Sunday, November 13, 2011

3 weeks in Utah

Paul was signed up to do a radiology rotation at the University of Utah in August. I planned on sticking around Ontario with my mom while he was there, but once he got there he discovered how laid back the schedule was...8-5 Monday through Friday, no nights, no weekends. I figured we might as well join him. My mom drove us down to meet him. While he worked, we stayed busy trying to see and do as many fun things as we could. No trip to Utah is complete without visiting Temple Square.
We loved living in Utah before, and one of our favorite things to do was going up American Fork Canyon for a picnic. We are trying to keep that tradition alive.

We invited our friends the Peterson's along for one such picnic. They used to live in Lubbock...Callie was one of Hattie's best friends. Of course, I didn't take any pictures of adults. We miss the Petersons! It was great to have some game nights with them again.
Another highlight was the Gateway Discovery Museum...and they could have stayed all day.

Anna didn't quite get how the construction center worked, hence the tears.
We visited our favorite game store, where Anna lined up all the babies. She is obsessed I tell you!
We also went to Heritage Park at the "This is the place" monument. I had never been there before. I only intended to go for a couple of hours, but we spent almost the whole day there. The girls loved it and we could have stayed longer. They loved the pony rides, petting zoo, miniature village, Brooklyn replica, panning for gold, eating ice cream, making arrowhead necklaces, and riding the train.

While in Utah, we stayed at my uncle Len's house. He is always so wonderful and generous for letting us stay there. He doesn't have any toys, so on the days we stayed home, the girls tried to stay busy doing other unpacking all our clothes and making a bed of them, for example.
We also went to the Hogle Zoo with Jenni Pratt, another Lubbock friend who has moved to Utah. Somehow we didn't take many pictures there...

And we also went to Thanksgiving Point with the Petersons. The girls were anxious for their pony ride...

And it was worth it!

This is my favorite picture...Anna's complete tantrum when her pony ride was over :)

We treated the girls to ice cream after a long, hot day in the sun.

And Callie has lots of fun dress up clothes

I was also able to see a lot of old friends from my BYU days, but somehow forgot to take pictures. Why do I only think to take pictures of my kids and not my friends? Anyway, we were sad to leave the west and head back to Texas...but it was so nice to be back in my own house with my own things and to not live out of a suitcase.


Laura Bernard said...

Oh, my! I LOVE that picture of Hattie full on hugging the goat! I can't get enough of it! Seriously too cute!

Your girls look darling and I can't believe that Anna was big enough to sit on the goat alone. How brave!

So when are you moving to Des Moines? : ) I'll make those girls go to the zoo so I can see her hug a goat with my own two eyes!

Lisa Easton said...

Hugging a goat! Animal love is spreading - get that girl a cat. Just kidding Paul...

Shannon said...

Sorry I missed you, Mel! Hopefully the long weeks with Paul gone are winding down soon. Melissa is coming to visit you soon, right? Or has she already done so? So jealous!