June 4-6, 2016 – Jon, Nathan and Sam visit St. George Part 1

John and I arrive in St. George a few days early to prepare for Jonathan, Nathan, and Sam’s visit. We need to get the house ready by moving the furniture around and setting up the beds for the kids. We must stock the refrigerator and pantry with grandchildren-friendly foods. And of course, there is the general clean-up that needs to be done since we have not been in St. George since January.

John washes the back windows
John washes the back windows
The view through our newly clean windows looks great!
The view through our newly clean windows looks great!
We buy a big Boston butt to make carnitas
We buy a big Boston butt to make carnitas
Nathan and Sam's room is all set up and waiting for them
Nathan and Sam’s room is all set up and waiting for them
Clark and Lewis stay behind to be the welcoming committee
Clark and Lewis stay behind to be the welcoming committee

Finally it is time it is time to go to the airport and pick them up.  We are very excited. Spotting them coming down the escalator, I get in position to take a picture.

Yay! They've arrived!
Yay! They’ve arrived!

Our plans for the ride home was to stop at Cedar Pocket and have a picnic under one of the shaded tables. The Virgin River runs right through the park. It’s narrow and shallow at this point and I figured the kids would have fun throwing rocks in the river and hiking around. But as they say, the best laid plans…  The temperatures are soaring and there is no way anyone wants to sit outside when it is over 110F out. So we stop at McDonalds in Mesquite instead. The weather forecast this week is to be really hot. We are going to have to adjust.

On Sunday we get up early to play tennis. At 7 AM the temperature is only around 70F and the sun has not gotten above the cliffs.

Jonathan playing tennis
Jonathan playing tennis
John on the court
John on the court

We take Nathan and Sam over to the pool at Entrada. Nathan is totally water-safe now while Sam still has a ways to go.  Over the course of the week he will come along way. After swimming the boys enjoy Beeba’s mac ‘n cheese.

Mmmmm, mac 'n cheese
Mmmmm, mac ‘n cheese

On Monday we spend quite a while at the Sand Hollow Aquatic Center. The pool is huge and has a big slide and currents. Sam is really taking to the water now and is no longer afraid to put his head in the water. He is floating well and can propel himself forward on his stomach and backwards on his back.

Monday night we have tickets to Peter Pan at the Tuacahn Amphitheater. Even though the play starts late, Nathan and Sam stay awake through the whole thing.  They enjoy Peter Pan flying around, clap to keep Tinkerbell alive, and enjoy the short fireworks display. (As an aside, I never realized how creepy the story of Peter Pan is.)

Nathan and Sam enjoy frozen lemonade with Daddy
Nathan and Sam enjoy frozen lemonade at Tuacahn with Daddy
The set for Peter Pan
The set for Peter Pan
Everyone is happily anticipating the play
Everyone is happily anticipating the play

In Part 2, we go to Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s