Saturday, March 21, 2009

Over the mountains and through the snow to grandmas house we go!

You Know you are on the down hill stretch when you pull into Provo, Utah! Our trip started on Friday the 13th. We left our home at 5:00 am so we could beat the morning rush hour of Phoenix, and pulled into Provo about 12 hours later! It was a fun day in the car, although long, the drive up US 89 from Kanab is so pretty. I just love the small towns along the Virgin River. From Provo, I still had a 2 hour drive.

Saturday: We went shopping in Layton, We went to Tai Pan Trading, and the Quilted Bear in Ogden. Some guy was handing out samples for Charlies deli as we were leaving the mall, the samples were so yummy! We decided to eat in the mall and skip the Olive Garden. It was so fun shopping with my sister, sister-in-laws, niece, and mom. We don't get to do the girl shopping thing together very often. M had the most fun!! In Arizona, she has mostly boy cousins her age, and hanging out with my niece B, meant so much to her.

This is M, C, and B (my niece) posing with the mannequins at Dillards. The girls were trying on prom dresses and being silly. I think the sales clerks were glad to see us leave.

Here we are leaving the mall with all of our shopping bags!
Sunday: Going to Grandma's house, means that Aunt Sheri also comes to visit. Sheri loves doing hair, and giving the girls facials. Sheri did M's hair before Sunday dinner.

After Sunday Dinner, all of the nieces and nephews went outside and had a huge snowball fight. (with what snow there was left)
Sunday relaxing time: Here are my 2 brothers and my dad.

Here is my sister, 2 brothers and my mom and dad. My 2 sister-in-laws, Chanelle and Jessica, were taking pictures.

Monday: I drove to Logan. Logan is a very special place to me, my friends in high school and I used to cruise main, and hang out in Logan. I went to Utah State in Logan. But the reason it the most special to me is that is where our first home was when I got married 20 years ago. I drove by our very first home, and showed the girls where their daddy and I used to live. The house was built in the 1940's. During the summer it was extremely hot and the winters it was really cold. The house wasn't insulated very well. I used to love sitting out on the front porch in the autumn and do my homework. The kitchen was huge, and their was the cutest fireplace inside the living room. The house when we lived in it, had the original brass, antique light fixtures.
My brother and sister-in-law invited the girls over for a sleep-over on Sunday. The girls had so much fun hot tubing and playing in the snow at their house. They bungee jumped their stuffed animals and went sliding down the stairs in the sleeping bags. For lunch, they took us to Cafe Rio for the best Mexican food!

After lunch on Monday, Chanelle took us to this very fun park to play in the snow. The park is named Ryan's Park, in honor of a 2 year old boy who fell off a house boat at Lake Powell 2 years ago and drowned. Ryan used to love to play at the park, so his parents and the community came together to build a park in memory of him. The funny thing is, I went to high school with the little boys dad.

Tuesday: We went to see my grandpa who is 89 years old. He is in pretty good health, and it was fun to visit him. My mom treated the girls to lunch at Chuck-a-Rama. The girls and my niece had wanted to eat at Golden Corral on Saturday, and Chuck a Rama is a close second.
Wednesday: On the long trip home, I stopped in St. George to see my friend Tonya. Tonya and I have been good friends since our days living in Washington State together. She used to watch M and C, while I subbed one day a week. We also became scrap book buddies, and she started my passion for scrapbooking. (Which I am now 4 years behind) We used to get together and scrapbook all day, neglecting dinner, laundry, and housework. We would plug in the Veggie Tales or some other movie and scrapbook, while our poor children rotted their brains. It was a good visit, although, my children were restless, and slightly annoying! Next time I visit I am leaving my children in the car! From St. George, we headed home. We pulled into our drive way at midnight.

Our Spring Break trip was so much fun! I am back to cooking dinners, laundry, and grocery shopping. School starts Monday:( and it is back to my masters class and grading papers.


Chanelle said...

It's so hard to come home from a vacation, isn't it? I'm so glad you guys made the trip, and yes, we need to plan another one in Lake Powell or wherever! Glad you made it back safe.

Eddie and Brenda said...

Wow! It sounds like so much fun. Spring break is never long enough though. Logan is a beautiful place. Whenever we drive up that way I wonder why we live here...but I've never lived up in the snow all winter, maybe that's why! Glad you got a fun break, you deserve it!

T said...

thanks for now using the "retarded cousin" picture :)

SOOOOOO good to see you! Next time we'll both leave our kids somewhere :) I did enjoy seeing them though - they're getting to be so grown up and witty ;)

(and I'm privately laughing over C's opinion of T... I'm still expecting a 6 and 7 year old behavior from them!)

jessica said...

Sounds like so much fun! I am so jealous of Tai Pan and Cafe Rio! It was so fun to see that picture of you and Tonya...she looks exactly the same!

just the five of us said...

T that was the best picture that my T took. I deleted the yucky one. Sorry. I should have cut and pasted yours from your blog.

Susan said...

Wow, what a trip! Sounds like lots of fun though. It's great to visit family! Have fun getting back to "normal" - isn't it great?

The Kooky Queen--Rachel said...

Love your blog, such a beauitful family!!! And Logan too, will always have a special place in my heart!!! I miss it!