Paige was learning how to crawl and climb while we were there. Like her Uncle Mike, she is a blankie cuddler and thumb sucker, which makes for a pretty easy baby! We enjoyed walking down by the river and at the park nearby, Emma found her older neighbor friend who quickly took her under wing. They climbed rocks and played in the water fountains. Grandpa and I enjoyed going to watch a couple of Emma's soccer games. We were quite amused as Emma tried to figure out all the rules of the game, including no picking up the ball with your hands, and no tackling! She is a little like Ferdinand the bull, chatting with her friend or chasing butterflies on the field. She had some nice kicks, an accidental header, and a strong throw-in or two. I think her favorite part of the game was getting to wear her pink shorts, socks and shoes!
On Friday morning, Stephanie and I took Emma and Paige for a little rafting experience. It was a beautiful float down a portion of the Green River, even though Emma was not in the mood to get wet or dirty. Grandpa was kind enough to help us shuttle the cars!
Saturday, we took a trip to Flaming Gorge. Ben was planning to take us out on their boat, but since a storm was blowing in, we decided just to take a scenic drive out to the gorge. When we arrived, the weather was actually quite nice, so we hiked around a bit and discovered all kinds of fun things. Grandpa showed Emma some soft leaves she could use if she needed to go potty in the wilderness. Emma thought that was pretty funny! Emma found some crawdad claws, a bunny, and some crazy rocks which we made into funny faces. You've gotta love her pirate girl! Skipping rocks and a rock throwing target in the water kept us entertained for a while before heading back home. (Definitely a couple of Hill Family activities in action!)
A trip to Wyoming wouldn't be complete without attending a rodeo! This time we left the girls at home with a sitter and went on a double date with Stephanie and Ben. We even caught some prizes that were randomly thrown to the audience. Yeah, we were also wondering what those crazy light up toys were!
Sunday we went to church and Emma got to wear her new birthday dress from Gaga and Grandpa. She sure knows how to model! Paige was pretty cute in her new purple dress, too! It was great to see their new ward family, where Stephanie is enjoying teaching Relief Society and Ben was working with the Young Men and Scouts.
We packed and loaded the cars with camping gear and departed from Green River on Tuesday, with sights set on more fun in Utah with Bobby's family.