Sunday, April 19, 2009

Back it up

Rewind a few weeks back to General Conference weekend. The two foreign exchange students living with my parents this year and one of their exchange friends came down to see Vegas for a week. The girls we lovingly refer to as the "fes's" wandered the strip and spent money like it was going out of style. By the time the weekend had come, they were tapped out. So when we offered to take them with us to hang out in a cabin in Utah, they jumped on the chance to not bankrupt their parents further.

Our friends, the Larkins, invited us to spend the Conference weekend at their cabin in Pine Valley. The Stouts came as well, and both families arrived a few hours before we did. We had plans to watch talks while the kids enjoyed a little Spring air outside. Oh the best laid plans...
The sun was going down as we got closer to our destination. Then, the snow began to fall. And fall. And fall.

And before we knew it, the sun was gone and our tires were spinning. Jon and the three fes's got out into the snow (after one traded her flip flops for my tennis shoes) and we gave the best effort four girls and one guy can do to get the truck moving again but it wasn't happening. Jon trekked ahead to see how far away from the house we really were, luckily it wasn't too far. Now remember, I don't have shoes on at the point. So Jon took the fes's and Scarlet up to the house while Rhode and I chilled out in the truck.. in the snow... in the dark. I took this picture to commemorate what may have been, if horror movies really reflect reality, our last moments on earth.

But, the men came back to save us and we all made it to the cabin to thaw and refuel.

The next day, it finally hit me I had not packed for snow weather. Scarlet was begging me to go play outside. All I had for her was a light jacket, stretch pants, velcro open top shoes, a thin pair of cotton gloves and a scarf she had grabbed and stuffed into the bag. She had to wear my hat. I thought she wouldn't last more than a minute outside before she froze. Not so.

By the end of the weekend, most of the snow was gone. Hard to tell if it was because the sun came out and melted it or if Scarlet just ate it all.

We had a great time chatting, eating way too much food, listening to the prophets and apostles and occasionally checking on the kids.

And a true shout out needs to go to the three girls who cut their Vegas vacation short to be stuck in the snow with old people and loud kids. I laugh inside when they claim they had a good time... what good sports.


Samantha and Tyrel Ross said...

Sounds like a great weekend. How fun to get away and go to a cabin!!

Stacie said...

Not only does that sound like an adventure but a really fun one at that!

Peggy Dee said...

The FES's were so looking forward to the warmth of Las Vegas - at least they are getting their fill of winter weather this year! Thanks for having them. They really did have a good time!

karisadarling said...

Looks like you had a blast. I am really glad you didn't have a horror movie ending!

Scarlet looks like she loves snow as much as she loved that hot sauce at BJ's!

Stephanie Kay Moore said...

That looks like so much fun!

Angie Larkin said...

I just want you to know...I've done really well the last couple of weeks on my "diet"...but alas...the funeral potatoes were calling my name and I am digesting two large bowls of them as I write. Thanks a lot for ruining my weight loss plans with your wicked, wicked recipes.