Hope you all had a good Memorial Day weekend. We took advantage of the extra day off, took a couple more off and made a last minute trip to Salt Lake. Stuart came up from Provo and Janelle came down from Rexburg and we all stayed in a little cabin at an RV resort out near the airport. Way cheaper than two hotel rooms and almost as convenient. On Saturday we shopped at Gateway in the morning because it wasn't very nice weather, then drove up Emigration Canyon to the Mormon Pioneer Trail and ate our picnic in the car cuz it was so darn cold and windy. We hiked a short ways just to say we had hiked on the Pioneer trail and then headed down to This is the Place Monument. After a while we headed back to camp and ate tacos before driving in to see the Young Ambassadors at the Conference Center Theatre. What a terrific show! Every number had great singing and awesome dancing! Afterwards we went back to the cabin and had German Chocolate birthday cake for Stuart's 24th birthday.
Sunday was a beautiful, warm day. We went to Music and the Spoken Word - which was a special Memorial Day Tribute. The music was fantastic - although we didn't get into the Tabernacle, we watched it in the Assembly Hall. Temple Square was packed with loads of people (tour buses full) and they had to use the visitor centers theatres and Assembly hall for overflow. My favorite number was John Williams "America - The Dream Goes On!" They had beautiful photos with it, but the music itself was so inspiring. They had the Orchestra and a hand bell choir accompany them. I didn't realize that really the whole program is music with just a short message at the end. It was wonderful. They also had in attendance a 89 year old veteran who had taken his trumpet with him and played it for the men as they prepared to land on the beaches of Normandy on D- Day. He played "O Danny Boy", the same song he played that day so long ago, on that same trumpet, one he had gotten when he was 9 years old. He was incredible. Afterwards Caidin wanted a tour of the Conference Center so we did that and got to see all the beautiful paintings and sculptures inside it as well. Someone was practicing the organ while we were there and the sound from those 7000 pipes really filled that giant space. It was awesome. Then we made our way to Liberty Park for a picnic. My new sandals were scraping the back of my feet raw so we eventually had to go back to camp and change out of our Sunday clothes. That led to naps out on the grass and inside the cabin for some, horseshoes and a game of pool in the clubhouse and swimming in the pool for others. We never did make it back to Temple Square and I didn't get to see the gardens. Oh well!
Monday we drove up American Fork Canyon and had a beautiful 4 mile hike to Stewart Falls and back. The Aspens were just barely leafed out some places, and up higher they weren't yet. The weather was nice that day too (almost too nice for hiking uphill. That's why my face is red in one picture.) Bryce's family invited us to their home in Sandy for a BBQ Monday night. We got to meet Bryce's parents and all but one married sister. We had a great time visiting with his family and playing Bocce in their backyard. You can see the Draper temple on the hill across from their house and three others from different spots in the yard. Janelle had to head home early in the evening. We sure enjoyed seeing her. We miss her a lot. Stuart is getting ready to do a two month pharmacy tech program starting tomorrow that will hopefully land him an internship somewhere. It was great seeing him, too. What fun to be together - even if we are all crammed into our mini-van (it's a lot tighter now that they are all young adults with long legs and not kids anymore!) and getting lost and getting carsick on the winding roads etc.i-van (it's a lot tighter now that they are all young adults with long legs and not kids anymore!) and getting lost and getting carsick on the winding roads etc.
We came home to lots and lots of rain. It's getting a little ridiculous! 5.79 or is it 5.87? inches for May. I'm ready for sun!