Alska din familj! (Swedish translation: Love the Family!)

Hello Friends and Family!

Hope all is going well in your world! We have been pretty busy since last time I wrote but this page will get you caught up on some great happenings!

When last I was in the mood to write, Kenny and I were heading to Tucson, AZ, to celebrate the wedding of Sam and Debe’s daughter, Kayla. It was a great opportunity to see the cousins and their children, Kenny’s brothers and our sisters-in-law and enjoy the wonderful energy from the gathering of the family. The venue was Saguaro Buttes which is adjacent to Saguaro National Park so the backdrop for the ceremony was stunning. We all had a great time!

L to R – Graham, Matt, Kayla, Debe, Sam – seated Maddie and Shannon

The night prior to the wedding, Sam and Debe hosted the cousins (and their significant others) to an intimate dinner for all of us to spend some quality time together prior to the wedding festivities. It was a memorable wedding, reception, and time for all to gather together. What a wonderful, joyful event! Congratulations to Kayla and and her new husband on their marriage! Thank you for inviting us to join you!

Debe and Sam had this cake at the reunion – thirteen of us have this tattooed on various parts of our bodies – true story!

Prior to the wedding, we found some time to visit the gorgeous Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. As described on their website, the museum is a “fusion experience: zoo, botanical garden, art gallery, natural history museum, and aquarium.” It is an absolute gem and a “must-see” anytime you are anywhere near it. With the seasons, the whole terrain changes as do the wildlife sightings in the zoo areas.

One of the many amazing botanical gardens.
Kenny and I in the birds of prey exhibit

From the wedding, we took the RV quickly to Las Vegas in order to fly to Boston to attend the baby shower for our middle daughter (Nikki) and her husband (Dan). This is their first child and Logan William Pokora made his arrival on May 21. More later on this!

The shower was beautiful and was held at Arthur and Ilona’s (Dan’s parents) home in Plymouth, MA. On a clear day, from their roof, you can see to Provincetown on the Cape! There was lots of yummy food and desserts and Nikki and Dan received so many wonderful presents for the coming arrival of Logan. Thanks go out to all who made the journey to Plymouth and to Arthur and Ilona for all their hard work in preparation of this memorable event.

Nikki with Grammie trying to feel Logan kick
Ali and Zoe helping Nikki with Logan’s gifts
Ali and Nikki – btw Ali just got engaged!

Following the shower, Kenny and I headed back to Las Vegas to begin our journey to Bryce Canyon to start our WorkKamper positions at Bryce Valley KOA in Cannonville, Utah. We had a quick stop in Sedona, AZ, and were able to take in some nice little hikes, and visited the Arizona Copper Art Museum in Clarksdale (well worth a stop!).

Coconino National Forest – Sedona
Hiking Sedona
Arizona Copper Art Museum – over 5,000 works of copper art!

We arrived at the Bryce Valley Cannonville KOA and love our site which is our home until September 30! We are nestled within the scenic cliffs of Grand Staircase-Escalante and surrounded by daily and nightly beauty! The night sky here is breathtaking. Without the presence of light, the constellations provide a show for all to enjoy! Our team members are fun to work with, and the “work” is quite fun! We have guests from all over the world and all walks of life so we meet new people everyday!

When Logan arrived, the KOA team here picked up our hours to ensure that Kenny and I were able to travel to Framingham to meet our newest grandson!

Our home until Sept. 30
View from our living room window
Sunset from our campsite – BV KOA

It is so wonderful to hold a newborn again. Logan came into this world at 8.14 #, 20 inches, with a full head of dark hair! So adorable!!! Kenny and I were able to spend quality one-on-one time with Logan, Nikki, and Dan during the week we were there. The Sunday after we arrived, our oldest daughter (Zoe), her husband (Aaron), and one of our grandsons (Dylan) spent a great family fun day with us. We did miss our oldest grandson, (Tristan was sick) and, of course, our youngest daughter, Katie (lives in Hawaii). We played “putterball” and “cornhole” between periods of Logan sleep time.

Beautiful new Mommy, just after Logan’s birth
Proud Daddy upon arrival home
Grandpa holding his lastest Grandson
Grammie holding her latest Grandson
Top to bottom: Aaron, Dylan, Dan, Debbie, Kenny, Zoe, Nikki and Logan
Arthur, Ilona, Dan, Nikki and Logan

We had a great dinner and visit with Arthur and Ilona and they are as happy as we are with Logan arriving to join the family. It was great catching up with them while we visited. It was such a very special time for us and every minute was precious! We have been video chatting every few days to watch Logan grow since our return to Utah. Honestly, we could watch him all day. And, we are so proud to see what loving, relaxed, and attentive parents Nikki and Dan are.

Until next time, we raise glasses and toast:

To our newest grandson, Logan William Pokora! Welcome to this crazy world!

. . . and off he goes!