Saturday, June 25, 2011

St. George Vacation (pt.2)

Okay, we had to do this in two post in order to: 1. Break it up to prevent boredom, and 2. Keep the blog from self-imploding due to photo overload.

Sunday, we got up and went to church. It happened to be the one across from the temple. It was Fathers' Day so it was cute to see all the little kids get up and sing. After church, we changed, ate lunch and then headed back to the temple. It is so white. We thought it was just because it was against the red rocks but it really was so white!

Then we headed off to the St. George Tabernacle. It is so fun to see all of the historic buildings.It was super windy.

Then it was off to the Brigham Young Winter House. The man giving the tour was hilarious and you could tell that he loved what he was doing.

Then it was off to the Jacob Hamblin home. On the way there Jeff kept trying to figure out if he was related. Turns out that he is Jeff's 4th (or 5th) great-grandfather.
Pictures while walking around....

Monday was our last full day so we went hiking at Snow Canyon park where we saw Petrified Sand Dunes...

Lava tubes...

And tons of chipmunks/squirrels that Jefferson continued pointing out to me. He has great peripheral vision...I guess it's the running back in him.

Later we went to Pizza Hut for dinner. Remember that Blue Bunny Ice Cream parlor that we were all so excited about? Well it closed down but we took a picture of it anyway.
But we got over it and got Blizzards at Dairy Queen. Who can complain when you've got a Blizzard?

Then it was time for...dun dun dun...the Little Mermaid! It was great and there were all of these cute little girls dressed up and so excited. We couldn't take pictures so here's a before shot. The show didn't start until 8:45, probably because they wanted to wait for it to get dark and didn't get over until 11:15ish. It was way past our bedtime so, needless to say, there were many kids being carried out when it was all said and done.
We left Tuesday morning but not without one more of our beloved waffles. I would say excuse the lack of brushed hair, makeup, or real clothes but that's how we showed up to breakfast every morning so I would really be lying to you if I made it seem like Tuesday was a fluke.

You can probably tell based on massive photo overload, but we had a fantastic time and are so glad that we got to have a vacation (finally, for Jeff).

St. George Vacation (pt. 1)

We're back from St. George and wishing we were still there. I guess that just means that we had an amazing time, which we did. It was a total blast. Here are a few (or more than a few) pictures from the trip...

We left on Friday morning very excited...

and stopped at Cove Fort on the way down. It's one of those places that we always saw the sign for but never had time to stop and actually walk around so we took a detour. It was awesome and the missionary that showed us around was from Gilbert and his daughters were in the same Singles' Ward as Jeff. Small world.

  Once we got to St. George we checked into the hotel and were pleasantly surprised that they had just put in a breakfast instead of sending us to the Denny's with a coupon. We headed out to the outlets after that and walked around the shops. Jefferson found this hat in the Cowboys and Indians shop. Then it was off to dinner at Chili's. After Chili's, we watched part of How to Train Your Dragon and then went swimming. Our hotel had both an indoor and outdoor pool and it was always the "happening" place to be.
Saturday morning, we went to the Tuacahn Saturday Market where they had local artists and other random booths. They had a Native American group that did a few dances. Then we got a GIGANTIC snow cone. There's a stand by our house but we haven't gone to it yet so we decided it was about time. Oh, we also got this thing that you stick into lemons, limes, oranges and when you squeeze them, the juice comes out of its little spout. It's like when you buy the lemon juice things at the store but with a real lemon, and we got it for free just for listening to this man's presentation.

Then we went to the Biggest Loser Fitness Ridge Resort and took a tour. It was pretty cool. They had a guest that was staying there for 19 weeks. He was basically doing the show but on his own.

After the Biggest Loser we went to the Johnson Dinosaur Discovery Site where they found dinosaur tracks. We are so glad that we went on the tour with a tour guide because if we had done the self-guided tour it probably would have taken five minutes and we wouldn't have really seen anything.

They had a room where you could make origami so we did. I opted for the easy one while Jefferson went with the more difficult challenge. We were not leaving until he got it done the right way.

Funny story...Jeff's parents had told us that they knew of a good Mexican restaurant. When we called them to find out, they were out so we just picked a place to eat. When they called us back, it ended up being the same place. What are the odds?
When we got back to the hotel it was more swimming. It was so nice to be where it was warm enough to actually swim outside even though the pool was cold and we went in the hot tub after about five minutes.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

12 Hours Left!

So Jefferson is unfortunately closing tonight with a new register system so let's all cross our fingers that he gets home at a semi-decent hour. I am trying to finish packing and cleaning before we leave tomorrow. Since I'm currently updating the blog, we all know how the cleaning is going. Really I'm just trying to let the floor dry basically trapping me in the living room where Criminal Minds just happens to be on. It's okay though, Jefferson did the laundry this morning before he went to work, the dishes are done, and the bathroom and kitchen are clean so there really isn't much left to do. 12 hours (ish) from now we will be on our way to St. George for a much needed vacation. What's on the "to see" list, you ask? Little Mermaid at the Tuacahn, hiking, Biggest Loser touring, swimming, dinosaurs, and (most importantly) the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor. Stephanie, if you are reading this, I will make sure to take lots of pictures of the ice cream parlor for you but here's a little sneak peak of what I'm hoping it looks like in real life.

Jeff and I have already perused the online menu and we cannot wait. I was showing him the itinerary for the trip (yes, I make itineraries) and I saw him looking intently at something. When I asked him what he thought about the plan for the trip, he said "Oh, I got distracted looking at the ice cream." You can tell what our priorities are.

See you next week!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Countdown Time!

Okay folks, we are officially only 3 days away from vacation! The snacks have been purchased, the sunscreen has been stocked, and the bosses know we'll be outta here on Friday. Thank goodness. The days' activities should be awesome but if you have any "must have" St. George places, leave a comment. We'd love to hear about them!

In other news, I have been doing the Biggest Loser Booth Camp workout DVD and the Biggest Loser Yoga DVD for the last two days. You may being laughing at the thought of me doing exercises along with Bob in my loving room but man am I sore. They are quite the workout but they aren't boring or lame like a lot of the other ones out there. Once again, thank you Spanish Fork library for allowing me to continually check out the maximum number of books and workout DVDs without giving me judgmental looks about my selections.

Friday, June 10, 2011

It's Been Too Long has been way too long since this thing was updated. At least I can say that it's because we have been so busy. Since school got out a lot has happened. The first couple weeks of summer were a little boring for me and crazy for Jeff. I couldn't find a job and was feeling a little cooped up in the house. Then, miracle of miracles happened and a place where Jeff was working a couple hours a week needed someone to work for a few hours everyday. Jeff told them that I was looking for somewhere to work for the summer and so now I have a job! It's great--just 10-2 every day. It still leaves me time to do things around the house/school/other stuff but it gives me something to do. I no longer have to worry about trying to think of an answer to Jeff's "What have you been up to?" text. Jeff just finished inventory at the store and is looking forward to the new manager getting there in a few days so that he can go back to only having to worry about his part of the store.

At the end of May I got to go home for a week. It was a lot of fun and so nice to see everyone and hang out at home. I took pictures but they somehow disappeared. I can't find them anywhere on my memory card or the camera so sorry but you can just trust me when I say that it was a lot of fun. It was also nice to get back home to Jeff after being gone. We're both very glad that inventory is over!!! We're even more excited for our vacation to St. George in only a week! A get-away is definitely needed right now and we can't wait!

Here are some pictures of a couple of things that we've been up to. I have been wanting to plant flowers for a long time but it had been raining and cold here for weeks so we had been holding off. When I got back home Jeff and I went to Shopko and bought a planter, dirt, and flowers. It was so much fun and I love them. It gives us something to spruce up our front door a little.

Oh and look at our awesome Easter Eggs! I think they are the best ones I have ever made. Thank you Shopko for making all of my Easter Egg dying dreams come true.