MARCH MADNESS ADVENTURES

Apr 5, 2017
We switched up our routine this month and found some new places to have adventures and explore.

UTAH LAKE

While we have of course been to Utah Lake State Park before, we've always gone for some sort of event, so we hadn't actually explored.  



So, exploring we did.  


The highlight was finding some very cool rocks.


Ashley then introduced us to an area of Utah Lake that we had not been to before.  

It was kid heaven.  Mud, water, tall grass to hide in, a plank bridge and rocks.  


And does anyone else's kids play The 3 Billy Goat Gruff every single time they cross a bridge on foot?   Well, mine do.  And I was a billy goat and the troll more times than I can count. 

We loved this new place so much, we took Paul and M&M there the next Saturday. 

I foresee many more explorations taking place here.  




HANGTIME
 
Michelle and I took the little kids to toddler time at Hangtime.


It was awesome.  Michelle and I impressed our children with our skills. I was completely worn out.  And it proved to me why I don't go when it's open to the public. 


YOGA WITH THE SHARKS

A highlight of the month for me was doing Yoga at the aquarium.


It was one of the best girls nights I have ever had.  We got to do yoga outside the shark tank, then explore the entire aquarium kid free, and then dinner afterwards.  


DOUBLE DATE ANIMAL RIDING

Now, we have taken the kids to ride these animals at the mall, but this time it was an adult only double date.



It was amazing.  We got some sweet video.  We got lots of laughing in. And it's always nice to have a reminder to not take yourself too seriously. :)  


SCHOOL PROGRAMS

The 4th grade put on an awesome program about Utah's history.  

Macey sang her little heart out and did a great job memorizing her lines.  Love me a good elementary program.  



We of course also frequented some of our favorite spring locations:

BYU


FARM COUNTRY


THE POND


loved all the snow on the mountains and these kids shocked us by actually playing and swimming in the freezing water. 

Like every March, I also got myself a sweet tan/burn line from the many hours I spent sitting at the park with some of my favorite ladies. 


I have also been sporting this sweet accessory at the park from time to time.  

Fanny Packs are extremely useful.  I've got all my necessities front and center while being hands free and not worrying about my phone falling out of my pocket.   Plus, it's a good exercise for not worrying about what the other very stylish moms think. :)  

SOCCER

Spring soccer has started up again.  Thus far we have not been lucky in the weather department.  But Miles hasn't minded one bit. 


ANTELOPE ISLAND




We ventured out to Antelope Island before the bugs hit, that's 3 years in a row for us without any nightmarish bug stories.  



We brought the O'Neals with us and the kids loved having friends to explore with.  


Buffalo Point is one of my kids absolute favorite places to hike to.  


There are few things they love more than rocks to climb and hide in. 





Crew was quite happy this year that he could climb to all the same places as the big kids. 


It was a bit stressful for me though. :) 



And how cute are these little bffs?!?
Nailed another group selfie. 


Then we ventured down to the Great Salt Lake.  



I'd say it was a very successful month around here.  




Tags: marchantelope islandutah lakesoccerbyuyogaspring
nana
What fun times - I love reading about all of them. I really want to go to the mall and ride the animals. Shark Yoga is so cool but that sunburn is awful. Macey loves to perform and I wish I could hear her. Miles is doing so good at soccer and what a great group of hikers! I have never seen Ashley's husband before.

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Weekend warriors

Apr 2, 2015
Some of the pluses of our little town home are the non-existence of yard work and my ability to clean our limited living space during the week.  This usually leaves us lots of time to play on the weekends.  

This month I feel like we spent that free time very wisely.  


-We took the kids to the indoor city pool.



The highlights were waiting to get dumped on by the bucket and the big water slide.  

- We went to the zoo for the first time in over a year.  The kids couldn't of been more excited and it did not disappoint.
Trina and TJ met us there, which made for a pretty amazing adult:kid ratio.


We lucked out and a worker was feeding the giraffes right next to us.  Macey was in Giraffe heaven.  


Ruby's favorite part was the carousel.  She laughed and waved her arms in excitement the entire time.  In normal Crew fashion, he cried about how he was scared until it started and then he loved it.  



Ruby kept giving Crew hugs in the stroller and I tried not to die from the cuteness of it.  

And, like always, all 4 kids poised perfect for a picture to remember our trip by. :)


- We ventured to Antelope Island one Sunday after church.  I've mostly only heard horror stories of the gnats, so we wanted to get there before it got too warm and they all hatched.  


We even saw real bison, which was of course quite thrilling.  



We ended up with pretty good timing, as on the drive to the island, there were black tornados of gnats on both sides of the road.  But once we were on the island, we got to enjoy the awesome scenery nearly gnat free.  



Our kids happy place is climbing around on rocks, so Buffalo Point was like heaven to them.  


And notice Ruby's smile and arm flapping?  This is what she does the entire time, she's a born hiker.  

We've also been trying to get selfies of us at all the cool places we venture.  


We're obviously naturals. 


After about 45 min of climbing around, we had to pull them away to go check out the sand before it got dark.  


The sand was crazy.  While it wasn't technically "white sand" it was both white and sandy, so we will call it white sand, even though it was more like salt sand.  


I wish we had time to walk all the way to the water!


We then had to drag them away from playing in the sand prematurely too, as we had a long drive home and school in the morning.  


- As this March proved to have nearly perfect weather, we had to venture out hiking again.  This time to Little Cottonwood Canyon.


We ended up on Bells Canyon Trail by mistake, but lucky for us, it proved to be a good mistake to make.  


This was also Crew's first solo hiking day and he rocked it.  He would not let anyone help or hold his hand, he kept yelling "let go of me!  I do it myself!"  


We then found Lisa Falls a little further up the road and this proved to be the highlight of the day.  


A waterfall, blue skys, a creek, and lots of rocks to climb on.  Perfection.  


Crew and I spent most of our time throwing one rock into the creek.  I threw the rock, Crew would find it and bring it back to me... repeat 1,000 times.  


Can't wait to find a new (easy) place to hike this weekend.  





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angie
Ruby is so cute - I can't stand it! Hugs in the stroller, flapping arms while hiking. When can I just meet that chica?! I love the family selfies! What a great idea. Way easier than trying to get someone else to take a good family photo while you're out and about. And they're turning out! You're finding success in your family pictures after all!
Holly
Selfie sticks are $10 at Joann's I'm JUST SAYIN' ;)

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