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.

Friday, October 11, 2013

The Desert and Zion

The kids were so excited to see the desert.  They talked about it for weeks leading up to our trip.  I don't know where this excitement came from, or why they all shared it, but we thought their excitement would wane once they saw the great expanse of nothingness.  We were wrong.  They thought the desert was pretty awesome.  It was fun to "see" the barrenness through their eyes.
 We had an impromptu lesson on wind energy along the way.  Kian was especially impressed and for the remainder of our trip, pointed out any windmills he saw.
 Did I mention we took our kitten with us?
Yep, we're insane.
We're ok with it.
 We were very impressed by the LONG desert trains.  This is where we camped on our first night....right by this beautiful train bridge.  Our camper is parked right behind where the kids are standing.  Many trains went by in the night, and coffee was a welcome sight come morning.
 Watching trains.

This is what a typical pit stop looked like for us.  If we couldn't find a rest stop with a large pull out for trucks, we found large empty parking lots.  Lunch was made in the camper while the kids scootered.  Not all pit stops were as interesting as the hotel surrounded by a roller coaster, but these kind of stops were key on our long travel days.
Two LONG days traveling through the desert and then.......

 When a baby lifts his hands in awe of the huge red rocks and gently raining waterfalls, you know you're in a pretty amazing place.

 Arrow loved the slimy rock walls where the water dripped down.

 Road School.
We are learning how to identify trees.
NOT as easy as I thought!


  1. Ugh, Arrow in those overalls! You're killing me! For the record, I also thought the desert was cool for the first couple of months I lived here...the amazement goes away, haha! But I am glad your kids liked it, and were able to appreciate it. Zion is gorgeous! :)