Now that we have been home for a week, I figured it was time to post the rest of our pictures.
Long story short, we ended up in Vegas. Damn, no matter how many times I declare, "I will NEVER go to Vegas again!" I somehow keep ending up there. On Thursday morning we decided it would be a grand idea to make the three hour trip to Vegas with Ian and my dad. It was hot and sunny, a welcome reprieve from the cold rain in Duck Creek Village. However, we had the dog, so we needed a hotel that took big dogs...Motel 6 here we come. To the smallest room in the world. At least it was redecorated and clean.
We got to have dinner at Mandalay Bay with dad and then head to the Shark Reef Aquarium which was really spectacular. The kids went nuts for it.
However, I was one of those people I usually glare at and whisper under my breath about how children do NOT belong in casinos or Vegas at all for that matter. But there we were, two screaming and unruly kids, a a big stroller, and a diaper bag on the casino floor. It was so embarrassing! Then back to Motel 6 where Ev slept in the bathroom, in his Pack-N-Play, it was the only place it fit! Next morning was a breakfast with dad and then by lunchtime Ian was finished with his presentation and we were heading back to Utah.
We went straight to Zion and basked in a beautiful afternoon along the Virgin River. Hiking was pretty much out of the question since these two are obsessed with throwing rocks into water. So, that's what we did. Just enjoyed the river and the rocks.
Oh, and peed in the trees!
We grabbed a pizza from the Pizza and Noodle Company and headed next door to the elementary school playground for a picnic.
I can't think of a better playground view than this one.
We had some fun running, tackling, and wrestling. Trying to get out their energy before hopping back in the car!
Saturday was our last day of vacation and we stayed close to the cabin. Holden had a pretty bad cold and Ev gave her a great wake up call.
We went to Navajo Lake for more rock throwing
I love vacation Ian!!!!!
and Scoutie had a fun swim too!
The ride home was another pleasant surprise. This trip really threw our car hating kids into the fire. Total, over the course of one week, they spent about 40 hours in the car. We really broke them in! It was such a relaxing week. Just getting to spend time together was so nice. Having my dad along to get some quality time with the kids (and us) was wonderful.
Quotes of the Day
" Our lives...need the relief of where the pine flourishes and the jay still screams."
-Henry David Thoreau
"As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I’ll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm and the avalanche. I’ll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near to the heart of the world as I can.
"We haven't just inherited the earth from our forefathers, our society continues to borrow its endowments from our children."