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Friday, July 23, 2010

Trick Class Review

The theme for Nathan's "trick class" review this year was a circus theme. It's really gymnastics class, but since he learns all kinds of cool tricks, we call it his trick class. I took this picture before the performance started.

I thought the ball idea was kind of silly. It went along with the theme of the performance, but the kids only used the ball when they first marched out to do their warmup, then the balls were put in the back room. I wouldn't have thought anything of it, really, except for the fact that as each parent came into the room to take their seats, the teacher handed us each a ball to blow up. We all spent about 10-15 minutes getting completely winded and light headed, and then the performance started. They used the balls for about 4 minutes, then cast them aside for the rest of the hour. LOL

I really enjoyed watching Nathan this year. He has learned a lot and is getting stronger. I can see that he is less afraid on the equipment and he really enjoys it.

Great balance! Notice his shirt? It looks like a dress! All the little girls shirts fit perfectly and looked really cute. For some reason they don't make T-shirts in little boy sizes? Hm . . .

Here is Nathan waiting for his turn on the next activity. The poor little girls sitting next to him! He was teasing them relentlessly!!! Maybe when they are all older they will appreciate the teasing a little more.

Ta da!

At the end, all of the kids got a trophy. Nathan was SO PROUD of his trophy! He wouldn't let go of it for even a second to let anyone get a look.

We tried to take a picture in the hallway after the performance and Nathan wouldn't stop looking at his trophy long enough to look up for a picture.
Nathan is a fun little boy and I'm proud of him for completing another year of gymnastics. He has done very well and is looking forward to starting up again at the end of the summer.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Sunday on a Trip :)

I'm still blogging about the trip we took over Memorial Day. Would I just hurry and get it over with?!! Sorry, you will have to suffer a bit longer. This summer has been so insanely busy that you are lucky I'm able to sit down and put this up even now.

So . . . these pictures are from the Sunday of our trip to St. George.

On Sunday we woke up early and went to a local church. It was weird to be there because it was like stake conference, but it was a normal ward. There were so many people in the sacrament meeting room that they had to open up all the dividers and it filled up to the back of the gym. We only planned on staying until the end of sacrament meeting, so when it was over we got up and filed out along with about 2/3 of the congregation. They must love it when vacationers come to town. I'm sure it really boosts their budgets, but I do wonder how many people there were actually IN that ward. Crazy.

When we got back to the condo, Jeremy and I were so tired from the previous day so we just sat around until it was time to put the little kids down for a nap. Then we zonked out too and left Athena and Samantha up to play on the DS and watch TV. Thankfully they are old enough now to handle themselves. When we woke up it was really quiet except for a few giggles in Nathan and Alex's room. We came in to find them also entertaining themselves on Alexandra's bed. At least they didn't wreck the place.

We ate lunch and headed downtown to visit Brigham Young's winter home. We have been there before, but it is still neat visit and the kids enjoyed it.

This is the front entrance at the start of the tour.

Side of the house, and side of Jeremy's head.

On the outside of the house they had a pecan tree with a bunch of pecans on the ground below it. We all enjoyed cracking open the nuts and trying them out. They were so fresh and good! I'm not much of a pecan lover, but after tasting those ones, I wouldn't mind having a pecan tree of my own.

We took just a few pictures of the inside rooms in the house. This was Brigham Young's dining room.

Here is the kitchen. I very much prefer the kind of stove I have.

This is a spinning wheel and sewing maching in the hired hand's room.

Here is a better view of the front of the house. It's really neat for a pioneer home. I like to imagine the people back then living in this house and carrying on daily life.

After the tour Athena and Samantha wanted to get pictures with the missionary who gave us the tour.

So, that's pretty much our Sunday activity. We came home and swam. :) I prefer the hot tub and the rest of the family preferred the pool.

Alexandra was jumping in and swimming to Jeremy. She swims with her head under the water for a few feet and then we have to pull her up out of the water because she doesn't really know to come up and breathe. Jeremy was done catching her for awhile and told her to go to the shallow pool. He was on the other side of the pool playing with the older girls when he started yelling at me to hurry and get Alex. She had decided to jump in and swim where it was too deep. I ran over, jumped in, and grabbed her just as she was sinking in the middle of the pool. She made it that far by swimming and couldn't stay up any more. SCARY! I held her for awhile and tried to scare her into not doing that anymore but it didn't work. Within 5 minutes she was ready to go back and jump in. I look forward to when she is a bit taller and I don't have to worry so much!

That wraps up Sunday on our trip. We did pack up and get ready to go the next morning, but I won't go into those details. It was a lot of collecting and putting into bags. Yeah, fun.  I'll include just one more picture from our balcony.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Family Trip in Zions

This is a long post because it was a long, fun-filled day with our family. This is a record of our 2nd day in Zion's National Park.

We drove from our condo in St. George and took off to see the other side of Zion - the side that takes us through the mile-long tunnel. This was my first time going through here and I thought it was pretty amazing!

I wanted to hike through some slot canyons, so we went and found this one and ended up walking through the canyon for a while. We had to keep going to see what was around the next bend.

Around one of the bends was this really cool rock formation. It was right at the bend in the river. The kids call these "barbie steps".

The barbie steps make a pretty nice background for pictures! Here is Athena.




Jeremy and I. Athena was more than thrilled to be our photographer.

After the photo ops, we turned another bend and found this tree that needed holding up. It was kind of hard to hold it up because it was so big. We kept it up long enough for the little kids to walk under.

Can you guess what she is doing? This is her heaven! Alexandra spent most of her time on our hikes filling her pockets with rocks. She collected so many rocks that she couldn't fit even one more in her pocket! I'm surprised that her shorts didn't fall off from the weight. As you can see, there are LOTS of rocks for her to choose from.

This canyon is really pretty. I was trying to imagine how it is when water is rushing through. Thank goodness we didn't have the adventure of water rushing at us. I love how water is able to carve out the rocks so beautifully.

While hiking through the canyon, we found this tunnel that goes under the road. It was just long enough that when you got to the middle of it you can see through to the other side. Nathan was especially nervous in here until he saw the light at the end. It was dark inside, but is lit up here from the camera flash.

Our reward from walking through the canyon and through the scary tunnel was a few murky pools of water and some mosquitos. Since there wasn't a whole lot to look at, we peered into the water and noticed a bunch of tadpoles swimming around! COOL REWARD!!!

We traced our steps back and made it back to our car. Then we ate peanut butter sandwiches in the car and headed off to find another hike.

Our next hike was along a really steep dropoff and ended up being more of a fight than anything for the first part of the hike. This picture is at a stopping point on our 2nd hike.

I was so nervous about the kids getting close to the edge and not paying attention. Jeremy and I kept telling them to be careful and to hike away from the edge, but a couple of them weren't paying any attention and ended up getting in trouble, which resulted in tears. Hmph. So much for a nice outing and showing our kids the views. Here is the bar we had to hold on to while we hiked with a dropoff on the other side.

See the arch in the mountain? Very cool.

Once we made it to the top, most of the bad feelings were sorted through and we were able to actually enjoy the views that we came to see. Samantha still wasn't too happy. This fence is right along the cliff.

Alexandra was tired and she found this little spot and plunked down. I came over occasionally to give her water or fruit snacks. She didn't really move until it was time to go.

Nathan opted for more climbing. It's a boy thing. He had to see if he could get even higher. He was making me so nervous. I had to keep telling him to get down . . . get down . . . GET DOWN!

Aaaah, one big happy family. :)

Athena was our photographer once again. She's pretty good!

Spectacular Zion's!

This is a view of our hike from the other side.

Another arch (yes, this one IS different).

Believe it or not, we made it down safely and happily from our second hike and completely worn out. We got to drive through the big long tunnel again and stopped at the entrance for a family picture. Proof that we were really here. :)

Then back to the condo. I have to say, this is one of my favorite parts of a road trip!!! Our car ride was quiet all the way back.

At the condo, we showered and got all cleaned up from our day out. Then Jeremy called and made dinner reservations at Texas Roadhouse. Thank goodness he did - the wait time without reservations was a whopping 2 1/2 hours! Whoever was there that long is absolutely crazy! Even with our reservations we ended up waiting about 1/2 hour.

It was worth the wait. From the time you walk in the door this place has you eating. Peanuts, rolls, drinks - then dinner.

Nathan is such a goof! He thought he was so amazing to drink from his water cup and his root beer at the same time.

Here are Jeremy and Samantha enjoying their steaks.

Cute daddy daughter picture.

Mother son. :) Nathan couldn't stop long enough to shoot off a smile. Those chicken fingers must be so tasty.

Athena has never been much a meat eater (she takes after me). She was completely satisfied to have the house salad for dinner.

And I thoroughly enjoyed my salmon and sweet potato. Something for everyone!

After dinner we stopped by the St. George temple to see it all lit up at night. One of these times our kids will be old enough that Jeremy and I can leave them for a couple hours and actually go inside. I've never been inside this temple, but the outside is gorgeous.

This picture didn't turn out so great, but it's the only family picture I have of us visiting the temple. I'm glad we could take our kids there to see it.
Sum up: Even though our day was really long with a lot packed into it, I had a wonderful time with my family. I'm glad we had the opportunity to share these experiences together!
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