Friday, January 14, 2011

A lovely day

In all honesty, the daily grind of housework, errands, childcare, and homeschooling can get pretty boring and tiring sometimes. It's not that I wish I had a different job or calling in life, it's just that I am the type of person who gets bored doing the same of anything day in, day out. On top of that, I did not grow up living in a big city, and when I get to thinking about living in the middle of this metropolis, it makes me feel downright claustrophobic. 

With a newborn in the house, I have not been leaving the house more than absolutely necessary, and even then only on short trips close to the house.

Today, for a change of pace, and because my husband was able to come along, we took a drive up to Payson, and visited the Tonto Natural Bridge. It is such a beautiful place. It is a natural stone bridge spanning a little canyon. It has a waterfall going down from the top of the bridge to the bottom of the canyon. The top of the bridge, of course, is now covered in a paved sidewalk, with safety rails and all, but it is still breathtaking. 

picture found here

We had not been there since I was very pregnant with Becca, so over two years ago. Please excuse the quality of the photos - I forgot my nice camera at home, and took these on my phone. Also, I put the phone in my backpack once we started hiking down, and forgot all about it until we got back to the car, so these pictures were all taken while we were still up at the top.

 The three boys at the top of the "bridge"

 There is a metal grate in the pavement above a hole in the bridge, where one can see all the way down to the bottom. Very cool!

 Isaac and Miriam

The weather today was perfect - while there was a little snow in some shady spots in the forest, the temperature was actually in the high 50s to mid 60s, and very sunny. My idea of a perfect snow day! :) Just enough to throw a couple of snowballs without having to get cold.

Someone is about to get hit by a snowball

We hiked down to the bottom of the little canyon - even the two girls did really well. Miriam hiked all by herself, just holding my hand, and Becky only had to be carried part of the way down. I carried Anna in the sling, and she peacefully slept through it all. The boys had fun climbing on the boulders right under bridge, although I was very nervous about them slipping on an icy patch and falling into one of the (no doubt very cold) pools of water. 

A view of the bottom of the canyon from up top

After a couple of hours, we headed back home. There is a town right on the outskirts of the Phoenix metro area called Fountain Hills. Their claim to fame is a giant fountain in an artificial lake that sprays water hundreds of feet into the air for 15 minutes every hour. Because it was still light and warm outside, and time for dinner, we decided to make a pit stop by the lake and let the kids play on the playgrounds and watch the fountain. We had brought along food for a picnic lunch, and there was enough left to also feed us dinner while we were there. 

The kids had lots of fun feeding the extra bread to the ducks at the lake, and then chasing them all back into the water again and again. Although they thought of it as corralling them. There was a fancy gelato store there, and we got some for a treat. Would you believe the place sold such strange flavors as tuna gelato, and sardine gelato? My husband asked the lady about it, and she said they made gelato for cats and dogs. I knew this was a ritzy place to live, but please... gelato for a pet?

The best part of it all was getting back home just in time for showers, storytime, and bedtime - and the house was still picked up and tidy because the kids had not been home during the day to make a mess of it! I think I need to get back to doing weekly field trips again for the sake of my sanity.

The kids were so tired they went to sleep as soon as I sent them to bed, and I am enjoying researching some things I have been meaning to look up online and working on a couple of future blog posts while nursing Anna. Miriam felt a little warm when I put her in bed, I hope she isn't coming down with something.

Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. How fun! I haven't been there; it sure is nice to get away sometimes!

  2. We ALL get cabin fever and I imagine you do especially after the snowfall with which almost everyone has had to suffer!

    Is Isaac still dressing up as Daniel Boone? You should tell him Daniel was number six of eleven children, so he came from a big family with lots of brothers and sisters, too. And that he liked to READ--no matter where he went he had The Bible with him--and was usually the only person in his hunting groups who could read.

    I mentioned the tuna flavored gelato to my husband, (I was blessed with a husband who loves to cook) who told me that 'savory' flavors, such as octopus, fish, and beef, are popular in Asia. I'm with you, though--yuck. It must taste like I imagine cold cat food tasting. And do you put that on a waffle cone or a cake cone? ;) So many questions...

    God bless,


  3. What a lovely post. You all look like you had a great time. It sure looked like a fun beautiful place to visit.
    Thanks for sharing

  4. Great post! I love your posts about your family doing things together.

    The picture with the impending snowball hit was great.

  5. I was born and raised in Phoenix and have so many fond memories of Natural Bridge. Sooooooo, do tell. How does going to a State Park, funded by the government and set aside for citizens to enjoy, fit into your hate of socialism? :)

    I just read your Hate Post and realize you wrote it in retaliation to the forum that you linked. I never knew about that forum when I wrote about your blog. I disagree with what you write about homosexuals. I think it is disturbing and makes you a bigot. But I don't hate you.
    After reading that forum, I realize that there are an awful lot of people out there that actually hate YOU. How does that make YOU feel? Does it make you feel bad that people who don't know you HATE you? That's how homosexuals feel every day that they wake up.

  6. Michele,

    did you know that the natural bridge is much older than the US parks service? In fact, not even that long ago, it used to be free and open to all, with no rangers on site, and it looked just as beautiful then. Some people must think that the sun won't even rise tomorrow morning unless our government says so. Seems to me that they just decided it would be a good way to make some extra money by setting up a booth and charging admission for something God created. How do I feel about that? I think it is wrong. But since they charge admission everywhere now, i'm just glad they don't yet charge me to breathe air yet.

    As far as forums, I was not referring to any specific one, nor am I aware of any linking to that post specifically. I was making a general statement based on past experience. But based on your comment, it sounds like my prediction was right and some forum is linking to me. I have no time nor inclination to follow who says what about me/us on the internet. They may say whatever they like, it honestly doesn't phase me in the least, or even make me curious.

    Neither do I care if people hate me. They hated Jesus and called him the devil - how much more shall they do to them of his household?

    The diff between me and a homo is that I am not a violent pervert. People wake up every day hating murderers and rapists, too, and it's not the same as hating others not guilty of those crimes.

  7. Michele your tolerance and open-mindedness is exemplary.

  8. Michele, the biggest problem that homosexuals have is not that other people hate them; it's that the sin they're doing has caused them to hate themselves. Check the statistics on drug use, suicide, and life expectancy of homosexuals and the numbers back up what I'm saying.

    Homosexuality is not a sin like any other sin, it is iniquity that damages the mind, heart, body, and future of the people involved in it. It is a sin though, and the Bible says that all sin is forgiveable under the blood of Jesus Christ.

    I John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

  9. What a beautiful place to visit Zsuzsanna! The scenery looks breathtaking!

    I am amazed and impressed that you had the energy to go hiking with your family, after only giving birth several weeks ago!

    I'm glad you all had a lovely day!


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