Friday, July 27, 2012

Utah Travels: Part III

Have you made it through my vacation recaps?  Hopefully and today is the third and final one; you can see the Part I here and Part II here.   Oh and just a friendly reminder of Ten Things to Smile About This Month will be on Tuesday!  It is your chance to look back and find Ten Things that made you smile during the month.

Now let the recapping begin (and finish)

Thursday, July 12th

A lot of our trip is centered around the kids but the adults do have fun too.  These things happened on a couple of different nights but I will just tell about them here.

Raelynn and my MIL were nice enough to watch all the kids one night  and let some of us adults go out to dinner.  If you are ever visiting around the Salt Lake area and love Mexican food than you must go to Red Iguana or Red Iguana 2 as we went to.  And look I am in a picture!!
We braved eating outside in the heat for a shorter wait and were totally glad we did, especially since the AC was having trouble inside anyway.

The other night after the kids were in bed some of us went and saw Spiderman- so so good!

Thursday morning we went swimming at the Rec Center- big cool indoor pool.  The older kids spent almost the entire time going down the big water slide again and again. No pictures at all for this one.

Thursday afternoon was cupcake time! There were three captains who had to come up with cupcake designs and then the kids were in decorating heaven....

Well until they got bored and abandoned ship to play outside-- which the adults didn't necessarily mind too much as it was easier to finish up the rest ourselves.

Why so many cupcakes?  Well they were for part of the cake walk for the family reunion picnic that was going to take place the next day.

Friday, July 13th 

The morning began with a long drive out to the infamous go-kart track.  Why infamous?  If you followed my blog last year- you will remember this was the place where I crashed the go-kart (can read about that here).   But I was ready to brave it again.  I was definitely a lot more timid around the track, especially when I got to the back corner, but still had a ton of fun.  And this year we let the kids come along to watch.
Kids wearing their matching pajama shirts from last year.  Ready to race- I am the short one in the middle- and no I am not short, the next "shortest" person in this pictures is 6'1"
The kids didn't just have to watch though- they played on the playground- which was where the pants dropping incident occurred (see this post here).  They also got to enjoy the Mustang Museum (definitely Lucas' favorite)
And three of the kids even braved the zipline!

Then Friday evening was the family reunion picnic.  This was for the family from my MIL's side (a lot live in the area).  It was a Bring your own dinner picnic at a park, complete with a bounce house.

The kids loved the bounce house!
We knew the kids would just bounce all over the little ones- so we set apart a half hour from 6-6:30 where it was just for kids 4 and under (and a parent to help them).

We took Ryder in and let's just say he wasn't the biggest fan of it- something about the floor moving under him just doesn't do it for him.  I tried going down the slide with him and so did Eric but then we just got him out.
Ryder trying to like the bounce house
Eric went over to playground with Lucas and Ryder and recommended I put my camera away as it was starting to sprinkle.  And then the wind suddenly picked up.  It had been blowing some the entire time but suddenly there was a huge gust.  And then I heard the screams.

I turned around to see the entire bounce house (with kids and adults still in it) tumble completely over!  More screams and adults started running.  Eric bolted from all the way over at the playground and helped grab onto it.  The entire thing rolled 2 1/2 times before they were finally able to stop it and brace it from blowing more.  When I saw the thing blow- I have to admit my first thought was to grab my camera and take a video- but Eric was yelling for me to check on our kids and then I ended up helping hold it for a minute to make sure it didn't tumble again as the wind kept gusting.

My Father-in-law found the hole and called for the adults to hand the kids out.
Trying to get the kids out- there were lots of adults on either side bracing it from tumbling again
  Thankfully at the time there were only three kids and two adults in the bounce house.  One of Eric's cousins that was inside helping his nieces and nephews at the time said he was at the top of the slide when it tumbled and ended up on the ground- but from where he was he was able to see Rachel's daughter pinned beneath some of the blow up obstacles and was able to pull her out and help her get to the exit. 
My MIL got hurt the worse of everyone.  When it started tumbling she ran over to help.  As she was bracing the side one of the metal stakes that had been holding it in the ground flew up and over and came and smacked her right on the head.
Right after the fact- My MIL is holding ice on her head.
It really was just one of those surreal moments- and you really should go read my SIL who is 29 weeks pregnant account of the event as her daughter was one of the kids trapped.  You can read it here.

Miraculously the rest of the evening went on without a hitch and everyone had a great time.

Saturday, July 14th

A little shopping for the girls, one last dinner at Sweet Tomatoes and then it was time to say goodbye and start our journey home.
And one last shot of the cousins of course.

It really was such a fun week.  Eric said next year we will just have to sit around and give ourselves paper-cuts and pour lemon juice on them as that way we won't be so sad to go home.

Thanks for sticking with me through these longs recaps.  And to end it with something totally cute- I give you the Two-Year-Old Troubles.


  1. I just got all caught up! What a vacation! You guys travel like we do - where you are go-go-go the whole time!

    I remember seeing the jump house pics on instagram. Super scary. I'm so glad no one was hurt.

    So I totally get why you were so overwhelmed doing the pictures. This was a lot to go through!

  2. Holy cow!! That's scary about the bounce house incident!
    And holy cuteness, all of the kids in their smiley faced shirts...LOVE it!!!

  3. I can't believe how fast that week went. what a fun week . . . what memories! xoxo

  4. I LOVE their smiley face shirts!

  5. Wow, what a fun-filled week! Your husband's family seems like a lot of fun. They remind me of my family in a lot of ways. I love Red Iguana! I live in Utah and haven't been there for about 7 years. Guess I need to head over!

  6. Whoa I am so glad everyone is ok...that would have been so scary. But besides that you guys have been having a blast! I want to come on vacation with you next time :)

  7. The kids in the smiley face shirts is awesome.
    The picture of your MIL after the incident with the bounce house...that pic of Alex's face. She looks stunned! LOL
    I want to ride the zip line! And it looks like you had a blast...if only our trips would have overlapped some!

  8. Wow. How scary about the bounce house! Who would have thought? Your summer vacations always look like so much fun!

  9. You you all had an amazing time. The cupcakes look so delish. I also love the way you all had everything planned out.

  10. Will you plan my next vacation? Every day was a blast. I can see why it was so hard to squeeze in time for extras!

  11. And your video made me laugh and laugh. I loved it!

  12. Oh Emily...that video of the boys just makes me laugh and laugh. Thanks for the beautiful pictures of all the darlings. Glad you managed to get yourself in a picture or two as well. Still missing you guys...sniff

  13. Looks like you guys are having a wonderful vacation, minus the bouncy house blow over. The cupcakes look delicious, and so fun to make. I definitely wouldn't mind if you planned my next vacation :D

  14. the fun just keeps coming love this vacation so much cuteness with the kids and fun fun fun

  15. So scary! Now I have to go over to Rachel's blog and check it out. Aside from that, it was a fun trip!