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.
Darn You Instagram
I'm am currently EXTREMELY lazy. As a result of this laziness I have been posting pictures on instagram that I normally would post on my blog. Today I stopped mid instagram and decided to take the 10 min to do a blog post, so I can actually remember what life was like in March of 2013. Lucky you. :)
After Miles' joyous reunion with Macey at kindergarten pickup, he requested a picnic. I of course had to agree since we hit the mid 50's today, talk about a heat wave! Perfect weather for our first picnic of the year.Miles of course has a gun and is shooting who knows what.
Crew was not allowed on the blanket.
It was very reminiscent of Macey banning Miles from her picnic blanket too. Gives me hope that Miles and Crew will be friends someday.
M&M dined on lunchables and juice boxes, talk about lazy.
I laid there soaking up as much Vitamin D as possible. Crew spent his time checking out the grass and adjusting to the strange light in the sky.
Miles was also excited to show off his new found scootering skills. I was just happy he's improved enough to make it down the sidewalk without throwing his scooter and screaming at it.
These are the moments I love being a stay at mom. I'm not going to talk about how "you know what" broke out once we came inside. Luckily the warmth of the sun helped me to handle the situation without loosing complete control. :)
In other warm weather news, we were happy to go to Farm Country this week! And were very pleased to find out our Season Pass to Thanksgiving Point lets us have unlimited pony rides. Talk about awesome.
One last thing...
I was so proud of myself for getting all 3 kids ready for church by myself Sunday (Paul's been out of town), I had to document my success. They of course weren't cooperative, but they're so cute it doesn't really matter.
Besides, it's a small miracle I even got Miles to sit this close to Crew.
It's a New Year!
Everytime I have a baby I begin to feel claustrophobic and have the itch to move to a bigger house. This usually happens when winter rolls around and we are inside much more. This year was no different.
Adding the third kid to our little house and having 3 kids in one room has been making it feel like we might blow the seams on this house. I feel like we are over flowing everywhere.
So, since I really don't want to move, we just decided to do a bit of rearranging. It feels like a new house and I am once again content!
Here are some comparisons for you. And I of course forgot to take pictures before we started moving things around, so excuse the messes. :)
We took out the love seat to open it up, got a cozy fluffy rug, removed the chair rail, added a shoe organizer, and got a chair and pouf to replace the seating we took out.
Crazy the difference a little rearranging will do! We love having more room to play on the floor and there is now even room to have some of M&M's new christmas toys in the living room.
I have a few more places around the house to add some more storage and with that we might just be able to fit 4 kids in this house. ;)
Last year my children got the short end of the stick when it came to holiday festivities. November and December of 2011 were a blur of nausea and throwing up, I can barely remember anything about that time thanks to being pregnant with Crew.
This year we have some catching up and making up to do on all things holiday centered.
We started our advent calendar (didn't do one of these last year). It's a mixture of candy and activities. So far they have gotten their new ornaments for tree, written letters to santa, read christmas books, and of course eaten some candy. I'm loving this advent, it's so cute and easy. Pretty sure this one will be a keeper.
Since our Summer BINGO was such a hit, Macey thought we should do a winter one too. I like it cause it gives me ideas when my brain no longer seems to be functioning properly, like anytime after 2:00.
We saw the sweet lights at Thanksgiving Point. Miles kept asking if we were at Disneyland, or as he says it "Dis-knee-yand". It was just hilarious watching and listening to them, probably my favorite thing we have done so far. Plus, they had Santa's reindeer you could visit, Macey loved that.
We also went to the lights at Temple Square. It was extra nice to have Trina's house pretty much across the street this year, made it about a million times easier. Macey and Miles loved looking at all the different Nativities and Miles was of course obsessed with the blue lights. Crew was even awake this time and got to enjoy some of the festivities, when it wasn't too rainy or windy that is.
Since we pretty much missed the ball on teaching our children about the true meaning of Christmas last year due to me being curled up in a ball on the couch. We've been trying extra hard this year. For Family Home Evening
this week we read a picture book about Jesus' birth and then did a Nativity Scavenger hunt. It was a hit and we already have plans to play again tomorrow.
We of course had to make our annual trip to visit Santa and there were no tears this time! Macey asked for a Petshop Family, Miles asked for T-Rex and Jake Toys.
It's official we crammed more in this week than the entire holiday season last year!