With Thanksgiving just around the corner, my to-do list stretches all the way from here to Kentucky. Even so, I wanted to take a break and blog about our latest adventures before life speeds past.
Talia Lily had a birthday!
Other loves: drawing, crafting, biking, singing, dancing, and of course, playing with her siblings. Best of all, we cherish her generous heart. While working on a project about families, Brooklyn wrote about how Talia has a "talent" for sharing--I couldn't agree more.
In our family, we trade off every other year between friend and family birthday parties. As this was a "friend" year, Talia invited a few cute girls over for a princess celebration. We ate pink cupcakes, painted wands and tiaras, and decorated T-shirts.
Despite limited sweets, Talia really had a pretty remarkable celebration this year. Since Jason had a business trip that overlapped with her special day, we pulled both Brooklyn and Talia out of school to join him on one last company-financed Hurrah before our family no longer fits in a rental car.
First stop: Salt Lake City.
Other trip highlights: dinner with Grandma Susie and Grandpa Charles at the Old Spaghetti Factory, trying out Talia's new rollershoes on the bike path in Moab (she's quite talented at doing the splits in them), and of course, the gorgeous ride home. We took the long route, which extends all the way from Arches, through Capitol Reef, into Escalante, past Bryce, and finally through Cedar Breaks before finally snagging the interstate home. Definitely worth the extra drive time.
Our very favorite stop, however, was Goblin Valley State Park. The kids were absolutely enchanted with all of the "smurf" houses. If you don't mind, for the sake of time, I'm just going to dump the photos. Fun hardly needs any explanation when exploring God's all-natural play place.
After a long and glorious game of chase where Gargamel (Dad) chased all of the smurfs, it was time to hit the road again. The kids all agreed, however, that Goblin Valley State Park was the best park ever.