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.
MARCH MADNESS ADVENTURES
We switched up our routine this month and found some new places to have adventures and explore.UTAH LAKE
While we have of course been to Utah Lake State Park before, we've always gone for some sort of event, so we hadn't actually explored.
So, exploring we did.
The highlight was finding some very cool rocks.
Ashley then introduced us to an area of Utah Lake that we had not been to before.
It was kid heaven. Mud, water, tall grass to hide in, a plank bridge and rocks.
And does anyone else's kids play The 3 Billy Goat Gruff every single time they cross a bridge on foot? Well, mine do. And I was a billy goat and the troll more times than I can count.
We loved this new place so much, we took Paul and M&M there the next Saturday.
I foresee many more explorations taking place here. HANGTIME
Michelle and I took the little kids to toddler time at Hangtime.
It was awesome. Michelle and I impressed our children with our skills. I was completely worn out. And it proved to me why I don't go when it's open to the public. YOGA WITH THE SHARKS
A highlight of the month for me was doing Yoga at the aquarium.
It was one of the best girls nights I have ever had. We got to do yoga outside the shark tank, then explore the entire aquarium kid free, and then dinner afterwards. DOUBLE DATE ANIMAL RIDING
Now, we have taken the kids to ride these animals at the mall, but this time it was an adult only double date.
It was amazing. We got some sweet video. We got lots of laughing in. And it's always nice to have a reminder to not take yourself too seriously. :) SCHOOL PROGRAMS
The 4th grade put on an awesome program about Utah's history.
Macey sang her little heart out and did a great job memorizing her lines. Love me a good elementary program.
We of course also frequented some of our favorite spring locations:BYUFARM COUNTRYTHE POND
loved all the snow on the mountains and these kids shocked us by actually playing and swimming in the freezing water.
Like every March, I also got myself a sweet tan/burn line from the many hours I spent sitting at the park with some of my favorite ladies.
I have also been sporting this sweet accessory at the park from time to time. Fanny Packs
are extremely useful. I've got all my necessities front and center while being hands free and not worrying about my phone falling out of my pocket. Plus, it's a good exercise for not worrying about what the other very stylish moms think. :) SOCCER
Spring soccer has started up again. Thus far we have not been lucky in the weather department. But Miles hasn't minded one bit.
We ventured out to Antelope Island before the bugs hit, that's 3 years in a row for us without any nightmarish bug stories.
We brought the O'Neals with us and the kids loved having friends to explore with.
Buffalo Point is one of my kids absolute favorite places to hike to.
There are few things they love more than rocks to climb and hide in.
Crew was quite happy this year that he could climb to all the same places as the big kids.
It was a bit stressful for me though. :)
And how cute are these little bffs?!?
Nailed another group selfie.
Then we ventured down to the Great Salt Lake.
I'd say it was a very successful month around here.
We had one last hurrah before school started (school started at 8:00am the morning after we got home).
It was an actual vacation, not just a "family trip". You get what I'm saying? That means it was actually relaxing and I only yelled and swore at the kids a few times. :)
We have decided that Holly is coming on all Navasard/Rensink vacation's from here on out. It was heaven having her there.
Weather was ideal, all kids but Ruby slept soundly, the lake was perfection, and the company was pretty good too.
We mostly hung out at the beach and played in the amazingly shallow water, as one should when visiting Bear Lake.
We did make a visit to the Minnetonka Caves, which were awesome. And well worth the 800+ stairs.
We also tried Bear Lake's "famous raspberry shakes". But, take my advice, always stick with chocolate.
And we of course explored the campground and took note of what spots we want next year.
We even got to play games once the kids went to bed. I can't remember a recent camping trip where I have had any energy left to play games at the end of the day. It was good for my soul.
The only real stress of the trip was getting the paddle boards from the rental place to our beach spot. Next year though, we'll have it down.
Back to real life after an amazing camping trip with some of our favorite people. And yes, we wake up looking this good.
4th of july
We started off the month with celebrating the 4th.
I've been wanting to do a neighborhood bike parade for years and this year I actually decided to go for it.
the kids and I of course had to paint shirts for the festivities.
The pre parade line up, listening to my extensive directions. :)
It was an absolute blast.
Everyone got so into it, which always makes it more fun.
Paul was an amazing drum major and made sure the kids kept a parade appropriate pace.
These kids could not of been cuter.
We of course had to have a post parade drink run.
On the actual 4th we took our water slide to Rensinks to play and eat.
Then it was back home to get ready for fireworkds with the neighbors.
It's always hard to pass the last hour before it's dark enough to start the real stuff.
We entertained them with the lame fountains.
The boys got all the ariels organized according their coolness factor.
And we did some dancing while waiting for the last of the light to leave.
I love the 4th of July!!!
I love June in Utah. No more school, temps are in the 80's and 90's, and the kids aren't annoying me yet.
And seriously, look at where we get to spend our afternoons.
We've spent lots of time just hanging out with our neighborhood friends, you know while everyone is still getting along.
Ashley organized a water balloon fight between a few families and it was highly entertaining.
Lots of time has also been spent with the Rensinks.
And it wouldn't be summer without a few visits to our desert beaches.
And hanging out at the pool.
And hiding out in the AC when needed.
We try to spend as much time out of the house as possible, because there tends to be lots of messes when these crazies are stuck inside for more than 15 min.
And meals are consumed as quickly as possible so kids can get back outside to play.
For my birthday Miles let me play Mario with him. :)
And we went to the splash pad and ate lots of treats to celebrate me getting older.
And they let me get a little shopping in. I figured I have now earned the right to wear a mumu whenever I want.
First month of summer, also means I attempt to do things like take them to the library.
One of the best parts of summer though, is having Macey home. She makes things, like taking all 4 kids to the doctors office, manageable.
yay, for summer!