Took the girls out of school a week or so ago to spend some quality girl time together.
We spent two nights at the bed and breakfast in Cedar City and went to the Toachan Theatre in St. George to see Tarzan. It rained and rained the whole time and we only got to see about 30 min. of Tarzan because it just so happens that the Toachan is an outdoor theatre, something we didn't clue into. The first 30 min. was good though:)
On Tuesday we saw The Diary of Anne Frank in Cedar City. It was very good and was something I want my children to know my feelings about. I am very passionate about that period of our history and I have pondered a lot about the fact that in a civilized country, with automobiles, brilliant minds, scientific advances, etc. something that horrific could happen to everyday families just because of their race. It infuriates me that there are still people who deny it ever happened, and especially so when we allow these people a voice on American soil.
I could say a lot more about this, but I won't just now.
Instead I'll tell you about the best part of our trip. I noticed a man sitting next to Rebecca. He was obviously Jewish and looked strangely familiar to me. He was very polite and asked about our family and if we were LDS. I only got to speak to him for a moment. My main concern was that Rebecca not accidentally kick him in her constant battle to stay still.
Turns out there was to be a guest speaker for this particular showing of Anne Frank and that speaker was none other than Rabbi Shmuley! Wow--I had no idea! I have great respect for this man and have heard him speak, watched him on the Today show, Oprah, on the TLC show "Shalom in the Home", and even read parts of his books (he's written 27 of them!)
I'm not one to get stars in my eyes over celebrities, but this was truly the exception. I felt incredibly honored to hear him speak and to have actually been in that close of a proximity to him! He is apparently a very good long time friend of Steven D Bennion, current president of Southern Utah University, who taught Rabbi Shmuley some of the fundamentals of our LDS beliefs.
Seriously one of the neatest things I've experienced.
Anyway, we had a very good time doing girl things--like shopping!
We went through the little strip of outlet stores in St George where we bought Rebecca a ton of super cute clothes from OshKosh and Gymboree. Sarah and I were having such fun but Rebecca could pretty much care less. It was pretty tedious for her but she tolerated it and even tried on some things for me. For dinner we tried to make up for it and took her to Red Lobster and she was happy again. Then Tarzan got canceled and she was unhappy again...
Driving in the rain was crazy. There was lightning all over the place and several of the streets in St. George were flooded. Lightening almost struck our car once and the girls were freaking out so much I didn't have to do any worrying myself.
Overall I thought we had a great time. The girls loved the bed and breakfast, even if it wasn't designed for kids. When they wouldn't stop giggling one morning as I was getting into the shower I threatened to do naked lunges in front of them. They thought that was even funnier.