One thing about being a Mormon in Texas is that all of your Mormon friends abandon you and "return to the mothership", as I say. Many, if not most Mormons have family in Utah or somewhere out west. And all normal people love to get out of Texas during our 1 million degree summers. So they head home. For like a month. And it's lame. (Actually, now that I'm thinking about it, most of my non-Mormon friends abandon ship for extended periods during the summer, too. I guess it's just the smart thing to do.) We have no parents or siblings in Utah (yet...one is moving there soon!), but we DO have a BFF! Chris' BFF, to be exact. So we always find time to see Ricky-boy and the awesome Freeman clan. As I like to say, the hospitality at the Freeman B&B is always unmatched. We had the best time spending a few days in Salt Lake City, living the Mormon dream with the Freeman fam.
And by living the Mormon dream, I mean visiting Temple Square, for one thing. Seeing the giant Christus statue is always a must-do for me. (Rick & I got a big laugh at the crazy look I got from a passer-by outside the building when I said to Simon "Okay, let's go in and see Jesus." Haha, I meant the STATUE of Jesus, of course.)
The grounds are always beautiful. (Got the family shot! Check out poor Lucy. She's such a good sport.) Jen's stash of Strawberry Newtons saved the day with Simon & the rest of the kids. (She's the snack queen! And don't even get me started on the cereal selection at the Freeman's. Hospitality, I tell ya!)
Other favorite things: checking out the "old" tabernacle (amazing), pulling a handcart (just like the pioneers) and the scale model of the interior of the Salt Lake City temple (amazingly detailed and super interesting).
We also visited the children's area of the church history museum...big hit with my kids. The girls loved the display about Mexican Mormons, especially the costumes! Oh, and Simon and Mason goofed off a lot, as you can imagine.
And boom, got the shot! This is the spot where Chris proposed to me in front of the temple where we were married in 6 months later. It's where it all began, baby!
And this is where all photographic evidence of our trip stopped. But for my own memory's sake, a few more SLC tidbits:
- I always have to hit a Utah mall and get my souvenir in clothing form - thank you, Down East.
- Meeting an old friend at the mall makes it even better - thank you, Jane!
- Going out to dinner with your favorite friends (and no children) is a rare treat - thank you, Rick & Jen!
- Pulled pork and roast beef meatloaf in a berry sauce is also a rare treat. Still thinking about that one - thank you, Tuscany.
- A trip down to visit my fabulous cousin & her awesome husband for sandwiches, cards and Legos is still being talked about by my kids - thank you, Heather & Jesse!
- Naps taken at the Freemans are extra wonderful - thank you, basement bedroom.
- Pre-4th of July BBQs complete with an amazing fireworks display put on by the entire neighborhood/valley is the best - thank you, Utah and your liberal firework laws!
- Sitting out on the front porch, looking out over the valley with great company, music and conversation until waaaay too late is only made better by break & bake cookies - thank you, Chris & Rick! :)