We’ve been extremely busy this year. Sometimes the pressures of going to school, having full-time jobs, and trying to remodel a house leaves us with so little energy we just want to watch Parks and Rec on Netflix all day. Something that has really helped us this year is planning a weekend get-away every month and a half or so. Our September relaxing-time was spent waterskiing at Bear Hollow. Just the act of getting on the freeway and driving away from your home for a couple days relieves a lot of stress. Or, at least, puts off the nagging dishes and undone laundry for a while.
Labor Day came around and we made plans to have a picnic at Liberty Park with some friends, Caleb and Megan. Colton made street tacos. It was a simple recipe and super yummy! He found it here at Simple Recipes. Megan and Caleb provided corn on the cob and the meal was perfect! We passed the time catching up and watching slack-liners cross from tree to tree. If you want a recipe with few ingredients to deal with and plenty of flavor, this is a great one to try out!
The un-perk of being a student at the University of Utah is that your friends live all around the valley. It’s hard to plan things when you live half an hour away from each other and everyone is busy with school and work. We were excited when we were finally able to get together this weekend with Natalie and Tyler for a quick paddleboarding trip at Jordanelle Reservoir. We literally had to put it in our phone calendars a month in advance.
I love state and county fairs. I love seeing all the homemade items and food stuffs. It signifies the coming of fall, another beautiful time of year. (Let’s face it, I just like every season.) I also loving petting zoos and seeing all the bunnies and chickens on display. Maybe someday I will participate in a fair.
Yet another one of Bountiful’s summer traditions is the Bountiful Summerfest. Dancers and performers from different countries are hosted by families around the area. The countries vary each year, but often include countries from both Europe and Asia.
Once again, headed back to Main Street. You’re getting to know Bountiful’s Main Street quite well. Another annual tradition is the Main Street Sidewalk Days. When Sidewalk Days happens, all the stores put out their merchandise on the sidewalk, a radio station comes and hosts the event, and there are great sales all around. I really should go to some place other than The Book Garden on Main Street, because there are many cute stores and food places I should go experience. But The BOOK GARDEN, guys! Doesn’t the name just sound inviting enough?
I’m waiting for the day when someone will come up with an idea as brilliant as Harry Potter. I don’t think it will happen for quite some time. Half of my life has been spent waiting on Harry Potter books to be released at midnight and dressing up to go to midnight showings. And it has to be midnight, of course, so you will be the first to know what happens and no one will spoil it for you.
As mentioned before, I love fireworks. July is fantastic in Utah because there is not only one firework holiday, but TWO! Yes, we celebrate the coming of the first settlers of Utah with more giant explosions in the sky. And
Fresh food, small festivals.
Singing, dancing, eating, family time.
Warm evenings on blankets of grass.
Watermelon dripping down your chin.
Nights where the air is warm but the ground is cool.
Since we go to Bear Lake with Colton’s family every year, I won’t write a super long post, this will mostly be pictures. This year we rented a nice home from a family who had apparently traveled all over Southeast