My parents came to visit, so we decided to explore a part of Utah none of us had been before.
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.
We already are making plans to check out some different areas of Grand Escalante.
Easter is one of my favorite holidays, I think because it's so low key and involves some of my most favorite foods (ham, jello eggs, & chocolate). And not to mention new beginnings and the resurrection. :)
I planned to do a few Family Home Evenings on why we celebrate Easter, but my current state kind of got in the way. Luckily the church released this awesome video, which we watched and talked about multiple times.
Gina and I organized our annual Neighborhood Egg Hunt. I swear every year the kids multiply.
4 Years Ago
Crazy, isn't it! Luckily I don't mind the crazy crowds...most days.
And could these 2 be any cuter? They've pretty much been bff's since they were 2.
Crew was in heaven...he'd find an egg, eat the candy and then move on to the next one.
Pretty sure they ate all their candy before we came inside. Which is the way I like it.
I was tempted Easter Morning to make them wait until after church to find their baskets, since we had church at 9:00. But, I realized that'd be pretty lame, so instead I just set my alarm for 30 min earlier than normal. Totally worth it.
The favorite candy this year...little chocolate bunny. Apparently the Easter Bunny had never brought them before.
We even had a few minutes to spare before church and got a few pictures snapped.
Easter Dinner is probably my favorite holiday meal...but due to my nausea and tendency to puke, I had to keep it simple. Meaning store bought dessert, no deviled eggs, only 2 flavors of Jello eggs, and Company Potatoes instead of mashed. The short cuts worked and I was mostly able to enjoy it. Plus, eating on the deck maybe it even better.
The poor kids didn't even get to dye easter eggs this year, but did they even ask or care? Nope. Thank goodness, because the last thing I needed was to feel mom guilt. :)
We weren't planning on doing the Alpine Slide or Alpine Coaster at The Park City Mountain Resort, as we didn't want to leave Crew out. But, once we showed Macey the Alpine Coaster online, she convinced us we had to go.
Paul took Miles on the Alpine Slide, since there was no way I was riding that ski lift up with him. Pretty sure I would of had a heart attack before we got to the top.
The first thing Miles said when he climbed off, was "Again!"
I then took Macey on the Alpine Coaster, since it pulls you up the mountain, vs. having to ride that ski lift.
Macey made me push the handles all the way down the whole time so we went as fast as possible! She loved it.
Macey of course ended the afternoon with dipping dots, which she happily shared with all of us.
So glad Paul suggested a trip, it made me feel like I wasn't letting summer slip us by! Best trip, with the coolest people I know.
We were trying to decide wether to get a condo just off of Main St. in Park City or Go with one in a ski resort. We decided we'd probably do more hiking than shopping, so we went with Westgate at The Canyons Ski Resort.
It was the right choice for us, because there was never a shortage of things going on right outside our resort!
This random ski lift bench was a favorite hang out.
There were always random events and activities going on in The Village, so they'd run some of their lifts to transport people to and from the parking lot down below. We of course loved riding them and waving to the follow passengers.
Trina came up to play one evening and we got to ride the lift down to a Farmer's Market. She was also kind enough to take our only family picture of the trip!
The most exciting part of our trip was when Macey and I got stuck in a torrential downpour while riding the lift. It involved lots of screaming, laughing and being totally soaked.
These pictures were taken right before it started pouring.
They do free concerts in the village on the weekends, so we of course had to check it out. There isn't much that beats free live music in the mountains.
Macey and Miles loved playing in the giant sandbox, eating good food, and performing their awesome dance moves.
We rode the Gondola up to the Red Pine Lodge one morning to do some hiking. Thank goodness it was totally enclosed, cause it was high and slightly scary.
From the end of the lift we hiked just less than 2 miles to Alpine Lake, which was pretty much just a man made pond. But, they had paddle boats and tables with umbrellas, so it made for a perfect destination. Miles was a trooper too and completed the longest hike of his 2 1/2 year life with little assistance from me. We told them it was good training for our trip to Disneyland next month. :)
Even though we don't ski, we sure do love the ski resorts in the summertime!
Don't worry I still have one more post to complete our vacation recap. :)