the kids and i flew to utah on june fourth, and we had a really great time visiting my family for ten days. danny wasn't able to come with us because of his busy schedule at the shop. nearly every single day i wished he could have been with us, he would have loved some of the stuff we did/saw and things we ate. next time, for sure. i am going to break our trip up into more than one post since i took nearly three hundred photos (yikes!), so here goes:
day one: our view of the setting sun from the airplane. it was beautiful.
we took an "overnight" flight, and malcolm was really good on both planes. the second flight had us landing in salt lake city just after midnight, so we both slept during most of it.
our first official day in slc was spent with my mother, grocery shopping and enjoying lunch at del taco. malcolm was super excited about the playland that they had. we don't have any fast food places in raleigh (no del tacos in nc) where we can eat and he can play, so this was a special treat.
in the evening we met up with my sister and headed to the brand new natural history museum at the university of utah, and wow, was it wonderful. my parents also joined us, and we were all very impressed. danny would have loved all the dinosaurs.
i loved the greenscaped rooftop and all the solar panels. very cool.
early that morning i had had my hair cut and lightened by one of my closest childhood friends. i am very grateful that jared and i have remained friends for so many years. and i love that he makes me feel pretty when i am in town :)
day three: malcolm and i grabbed starbucks and then headed to a park near my folks house. i used to take alanna there often when she was his age, so it was fun to see him enjoy the same playground now.
that afternoon the kids and i, my mom, and my sister headed downtown to the leonardo located in the former salt lake library building. this museum was unlike any i have ever been to, and i really enjoyed it. there were quite a few exhibits that interested me, and i'm really glad my sister told us about it.
i loved the exhibit about boilerplate, "fantastic fabrications: marvels from an invented past". malcolm and i chatted with the artists/creators who were both super nice and explained their project to us in detail. here are some of the photos from their book.
there was also a gallery filled with a large collection of photos taken during the civil rights movement, many of which were very graphic and quite moving. these four in particular brought me to tears.
they read from right to left.
the boy was holding his own small american flag. the police officer was instructed to remove the flag from his hands.
the boy fought to keep the flag, only to be led away in tears without it. the women in the last photo joined the family in protest that day in order to be arrested. she was a doctor, who then aided those who were sick or injured in jail. wow.
the leo had a gift shop full of fun souvenirs, and we picked up a few on our way out. after that we headed to my friend kelly's all vegan bakery to stock up on treats. i didn't take any photos of them, but boy were they delicious.