We had the best time while we were in Utah for the marathon. It was a beautiful time of year at my parent's home in Pine Valley. Even though we were there just a couple months prior for our big reunion in July, it was so nice to be there in the 'off' season. It was much quieter (if you can imagine that in an already very rural town!), the leaves were changing, and the sun still baked you while sitting on the deck. The kids never tire of the place, and I enjoyed the slower pace and a chance to leave our fall crazy school/activities routine.
My mom treated us to tickets to Tuacahn. In all these years traveling to Southern Utah...I had never been before! I was thinking low-budget community theater, but I was so wrong. The show was fantastic...very high budget in fact and could rally any touring Broadway company. The theater is outdoors and backs right into the canyon making it the perfect backdrop for the stage. We saw Aladdin. In the first scene they had camels! Like the real deal-io camels! Plus ziplines, a 3D portion, major special effects, and fireworks! The kids totally ate it up. I was nervous about bringing Rylan, but he loved it! He's a loud talker, and he couldn't keep his excitement to himself: "Look at that, mom!" and "Where's the crystal?" (i.e. lamp...don't know why he thought it was a crystal, but we died laughing every time he said it). Such a fun night with grandma, mom, and cousins!
We waited in line after the show to greet the actors.
Other than the show and the marathon, we stayed pretty close to home.
These two had a great time together and are becoming fast friends.
We got to visit my Grandma who was home from staying with Grandpa in the hospital for a couple days. Rylan loves their dog, Sammy.
We spent an afternoon digging through boxes trying to find a 4 inch by 6 inch piece of paper: my grandpa's military discharge papers. They needed it to claim some medical veterans benefits. We found it in a random box...it was a miracle!
And then me, my dad, and Addison drove down to Las Vegas to see him! He was MUCH improved from seeing him shortly after the stroke when he was still in the coma. He was talking, moving, and enjoying the visitors. A couple days after we visited, he got moved to a skilled nursing facility in St. George....which is so great for everyone, especially my grandma. It's been wonderful to see that the Grandpa I know is still in there, sharp as a tack. Now to just get his body back. It's a slow process, but he's improving each day.
I hated to leave the "valley of the pines"...knowing we were headed back to the craziness of life. But, it was a nice reprieve in the middle of it all. And we always just adore the time we get to spend with my parents.