To Grandma And Grandpa’s House We Go!


Not only did we just make our very first trip to visit my parents since they’ve moved (which was a little under a month ago), but we made our first trip to Utah over the weekend. It was a two for one deal for all of us (Daddy Dom, Uncle Chris, Mia and me). My parents used to be a 10-minute drive from us and now they’re 6+ hours away. You can find me all bummed out about this over HERE.


Anyways, we all headed out of town at the what-the-hell-am-I-doing-up hour of 5:30am, which means waking up at 4am for me. We grabbed some donuts on our way which Mia decided to stay awake for before she dozed back to sleep for a few hours at the start of our trip. She actually slept for most of our ride into Utah, thankfully. We had planned for this which is why we decided to leave town so early.



We made a little pit stop in Las Vegas (yay, it’s on our way) which broke up the length of the drive. It was the first time that Dominic and I had been there together. Nothing all that exciting to report from the city of sin. It was too short of a stop to really do anything besides lose some of our cash money at the Blackjack tables and have a bite to eat. We arrived as hopeful to play our luck as every other shmuck who enters that town, and left as disappointed as most do.



Less than a few hours later, we had made it to Grandma and Grandpa’s new house. Well, it’s a temporary new house since it’s a rental and they’ll be making their way into their permanent new house that they just bought in a week or few. Mia was so excited to see both Grandma and Grandpa. It’s still weird to me that this is going to be our new norm.




Overall, we had a very nice trip. It was short and sweet since we only had about a day and a half to spend together. My parents had checked out a very scenic and beautiful hiking spot called Snow Canyon a week or so before we made the trip and were excited to show us out there. It didn’t disappoint. All of the photographs you see in this post are from that hike there. Mia had been so good during our whole trip up until getting out of the car for this hike…no clue why. All of a sudden she was whiny, crying, fussing, didn’t want to walk (refused to walk, actually) and it took my mom and I about 15 minutes of bribing her, playing nice and then pulling out threats and stern voices before she realized how amazing this day could be. Below is a shot of her in protest of the hike.


She finally left her cranky pants at the car and fully dove into nature, hiking up the cliffs and “baby stairs” on her own and exploring like the little adventurer she is. She loved it, as did all of us.




It was nice to be out and about with my whole family (brother included), I can’t really remember the last time we were all together like that.





After our time in Utah, Dominic and I both decided that this area of Utah wasn’t at all how we had envisioned it to be. It’s a lot more desert-like and dry than we thought. I know that it’s winter and there’s less greenery around, but I think we had pictured more trees (pines) and forestry. It does offer a lot of really great nature walks, trails and canyons to explore, though. That’s something we really do like and we’re looking forward to future trips when we can explore more, especially Zion National Park! That one, we’re dying to check out.

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On our drive home, we hit up Primm instead of Vegas for some lunch and gambling. It’s much less crowded and the table minimums are cheaper. I had to kill time, roaming around the food court and arcade area with Mia since there’s not a spot on the casino floor that I can sit with her since she’s a minor. But it was worth it since Daddy Dom walked away from the Blackjack tables with $300. Heck, yes. The rest of our drive was long and mixed with some traffic here and there. Mia was awake for at least half of the drive and we almost made it back home without a single fuss. She broke down about 20 minutes away from home and cried out for “Gramma” for about 10 minutes straight. We were all cranky by that time and so glad to be out of the car and at home.

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Thank you, Grandma and Grandpa, for housing us for the weekend and for showing us a little of your new town. We’re still bummed that you live far away, but it is what it is and we do look forward to seeing more of what Utah has to offer in future trips. Next time we head on up, we’ll have another kid with us!


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  1. What is her camera?

    • It’s Kidizoom by VTech. My brother got it for her for Christmas and she loves it! Can’t quite figure out ALL of its features yet (games and filters) but she sure can snap a great photo. Price is around $35/$40 at Target :)

  2. OHMYGOSH! I don’t know what I’d do if my parents up and moved 6 hours away! Hopefully they’d leave my younger sisters behind. They only live 5 min drive from us presently too and I’d like to keep it that way! Fabulous belly by the way!!!

    • It’s a pretty huge transition for us all. To be frank…it totally sucks :( Enjoy that closeness while you have it! I never thought my parents would ever move away, especially while my 1st child is so young and before the second has even arrived. Thanks for the comment, Rachel :)

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