Saturday, April 23, 2011

Spring Break 2011

With our Germany trip coming up in the Fall we decided not to travel anywhere for Finley's Spring Break. But that doesn't mean we haven't had any fun. This is how we spent our few days off (WARNING!!! - LOTS OF PICTURES AHEAD) ...

We met up with our friends at Playworld. No pics, just lots of fun at the indoor play center in West Valley while it rained outside.

Children's play area at the Church History Museum. 
They re-did this area recently and it is SO cute. Way better than the outdated exhibit from before. The kids love it here. It was our second time going. The first was a nightmare with lots of crowds and unsupervised children. This time was much better and the kids had a blast. They even got to ride the TRAX train.

 Fishing on the boat.

 Chillin' in his newly built temple while contemplating life.

 Trying to turn the VERY HEAVY pages on the Golden Plates.

Destruction of the Temple.

Baby Animal Days at This Is The Place Heritage Park
We went first thing in the morning so that Ryan could come along with us before going into work (he took a 1/2 day). It was awesome. All the cute baby chicks, bunnies, the one baby kid, some lambs, piglets, and the calf were out to be enjoyed. Berlin loved being able to hold the bunnies and had no fear. Finley was a little more hesitant.

All I know is that I am grateful that I don't have the obnoxious kid that runs up screaming and then grabs the little animals, holding them upside down while shaking them silly as their parents look on and laugh. No wonder the poor animals scattered from them as they literally dropped one to torment another. I secretly wish someone would scream, pick those kids up, grab them too tight, hold them upside down and shake them silly ... just to see how they like it. Needless to say, that's when we moved onto the pony rides - before I caught myself being rude to the child.

Next we hit the petting area with the bigger animals. I love that we can just walk around and hang out with the goats & sheep. It's great for the kids to have this close-up experience. Especially since we'll be getting some chickens next year. This little goat couldn't get enough of the kids and he just walked with them the whole time we were in the petting area. Finley and Berlin loved it. We just might have to get us a pet goat too.

These two couldn't get enough of each other. This is the strangest cow (yes - it's a cow folks) I've ever seen. Her baby calf was also pretty darn cute too.

In the old schoolhouse the Humane Society had animals up for adoption. Ryan (based on our experience adopting Bentley 7 years ago) warned me that we shouldn't go in there or I would get all emotional. I laughed him off, but sure enough after going in and falling in love with the two border collie/lab mix pups that were in a cage, I started to cry. I really really wanted to adopt one of them. It always breaks my heart to see animals in a cage like that waiting to be loved.

The kids panned for gold, made some AWESOME Spring crafts (bunnies from a pair of socks, tissue paper flowers, and bird feeders), Finley chatted up the local Barber (that was a funny conversation indeed), checked out the dirt houses, and then we went to help some Pioneer women do their morning chores.

I'm just wondering ... how do I get my kids to work this hard at home?

So, even though we didn't go to some hot, sunny, warm exotic locale, we did manage to find some fun things to do around town. Now all the kids can talk about is Easter morning (tomorrow) and of course Finn's birthday next week.

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