Mike & I had the best opportunity in the world... we got to go on the Gilbert Highland Stakes (East & West) Pioneer Trek. We were Ma & Pa Larsen for 3 days and we had a blast! It's taken me awhile to write this post for a number of reasons, but mainly because I didn't know how to summarize our experiences into a blogpost. So I'll do the best I can! We went at the end of May and we did a lot of prep work before we left. The Ma's in our ward all got together and made leather bracelets, journals, and the girls purses. We also had all the Ma & Pa's go to the temple together and fast for the kids in our families (we got to know beforehand). We had a blast and I seriously love the other Ma's. I miss seeing and talking with them so much, but so glad for the new friendships! My parents were sweet enough to watch Hadley for us and we loved knowing she is so loved and safe! Hadley also got to play with her cousins Parker & Hudson for one of the days, thanks Erin!! She loves her cousins!
We left for the trek bright and early on a Wednesday morning. We rode up in buses and once we got there our sweet Bishop announced the family assignments. The kids were all so excited and everyone quickly got started making our family flag and assembling the handcart.
|The Larsen Family - we loved ALL our kids!!|
|Look how happy they are!!|
|Don't you just love that face!|
|Loved watching this!|
|5 legged race??!!|
|My handsome studly husband!|
|Our amazing Bishop and the best Stake President!|
|Yes, my face is caked in dirt!|
|50 handcarts total!|
|500 youth and 200 leaders!|
|We made it to Zion!|
|Our Family names engraved on the Gilbert "Temple"|