Wednesday, July 25, 2012

adventures in utah, part one

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. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

what we did in may

alanna finished her first year of high school! 


a trip to marbles




we voted against.



we took a trip to our neighborhood park, and while we were there we found a lost dog. i used a pack of fruit snacks to trick her into coming over to me. luckily she had a collar with tag on, so twenty minutes later she was reunited with her owner. her name just happened to be lucky, which sure was appropriate, because if we had not been at the playground at that exact moment, who knows where she would have ended up. she was such a sweet dog.




malcolm's little sand drawing :)


mint chocolate cupcakes!


my mother's day card that the kids drew for me. they are the best, i love them so much.


and my gift! wow, this thing is amazing.



my first batch of cupcakes & frosting made with my new kitchenaid stand mixer!


we checked out the brand new extension of the NC museum of natural science in downtown raleigh. they have added another large building that houses a new nature research center, and it is very nice. it just opened on earth day, so it was still a bit too crowded, but will be fun to visit later on with less people there.  








this large earth is on the outside of the building





then we headed to chapel hill and found a new park and playground


the kids loved this spinning thing





R2-D2 at the comic book store


we visited the wooden park again, but we picked the hottest, most humid day of the month (oops!), so there was no one else there. i have never seen this playground empty like that before. it was so strange. we didn't stay long. 





all three animals cuddling on the couch! (mama cat is on the right, next to sweet's back)



we went to the movies to see the pirates! band of misfits, which was really funny and cute, we all liked it a lot. but the previews were equally awesome! so many cute monster movies coming out soon, malcolm (and me, ha!) could not be happier! frankenweenie, paranorman, and hotel transylvania, all within a few months of each other! yes! 


and i'll end this too long post with a photo of our night blooming magnolia tree. these flowers are beautiful.