Summer flew by and the kids are back in school. I am hoping you had some lazy days full of reading and lemonade (or whatever your favorite lazy thing is), as well as fun times with the people you love. Here's a bit of our adventure!
This raised-in-Arizona girl has finally seen the Grand Canyon! Scotty, Cel and I took a splendid end-of-the-summer road trip. We headed north, to Williams, AZ. I didn't know that such beautiful forest-covered mountains existed in Arizona! We rode a zip line and wandered in and out of the shops on Route 66. Scotty and I even went for a run and took on a couple of steep hills. You know you're a runner-geek when you can't wait to run a new trail in a new place!
|Early morning run with Scotty|
Amazing. That's about all I can say about the Grand Canyon. You just have to see it. We took a billion pictures and returned back to the hotel, exhausted and famished. What a great weekend it was!
We were excited to start Part 2 of our trip - Provo, Utah, to visit my sister and her family! What can I say? Nothing is better than just hanging out in the familiarity and comfort of people you love too much. We stayed up late talking, shopped, played cards, had a family Nerf gun shoot-out and ... of course, went for a run around the Provo River Trail. I love that my sister and her hubby are runner-geeks too! I can't leave Provo without telling you how beautiful it was there. The mountains. And the waterfalls. And the people I love. Simply beautiful.
Vacation, Part 3 took us to Colorado Springs. Oh my. The drive. Ten hours of beautiful mountain roads, through rocky gorges and the summer-green slopes of Vail, and did I mention the mountains? Finally, I got to hug my boy and see that he is healthy and clothed and alive after being away from me for 8 months! It was the four of us again, being a family.
We went to the zoo, Garden of the God's, visited Focus on the Family and Whit's end. I must say, I was most excited about that tour. I grew up without television and Mr. Whittaker and Adventures in Odyssey were my childhood!
|Garden of the Gods|
We celebrated Taye's birthday and ate way too much!
And Scotty and I took a wild leap!
We spent the final day playing laser tag and bowling. It was a day I wished would never end. We said goodbye to our son and hugged him hard. Before leaving Colorado we met up with childhood friends of mine - 27 years later! It was oh-so-wonderful to meet their families and reminisce. I barely remember my food coming or even eating it, before the waiter came back to take my plate. Can't wait to do it again!
|Jamming while they wait for their turns|
|Love these two!|
I'd love to hear about your summer! And then - let's dig into Fall!