The weekend before Thanksgiving us girls planned a trip to SLC to visit Stephanie and to celebrate Kellie's 24th birthday! Since having Conner almost two years ago, Kellie has not been away from him or Jace and we decided, along with her great husband, Jess, that she needed a few days alone with her Mom and sisters! Jess did a great job taking the boys, along with his Mom's help and we flew out on a Friday evening and flew home that next Monday. We had a blast! We stayed in a motel just across the parking lot from where Kritt and Stephanie live in dowtown Salt Lake. We flew into SLC from Spokane and after arriving in Salt Lake, we rented a car and checked into our motel room and found Stephanie waiting for our arrival in her cute little apartment. We went out to eat at a favorite spot called, Cafe Rio. Taylor was quite stressed and upset that they did not have grilled cheese and fries, her favorite thing that she orders at every resturant, but after Cafe Rio, we did go to Chili's for dessert and Taylor did get some grilled cheese and fries there, so she felt much better. Kellie had never been to Park City, so the next morning, we took off for Park City and the outlet stores. It wasn't very crowded that day so we were able to do lots of shopping and found some really good deals. We worked up a appetite and ate at another favorite place, Panda Express. Taylor loves orange chicken, so she was good with that stop!
The evening consisted of a little more shopping at the Gateway Plaza, not far from Stephanie's apartment and then going to see "Twilight". It had just opened that weekend and Stephanie was lucky enough to get tickets for us that evening. Kritt was going to go, but he got a better invitation to go and watch BYU play U of U football game at his cousins house. BYU lost, darn!
We loved Twight and can't wait to see the sequels!! We ended up buying stuff at the store to eat that night at the motel since our feet were killing us from all that walking! Stephanie and I did not have on the most comfortable shoes! Thanks Stephanie and Kendra for helping to explain the movie to us since Kellie and I had not read the books yet! It helped alot and now I need to read the books as well.
Next day was Sunday and was spent going to Stephanie and Kritt's ward which we had told the girls about, but you need to experience it to really understand it. They live in one of the oldest wards in SLC and where there are alot of refugees and homeless people. There are alot of service missionaires in their ward to be able to keep it running. Stephanie and Kritt are the Young Men and Young Women's Presidents and they do an awesome job for the difficult situations they have to deal with. Our hats were off to you and the mission that you are on in your ward. Sure made you appreciate the wards that you have and the lives that we have been able to live. We all have been truly blessed and admire the work that the church does and pray that it continues to grow and touch the lives of people everywhere!
After church we went down to Temple Square and took in the spirit there before going to our buffet, which is on Sunday, but since we were visiting in the area, we justify it that way. If they would change it to Saturdays, we would go then instead, I am sure! It was nice to see Scott and James, who did finally make it there after sleeping in that morning since they were up so late the night before. Try and get some better sleep, boys, okay!!
We did go that evening to see Eric and Amanda and family. Kellie had not seen them for a couple of years. Wish that we could of gotten over to Tara's as well. Too many places to go and not enough time. Tara, you are on our next trip! It was nice to talk to Tara and we did see her when we were flying out because she stopped by with a very nice and soft blanket for me for my birthday, along with some treats! You are great, Tara! The other place that I wish that we would of gone to was Stephanie's work place. She is a nurse in the Medical ICU at the University of Utah Medical Center. I have been wanting to see where she works and meet some of her coworkers, but we didn't think about it until it was too late. Next trip!
The morning before we flew back out on Monday was spent at two craft stores. We couldn't of gone to any others because there was not anymore room for anymore stuff! Love craft stores and especially Tiapan(spelling?) and Rod Works!! I could stay in those forever!! Taylor wasn't so excited about the craft stores and her and Kendra were ready to go way before we were. It was fun because we all have the same taste in decor and what we like. Afterwards we grabbed a quick lunch at Applebees and then off to drop all of our stuff at Stephanie's for Scott to bring home in his car, before we took off for the airport and our flight home. So much fun and again we thank our husbands and Dad who let us do this fun girls trip. Well needed by Kellie and her boys and husband survived quite well. Happy early Birthday Kellie and I look forward to finding another reason why we must take another girl's trip and like I said before, April, you must go on this next one with us!!