My sister, Emily, picked us up from the airport around 12. We had leftovers for lunch, took showers and got ready for family pictures! Thankfully the location was basically my parents' back yard. It was hot and humid but we were in the shade. Everyone cooperated for the most part. Love these people so much!
Wardrobe change! Love Bethany's yawn in this!
Love my mom and dad!!
After pictures, it was time to open family Christmas presents. My cute mom performed a little Mrs. Santa Claus reading of "I'm a Grumpy Santa Claus!" She had all the kids attention glued to her!
Somewhere in the process of opening gifts, Bethany couldn't stay awake anymore! She totally passed out on Dan's lap! So we joked about how she "couldn't hang." Then we proceeded to be bad parents and draw on her face as if this were a party and she was the first drunk to pass out!
Hilarious and immature = FUN! ;)
All the kids in their new Christmas jammies from Grandma Kelly! SOOO warm and perfect for Utah. Also funny to note, Bethany LOVED the bottom stair. It was the perfect place and height for her to sit. She would often grunt and pat next to her until someone (and it had to be the right someone) came and sat down next to her. She even wanted Mollie dog to do it...kinda!
We had pizza for dinner then just enjoyed being with each other!
The next morning was LEGOLAND day!! Bright and sunny and ready to go! We even had to use sunscreen.
For the most part we all stuck together most of the day. Which, looking back, maybe we should have split up big kids and little kids, but still, lots of fun! We even met Emmet and Wild Style!
If you bring some non-specific lego characters, you can trade with the employees who wear other lego guys on their name tags. Ben made a couple trades before he put his guy down at our lunch table and he got lost. I really love how his face gets progressively more and more tired in these pictures!
McKenna LOVES "girl Legos" and was so excited to see these Lego Friends characters!
Everyone on the boat ride.
First roller coaster after lunch! Love that McKenna thinks she's gonna toss her cookies and Ben looks terrified!
One of my favorite things about the park was just the amazing Lego creations! That Einstein is HUGE! And gotta love Darth Vader!
I think one of our kids' favorite parts was this Imagination area. They could build things on the Lego walls and check out a Lego city that even had a lighthouse. :)
They could also build cars and race them. My mom got some cute pictures of Anna playing at this play area while the rest of us went on a big kid ride! Bethany was napping during this time.
What was very interesting to me was that a few of the rides were controlled to an extent by YOU! In order to go higher on this ride, you had to pedal faster! There was also a railroad ride where you had to manually pump this thing up and down in order to move your car. And another ride where you had to pull yourself up on a rope (with assistance) to go higher.
This Safari ride was nice because we could wait in line in the shade during the hottest part of the day (after lunch), but the line also took the longest! People with special access tickets kept getting priority and making us normal ticket people wait longer! But still so cool to see all the animals made all from LEGOS!
The boat ride was cool because there was the possibility of getting sprayed. The blurry picture of Anna makes me so proud. She does not like any sort of ride that may be considered a "thrill" ride. She's gotta keep it pretty tame. However, what makes me proud is that she went on this ride all by herself and didn't even cry or freak out! The bottom pictures are of the first roller coaster we went on for the day! It was way fun to start with the big rides!
Selfies with my kiddos! I opted to sit one of the rides out with the little ones and while we were waiting we saw a water ski show going on! And the bottom right pictures is a little indoor play area next to one of the big roller coasters.
Here's more of my favorite part of LegoLand...the cities! They build miniature models of some of the biggest cities in the world- London, New York, Las Vegas, Washington DC...
Indianapolis...And then there was the Star Wars area! Unreal how cool it all was!
Some cute faces on the big rides! Ben looks terrified but he had fun!
I have to note we tried the "Apple Fries" there and there were very good! Basically apples cut to look like french fries, baked so they're soft like in an apple pie, coated in cinnamon and sugar, and dipped in whip cream! Sounds amazing, right?
I should also note, poor Dan was quite uncomfortable on many rides. The park is definitely geared towards KIDS, not people who are 6'5".
We stayed until the park closed and got to see the fireworks show. We grabbed Chick fil a on the way home and everyone slept very well that night!