So for Labor Day we took our first vacation for the year as a family (somewhere other than St. George to visit the in-laws). We went to see my parents for a change and we had such a relaxing time. We, for only a split second, were contemplating leaving the city life and trading it in for real country small town living. I think we came back to our senses rather quickly though! Mike drove back home Labor Day while I stayed at my parents for a week to enjoy the simple country life. Here’s a little run down of our events:
Friday- arrive at Grandma and Grandpa’s house at like around midnight… The funny thing is that we left Vegas about 8 hours earlier and it’s only a 5 hour ride!?!
Saturday- we went to the mountains in Upper Huntington Canyon for a day trip. We had Green River watermelon, took Mikey on a nature walk, played in the dirt and, get this- I started reading Twilight. I don’t know if I should be ashamed or embrace that I finally gave in to peer pressure to read the book. Mikey, Mike, and my dad were on the boat for Mikey’s first boat ride and chance to fish, so I stayed on shore and read a book while Josh slept the whole time in his carrier. We had no sense of time or commitments or the hot scorching sun!!! I was so engrossed in reading my vampire love novel that I didn’t even feel the sun penetrating my pale cold skin. When I got home I sure could feel the burning hot sensation on my arms and legs- a sunburn!! I haven’t had a sunburn like this since I was a kid!! I guess there’s no pollution in the mountains to block the sun’s rays, because I got burned bad!! I’m still peeling like 3 weeks after the fact!!
Sunday- Go to “Ammah’s church” and go to nursery!! Mikey has come a long way since starting nursery nearly a year ago. He’s happy to go to any nursery class now! We had fish for dinner and since we appropriately called it “fish nuggets” it was eaten in its entirety by Mikey. We couldn’t believe he ate the whole thing!!
Monday- Just watch Cars on DVD like a million times and debate whether to go to Provo or not. We chose not to. Mike traveled back to see him parents and got a haircut while there.
Tuesday- Go to Provo for shopping and fruit. Nothing beats fresh fruit from the fruit stands on the side of the road. Note to self- VEGAS of all places has peaches really cheap and really big! Perfecto for canning.
Wednesday- Do some shopping, visit some relatives, go check out the Harvest Village. Mikey experienced his first pony ride. We ate some awesome sandwiches on homemade bread and shopped, shopped, shopped. Utah has the best home decor stores! We drove back home to Grandma’s house and took pictures of their alternative energy. It was ironic that the mills were hardly turning though.
Thursday- Rested and recouperated at Grandma’s house. Ferron was having Peach Days, their Founders Day pretty much, and offered a free dessert bar and talent show in the evening so of course we had to check out the local talent. Grandma appropriately made peach cobbler and received a participant ribbon and a crisp $2 bill. Mikey almost sang the ABCs for the talent show, but was too busy spinning and making himself dizzy when they were doing the last calls for participants.
Friday- Canned peaches all day and hit up the free city dinner at the park to continue the celebration of Peach Days.
Saturday- We went to the Ferron City parade!! Mikey experienced his first small town parade- complete with salt water taffy, lots of politicians in shiny cars, horses, 1 marching band, and a few princesses and queens waving their pageant wave. It didn’t take him long to figure out what to do- run into the street to pick up the candy that was thrown from the floats. It was so much fun. We don’t have that kind of fun in Vegas, that’s for sure!! And we had to check out the quilts and oversized veggies at the Ferron City Fair. Grandma entered her hand sewn quilt, but she missed the deadline so it was only for show, not to be judged. Maybe next year the big blue prize ribbon can be yours Grandma!
Sunday- Go to church and nursery. And lucky for me, the RS teacher was a presidency member and gave me all her notes from her awesome talk. When I was a classroom teacher, the motto of a teacher was to “beg, borrow, and steal” and that’s just what I did! So, 2 more months and it’s my turn to teach again in RS and I already have my talk!!
Monday- Take our time coming back to Vegas to see Daddy and adjust to the hot blistering sun that only Vegas can offer. Grandma drove us back and stayed for a few days in Vegas before going back home. That was so much fun to take a break from the hustle and bustle of not only city life, but church callings, homework, housework, and all the other great stuff that I completely left behind. That little slow paced country lifestyle was just what I needed!! It was of course wonderful for Grandma and Grandpa to see their grandbabies too! Hopefully we’ll be able to get away for Thanksgiving and go see some family in California.