Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Lopez family visits

The past four weeks we've had Chris' mom, little brother, and sister staying with us from Mexico. It was a long trip, but we had some fun and memorable times. Unfortunately, I seem to be the worst picture taker ever. I did capture a few of the fun times. Some of the others I will just have to give a report on.

Amy, my sister-in-law, works at Creativity Art Studio so we were able to go in and all paint mugs. It was very fun. Everyone is quite artistic (except me :). Choco had to work, so he did not get to participate. Here are some pics of the artists at work:

Some of my favorite times were barbecuing, swimming, and playing volleyball at Amy and Jamir's. We ate some delicious food, enjoyed the refreshing water, played games in the pool, and had a lot of fun with volleyball. Even though I am not very good at volleyball, I had a great time. We laughed a lot and even got a little competitive.

Other fun activities included shopping (of course) and some painting. We bought some wood things and spent a bit of time painting and being crafty. It was great to spend time with Mama Lopez and Amy. The following pics: Amy painting her "Lopez", my wreath in progress, and Mama Lopez' sled.

We also went to the Manti Pageant. Mama Lopez was sick for a quite a few days which was a bummer. So, Choco, Kenia, Jair, and me took a trip to the pageant. I had never been before, so it was good to have the experience. It was fun. Pics: eating before the show and at the performance.

We watched Brave, which I just loved. I loved the scenery and of course her crazy red hair. Kenia and I watched the Katy Perry movie, which I enjoyed quite a bit. We had fun. I was glad she was here to go with me because I don't think that is what Choco would like to watch.

Mama Lopez was so great to cook a lot, so we enjoyed delicious Mexican food. We also made a few visits to the Golden Corral. The day the Chris' dad flew into Salt Lake, we ate at the Cheesecake Factory which is always delicious. It was an eventful dinner because Jair opened his mission call!! He is going to Oaxaca (in Mexico. Fun fact: it is where Nacho Libre was filmed). He leaves in November and is super excited. He will be a great missionary. He is kind of the go-to man for anything that we needed to be done: laundry, dishes, moving cars, etc. etc. He is very sweet and funny. We're excited for him.  

All and all we had some fun times. I must confess it is nice to have the house back to ourselves. Our basement apartment is not that spacious and seems to have been full to the brim the last month. It is nice to have some breathing room and also alone time. I feel like we're newlyweds again :). Speaking of which we are coming upon our one year anniversary!! Crazy how the year has flown by. We are still very happy and loving life together. So that is good news.

It was fun to have the in-laws here with us. I really do love them and am grateful to be a part of a wonderful family.