Thursday, July 31, 2008

I Love Davis County!

When Nic and I were dating I would give him such a hard time about everyone's obsession with Davis County being the best. I have to say, after living here for over 3 years I am really a fan! We will get to the food in a minute...but where else in the state are you 15 minutes from your horseback riding lessons, 2 temples, the Great Salt Lake, Downtown Salt Lake, the Davis County Fair Grounds (oh yes--the fair is FREE), hiking & camping and the best food ever! We literally walk across the street to go to church, we are less then 2 minutes from the freeway, I just love it! They have local grocery stores with great customer service and tons of family owned businesses. Not to mention that the west side of Woodscross & West Bountiful still have a lot of small farms with tons of animals and horses to drive by and see. Don't forget the Bald Eagle watching in the winter!!!

I love that every great restaurant around her is not a chain!! With the exception of Brigham City (Maddox, Maddox Drive Inn, Idle Isle) Davis County has the best food in the state! If you haven't tried the local favorites--its worth a trip! Here is my run down on our favorite places:
Cutlers-Is my favorite restaurant at the moment! They have 2 locations, 1 in Centerville (the best) and 1 in Bountiful. They have the BEST sandwiches in the world and you will love their homemade cookies!
Nielsons Frozen Custard- Do you want to take a step back in time? Try this fabulous old fashioned diner! They are known for their frozen custard and to-die-for chicken sandwiches! Only cash or checks are accepted (like I said, old fashioned diner)
El Matador- My husband's favorite! Great Mexican food, great service! They have the best homemade chips & salsa!
Parson's Bakery- This place will break your diet! Seriously the best rolls, cookies, and cakes! It's located across the street from Nielson's so you can hit those both in the same trip!
Robintinos- There is something for everyone at this traditional Italian restaurant! My husband loves their lasagna and I love the garlic cheese pizza! Great garlic & cheese bread as well!
Mandarin Restaurant- We don't go here as much as we would like, but this place is ALWAYS packed! Great Chinese food! Some reviews online say that they travel long distances just to eat Chinese at the Mandarin!
Pace's Dairy Ann- Very similar to Nielson's. They have great hamburgers & ice cream cones. Again, only cash or checks are accepted.

Have I forgotten any? I love supporting local businesses! So does everyone in my family! Check out this site for ways to keep your business in Utah . Do you have favorite businesses close to where you live? I would love to hear about them!!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Kenny's Wedding

My cousin Kenny was married on Friday. We were so blessed to be able to attend his sealing in the SLC Temple. Here are some pictures of him and his beautiful bride. I am so happy for them!!

He looks pretty happy!!

If you know Kenny, you wouldn't be surprised at the grooms cake..

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Yellowstone Vacation

Where do I start? We had such a fun vacation! The first day we stayed in Jackson Hole. We went to the Bar J and went white water rafting down the snake river--SO much fun! Then we spent the rest of our time in Yellowstone. We went horseback riding,hiking, and saw so many beautiful things. I will get to the wildlife in a minute, but the scenery with all of the lakes, rivers, waterfalls, geysers, and forests were just to die for! It was just breath taking. All of the wild flowers really added to the beauty! The wildlife really made the trip! Here is a list of the animals that we saw while we were there: Chipmunks, Squirrels, Yellow Bellied Marmots, Ravens, various hawks, Osprey, Bald Eagle, various waterfowl, Cranes, Frog, Rabbit, Weasel, Deer, Elk (Male, Female, & Baby), Moose, Bison (Male, Female, & Baby), Coyote (6 to be exact) Black Bear, Brown Bear, AND Grizzly Bear!!! Yes, I know--that's amazing isn't it! I HIGHLY recommend a trip to Yellowstone. Here are some pictures from our trip..

Sunday, July 13, 2008

My ipod

I finally got an ipod!! I know, I know I am way behind the times (I still don't text)!! I would love to know who all has one and what you think about them! I have been shopping around the past few months, watching for the best deals and the features that I have wanted. This is the one that I got, an 8GB Pink Ipod Nano! I love listening to music and I can't wait to have it with me everywhere I go. It will be nice to have for work, working out, and to have in the car so you don't have to lug around a bunch of CDs. It will be a lot of fun to have on our trip to Yellowstone next week as well!!

I am starting my first playlist, "Jr. High Favorites" that includes:
Always Be My Baby by Mariah Carey
Killing Me Softly With His Song by The Fugees
What Would You Do? by City High
Crazy by K-Ci & JoJo
Light in Your Eyes by Blessid Union of Souls
Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Garden
All My Life by K-Ci & JoJo

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Record Player

I got a new record player for Christmas and I finally have it all set up. Yes, that's right....I said record player. Years ago my mom was getting rid of her records and I asked her if I could have them. I love having them and think they are the coolest things ever. Pretty soon, kids will have never even seen a record. I remember my mom teaching us how to dance in the living room to "Warpaint" by the Brook Brothers. I am always on the look out for great records at thrift stores or yard sales--so let me know if you see any good ones! I am actually looking for this record if you ever see it!! (Also keep your eyes open for the Temptations, the Supremes, great 80's music and any Michael Jackson!)

Friday, July 4, 2008

4th of July

WE DID IT! Nic and I ran the Centerville 5k Freedom Run this morning. It has been a goal of ours and we decided to go for it this year! My goal was to finish in under an hour and not come in last--and I accomplished it! Nic was so kind to stay with me-he could have won if it weren't for me! After the race, we had so much fun for the rest of the day. We went to the traditional Magna Parade, to Nic's Grandma's Birthday party, and then to watch the fireworks at Lagoon. I love the 4th of July and found myself feeling so grateful for everything that we are blessed with!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Brett & Brad

From Surf Boards To Saddles....
Our dear friends Brett & Brad from San Diego stopped by to visit us while they were in town this week. We talked them into going to a Horse Show with us. They were great sports and we had a great time. Here are some pictures along with some videos that are sure to entertain you!