Sunday, October 23, 2011

Goblin Valley Camping

Thanks to my wonderful sister in law I have some pictures now of our Goblin Valley Camping Trip.

This past weekend we went to Goblin Valley with the Hadlocks and it was a blast! It was the first time I had ever been down there and the boys had so much fun playing with their cousins. This was a pretty big family reunion seeing as how in the past 8-10 years there have been no camping trips or reunions that last much longer than a day. This was just Morgan's immediate family, except one sister who wasn't able to make it. We missed you Laura!

I started getting ready a few days before, I hate last minute packing and planning. I think I had all our bags packed Monday and Tuesday since that was laundry day, even though we weren't leaving until Thursday morning.

On Thursday morning we all headed up about the same time and stopped together at a rest stop in Spanish Fork Canyon. I thought I had been through that canyon before, but I hadn't and it was really pretty with the fall colors. Logan's favorite part was the windmills. We made really good time and ended up in Goblin Valley about 12:45pm. We got camp all set up and unloaded and then we went to the Valley of the Goblins.

The boys had so much fun running around and getting dirty. We were all pretty much covered in dirt for the three days we were there, but it was awesome. They were good little climbers and hikers. Tragon liked being in the hiking backpack and Morgan carried him around on all the hikes we did. Damon is usually the one that loses his energy first and he did pretty good that first hike I only had to carry him a little ways. I was surprised at how much I held up too being 5 months pregnant, but it was so nice to be outdoors and hiking and watching the boys have fun that I just sort of set that aside for a few days.

That night we had a campfire and made smores and visited. Tragon woke up with little croupe cold, but he was so good the entire time, especially for being sick. The boys were really good to go to bed when they were tired and we didn't have too many meltdowns. Tragon fell asleep by the fire with me the first night and I just enjoyed holding him. Most of the boys and older kids went down to play "Spotlight" in the Valley of Goblins. It sounded like everyone had a blast down there!

Friday morning we woke up and got some breakfast and packed some lunches and headed out for another hike through Wild Horse Slot Canyon. It was quite the hike and quite the climb in some places. Again our boys did great, Tragon slept most of the way in the pack. Logan loved being with the cousins and Damon was trying to keep up. This hike was a little longer though and I think I basically carried him the whole way home. We made up a game that I would hold him until I was getting out of breath, then I would make him walk with me while I counted to 100 and caught my breath. It worked out pretty well and averted any severe meltdowns. I was pooped by the end though. :)

We spent most of that afternoon hanging around the campsite and watching kids climb all over the mounds of dirt or up the little hill that hugged our campsite. We went to a little program, nature hike that the ranger put on and we got to walk around the Valley of the Goblins at night and hear little tidbits about it. Of course Tragon fell asleep in my arms and I think he doubles in weight when he's asleep.

At one point they asked for some volunteers when they were talking about the phases of the moon and had a little display with a big foam sun, and blow earth, and a little moon on a stick. Logan was devastated that he didn't get picked and when we were in the car and hiking back he kept saying through his tears, "I didn't get to be the sun, or the earth, or the sucker moon" haha, the moon display really did look like a lollipop. We really got a kick out of that.

That night we told stories and played "Fortunately, Unfortunately" around the campfire. Papa got a little carried away and scared a lot of the little kids with a spooky story, but I think we were able to convince them all that the story wasn't true. :) We made fire churros instead of smores and they were awesome! We're totally going to use that on our next campout. One by one people started going to bed. We were all pooped from the days adventures. They kids all went to bed pretty good and the second night was much warmer than the first.

On Saturday morning, Damon woke up sick too, so we decided to pass on the hike that we wanted to do and just headed home after we got camp all cleaned up. The kids slept pretty much the whole 3.5 hour drive home. They woke up about an hour in when we stopped for gas, and they ate a sandwich and then fell back asleep. Needless to say, it was a great drive.

They only real inconvenience I felt throughout the camping trip was all the bathroom runs, mostly for myself, especially middle of the night potty runs for me and my puny bladder being squished by the baby, but we didn't have any accidents from any of the boys and that was truly a blessing. Logan did not want to come home he had such a good time. He kept threatening to throw everybody in the camp's cars in the dump if they stayed when he had to leave.

I'm so glad that Morgan was able to get time off work so we could go down and go on our last camping trip of the year. It's our goal to take the kids at least once a year, even if it's just an over-nighter. I'm not sure what the plan is next year after the baby and when it warms up, but I think I will try to remember the camera. :) Until next time...

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Good, Bad, Bad, Good

Do you ever have those days where the kids are just rotten all morning, but then somehow turn into angels in the evening? We have quite a few of those, but today was just the reverse and I did not like it at all. We had a great morning and everything was super duper until about 2:30 and then it seemed like that good behavior and happiness all went out the window. We had rocks being thrown and hitting right on target, faces being bit and leaving quite the mark, screaming, whining, & tantrums galore...all times 3!

If I knew that I had to put up with some really rotten behavior, I'd rather it be in the morning so we can at least end the day on a good note, because I really don't like being in a bad mood when Morgan gets home or when we're putting the kids to bed. :( but I guess that's life with little kids and just part of being a parent, so until next time...

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Itty Bitty Football

This past week Damon has been "participating" (I use that term lightly) in Itty Bitty Football. Logan did the Baseball and Soccer and I thought that it would be a fun activity for Damon while Buddy is at preschool. Damon has been really excited about it. What I didn't expect, but probably should have, was that Damon still has some attachment issues. He was always a very clingy baby until he could move around and follow Logan and I guess I didn't realize how much Logan was his security blanket for lack of better words.

The first day he hardly participated at all and kept crying and coming back to me. The second time he got progressively better throughout the stations, but for some reason the third day was just awful. I don't think he participated in one thing. He said he wanted to play, so I would take him to his team and as soon as I would leave to go sit back by Tragon he would start crying. So, I'd have him come back with me because if any of the "coaches" tried to console him, he would yell at them and cry harder. It was a very challenging day.

I'm still not sure the best way to help him. I don't know whether it's a tough luck kid, if you're going to cry, you just miss out and have to sit by mommy or do I cater to him and follow him around on the stations. I'm definitely not going to just let him cry and throw a tantrum and ruin it for his whole team. I'm trying to find a happy medium and that worked okay for the second day...I'm just not sure what changed that third day that made him so insecure.

He really has fun when he gets into it. So I'm not giving up. I'll still take him next week, he has three more days and it's really convenient to just leave from there to pick up Logan from preschool, so regardless of his tantrums we end up staying for the whole thing. I guess I just bought an expensive shirt that doesn't really even fit him. :) Damon, I love you and I hope I can help you get over your fears, I promise activities like this are good for you. Until next time...

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Dentist

Logan and Damon both had dentist appointments today. Everything looked great and no cavities, just really tightly spaced teeth. Every time we go in, it's the same and teasingly, but seriously they tell me to start saving for braces.

Logan was a real champ and didn't cry at all, he fussed a little that he just wanted to pick his prize and not take the "pictures" of his teeth. Damon on the other hand as soon as they asked him if he wanted to watch Dora or Monsters Inc. started getting mad and yelling at everyone that he didn't want to watch anything. And then of course his answers for the rest of the time came out in an angry voice, but at least he still did what they asked and they were able to get everything done. They really were both troopers! I'm proud of my boys. I just hope they don't get my hopeless teeth and end up with lots of cavities later.

Tragon will have his first appointment in six months with the other boys, so we'll see how he does with that. I still need to get in for my appointment, but I keep putting it off.

Life just isn't slowing down and seems to be going faster and faster, but we're doing our best to keep up...until next time...I better go get my son off the table before he thinks he can fly off by himself....