Friday, December 30, 2016

Beautiful Bryce

Bryce Canyon was the perfect little getaway for us over the Christmas break. We went almost two years ago during the winter and loved it - the contrast of the red rocks and glistening snow is unreal. We will keep going back to Bryce again and again...such a wonder! It was so nice to get away, turn off our phones, and spend some quality time together as a family.

We purchased some Yaktrax to hike the Queen Victoria/Navajo Loop trail since it was so packed down (we didn't need our snowshoes) and I'm so glad we did. They were not as bulky as snowshoes but perfect for the slick snow. The hike was incredible. I can't wait to go back in the summer sometime!

I'll admit though, road tripping with a six month old was much harder than with a two month old. The two month old slept a lot more and the six year old just wants to roll and crawl around. By the time we made it home after four hours of driving, we felt so bad and gave him lots of nakey free-reign time.  It's all about compromise as a parent, right? Still, the frustration was worth every minute.

It was also kind of tricky sharing a hotel room between all of us...we opted for a double queen room and I'm so glad we did. We put the baby to bed in one bed and then huddled together in the other bed and watched movies on the laptop.

Favorite moments:
-David found his toes! Laying in bed one night, we took off David's socks and he reached down and grabbed his cute!
-Walking through one of the arches on the Queen Victoria/Navajo loop trail...breathtaking!
-Leaving the baby in the car (we learned our lesson) to take a quick picture and then hearing within minutes him screaming in the car #momfail
-David rooting around on Braden's chest...hilarious
-Babywearing on the back for the first time
-Hiking up the canyon by Two Bridges on the Navajo Loop trail - stunning!
-Blue skies
-Terrible food at Ruby's Inn glad we opted for pizza from Bryce Canyon Lodge the next day!

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