Thursday, September 21, 2017

Veyo Pool and Crawdad Canyon

We usually make it to Veyo about once each summer. The kids love to go there, more for the crawdad catching than the swimming. It's always an adventure to see how many crawdads they can catch. We use hot dogs for bait and sticks we find laying around. Then it's time to lure them in. This time Sandi and Preslie went with us, as well as some neighborhood friends. Sandi was pretty good at catching crawdads and helped the kids get the big one they were after. 








After catching crawdads for a bit, it was finally time to hit the pool.



A trip to the pool wouldn't be complete without a little snack from the snack shack. These two had fun sharing Bryce's ice cream cone. 
Bryce finally had his feel of swimming and we spent some time soaking up the sun while waiting for the older kids to be ready to go home. 
It was a fun little outing with our family and friends and the best part was that we didn't have to travel to far to cross this item off our bucket list.
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Ice Cream and Goodbye

My Mom was able to say a quick goodbye to all the grand kids, after our trip to Vegas, before heading back to Arizona. We went out for ice cream at the Artic Circle. The hardest part of having her live so far away is that we don't get to see her for very long when she does come and the goodbyes. Since this day she has quit her office job and is going to try working full time from home on her Amazon business. This will hopefully mean she will be able to spend more time in Utah and we can see her more. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Vegas Work/Play Trip

Our Hotel-The Paris
My Mom and Jeff have started an Amazon business. I do a little bit of work for them, mainly helping with purchasing and selling. A few weekends ago I was lucky enough to be able to go spend several days in Vegas with my Mom at a convention. It was lots of fun and we made some good contacts and purchased some fun items. We walked so much during the days that usually by the time we headed back to the hotel we were both beat. We did go out to eat a cheesecake factory one night and did a little shopping another. A first for both of us-we took our first uber ride, and ended taking about 5 during our trip. It was a fun little getaway with my Mom. Hopefully we will be able to do it again.


Yummy Cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Morning with cousins

We spent the morning playing with our cousins at the park. We are so lucky to live so close to many of our cousins and also to have so many amazing parks in our area. Thunder Junction is one of our favorites cause it caters to all ages, but it can get busy and crowded. We got there pretty early so it wasn't bad at all this time.  The highlight of the morning was definitely the train ride (and don't worry Bryce wasn't sitting by himself I just jumped off to snap the picture.)

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Summer Vacation Part 4-Ocean Goodbye, Headed Home, and One Last Thrill

Today was the day we were scheduled to travel home. Nobody really was too excited to go. We figured we didn't need to be out of our room until 10 so that gave us time for one last swim in the ocean. This time we were able to convince Bryce to really get in the ocean and play and he ended up loving the water and having a blast (maybe there is hope for him after all). The kids and adults minus Tanner swam and swam until we dragged everyone out and too the shower. That's what we didn't plan on was the time it would take to get everyone ready and all our luggage to the car and we were actually about 30 minutes late checking out and they were waiting to clean by the time we left. OOPS!


















We also had to make one more run to the pier gift shop as Bryce broke his shark toy and convinced us to go back. After that we hit up a few local tourist shops. Chloe got some decor for her room and we all ended up with a souvenir t-shirt. It was almost lunch time by then, so we grabbed some lunch and finally got on the freeway and headed for home.
There was one more stop we needed to make on our way home-and that was at the state line roller coaster at the entrance to Nevada. It is like the tallest roller coaster in the US or something like that.  Chloe and Landon have been planning and trying to ride this for years, but every time we have stopped it has been closed for one reason or another. This time it was there lucky day and they were able to ride it. Unfortunately the camera on the coaster itself was broken so I didn't get any on ride footage, just a picture at the beginning. Landon tried to take a little video footage but that only lasted a few seconds because of the sheer g-force which wouldn't allow him to hold out his camera. 
While they were riding that Bryce rode the frogger ride. He really wanted to ride the roller coaster but he wasn't tall enough. Thank heavens-I don't think I would have let him go on it. 


We finally made it home. We had a great vacation and spent lots of quality time. I think it was one of our funnest vacations we have ever had. Lots of memories. 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Summer Vacation Part 3-Redsox Game and Sunset on the Beach

Day 3 of our vacation began with a trip to Angels Stadium. Where we would watch Landon's favorite MLB team the Redsox vs The Angels. Chloe, I, and Bryce had never been to an MLB game and neither had our neighbor Brandon and his boys, so it was a first for the majority of us. 
Before the game we walked around the stadium and tried to get some pictures. Bryce was being so grumpy, he didn't want anyone else in the pictures with him. HA! Little stink-notice the only ones he is smiling in are the ones he's by himself.






Landon took great time scoping out our seats when he purchased them online and they were nice and shaded. (Not the case for our neighbors whose sets were right in the beating sun) The atmosphere was really fun and we all had a great time. Landon wasn't too happy that the Redsox lost or it ended up being the shorted gamed the Redsox had played all year-but I though that part was pretty alright. 



After the Redsox game we headed back to the Condo. We decided to cool off at the pool for a little  bit. Chloe couldn't decide why anyone would want to swim in a pool when we were inches away from the ocean, but some family members (namely the two boys) prefer pool water.

After swimming for a bit we had some dinner and then headed down to the beach for a Sunset Stroll. The sunset was beautiful and it was a nice peaceful walk. The idea was to walk with our feet in the sand and ocean, but I think Chloe ended up a little more wet than intended, but really that didn't surprise anyone. 








We had a wonderful day.

Bucket Lis Item on the Day:attend a Redsox Game.
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