Wednesday, August 26, 2009
We stayed about 30 minutes outside of Salt Lake City in a nice little motel room with a kitchenette. We dropped Tadd off at work each day so that we could have the van to drive around in. Directly across the street from Tadd's office there is a gorgeous park--Salt Lake and surrounding areas are quite family friendly, as I'm sure you can imagine. There were old growth trees, multiple play structures, a duck and goose pond (with a fence around it so that all the poop was contained and the geese couldn't chase and bite the kids) beautifully groomed baseball fields...and more. The kids had a blast playing there each day. We swam in the motel pool, ate fast food and spent a lot of time and money at the Super Target across the street. And I went sans camera. It was kind of nice. Also, Tadd took us into SLC Monday night and we enjoyed an amazing dinner at PF Chang's--which I've been craving for about a month. Whoo hoo! I know, I know, chains are not good, blah, blah, blah. But, no matter how many Chinese food restaurants I eat at, I just can't find one that I like better than PF Chang's. Mongolian beef, lo mein, spring rolls and hot ginger-peach tea....heavenly!
So, now we're home and feeling refreshed from a little get-away. It's good to go away from the house where I'm always falling into telling the kids "not now, mommy's working on and I can't play with you." I can't say that in the motel. We can go spend hours at the park. I can sit and read books without counting how many and looking at the clock every five minutes. I can go to the pool and swim until they are sick of it. You get the idea. It's great. And I didn't ruin it with feelings of guilt either. I enjoyed just soaking up the feeling of the "city" all around me. And now I'm back to my country home enjoying it as well. We'll fall back into routine, which I love, and have fun memories of our little get away. The best part? Not having to have Tadd be away from us for 3 days!
Oh yes, a few token pictures for all of you who skip my blabbing and just come here for pictures of the kids.
Friday, August 21, 2009
It's pretty hard to tell Lucas and Ezra apart in these photos since they both have blue bikes and red helmets. Lucas is the one with a white shirt and shorts and Ezra has a dark shirt and jeans.
Watching all the action from a safe distance. What a fun Saturday for all of us. Come back soon and use your jump Lucas and Uncle Nathan!
Oh, in case you need a little laugh...two days ago when I took Caroline in the bike trailer and Ezra and I went for a ride I decided to "hit the jump" on my way back to the garage. Oh my. I hit a little harder than I intended. The bike, the trailer, Caroline and I went bouncing across the yard as I tried valiantly to maintain control. We didn't crash, thank the Lord. But it was a good reminder that I'm pregnant and maybe now isn't a good time to learn how to hit a bike jump properly : )
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Last week Uncle Nathan, Aunt Megan and childrens came for a visit! Yah! We had lots of fun hanging out, breaking up fights, eating, breaking up fights, going out for bike rides, breaking up fights...you get the picture. 7 grandkids aged 5 and under all together sounds like a really fun idea...in theory. Actually, it really is fun--it's just busy fun. Someday we'll miss this phase, I'm told.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I'm glad we did it--but I'm also glad it's over!