Ahhhhh. I’m back from my little break, all rested (ha!) and refreshed. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I went to Utah. We love to go in the winter (well, we love to go any time of the year!) so that the kids can ski and TheManoftheHouse and I can just have a good time. Sadly, this time, TheManoftheHouse and TheSecondChild couldn’t make it.
I went out a few days early so that I could visit TheWorld’sGreatestAunt and a few of my cousins. I had fun playing with Aunt Annie — we talked a lot, played hand and foot and visited a few quilt shops. After I left her, I had a few hours before I needed to pick up TheFirstChild and SweetiePie from the airport, so I decided to drive up into the mountains. BigDaddy’s father spent his life in these mountains and I loved having the time to drive around and take in all the incredible beauty. Here’s a view along the ridgeline of the mountains — Skyline Drive. It’s rare for a little car, like my rental, to be on this road in February — usually, there’s a ton of snow up here in the middle of the winter and the roads are closed.
Looking across the valley to Mt. Nebo.
It was an unbelievably gorgeous day — about 50 degrees F and sunny – no coat required! There were even people in shorts flying kites — crazy!
I drove along the ridge and thought it was pretty funny to find an outhouse. Luckily for me, it was actually open ;-D!
After a few stops to enjoy the views and breathe in the fresh, crisp air, I left the mountains and went down to the valley on the other side. And while I was there, I decided to take a quick stop in a small town where some of my ancestors are buried. I’d never been there before and I was lucky to find a few graves of family members. I was also really lucky to see these beautiful big owls up in a pine tree. I’ve seen owls before, but only in zoos or raptor centers, so this was a super fun bonus to my day!
Anyway, moving right along with my week … I had a great visit with Bonnie one afternoon — Hi Bonnie! It’s a good thing that we don’t live near each other — we wouldn’t get much done and we’d wear our voices out! Then, after the kids arrived, along with the planned skiing activities (with warm temps and not much snow, the skiing wasn’t great this year ;-( ) we decided to do a few things we hadn’t done before. Not surprising for the kids, but as many times as I’ve been to Utah and all the years I actually lived there, we’d never been to the State Capitol. It’s beautiful!
And one evening, we went out to The Great Salt Lake (never been there either — it was about time!) to view the sunset. (That’s not snow on the ground — it’s salt.)
Some of my Instagram friends say the lake is really smelly, but we could only smell salt. Winter must be the best time to visit. It was chilly, but oh. so. pretty. Our Little Miss Crazy decided to wade out into the lake — we were wearing coats, so I’m sure her feet were freezing!
So, that pretty much sums up the trip! Home again, home again, jiggety jig. It’s been hard to go back to work, but finding a little surprise waiting for me when I got home, made it a lot easier. These beauties have arrived:
Mmmmmm. Lucious Liberty. They’re loaded in the little Liberty Shop (at always low prices haha!) if you need some Lovely Liberty for yourself.
Have a great week!