Thursday, April 19, 2012

Zion and a Century Ride

Aaron signed up to ride a century ride in St. George with his buddy (and our old Bishop from our BYU days) Mike Dicou.  So we headed up a few days early and hiked around Zion!  It was beautiful and I think we had the only 30 hour period all week where it didn't rain!  Hooray!

He loves me.  Can you tell?

Silly tent faces.  Dad brought us tons of blankets (to put over our sleeping bags) to make sure we all stayed warm.  The kids slept great.  So did the big pregnant lady. 
Tent bedtime stories

Hiking to Emerald Pools - the kids did the "Moderate" hike all the way to the upper falls!  They were hiking champs!

Once again, dad came prepared to keep everyone warm when we started freezing!

I love this face.

At the lower Emerald Falls.  Van loves "waterhalls" so this hike was so fun for him!

Van with his "waterhalls."


My belly isn't really deformed... I just carry lots of stuff in my front pockets...

Washing his hands with mud on the Virgin River.  We hung out at the river right before we left for only about 30 minutes.  The kids could have spent 3 hours there.  Good note to mom and dad.

Van was obsessed with the shuttle buses.  He'd yell "shuttle bus!" every time he saw one... which was a lot.

Dad and Emery at the top of the 2nd hike we did - The Canyon View trail.  Beautiful - and windy - views from the top.  It was fun!!

While dad rode his century ride in St. George... in the rain and low 40s... burr... we had to find some place fun to play inside.  Antigravity Trampoline Arena is the place to be!!  We all loved it!

Despite the near freezing and rainy weather, Van thought it was a good idea to play in the fountain at the finish line in downtown St. George.  This kid has a thing for water... regardless of temperature. 

And then he finished waiting like this.  He was frozen.

And she was frozen, too.  What a trooper waiting to yell for dad as he crossed the finish!
The biking dudes at about mile 50.  Aaron was this happy when he crossed the finish line too.  Though I'm sure he was walking better at mile 50.  Crazy husband!  He loves a good adventure!

Finishing this race was a big accomplishment.  It rained ALL day when they were on the bike.  They were covered in mud, freezing and soaked to the bone.  What a guy!


The Rust said...

Looks like way fun.......and cold! COngrats Aaron you are awesome!!!

McKinley {Haolepinos} said...

That seems like such a great time. You make one of the cutest pregnant ladies I know!!! Seriously, how do you do it? I looked like I was the Titanic about to sink down to its watery death... I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS!!!

Anyways these photos are hilarious! Your kids are too cute and I think they are a perfect 50/50 mix between you and Aaron. You have a beautiful family Brit!

Jessica said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE Zion! And you did it all pregnant... what a trooper. All these pics made me miss the land of the South; maybe we have an unscheduled family vacation this summer!

Looking forward to that baby coming... best of luck if I don't check in before!

Jen and Ky said...

Britt! What a fun weekend! Kylan did the St. George weekend a couple of years ago and we were all melting - crazy UT spring weather!

I have a favor - well some good news really. One of my best friends here at Stanford will be moving to Las Vegas at the end of the month for the summer while her husband interns (which means they will likely be moving to Vegas next year after school). The catch is that my cute friend will be about 36 weeks pregnant when they move! She needs to find an OB and doesn't even know where to start. Would you be willing to help give some tips or contacts for OB's that you and your friends or family use?

Sorry for the annoyingly long blog comment - I'll call tomorrow. It's always good to have an excuse to call!