After 5 years of being a stay-at-home mom, I found the wonder of mothering slowly starting to get crowded out by the mundane feeling. I realized our world seems to surround people with the negative, and complaining about blessings seems totally acceptable. So I decided to fight against that "normalcy" and focus only on the positive. I look back to my first year as a mom when everything was new and keeping house was fun and I aim to have that attitude again. This blog is my outlet to showcase the daily miracles that surround me in my blessed life as a stay-at-home mom so that I will never forget the wonder of it all.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Garden City, Utah

In Logan, Utah, we were faced with a dilemma.  Both routes into Yellowstone, our ultimate destination, were expecting snow.  Not only did we not have chains, we did not even want to attempt to travel in snow.  We found a place for the kids to play, and we poured over our paper map, our map aps, and our weather aps.  Finally we decided to head up the way we originally wanted to go, getting to the Utah/Idaho boarder, and staying at a KOA there to wait out the storm.  Though this wasn't our original plan, the break was actually nice.  We had been traveling nearly every day, and the kids were longing for a campsite to spend a few days in. 

After leaving Logan, Utah, we were instantly thrust into Fall as we traveled through mountain valleys with jutting black rock cliffs, colorful trees, and the meandering Logan River alongside the road.
 Once at the KOA, we spent a few day relaxing.  We got some school done, lots of laundry washed, and the kids played outside in the off and on light rain.

 We did the touristy thing and tried the raspberry shakes Garden City boasts it is famous for.  However, we were the only tourists in the tiny "city" of Garden and were lucky to find one place still open to serve us the famous shake.  And even that place was closing for the season in a few days.  The temperatures were freezing, our trailer was not heated, but we enjoyed those raspberry shakes.
This is Logan and his James.  They have a super cute story that I hope to find time to share here one day.  My mom made James a soft harness and leash when she found out her crazy daughter was going to let her grandson road trip with his kitten.  Logan was walking him this day but tiny James was shivering and cold.  So into Logan's sweatshirt he happily went.

We played quite a few rounds of miniature golf, which the kids loved.

We enjoyed the camp's playground.

 One very cold day we took a walk along a boardwalk carved through a marshy field of cattails.
The boardwalk led us through an arbor of trees,

 and out to the beautifully blue Bear Lake.
The kids were fascinated to learn that the Native Americans from this area believed there was a monster inhabiting Bear Lake.  From that time, through the settlement of the city, and to present day, sightings have been recorded.  The kids differed on their belief of whether or not there was a monster in the lake, but all of them were equally intrigued by the idea.


  1. Wow, that lake is astonishing! I love that Felicity is wearing a huge winter coat, a long dress, jeans, and...flip flops! You might be from California if... :) And your camper is adorable. :)

  2. stunning photos! everything about you is so cute! Your camper, your kids and your kitten!!

  3. I love that picture of Felicity under the arbor! Undoubtably, a trip your family will never forget and will look back on with warm feelings despite the cold:)