What an absolutely wonderful time we had.
Every moment was so serene. So peaceful. So blessed.
Utah resident’s license plate slogan reads: “Life Elevated”. On so many levels, we were indeed elevated above the drudges of daily life.
9 hours there. 9 hours back, not to mention the 20+ hours in the car during the week and not once did we have an “incident”. The girls were amazing (mainly due to Auntie Sherry’s ingenious gift), in fact, we only had to stop one time on the way home. Pretty sure most adults can’t handle that. Definitely, not what I was expecting. Definitely a very pleasant surprise. Lots of time in the car plus fabulously behaved little ones meant lots of conversing with daddy. Be it sharing about what I had just read about the incredible, holy, saintly Mother Theresa, discussing daddy’s business strategies, pondering the teachings of the brilliant philosopher Peter Kreeft or laughing so hard our belly’s hurt, I treasure those times we had. Ever since we have become parents and our relationship has changed dramatically and dynamically, I have been longing for the quality time together we got to experience in our family car.
So, on to our adventures.
This is Bryce Canyon. Stunning. My camera doesn’t do it justice because the colors of the rocks were so vibrant.
Then we traveled to the top of the mountain.
It couldn’t have been better timing because while the precious little ones were napping, Daddy and I were able to thoroughly enjoy the breathtaking views making several stops on the descent.
This is a complete 100-mile panoramic view. Incredible, the painting the Master artist creates.
You couldn’t sculpt that even if you wanted to.
So after enjoying our newlywed moments, we took a
kid family-friendly hike. At the sight of rocks, dirt and water, Spicy was in heaven.
A precious sister moment caught on camera as we make our way to the waterfall.
For a mother, it doesn’t get much better than this.
Doesn’t Sweets just look scrumptiously edible?
This trip was most definitely a turning point in the bond between these two.
I had read that after age 3, girls tend to become “daddy’s girls” and it was beautiful to see it unfold before my eyes. Everything new she discovered she turned to share with Daddy or seek his approval and pride. “Look Daddy, look!” or “Hold my hand, Daddy! C’mon!” When Daddy would get too close to the creek, it was “Be careful Daddy!”. When she got tired, it was “Hold me Daddy”. Hence, I was allowed some special time with my Genevieve. Oh and she started saying “momma” loud and clear.
A momentous 1st day of our stay in Brianhead as a family of four
The next few days involved a field-trip to a dinosaur museum, outings to the park and lots and lots of creative play.
Not your typical view exiting Walmart
And then there was Zion National Park. W.O.W. So cool. I think the pictures tell a pretty good story.
I have a video clip where I ask Spicy what she is doing here (above). Her response: “I’m taking a mud bath!” Ha! Dirt and water. What else could a girl want? 🙂
and a bit of homeschoolin’
Carefree timelessness. What a gift!
It was definitely a bit challenging to get our heads out of the clouds and set our feet on solid (& sea-level) ground, but I feel recharged from the inside out, ready to conquer yet again.
Or at least until the next break!