We did lots of boating, and swimming! So fun, and some wake boarding for a few! We had so much fun! We went to rainbow bridge and to dangling rope and then just here and there. We ate, and ate, and ate! There were tears more than once thinking of what was to come. It really was a fun trip!
It started early and that made it even better. Kris said that when he looked at his Friday office that they had given him the wrong Friday off, not the Friday we were gone, but the one before. So when he told them they gave him that Friday off and then they never filled the Friday they had originally given him So he asked if I wanted to leave Thurs. He only works half day Thursday so How could I pass up the chance. Well in calling and organizing our quick retreat, we realized that someone was on the house boat and would be there until Sat. That night we had gone to visit Papa and Vonda's and started talking about their condo in St. George and when we got home we started talking and called to see if we could stay there for a couple of nights. They were so nice to let us and so we were on for the next day. I called my sisters and Whitney was the only one that could leave with us, and we were thrilled to have her! Thurs I ran around like crazy to get things done and packed to leave as soon as Kris was done.
Just in case you were wondering what a 7 hour drive to Lake Powell looks like for us, this is what it looks like... And YES! It's the whole time... no lie, just as Whit. It was nice that we got to break it up a little bit with St. Gorge as our first stop!
We left Thursday and stayed in St. Gorge Thursday night Friday night (Swimming, eating, playing on the play ground and just relaxing) and then got up 1st thing sat and headed to McDonald's for some breakfast (You know! Breakfast of champions!) Then made the 4 hour drive to Lake Powell.
When we got there early afternoon and then it took some time to get everything unloaded and put where it needed to go and all of that good stuff. Then we spent time boating, laying out, swimming, and hitting up the marina for some ice cream! Sunday we went to church in page... We ran into several people from our stake and ward. So funny! Here we are 7 hours away from home and we are seeing the same people that we would see at home. Monday we had a great Memorial day again doing much of the same thing. Kris left early afternoon so that he could get home to work on Tues. Whit and I hung out with the girls Mon and Tues. We did the same things. We took the boat out, I never really go far without Kris, but it was enough to get out here and there and have a little change of scenery. We swam and laid out! A bunch of guys came on this huge barge like boat to drop a bunch of baskets on the lake floor for divers to come clean up the trash from the bottom of the lake. They were really fun and quite entertaining!
Kris got back Tuesday night. Craig, Abby, Kat & McKay drove down with him and Cameron and Sierra followed. Stella was having a hard time sleeping so I put her in her life jacket and in the stroller and we started to walk up the dock to see if they were close. Holy Cow! We had perfect timing! We got up to the parking lot right as they were all unloading. It was so late and dark that McKay walked right passed me and Craig was about to. We scared Kat... so funny! We were glad that they were all there and safe! We got back to the boat and the Manning's all headed on top to sleep, Kris put Stella to bed and then hit the hey himself. Kat, Cam, Sierra, Whit and I all stayed up talking and laughing.
We went shopping the next morning for all of the grocery's and everything we needed and got everything back and put away. Then it was time for Stella to take a nap so I stayed behind and put her down for a nap while Kris took everyone else out on the boat. My parents got there later that day early evening. Then the trip really started!
We went to Rainbow bridge one day, trip to the sand hill, boating, spent lots of time swimming behind the houseboat, going off the slide, we celebrated my parents 33rd anniversary, lots of boat rides and plenty of tears. Thinking of moments that will be missed and time that will pass, and things that will change because they are leaving and while they are gone!
When it was time to pack up and head out it was kind of hard to leave. In fact I was fine staying a few extra days. That's the nice thing about summer... no schedule or hard set plans, free as a bird.
Molly has always been so good to ride in the car. Even now that she is a big girls she really can wait to go pottie for such a long time. Most of the time we have to stop for either Kris or I to go before she ever has to! This is what she looks like most of the trip.
Poor Whit had to sit by Stella and tried to keep her happy and entertained... an imposable job!
Kris trying to get his finger in his nose before I shot the picture!
Here is Stella with one quiet moment. The sad thing is that she will not ware these for longer than 20 seconds!
K here is the sad thing! My camera died the first morning we got to St. Gorge, so I didn't really get pics from St. Gorge! Don't worry we got one pic of our Yummy breakfast!
Molly getting Stella up the first morning we were in Lake Powell.
Here they are reading books together in Kris and I's bed.
The girls ready for church, just waiting to leave! Nice! Love the closed eyes!
Boat Rides! This is one of Stella's Favorite things ever!
Dad and Stella driving the boat!
Whit and Molly!
Whit tried to teach the girls how to do the peace sign... Let's be honest... totally Japanese! LOVE It!
Molly and I swimming behind the boat.... It was so cold, but Molly wanted to keep jumping in, so I stayed in with her... Really cold!
We had to get ice cream! So good! The girls loved it!
Breakfast on top of the house boat!
Molly chill'n on the back of the boat!
Molly laying out with the girls on the back of the boat! She is so cute! Love this pic!
K this was one of my all time favorite moments of this trip! I looked over and McKay was totally reading to Molly! Molly was in heaven having McKay and Abby there!
Abby, Molly, and Kat
McKay and Mo!
Mo and Abbs!
off for a boat ride! (Don't worry the jacket is cliped on to the boat! I think we always stress everyone out when they see our boat, but it's a great place to keep the wet jackets!)
Mom and Dad! We got a cake and some candels to surprize them!
The sand hill! I love this place! It can get really hot later in the summer and late in the day, but it's so amazing!
What a handsome husband!
Stell, Abbs and Mo!
Molly and dad swimming!
Grandma, grandpa and Stella!
More ranbrow bridge.
Molly wouldn't sit anywhere but on Abby's lap on the way home! She totally fell asleep on the way home and it was a long boat drive! Abby was so cute with here! Really it was so much fun!
Stella is always wanting to be the drivers helpper! She really loves the boat. She will be the one who will be our boat pro as she gets older. She and Kirs are a lot a like in that way!