Friday, April 1, 2011

Crowning Moments! Family Vacation


Vacationing with goblins!
 This past weekend, Richard and I pulled the kids out of school early (the older kid's "crowning moment") and headed out to the desert.  We had to check some cows down by Green River and we decided to make a vacation out of it. 

We were happy to see that most all of our cows had calved and made it through the winter great, (Richard's "crowning moment").

I don't know if you can consider eight people camping in a twelve foot sheep camp with wind and rain every day a vacation, but we did.  And, we actually had a lot of fun.  There's something to be said about sitting in the middle of your living quarters and being able to reach anything without moving your feet. 

We were only thirty miles from Goblin Valley, so one of the days, we decided to go visit.  http://www.stateparks.utah.gov/parks/goblin-valley  If you haven't been there, it is worth the trip.  The two little girls were asleep, so Richard stayed in the car with them while the four other kids and I got started.  He was able to join up with us a little later.  We hiked all over the rock formations and then played hide and seek.  It made me feel like a kid, (my "crowning moment")!

We were also able to hike up a canyon, not far from our camp, that had ancient petroglyphs along the rock walls.  Very interesting!  Jentry, my four-year-old, found a snake skull, (her "crowning moment") and looked for rattles the rest of the trip.

(Brooklyn, my one-year-old, discovered her "crowning moment" when we got back home.  She seems to be a little home-body.)

Even though it took five days to get caught up on the laundry, our little vacation was a much needed break from the every day.  The memories we are making now will hopefully stick with each member of our family forever.  Whether we're laying on top of each other in a sheep camp or possibly continents apart when the kids grow up, the effort of making these memories will keep us close, (the whole family's "crowning moment")!

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