Though I lived in Minnesota for 15 months as a live-in nanny for good friends, it's a completely different lifestyle for me to be a married mom of a toddler. It was hard to let go of the routines I had in Utah. This could also be re-framed as "Things I Appreciated About Utah" or "Family-Friendly Activities in Utah" but I kept it personal to me.
These are some things I miss about the Beehive State, and Utah Valley in particular:
1. Breathing very little second-hand cigarette smoke. Fewer people smoke in Utah than most other places.
|toddler bowling at Provo Beach Resort|
|pony ride at Farm Country|
2. The Riverwoods--particularly Provo Beach Resort (which Alexandra asked to go to a hundred times after we moved), and also Blickenstaff's. Less often, but still regularly, we enjoyed visiting The Museum of Ancient Life and Farm Country, both part of Thanksgiving Point.
3. The not-great, but convenient playground at the shopping mall 3 minutes from my apartment
4. Never driving more than 10 minutes to a restaurant, and having almost all weekly activities or errands within 15 minutes of home
5. Cafe Rio
6. Not getting lost quite as frequently, as there is basically one freeway running through the whole state, and the streets are usually grid (so you know that if you are on 100 South and you need to get to 200 North, you drive 3 blocks north)
7. Knowing which way was north based on the Wasatch mountains
|4th of July carnival, in a 1912 fire truck, Provo|
9. Handmade vendors and local artists with affordable goods, like at Bijou Market.
|Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum at BYU|
|UVU basketball game (see her UVU onesie?)|
11. I thought parking in downtown Salt Lake City was a hassle. Then I tried to park in downtown Minneapolis. Silly me.
12. Not needing to drive the freeway during rush hour very often. There were lots of places to shop or eat (like Barnes & Noble, Rubio's, University Mall...) that I could get to without fighting traffic if I wanted to get out of the house in the evening.
|Mt. Timpanogos LDS Temple|
|"The Christus" at Temple Square, Salt Lake City|
14. Relatively close proximity to hot springs, national/state parks, including Bryce Canyon, Zion, and Yellowstone
15. Breathtaking mountain/canyon views every single day