The One with Utah Adventures


Monday, March 21, 2011

I'm in Utah with Fox right now - been here since Wednesday, and I'm just now getting around to bloggin'. I thought vacations were supposed to be relaxing??? :) Anyways, the purpose of my visit was three-fold: to attend a bookbinding workshop with my Grandpa John, to hang out with my malm, and to introduce Fox to more of his extended family. Here's what I've been up to so far:

On Wednesday afternoon Chris drove me and Fox to LAX. On the way to the airport we were listening to the radio and heard that a plane taking off from Long Beach (just a few minutes away) headed for Salt Lake City (my final destination) had crashed on the runway. Just what I wanted to hear... But I mustered up some courage and got on the flight with my baby. He was such a good little boy.
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As soon as we took off he fell asleep and only woke up when we started descending (I think cuz his ears popped).
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The Y through the airplane window. I'm baaaaaack!
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I left sunny So Cal for this?!? 83 degrees for 38 degrees?!?!?
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Aunt Katy picked me up, we went back to her house, I changed and nursed Fox, then I drove Aunt Katy and Uncle Steve to the airport, then I got lost trying to find my way to the mall, but I got there eventually and ate at one of my favorite places: Rumbi Island Grill.
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I got a jerk chicken sandwich with yummy sweet potato fries.
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It was raining cats and dogs so I fashioned a protective barrier for Fox's stroller with an umbrella.
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At 10pm I picked my mom up from the airport then we drove down to Provo.

Thursday morning I left Fox with my mom and we went down the street to BYU's bookbinding building.
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This is the 4th time I've been to this workshop with my grandpa - it's a fun tradition!
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This is the type of book cover we learned how to make. It's called a "Naked" book. (Hope I'm allowed to say that on my blog and not get flagged!)
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Really thick and textural covers - cool!
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The teacher, Judy Sommerfeldt, demonstrated step-by-step what to do then the students returned to their station and repeated the process.
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Here I've just applied modeling paste to my book cover.
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And then we used totally random tools and shapes to carve designs and make textures into the wet paste.
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During lunch break we went back up to the Taylor's and ate Cafe Rio. Mmmm mmmm good.
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After lunch we went back and painted the dried covers.
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I opted for a bright look instead of the traditional muted color scheme.
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The girl next to me said my book looked like a pepperoni pizza. I can see that.
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All done!
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All the attendees brought their books up to the front table so we could see them together.
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This is the teacher's book.
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I love the texture on this book:
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And I love the colors on this book:
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Hanging out with Grandma Carolyn after the workshop.
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Do you read NieNie? I've passed her house at least a hundred times driving between my grandparent's houses. Random fact of the day.
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My mom ditched me to go have dinner with her friend so I took myself and Fox to my favorite burger joint in Provo - Burger's Supreme. I got a gyro and nummy french fries.
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Then I took a drive around Provo.
Mt. Timpanogas sure is a beautiful mountain!
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The light was hitting the Provo temple just so it made it look like it was on fire.
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"Y" mountain.
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I drove to our old apartments. The Maplebrook.
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I noticed there was a padlock on our old door, meaning nobody was living there at the moment, so I went up there to take a peak inside. EVERYTHING WAS REDONE!
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New carpets, the walls had been painted a nice shade of grey, and from what I could see into the kitchen the floors had been replaced. No fair man!
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I tried to explain to my mom how weird it was to look into the place where Chris and I spent nearly two years of our lives and she described my feeling perfectly: it's like being a ghost!

I drove up to the base of where you hike to the "Y" just as the sun was setting.
Good ol' Provo. I centered the focus on BYU campus.
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Timp.
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They're rebuilding Deseret Towers. I'm interested to see what the final product will look like.
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I miss this place. I didn't think I would. But I really really do.
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Friday morning we headed to BYU campus to go to the bookstore and what not.
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In the basement of the international studies building I saw this really cool work of art:
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I think the artist took pictures of people and then cut out most of it but left lines so that you can still tell what it is. Very cool, I want to give it a try!

Cute jewelry at the Campus Craft and Floral.
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Then we drove up to Park City to shop at the outlet stores. We passed Bridal Veil Falls on the way.
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We shopped to our heart's content then headed back. The mountains sure are beautiful!
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On Saturday I had to get more natural kraft cardstock at Archiver's at the University Mall. I like this paper Christmas tree on display in the back.
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There's now a Tai Pan Trading in place of Deseret Book (which relocated to it's own separate building). I love this bench!
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We chilled at the Warner's all afternoon.
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Then we met Eric and Tanya at Texas Roadhouse for dinner.
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Mr. Fox was such a tired boy he fell asleep in his Grandma's arms even amongst all the noise!
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These two are silly.
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More to come!

OH! And the winner of the American Crafts Blog Hop Giveaway is:
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Congrats Amy Heller! I'll be emailing you shortly!
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