For Thanskgiving, we went to visit our friends the Esplins in Phoenix. The warm weather was a welcome reprieve from the cold (especially compared to NC) weather in Utah.
We packed a lot of stuff; this picture doesn’t do it justice.
Lunch at Costa Vida in the middle of nowhere Utah.
At the finest gas station playground between SLC and Phoenix–the Maverick in beautiful Fillmore, UT.
We stayed in Flagstaff on the first night (no pictures…we didn’t get there until midnight). Then on to the Grand Canyon the next morning. The Grand Canyon was cold and very, very windy.
Ate lunch at the combination deli/grocery store/gift shop.
After the Grand Canyon, we loaded back up and drove on to Phoenix.
Penelope (who is Becca’s age) and Becca “slept” on the porta-ledge mounted to the climbing wall. I say “slept” because not a lot of sleeping was happening. We made them sleep in real beds after the first night.
I brought some Beatty family Thanksgiving traditions along–like making turkeys out of cookies and candy as table decorations. This is the first time we’ve ever had to worry about them melting in the sun though.
Scott and Eric were helping.
Adam went driving with Cordell while we made cookie turkeys. They assured me that all speed limits were scrupulously obeyed.
Doing a little putting practice. ~75 degrees outside!
Swimming in the hot (warm) tub.
Caroline feeding herself some pie.
Besides the stairs (we don’t have stairs at home, so they’re a real novelty for her), Caroline’s favorite activity was throwing rocks in the pool. We tried to discourage that.
Fighting over the dog’s toy.
We also met up with the Richardsons, who are friends from North Carolina that moved to Phoenix.
Examining a cactus in the Richardson’s backyard.
Henry proving that he can ride without training wheels.
We went to dinner and then we to see the Christmas lights at the Mesa temple. Note shorts and short sleeves.
The kids were pretty much impossible to keep inside. Even playing outside in pajamas at 7:30 a.m. was okay with them.
Caroline did some driving of her own.
Kids exhausted from too much scootering.
Becca and Henry pondering their paths in life (and which trail looks more suitable for scooters).
Caroline was getting the car trip routine figured out. We drove to Cedar City and then stayed overnight.
On the way back, we stopped at Lisa’s Country Kitchen. Becca decided to take a picture of it.
The effects of 6 days and 1800 miles of vacation
Cold weather and crazy winds forced us to opt for inside activities. We met up with friends and we to the Discovery Gateway kids museum in Salt Lake City. Caroline was very possessive about her vehicles and would scream whenever someone else would try and get in. She did eventually let Henry co-drive the jeep. No passengers allowed (at least not in the cab) in the farm truck.
More of Caroline’s favorite activity–driving!
When the weather got a tiny bit warmer, we went to the elf scavenger hunt at Gardner Village (a “quaint” shopping center with lots of little shops). The idea was to go around and find all the various elves doing stuff.
Caroline’s favorite part–by far–was the ducks. She got really mad whenever we’d move away from the ducks (she loves animals).
Pointing at the elf in the tree.
Henry thought the elf sleeping in the camper trailer was the funniest thing he’d seen all week. I don’t know why it struck him as so particularly funny.
Becca and Henry found this bell and rang it for 5 minutes straight. We got a lot of dirty looks from passers-by.
Caroline supervising the bell ringing.
And a video of the bell-ringing for the blog post finale!
The weather has been at least warm enough in Utah to enjoy the great outdoors.
We went up to Tibble Fork Reservoir for some fishing.
Becca and Henry were playing in the leaves, and they were showing me coincidentally how fast the leaves seemed to be falling right on my car…….
It has been really fun to see Caroline really start to be her own little person. She has a few things she really loves:
her new sweater from Grandma Shelley,
Izzy (just like her siblings),
We carved pumpkins.
Caroline was somehow really happy to eat the raw pumpkin guts.
I cut Becca’s design precisely as drawn.
Becca had a Halloween parade at school. Henry got to join in and play kindergartner for the day.
Becca found another cheerleader from one of the other kindergarten classes.
Everyone came trick-or-treating to my office after school. They got plenty of candy from this alone.
After my office, Jen and the kids met up with some kids from church and went trick-or-treating at the shopping center by our condo. Then I came home and we all went for the normal neighborhood trick-or-treating . Thankfully the weather was fairly nice and didn’t start sprinkling until we were about done.
They managed quite the haul of candy from their various trick-or-treating endeavors. Since we figured the kids really didn’t need to eat all than candy (they’d already been admiring their candy selection before we even did the neighborhood rounds), we decided to offer them an exchange–toys for candy. It took about 2 minutes on Amazon with each kid before we had a suitable deal worked out. Cost less than $40 total for 2 barbies and a toy forklift.keep looking »