Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Month Update: September

In order to be able to be caught up with blogging by the end of the year, I'm going to go back to the old way of blogging and do big blog posts with everything. I decided to do it by month so it won't be that big of a post, but still... just know that it hurts my heart as I love doing small posts making every individual event special... but it is what it is

We stared September (and finished our Lagoon trip) with a trip to Temple Square. We have been wanting to take the kids to Temple Square for a while because we thought the kids would really like it and it did not disappoint. They LOVED it!
 They were so many things to see and do and Katelyn kept screaming, "Look Mom, Jesus!" what could be better than that?

 After going everywhere for a couple of hours (yeah, the kids lasted for hours), we had a small picnic behind the Church History Museum. We wished we would have been able to do a tour of the conference center but it was just way too hot.
The Little Guy stared preschool again on the 5th and was so exited for it. It was hard to fall back into the school routine after our super busy summer, but he loves school so much. I could not think of a better thing for him
Julianna went to Homecoming, and we all took turns harassing her and her date for pictures
This summer we did a Summer Bucket List for the first time and actually completed of the things on it. You can see through the pictures by searching #keelesummerbucketlist2017 on Instagram. The last item on the list was a road trip and we completed it with a very last minute trip to St. George. We were only there for 2 days but managed to pack it ridiculously full of things
We recently discovered Music and Movement at the library and have been going as often as we can. The kids have so much fun singing and dancing to the songs. It has really become something to look forward to every week
Playing made up Uno rules with Phase 10 cards. Grandpa Bell is a super champ though and just goes along with it
Spencer decided early on his Halloween costume for this year and wore non-stop throughout the month
and that's is for September. This one was not quite as long I thought it was going to be. Hopefully that will hold as I write the next couple of months

Monday, December 18, 2017

It's Lagoon!

This year we got not one but TWO trips to Lagoon thanks to American First Credit Union. They rented out the park on August 30th and let the the employees leave early. Because we were all set for our annual Labor Day trip the next weekend, we decided to just take the early trip with only Spencer and I.
It was such a blast and we got to pretty much walk on every ride... and then we got super sick. SUPER SICK! I don't know if it was something we ate or just because we were going on so many rides with no breaks in between... but we were really sick. I actually think we have never both been sick like that at the same time. It was not fun
We decided to go home really early (don't worry we had plenty of fun) but both of us were too sick to even drive home, so we just walked around the new shops in Farmington for a while. I know it sounds like kind of a bummer, but it really wasn't... okay, being so sick WAS a big bummer... once we were felling a little better, we had a blast shopping and laughed and talked all the way home.

Four days later we were back up for Labor Day weekend. This year, we decided to save some money and only stay in the hotel for one night instead of two and drove up on Saturday Morning. Oh and in case you didn't know (Katelyn likes Adam a little bit)
and I could say the Little Guy and Julianna get along as well
The jury is still out on how many times we went on Rattle Snakes Rapid... weather it was 13 or 14... and then met Grandma Julie and the kids for lunch
Okay, we had SO MUCH FUN with the kids!!!! They are at such a fun age, they were able to go on everything and they just loved it!
Last year, the Little Guy was a scaredy-cat and refused to go on a bunch of rides even though he was tall enough so I was not having that this year. I told him that he had to go on every single ride that he was tall enough for and if he cried about it, he had to go on that ride twice (a trick I learned from Julie's friends the Wilsons).
The result: the Little Guy had so much fun on all the bigger rides! His favorite ride was actually BomBora to which he threw a huge tantrum last year and refused to go on it. Yeah, that's good parenting
We played for a couple of hours and then decided to let the kids play in the splash pad before going to take a nap but they were both way too tired
Of course, they didn't actually take naps, but the break was good nonetheless
We made it back to the campground perfectly in time for dinner
and of course, Tio Adam had a giant minion waiting for Katelyn and some pokeballs for the Little Guy
We went on a bunch of rides again after dinner and around 8 met with with these goobers to that we could ride Sky Coaster. I mean, there is pretty much nothing better. Sure it is scary but once that initial drop is gone, you are literally flying and it is so amazing!
Julianna and Aubry went on it for the first time as well and they loved it
Some un-pictured stories from Lagoon... The kids favorite ride was the Jumping Dragon and they went on it a ridiculous amount of times. Katelyn would be so exited when she was getting on it that she would literally bounce on the balls of her feet while she was waiting in line.... Adam took the kids for a little bit (completely unprompted and because he wanted to) and Spencer and I got to go on one last roller coaster by ourselves.... this was our first time since we have kids that we actually stay until the park closes.

We were all so exhausted by the time we got to the hotel, we went straight to bed (Katelyn didn't even make it out of the park, she fell asleep in the stroller as we were walking towards the parking lot)

The next morning, we packed up and had delicious breakfast. The Keeles decided to go straight home, but we actually took the kids to Temple Square which is something we had been wanting to do for a long time (I'll write more about that in the month update post)
Until next year Lagoon!!!!