We spent the last week on a much needed vacation with the family. It was
great. We went to St. George had a blast. Our kids' needs and likes have changed
a lot since we were there last, so our vacation was full of lots of new things.
Here's the highlights and some tips for having a fun, frugal summer vacation in
I made the kids pose for this picture of a "shoe tree." Don't know the story
behind it, but it was awesome to see hundreds of shoes signed by their previous
owners and hung on a random roadside tree.
We visited Zion Canyon. This is the hike to Weeping Rock. Water in a desert
is quite a sight. The hike's not long, but it is quite the incline.
I did make it to the top, which was a big accomplishment. $25 for a week long
pass to see Zion. They have a free shuttle that drops you off at several hikes
along the canyon, no road traffic is allowed to park and hike. The shuttles are
great and an easy way to travel with kids.
We also saw the Angel's Landing and the Court of the Patriarchs, pictured
We had a picnic at the Zions Lodge....
Then we stopped at a Trading Post around Rockville, UT. It had these cool replica
period buildings. If you look close you'll see the Virgin Bank and Virgin
We visited the
Ghost Town of Grafton. I know why no one lives there. It's hard to find without
GPS. It was worth the trip and their cemetery is humbling and peaceful. Truly a
And of course we practiced our swimming tricks. Thanks Grandma, Grandpa and
Uncle Richard & Aunt Elaine for the house. We had a great time.
Tips for traveling to St. George:
There's tons to see for free--the St. George Temple, Brigham Young's House,
Home--for those of you who are history/ religion buffs. There are also 3 splash
pads in Washington City (near St. G) or in Ancestor Square. There is also Sand
Hollow Rec Center--they charge, but my kids had a great time, so it's probably
There a tons on parks so make a picnic and go to the park. We played
volleyball and had lunch at local parks a few times and it was fun. Parks also
make great "potty breaks" along the trip. McDonald's has free mini ice cream cones at the
St. G location, or other inexpensive treats if you need a break.
The golden jewel of the trip was taking the girls and my nephew to Tuachan's
"Aladdin." If you haven't visited Tuachan, it should be on your bucket list. The
stage is set into the natural stone and dirt landscape. The actors were great,
and even signed autographs after the show and took pics with the guests. I have
some to post later. It was funny and well worth the ticket price. We will
definitely go again. This is not a cheap event and kids under 3 are not allowed,
but it is an amazing experience. (And no, they didn't pay me to say
We ran out of Play-Doh! The baby thought I was the worst Mom ever! Ok, so she didn't say that, but I could tell in her watery eyes, she wasn't happy. The Play-Doh "emergency" did not render me to jump in the car with all 5 kids to go to the store, so I hopped onto my Pintrest and found this recipe. It worked well, and best thing, each kid can make a couple of clumps, choose their own colors and THROW IT AWAY when they are done. No reusing, and germ infestations, not even a huge mess to clean up. I made them keep it on wax paper to reduce the mess.
I tried to post what we did yesterday to kick off our summer vacation, but the video didn't download all the way, and the Internet kept kicking my post out. Then I thought that if any of my kids want to run for office someday, maybe I should hold off posting. It's nothing risque, just a music video that will someday embarrass them.
We watched the Miss America pageant on Sunday. Our friend Kendyl Bell is Miss Utah. Although she didn't get far, she is amazing and is certainly a great role model for young girls. The pageant viewing "inspired" my girls to hold their own beauty pageant complete with music video. They were really funny and had choreographed moves, and they wanted me to post it, but this is my blog not theirs, so it was kismet that the uploading process didn't work out well.
In any case, we started off our Summer Vacation with said video, some friends, a trip to Chick Fil A for lunch, some homemade play-doh--recipe to come and a bit of math practice --cuz our times tables need some support during the summer. It was a rather busy day, but everyone had fun.
Day 2 brought on more friends and a relaxing afternoon watching "Hugo." I know it's been out for awhile, but truly a beautiful story, family friendly, and amazing cinematography. Highly recommended.
Until tomorrow's adventure....making more memories.