When I was young, my dad used to take us on adventures all of the time. We didn’t have a lot of money (although we never as kids we never knew that) so most of our activities were just exploring. Thus the name “adventures.” We went all sorts of places: library, canyon, random fields, landmarks, even the city dump. We loved it! We still all talk about it all of the time.
This is something that I have decided to start doing with my kiddos. My goal is to not spend a lot of money and to make it fun and entertaining. I want them to look back on this time in their lives and remember the adventure that we had together.
Although my pictures are all in reverse order, this is our trip from today starting from the car ride home.
I love how the littlest things in the word are extraordinary to a two year old.
Posing at the side of Saltair. My great grandparents met each other at Saltair, so this was a cool place for me to visit. I don’t think that I have been there for 25 years. I think Toad’s face in this picture is priceless.
I insist that they DO love each other. I tell myself that every day as part of my daily affirmations.
Nena wasn’t cranky but, she certainly looks it in this picture. I think that she was going for a James Dean look.
The MILES of endless “beaches” at the Great Salt Lake.
Saltair from the back.
We had to walk about a half a mile (although I am betting more than that) from our parking spot to the water. The sand was yucky and I was wearing heels (surprise surprise,) but the kids LOVED it.
Nena has heard about the Great Salt Lake for a very long time but has never seen it. She was thrilled out of her mind at the chance to see it and touch it.
The yucky mud that the kiddos loved. Needless to say, my car needs to be detailed now.
Toady was fascinated by the ground.
They wanted to run to the water but tired quickly. Like I said, it was a ways out there.
I love seeing that kiddo run. He is hilarious.
The dreaded part of the day is where mom makes you pose for pictures. Had we thought ahead a little bit more, I would have had the kiddos wear something semi cute or decent. They look like I picked them up on the side of the road or at a charity auction. Nena insisted on wearing my visor. Her hair was so cute today but, she “NEEDED” that hat.
I love that Toad.
Sooooo….. the main purpose for our adventure was to go out and see my friend’s new home. Seeing the Salt Lake was just a side trip on the way home. My friend Shel and her hubby Rick just built a home out in Stansbury Park. For those of you that are kinda familiar with Utah, it is by Tooele. It is on the complete opposite side of the Oquirrh Mountain Range. You have to drive around the entire range to get there. (I am making it sound like it is SOOOO far away. Really it is about 45 mintues.)
Stansbury is a community built surround a beautiful lake. They have gorgeous homes and beautiful scenery. Rick and Shel have a water view from their home and it is just amazingly beautiful.
Bear and Nena was thrilled that they could go right up to the water and see the ducks. They sat throwing rocks and dirt into the lake for the longest time.
All of the waterfront homes have docks on the back of them. The lake prohibits motorized watercrafts but, most homes have paddle boats or canoes. It is honestly amazingly pretty.
Loving the ducks.
I will admit that I am thinking that this would be a fun place to live sometime.
Shel taking my kids down to the water.
Toad absolutely fell in love with Rick and they talked about Dandelions the entire evening.
Thanks for having us over guys. We had such a great time.