Our Annual Summer Utah Trip

We recently spent a week up at my Mom’s in Orem, Utah, as we do every summer and we had such a great time this year.  We usually try to do a mix of activities with the kids and some kind of project.  But, this year there were so many fun things that we wanted to do with the kids, that we didn’t end up working on a project at all. 

On Monday, we took the kids to a place called Hang Time that has a bunch of trampolines and foam pits that you can jump into.  The kids had so much fun that we ended up going back multiple times throughout the week.  When we were done there, we stopped by Krispy Kreme for a delicious (and totally healthy) lunch of doughnuts and chocolate milk (hey, we were on vacation!).  Later that afternoon, after the kids had their naps, we went to the Lindon City pool for some swimming.  Their pool was fantastic.  It had several toddler areas, a lazy river and a big waterslide.  All of the kids had a blast.

On Tuesday, we decided to take the kids on a hike.  We had done some internet searching and found what we thought would be the perfect hike for the age ranges of our kids.  The hike was up to Steward Falls in Sundance.  This hike was supposed to be a two hour roundtrip hike to some beautiful waterfalls that is perfect for small children.  Well, let me just say that we were in for a surprise.  When we got there, we took the ski lift up to the very top of the mountain.  From there, we had to hike along a very narrow trail that was mountain on one side and a huge drop off on the other.  Let’s just say, this was not meant for small children.  After a really long time of hiking and pretty much all of the kids complaining, we finally reached the falls.  By this time, we had already been hiking for almost three hours, were out of water and only had small snacks when it was well past lunch time.  We took a break for a bit to rest up and then headed down the mountain.  Both of my kids were too small to walk the whole time, so my nephew’s friend and I took turns carrying Annalie and Stella on our backs.  Hiking in the summer with a 30 pound kid on your back for two miles is no easy feat.  By the time we got back, we had been gone about 5 hours and had hiked five miles.  We were all filthy, exhausted, thirsty and starving.  Let’s just say we all slept really well that night.

 
On Wednesday, we took the kids back to Hang Time and then later that day drove to Salt Lake City to have dinner with my Dad and visit for a while.

 

On Thursday, we took the kids to the aquarium in Sandy, then out to lunch and later that evening had a BBQ at my Mom’s house.  The food was delicious and the weather was perfect.

On Friday, it was time to make the drive back home.  The kids were so good in the car, thanks to my nieces riding with us and keeping them entertained.  Annalie and Stella had so much fun playing with their cousins.  Annalie was so sad when we were driving home.  She kept telling me that she wasn’t ready to go home yet and kept asking over and over if we could go back to see her cousins.  Overall, it was a fun, successful trip!

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