I love it when our family can be together and just have fun. The feeling it brings of love, togetherness, fun and bonding cannot be replaced. We had one such weekend, and it was great.
Ben took the day off on Friday and we decided to go see "The Lorax." A move the kids have been asking to see. William sat through the entire movie! We watched it in 3D, and it was pretty cool.
It is a very cute movie, and it was fun to hear the kids giggle and laugh during some scenes. It made me want to go sit in the sun and plant a tree.;)
Then it was off to see the new City Center downtown Salt Lake. In a word...WOW! It was pretty amazing, and very nice. All of the stores, the restaurants, the music, the ponds, the decor, and the whole package were pretty phenomenal. There was so much to see and do, and so little time. The place was huge. We plan to go back soon. We ate dinner there, and then headed off to the hotel.
Right when we got to the hotel, the kids ran to the pool...literally ran.
Sam has been asking for 5 solid days about swimming. "How many days, how many minutes, how many hours." He loves to swim. They swam for over an hour that night, and then we ate taffy and oreos, and watched TV until we all fell asleep. Nice.
The next morning after breakfast, it was back to the pool for 2 1/2 HOURS!!!
William didn't swim, but he was fine romping around the hotel with me and practicing his monkey face.
The kids swam and jumped and flipped and played. They had so much fun. It was fun to see them enjoying it so much. When they got to the point where they were just floating around the pool on their backs, we decided it was time to go. They did one last "goodbye jump" into the pool and then finally got out.
Then it was off to the aquarium. That place was so cool! We all really enjoyed it.
They had some awesome exhibits.
Our favorites were the baby otters, the shark tank, and the lion fish (in the picture above).
This exhibit was our most favorite though. Wouldn't you agree?
We spent a good chunk of time there and had a lot of fun.
We came home after that and crashed for a while (well, Ben and I did..the kids played outside in the warm weather with friends and sidewalk chalk). Then it was dinner and off to Brighton for some night skiing.
I haven't seen Ben and the kids ski for a while, and I couldn't believe how much they have improved. Of course Ben is an amazing skier and makes it look so smooth and fun, but I was impressed with how well the kids did too. They have a great teacher. ;) They laughed, yelled and sang on their way down the mountain. We parked right at the chair lift, so William and I were able to watch them from the hill and/or from the car. Perfect set up. It was a very warm night, so we were all able to enjoy it without getting cold at all. It was pretty neat for me to see Mary and Sam with their daddy, doing something they all love. They skied until they dropped.
By the time we got home, the kids were completely out. In fact, Sam walked in the door and layed down in the doorway. He fell asleep right there on the tile. Ski pants on and everything. It was hilarious!
We all crashed that night, and enjoyed a nice relaxing Sunday the next day. The warm weather and blossoming trees made it a great day to hang out outside. William helped me make cookies and we ate them in the yard. We took a drive up to a place where we would love to live in the future (hopefully somewhat near future), and Ben and I did some dreaming and future planning. It was nice.
It was a great weekend, and something that really makes fun memories and brings us together as a family.