Monday, June 8, 2009

a week at a glance - a.k.a. The reason I haven't been blogging my brains out.

We started our week long vacation by taking a leisurely stroll...  "stroll" meaning of course a hike up to Timpanogos Cave that reminded me of walking up my hill.... 30 times.

The cave was cool (freezing)- our guide didn't give the kids any of the Lore though - it was all scientific geology stuff... and the kids listened... but only because he was describing "cave bacon" "cave popcorn" the "chocolate falls" and "caramel falls"... "soda straws"...  Either the people who named the features in the cave were ravenously hungry or really wanted to torture my kids!

After that lovely hike - and a quick lunch with Grandma and Grandpa at BYU - we walked over the the Museum of Art on Campus - where there is an incredible display of artwork by Walter Wick - you know the guy... did all the sets and photography for the ISpy books, some stuff for Games Magazine (yep, I'm a Game Geek) and some other photography that's just cool.

I got "talked" to by a security guard for taking this photo...  but it was the one that kept the kids' interest for 10 minutes while they got from A to Z...

Tuesday - took it a little easier and drove out to Roosevelt to visit one of Q's brothers and his family - the picture being of the youngest... that cookie stayed in his mouth for a LONG time only to be replaced by the pacifier...  this was a good thing because he was a genius child at finding many other things on the ground to entertain himself....  and gross out the rest of us!

Wednesday - started the day at the Discovery Gateway Children's Museum...  I love these places - and so did the kids (well, once the older ones got over the "children" part of the title)... the favorite thing - these MagFormers toys...  of course the price on them in the gift shop convinced me that we'd enjoyed them sufficiently for our lives :)

For Lunch we stayed at the Gateway where M ate a piece of pizza the size of her head!

and then off to the Planetarium, where among other things (like a lovely show about black holes...  and learning the word "spaghettification") the kids got to pretend they were walking on the moon and on Mars... ummm... sideways?  (sorry about the neck strain - I DID flip these first, I thought!)

Thursday:  M.O.T.H. took the T and W on a manly hike (what, Timp Cave wasn't enough for you?) leaving the rest of us to entertain ourselves... Of course P wanted to go with them, but not because he loves hiking... they had some great trail snacks :)

whilst the big boys were hiking I took P, H, & M for a visit with one of my oldest and dearest friends... whose children are thankfully very near in age to my own - thus the kids didn't complain!  She lives in one of the most beautiful places on earth - check out that view!

Thursday - after the hike 
and visit - we had to satisfy a few "lifelong dreams" and take the kids to Chuck E Cheese...  thankfully none wanted their cardboard pizza and we got out of there for the cost of tokens alone... with some lovely prizes to boot!  And look, even the big guys got into the gaming!

Honestly - I DID flip the photos on my computer...  deal.  This was the one thing at the Zoo we'd never seen before.  Friday was officially zoo day and we enjoyed it fully... well, until the kids started to complain (about 30 minutes after the bird show finished) and it started to rain... but we only missed the ground hogs and such, so we'll get over it.

Saturday - Lagoon!  Since I'd only been once in my life I enjoyed quite a few rides with the kids - although I'm thinking that someday Q&I ought to go without the kids... since "adventurous" is not a word I'd apply to any of my kids... well, maybe M - but she was too short to do the cool rides :)
The girls enjoyed their Slushie type of food... even though a nasty spider was overhead - did they not notice?

Phew!  Now I'm exhausted all over again!


T said...

ooops, forgot to mention the Daisy Duke hussies...
suffice it to say that I'll never trust my girls to get dressed for an event outside of my own household!

Barbaloot said...

What a fun trip! I can't believe you were so close to me and didn't drop by:)

And I still want to hear about the hussies...

Megz said...

I wish we could have joined you on some of the fun activities. You definitely could write and ad for the benefits of the stay-cation.
Did you smuggle in pbjs at Chuck E Cheese?

T said...

Barb - I actually did consider it... even checked out the phone book... and then thought better of calling every Dayton in the book and asking for "barbaloot" :)

next time - promise!

The hussy story: we were lining up to go on some ride that I don't know the name of... T (the 14 year old) was with me and the girls while W and P were off with Dad in line for The Spider RollerCoaster. T didn't want to go on our ride with us and offered to finish off the blue slushie. Getting into line I overhear 4 girls talking about how sweet he is to let his sisters go on the ride. Then I hear them saying things like "how did you get out of the house in those shorts" and "I snuck them in my bag until I got to so and so's house"... really impressive girls...
They discussed T's hair - and his fashion sense - and I didn't interrupt to tell them that I cut his hair AND bought those shorts and shirt!... they must not have realized I have ears because they continued to dare each other to go and talk to him afterward so they could be his friend. and OF COURSE they got on the ride ahead of me so when the girls and I were finding a seat I had to keep an eye on the hussies with 1/2 their bumcheeks exposed - sending seriously nasty vibes that they should stay away from my baby boy. apparently it worked... and they went off texting their friends :)

boy, that wasn't as hilarious in writing as it was in person ):

and no, we didn't smuggle anything into C.E.C. - made it easier to say "if you're hungry, it's time to GO"

Kristina P. said...

You guys did a ton of stuff!

And I've lived in the Salt Lake/Provo area for about 20 years and have never been to Mt. Timp.

Anonymous said...

wow girl! it sure looks like a WHOLE LOT OF FUN!
i love the sideways pictures :)

AndreaLeigh said...

great pictures! thanks for sharing!

you were in front of me on sits roll call so I wanted to stop by and say hello!

April said...

LOL!!! Loved the hussy story!! I would have done the exact same thing, except I probably would have verbalized that I had ears and could hear them! lol!!!

You sure did a lot!! Looks like a great time was had by all...even the hussies!

val of the south said...

Impressive week! You did more in a week, then I plan on doing all summer!!

We went to Lagoon today for the first time since I was a teen. Both the rides and the teens have really changed!!

Loved the hussy story!

I must go to bed now, I'm exhausted from your week!

Alicia said...

Hey found you on SITS! Love the hussy story! I'm dreading the day my boys grow up...I'm gonna have to lay the smack down on a couple ladies!! come say hi anytime! I love your button with the temple btw...where did you find it?

just the five of us said...

We love the Spider Ride at Lagoon, it's our favorite! Did you make it to the Tree House Museum in Ogden. That place is worth visiting next time. Sounds like you had a great vacation:D

ps. see I told you that T was hot!

T said...

we did the Tree House Museum last October :)

but as far as T's "hot"-ness... I'm sticking my head in the sand for a few more years :)

Anonymous said...

I love the Timp hike! We used to hang out at Aspen Grove all the time -- we even had our engagement pix taken there - and we'd spend the day meandering up the trail, and then down to Bridal Veil Falls ---

I really don't think I could ever live in Utah, but I sure would love to come back for a visit!

And I wish you had turned around and taken a picture of those hussies so you could have posted the picture so their mothers could have seen them! Woulda' served them right!!!

Debbie said...

Wowza! Way to fit in a ton of awesome stuff in a short week. Looks like you really toured this great state of mine. :)

Nutty Hamster Chick said...

OK now I am exhausted. You guys really have stamina and now wonder you didnt' have time for blogging. What are you going to do for the rest of the summer? Will it be boring after all of that excitement? And I loved the hussie story also. LOL.