This is possibly the dirtiest my children have ever been. I had to wash Carter's hair three times. Oh well, they had fun, and it was bath night anyway!
Poppa, Carter, Teague, and I took a walk last week. It was perfect weather and for once the mosquitos weren't too bad! Teague enjoyed the stroller for the first time. Usually he wants to be out of there.
When I came home from work Friday, this is what Daddy had Ave in - two leotards, and three skirts. She looked gorgeous!
My parents asked us if we wanted to try Salt Lake this year instead of Yellowstone - why not? It was quite a spontaneous little vacation. Here we are at the lovely Hampton Inn, all my boys were happy to be out of the truck.
On Saturday when we got there we took a little walk to a huge mall with so much stuff in it. The kids's favorite spot was the Children's Discovery place. They stayed there until it closed. They had all these different tubes for plastic balls right when you walked in. The two vacuum tubes did some awesome stuff to Ave's hair! That's a band-aid on her neck - she's obsessed with them right now.
They really liked the construction zone. Carter went back to it about four times.
Lando looked great in his chef gear. They all liked the mini house. Avery looked so funny sitting on the tiny red couch. The kitchen was lots of fun though.
They made us some delicious meals. Landon fried some cheese, Avery boiled some milk, and Carter gave me a whole fish. Yum!
The little store was awfully cute too. Carter was the cashier. Avery had a cart full of stuff - mostly bread and peanut butter. It was just a really cute place. I didn't get many pictures because Teague was passed out on my shoulder. There was also a rock wall, a farm with a giant horse to sit on, a gas station, a waterfall thing with boats and ping pong balls. Tons of stuff!
Carter played us some awesome music before we left. He always has his tongue out like that now - I'm not sure why. We did go upstairs to the second level too. They had a little news set you could sit at. I should have got a picture of Carter there. He looks way better than most of the reporters I work with!
Sunday was the big day...the zoo! We spent almost 4 and a half hours there. It was awesome. When I looked it up online, for this summer only they have 15 animatronic dinosaurs scattered throughout the zoo. They were awesome! This is the first thing we saw when we came in - a triceratops.
Teague got a new hat right when we got there. I had a blue one for him, but it was way too big. His new Hogle Zoo hat was perfect - he didn't mind it at all either.
This dilophosaurus was definitely a favorite. It (and it's baby) squirted water out of their mouths to cool everyone off!
The big kids got some binoculars and squirting fans too. Ave used her binoculars a lot...she's so cute.
They had a dino-photo op. It was cool. How many kids get to sit on a T-Rex. Carter loved it and he looks so little. It makes me laugh!
These kiddos had a fine time together. Here they are with a gorilla. They were good about letting us take a couple pictures. They all wanted to go in different directions though!
They had a giant wooden elephant that squirted water too. Good thing - it was hot!
Our best attempt at a family photo. Oh well, you get what you can! We were watching the elephants so it was a bit distracting.
There's a couple of the elephants. I didn't get a good picture of the baby though. They have a baby girl elephant that was rolling in the mud. She was so cute!
This was a nice little cool off moment. We got some water, I fed Teague (who was the best baby ever), and the kids went on this giant shady carousel. It was huge. Carter and Avery picked giraffes. I think Lando was on a snake, but he was on the very inside and I couldn't catch him.
Not the best picture, but these lynxes were so cool. They were pretty tired, but one of them sat up and looked at us. I love their ears and their big eyes. Reminded me of my days as a Lincoln Lynx!
I think the giraffes were my favorite (the tigers were cool too, but they were just lounging). I just couldn't believe how huge they were. I know they are the tallest animals on earth, but it was amazing to see.
This gorilla was quite amusing. Right when we got there, he flopped down and covered his face with his hands. No pictures please! Sorry buddy, just one.
The ultrasaurus was cool looking. It was really neat how they turned their heads. Even their eyes looked pretty lifelike. Whoever made those, Bravo!
They had a nice little playground in the middle of the zoo. Surprisingly the kids only played there for about ten minutes! Kyle got this nice picture of Carter and Ave in an egg. Can you tell they were enjoying themselves?
Our last adventure at the zoo was the train ride. Here's a very cute picture of Poppa and his granddaughter. They are pals.
They were trying to wait patiently. They did a pretty good job. What cute boys huh?
This is my train picture. Sorry Mom, I only got your hands. Kyle, sleeping Teague, and I were in the last seat. The train was very cool.
The gift shop was our last stop. We had to have some souvenirs of course. Two dinosaurs and a couple snow leopards and we were ready to roll! So so much fun!
We thought the kids would be passed out on the way back, but we were wrong. That's okay though. The hotel had a great pool. We had lots of fun down there.
Landon got this fishing pole and some little plastic fish at the zoo. Carter played with it a ton down at the pool. Carter also had an alligator and rescue boat from the zoo gift shop. Mom and Dad got Teague a tiger onesie and some cute dishes. They are spoiled kids!
There are some pictures where Landon and Erica look so much alike it's scary!
We had such a day of fun on Sunday. After swimming, we decided to try out this place called the Hollywood Connection. It was an indoor amusement park, which was perfect since it was quite rainy. They had a good deal ($5 each), and they could go on everything. Bumper Cars (Carter's favorite - he was hilarious going after his dad), a little dragon roller coaster, this huge spinning balloon ride, another big carousel, a huge obstacle course. It was awesome!
They also had a giant mini golf course (that sounds like an oxymoron). Carter held his golf club like a hockey stick, Landon was pretty good at it, and Ave just threw her ball with her hand! Grandma and Erica looked like pros of course!
On our long ride back on Monday, we stopped at Idaho Falls. We had a tasty lunch and then Poppa remembered a little park by the falls. It was really nice and wore the kids out effectively. What a great vacation - thanks to everyone!