Utah is Beautiful

People often ask us what we miss most about living in NYC and usually I say that I miss how there was something always going on. Shows, entertainment, parks, celebrity sightings… the list goes on and on. Even walking and taking the subway to church usually had some drama. But that being said, that doesn’t mean Utah doesn’t have a lot going on too. I’ve realized after growing up in a suburb of Cincinnati, going to school at BYU, then spending a couple years in Jersey/NYC… it’s really about your attitude. If you want to have fun and enjoy where you live, you have to actively try. Or you can sit in your house and mope. Some people at BYU always talked about how their home state or city was sooooo much better than Provo or Utah. They’d say there was nothing to do. I’d look at them and think… uhm… Have you even opened your eyes?! Look at those mountains! Have you driven up the canyon? Explored SLC? Been to Southern Utah? Utah has so much to offer. It is definitely different than NYC and sometimes takes a little more effort since it’s more spread out and you’re not just walking everywhere. But there’s still stuff to do. And it’s gorgeous. Okay. Rant is over. I just get sick of people bashing Utah and I needed to defend its honor. I wrote about this a couple years ago, but had to get it out again, sorry!

Here’s all the fun things we’ve been doing in Utah the last month:

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Since moving to Utah, we have had a fun and relaxing couple of weeks. It’s definitely been different than life in Jersey, but the ‘burbs life has tons of perks… especially with a three year old and family nearby. I haven’t been as good as I usually am with about taking pictures, but once we get moved into our new place I’m sure I’ll get back into a routine and start overgramming again 🙂

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We went to our nephew’s little t-ball game which was hilarious and adorable. They were so cute running around with those big helmets on.

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Eva has five cousins here in Utah on TJ’s side and they’re all just about her age. She’s having a blast!
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Someone drove this tractor to church last week… definitely gave me a laugh.
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More cousin lovin! She lovesssss her buddy Cohen and tries to kiss/hug him nonstop.

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Eva was pretty much done with taking naps (although would still go in her crib for an hour to read/play with small toys quietly while prego mom rested) back in Jersey but since buying a car, she has napped so much more! Best thing ever.
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This one is from back in Jersey. On our last night, our good friends took us out to dinner and dessert. We will miss them so much!

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Our family favorite is JCW’s and it was our first spot to visit once we came back to Utah. Such yummy food.

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Here is our new car! It’s a 2013 Hyundai Sonata. We used to have an Elantra and really loved it, so we went back to Hyundai and got the next size up. It’s been great so far!

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Miss Eva had a little trim and just looked so cute and grown up sitting there. What a cutie pie.

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TJ’s parents have really made a grandkid heaven in their backyard. Lots of fun toys, a playhouse, trampoline, a little pool… it’s been a big change from our little one bedroom apartment in the city and made the transition so easy seeing Eva so happy!

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One of the best parts of being back in Utah is being close to some old besties!