After the reunion ended, the Jackson family headed back to Grandpa Snow’s condo for a few more days of fun. The remainder of Wednesday was spent resting and cleaning up from the reunion. We struggled a little bit with activities for Emily; it was just too hot to take her outside. Grandpa Jackson did take her on a short lizard hunt in the evening.
Thursday we got up early, did laundry and packing, and then headed to the Children’s Museum. The entrance fee was by donation only, and the exhibits were lots of fun for the whole family.
Emily ran around exploring at her own pace. She picked Hannah as her main adventure buddy.
Andrew mailed a tortilla with a stamp on it.
Mindy’s first cow milking experience.
Emily LOVED driving the cars with me as a passenger, she insisted.
The shopping cart was a favorite and it came with us to the bank and capital building exhibits too.
Another car to drive! I hopped in right after the picture.
This room was full of dress up clothes and you could choose different music to play. Emily watched as lots of kids (and older aunts) went on the stage. She decided she wanted to sit on the little bench and watch the action. She tapped her toes to the music, not realizing what she was doing.
Emily and Hannah flying the airplane.
Andrew and Emily played basketball for quite awhile. There were some smaller balls (she signed “little” and said “tiny” to tell us she wanted to play with them) that she also enjoyed playing catch with.
This was a fancy version of wac-a-mole. You run around and jump on the mice. Emily got really into it.
Emily loves playing with bubbles, but she didn’t think being in a bubble was quite as cool as I did. She did stand still and pop it a few times.
This was just cool. A plasma ball I think. Thank you Mr. Tesla.
Andrew, Hannah, and I were exploring in the music room when Emily, who apparently had wandered a bit, came tearing in with the biggest smile on her face and saying and signing “Draw!”. She led us to this room filled with little tables and markers and had a grand time with Hannah who kindly wrote the letters she requested.
When we finished at the children’s museum we went outside to ride the carousel. We had a huge stack of tickets that are part of the St. George Live tour we went on with the Snow family, so we could have ridden all afternoon. After one ride of spinning we all decided that was enough.
Emily enjoyed her first ride.
We came home and ate lunch and then put Emily down for a nap. The rest of us watched McFarland USA. We then went to Frostop to get shakes. Emily was a huge fan of my raspberry milkshake.
Friday morning we left at 5:30 am to drive with Andrew’s Aunt and Uncle to the Las Vegas airport. Our travels home went really smoothly. The only exciting moment was me throwing up in the car on the way to the airport; not my greatest moment, but fairly common with this pregnancy. Bless Andrew’s heart he just told me to laugh.
We had a wonderful, and way too short, week with family. It was so hard to leave, especially because we have no idea when we might see them again. But we are so grateful for the memories we have to keep us until the next time.