4.16.2017

Easter 2017

We celebrated Easter with my sister Tiffany and her kids. On Saturday evening we had an Easter egg hunt. Molly, Sophie, and Crew loved it. Nixon was already in bed so he missed it :(

Sunday morning we let the kids dye some eggs before church.
At church I taught the Relief Society lesson titled "We look to Christ". I had the ladies read from the manual about Christ's life while I showed a presentation of pictures of Jesus Christ. It was simple, yet powerful; and a great reminder of the true meaning of Easter.

4.15.2017

The Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point

My sister Tiffany came into town and spent a couple days with us. On Saturday we met up with Rob's brother and family and visited the Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point. It was beautiful and crowded as usual. 
We spent a lot of time at the tot's section of the gardens and the kids had a blast jumping on bounce houses, painting, and playing all sorts of games.

4.09.2017

4.08.2017

Spring Break 2017 Day 3

Day three of our spring break vacation we drove out to Hovenweep. It was definitely in the middle of nowhere, but it was pretty fascinating and worth the drive.
We walked an easy 2 or so mile looped hike, mostly on rock around several of the ruins. 
Below is Hovenweep Castle, the biggest ruin we saw.
After we circled the ruins, the trail cut down into the valley and up the other side where it ended back at the visitor's center.
From there we drove down to 4 Corners. It was also in the middle of nowhere and in my opinion anti-climatic. But we can now say that we've done it. It was pretty windy while we were there so we didn't stay long.
After 4 Corners we drove over to Colorado and back home. It was a fun little trip with so many options. We would have gone to Mesa Verde if the sites were open, but we'll have to hit that place another time.

4.07.2017

Spring Break 2017 Day 2

On day 2 of our vacation we stopped by Blanding's visitor's center  first thing in the morning for a few minutes and then headed over to The Edge of the Cedars Museum. We went though the exhibit before we headed out to the ruins in the back.
We got to climb down into one of the ruins. It was pretty cool.
After we headed to 5 Kiva Pueblo, also called West Water Ruins to the locals. It's a site of ruins that is undeveloped and open to anyone.
Right next to 5 Kiva is Nations Natural Bridge. It was a little hard to decipher this arch from the rock behind it, but we got out and had a look anyway.
Next we headed south to Bluff. We stopped at Twin Rocks for lunch, then headed over to Bluff Fort.
Bluff Fort was by far our kid's favorite stop. We started by watching an interactive movie where it told about the early settlers and how they eventually made it through hole-in-the-rock and into the valley.
We went on a scavenger hunt as we visited each of the cabins, roped calves...
...panned for gold, went in a tee pee and mud hut.
Nixon wandered over and sat right down in the middle of this little stream before any of us notices. He loved playing in the water.
We dressed up like pioneers and had our picture taken.
Nixon picking a winner. Haha
And lastly we pulled hand carts. The girls picked a souvenir from the gift shop (a little Native American baby doll) and we continued south. 
We stopped to see the view at Goosenecks...
And Mexican Hat.
Finally we arrived at Monument Valley and they had just closed. We braved the wind and got a couple shots with the scenery. Then headed back to our rental.