Neither Ry or myself have ever lived in UT. We've visited plenty of times, but never went to school or anything like that. We were excited to be there for 10 weeks and have a "mini" UT experience.
Owen & I spent one afternoon with AnnMarie and went to Temple Square in SLC. This was Owen's 2nd time here (the first was when we were in UT for Andrew's wedding).
Across the street, the church has a museum that's just awesome! They have a lot of cool things- and even a play area for kids.....
....and AM ;)
UT is a great central place for people in the West. Krista and her family live not too far from where we were staying- we got to hang out with them a few times! Here is Owen with Lillian
Who knew I had so many cousins in UT!? SO Fun! Any and all cousins on the Ditto side get together once a month and have a cousin dinner. It's the best.
Oh ya, and we were there b/c Ry was doing a clinical rotation in Orem. He worked at a Skilled Nursing Facility. He learned he likes the older generation- but sometimes the day moves kinda slow. Here, the patients were having boat races. Ry helped his favorite patient build her Peruvian ship. It didn't win, but it sure looked good!
Ryan also has a lot of family in the area. His Grandpa lives in Riverton. They snowbird in AZ, so the weekend before they came up some of us went to their house to do a little TLC before they got home
the neighbors have horses! Owen loved looking at them
Owen helping Dad rake some leaves
Grandpa Maynes sure has a lot of stuff! haha, this is his backyard.
the boys helping Owen be more "man-ish" by having him hold a big nasty beetle
The hard working men
Ryan's Uncle Eric lives in Provo- where he houses 6 young single adults. His wife works in St. George, so they commute back and forth on the weekends. Basically, his house is always a party and lots of fun. We went over there a lot to hang out. Here is a delicious chocolate lava cake he made!!!
Ya know the primary song "popcorn popping" ? Well, it's legit. Before the apricots come- it really does look like there is popcorn on the apricot tree!!
One evening after we got home we had some stuff to unload. Owen didn't want to get out of the car for some reason, so we left him in the car while we unloaded it. Of course he quickly grabbed the keys and pressed the lock button.
Owen was having the time of his life in here! After about a half hour, Ryan persuaded Owen to push the unlock button with a treat.
We are SO grateful Aunt Lynette let us stay in her basement. She sure has a lot of stuff tho!!! Sometimes Owen would get into ........everything :(
Aunt Arlynne and Ry teaching Owen to roll down a hill
haha, getting the hang of it!
Watching the NCAA tourney on the "big screen"
I just think this picture is hilarious. Owen has started to do this a lot with his lower lip.
One day we got together with Cami and her kids. Cami married my cousin Shawn. It was fun to see her. I'd only met her briefly once before.
Having lunch with some old friends from Spokane. Sure is fun to catch up. Pretty sure we could hace talked for hours!
First bleed!!! We actually don't know what happened- and it didn't even seem to phase Owen.
We hung out with an old mission friend of mine; Rochelle Arrington and her son. Here we are actually at the library watching a puppet show. The boys loved it!
Ry and I got to do a session at the SLC temple. It was awesome. I've never done a live session before. I cannot believe the detail inside the temple- and to think it was all done by hand. It's so beautiful.
Our overall experience was great. Here are some things that I picked up from living there for a few months. 1. There are kids everywhere! I've never seen so many children in my life. 2. I'm sure people from UT all love their grid system for their roads- but I thought it was stupid. This picture demonstrates why. This road has 2 names ( Jennings and 1700 N). Why does a road need 2 names? It doesn't. It just makes us visitors more confused (cuz a lot of times google maps doesn't have both names). Also, why do to the names have to have so many stinkin directions that go with it? The road names go something like this "North 1210 West." NOT to be confused with West 1210 North. Not kidding. Let's just keep it to one direction and one name ok!? 3. On Sunday the FM station plays church music- kinda cool. 4. The evening news has a lot of LDS action goin on. 5. There are LDS commercials during the Dr. Phil show. 6. Everyone is REALLLLLLy nice.
Thanks for a great time!