Utah, This is the Place

Utah! People working together
Utah! What a great place to be.
Blessed from Heaven above.
It’s the land that we love.
This is the place!

Utah! With its mountains and valleys.
Utah! With its canyons and streams.
You can go anywhere.
But there’s none that compare.
This is the place!

If you have never had the *privilege* of hearing the Utah state song I have listed some lyrics above. I remember learning the song in 4th grade along with our Utah history curriculum. I still sing it sometimes and Scott loves to make fun of me for it. What can I say? It’s catchy! Better than his Nevada’s anyway 😉 And I do love Utah, it will always be “home” to me.

After our fun-filled days in San Diego our R&R took us to Utah to spend time with grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, great-grandparents, and so on. There were picnics, pool parties, parks, and a proposal!  I think Allie was slightly overwhelmed with all of the attention. She is the center of attention these days. Nobody cares about me or Scott anymore – it’s all about Allie.

Of course, one of our first stops was showing Allie around campus at Utah State.

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If you know anything about me or my family you know that we are Utah State Aggies through and through. My grandpa was an administrator here for 40+ years. I grew up going to football games, basketball games, and Jr. Aggie camps. I remember sitting on Abu Wilson’s knee for a picture in like 1996 or watching my cousin, Brett, ask for Justin Jones autograph when we saw him in Tony Roma’s and thinking that was the pinnacle of sports fandom life. I doubt anybody reading this has any clue who either of those people are. Just run-of-the-mill college athletes! I laugh about it now.

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Both Aunt Taylor and Allie were so happy to be reunited. They hadn’t seen each other since Taylor came to see us in DC when Allie was 6 weeks old.

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This photo has been affectionately named “Coach”. Allie loved, loved, loved, running around on the huge expanse of grass known as the quad. I don’t think there is that much grass in one place in the entire country of Jamaica.

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Of course, we ended our campus tour with a stop at Aggie Ice Cream. Aggie blue mint forever!

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There was pool party held in our honor! So many people were there to see us (Allie) and unfortunately we didn’t get pictures with everybody. My aunts and uncles, several of my cousin, Scott’s family were all there. It was a blast!

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I think playing with cousins was one of the highlights of the trip for Allie. These boys love here and she loves them back!

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Now Allie doesn’t take the term R&R lightly, she sent some time being pampered by Aunt Cassidy at the salon then headed for some serious lounging on Grandma Robin’s bed.

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We spent some time out on the farm with my sister and her boys. I think they make the cutest little farm crew there ever was. Allie got to see the cows and chickens, climb on hay bales, and eat strawberries straight off the bush. That’s a pretty successful day in her book!

We found out that we were going to Korea and had fun going to grandpa’s work to surprise him. Then we went to Grandma Robin’s work and around to surprise our other family.

I was so excited when I found out that my sister-in-law would be getting engaged while we were there. Her fiancé invited us to come hide in the trees and be there to secretly take pictures. We were like secret agents and it was so fun. There is a big abandoned concrete block by campus that has a great view of the valley. Cassidy’s now fiancé Brad brought the couch from his apartment to the block. Then they set up candles and lanterns to spruce it up. We got the message they were on the way and took our position in the trees. It was so fun!! I loved hearing Cassidy’s surprise and excitement when she turned the corner and realized what was happening. We are so excited for them!

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I was so excited that we would be able to take Allie to some playgrounds while we were in Utah. After her reaction to the swings and slides I’m beginning to think it might be a good thing there aren’t playgrounds here in Jamaica! poor thing.

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Saying “hi” to Uncle Tyler who is currently in Taiwan.

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Needless to say, we had a really great time in Utah! We ate at all our favorite places (CAFE RIO!!) and enjoyed the mild weather of Cache Valley. When it was time to come home I was a little torn. I definitely had those feelings that I wish we could stay, life is easy, we miss our families, etc. But I was also excited to get back to our home, our things, our routine. And I know Allie was missing Joan! We said all our goodbyes and had an uneventful trip back to Kingston.

Luckily, we have an excuse to make it back soon for Cassidy and Brad’s wedding in September. We can’t wait!

Utah! With its pioneer spirit.
Utah! What a great legacy!
Blessed from Heaven above.
It’s the land that we love.
This is the place

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4 responses to “Utah, This is the Place

  1. My husband is interested in pursuing a career with the state department and that lead me so stumble across your blog. We are from Utah, are LDS, and are very interested to hear any advice you may have about pursing a career in the state department. Would it be ok if my husband emailed you with a few questions?

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