Because it is way long over due, we took a day as a family vacation of sorts since we never took a family vacation during the summer because of Lane being in school. So for our Fall Break we went up to see the Church sites in Salt Lake. It turns out I'm an even crappier mom than I had thought because Jack and Addie have never been up there. Actually Jack has, but he was like 2 or younger. Being the traffic/crowd haters that we are, we just never really thought about going. But Trax makes it lots easier (ignoring, of course, the invasion of personal space that comes with public transportation. Eww.) So we hopped on the train in Sandy and off we went.
We had lunch at The Cheesecake Factory at the City Creek Center. Lane (foolishly) ordered the Burrito Grande, and it was indeed muy grande. We all had to laugh at his face when the waiter set it down in front of him. He was only able to eat about a third of it, and even Jack couldn't polish it off. We had to carry a large Cheesecake Factory bag of leftovers around with us all day, because even those of us who finished our dinner still had to have some cheesecake, we just couldn't eat it right then. We enjoyed our Burrito/Cheesecake feast later that night.
It rained lightly off and on all day, but mostly it was clear. The sun came out a few times too.
We took the elevator in the Church Office Building up to the observation deck and enjoyed the vast panorama from up there.
Jack channelled his inner Sheldon and thought he had located the perfect accoustical seat in the tabernacle.
We even ventured on to the Red Line of Trax and went up to the Stadium to see the Olympic cauldron.
This week's Saturday morning hike took us up to the Battle Creek waterfall again. It was quiet and peaceful and we only saw one other person on our entire round trip. The leaves were more vibrant last week when we were up there doing Jack's Eagle project, but still pretty today.
After our hike and other chores (grocery shopping, gas-tank-filling, etc) I made 2 batches of grape jelly. I do not advise attempting to make jelly during the commercials of a football game. It might not end well. It could involve broken mason jars, boiling jelly that splatters all over the stove and walls, spilled sugar on the stove top (which then carmelizes because the stove is hot) and floor (ewww - gritty on bare feet!), and the smoke alarm going off.
None of these things happened to me, of course. I'm far too together to let that happen. It's just a theory I came up with.