Tuesday, April 3, 2012

A Mini Vacation!

Wednesday last week found us in the car heading South, to St. George. It was Spring Break, not that, that really means anything to us since we aren't in school. But, nonetheless we used it as an excuse and went on a little vacation! We joined forces with two of my sister and their families and my little brother. We didn't have a ton planned, our main objective was to enjoy the sun and to get away from work for a few days. Mission Accomplished!

This is us on our way down...

Wednesday night we met up with Jason's mom and step-dad for dinner at delicious Cafe Rio. Yum! It was a lot of fun to be with them. Lots of good visiting! We don't get to see them near enough!

Thursday we met up with everyone at Dixie Rock. I guess it's a place the pioneers liked to come and play. I can see why too. I'm not into the hiking thing too much but this place was a blast. A bit scary with the drop offs and lizards and probably snakes living in the rocks (luckily we just saw little lizards running around), especially with a bunch of little kids. But seriously so fun! And sunny and warm!

There was a crack in the rocks that most everyone squished through...okay it was all the little kids, my little brother and my husband. Oh, and on a second attempt a brother in law worked his way squirming inch by inch on his side along the ground. Wish I would have gotten a picture of that, but you couldn't see it very well. It was pretty funny to watch, we all thought he was crazy! But he made it!

Most of the kids went through twice. This little one would have done it all day if we would've let her.

Haha! This was funny I had to put it on...no this wasn't posed, just perfect timing. I feel like it should be the CD cover for a band or something.
(Just below Jason's feet is the exit of the crack.)

The beautiful view from the top of Dixie Rock...see the St. George Temple?

From Dixie Rock we went to a place called Jumpin' Jack's.
You know the bounce houses that we adults are never allowed to enter? Not the case at Jack's. Anybody could play here...and we did for a couple of hours. Needless to say we were exhausted. But we had a blast!

Friday we went over to the Temple and the Visitor's Center. It was really nice. We watched this video about a family and the different milestones they went through and how the knowledge and blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ helped them get to where they wanted to be. Ending at the temple and eternal families. I'll admit I cried. It was really touching and hit home a bit!

Later in the day we went to Lazer Mania and did some black light mini golf. I have been there a few times before with some friends and told everyone we had to go. It was so fun!

I wasn't thinking and had my flash on for most of the time so I didn't get a lot of pictures showing the black light awesomeness. But here is one. We were in Oz at this point, following the yellow brick road to the hole.

After we finished our game the kids had some fun in the arcade winning tickets and spending money. These four hit the jackpot at the claw (under the direction and guidance of their dad). Each winning a little stuffed friend. Then went on to win me a frog and Jason a ball. It was fun! And my little frog is sooo cute!

We ended our trip Saturday morning/early afternoon at the park in the 85 degree weather. Do you remember doing the spider on the swing with a friend? I always imagined looking different when I did it.

We watched conference Saturday and Sunday at my brother in law's grandma's house (that's kind of a mouthful) and drove home in a snow storm. I guess that's what we get for trying to cheat Utah weather. Try as we might, we can't escape it!

It was a ton of fun! Part of me was really sad to leave, but as always at the end of a vacation, I was glad to be home.

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