Capitol Reef National Park

We are onto the third and final leg of our marathon vacation…the National Parks! Our first stop is Capitol Reef and we are excited to get out on the trails tomorrow. For now, I can say we are blown away by the hotel (Capitol Reef Resort) and the view from our room! Full review when we get home.

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Dinner was also awesome! We ran across the street to the Rim Rock Patio to grab a pizza. The wait was pretty long but it was worth it….delicious!!

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Dinosaur Park

One of my new favorite places to visit in Utah is Ogden’s Dinosaur Park!

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It was a really fun park with so much for the kids and plenty for the adults too. They gave the kids Field Guides to fill out so the girls were searching for the different types of dinos and then answering questions about them. There was a prize for completing your field guide….but don’t hold your breath. The prize was a teeny tiny ‘fossil’ that was really a letdown. You could have also picked a free ticket for a return visit as your prize but since we aren’t local, that wasn’t really an option for us. Other than the prize, we had a great visit!

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There is an outside trail with huge dinosaurs all along the trail. There are also actual playground parks and picnic areas to let the kids play and run around. Then the inside is more of traditional museum attractions.  We had a ton of fun and will likely make this a regular stop on our Utah vacations!

Leg 2-Utah!

We are onto our second leg of vacation..SLC to visit with dad’s family! Leaving our IL family is always really hard…lots of tears from A and mom. It was the same this time but luckily we were all missing daddy a lot so we were excited to see him. Happy to be back together ♡

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For our first day here, we visited the new aquarium. The Loveland Living Aquarium. The last time that we visited was just before the aquarium opened so we have been waiting to check it out! The girls loved it….the touch pools and shark tunnel were the biggest hits!

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Five Below

Do you live near a Five Below store? I don’t but my parents do. I was happily surprised to see they had a variety of workbooks and learning supplies. We picked out some stuff to try and pointed out some other stuff we liked that we might ask Grandma to send us later. And while we were in school mode, we got some new Target dollar spot stuff as this target had a different selection than ours.

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Now to see if we have room in our suitcase or have to mail ourselves a box…..

Family and Fresh Air

Our IL leg of vacation is winding down and while we are sad at having to leave soon, we have had so much fun! We have spent much of our time at “Grandma’s Lake”.  I love Grandma’s Lake so much and am so thankful that I got to grow up spending time here and now my kids do too. The Lake house was built in 1915 and our family has owned it since the 20’s. We threw a big 100 year party and it was a huge success!

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The top picture is my grandma with some of her great grandchildren!

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Hopefully we keep the Lake in the family for another 100 years so that future generations grow up here too, just enjoying family and fresh air ♡