My sister and Scott recently welcomed Michael Knox Jones into the family. About a week before the little guy arrived, we hosted a shower in their honor. My sister has so many wonderful friends from school, work, single days and more, who joined us to celebrate.
Mom baked a yummy brunch menu and I did my best to provide some entertainment with the baby Price is Right game. We had a couple lucky ladies who had done baby shopping at Target in the last week, so they definitely were at an advance.
There was no shortage of present helpers! The kids were busy and anxious for a turn.
Anne and soon-to-be sister in law Maddie
Mostly just loved hanging with some of my favorite ladies...^
This weekend we loaded up and headed to St. George for a few much needed days away. We've been dying to visit Zions National Park. Frankly, we're both a little embarrassed to have lived in Utah for 5+ years and never been.
We got a late start in the park on Friday but still managed to hike the Three Emerald Falls trails. We were lucky to miss the heat of the early afternoon. Most of the trail is market easy to moderate but I was stunned at the number of people in flimsy flip flops. The waterfalls made the paths super slick and someone in casual shoes could totally fall and hurt themselves. Just sayin, people!
Shuttle ride to trail heads
The views were amazing
I love how much fun he can have with just a stick and some mud!
The boys loved the tight "narrows" like parts of the trail
On Saturday, we were in the park bright and early, starting out with the Weeping Rock trail and the Riverside walk. The Riverside walk had the best views of the iconic slot canyons. Those trails open later this year; we are hoping to hit them up sans Crew in the next few months. The paved path was littered with photographers snapping pics of anything and everything. The path is also a popular place for very social squirrels. Crew was in heaven.
Boys check out Weeping Rock
Trail Head to the Narrows
Relaxing on the lawn at the lodge
After lunch, we took advance of Crew napping and hiked the Hidden Canyon trail. I'm very glad I didn't know what to expect at the end. Despite it's beautiful views, the end of the trail is basically a rock ledge with a chain to shimmy up against. Not my best mommy moment. I was kinda freakin out.
Cole packed Crew up and down the trails like it was no one's business
The view down
Did I mention views? :)
Love this guy!
Favorite memories at the park include:
Crew throwing any and every rock possible in the river water. Happiest boy ever
Crazy squirrels attacking our peanut butter and honey sandwiches
Cramped shuttle rides with lots of other smelly hikers :)
Losing track of Crew for a minute in the gift shop and finding him here:
Crushing a difficult hike and feeling amazingly strong while doing it.
No cell phone reception
Soft reminders from the man in the pack, "Careful, daddy."