Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Thanksgiving Point Children's Garden

As part of our summer traveling playgroup, we went with some friends to the Thanksgiving Point Children's Gardens in Lehi. I've never been to this part of Thanksgiving Point before, but it was really fun for the kids. We invited our friends Dinah and Lydia to come with us. We used to live by each other in Cove before we both moved. Madison and Lydia have known each other since they were born and have been best friends ever since. They have so much fun together when we actually get them together. Lydia and I have been friends for about 5 years and it is always nice to get together again.

It's funny that they aren't around each other very much anymore, but since they are the same age, they are still exactly alike. They even have the same silly poses they do for pictures.

There is a water feature surrounding a Noah's Ark that the kids played in together. They had so much fun and we even got to sit a little bit and talk. We brought snacks that Emma was feeding to the ants when she wasn't swimming or eating all the cookies.

Emma loves to pose for pictures. She has the cutest smile. I'm not sure what she was saying in this picture, but she was trying to tell me to look at something.

Here is one of the "signature poses" that the girls have in almost all of their pictures. Lydia is doing the hands-by-the-face pose.

Here is another "signature pose." Madison is doing the hands-on-the-hips pose.

I'm not really sure what this sculpture was suppose to be. Noah or his wife or something. I was trying to figure that out all day. I kept trying to get the girls to stop with all the silly poses and this is the result.

They also had these fountains that would squirt water out randomly and the girls had a ball trying to sit on them and run over them without getting squirted.

We took a break from swimming and wandered down the path into the gardens. They had a maze to run through, a little light house that the kids could climb up into the tower and all sorts of fun stations for them to play at along the trail. They even had some caves with bear statues to climb on and slides connecting them. All along the path was gorgeous.

Here's Emma playing in the dirt. She loves to find dirt to play in. She even stops to play with the dirt in the cracks of the sidewalk if she can't find any.

Here are the girls playing next to the little lighthouse that I couldn't get a picture of them playing in because they were more interested in, what else, the dirt!

This is one of my favorite pictures of the day, sans the kiddos, because I've been playing around with our new camera and love these nature shots. I'm working on some to hang up in my new house.

Here's Dinah and I relaxing while the kids played along the path. It's been a long time since we got together, but it was really nice to see her again.

Here's Emma playing in the dirt, again! Notice that in all of these shots that she doesn't actually get dirty. Smart kid, huh?