Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ogden Temple

We went to the open house of the Ogden Temple today.  They first had us watch a ten minute video on the importance of temples.  A temple usher pushed Mom through the temple as we followed them.  It was a lovely tour.  

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Mom's Birthday

My Aunt Viv's mother Donna passed away.  We went to her funeral in Cottonwood Heights.  It was a lovely service.  She was a remarkable woman, who raised 10 children and served 4 missions.  She is the one pictured on the first row on the left.

Mom had a Birthday.  I made her a card.  I bought her some chick flicks on DVD as presents.  We went to Red Lobster to celebrate.  

Sunday, July 27, 2014


We went to my cousin Tyler's wedding reception at Cactus and Tropicals in Salt Lake City.  It was a very pretty reception center.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

San Diego

On Sunday July 13th, we drove to Las Vegas and stayed at the Orleans Hotel on the eighth floor.  I read the book, Art of Fielding.  We ate dinner at Metro Pizza.  We drove down the strip.

On Monday, we drove to San Diego and stayed at Motel 6 in Hotel Circle.  We stopped in Barstow for Lunch.  I read the book, Age of Miracles.  We ate dinner at El Torito and went to Walmart to get groceries.  

On Tuesday, Dad went to his tax seminar.  Mom and I went shopping in Mission Valley.  We went to the Fashion Valley Mall.  We ate lunch at the Boudin Bakery.  We all ate dinner at Phil's Barbecue and I got the El Toro sandwich, which I saw on the Food Network.  We went to the Seaport Village.

On Wednesday, Dad went to his tax seminar.  Mom and I went to Sea World.  We went through the shops before the shows started.  I bought some pins.  We went to the Underwater viewing and saw 4 orcas. We saw the One Ocean show, which has Shamu.  We went to the Blue Horizons show, which has dolphins and acrobatics.  We went through the Turtle reef and Penguin encounter. We saw the Pets Rule, which has dogs, cats, pigs, and birds.  A wheel broke on Mom's wheelchair while were headed in to see the Sea Lions and one of the staff members brought us a replacement chair.  Mom and I shared a sugar cookie at the Coral Cafe. We had to go back to the rental center and pick up our broken one when we left.  When we got back to the hotel, a maid spilled water on our feet as her bottle broke while she was getting off the elevator.  Dad went with us to the Gaslamp Quarter where we ate dinner at Old Spaghetti Factory.  We drove over to the Maritime museum and walked on the boardwalk. 

On Thursday, Dad went to his tax seminar.  Mom and I watched the movie, Gravity.  We drove to Seal Beach, via PCH and stayed at the Ayres Hotel.  We ate lunch at Panera Bread in Costa Mesa. Dad bought mom some new wheels for her wheelchair.  We met Ryan and Sara at Bella Terra and ate dinner at The Cheesecake Factory in Huntington.    

On Friday,  We went to the Outlets at Orange.  We went to Downtown Disney and got some Beignets and Mint Juleps at the Jazz Kitchen.  Mom bought Neve some Mickey and Minnie keychains and she loved holding them.  We met Ryan and Sara at Fashion Island and ate dinner at Great Maple in Newport.

On Saturday, We drove past the Queen Mary and went shopping in the Shoreline Village.  There was a tailgating party at Huntington Beach for the Oakland Raiders and it caused a lot of traffic. We ate lunch at the Crab Cooker with Ryan and Sara.  We ate pizza from Main Street Seal Beach at Ryan's house for dinner.  

On Sunday, we drove back to Vegas and stayed at the Stratosphere hotel.  We stopped in Barstow for lunch.  We stayed on the fourth floor of the Stratosphere and had a view of a cement wall.  We went up into the tower and saw people bungee jumping and the rides going over the edge.  We ate dinner at Cafe Rio.  In the middle of the night, Mom went to roll over in bed and fell down onto the carpet.

On Monday, we drove home. We ate lunch in Nephi. We picked up the cats from boarding.

Friday, July 11, 2014


We went and tried the shaved ice place in Syracuse.

Dad had to cut down our pretty purple flower tree, because it kept getting damaged in the wind.

We had the sister missionaries over for an hour.  They had a us watch a video on temples.

Mom and Dad celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary.  They had lunch at Olive Garden to celebrate.

Monday, June 30, 2014


Sunday  June 15th was Father's Day.  I got Dad a gift card to Buca Di Beppo and The Amazing Spiderman on DVD.

Dad and I went and saw the movie, Edge of Tomorrow.

On Monday June 23rd, we drove to Boise, Idaho.  We stopped in Twin Falls for lunch.  I read the book, Delirium by Lauren Oliver.  We saw a deer by the road.  We stayed a night in Meridian, Idaho at the KOA.  We went to Kohl's and ate dinner at On the Border.  We watched the movie, Jungle Book 2.

On Tuesday, we drove to Cascade Locks, Oregon. We stopped in Baker City and lunch in Pendleton.  There were a ton of fires burning.  We stayed at the KOA.  We saw Multnomah Falls and a deer as we were driving to Portland.  We went to the Riverplace and ate dinner at Newport Seafood Grill.  I got tiger prawns and fries.  While we were eating on the floating dock, dragon boats kept sailing past us.  We walked around the Columbia River.  We were kept awake all night by train whistles.

On Wednesday, we drove to Lincoln City, Oregon through Salem.  We stayed at the KOA in Otis.  We drove around Lincoln City and ate dinner at Otis Cafe.  I got a salad, clam chowder, black molasses bread, and marionberry pie.  We went to the Old Navy at the Tanger Outlets.

On Thursday,  we drove down the coast from Lincoln to Newport,  We stopped in Boiler Bay, Cape Foulweather and then the Yaquina Head Lighthouse and intrepretive center.  There was a falcon's nest by the museum.  We drove to the Historic Bayfront in Newport.  We saw a sea lion on the rocks.  We ate lunch at Mo's Annex, with a bay view.  I had clam chowder, shrimp skewers, mashed red potatoes, and marionberry cobbler.  I read the books, My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick and Save Me by Lisa Scottoline.

On Friday,  I read the book, Paris Wife by Paula McClain.  We drove up the coast from Lincoln to Tillamook.  We went to an antique mall and saw the totem poles in Lincoln.  We saw the rocks in Pacific City.  We stopped at Anderson's view point and saw the rocks at Oceanside.  We went to the Tillamook Cheese factory and got samples of cheese, fudge, and some ice cream.  We ate lunch at McDonald's.  We drove past the air museum.  We went to Driftwood Beach in Lincoln, before going to Humble Pie Pizzaria for dinner.

On Saturday, we drove back to Cascade Locks.  We went to Multnomah Falls and saw the waterfall and the lodge.  We drove to Portland and ate the Old Spaghetti Factory.  We drove around the City Center and Restaurant Row.  We went to the Columbia Gorge Premium Outlets and I bought some books at Book Warehouse.  I went into the KOA Gift shop and bought an Oregon Pin.  Dad made us Smores. I read the book, The Ruining.  We were kept awake all night by train whistles.

On Sunday, we drove back to Meridian.  We ate lunch in Pendleton.  We saw another deer.  Dad cooked steaks for dinner.

Today, we drove home.   We stopped in Burley to visit my aunt and uncle and they fed us lunch.