Oh my gosh!! I am so computer illiterate! Someone needs to come over and teach me Blogging 101. This is why I can only post once a month (all of you naggers, come over and help me)! How do you get pictures in cute collages, or make borders, or even move them around? I'm not even sure they are uploading correctly, because it takes forever and then I can't move them or change them. I started this post 2 weeks ago! Whatever!
Anyway, we took a family trip to St. George in October to celebrate Jade's 12th birthday. (In case you were wondering, no, I am not old enough to have a 12 year old daughter. She ages much more quickly than I do. And I'm definitely not mature enough!)
John & Bette drove from California to celebrate with us. On Thursday night we went to Tuacahn Theater to watch "Les Miserables". It is an outdoor amphitheater near St. George that does musicals. The kids had never seen it before, and I thought this would be a fun way to introduce it to them. Ryan and I love Les Mis (in fact I'm pretty sure Ryan didn't stop crying the whole time......big baby!) and we wanted to pass that love on to them. I think Jade appreciated it, Noelle tolerated it, and Mya fell asleep. Mya actually got really into the guns and fireworks and several times asked if the actors were really dead. She was very concerned! I'm not sure they love it yet, but we will definitely take them to it again.
On Friday we spent the day in Zion National Park. We rode the tour bus around and hiked as much as the kids could handle. The weather was beautiful that day and the temperature was perfect for hiking. If you've ever been there, you know that the scenery is amazing and that one day is definitely not enough to take it all in. Maybe we'll go back next year and spend more time.
On Saturday we slept in, shopped, and went swimming in the hotel pool. The kids love to swim, but I HATE it. Jade and Noelle are little fish and are brave, but I think Mya takes after me a little bit. You can see in the pictures that she spent most of her time sitting on the steps. She did eventually jump, but only from the stairs and she only trusted Ryan to catch her.
We had a great time, with the exception of the stupid 5 hour car ride. Our car is small, and unfortunately my kids are allergic to each other. Touching causes irritation, crying and extreme dislike. I might be allergic too, because I think I had hives and I definitely felt the extreme dislike! We apparently need a 15 passenger van that includes a bench seat for each of them, 3 TV's with DVD players, 3 Nintendo DS's, and 3 iPods with headphones. Expensive, but TOTALLY WORTH IT!! Either that or a soundproof window between the front and back seats. I might be exaggerating a little bit. It was a little rough, but in time I think we will forget the ride and only remember the trip.