SLC Tourist, Edition #2: Things to Do (Parks & Rec Version, Round 2)

My oldest loves picking dandelions wherever she goes.

My oldest loves picking dandelions wherever she goes.

After a brief hiatus, I’m back with SLC Tourist Edition #2: Things to Do (Parks & Rec Version, Round 2).  I realized after I had posted the previous list of things to do that I missed some of my favorite places/parks to visit with my kids.  I’ll focus (mostly) on places beyond Salt Lake City proper for this post, in case you’d like to venture outside of the city limits.

Things to Do (Parks & Rec Version, Round 2)

  • Parley’s Way Park (Tiny park at the mouth of Parley’s Canyon, this park has a huge sandbox and wonderful playground equipment especially for younger kids, 18 months+. 2843 Wilshire Dr, Salt Lake City)
  • Rooftop gardens of the Main Salt Lake City Library (Fun view of the city. 210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City)
  • Rooftop gardens at the Conference Center (Take a free garden tour! 60 West North Temple, Salt Lake City)
  • Sugar House Park (Plenty of places to play, picnic, and explore. 2100 South from 1350 East to 1600 East, Salt Lake City)
  • Tanner Park (2760 South 2695 East Heritage Way, Salt Lake City)
  • Evergreen Park (Lovely pavilion, playground equipment, and picnic tables. 3425 South [Evergreen Ave.] 2230 East, Millcreek Township)
  • Canyon Rim Park (Large pavilion and great playground equipment. 3100 South 3100 East [Grace St.], Millcreek Township)
  • Big Bear Park (One of my all-time favorite parks from my childhood, this park features excellent old-fashioned metal playground equipment. 9695 South [Onyx Lane] 930 East, White City Township)
  • Veterans Memorial Park (You MUST visit this park.  There is a HUGE playground that’s more like a giant wooden fort.  It’s a place for kids’ imaginations to run wild.  Pack a picnic and spend several hours here. 1985 W. 7800 South, West Jordan)
  • Wheeler Historic Farm (FREE and fun for kids.  This is a fully functioning farm complete with farm animals. 6351 South 900 East, Murray)
  • Copperton Park (If you’ve never heard of Copperton, you need to visit.  You’re not able to visit the copper mine in nearby Bingham any more, since the landslides took away the visitor center, but you should still make a point of visiting Copperton at least once in your life. Make a half-day trip out of it. It’s a quaint little town tucked far away from anything else, but there are some terrific well-preserved historic homes and other buildings. 8791 West Park Street, Copperton Township)
  • Mountview Park Splash Pad (Huge water play area. 1651 E Fort Union Blvd, Cottonwood Heights)
  • Gateway Olympic Fountain (Kids can run around in the fountains wearing swimsuits.  No shoes required. 6 N. Rio Grande St., Salt Lake City)
  • City Creek fountains (Don’t plan on taking your shoes off at this fountain.  Security guards are pretty picky about kids keeping shoes and clothes on.  Make sure your kids wear flip-flops/sandals and a t-shirt over that swimsuit. 50 S. Main St., Salt Lake City)
  • Mack Park (Beautiful park worth visiting if you’re ever in Logan or Smithfield, Utah)

That’s all I can think of right now.  I’m sure more will come to me as soon as I publish this post.  Enjoy!

Jesus and the Angry Babies

Every once in a while, my husband and I join a few local artists at a drawing group that meets every Friday morning on the campus of Brigham Young University (BYU).  It’s a nice little creative getaway from our kids; plus, we get to mingle with some of our favorite Utah artists: Caitlin Connolly, Fidalis Buehler, and Brian Kershisnik, to name a few (all of whom, by the way, are incredibly down-to-earth people with extraordinary artistic talent).

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After teaching Brian and Caitlin how to fold paper boats (thanks to paper boat folding knowledge I had gleaned from a Curious George book I had read with my daughter a few weeks ago – long story), our little artists group enjoyed a fine lunch at nearby Mountain West Burrito (I LOVED my veggie burrito – excellent fare – I highly recommend it).

Later that day, I was perusing Brian’s website and found some gems.  I love how he captures moments of life and motherhood in his art.  This is one of my favorites, “Jesus and the Angry Babies”.  Because babies will be babies, no matter who is holding them.  And also, sometimes you just want to toss your children onto someone else, especially when those children are driving you crazy with their antics or annoying each other to no end or throwing fits of irrational rage.  Who better to throw your angry children at than Jesus?  I can think of no one else more patient or loving, especially towards angry babies.

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I like this one, too, which portrays how I feel as a mother sometimes.

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Mr. Kershisnik has a great talent for putting moments and feelings on paper.  Please peruse his work here.

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First words.

Greetings!  Welcome to my very first post, the first of what I hope to be many, many more to come.

I realize that first meetings can sometimes be awkward (this coming from a person who is assuredly on the socially awkward side), so I’ll make this as brief as possible to get it over with quickly.

For numerous reasons, I’ve had a burning desire for a while to commit my musings to a blog. I’ve been a faithful journal writer/blogger for years.  I have boxes of handwritten journals that I treasure (the earliest records from 1992, jotted down in six-year-old penmanship on pink lined paper), and I continue to journal in ink and paper.  I’ve also authored a few blogs now and again in the past, but I feel inspired to turn over a new leaf, so to speak, in the form of a fresh, modern blog.

To sum up my presence, I’m a wife; a mother of two, with another one on the way; an architect; an artist; an amateur photographer; a novice chef + baker; an avid thrift shopper; a seeker of adventure in my own backyard; and a lover of good design and creativity.  I like to think that I view the world from a slightly different and interesting perspective.  I hope to share with you my musings of my life, which is one of creative idealism mixed with heavy doses of realism (in large part thank to my kiddos, who provide a daily reality check for this momma). Enjoy!

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