Monday, November 21, 2011

Oh Zion, Dear Zion

Trying to play catch-up here. Bear with me as I post about things that happened long ago in an attempt to keep this journal of sorts going.

So, back at the very end of September, we took a trip down to Zion's National Park with some of our very good friends and their kids. We stayed in a bed and breakfast, which in hindsight was a bad idea - next time we are opting for a place where we have to worry less about disturbing other guests (three 2-year-olds plus the need to be quiet = total stress). Despite minor drama, we had a really good time. It was fun to hang out with our friends and fun to watch the kids explore and do all kinds of silly things.

After arriving at the B&B, we let the kids play outside in what amounted to a giant rocky sandbox. Isaac and Johnny got all their cars out and played and played and played. When we finally decided it was time to go get some food, we realized they had buried half the cars in the sand. So, Shelly and I spent a good while searching through the sand for all the cars and sorting out whose was whose. Miraculously, we found them all. Can you say, "Hooray for the super moms?"

For dinner we went out for pizza at a cute little place in town. The boys were mostly very well behaved, and the pizza was delicious.

Isaac enjoyed smashing his cars together.

Oh look, Johnny has similar hobbies.

Yes, that's a soda. We are bad parents. Isaac loved it though. Funny story - the nice girl at the register gave us Isaac's soda free, saying he'd probably just drop it anyway. Which he did. You'd have thought they'd charge extra for that. Nice people.
After dinner we went for frozen yogurt. There was a small mixup as someone (a stranger) who reached the door before us couldn't open it and decided they must be closed, even though the lights were on. We were a bit confused for a minute, and had pretty much decided to go home, when I think James tried the door and it was indeed open. Strange.

Cute boys enjoying their ice cream.
Cutest. Kid. Ever.
Brad and Shelly enjoying their shake.

The next day we actually did not have breakfast at the B&B, as the owners had to attend a funeral in the morning. Instead, they gave us vouchers to have breakfast at a very nice place about five minutes up the road. It was super yummy, there was a ton of food, we got to eat outdoors in the sunshine, and it was a lot less stressful than hanging out at the B&B, so what was initially a disappointment ended up being a real blessing.

After breakfast, we headed into the park. The boys really enjoyed running around, playing on the various benches and statues, and they especially enjoyed the tram ride. Johnny announced we were getting on a bus and going to school. It was pretty adorable how excited he was. Hopefully that excitement will last him a few more years. ;)

We took a walk along one of the paved trails where the kids could be in their strollers and we could take in some scenery. It was gorgeous, and I really enjoyed getting to talk to James about anything and everything as we walked. Isaac actually fell asleep in the stroller--he was so cute slumbering away. 

Once we hit the end of the trail, the kids had pretty much had it, so we left the park. There's so much to do there. We are definitely going to have to go back. Before leaving for good, though, we took a quick trip out to a little ghost town. There wasn't much there (uh duh, ghost town, I should have realized), but it was fun to just let Isaac run around before making him sit in the car for four hours again.

Just a cool guy with his carrots.

All in all a fun trip!

1 comment:

Tracie said...

This was so fun. We need to do something like this again soon. We should rent a small house or something in Park City or Midway.