October Chapter 2: Fall Break
For fall break this year we headed south with all of northern utah, luckily most of Northern Utah was headed to St. George and not to our destination, so we missed the crazy traffic.
We scored another Yurt reservation and are in love with this style of "camping".
The heater was an added bonus in the morning too.
Our Yurt was in Deadhorse Point State Park.
There were amazing Mountain Bike trails right outside our door. Paul, Macey and Miles had a blast riding on them and it was all M&M wanted to do.
Waiting for my mountain bikers to come back.
We promised Crewby we'd be back to ride through the sand and on the slick rocks when they had bigger bikes.
We did let them explore the trails around our Yurt though.
Deadhorse State Park was amazing!
Spectacular views in every direction. And a 2,000 foot drop in every direction.
We got to watch the sunset, a safe distance back from the edge. Beautiful.
One of those moments I hope they remember.
And we found a mini pride rock.
Crew is rafiki and notice how Macey and Miles are bowing to baby Simba. :)
Lots of hiking and lots of view points.
My favorite hike of the trip was in the state park, Basin Overlook.
No one on the trail but us and we could get right to the edge of an amazing view point.
We planted the kids a safe distance from the edge with a snack and Paul and I went in for a closer look.
Really gets the blood flowing and I won't even get that close to the edge.
We spent a day in Canyonlands, which is just down the road, at the Island in the Sky section.
And for the first time all 4 kids actually completed their Jr. Ranger books and loved it! Usually they get bored and toss them in the garbage after 1 hike.
MESA ARCH was a huge hit.
We saw tons of wildlife and these kids were amazing at spotting lizards.
Overall I would say this was the kids best hiking trip we've had
I don't think anyone even complained about all the hiking. #miracle
Notice my hand in this picutre...I am sure I am telling Macey to stay away from the edge for about the 100th time.
Crew and I still held our spot in the back, but we weren't as far behind the other 4 as on other trips.
The cliffs weren't actually as stressful as I thought they'd be. It helped we weren't with other families, so our kids weren't running around and being crazier than normal. They stuck together and listened when we showed them which rock or bush they were not allowed to pass. :)
Paul and I ventured to the edge a few times. Terrifying looking over that edge and seeing the canyon floor 2,000 feet below.
I think the kids favorite hike was Whale Rock.
essentially you just follow a trail to this giant rock that looks like a whale and then you just get to run and explore all over.
Always an amazing view at snack time.
Turns out Ruby is a bit afraid of heights when she's tired, so I had to carry her around on the "whale" and back down to the trail.
This girl was in her element, no fear here.
Always have to dab when you're on an awesome trail and there are prickly pears around.
We live in an amazing place and I am so grateful we get to explore a small piece of it.
These are the things I want my kids to remember from their childhood. Not the stuff, but the adventures and the way they felt taking in these amazing places.
First camping trip
The first weekend of our summer, we saw our favorite camping spot was open, so we decided to be brave and take the kids.
Other than some wrestling, screaming and sleep refusal from the hours of 8:30-10:30 by these boys, it was actually a fairly pleasant experience.
The site has a perfect little spot to swim and play. We played lots of punch ball, boat racing, and volleyball in the creek.
We taught Macey and Miles the fine art of playing War.
and we also played may rounds of Go Fish.
We roasted hot dogs and made s'mores.
Went on a little hike.
These bug houses I got the kids were the biggest hit. They were catching and releasing bugs all day long.
Macey found about 50 rolly pollies on our hike! luckily she didn't want to take them from their families, so she made sure to release them before we loaded up into the car to go home.
Ruby was in her element camping.
Getting dirty, eating dirt, finding sticks, playing in the water, and constantly trying to visit her fellow campers.
I certainly questioned our sanity taking 4 small kids camping a few times, but it was well worth it. They've been begging to go camping again ever since.
Some of the pluses of our little town home are the non-existence of yard work and my ability to clean our limited living space during the week. This usually leaves us lots of time to play on the weekends.
This month I feel like we spent that free time very wisely.
-We took the kids to the indoor city pool.
The highlights were waiting to get dumped on by the bucket and the big water slide.
- We went to the zoo
for the first time in over a year. The kids couldn't of been more excited and it did not disappoint
Trina and TJ met us there, which made for a pretty amazing adult:kid ratio.
We lucked out and a worker was feeding the giraffes right next to us. Macey was in Giraffe heaven.
Ruby's favorite part was the carousel. She laughed and waved her arms in excitement the entire time. In normal Crew fashion, he cried about how he was scared until it started and then he loved it.
Ruby kept giving Crew hugs in the stroller and I tried not to die from the cuteness of it.
And, like always, all 4 kids poised perfect for a picture to remember our trip by. :)
- We ventured to Antelope Island
one Sunday after church. I've mostly only heard horror stories of the gnats, so we wanted to get there before it got too warm and they all hatched.
We even saw real bison, which was of course quite thrilling.
We ended up with pretty good timing, as on the drive to the island, there were black tornados of gnats on both sides of the road. But once we were on the island, we got to enjoy the awesome scenery nearly gnat free.
Our kids happy place is climbing around on rocks, so Buffalo Point was like heaven to them.
And notice Ruby's smile and arm flapping? This is what she does the entire time, she's a born hiker.
We've also been trying to get selfies of us at all the cool places we venture.
We're obviously naturals.
After about 45 min of climbing around, we had to pull them away to go check out the sand before it got dark.
The sand was crazy. While it wasn't technically "white sand"
it was both white and sandy, so we will call it white sand, even though it was more like salt sand.
I wish we had time to walk all the way to the water!
We then had to drag them away from playing in the sand prematurely too, as we had a long drive home and school in the morning.
- As this March proved to have nearly perfect weather, we had to venture out hiking again. This time to Little Cottonwood Canyon.
We ended up on Bells Canyon
Trail by mistake, but lucky for us, it proved to be a good mistake to make.
This was also Crew's first solo hiking day and he rocked it. He would not let anyone help or hold his hand, he kept yelling "let go of me! I do it myself!"
We then found Lisa Falls a
little further up the road and this proved to be the highlight of the day.
A waterfall, blue skys, a creek, and lots of rocks to climb on. Perfection.
Crew and I spent most of our time throwing one
rock into the creek. I threw the rock, Crew would find it and bring it back to me... repeat 1,000 times.
Can't wait to find a new (easy) place to hike this weekend.
Adventures > Netflix
With lots of kicking and screaming we made our kids part with their beloved Nextflix Saturday morning. They weren't too pleased with us, but luckily they actually ended up having fun, who would of thought?
First we went to a BYU taligate party. There was face painting, games, prizes, and of course J-Dawgs. I didn't get any pictures of Miles because he was too busy spilling water, cutting in line, and screaming. Typical.
And this would be Macey pouting that we had to leave, you never would of guessed that we had to force her to come.
Later that day we once again had to force our kids into the car in order to try out our new bike rack.
Macey rode her bike 4 miles along the Provo River Trail, she claims that she could of ridden much further if we would of let her. Although there were a few moments, heading up hill, where she was sure her legs were going to stop working. But, being the tough girl that she is, she kept pedaling.
These are the moments where I'm actually happy that my kids are getting older! And perhaps having to sit by Crew in the bike trailer will be motivation enough for Miles to learn to ride his bike. :)
And we are so awesome that we now have a family shoe:
Somedays I really just love it here.