Rock Climbing and Bed Leaping

My daughter’s dance competition (mentioned yesterday) was a 4 hour drive to St. George, Utah.  My husband could not believe that I agreed to drive so far for my 7-year-old, but he, thankfully, consented to watch my younger boys so I could take the dancer and her 5-year-old sister, Evie, on the trip.

The dance competition was exciting for Dani, but I thought Evie might actually collapse of boredom.  She kept flopping on my lap like a caught fish.  This was my first trip away from any of my kids, so I was just elated to  take an intermission from my beloved, but demanding, baby and toddler.

My flopper.

After the competition, I wanted to take my daughters to a unique park I had read about.  Dani was exceptionally unenthusiastic.  She wanted to play with a friend at the hotel and could not fathom that a park would be more fun.  She was wrong.  Both my girls loved climbing the rocks and said Pioneer Park was more fun than Disneyland!

They were sad to go, but settled for the next best thing, bed leaping.

The most fantastic part about this trip?  My husband cleaned the house and bonded with the baby!  Yesterday, the little guy ran to my husband (instead of me!) when he was upset. Priceless!
Grateful Mom Goal of the Week:  I’m giving lots of appreciation to my helpful husband.


  1. My boys would have been ALL OVER those rocks. It looks like you and the girls had a great time!

  2. Sounds like the trip was successful on many levels. Hooray!

  3. That sounds like a fun trip- that parks looks awesome!

  4. So glad you girls were able to get away for your own special outing. Makes it even better that hubby connected with your son! Those rocks look super cool. My kiddos would flip out over a place like that. 🙂

  5. Laura Lynn says:

    Love those rocks! Makes me miss Utah. I've enjoyed reading your blog. I had to laugh that you describe yourself as “slightly unhinged.”
    I totally relate.


  6. What a great trip – reminds me I need to take time to do the unessential, but needed, memory builders with my kids.

  7. I'd love a trip with my daughter alone sometime. Sounds like a great bonding experience for you all, especially Dad and baby! I know mine is almost 2 and he is just starting to go to Daddy when he gets hurt…
    And the rocks look like lots of fun!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday… Have a great week!

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