So I was about to blog about my first week at the bank, but then I realized that I haven’t really written anything about our vacation to Southern Utah last week. So for now, suffice it to say that my first week at the bank was great and I learned A LOT. I think I’m really going to enjoy this job and will learn a ton about the world of banking and the world of business. More on that later.
As for our vacation, it should actually be called a “trip” not a vacation. A vacation is where you get away from so many of life’s frustrations (i.e. children), and a trip is where life’s frustrations are strapped into the back seats of your car, constantly whining, crying, complaining or needing to stop to use the restroom! During our trip, we put 900+ miles on our aging minivan, and although the trip wasn’t perfect, we had a great time together. Here’s a quick recap of the first two days…
Sunday, April 6
We loaded the kids up in the car and pulled away from our house just as General Conference was beginning. Our plan was to travel to St. George (four hours away) while our kids were restrained in their seat belts so they couldn’t get out of listening to conference. It worked pretty well. We had to stop in Nephi for a potty break and then continued on for another hour to historic Cove Fort, which was about five minutes off of I-15 and about 2 hours 15 minutes from our home in Riverton. We ate sandwiches for lunch there before watching a short movie on the history of the fort (built by President Hinckley’s grandfather) and then going on a tour with a senior missionary, Sister Jones. After the tour, Sister Jones asked us for a referral and then took this picture of our family in front of the fort.
We got in the car a little after 2:00 and were ready to listen to the Sunday afternoon session of conference, but the reception in the area was poor and we really couldn’t hear anything. Parley was happy about that since he dreads having to listen to conference. I was disappointed that we couldn’t listen to it, although we were able to pick up President Monson’s closing talk while were were approaching the town of Hurricane. (A few days later I downloaded all the sessions and saved them onto my iPod. We got to listen to the closing session on our drive home, which was very nice.)
We arrived in St. George at about 4:30 and drove to our condo immediately. We stayed in a beautiful two-bedroom condo at the WorldMark resort in St. George. The weather was great, the grass was green and there were leaves on the trees. Parley thought we had left the telestial world and had moved into the terrestrial at least! He kept saying “I love St. George!”
That evening we took a look at the pool, but refrained from swimming in order to better keep the Sabbath day holy. The kids were VERY anxious to get into the water, especially since the pool had a little waterfall. But instead we ate a spaghetti dinner prepared in our condo and just relaxed that evening. Two of my favorite “Mormon” movies were playing on TV, so we enjoyed watching parts of them: “The Other Side of Heaven” and “The Best Two Years.” It seemed to be a good way to end our Sabbath.
Monday, April 7
The next morning we were among the very first to get into the pool, and the kids LOVED it. We swam for a long time and then played air hockey and ping pong in the resort’s rec room. (Ping pong isn’t any fun when your opponent can’t return the ball more than once or twice in a volley — I was chasing the ping pong ball the whole time…)
After lunch, we took the kids to visit the St. George temple, the Visitors’ Center and the sculpture exhibit that I blogged about in an earlier post. It was fun to go there, but the kids got a little tired and so we took them to the Wildlife Museum near the St. George Convention Center, which they seemed to enjoy a lot.
We had dinner at the Cracker Barrel that night and then headed back to the condo for, you guessed it, more swimming! It was a lot of fun. I’ll save my description of our trips to Zion and Bryce Canyon for another post. Stay tuned…