Hi Folks! We've been to the....wait for it...CITY! Yep, with restaurants and traffic and shopping (by shopping I mean Target and Michael's). We decided to follow Tadd on a business trip this week. We left first thing Monday morning and got home this evening. As we were pulling out of our driveway Ezra informed us that he had to leave Ho-Ho-Ha at home because she was being naughty. Her parents came to stay with her while we were gone, he explained. For those of you who are wondering who Ho-Ho-Ha is, she's his imaginary wife. So, I got some alone time with my son--no imaginary daughter-in-law along for the drive.
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.