Monday, February 21, 2011

Canyons of Providence: The Fam Weekend


Since my Dad left for India on Friday, my dearest Mother decided to pack up the kiddos (not in suitcases, I promise) and come and see us for the weekend. We have a 2 bedroom townhouse, which is totally not big enough for everyone. Still, I was more than willing to sacrifice to see them! I don't get to spend nearly as much time with them as I would like. Fortunately for my sanity, Jonathan's grandmother sweetly volunteered to house some of the crew for a few days. They arrived at our humble abode Friday night and we had such a fun time eating pizza and catching up.

Saturday morning I awoke to a knock on the door. It startled me at first, but then I remembered..."Oh yeah, my family is here." I opened the door and my Mom and my littlest siblings galloped into our house. All I can say is that I've never been happier that we own a PS3 and have cable. My brothers were occupied by Jonathan's games and my sisters were glued to the Disney channel during our down moments. (They don't have cable or a PS3...thus the fascination with ours.) After some coffee and a bagel with cream cheese, we ventured out for a trip to Providence Canyon State Park. Fun times.

This is my irritated face. I thought we'd never make it to the park. First, my mom almost ran out of gas on the way...and we were out in the middle of Timbuktu with no gas stations or sign of civilization in sight. My little brother said, "this would never have happened if Dad was here." So true bro. Fortunately, a nice person saw us on the side of the road and said the blessed words, "there's a town 5 miles ahead." Then, my phone went dead after 1/2 hours of using GPS. Then I had to resort to our old one, which hasn't been updated in over a year. Apparently it didn't know about roads in Timbuktu. It was quite an adventure to say the least, but we made it at last!

It was a pretty neat sight.

Lunch ensued upon arrival...we were starving.

It was a PERFECT day for hiking.

Once we reached the canyon floor is was very muddy. Supposedly  it is because the floor is so close to the water table or something.

The sibs...minus my brother Matt.

My poor sis didn't bring any closed in shoes besides her Sperry's, so she had to wear an old stinky pair of flats I found in the back of my closets. Those shoes have been to India and the Philippines. Their last venture was here. At least they saw daylight one more time before a wonderful future in the trash!

You weren't suppose to climb...but...we did anyway.

All hail Luke, the conquering hero!


It was really quite a sight.






I couldn't believe how warm it was! My legs were able to see the light of day for the first time in months!




Luke liked showing off his mad jumping skills.

It sure was an adventurous afternoon! Not only did it keep the kiddos entertained, but I had an excuse to do something out of the ordinary. I highly recommend this state park to anyone who likes hiking and adventure! 

Sunday, I had the privilege of worshiping with my church family and my mom, brothers and sisters! They were able to see us lead worship at our church, which was very exciting for me. They've heard me sing and play my entire life, but not with my husband in a worship setting. We love to lead worship together, so I was glad that my family was able to see us "in our element" so to speak. It was a great Sunday to say the least! 

Alas, all good weekends must come to an end. We saw them drive off after Sunday lunch. Until next time dear ones!



18 comments:

everyone calls me bon bon said...

Beautiful pictures! I love your scarf too. What a great weekend with your family:-) xoxo

Destined For Now said...

These pictures are amazing! I absolutely love the black and white with clouds in the background. Sounds like it was worth a few mishaps to get there.

Ashley Slater said...

Your pictures are beautiful. I am so jealous as I am seeing everyone's warm weather pictures. I am looking out our window to a fresh 4 inches of snow (and still coming) and it is bitttter cold. Thanks goodness I will be in orlando in 3 days!

Also, I didn't know you led worship! Me TOO! Although, I haven't done much since we started traveling. It is hard to find a church home and then integrate into the worship team when we are only in one place for three months. You should post some videos on youtube or something, i would love to hear you guys!!

Rhiannon Nicole said...

What gorgeous photos!! Wow :)

Leanna said...

The fact you are wearing shorts makes me seriously jealous. Although when it finally warms up enough for me to do the same, I'm not sure if I'll be brave enough to show off my pasty whites! haha.

Ramsey said...

Tis is incredible! Family is the best!

Megan said...

looks SO pretty!

Michelle said...

that does sound like a lovely weekend :)

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Wow what a fun and gorgeous weekend!

Anna said...

Wow, what beautiful scenery!! Great photos!!

PS - Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog. SO happy you commented so I could be led to your blog... LOVE it!!

the Poston's said...

Hi. SO jealous! If only I lived close to canyons! great pics by the way!

mary said...

hello gorgeous weekend! hello gorgeous you! hello gorgeous blog! xox! im your newbie follower!

Ashley said...

What a beautiful place!! And your EYES are GORGEOUS!

Missy said...

Amazing pictures! :)

Renée said...

You have a lovely family, looks like you had an amazing time!

Brooke said...

That's amazing they got to see you in church like that and what a great day minus the bad stuff that happened!

Chelsea said...

You are gorgeous girl & this looks like it was an amazing day!!!

ApachesPrincess said...

Beautiful pictures and state park! It looks like you had an amazing time! I love staying at state and national parks! So much to explore, and I like supporting them! We were just on Yosemite and it was stunning!! If you haven't been there, it is a must see! I think it would be amazing in the spring - early summer, when you can see rainbows in the waterfalls!

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