the podie people: Home is where the heart is

Home is where the heart is

Thursday, August 17, 2017

We just got back from Utah (where I did most my growing up) and I wanted to share some of our family photos and thing we did while we were there! Some people might laugh and say, okay girl what is this obsession with Utah?! But I have a hard time explaining it. I moved away from Utah when I was in the middle of 8th grade, and truly I left a piece of me there. It was one of the hardest things I had ever been through. Not because I couldn't make friends again or that my life was just so important living there, it was just those years were some of the most influential of my life. Those friendships have lasted over 10 years, and at the time were the most significant relationships and memories I had ever had.
The memories are clear as day, and the heart ache of leaving is still a hard memory.

It was a hard time for my family, my mom and step dad were going through a rough patch and unfortunately us kids felt the repercussions of that. We're a really open family so there's no need to sugar coat our reason for leaving. It was significant, and heart breaking. And truly-I am grateful. If we hadn't moved I wouldn't have met my husband and had our son Krew who 100% changed my life forever and has impacted the lives of everyone around him. The single MOST important thing to ever happen to my husband and I was conceiving our son! So, in saying all this I think its important to state that yes, our marriages, our children, our families are without a doubt the best and most important memories and events of our lives andI believe that your heart can love a piece of you before that time and can hold a special place for it that you like to share with your family. For me, that's Utah.

Of course over the years I've felt it's a one way love. Does Utah love me as much as I love Utah?! Well no, haha. Everyone has grown up and moved on from the Jr. High days so sometimes coming home can feel like life has forgotten you and your memories. Which is silly right?! I mean who cares about all that? Well, I did. And for me, it ended too quickly. But it's so nice to be able to visit with an adult mindset to be able to put that into perspective and tuck it in my back pocket of good share with my kids my younger days and who I was before them, or try too.  One day they might care but for now I'll just bombard Dylan with memory lane and why we should move there , HAH!

I love everything about it, and who knows maybe one day our family will live there! Dylan has loved visiting, seeing my old hang outs, spending time with my best friend and her husband, and truly just adventuring all the fun things to do there. There's a common misconception that's just a bunch of polygamist mormons which always makes me laugh because it's completely untrue but yes of course there is a large mormon culture and presence there.
It truly is a great place to raise families. Everything is family-friendly and supportive. There are young couples growing their families, parks on every corner, constant activities and kid related events, schools and churches everywhere you look, a killer blogger and entrepreneur scene thats just calling my name and so much more. While we were there we got to do a few fun thing with the kids and just enjoy our time visiting with our closest friends, stuffing our faces with all the mormon alcohol (SODA) we could ingest and staying up too late playing games and planning the next day.

 Spending time with my best friend of 10 years. The whole reason I go to Utah to visit!

ICESCREEEAMMM in Park City because duh.

#1 traveling tip forever. Travel with your parents. Or the kids' grandparents. BUILT IN BABYSITTER!

 Dinosaur Museum in Ogden near where we stayed! The boys loved it and Dash literally thought he was going to be eaten by the speakers in the bushes outside. It was hysterical!

  Sips N Sweet Treats was hands down the best cookies and soda I have ever had in my life. For sure one of the highlights of the trip. If you're in Utah, you better be hittin up this little spot!! So worth it.

 We didn't waste time inside. The pool was a popular hit up. I grew up going to this pool and it is just as magical as it was when I was 13. It has a splash pad, wading pool with a play ground, slides, and an olympic sized diving pool on the other end. Amazing.

 Date night out with our best friends. Slackwater pizza in Ogden is the bomb!
 Dash and I going down the Alpine Slides in Park City. Let's just say I will not be spending the money again for him to do an activity I am not sure he will enjoy. Screamed the whole way down.  Yes, I recorded it.
Spending time with cousins! Molly is my niece and the same age as Krew! Both are going to Kindergarten coming up so we will both just have a 2 year old at home!

Utah, I love you, until next time!