you know those times when you really need to just leave, get out of your head, leave reality behind and getaway? well that's what we did this weekend and it was just what i needed. i can't even tell you how much i needed it.
my hometown is 300 miles away from salt lake city, in the very very southwest corner of utah. my home is 120 miles from vegas. i've been to vegas so many times i lost all wonder and amazement at the age of 7. never having a drink in life, not gambling or going to clubs really kind of ruins the whole vegas experience, but i still like going there with my girlfriends or going to a hotel on the strip and tanning and swimming and going to the m&m factory. hopefully we can do that next month.
anyway! we left right during rush hour which was stupid but i wanted to take a nap so, what ya gonna do.. i was so hungry on the drive home but i waited because i wanted my mom's cooking instead of road trip fast food crap. and i was greeted with homemade chicken noodle soup (even the noodles were homemade!) and all was right with the world.
my sister and her family were there as well and had been since wednesday as her husband works from home so he can do whatevs. i loved having quality time with nieces my little junebug and avery, who is such a firecracker and so socially advanced, i swear, the things she says.
june is getting some nice chubby arms!! i want to eat them.
we went to the sand dunes which is in a state park and had a lovely picnic. homemade chicken salad on croissants, i mean, what other reason to go home is there besides my mom's cooking.
one of my favorite things about avery is her need for attention. she is such a little ham. we have to watch her at all times and pay attention to each thing she does. if we are all watching, man oh man will she put on a show. i called her princess avery the whole day and she looooved it. she loved it so much that she told me multiple times that she loved me best. i'm not really sure what to write after that because that just made my life and i think i heart stopped beating for a second with pure happiness. we know how much she loves taran, so this was a huge aunt win.
when she was digging her whole she kept saying "watch me!!! watch me!!" and then proceded to fling a whole shovel's worth of sand on me which got down my shirt, pants, and in my mouth and on my face. lovely. i would have been mad if she wasn't so cute.
then we headed to the children's museum per avery's request. this museum is so awesome and teaches kids about cars, planes, airports, and has a "farm" vet hospital, grocery store, bank, stage where the kids can dress up in costume and sing, a princess castle, a kitchen where you bake things, and some science learning that taran really enjoys.
we decided to be bankers, but we have to work in tandem, obviously.
then avery went for the stage and sang "let it go" in the only thing i could fit her in.
then i pretended i was a dj.
mixing a beat
then we learned about phones and and communication all the way back to the telegraph and i used julia robert's cell phone from my best friend's wedding.
"no, i love him george, he was mine first, i will break up this wedding!!!"
then avery milked a cow and gave it some shots.
then it was best friend time. patrisha was getting off work at 5 so my parents left taran and i downtown and i took taran on an eating walking tour of saint george.
yes. this is downtown saint george. we are like, a huge city.
i took him to a place that carries really old candy (like razzles!! call jennifer garner!) and is also a place that we always went for lunch in high school because you could get homemade soup and breadsticks for like, $3. but i'm a bad blogger and didn't take a picture.
then patrisha picked us up and we went to the best pizza in town, where the wait is always an hour and there is only one bathrooms stall for two restaurants. pasta factory is downstairs, pizza factory is upstairs. and there is one stall for each sex. what the. but their pizza and breadsticks and homemade suckers are to die for. but, again, i didn't even take a picture with my best friend. what is wrong with me.
and then we went to my house and played candy land because i don't remember ever playing it and won twice!!! hollaaaa!!! i did a victory lap around the table. according to my mom, i did play when i was little, i just don't remember. but i have such a gift, guys. and the board made me drool thinking about candy and why isn't candy land real and why can't i live there? i ask you.
on the drive down, a gas station we stopped at had a magical $5 movie bin and i got four chick flicks, including a special to my heart and all my high school memories are surrounded by this movie, music and lyrics, which taran had never seen. despicable. so we fixed that. and then taran went to bed and i talked to best friend in the whole world for a while because i hadn't seen her since Christmas. long distance bff relationships are stupid.
and then june was being so cute in church the next day i took a picture in the middle of church and my mom got mad at me. but she was being so smiley and was being the biggest charmer and was wearing the prettiest dress and is drop dead gorgeous, so what was i supposed to do mom?
and then i held her while my sister packed and she just grinned and grinned and grinned at my dad and i kissed her so many times i am surprised she didn't just utter her first words at 4 months old just to tell me to stop.
and then we came home and i feel rejuvenated and refreshed.
what did you do this weekend?