The bear statue at the resort
On the Colorado River
Cowboy "Stop" sign