Friday, July 30, 2010


I also got to visit Adeline C. It was so great to meet her husband Jon and her son Benjamin. I forgot to get a picture before Ben went down for a nap, and before Jon had to leave. He was really nice. Go Addie!

Enrichment Pam

I got to spend some one-on-one-on-enrichment time with Pam tonight. I just wanted to get out of my grandparents house for the evening and Pam was teaching the lesson at enrichment so I joined her. We met at her house, which is super cute. Before we left we made a quick batch of no-bake cookies for the lesson. yummy! I love those!

It was more fun than I expected it to be. Pams Lesson was based on the talk titled "Your Happily Ever After" by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf from the April 2010 can find that article here,5232,23-1-1207-40,00.html
The activity was making glass stone magnets. I messed up on mine and when I tried to stick it up on the fridge... it didnt stick. Oh well!

When we got back to her house we found out that her roommate had left a bowl of dough rising on top of the microwave, I think it was hotter in that house then she thgouht because this is what it looked like when we got back to the house. Awesome!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Temple Day with Amy T.

Sometime ago I made a bucket list and one day I might share the whole thing with you all on here, but for now I will say that one of them is that I wish to see every temple in the USA. The goal is to get a picture in front of all these temples. I am going retroactively in this goal, so that my New York semester will count. I know some may say that’s cheating, but I don’t care. It’s my bucket list and I will fulfill it anyway possible.
I told Amy T. about this goal, so the day after visiting BreAna and going to Park City we decided to see all the temples we could. We started at the Jordan River Temple and then we drove to the Oquirrh Mountain Temple.
Jordan River Temple

Oquirrh Mountain Temple

The neighborhood that surrounds the Oquirrh Mountain Temple is the cutest I have ever seen. I wish I could live there, but that would require the entire neighborhood to move elsewhere outside of Utah. Not really a fan of Utah. It’s a nice place to visit and to vacation in, but it’s just not where I want to live. The Community that surrounds the Oquirrh Mountain Temple is called Daybreak and here are a few pictures of that community. I am sure you can see why I want to live there.

Daybreak Community

We then drove to the Draper Temple, where the houses that surround that temple are very castle like. Huge houses, opulent to the extreme! We found one that was located at the top of the street; it took two pictures to get it all!

Draper Temple


First half of huge house

second half of huge house

We thought about going to the Salt Lake City Temple, but it was getting to be rush hour and we didn’t think that would be very fun, so we skipped that one and headed up to the Bountiful Temple. Only to find that it was closed for cleaning! Ugh, so I could only take a picture at the sign and up against the fence. LAME! I do love the sparkly windows on it though.

Bountiful Temple

After the Bountiful Temple we headed north to the Ogden Temple. On the way there Amy told me that the church is remodeling the outside of it soon, so I am glad to have been able to see it again before the remodel.

Ogden Temple

After walking around the temple grounds and the nearby Deseret Book we walked over to the family fun center that is on the same block. They have indoor surfing, indoor skydiving and lots of other fun stuff. We found a local Chinese food restraint and then had dessert at Farr Better Ice Cream. Yummy!

Just in case you were wondering... this is my route for the day.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Park City & BreAna A.

The next day I drove to Clearfield and stayed with Amy T.! I think she holds the title for living with me the longest in college. She and I were roommates from 2002-2005. So fun, I miss living with that girl! It’s always so fun to stay with her, because her mom is so nice (just like Amy) and always talks to me. The next day Amy and I went to the Gateway Mall in Salt Lake City to meet Pam P. (another Awesome Roommate from my college years). We ate lunch at the California Pizza Kitchen; sadly they didn’t have a gluten free menu :(, so Pam just had lemonade and talked with us while we ate our lunch. Sorry Pam!
After lunch we drove to Park City to tour around. I saw the Egyptian Theater, a few art galleries and on our way back down the street it started to pour down rain, so we took refuge in a chocolate shop. Yummy! As a treat I bought each of us a chocolate and you will notice we had the boy behind the counter take our picture. I really like what was behind us – candy underwear and bra. HOT! After we got our chocolate and the rain finally stopped, we saw this awesome shop that sold novelty items, and the best thing they sold was a shirt that said: “Bring a compass, it awkward when you have to eat your friends.” There were a few more that you can read for yourself. I just loved that one the most.
After Park City we drove to another roommate from college BreAna A. Since living together in 2005 BreAna married Alton! He is absolutely the best college brother-in-law we have so far. (Sorry Leslie, I know him better than Harrison) they also had a little girl and BreAna was overdue to be giving birth to another beautiful little girl. It was such a fun visit because we all got to see their cute house in Salt Lake City and meet her little girl. Alton showed us a few of his wire creations ( insert link here) and invited us to stay for a game of Wacky Six and Alton even made us fresh Orange Julius’. They were better than the ones you can buy at the mall. Seriously! It was so sad to leave them at the end of the night. I am so glad that I was able to visit them and catch up with them and all they have accomplished since I last saw them. I would have felt so sad if I had not been able to visit with them!!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Ice Cream in Logan

Watching some morning news show in Utah I saw a list of the best Old Ice Cream Shoppes in Utah. Well several of them were in the areas that I would be staying in, so… I decided to visit one of them, and tell you about it. I took my sister-in-law and my nephews and niece to Charlie's Supreme Malts & Ice Cream in Logan. They had several flavors of hard ice cream, and TONS of choices for the shakes. It was so yummy, even though the kids faces don’t show how good it really was. Landon & Merika Landon Jordan & Alexa Branson, Alexa, Jordan & Landon Alexa

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Craters of the Moon, Twin Falls ID, & Clinton Ut

After the whole Arctic Circle/ Craigo’s debacle I was feeling like doing something I wanted to do. So as I was driving through Idaho Falls I realized that If I took the 20 west, I would end up in Carey Idaho, and Craters of the Moon National Park.

I remember going driving through there when I was kid and my brothers John & Jeff made a fake leg and foot and hung it out of the back of the car, as if the leg had been shut in the door.

I thought it would be good because I could get some good stories and pictures to tell me geography class when we talk about volcanoes. I think that it is such a cool place.

Some Lichen I found on some of the rocks. In person it was bright neon green. Lava rock sand

I met my mom in Twin Falls, where she was staying with my Grandma “GG” Anderson. I stayed with my Aunt Judy at her house. It was fun to stay there and have one-on-one time with Aunt Judy and Shana. Shana and I talked a lot about education and what my plans are for my career. She is an AP at a high school, and so she always has good advice with it comes to stuff like at. The conversation with her is making me feel like I need to get on my masters. I want that pay raise!! I was also able to spend some time with my grandma during the few days I was in Twin Falls. I was also able to see Melissa & Cody’s cute house. I loved how she had is decorated. The baby’s room was finished and super cute and it is all decorated in pink and green.

On my last day in Twin my Aunt Judy took me to a super cute scrapbooking store that she frequents. It was so fun to go shopping with my aunt.
Every time I am in Twin Falls I am surprised with how small of a town it is. I feel like it is bigger than it actually is.

I then drove my mom to my brother Johns house in Clinton Ut, where she was meeting my dad to drive home to California. While I was at John's house I took a few pictures of his kids. Stephen Megan showing off her new outfit from Grandma Stout Megan & Aunt Merika

I wasn't staying there so I just dropped her off there and then drove up to Providence UT to stay with my brother Jeff's family for about a week.

This trip is proving to be a lot of driving!