Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend Fun

We stayed locally here again this year.  
It rained most of the weekend (until Monday), so we spent a lot of time watching "How It's Made" on Netflex.  

And because of the rain, I started reorganizing my house.

Here is a picture of my "sunscreen" shelf.  I'm ready for summer.

On Friday, I went to Costco.   (FYI:  My kids love sushi and before any holiday weekend, I run to Costco and buy a ton of their sushi that they can eat to their heart's content all three days.  It is just another of my, "trying to create a memory moment" for my kids around holidays.)  I also got a pile of stuff for my husband's office and a bunch of "summer is coming" supplies for my house.  Part of that was a new bag of plastic cups.  Because of the rain, we broke them out and built towers with them in our basement.

 On Memorial Day, we woke up bright and early and headed up the canyon for our first (of hopefully many) canyon trips of the year.

On a side note, being from Boulder, CO, I always ran the Bolder Boulder every Memorial Day.  Every year, I say, "I'll fly home with the kids and have us all run in the Bolder Boulder."  And every year, May is a crazy month with end of the year school projects, scout stuff, dance stuff, work stuff, etc., and we never do.  This year, because once again, I was not in Boulder on Memorial Day, I spent several minutes just thinking about home.  As I always say, "I love, adore my life here in Utah but Boulder, CO (specifically Boulder) will always be home."  

Back to the canyon excursion . . . I told all of my kids they had to wear long pants.  This is what Toothsome #4 came up with. . .
 We built a fire and then spent most of the time skipping rocks on on the side of the river.  
 They all got their shoes and socks soaking wet, so we dried everything out by the fire.  
 After meeting friends at Moochies for lunch, we headed over to the Gilgal Garden.  This has been on my "to do" list for over 10 years and I was glad to finally make it there.  If you don't know exactly where to go, it is hard to find, but once there, it is worth it.  It is a little gem in downtown Salt Lake.  You can read about it's history here.

I also finished Dickens' "The Old Curiosity Shop" (a tragic, moving read) and started "The Once and Future King" by T H White  and "Barnaby Rudge" (another Dickens).  My current Dickens' favorite is Nicholas Nickleby.  

All and all a successful, Memorial weekend.  


Kari said...

What a great day! I'm still chuckling at the Tower of Plastic Cups. Very cool.

jo said...

A successful Memorial Day weekend! Props to the plastic cup towers, I'm sure we'll be repeating that one very soon. And good ol' Gilgal Gardens, one of SLC's odd "gems".

ash said...

I love the tower. And Gilgal Garden, can't miss that! A successful Memorial Day indeed.