So this is what our family picture will look like for the next month. We are excited to have Jake and Shay (or, "Jake and Shake" as Ryder so lovingly refers to them) visiting us from New Zealand. They were two of Jason's young men when he served as the president in our ward and they have spent the last 9 months earning enough money for this trip. We are excited to share a little slice of America with them. It's been cute to see the things they get excited about like red Solo cups, tumbleweeds, golf carts and electric can openers. And we love feeling that sense of home away from home when they're around, with their kiwi accents, phrases and boxes and boxes of NZ lollies they spoiled us with. Ryder has been especially excited to have them here, they've been patient with all his energy! He asked the other day if he can keep them forever. They flew into Salt Lake and we spent an afternoon touring around temple square.
We've been to the Conference center a few times, but never took the tour. It was interesting, but about an hour longer than Ryder's attention span. Hopefully the other kids got a little more out of it, if anything, when we watch General Conference next weekend they'll think it's cool that they were there.
It was cool to see and recognize all the paintings of the pictures the kids see in their little blue Book of Mormon.
When you ask a stranger to take your picture. So glad Shay's beanie and Ryder's hair spikes could join us for the family portrait.
I love this picture, Ryder is in heaven with these boys to wrestle.
I had to laugh when I look over at lunch and Jake is taking pictures and videoing his first taste of Chick fil a. Those waffle fries are definitely photo worthy!