Saturday, May 30, 2009

The best days I ever have with the boys always end up with kids looking like this.

We took a quick vacation to Southern Utah to spend one day in Zion, my most favorite place on earth, and to visit with my brother and his great family. It was one of those perfect vacations. If anyone knows me, they know that vacation means gaining at least 2000 feet in elevation while biking or hiking, swimming in a desert swimming hole, and then finding some great food to eat. Well, because I don't want to be reported to child services, we skipped the elevation gain. We did get a great bike ride in with the kids in the bike trailer. Scott got a workout, because he was the puller. I rode beside whistling a tune and eating bon bons. We biked up Zion canyon, which, thanks to the shuttle system, was traffic free. We hiked up to Hidden Canyon, promising all the way that there would be sand for the boys. What ever motivates, right? After the hike, we played in the water. Then we biked to Springdale for ice cream. We ended up having Thai food and watching the shadows of one canyon wall climb up the other wall. The perfect time of day in the perfect place.
We drove back to my Nicki and Randall's home.... which is in itself a work of art. The next day we spent with family. We hiked to some lava flow tubes, swam in a great swimming pool in Vajo(tiny town 20 minutes out of St. George), and finished with dinner at Nicki and Randall's "to die for" restaurant. I am not bias when I say that Randall has a gift for food. I am so overly proud of Nicki and Randall and what they have created in "The Painted Pony".
All that day, we got to watch cute boys having cousin time. They sure get along well! It is pretty unbelievable. Hank and Sam were playing, whispering to each other, and mastering water guns at the pool. Slade was ordering poor Jack around, "Jack, look at the camera!" said while turning his head toward the camera. "Jack, keep going!" while trying to hike with him. Hopefully that is a little phase for Slade.
One of the best things about this trip is hearing Sam and Hank whispering in the car about something important. Also, how Slade took to his uncle Randall and became his shadow.
There is nothing like a trip to the desert!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I have been telling everyone I know about these dinosaur prints we saw while visiting Moab last month. They are amazing and just two miles off of the highway on a dirt road. So the directions are as follows; after turning off I-70 going towards Moab, look for mile post 149 or 159. It is the one that is by a big cell tower on the West side of the highway. Anyway right around that milepost look for a dirt road on the East side of the road. Turn off there. Cross the rail road. If there is a sign that says "dinosaur tracks" and an arrow, you are on the right road. Follow before mentioned sign. Go two miles. You will find a parking lot with an information sign. Park. Walk up trail. You will be so excited to see these prints. There is a plant eating dino trail and another three toed meat eater. I don't know their technical names and am way to lazy to get Hank's dinosaur book. So the pictures are of the boys and Scott checking them out. Cute huh?

Thursday, May 14, 2009

For Ben and Lydia

Ben and Lydia visited us a month ago. We had an incredible time here and in Moab. I can't tell you how great it was to have them here. They really treated the kids well. Thanks you guys!
Anyway, Ben and Lydia do a lot of Down Hill biking. We watched some great video of some pro "downhillers". This got to Hank and since then he has been more daring on his bike. He is searching out rough terrain and has also been practicing on the rocks out front.... thus the pictures.
This is a good example of the influence of aunts and uncles.
Thanks Ben and Lydia!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Bear

Hank was the bear in "The Bear Feels Sick". Oh, yes, you are not the first to hear about it. This mama was so proud, the girl at the Harmon's check out heard about it.... the guy at Home Depot got a play by play.... okay, maybe I didn't take it that far. That is beside the point.
What is so remarkable and cute, is that Hank pulled it off. He gave it his all! He really, really did. I wish you all could have seen it. He did the hand gestures, he groaned like a bear, he sneezed like a bear. It was incredible. My little "shy" Hank took this thing seriously and made his family proud!