It was quite the full house when we got to my parents' house Friday night. Chad, Maddie and their dog Scout of course were already there, Craig, Marcie, and Max had come up from Kingman to hang out, and my brother Nick is running the Boston Marathon on Monday so his kids Sadie and Drew and their dog Mazie were staying at my parents. Add my parents, Jason, Brad, and me to the mix and that was 14 adults, kids, toddlers, and 2 dogs at one house. It was a party!
Saturday morning we decided to go to Red Cliffs pretty early. The reason we wanted to go early is because one of the most depressing things about southern Utah these days.... or really any cool hike or natural beauty that is Instagram worthy.... is everyone now knows about it. Red Cliffs can get miserably crowded in the springtime.
But luck really went our way this weekend. Whether it was because it was 2 weeks after Easter so most spring breaks were over or because the weather didn't seem ideal (it was only 55 degrees when we started hiking) We pretty much had Red Cliffs to ourselves! (Which is completely unheard of these days, especially on a Saturday, especially when it was sunny outside!) And there is something about the St. George sun that made even 55 degrees seem superduper warm!
Drew (age 7) was our tour guide that led the way telling us all about the hike that he has done more times than he can count. Brad and Max did shockingly well on the hike (Max probably did better than Brad running almost the entire way) Brad was too excited about touching the sand every couple feet and picking up rocks. But really he did well too!
I knew it was going to be almost impossible to keep Brad out of the water so by the time we got to the second pool we just stripped off his clothes and let him go at it. The water was bitter cold but Brad had a blast running in and out of the water, throwing rocks and watching them splash, and even chasing around a little tree frog.
After Red Cliffs we went straight to The Habit for lunch. We went back to my parents' condo in St. George and Brad was begging for a nap! While Brad napped Jason went rock climbing in Snow Canyon with a friend and I joined Chad, Craig, Marcie, Drew, Sadie, and Max at the pool. Once again as luck would have it, we had the pool all to ourselves! It was a great day.
When Brad woke up from his nap rather than taking him back to the pool, I let him play in the backyard with the water hose and he was happy as could be!
Sunday included making a full Easter feast and of course angel food cake with strawberries and whipped cream and our family favorite, jello cheesecake. (I think I should do a whole post on the recipe because it is a cheesecake like no other I've ever experienced.)
We went to church at a married student ward where my dad was the high council speaker. What a lucky stake my dad has! Usually high council Sunday is definitely not something to look forward to, but my dad is such a great speaker!
After church Max and Brad were able to do their own little Easter Egg hunt (the bigger grand kids got to do one later) Brad and Max's eggs were filled with stickers and other toys.
Then us Parsons did what we do best..... eat and talk.
It was a wonderful weekend.