2018's Word of the Year

2018 word of the year- Encourage:
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up... I Thessalonians 5:11

Tuesday, September 5

August Wrap Up- part 1

I kind of left you hanging about our vacation. But it's been a wild and crazy month and blogging had to take a back burner to vacation, the start of school, a garden needing attention and a thousand other little things that needed doing.

Okay, first a vacation catch up. As I said earlier we had planned on going to Kansas City. I had even booked a little apartment for us to stay in so we could really relax. But one day hubby came home and said, "the boys are always wanting to go on a plane ride and tickets to Las Vegas are really cheap, why don't we go there?" So we did a little looking, really wanted to go see the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam, so after checking things out we decided to fly to Las Vegas and then rent a car to drive home. We have friends who live in Las Vegas so they generously invited us to stay with them.

 Picture in the Denver airport to prove to a certain skeptical daughter that we really were flying to Las Vegas!


 The New York skyline was fun to see!



 The next day we were off to see the Hoover Dam. Living close to a dam I wasn't sure this would be that interesting but we've always wanted to go so we did.

 Bridges are much bigger here than Nebraska! This bridge alone knocked my socks off!



 We have one of these at our lake. They call it "Morning Glory". These were bigger though but it was fun to see the ducks swimming around the bottom.



The next day we bid farewell to our friends and headed on the long drive home. It was a beautiful day! At the advice of our friends we drove back through Zion National Park and the to the north rim of the Grand Canyon. I think it was a great decision. Zion was breathtaking and I wish we had taken more time there.





Then it was time to go see if the Grand Canyon was really all that Grand!
 IT WAS!!





The one thing that really struck me was how good the pine trees smelled. It reminded me of walking in the canyons back home when I was a kid. It's just such a pure, homey smell. There are cabins for rent right on the canyon. I think it would be fun to stay there sometime and just relax and enjoy the breeze and take in the aroma. 

 This was taken on the drive between the North Rim and Page, Arizona. It was beautiful country. Great cloud pic!

 They call this Ship Rock. I can't remember if it was in New Mexico or Colorado. I know we saw it right after we left the four corners.

 Mesa Verde, Colorado
 Poor Alex! He is scared of heights and everywhere we went he had to face fears, but he did exceptionally well and by the end of the trip I think he may have conquered a few fears.

 I told Preston to smile and he said he was. In so many ways he is like his big brother Ian. (smile)

It was a fun trip although perhaps too much driving. And the sight below is always a welcome sight after a few days away.





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