Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A jaunt down south

It's not very often that the university where my husband works and the school district where my son attends have Spring Break vacations that match up.

It happened this year!

And so we took the opportunity to head south for the week to spend some time with my sister Megan in Utah, and then go further south to Las Vegas to spend the majority of the week with Bill's family. 

 (And yes, I thought of you and waved, Loni, as we drove through St. George.  We even ate at the In n' Out, and sat at the outside tables without jackets....Wow, St. George is beautiful this time of year!!)

While in Utah visiting my sister and her family, we walked around the Mt. Timpanogas temple with my nephew Ryker.  Evelyn, from that time forward, insisted on touching every temple we drove by or visited.

A picture of Mt. Timp temple that Bill took.  It was a beautiful day.  It's always a beautiful day when you have pot roast with potatoes and gravy for Sunday dinner....thanks Meg!

While in Las Vegas, we spent most of our time visiting family, which was wonderful.  But we did try to venture out once a day to enjoy an activity with the kids:

Ethel M's chocolate factory and cactus gardens.

Evelyn was whining for the better part of this excursion, as she tried to make friends with a cactus and decided to shake it's hand....lots of little cactus spines in little fingers.

We love the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay.  We really don't like going to the strip much at all, but when we do, we visit Shark Reef.  Oh, and M & M world.

The highlight of Porter's trip was coming home with two brand new saxophones.  An alto and a tenor.  He has played the alto all year (one that we had been renting) and has begged us to let him play the tenor as well.  We are making him earn the tenor sax.  Right now it is sitting in our bedroom and it is killing him.  He is extremely talented and is leaps and bounds ahead of his band class with his ability.  He can melt any grown woman's heart with his rendition of Edelweiss and make you want to tap your toe to The Pink Panther.  We are starting him in private lessons at the university on Thursday.  He is super excited about it. 

Since being home, we have been battling illness, trying to unpack and do laundry, and just get back into the swing of things.  We have some home renovations that are in the process, and the kitchen countertops to be put in this week or next.  

Pictures soon to come.

Evelyn hand update:  She's healing well.  She's got some pretty good scar tissue that we apply some concentrated cream to a couple times a day.  But overall, we could not ask for a better outcome with the accident.  Time will tell if more needs to be done in the future. 


MegJill said...

I'm so glad you got to go on a spring break trip together! And to warm weather!!! I remember how unusual it was for spring breaks to be on the same week there. Aiden has spring break next week but Brooks still has to work. Many of our friends are traveling but we will most likely just be here. I'm sure we will find something to do that will make it feel like a good, fun kind of break even if we don't go more than ten miles away!
And that is awesome that Porter is playing an instrument! I bet he will get amazing skills with private lessons. And I love that you are making him earn it. I try that with things but often I am so excited for them to get it that I give in! Gotta work on that one.
Can't wait to see the house projects!

Sarah Owens said...

Sounds like you guys had a great trip!!! I think Porter should play at the DC family reunion during the talent show!!!! Then we can all see how great he his....

LGH said...

Hey, Natalie, I've been missing your posts, so glad you are back. Also, happy to hear your daughter's fingers are healing. And, I'm so glad you were able to go on a fun vacation...you deserve it, and it sounds like it was very memorable. That is just so fun that Porter is playing the sax...and earning his own money to pay for one....What a marvelous family you all are.

Shawn and Megan Atwood said...

Nat, it was so much fun to see you and the fam! And I just need to say that Collin Firth rocks my socks:) I'm glad you are putting Porter in private lessons, he has got some mad Saxophone skills. I hope you didn't catch the sickness we had...not fun. We love you guys so much!


'T' said...

i want to hear porter play the sax!

Mrs. Olsen said...

Okay. Your daughter has some sort of spell going with her hands. She touched a cactus? Poor kid!

Nicole Williams said...

Sounds like a fun trip! It is always nice to get away and visit family.

Miss Nessa said...

Oh what fun that must have been. I've been to the Shark Reef at Mandalay (when A and I were on a road trip to CA), but I didn't know Ethel M had a cactus garden. Hmm...

And saxophones are cool. I played a couple of them myself in my huge band instant repertoire (I played almost all of them at one point). Baritone and..tenor? I forget, but definitely bari. Can you imagine lil ol' me trying to hold that thing up?

And yay for healing fingers, even if she also had the misfortune of discovering the existence of cactus spines.

The Lane Family said...

What a fun spring break trip!!! I agree with you the strip is not so fun except for Shark Bay and M&M world and we also like the big ROller coaster!!

The pictures of the cactus was cute with bill and the kids and then with you and the kids.

Poor Evelyn and touching the spikes :(

That is really cool about your son and his interest and talent in playing the saxophone's. I think that is one of the blessings of living near the University..the oppurtunity to take specialized music lessons. SO COOL!!!

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