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Arches National Park

The crazy government was shut down for 16 days during the end of September and beginning of October.  No joke.  So tons of people who work for the government were on vacation until further notice, out of a job, etc. All the sudden.  So, one of the things affected was all National Parks.  Totally closed.  We had this fun weekend planned for Kyle's fall break to go to the Andrews' house and do Arches National Park because I've never been.  But then it closed!  Ahh.  So, we decided to still go, and possibly break in depending on the security level (??).  We drove by it on the way to the Andrews' house at like 10pm and there were just 2 saw horses and a couple of construction cones with a paper that said "Closed due to government shutdown."  So I decided we could totally break in if needed.  But, then the governor of Utah cut a deal with the government to have Utah pay the park fees and salaries to be able to open the major Utah National Parks for 10 days.  Go Utah!  So, Arches opened again on Saturday, October 12 and we didn't have to break in.  Happy day!  We had lots of fun and really sore backs from those heavy children.  Great weekend!  

Alexa LOVED chasing Uncle Don around and having him be the one to carry her or play with her.  She even made up a song about him in the car :).

Tyler got his second tooth while we were there and wasn't the happiest sleeper.  The first night his longest stretch was 2 hours.  Alexa, on the other hand, was awesome to sleep with us in the same room.  Usually not the case, but she was great this trip.  She slept on the floor next to us on couch cushions.

Delicate Arch

Alexa telling us where to go

Happy baby Tyler on the hike

Landscape Arch

Alexa wanted to hold Tyler in the car after our day of hiking :)

The view under Delicate Arch

We gave a house key to our neighbor's son to feed Roxy while we were gone and he lost the key.  So, our poor neighbor was trying to figure out a way into our house and finally just bought Roxy some dog food from the store and left her out the whole weekend.  She chewed her dog bed to pieces while we were gone!!  Poor lonely puppy.


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