Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend 2014 we road tripped. It felt very "all American". It was a nice way to bookend the summer. We didn't plan it but it just worked out that way.
Over Memorial Day weekend we went to Mount Rushmore to meet up with a friend and over Labor Day weekend we helped my brother and sister-in-law and cutie pie little niece move to Salt Lake City.
We really enjoyed both trips and both places. The kids really did great in the car too! I also got to add two new states to my list!
I think a 7-8 hour drive plus stops is my preferred maximum for a day but we are learning as we go and also going with the flow as we continue to travel as a family.
On our way home from Salt Lake we had a 9 1/2 hour or so drive to make and did it in 12 hours with a stop for lunch, a quick stop to retrieve lost sunglasses and a rest area stop to use the bathroom.
Oh and also a stop to take a photo at the continental divide.
I really enjoy trying out places to eat while traveling that we can't get at home. On our way home from Salt Lake we stopped in Green River, Utah. Now there are not a whole lot of places in Green River, Utah to eat but this place looked interesting to me and reminded me of C & D Burger Shop that I went to growing up so we went in. They were very nice about working with our food allergies and letting us read ingredients on packages.
Cora and David midway through our drive home waiting for our food to come at Chowhound
The greatest gems of the trip food wise though were Taco Time and Spitz. We discovered Taco Time while searching Yelp for one $ and 4 stars or more as we were entering Price, Utah and needing a dinner stop on our way out to Salt Lake City on Saturday. Their customer service exceeded chick-fil-a if such a thing is possible, they were great about food allergies and the food was yummy!
We ate at Spitz on Sunday night in SLC. David particularly liked saying the name. :) The food was very yummy, described as Mediterranean street food. Mine actually was served in a loaf pan! Oh my! At least some of it was a salad (served atop a bed of sweet potato fries!) But boy was it yummy!! Fantastic fries and sweet potato fries, lamb that both kids (and the adults) ate hungrily, great sauces and dressings, etc. I would definitely go back.
Oh and they also had complimentary fresh mint and fresh cucumber waters.
David checking out the vending machines at Chowhound
I don't know that I have ever crossed the continental divide in a car before and it was something that really made an impression on me this trip. To drive up the mountains and then back down the other side so dramatically on highway 70 on our way out (this picture was taken on our way back on highway 50) was really neat.
Have you been to Salt Lake City or Mount Rushmore? Any suggestions of things to see, so or eat when we go back?
Did you road trip this summer? I'd love to hear about it.
Best tips for road tripping or traveling in general with kids?
Did you know that in the time Kelly has been hosting this link up for singles to meet one another that EIGHT couples have gotten married??!
This is my friend Jenni. She is a truly wonderful person. She is one of the greatest friends. She is very thoughtful of others, is a great cook, loves to travel, is into sports and likes Harleys. :) She is a very giving person. She is smart and capable and has a very good job. She currently lives in Abilene, TX. Jenni is a Christian and her faith is very important to her. She has a sense of adventure and likes to have fun. Jenni is an incredible cook and makes wonderful desserts, comfort food and hosts an amazing Christmas open house each year with holiday goodies that keep everyone coming back for more.
If you happen to know of an eligible Christian man who you think would like to meet Jenni or if you are an eligible Christian man and would like to meet Jenni feel free to e-mail me (sundrenchedmoments @ gmail dot com) or e-mail her directly at jennipearl76blog @ gmail dot com
Obviously more women read Kelly's Korner's blog than men so if you know of any great single men who are looking to find someone to marry, point them to Kelly's Korner blog today. The more people who check out her post, the better the chances are.
I know it is not officially, officially summer but it feels like summer.
Preschool is over for the year, the temps are warm, we are grilling and traveling.
One of the things I love about our house is that in the summer we hear the sounds of doves. We have been in our house three years this past weekend so the first months we spent here were summer months.
The sounds of the doves bring sweet memories of that summer.
This is my first time to participate and I will admit that a couple of these things I learned last month but who's counting, right?
the first one is my most recently acquired knowledge and that is that the flu is nothing to be messed with! My family will be getting flu shots from here on out. Someone(s) in our family has been sick since April 20th and wow it has really thrown us for a loop and knocked us out! We are looking forward to being back to normal.
When I was nursing Cora and still eating dairy free I learned that liberally sprinkling dill weed on your baked potato is an excellent substitute for sour cream. It still provides a zesty taste but without the dairy or if you're watching calories, as a much lower calorie option.
This last one was a huge ah- ha for me! I had no idea this existed. During mom's night out one evening I learned that one of my friends is planning to do embryo adoption! I am soo excited for her.
Have you ever heard of this?
Basically, when a couple does IVF and doesn't use all of the embryos that have been fertilized then those embryos are frozen and/or donated for research or destroyed.
A couple can choose to place those embryos up for adoption to another couple and that couple can then have the embryo implanted into the mom and the adoptive mom can carry and give birth to her adopted child. How amazing is that?!
I really love this option both for adoptive couples as well as the parents who want a different option for their frozen embryos.
Another really neat fact I found out about embryo adoption is that it is the least expensive type of adoption currently.
So what about you, I would love to hear something you learned in April or what you think about one of the things I've learned.
Sweet friends from church also gave us a gift certificate for Marco's Pizza and it was so nice to be able to go to a restaurant now because you could sit in a booster seat whereas in the spica cast you could only sit on our laps. We all enjoyed a fun Friday night out for pizza!
Mama and Daddy celebrated being married for 2000 days (!) and you did a great job staying with brother with some friends of ours so Mama and Daddy could go out.
Our friend, Mrs. Julie, came and she helped Mama give you your first (and only) pedicure with your little toesies sticking out of your cast and took all of these pictures for us!
Finished! Cutie toes and eyelet glued onto the cast!
We went on a library date with friends this month. That was a lot of fun and you enjoyed hanging out with and being taken care of and read to by the girls.
Okay so snow is really frozen water but how cute is my little
boy-o shoveling the snow like his Daddy? He felt SO big and
was so proud.
But let's talk about the kind of water that you drink.
Do you remember the pasttwoMarches when we've raised money in partnership with The Adventure Project to not only provide CLEAN WATER to communities that desperately need it but also to provide JOBS and lots and lots of HOPE!!!
This is SUCH an exciting thing to me. We have all been blessed so very richly and the opportunity to bring Heaven to earth is such a privilege!!
Once again, my friend Mandy Houle is hosting a world water day raffle. You can read all about this year's project (and see all of the fun raffle prizes up for grabs!) here but here is a little excerpt.
"by investing in existing wells, we have the opportunity to
employ entrepreneurs to become well mechanics, while