Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Utah - Friends, Hobble Creek and Fun

Later Friday afternoon I took the kids to a park to meet up with some friends from my Freshmen year at BYU. Lindsey and Kirsten lived next door to me in the dorms and through blogs and facebook we have been able to keep up on what is going on in each other's lives despite not seeing each other in many years. It was great to see them again and to finally meet their kids. It was pretty hilarious to watch our kids playing though! They pretty much stuck to their families for the most part...until the end of the couple hours we were there when it was time to go, of course :-)!
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Addie and Carter are alike in a lot of ways, both very creative and coming up with their own ideas, and at one point we noticed them sitting under this tree on opposite sides just entertaining themselves. So funny :-).
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While eating breakfast that morning we found out there was going to be a dance party on Center Street at 8pm and Ella really wanted to check it out :-), so we got some dinner at Magelby's Fresh (a place Mike and I frequented because it was on the Starving Student Card...a card of coupons you could by at the beginning of the school year) and then headed over to check out Hobble Creek for a bit before heading back into Provo. It is so pretty in the mountains and the kids were excited to walk along the water. It got us all excited to finally camp in Yosemite (we were planning to camp in Escalante on our way to Provo, but with the RV issues we had to cut it out). We picked up slurpees and then headed to the dance party. There was a band playing and we stayed until a bit after 9pm but the dance part of the party wasn't getting started until later, and we needed to get the kiddos in bed so we didn't get to stay for it. Poor Lella :-)!
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The next day, Saturday the 20th, was our Salt Lake City day. But before we headed downtown to check out the sights, we met up with my old roommate Brooke and her cute little family for brunch. She suggested the Original Pancake House and it was SO good! Seriously, so much good food on this trip :-)! Her cute little Maggie was just an itty bitty newborn last summer when we saw her and now she is 1! Even though it was quick, I'm so glad that we were able to see each other and we both agreed another Park Place 4 reunion is needed in the near future!
just testing my settings, but Mike looked cute so I kept it :-)
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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Utah - Dinosaur Museum

I forgot to mention in my post yesterday that we tried to go to the Bean Life Science Museum again this year while on campus and it is STILL closed for renovations...crazy! It was a bummer for us! It did make us more excited for our trip to Thanksgiving Point's Museum of Ancient Life on Friday though. Mike was planning another fishing trip while I took the kids to the museum (it's a little tricky when we only have one car to use).
We headed to breakfast first and I picked Guru's. I loved it there when I was in college but it has never been a favorite of Mike's so last year we never went. Breakfast seemed like the perfect time to go since I love breakfast and Mike doesn't eat it. We were both surprised by how delicious it was!!! The kids' French toast and blueberry pancakes were AMAZING!!! I got Huevos Rancheros and some home fries that were also super yum! The museum didn't open until 10am so we drove around some more, finding the house in Springville that my mom lived in for part of high school. I was ready to move in! It was at the base of the mountain and at the end of a cul-de-sac. Mike and I both really fell in love Springville. So many cool old buildings with personal charm. One of these summers we'd love to rent a place out there and just stay the whole summer.
Anyway, we got to the museum right when it opened for our afternoon of fun. It was a bit more crowded than I remember it being last year when we went for the first time, but we managed to stay away from the crowds for the most part. We went to a 3D movie this year and also tried the fossil prep and molding/casting. It was a great time!!!
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only in Utah :-)
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We had a lunch break...super healthy :-)! (the grilled cheese was still being prepped to add to the mix)
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When Mike came to pick us up that afternoon we went and drove by the Sister Wive's old house in Lehi...haha :-)!
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We allotted each child some money to use for shopping on the trip and Ella chose to use all her money at the museum gift shop. One of the things she picked out was this little pearl necklace kit where you break open a shell to get your pearl out and then put it in a necklace. She was so excited to do it the instant we got back to the RV.
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