change of scenery

After a few short hours home from the western carribean… we packed up our crew in the car and headed for slc, utah! It’s spring break in sunny az…and despite it being the absolute most beautiful time of year in az, my boys all wanted to go snowboarding. I had meetings here in utah, so we decided to make a family trip out of it! The drive took us 11 hours. We drove up through flagstaff and on up through the little town of southern utah. I took over the driving as we crossed the border into utah… we have a dvd player in the car, and the kids were completely happy watching movies and listening with the headphones; eric was reading a book and I had time to look out the window and think. Typically, I am sleeping during these drives. I was SO enjoying the scenery…it was a beautiful day. Light dusting of snow… I just really enjoyed the time to appreciate the beauty and think. it was a nice drive! Eric and I were talking a lot about how our kids have gotten to the point that they can be entertained by books, gameboys and dvds etc… in a few months, we’ll be back dealing with diapers, pulling over to find pacifiers and trying to console a crying baby. Life will change dramatically for us! (understatement)

We woke up this morning to about 6 inches of snow on the ground and still falling! Needless to say, my kids were thrilled! They pulled snow clothes on over their pajamas and immediately went outside to stomp around. It didn’t take long for them to figure out how cold snow is! I guess they decided to try to build a snowman. So they were like trying to make some mounds of snow. Eric went out there to see what they thought, and started to show them how you make a little ball, and then start to roll it. They thought that was about the most fantastic thing ever! The snow was so wet that it was the perfect weight to roll it up. They made a pretty good snowman for a bunch of Arizonans! By the afternoon, snow storm cleared and blue skies emerged and I snapped this photo!
Snowman_3

Today the ‘creative escape’ website went up. So exciting! We have been having so much fun planning, refining, finalizing and imagining more cool things to do…it’s going to be so awesome. It’s cool to have the site up and even though there are a few glitches. Paul, the IT guy at bazzill did like a hardcore-stay-up-all-night to make it happen. If you haven’t already checked it out… the site is: creativeescapeaz.com
You also might notice that there are a couple of links to the shiny-new bazzill blog! You have to go check it out… funny!

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14 Comments

  1. holly 15 March, 2006 at 10:59 pm - Reply

    Heidi,
    i just got the latest HOME COMPANION, Mary Engelbriet’s magazine and your feature is fabulous!!!! What a wonderful, beautiful project – really fun and inspiring, as YOU always are!
    i so enjoy your blog – thanks!

  2. Talia 15 March, 2006 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    Oh, I’ve been checking out the Creative Escape website!! So amazing! I am totally hoping to go…I don’t want to miss out on this!!
    See you in Chicago in a couple weeks!
    Talia:)

  3. jana 16 March, 2006 at 3:50 am - Reply

    i wish i could be there in september! but its too far away….from germany 😉
    love the pretty snowman-he is perfect!

  4. Melissa Raphel 16 March, 2006 at 5:06 am - Reply

    The weekend sounds like a great escape. Wish I could go…but, our budget won’t allow it. Have a great time!

  5. Ali 16 March, 2006 at 7:15 am - Reply

    We live in the mountains in Victoria, Australia. We have this amazing view from our house. My “best” thinking is done sitting on my verandah just taking it all in. Something I do far to little of. Glad to hear that you were able to take in nature, it’s good for the soul.
    Thanks for sharing.

  6. patty 16 March, 2006 at 7:29 am - Reply

    going to try my hardest to get to that “escape”…looks amazing. a bonus is if that new little dolly “baby swapp” is there to peek at! hope you are feeling well and enjoy your trip with the family!
    xoxoxoxo
    -p

  7. Lisa 16 March, 2006 at 7:46 am - Reply

    Oh man…. I’m dying about Creative Escapes. The only way I can go is if I can manage to retire. Seriously.
    School starts September 5 and I’m a teacher. Sigh.
    It is a possibility- but then I’d have to have DS miss his 3rd and 4th day of kinder.
    You’ll have MORE of these RIGHT? At the Pointe?

  8. Connnie 16 March, 2006 at 8:37 am - Reply

    Heidi-
    If I had known you were driving through Flagstaff I would have had you bring pick up my daughter at NAU and bring her up to SLC. She is just starting Spring Break and oh my, did we pay a premimun price for her plane ticket. We live in Montana and have only 2 airlines here…
    Now if your kids really want to snowboard come visit me in Montana and I’ll swap houses with you and enjoy some sunny AZ weather….
    Best Wishes

  9. christina cole 16 March, 2006 at 9:00 am - Reply

    hope you have a fun time here and that your kids are enjoying the snow! and your cruise looked like so much fun! 🙂

  10. Juliej 16 March, 2006 at 9:07 am - Reply

    wow what a change – from the sunny islands of the carribean to the snowy mountains of utah! how cool that you can all enjoy this time together!

  11. margie 16 March, 2006 at 9:27 am - Reply

    Have a delightful time here in God’s country! Your event looks fabulous! Congrats!
    kiss kiss
    m

  12. amber 16 March, 2006 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    oh my gosh ! it’s mini cameron on the left !

  13. Lisa 16 March, 2006 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    My kids and I drove from Las Vegas to the SLC area and back again in January during our vacation. It was my first time out west, and it was BEAUTIFUL. Loved the drive, loved the scenery and the incredible blue sky and red rocks…we don’t have all that here in the east. Spent some time in Flagstaff, too, near the end of our trip…simply gorgeous part of the country!

  14. Las Vegas Hotel 31 October, 2009 at 11:45 am - Reply

    Hey Lisa.i just got bak from vegas and the west with my husband and 2 kids . we had a blast. we booket a ticket via easy click travel and after the amazing prices the charged us , i tell you , i found my travel agency for the rest of my life 🙂

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