dinner in park city.

mike and i spent our saturday morning apart, running all over, and by late-afternoon we just wanted to get away as a family for a bit. mike suggested an impromptu escape to park city for dinner at our favorite spot, main street pizza and noodle. (i say "favorite," but it's really just the only place we go- ever. when i was in college and visited park city with my roomies the pattern began; when mike & i were young and in dating-love we came here; whenever we go to sundance to people watch we hit it up... we're serious creatures of a pizza habit.)

elle & jude were their typical crazy selves- musical seats, flying forks, eating an equal amount of snacks from my purse as they did the food we ordered, catsup with a side of chicken nuggets, and lots of leftover pizza crust for me to enjoy. after dinner we walked up & down main street just long enough to tolerate jude's refusal to be held and walk independently (of course we forgot the stroller). then a little rocky mountain chocolate factory, and finally, home again, home again, jiggly jig.


a "peace out, summer" night at cherry hill.

utah has been all over the place lately with weather- i mean, utah is a desert.      summers are hot and dry.       the end.     well, i feel like july was august, and august was october. i'm not sure what september will turn out to resemble, but the fact that summer is "over" according to the 3-day weekend bookends of memorial and labor day, depresses me. 

friday night we headed to cherry hill for one last hurrah, even though i hope to high heavens it's not over yet! last a little longer, summer! you faked me out with that whole "unusually cool and wet" spell for most of august. don't go yet! and please, get rid of all the added mosquitos while you're at it. thanks!
^^ jude watched elle swing from the railing as we waited to get in. he then copied her.
jude ate our favorite yogurt. so did his body.
^^ uncertainty, turned delight via the slide elle repeated 100 times. 
also noteworthy but not pictured are mike and my rides down cardiac canyon- this river run where we basically swirled like we were in a toilet bowl, and ended up on dates with other people- me with a 7-year-old boy, and mike with a bunch of 12-year-old girls- after mike ditched me in hopes for a faster route down the "rapids." basically, we just kept getting stuck and i about peed my pants from laughing. i haven't laughed that hard in ages!
thanks to my parents for partying with us and all the other high school kids who filled the park last friday night:)

so long, sweet summer.


preschool, year 3, brought to you by elle:

"mom, i think you should have a picture on my first day of school, too!"
ahh, how the tables turn.    :)


friday night at pineview reservoir.

 a few weekends ago we met up with some of mike’s family who were camping on the huntsville side of pineview reservoir. the drive through the canyon was one of the prettiest ever- it reminded me of our drives to/from logan through sardine canyon… oh, so lovely. i will give utah that- the mountains are primo.
 there was some miscommunication, and i apparently missed the memo that there was an actual “beach,” so mike & i came fully clothed. in, like, proper clothes. worst idea ever. pretty much the minute we arrived, the entire crew walked from their little campsite through the brush to the beach, about a 10 minute walk away. we stayed muddy, sandy, and hot for the proceeding 3 hours we were there! that being said, it was the most gorgeous night- perfect light, breeze, no bugs, and we had the entire beach to ourselves.
 oreo in-hand, jude was ready to rumble.
i’ve only been to pineview once- back in college with my best friend & her family. we camped right by the road and i remember being awake all night long (am i the only person who never sleeps a wink when they camp? probably why i’ve only camped, like, 5 times in my life. aaaand never really by choice:) i also recall finding a very cute boy and sheepishly asking to ride on his jet ski. i thought i was pretty cool, but really, it sounds much more daring than it actually was- i was the epitome of everything not cool or smooth, that’s for sure. either way, the fun memories at pineview continue- what an awesome place!
^^  jude ate a ridiculous amount of rocks. 
 jude fell in love with this beach ball that took off in the wind every few seconds- mike chased it back every time since juju bawled at it's sudden departure.
 ^^ elle got a sliver and it ruined her night. it was pretty much the end of the world for 20 minutes until we pinned her down and got it out. she's an emotional soul. 
 we stuffed the kids with dum dum's to entertain them on the walk back. (what is it with camping and junk food? an unnecessary amount of crap is consumed whilst in the outdoors.)


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