Friday, July 29, 2011

Small Town 4th of July & Schuyler Family Reunion...

Our tradition since Todd's parents got their cabin is to go to Heber for the 4th of July.  It's such a great tradition, since it's just SO hot to stay in the valley for the 4th.  You realize just how many people are trying to get the heck out of here when you start the drive up the mountain and it seems like a slow crawl with all the traffic of people with their RV's, boats, trailers, and toys.  We decided to beat both the traffic, and the heat by driving up late Friday night, leaving after dinner.  Right outside of Forest Lakes, 15 minutes from Heber, we passed a lady who had pulled to the side of the road and had her hazard lights on.  She was waving at us to stop, so we flipped around, thinking maybe she had car trouble.  When we came back to the spot and turned around however, we realized that someone had veered off the road and flipped their car and it lay upside down about 500 feet from the road.  It had been so dark, that we didn't see it before.  A woman, and her sister and her 4 kids were traveling, and had been trying to avoid a deer.  She said she slammed on her brakes, and they locked up causing her to skid off the road and because it was a steep shoulder, it flipped a couple of times.  The lady was able to kick out a window of the car so they could get out.  Luckily, they were able to get all the kids out, and no one was hurt, except some cuts on their arms and legs from trying to get out of the car.  What a blessing seatbelts are!  They were all pretty shaken up, and the mom and sister were both trying to call loved ones to tell them what had happened, so Todd and I tried to help by finding the kids some shoes and blankets in the wreckage to keep them warm, and since the mom was trying to comfort her little 18 month old, I held her 3 year old to keep him calm until the ambulance got there.  All I could think about was how we were probably only 5 minutes behind this car, and how many little things kept us from leaving 5 minutes earlier.  Life is like that, minutes can sure make a difference between life and death.  When we got back to the car--we questioned all of our children on who had their seatbelts on--and sure enough, the 3 oldest had taken theirs off during the trip for one reason or another.  If that had been us, we could have gone from 6 crazy kids down to 3 in an instant.  What a sobering thought.  You can bet they got lectured on that fact for the next 30 minutes.  Powerful lesson.  Sometimes we learn so much more from seeing things than hearing them.  At least I hope they learned!

Heber was a lot of fun!  This year, we had a family reunion with Todd's mom's side of the family, the Schuyler family.  We were so happy to see them!  Most of their family lives in Utah or California, and we don't get to see them as much as the Allen family.  But most of Todd's memories growing up involve that side of the family, as they lived in Richfield, UT together, and had so much fun with their cousins.  It's amazing though, when you're family, you get together, and even if you haven't seen each other for 10 years, it takes 10 minutes to catch up, and you feel like you haven't missed a day. I love that.  Family is amazing!  We went to the parade, and had some fun programs and skit night, which is always a hit.  This year, we added water play in the afternoon, which was a lot of fun, and added some great pictures to the week!  We missed the fireworks, but with the forest fire this year that burned 500,000 acres of our forests in AZ (thanks to environmentalists for that), it was probably for the best.  It's just so dry this year, and they couldn't take a chance.  We missed it, but had a great time talking and catching up, and just being together.  We definitely need to get together more often!  Here are some great pictures...too many, as usual!












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