Tuesday, April 29, 2008

I left my {baby} in {Utah}

That's right! I got to spend 2 1/2 days in San Francisco! Josh had a work conference there, so he flew out on Tuesday and I flew out Thursday to meet up with him. It was so beautiful and so much fun! We did leave Logan at his Grandma's house, but it was a short little trip and much less complex to travel without him, especially on Friday when we rode crowded public bus all the way across town.

The Golden Gate bridge, of course, which is beautiful as ever. We walked all the way along a beach with a great view of the bridge. It is beautiful with a calm little beach right in the middle of the big city.

On Thursday night we were able to go to the Wharf, we took a taxi there, and the driver was hilarious and crazy. He would speed race up and down each hill and intersection the whole way there. He started randomly laughing and talking in broken English (we think he was listening to NPR or something). His breaks started stinking and smoking half-way through the ride and he starting laughing hysterically at the whole situation. He plugged his nose and made jokes about his cheap breaks that had been outsourced across the sea! Although we loved the taxi ride, on the way back we took a cable car for the true tourist experience!

We ate at a restaurant up about 3 flights of stairs overlooking the wharf, but we didn't take a picture until it was too dark! It was really pretty nice, and I had smoked salmon with a mango and papaya salsa on top. It was delicious! Food is one of my favorite things about traveling!

I love water and I especially love the harbor with all the boats lined up!

We stayed at a really nice hotel, called the Westin St. Francis . . .

this was the view from our 27th floor room! The best part was the elevators going up were made of glass so as you rode you could see the city.

Sadly, we didn't eat at this restaurant. We looked at a list of places to eat in San Francisco on Food Network.com and realized that this incredibly nice restaurant was in the lobby of our hotel! We found a menu online before we left, read it over and seriously considered going, but at $98 a plate before tip and any extras we decided not to. Someday, I want to go to a restaurant like this. This time we just caught a glimpse of the process of eating in such a fancy place, but I did take a picture!

We did go to one little restaurant on the list called Osha Thai Cafe on Friday night. It was delicious Thai food and we only paid just over $20 for both of us for dinner. I had red curry with prawns and Josh had Pad Thai. It was very, very tasty! That is cheaper than here!

We didn't go in Tiffany & Co., but I did take a picture of the window display!

On Saturday morning we just walked around Union square and looked in some of the shops like, Williams-Sonoma, Levi's, Macy's, and Nike world. This is what my kitchen will look like someday!

It really is and ipod vending machine! Josh said he had heard of them before, but never seen one before. This one was in the cellar of Macy's!

One more post will complete our travelogue to San Francisco!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The Tulip Festival

This was my first time going to the Tulip Festival. We were able to go on Monday 4.21.08 with Josh's mom and sisters, Kathy, Michelle, and Beth. It was so beautiful! The tulips were only at 30% bloom, but there were still so many flowers and there were also some really neat waterfalls. Logan liked it, especially the water. He smelled the flowers and pointed to the waterfalls. I think the pictures speak for themselves, although they don't do justice to the waterfalls, those are something you have to see in person. Waterfalls and the Grand Canyon just don't come across on film (or pixels/digitization?).

Monday, April 21, 2008

Logan, but just for a second

Toddler-hood is working well for Logan, although he doesn't have very much time to stop for pictures, and looking into the camera is definitely out! Taking his picture is getting considerably harder and harder.

Waving to the camera.

He does stand up on his own for a couple of seconds and is starting to move along furniture.

In other news, for those BYU creamery fans, beware! Due to renovation of Deseret Towers and the location of where they make the BYU ice cream, there are currently only 12 flavors of ice cream for approximately the next year. Needless to say, I was very disappointed.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Logan the Foodie

Logan's latest food adventures include:

1: We took him to a restaurant and for the first time we ordered something just for him! It is interesting having him eat in public, because he spends most of his time watching people. He had a grilled cheese with a side of fruit, and only cost $1.99. It is fun now, but when he is a teenager and orders the most expensive thing on the menu, maybe I won't be so excited about taking him out to eat :)

2: Soup. Watch out Jeffrey Steingarten (for those who aren't obsessed with the food network, Jeffrey Steingarten is a food critic who is often a judge on Iron Chef America). Logan about the soup, "The only thing I can see that is wrong with this dish is that there isn't more of it."

3: Sloppy Joe. I usually let him feed himself and do his own thing, but it usually doesn't go this far.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

My Simple Thoughts

A few things are on my mind. I think about experiences concerning young children particularly, because that is what I spend most of my time doing.

First, Elder Ballard's Conference talk on Sunday was just perfect. With every new idea I just kept saying, "He is right on."

(quotes may not be exact I jotted them down from listening)

"There is no one perfect way to be a good mother"

"Each situation is unique. Each has different challenges, skills, and abilities."

"The Joy of motherhood comes in moments. Live in the moment."

"Families need unstructured time for relationships to deepen and where real parenting can take place. Take time to listen, laugh, and play together."

And from an article in this month's Ensign, "The Joy of Nurturing Children".

"Seeing the value of memories has changed my perspective on being a parent. We no longer make messes; we make memories."

The gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. The Lord knows us each individually and what we need and when we need it. I know this, because He is able to reach each person's individual needs through General Conference and other everyday experiences. I hope to incorporate the things I learned and felt and do a little better everyday.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

April Fools!

I am not really one for April Fool's, but I saw this idea online and I thought it would be funny! I made cupcakes from meatloaf and mashed potatoes as the frosting. When Josh came home I didn't say anything, but I had finished activity days a little earlier, so I think he assumed the cupcakes were from that. He did say later that he didn't think it smelled like cupcakes in the apartment.

When he got closer I said he could try one, and at first he really thought they were cupcakes, but then he tasted the potato icing and knew something was up! We had a yummy dinner of mashed potatoes and meatloaf!

Logan laughing at his dad. We didn't play any tricks on him this year, he did eat the meatloaf, but he didn't think it was anything else. Next year though, we'll be sure to have some laughs at his expense :)


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