We took a trip to Manti to go see the Manti Pageant- We didn't make it to the actual pageant... woopsie.
The kids were entirely too entertained by the air mattress with a hole in it.
Who can walk away from that!?
We met Rebecca and her kiddos down there along with Lyndsey and her two cute kids. This was my first time meeting Lyndsey although I feel like I know her... that is the beauty that is one Rebecca Hamm Pierce. It was great to finally put a face with a name!
This is Lyndsey-
you will find no pictures of Rebecca on this campout- she makes pictures of herself magically disappear. :-)
Jense and Sammers Chillin' on the mattress o fun.
When we arrived at what must have been the only campground in Manti we quickly learned that we were not alone. We had a 10 by 10 section of grass that was surrounded by a hundred other 10 by 10 campers. It was quite comical to see all the tents cozied up together.. perfect strangers sleeping within arms reach. Awesome! I felt like we needed a cause... a reason we had formed tent city. A few tents over was a large youth group most likely having their annual youth conference. They had a dance party in a clearing of grass. You better believe our kids took full advantage of the loud music. I love this pic of Ruby- she is dancing and lip-syncing! Although they brought the kids ice cream- small children and youth conference do not mix. When it was time for the littles to sleep the teenagers were just getting started. I had some major flashbacks to my youth. All the girls standing together... glow sticks... they even played a song that was played at a majority of my youth dances. We had half a heart to show them how to "Hammer time" but in the end we stuck to our side of tent city.
My kids are no strangers to dancing... especially Sammers. There is just something in his blood
More air mattress wrestling
Sam was a big fan of the tent. I don't think he has been in a tent that he can remember.
It was a fun novelty, but he was a monster in the night.
Ruby doobes and Bets enjoying the water.
Manti might be small, but they have an awesome water park.
Can you tell which mama and kids lived in Arizona?
Blue Slushie time. I love shaved ice!
I don't even need the flavoring... I just love eating snow like ice.
A good quality shaved ice machine is second on the list to the industrial cotton candy machine!
Ells is such a confident little swimmer. She swims under water for a long time, then pops up to breathe and heads right back under.
After the water park I had everything working against me and decided to cut our trip short. I realize now that I had no business camping with four kids without JB. It sounded easy at first but after all the potty trips, the INSANE heat with zero shade, super cranky kids, 1 solid hour of sleep, allergies, and Jensen getting the sunburn of a life time, I cut my losses and headed back home. I lathered the kid in sunscreen but I think it attracted the sun instead of repelling it. There was no refuge from the heat and I knew he would be so miserable. Oh and this was during the weekend we were supposed to move. I really wanted to stay because I missed out on girl time, but I am just going to have to plan a girls only campout. The day and night and day we did spend was pretty fun though. Next time I go, I will have to make sure my kids see the pageant.
To top everything off I also got a speeding ticket. The ironic thing is that I passed two police officers two minutes before I got the ticket. The police were everywhere and somehow I missed the sign that said now you must go 2 miles an hour instead of 5.... sheesh. not really, but it was crazy slow. The officer informed me that because of the Manti pagenat they had to issue a ticket...
so Manti pageant goers beware. :-)