Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Our weekend

So much for my goal to catch up on posts by Memorial Day. Instead I will just post about our weekend. Our 3 day weekends usually consist of projects and cleaning, but we wanted to make sure we did something different this time. Don't worry we still worked on a project and cleaned like crazy, but we managed to fit in a couple fun things.

Friday night Kevin and I were able to go to the temple and out to dinner. I love date nights! It was a great way to start off the weekend.

Saturday morning we left our house around 8:15 in the morning and headed to Valley of Fire. Kevin had been there with the scouts, but our family had never been there. It was so much fun and we did the perfect hike for our little family. Lots of pictures to follow from our adventure.

How could we not take pictures in these cool holes in the rocks?

The hiking begins. We hiked Mouse's Tank. It felt like we were walking on the beach. I am still finding this red sand in shoes, the van, and our laundry room.

We saw lots of different animal tracks and several areas with petroglyphs. The kids thought the writing was so cool.

The sandy part ended and there was some fun rock climbing.

I was there too. :)

Ashley worked so hard she popped the elastic in one of her pony tails. But that didn't stop her from wanting to carry the backpack that was her size.

The weather was a little warm in the sun, but perfect in the shade. There was a nice breeze to keep it from being too hot. We did one other short hike to see some petrified wood. They had several of them surrounded by fences. Doesn't sound too exciting, but it was actually interesting to see.
Valley of Fire was so cool! I would love to go back and spend more time exploring.

Monday we had some friends over to barbecue. The weather was amazing on Monday. We had so much fun eating and visiting. Sorry no pictures, I was only good about taking them on the hike.

On Sunday we explained to our kids the reason for Memorial Day. I loved being able to tell them how grateful I am for the men and women who so bravely defend our freedoms.