Oh boy, the Utah Trip

I was telling Allan last night that I can’t think of a creative title for this post. It was a disaster of a trip that left us wanting to crawl into bed and never see our children again. lol! And yet, as we knew then (during the trip), looking through the photos together last night we were both grinning from ear to ear and every moment we talked about was a happy memory.
How does that happen? Something SO stressful and chaotic is this blissful, happy memory?! And it had just happened the day before! haha!

There were happy moments, don’t get me wrong. But there were a lot of crappy moments. More crappy than happy. Our kids pulled against us at every turn.

Page, AZ on the way to Utah. We stopped here for dinner and I breastfed Ember in the parking lot. This is where Sierra fell and cut up her elbow really bad.
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Villa Maria apartments. The apartments Allan and I lived when we were first married (I was 19, he was 23) in 2002 and then in 2003 as well.
This is the second apartment in the complex we lived in :
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I wanted a picture with Brooklyn because this is the apartment where we spent all day every day alone together inside when she was itty bitty 🙂
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When Allan and I very very first moved there we lived in this next apartment, we had a huge storm when Brooklyn was a couple months old (and Allan’s mother was staying with us that week!) and the roof flew off and our entire apartment was flooded! A lot of our stuff was ruined including the majority of my highschool pictures! And there were a TON because I was very into photography all of my highschool life 🙁
That’s why we moved to the other apartment pictured above.
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Brooklyn loved that we were talking about her so much since she was the only baby I had then. She was hyper about it all and did a funny little dance on the stairs.
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I used to take walks with her. There’s this little grassy area I’d very occasionally sit in with her, too.
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It was weird to be back there 9 years later in the same place with such a different life. Walking around, remembering the kinds of things I used to think about with a now completely different set of thoughts/worries/goals was trippy.
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Next up is the apartment building I lived in when I met Allan. The very first time we met was at church one Sunday. He remembers it clearly, I vaguely remember it. My memory is of standing outside the Elder’s quorom (sp?) with my friend, Arjhana, looking at all the guys going into their class and this one guy was super hot and he said hi to us. (That was Allan) and I remember thinking he was WAY too old for me but he was HOT. haha! I was 18 and he was 23 and he was a very mature 23 and I was a very young 18 so the age difference really mattered right then. But I thought he was the cutest guy I’d ever laid eyes on in my life!

Allan remembers seeing a new girl (me, I’d just moved there that week) standing near the Elder’s quorom door and thinking she was really, really cute. He says he came up and said something like, “Good morning ladies, coming to Elder’s quorom today?” He said I was really quiet (I had major social anxiety back then!)

ANYWAY, this apartment, #9 is the second place and the most clear memory I have of meeting Allan and him meeting me.
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He came over with his younger brother, Kevin. They were part of our family home evening group (the best I can explain for nonmormons is it’s like a fellowship group of 10 young adults). So he walks in and I was smitten. Totally love at first sight for me. He and I have very different accounts of our first days of knowing each other but the similarities are that we both thought the other was extremely attractive. lol

Anyway, enough about that! Boring?

I moved a month later into my own apartment (I had been sharing a room with my friend, Arjhana) in the same building, #21.
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Allan lived in apartment #32 with a couple other guys and his younger brother Kevin.
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Since this is where we met and fell in love I took a picture of us together. Wish I’d used the timer and got a further back shot but the kids were crazy at this point and we needed to go. lol
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At BYU..
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Looking around.
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The breakfast where Payson spilled his orange juice. Before the spill, obviously 😉
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We’d already mostly decided on it but during this trip is became an ASAP necessity, to upgrade our car. We’re getting an SUV soon! Oh man am I sick of NO SPACE.
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Bridal Veil Falls:
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We weren’t able to walk over to the waterfall because a hiker had fallen and a huge rescue team was there blocking off the way. We watched them fly him out in a helicopter an hour later!
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Ember kept pulling off her socks. I got sick of putting them back on and pulling her pants neatly over them.
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Stopping at the Manti temple for lunch and just laying around together. Best time of the trip for sure!
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There were dandelions everywhere and all four kids loved them.
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Ember was watching the other kids blowing theirs and her little kips would pucker and blow so they finally gave her one and she immediately tasted it.
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Then she got really fussy so I fed her.
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Allan took this picture and I really love it.
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He took this too and I really like it, too.
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It was gorgeous there. These pictures are almost SOOC, all I did was warm them up because my white balance made them too blue. That flare, that night… heavenly!
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I guess I don’t have much to say about all these pictures but I like them.
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This was the day we drove to our house. Breakfast of champions.
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Rest stop where I fed Ember and the kids played.
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She loves sunglasses.
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And now I don’t think I’ll ever want to blog again! haha, vacation posts are too much work! I know looking back at this in a few months or next year will be fun though.

2 thoughts on “Oh boy, the Utah Trip

  • I don't know why but it's so strange seeing your posts when you are here. I guess because we've been, in a sense, writing back and forth to each other for over three years now, but never actually met, so that when you are here, I just think, Wow! You were so close! I could have run into you! That would be so funny to me. I guess because it's almost like you are this intangible, far away person on the internet, but then here you are.
    …that probably makes no sense. I don't know.

    It's fun seeing shots of you guys where I have the same images in the background of Bridal Veil Falls. Those are beautiful pics you took. I didn't realize you were looking to move to Heber. We drive through Heber every so often. It's our favorite route to Park City, and whenever we go fishing or camping, and even have family reunions on one side of my family, it's at Strawberry Reservoir just past there. (Allan loves fishing, right? That's my Dad's favorite place. He swears there's no place better for fishing). I was also just in Heber three weeks ago to run a race. It's a really pretty place. Right now it is dryer because it's the end of summer/beginning of fall. In the spring and early summer it's much more green. The only downside I personally know of is the drive down the canyon in winter. I really hate driving canyons when it's frozen. Other than that, everyone I know from Heber is super nice. It would be really neat if you did end up here. Maybe we would actually meet someday. That would be fun. 🙂

    It was fun seeing the pictures of where you guys met. And your temple pics with the fall trees were gorgeous. The one of Sierra lying down looking in the camera was so beautiful of her. I'm sorry the trip was crappy. There really isn't much of a vacation in a vacation when there are young kids, is there? We have one coming up where we have to drive to my in-laws in California for a wedding, and I'm a little scared about how it's going to go.

    Anyway, this is the comment that never ends. But before I go, I wanted to tell you last week, thanks so much for your wonderful comments on my blog. You're so sweet and I really love reading them.

  • I read the entire thing…(not that you are surprised by that, but just wanted to make it known because I LOVED hearing all the details of this crazy trip!!) It is so nice to know that we aren't the only one with disaster trips that later turn into wonderful memories! How does that happen?! Isn't it amazing that you even HAVE pictures from this trip with everything that was going on?! But you don't even just have pictures, you have AMAZING, BEAUTIFUL pictures!! I'm so impressed! 🙂 I *loved* reading the story about where you met Allan and seeing the apartments! So cool! I loved all the pictures and stories and can't even imagine doing all that driving with all the kids and Ember nursing and not sleeping and everything else! I have NO clue how you do everything you do! I would have lost my mind on that trip, I'm quite sure of it! lol! 😉 This is why we rarely take family trips! lol!! I'm so not good in those situations! You are right though, looking back on the pictures…all you see are the good memories and you suddenly become so thankful they are documented! 🙂

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