7.06.2015

America's Birthday Weekend


































  







This past week, Greg and I travelled down south for a Snyder family vacation. We did a combo of Lake Powell part of the week and then stayed at my parents home in St. George the rest of the time. We didn’t take too many pictures at Powell, but it was a great time. The water is so warm and the scenery is beautiful. I think I’ve gone every summer for the past 15-ish years, one of our favorite family traditions for sure. 

Although the temperature was sky high, it’s nice to have some downtime at a house where you feel comfortable, but you don’t have the luxuries of home to distract you. I always forget my to-do lists in St. George and just relax. Which is exactly what we did for a couple days. There were rides in the RZR, singing and playing piano, experimenting with electronic helicopters, cooking, swimming, chatting, lego building (lots and lots of lego building), roasting marshmallows, eating, and of course driving. 


America is the best. Happy birthday USA!  

6.29.2015

Lavender Days



Lavender Days is a fun little celebration they have in Mona Utah at the Young Living Essential Oils farm. Every Utahan who has ever traveled between the Salt Lake Valley and southern Utah has driven past them. The big fields are right next to the freeway so it’s always pretty fun to see what is going on and how tall the lavender is. Of course, it always smells fabulous as you’re driving by. 

Greg talks about how he placed first for his age group at the Lavender Days half marathon a couple years ago. (Go GREG!) So I think that it’s been in our heads ever since then that we ought to visit. First we all planned to run the 5K. But then when Lizzy and I learned that there was a 1K- we thought that might be a better bit. When Greg went to register for the 5K, we learned that he had to go to Lehi to pick up the registration packet the day before. Since we live in downtown SLC, those logistics didn’t make much sense for us. The more we talked about it, the more we realized that the main motivation was taking cute pictures in lavender fields, more so than getting sweaty. So we ditched the idea of exercise all together and just drove down. (And Greg couldn’t make it anyway so no pressure to do an activity he would enjoy - AKA the drive down could just be an opportunity for a photo shoot.)

We walked around in the blasted hot sun and were pretty bummed to find out that we couldn’t go to the big fields. The lavender that visitors can pick is just in a small field next to the horse stables. But we tried to make the best of it and enjoy it anyway! 

To cool off, we walked through the distillery where they turn the lavender into essential oils. Turns out those oils are a big thing in Utah right now. They literally had 2 security guards at the shop on site to control the crowds buying oils. Cray cray. But the process to make them was pretty neat. 

We also ate some lavender ice cream to celebrate. When Lizzy and I took our first bite, we kind of looked at each other and made an “eh” face. I said, “This literally tastes like I’m eating a plant.” But of course the weird taste didn’t stop us and we finished it off. EZ PZ. 

All in all, it is probably only a one-time visit for us, but it might be pretty neat to do the 5K or something through the lavender. I’m sure it would smell beautiful and there is a little lake to the south of the property that you get to run around. Maybe next year! 

P.S. Lizzy has the most beautiful hair in all the world. She literally braided this crown on her head during the drive down. SKILLZ! So obviously I took lots of pictures of it.