Afterward we all went to Golden Corral- SOOO yummy! :) We had fun eating to our hearts' content! :)
Later that night, we went to my mom's house. It was my brother-in-law's 24th birthday (You're gettin' old man!) :)... My mom made an awesome dinner of "Cafe Rio" Pork Salad, and a yummy jello-poke cake! She's an amazing cook! :) We had fun playing Apples to Apples and making a lot of laughs! :)
The next day, we didn't really have much going on- so we gave my great-grandma Ilean a call and came over for lunch. Kellie, Connor and Scott all met up over there as well. My grandma made a delicious lunch (like usual). Scott decided to put on the record player and we started to look through some pictures my grandma had out. One thing led to another and we ended up going through her whole chest of old pictures and things. There were old newspaper clippings, and some of my grandma's old clothes. Baby clothes, documents and pictures from the war time and before. It was so awesome to look through and hear my grandma tell all of her old stories and her and my grandpa. I think it's a day that us kids will always look back on and remember!
We then headed back to Cedar since we had the Monday off and spent some more time with the Corry's. The next day, we got together some peeps and went to the church to play basketball. Everyone had a good time and it was fun to talk and have fun.
We were having so much fun and would have loved to stay longer than we did, but the weather was starting to get pretty bad and we knew we needed to get on the road. We decided to go through Springdale instead of over Cedar Mountain- hoping for better weather. We had just gotten through Zion National Park, when all of a sudden we realized we were overheating and had no power steering. Jeff and I are not really "car" people and had no idea what we were going to do. The kids were now awake and wanted out of their seats... But we were stuck in the middle of nowhere, on a dark night, in the middle of a snow storm. I started to kind of panic... and was trying to figure out the best way for all of us to stay warm enough. Amazingly... by an answer to prayer- we saw some headlights far off in the distance. We waited and realized they were coming our way. I tried to flag them down but they passed us... But luckily decided to turn around. It was a very nice couple from Boston who were headed down to Springdale for the night. The man had worked on cars a little bit and was trying to figure out what was wrong. We thanked them for the advice and decided to see if it worked as they watched us pull away. We started to go again, and realized that we were still overheating. The couple saw us pull over again, and came back over too us. The man said... "Ok... you guys have little kids. This isn't going to work. Let us give you a ride home." We were so Thankful! We couldn't believe that these total strangers were giving us a ride home- to a town that was going to be an hour out of their trip! We were so blessed with an answer to prayer and the generosity of this couple! We were also blessed with a great friend who was willing to go tow our van that very night (It was late!) before the snow piled up too high, and then fix it the next day. Thanks so much Bruce! We are very very thankful for wonderful people that were willing to help us! :)
We were also blessed with cute kids who had no idea what was going on, and were happy no matter what. :) (Dallin and Allison were both jumping up and down laughing)