Over the weekend, my older brother Matt and I took our older kids up to East Canyon Resort, a timeshare condo about an hour away from my home. My parents bought the timeshare years ago and I’ve gone up there once or twice a year ever since. I arrived with Parley, Brianna and Lily on Friday afternoon and we stayed until Saturday night. Matt arrived with his three boys — Sam, Ben and Jon — just in time to enjoy a pizza dinner together. During the next 24-hours, we played games (including pool), watched movies, ate snacks, went sledding and just relaxed at the condo. On Saturday afternoon, we spent some time in the loft of the resort’s lodge, where the kids played games, did puzzles and messed around while Matt and I hung out and talked.
At about 5:45, one of the employees at the resort told us that since we were planning to go home that night, we should probably leave right away so as not to get stuck in a huge snowstorm. So we hurried back to the condo, packed up, cleaned and left. The drive was harrowing with blizzard-like conditions in some parts and the kids were pretty worried. To aggravate this scary situation even more, I hadn’t planned very well and realized that I was running on empty. Parley prayed that we wouldn’t run out of gas, and we made it to Coalville just in time as we were seriously running on fumes. What a relief that we made it! (He bore his testimony about it the next day in sacrament meeting.) All in all, we had a wonderful time together.
Here’s a little experience that made me smile during our weekend trip. On Saturday afternoon, I took 3-year-old Lily to the restroom in the lodge which had automatic water faucets, an automatic paper towel dispenser and even an automatic soap dispenser. As I was helping her wash her hands, she reached out to get the soap and the motion sensor detected her little hands and automatically dispensed the soap. She squealed with surprise and delight and then exclaimed, “Daddy, it’s a miracle!”