Hot, Sunny Utah and Big Congraulations to Mariella and Jordan!

June 19 – 27, 2015

Summer Vacation!!  Hooray!  I know I’m doing things a bit out of sequence, but oh well, the lazy days of summer, and the heat, have melted my brain!  Love this page in my Seize the Day calendar…

Wish we had a beach there!  It was darn hot!

Wish we had a beach there! It was darn hot!

We took a trip to Utah again this summer for two reasons.  First and foremost, for Mariella’s wedding, and second, to spend time with Janet and family.  She loves to have us, and spoils us.  Fun outings, good food, and a little work thrown in.

Welcome to Janet and Dave's....

Welcome to Janet and Dave’s….

Their lovely home....

Their lovely home….

Me working on some of the wedding decor!  The colors were mint, blush, and apricot.

Me working on some of the wedding decor! The colors were mint, blush, and apricot.

Dave had to share Father’s Day with the whole family.  It was a good day and everyone was there.  Hey, I didn’t get a picture of Dave!

Jordan and Mariella; only a few days left of the single life!

Jordan and Mariella; only a few days left of the single life!

Rebecca and Mom.  Lots of games were played!

Rebecca and Mom. Lots of games were played!

Aunt Luana and Pam

Aunt Luana and Pam

Luke, chillin' on the zebra chair (everyone's favorite).

Luke, chillin’ on the zebra chair (everyone’s favorite).

Brent home from BYU.

Brent home from BYU.

Janet and my attempt at a selfie with my camera.... we need a little practice!

Janet and my attempt at a selfie with my camera…. we need a little practice!

Tressa!

Tressa!

Janet and Tressa serving a Father's Day dessert.

Janet and Tressa serving a Father’s Day dessert.

That evening, when it was cooler outside, we played a game of Bocci ball, although I don’t think we really played by the rules, but it was fun.  I’ve never played and those balls are heavy!  Even though our team (Janet and I played against the boys) did not win, we did win a couple of the throws.  I had a great one that was called due to a few blades of grass!!!

On the back lawn (in their neighborhood, most everyone's yards run together-not too many fences).  And look at that green grass!!

On the back lawn (in their neighborhood, most everyone’s yards run together-not too many fences). And look at that green grass!!

Spectators, Rebecca and Kalisha

Spectators, Rebecca and Kalisha

Okay, so the guys wouldn't call this touching.  They said the grass was in between the balls.  Well, if we were playing on a proper court, there would be no grass!!

Okay, so the guys wouldn’t call this touching. They said the grass was in between the balls. Well, if we were playing on a proper court, there would be no grass!!

Team Girlie!!

Team Girlie!!

David, the winner!  I understand he always wins!!

David, the winner! I understand he always wins!!

The day before the wedding, it was last minute errands, bouquets, signs, and packing things up.

Back to work!  But it's not work working with flowers!!

Back to work! But it’s not work working with flowers!!

Bridesmaids and flower girl bouquets and one to throw away!

Bridesmaids and flower girl bouquets and one to throw away!

Rebecca adds some flair to the chalkboard sign.  She's so artistic!

Rebecca adds some flair to the chalkboard sign. She’s so artistic!

The big day arrives…

Mariella out the front door to meet Jordan!  Love this shot!

Mariella out the front door to meet Jordan!        Love this shot!

The were married in the LDS Draper Temple

They were married in the LDS Draper Temple

Congratulations!!

Congratulations!!

The bride's family!

The bride’s family!

The groom and his parents!

The groom and his parents!

It was so hot that day.  Photos were taken in the shade on the side of the Temple.  After a quick rest and some lunch, everyone headed to Thanksgiving Point for more pictures (ugh! still hot) and to set up for the reception, which would begin at 6:30.  It was a warm, but beautiful evening. How could you go wrong with tables set up on the lawn, a water feature, and roses galore!

The Loggia at Thanksgiving Point

The Loggia at Thanksgiving Point

Under the arbors in the garden.

Under the arbors in the garden.

Newlyweds in the rose garden

Newlyweds in the rose garden

Absolutely gorgeous!

Absolutely gorgeous!

Rebecca and her beautiful butterfly dress.

Rebecca and her beautiful butterfly dress.

Once the sun went down, it did cool off a bit, not too much, but if you took your shoes off, the grass felt wonderful!

Once the sun went down, it did cool off a bit, not too much, but if you took your shoes off, the grass felt wonderful!

Rebecca, me, and Mom

Rebecca, me, and Mom

Jordan had a surprise for Mariella.  He plays the sax and did a number for her!

Jordan had a surprise for Mariella. He plays the sax and did a number for her!

I'm hot, and tired, and am in desperate need of a cool shower!  But it's been a beautiful day!

I’m hot, and tired, and am in desperate need of a cool shower! But it’s been a beautiful day!

Hooray!!  It's over and their on their way.... Mama's tired!

Hooray!! It’s over and their on their way….
Mama’s tired!

I took tons of pictures.  It was hard to pick which ones to share here.  Hope they give you  a glimpse into the special day. The rest of the week was spent eating, relaxing (not too much), going on little outings, eating, a play, eating, gardens, did I mention eating?  Oh my gosh.  The area they live in has so many great places to eat, and snack.  We had pizza at Pizzeria Limone (great thin crust pizza), custard and Italian ice at Rita’s (twice! – well, it was hot), salads at Zaos, and amazing dessert waffles at Waffle Love (a traveling truck – I had one with lemon curd and raspberries… to die for).  I’m sure there was more, but I just can’t remember it all!

The girls at Waffle Love!!  Oh, the anticipation!

The girls at Waffle Love!!
Oh, the anticipation!

Janet treated us to a play at the Hale Centre Theater.  Such a gorgeous place.  It was intimate, but a great performance with an amazing backdrop and stage (which moved around in a circle)! Loved, loved, loved it!

The Little Mermaid Hale Center Theater

The Little Mermaid
Hale Center Theater

Just entering the lobby made you feel welcome Under the Sea!!

Just entering the lobby made you feel welcome Under the Sea!!

A stunning theater set the stage for an underwater adventure!

A stunning theater set the stage for an underwater adventure!

Other little adventures included a quick visit to Gardner Village (a favorite stop of mine when I’m there) where I picked up a fun hat; Mrs. Cavanaugh’s Chocolate factory tour (where we got to try chocolate liqueur-very bitter, and a caramel and raspberry cream-yum); Thanksgiving Point Gardens (tons of pictures there); the Holdman Art Studio where Rebecca and I made (with the help of Vincente, the instructor) a glass flower; the Puppy Barn; the Lehi Roller Mills, (the flour mill where Ren (Kevin Bacon) worked in the movie Footloose; and lastly, a stop at the City Creek Mall in Salt Lake to wait for Dave.  I love the indoor area where the creek runs through.  It was much cooler than outside.

My new hat in Gardner Village

My new hat in Gardner Village

The Creek Garden at Thanksgiving Point Gardens, our first stop.

The Creek Garden at Thanksgiving Point Gardens, our first stop.

Creek Garden.... Me and Janet

Creek Garden….
Me and Janet

Rebecca gives me a pose...only once!

Rebecca gives me a pose…only once!

Me at Monet Lake, covered in water lilies.

Me at Monet Lake, covered in water lilies.

Great close-up by Rebecca!!

Great close-up by Rebecca!!

The Secret Garden was my favorite place!!

The Secret Garden was my favorite place!!

The Italian Garden and amazing fountain.

The Italian Garden and amazing fountain.

The waterfalls and Mountain Garden area were my second favorite.  A lot of water up top and it was so cool in the shade!

The waterfalls and Mountain Garden area were my second favorite. A lot of water up top and it was so cool in the shade!

Me and Janet feeling the refreshing breeze by the water at the top.

Me and Janet feeling the refreshing breeze by the water at the top.

Off to Holdman Art Studios.  Rebecca creating her glass flower...

Off to Holdman Art Studios. Rebecca creating her glass flower…

This step was tough.  You had to pull on the glass to make the

This step was tough. You had to pull on the glass to make the “petals”. The glass was cooling, so it was hard to pull on!

Still very hot, the tip color (white) is beginning to cool.  The inner color (light blue) is still firey orange.

Still very hot, the tip color (white) is beginning to cool. The inner color (light blue) is still firey orange.

Loved the little puppies at the Puppy Barn!!

Loved the little puppies at the Puppy Barn!!

Lehi Roller Mills where scenes in Footloose were filmed.  Kevin Bacon and Footloose memorabilia was all around the gift shop!

Lehi Roller Mills where scenes in Footloose were filmed. Kevin Bacon and Footloose memorabilia was all around the gift shop!

Relaxing in the City Creek Mall.  Love this place!

Relaxing in the City Creek Mall. Love this place!

Our final day we spent mostly relaxing, but made one final stop before the airport at Sub Zero, an ice cream place.  It was pretty cool.  They make the ice cream right in front of you out of cream and your selected ingredients.  Not with an ice cream maker, but with a blast of liquid nitrogen that freezes in in moments!  And it was yummy!!  I had banana, almonds, and fudge!!

Rebecca and Luke, who's grown a bit!  Art work in the background is part of Tressa's Senior portfolio.

Rebecca and Luke, who’s grown a bit! Art work in the background is part of Tressa’s Senior portfolio.

Sub Zero... making my ice cream.

Sub Zero… making my ice cream.

Okay, I was skeptical, but this is soooo good!

Okay, I was skeptical, but this is soooo good!

It was a wonderful trip, but we were glad to be going home to our own home, to Bella, and our own beds!  Thank you so much to the Roberts for having us!

Make sure you find some time to renew and restore your spirit this summer!

PS.  This blog is dedicated to Dave and to his mother, who passed away a few days after we left.  May she find peace and perfection in the next world.

One thought on “Hot, Sunny Utah and Big Congraulations to Mariella and Jordan!

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