At the end of June we drove down to St George for a little road trip. We went swimming as soon as we arrived. Last year Chase screamed when we put him in the pool. This year he didn't scream, but he lifted his legs up trying to keep them out of the water. I think it must have felt a little cold. He was happy to sit on the side and be cuddled in a towel until we went inside.
We always love visiting the upper emerald pools, and kids love splashing in the water at the top.
On our way back down we saw a rattlesnake close to the path! Some other hikers nudged it along with a stick to get it away from the trail.
On our way back to St George we stopped in the ghost town of Grafton. I loved seeing the old houses and especially the cemetary there.
We made one more stop at Snow Canyon, to "Jenny's Canyon." It was a super short walk, not even a hike at all, and the slot canyon there was spectacular.
The rest of our time in St George we enjoyed swimming, shopping, and seeing the 4th of July fireworks show downtown with some friends.
In the middle of July we had the Hill family reunion. We all enjoyed hiking around Silver Lake with my parents, and several other family members.
The kids loved swimming around with their cousins, and taking the little inflatable boat as far out as they could.
We visited the Jacksonville Zoo all together, and had a great time even with the extremely hot temperatures.
The night before Mark and Jill left Jacksonville we all went to the beach and got some pictures right before sunset.
The next day was our last day in Jacksonville, and we spent the morning at the beach. Ethan and Julia searched for (and found) shark teeth. And Chase spent plenty of time digging in the sand.
That night we drove down to Orlando and the next day we went to Disneyworld's MGM park.
Our favorite part at MGM is always the Fantasmic show that they do right before the park closes. We went a little early and saved seats, and 5 minutes before the show was supposed to begin it began to rain. There was some lightning too, and they ended up canceling the show. We were SO disappointed, but knew that the later show was really too late to attend because our flight was really early in the morning. We got out to the tram and waited in line to board. When it was finally our turn Derek turned to me and asked if we should stay and go to the later show. I did NOT want to stay. We were all drenched from the rain, and Chase was so tired and ready to go to bed. I left it up to the kids though, and they decided that they wanted to stay.
So we headed back to the giant line for the show, not knowing if it was even going to happen at all because it was still raining. I stopped in the restroom to change Chase into his spare clothes from the diaper bag, but they were wet from the rain too. Derek went in search of some milk for Chase, and luckily found some at a restaurant, and they even gave him a cup of hot water to warm up the milk. The line started to move and we all went and found seats in the center of the amphitheater. It was still questionable as to whether or not the show would be happening, so when it started everyone cheered. The show was amazing, as always. And in the end we were glad that we had stayed. We changed everyone into dry clothes in the parking lot since our luggage was in the trunk. The kids fell asleep in the car on the way to the hotel, and we had to wake up Ethan and Julia to help us carry everything up to the room. We got to our room at around 1am, and had to leave at 5am the next morning. We nearly missed our flight that morning because we should have gotten up earlier, but thankfully we made it, and Chase slept through the entire first leg of our trip. What an eventful way to end our vacation!
On the hay ride at Thanksgiving Point
Julia's soccer season started back up at the end of August, so that added one more set of games to attend.
We also went to Seven Peaks several times during the summer since we had season passes.
We also took Derek's parents up to Squaw Peak to see the lights. There was a lightning storm across the lake, and fireworks at the baseball game, so we had 2 shows to watch.
Right before Derek's parents left we visited the Thanksgiving Point gardens (our second time for the summer). It was spectacular, as always.