We had bad timing for our trip. (Record-breaking, sweltering hot temperatures in Phoenix.) We got a speeding ticket on the drive down. (But this time it was Steve, not me!) The housekeeper at our hotel threw away a bag full of laundry. (But it was mostly easily-replaceable kids' clothes and whites. Yes, those whites.) And the drive home through Grand Canyon National Park took over 15 hours, and I had to slam on the brakes about 15 times for deer. (And we didn't even break down and buy a DVD player.)
But don't worry, there were PLENTY of highlights:
1. Waking up to this beautiful sunrise at Lake Powell.
2. Arriving at our hotel and finding out it was even nicer than it looked online. And then learning about the activities they had for kids, every hour, all weekend long. This was a pleasant surprise, since we've stayed at a few resorts where we've been very embarrassed to even have kids with us.
3. Going to eat at a couple of really neat restaurants. And noticing every little detail. The picture of the gum paper is for you, Angie. And I really really wish I could eat that chicken & mozzarella sandwich right now.
4. Seeing Kim (Kerns) Rolfe and family. It was the first time I had seen her since the day she was married, some nine years ago. And reminiscing about Uintah High School basketball trips while Steve searched for the missing key. (I can't believe I forgot to take a picture of Kim and her cute girls!)
5. Taking the girls to get their hair cut. And adding a little color. (More on that later.)
6. Swimming in the pools. All eight of them. Actually, I think we only swam in four. And went down the 138-foot waterslide dozens and dozens of times. And watched College Road Trip from the pool on Saturday night.
7. The part where the manager of the hotel called and said that since the housekeeper threw away our bag of laundry, they would credit our account for one night's stay and to expect a phone call from their insurance company about reimbursing us for the cost of the clothes.
8. Hundreds and hundreds of these incredible Saguaro cactuses. You can learn all about them on the Kids Menu at Sonora Grill.
9. Watching these four kids experience the Grand Canyon for the first time. The IMAX movie is right: pictures and words just don't do it justice.
10. Going on family vacations where there is no cell phone coverage.
11. Paying Lucy to be quiet for two straight hours on the drive home! (No picture needed. Just imagine silence.)