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Friday Night Photos: Cute Kids, New Friends, and Another Fun Time at Hires

The family tradition continues with Aunt Kalyn taking the kids to Hires!

It’s interesting how the most ordinary of events can turn into a family tradition.  Many of you who read my blog know I have a huge extended family, and for years my 39 nieces and nephews have been taking turns visiting Aunt Kalyn and eating at Hires.  Now there are a generation of great nieces and nephews (52 at last count!)  Many of them have also eaten at Hires with Aunt Kalyn just like their parents did.   I started this Hires tradition long before I ever heard of the South Beach Diet, and a Big H with onion rings from Hires is a real indulgence for me now, but don’t you agree that family traditions are more important than sticking to your diet every single day of your life?

This week I’ve been enjoying a visit from Ethan and Mitchell, my two youngest nephews.  We’ve had fun going school shopping, going out to eat, and going to The Clark Planetarium.   Yesterday we had a special day with cousins and new friends that included lunch at Hires and then going to Liberty Park where kids had fun splashing around in the Seven Canyons Fountain.

Ethan is introspective and thoughtful and doesn’t miss anything that’s going on.  He’s a voracious reader and has already read three chapter books while he’s been visiting.

Mitchell is outgoing and fun-loving and is ready to try anything.  He’s really good at making up the sofa bed in Aunt Kalyn’s office where the boys sleep when they’re visiting.

For this visit to Hires, the kids were joined by more cute kids belonging to my niece Kara.  Here’s Mitchel and Ethan with their second cousin Cooper in the middle.  Too bad these cousins don’t live closer to each other because they have so much fun together.

Aunt Kalyn was distracted at Hires and forgot to change the white balance in her camera, so this was the only shot that turned out of Cooper’s sisters Sophie and Quinn, both of whom are beautiful girls.  (Cooper, Sophie, and Quinn are grandkids of my sister Pam, who is understandably proud of them!)

And most fun of all was a chance to make new friends when two more cute boys belonging to my good friend Dara from Cookin’ Canuck joined us for lunch at Hires and the outing to Liberty Park.    Dara’s boys hit it off so well with Ethan and Mitchell that I predict lots more play dates coming up in the future!  (And if you haven’t seen Dara’s beautiful blog, do be sure to check it out.)
Other Visits to Hires:
Livi, Emma, and Ethan visit Hires with Aunt Kalyn in 2006
Livi, Emma, Ethan, and Mitchel visit Hires with Aunt Kalyn in 2008 
People at Hires know I’m a food blogger but they have never given me free food and have no idea I’m writing about visits to Hires on my blog.
If you live in Utah or have been here for a visit, have you eaten at Hires? If you’re a Hires fan we’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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    12 Comments on “Friday Night Photos: Cute Kids, New Friends, and Another Fun Time at Hires”

  1. Cate, it really is a good time. And of course, the Hires food is always fantastic (as long as you don't eat it too often!)

  2. I love little accidental traditions like this – looks like great fun!

  3. Thanks Pam; love you too!

  4. Yes, Kalyn is a wonderful aunt and most importantly a fantastic sister! Love you, K
    Thanks for the Hires trip.

  5. Shirley, I know that when you get to meet Dara, you will just love her. She's a good friend for me, and the kids really hit it off.

  6. Wow, Aunt Kalyn rules for sure! What fun for all of you! 🙂 They look and sound like such terrific kids, Kalyn. Happy you met up with Dara and her boys, too. It's never too early to introduce kids to the wonder of new friends. Dara's another great food blogger who I know I've seen at blogger conferences, but haven't actually met yet … one day soon, hopefully. Thanks for the fun post!


  7. Dara, it was a fantastic day. I was so pleased that the kids all got along so famously. Ethan and Mitchell are looking forward to the next time as well!

    Maris, thanks. Yes, it was really a great time.

    Lydia, I sure hope it will be a nice memory for them.

  8. Family traditions are the best, and years from now, these kids will remember their annual trips to Hires with Aunt Kalyn.

  9. The kids are all so beautiful. I think it is so awesome that you and Dara were able to bring the kids together and have so much fun!

  10. Kalyn, it was such a fun day! Thank you for introducing us to Hires and the fantastic water park at Liberty Park. My boys had a ball with your nephews and can't wait until the next play date.

  11. Nisrine, you're sweet. These kids are so well-behaved that it's a real pleasure to spoil them!

  12. Beautiful kids with sweet faces. They're sure lucky to have you as their aunt.