Monday, March 30, 2009

YW General Conference

This past weekend my mom, Mackenzie, Madalyn and I took a road trip to Utah. It had been over seven years since we had been there so we were excited to go! We are lucky enough to have a YW President who is a personal friend of Sister Dalton (the general YW President). She got us VIP tickets to the YW General Conference! We sat about 10 rows back. It was so great to be able to see the Prophet and feel his spirit during the conference.
We spent Saturday in SLC. We saw the Joseph Smith movie, took a tour of the Beehive house, had lunch at the Lion House, took in the view from the Joseph Smith building and walked around Temple Square. The weather was perfect and so was the company! Here is Madalyn, Mackenzie and Nina Palmer (YW President) before conference started:

Too bad I did not have a zoom lense. President Monson was alot closer than this picture appears:

Here are all of us girls after conference:

Utah highlights

While in Utah we stayed with my mom's best friend and her husband (Susan and Larry). Growing up we would visit them every year and they would visit us. For those of you who have heard my families conversion story this is the Susan that I talk about. She and my mom have been best friends since middle school. Susan and Larry are wonderful people and it was great to be able to spend time with them! We were also able to see two of their five children and had a great time catching up with them. It is fun to remininse old times!
Here is a shot of Susan and my mom:
We had a busy two days in Utah. We were out of the house by 10:00 a.m. and did not get in bed until 1:00 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We should have been exhausted, but we had so much fun that it did not faze us that we were sleep deprived!

On Friday we visited BYU. We ate at the creamery, went to the bookstore, library and ate frozen custard. We met up with Mike, Heather and Marissa for dinner at Gateway then went to Marissa's house for a late night of games.
Unfortunately while at BYU I did get one of these (a parking ticket): The Bishop would be proud....
We ate, ate, and ate while in Utah. Why do they have so many good places to eat?!?!?!? Anyway, here are a few highlights of our eating pleasures:

Here we are at Icebergs in St. George. Can you believe that these shakes are mini's???

We finally age at Cafe Rio. I think we were the only ones in our Ward who had never been to one. It was so yummy! And yes, I did confirm that they are coming to Lake Forest....just did not get a date.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Whale Watching

Meredith and I took an outing together last week. We went whale watching with a bunch of friends from church. We took a boat out of Dana Point and it was a two hour trip. The sun was shining and the dolphins, sea lions and one whale were out to entertain us! Within the first ten minutes we saw a large school of black dolphins, then we saw some sea lions swimming, then some black and white stripped dolphins. Lastly we saw a gray whale. He gave us a show by jumping out of the water and showing his tale. It was so spectacular!

Unfortunately my camera battery died before I could even take one picture. Thanks Kristi for sending me these photos! In Meredith's words "this was the best day ever!"