*While going through the archives of my blog I realized I somehow overlooked posting this. It is really really old, but I think worth sharing.
Last year we started a new family tradition. We go down to Manti for the pageant. Last year was our first time, and it was so much fun I decided we need to do this every year. One of these times we need to get daddy to come along. He is conveniently busy every time we plan to go. This year Sadie was off at girls camp so she missed the fun to.
Last year we went with some good friends of ours, but this year they are on a fun family trip to Costa Rica so we are on our own. We packed a picnic lunch and blankets for when the sun went down and we headed out around 4:00. Cole quickly fell asleep and we had a peaceful ride all the way down to Nephi where we decided to stop for a potty break. I went around to get Cole out and realized that he wasn’t wearing any shoes. For those of you who know him this won’t be surprising. He rarely has shoes on and when he does they are quickly discarded. I usually keep an extra pair in the car just in case. I’ve learned my lesson after having to stop and buy him a new pair of shoes multiple times. I should have know to check for shoes but I was in a hurry and didn’t.
After a brief stop to potty (caring Cole so he doesn’t touch the gross floor) and get treats we continued on our trip. We got there, found parking, reserved our seats and then sat down for a picnic dinner. The kids would have preferred that we buy corn dogs and pizza but with gas prices through the roof I decided to we would picnic it. We looked around some of the booths and then got a treat before the pageant started.
Dallin and Cole took off for the bathroom and I didn’t remember that he had bare feet until I saw him hobbling back on the gravel road. He got to ride in the stroller the rest of the night.
We had about an hour to kill until it was dark enough for the pageant to start. The protesters were out in full force and were really interrupting. They are usually there every year, but never interrupt that much. This year they were more vocal and would shout things during the performance whenever there was a quit moment. The police were there to keep them in check, but it didn’t seem to be working.
The kids took turns taking pictures while we waited for the performance to begin, and some of them turned out really cute. The show was great as always. Cole made it about 3/4 the way through before passing out from exhaustion, and Gavin was out before the show began.
We left about 11:30 and didn’t make it home until almost 2 am. I am totally wiped out today, but it was worth it.