Matt has a week off! I know, surprising. We didn't see Matt too much these last three months because of school, so we needed some time together. We thought it was time to start taking family vacations - our own family vacations and boy are we glad we did. We had such a good time. We drove to Zion National Park in Southern Utah. Madeline did amazing! She was a peach in the car for the whole 7.5 hours there and 7.5 hours back. She kept herself busy listening to Raffi, eating lots of snacks and reading books over and over. She especially loved getting so much attention from her mom and dad. We stayed at Cable Mountain Lodge right at the entrance of the park. It was a really beautiful, nice hotel with a really great price. It's like a little apartment, so Madeline could have her own place to sleep at night. I think it was the off season because the price was incredible!
There were so many awesome hikes to do. Again, it was amazing how good Madeline was (maybe we expected the worst?) One morning we did a 4 hour hike and she was content in the backpack snacking and napping. Matt and I were really able to enjoy time together. The scenery was beautiful. It was so nice to be in nature and make it to the top of challenging trails. It was quiet and a nice change of pace from busy California.