Spring Break'in

May 15, 2017
Paul took 2 weeks off, with one of those weeks being over the kids spring break.  We took some time to play, Paul and Macey went to a tech conference in salt lake, and then Paul and I started our demo/remodel when the kids went back to school.  

Bryce Canyon/Kodachrome

Bryce was cold and muddy, but fun and beautiful as ever. 


We lost a few shoes in the mud and had a few slips, but all the mud dried by the end of the day and everyone we saw had dried mud covering their shoes and legs too. It was just part of the adventure. 


I am in awe of Byrce evertyime.  


kids were great hikers.






I really hope they remember all these adventures!





We camped at Kodachrome, which has turned into one of our favorite Utah places.  




Lots of exploring to do.  



Ruby just climbed right up this cliff without any trouble.  



The kids spent most of their time playing in this dry creek bed behind our campsite.  


Crew's is always the child who's legs get too tired.  I've gotten pretty good at carrying this beast of a child on my shoulders. 


and then we woke up to snow the next morning.  So, we packed up early and headed home.  Yes, I am wearing a beanie and 3 hoods.  Still cold and wet.  


enjoying a lovely camping breakfast.
Thank goodness for ipads in times like these.  Kept everyone busy and out of our way while we packed up in record time. I can't remember the last time my hands were so cold.  


Kids were so involved with their ipads we got to make a few stops along the way home. 





In the end it was all worth it and we eventually got everything dried out in our tiny backyard. 


Spring Break was pretty low key after that. 





We ate dinner in public.  Rare occasion, but it went fairly well.


Visited Thanksgiving Point


Pond with friends


And my porch constantly looked like this.



Paul took Macey to NG Conf in Salt Lake, where she again had the time of her life.  


The highlights were all the swag, swimming in the pool, eating all the awesome food and getting to meet the makers of her favorite Battle Bot, Witch Doctor. 


Miles is really hoping he can get things together to go next year. :)  


Tags: brycethanksgiving pointkodachromeng conf

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bryce Adventures

Apr 27, 2016
My parents came to visit, so we decided to explore a part of Utah none of us had been before.  

Byrce Canyon.  


Holy Crap.  Might be my new fav. National Park.


It was amazing to hike down into the canyon and see all the changes in the landscape.  




There were tons of places to climb around and play.



Crew liked to make his own Hoodoos every time we took a break. 


The kids were awesome hikers and there was actually very little complaining once we got started.  




And I could not stop taking pictures.  It was just too perfect.  




Even the hike back out wasn't too bad.  


And Raffy joined us for the first time.  He loved it.  And that is Thor's hammer behind my head, a favorite part of the hike for the boys.  



(it wasn't as cold as this picture makes it look.  Ruby would not allow Paul to put his hood down.)


The 2nd day we checked out The Grand Escalante Staircase at Kodachrome State Park.  



I think the kids liked this place even more than Byrce.  



There was barely anyone there and just open space to explore.  


They loved climbing and playing on the slick rock.  

 


One reason I love hiking is the kids can be as loud and crazy as safety allows. They get to be free and I don't have to stress about the glances of other moms wondering why I can't keep my kids under control. :)  


I think Ruby liked it better here too, as she didn't have to be in the hiking backpack quite as much.  



Crew was a little worn out, due to all the hiking the day before. So, on the last hike of the trip Pop-Pop and I had to take turns carrying him.  



To me it seemed like a mix of Bryce, Zion, and Arches.


Perfection.


 We already are making plans to check out some different areas of Grand Escalante.  

I really do love Utah. 




Tags: Brycenational parkgrand escalantehikingutahoutdoors
Holly
Take me with you next time, I won't wine I promise ;)
Nana
I loved it! So beautiful & fun. The kids did great. I am ready to check out more areas.
angie
Heaven! If you're going to hike, that's a pretty awesome spot to do it at. Super cool that your parents went with you.

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