Saturday, November 25, 2017


Tuesday, after we did the big Costco run, we went down to Mount Pleasant. Thursday we went up to Provo to have Thanksgiving with the greater Knell clan. Mark and Julie had connections to get us this really neat place, the Startup Building, that was big enough for all of us, and was super classy. Most of my family members were resistant to wanting to join the big clan as we were at about 90, including the kids. I was super happy to see the extended family. It was fun for the kids to play with other extended cousins as well. Pro and con would be that we didn't have to prepare a ton of food, but then we also didn't get the leftovers.
Cousin Liz captured this beautiful picture.

The table settings were just beautiful.

Uncle Abe

Aunt Julie, who organized it all.

One of the kids table.

Aunt Claudia and her boyfriend Joe.

Levi was having fun using his new fancy iphone to take some good pictures, especially some portrait ones.

This is a classic Dad face. I think he gives it a lot to the kids.

Warren with Claude and Henry, both his age.

We stand around chatting to the very end. We hate to leave each other.

These boys found it fun to "sweep" the floor.

The rest of the time in Mount Pleasant was chill. The kids absolutely loved their time at Grandma's with the cousins, and there was hardly any squabbling. They were the most sad when their cousins went to their other side of the family on Friday. My dad and I then took them to see the new movie, Coco in Ephraim.

Audrey being sneaky in trying to get more cream, while eyeing to see if Marci would stop her. 

Flashback to Mom wearing this shirt four years ago and having this same soda explode on her, not this time though.

Pumpkin pie is the one leftover we did have. Audrey eating pie with Grandma.

It was so beautiful out, the kids were outside a lot. Audrey requested Eva to paint her fingernails.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Las Vegas

Over Labor Day we had a conversation with Danny and Camille about their trip to Las Vegas earlier in the year. On our drive home from that trip we somehow ended up talking about the possibility of going with them sometime. In figuring out holiday plans, we thought about spending Thanksgiving with Danny and Camille. But we also thought it would be fun to do Vegas with them. And we wanted to be kid less. So we compromised and did out trip before the holiday, for Grant's birthday. This way we could also drop our kids off with family in Utah.

We drove out the Friday before in order to attend a concert Camille was a part of in Salt Lake City. We dropped our kids in Mount Pleasant first, met Danny for dinner in SLC, went to the concert and slept at Hannah's house that night.

The next morning we drove down to UVU to see the stain glass, Roots of Knowledge. Then we parked our van at Walmart in Spanish Fork, got in one car and drove to Vegas. We had purchased a book the day before that I had the idea of reading out loud together in the car. It is called the Lincoln Hypothesis and was quite interesting. It was actually to read together. Grant and I were both very excited to be riding in the back of a car for a road trip.
Saturday night we walked around on the strip. I wanted to go to "O" at the Belagio, but when we realized that there weren't really discounted tickets we didn't deem it worth the $240 to go. So we kept walking along the strip. We got dinner at a Bobby Flay burger place. Grant, Danny and Camille rode the roller coaster at the New York New York. We shared a coca cola around the world sampler. Then we went to a cheaper Cirque show, Mystere at Treasure Island. It is incredible the abilities people have.

 Sunday morning we found a ward to attend, which at had a really beautiful and unique chapel. After we drove about an hour to the Hoover Dam. What an incredible feat of engineering. We loved learning about, touring inside and walking on the dam.

That night we ate delicious arepas at a Venezuelan place. We stopped into the Gold and Silver Pawn shop from the History Channel. Then we walked along Fulton street in old town Vegas. It has quite this audio visual arch over the pedestrian street with an amazing zip line along it. That night we loved relaxing in the hot tub of beautiful courtyard of the Venetian.

 Monday we went through Madame Tussaud's, a wax museum of famous people. Then Grant and I took a long nap in our room. I tried to do a little homework. That night we went to the Bacchanal buffet at Caesar's Palace. It was huge and pretty delicious. I tried, and felt quite successful, at eating my money's worth, as it was not cheap. We ended the night in the hot tub again.

This is our hallway to our room.
The Venetian moat and gondolas in the hotel.
Ribbon art in the mall. The hotel malls/shopping are outrageously huge. Well, everything is in Vegas. Completely opulent and unnecessary.

In the courtyard, hot tub, which felt surprisingly secluded, and away from the strip.

Three sisters in Caesar's Palace lobby that reminded me of my sisters.

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