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10 Great Things About My Utah Trip

My dad turned 70 last week! HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD! I flew to Utah to celebrate with him and my family. We had an adults-only dinner (sorry nieces and nephews – we DO love you!) at a Brazilian steakhouse in Salt Lake City.

I’m not much of a meat eater, but an unlimited meat-eating restaurant is perfect for my five carnivorous brothers and my dad. Plus there was a decent salad bar to appease my mom, me and my sister-in-laws. I did try some of the meat and it was pretty good. But the best part of the evening was my dad’s birthday dance.

Shake it Dad! πŸ˜‰IMG_2116

10 Other Great Things About My Trip

1. I played with the kidlets and saw babies that are no longer babies.IMG_2182IMG_2197

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2. I got to hang out with Janetha from Meals & Moves. I just love her. Seriously.IMG_2087

Yes, Nicole and Janie, we ate at Pago – good eye(s)! And it was amazing. IMG_2094

3. I got shellacked with this freaking awesome girl. (More details soon!)IMG_2113IMG_2212

4. I ventured into the jeggings world and bought my first pair. Black jeggings, no less. IMG_2114

5. I ate CafΓ© Rio. (Meghan, I had a pork barbacoa salad with black beans and creamy tomatillo dressing. And I dedicated it to you. P.S. Update your blog. ;))

6. I admired my dad’s garden (hubbard squash, tomatoes, swiss chard, red leaf lettuce, corn, potatoes, peppers, and more).IMG_2152

7. I was reminded how amazing the clouds are in Utah. I learned in a geology class in college that Utah gets huge puffy clouds because of the way they form behind the mountains and get pushed up the back of them. (See, random knowledge from required courses applies to daily life. Still waiting for calculus to come in handy.)IMG_2141IMG_2138

8. There was an incredible thunder storm. A couple actually. I swear the thunder is louder in Utah than in NC. And I love that I could see the lightning spread across the whole, open Salt Lake Valley sky instead of being hidden by tree.

9. I went camping. And it was luxurious camping where everything was provided for me – food, sleeping bag, camping trailer, and kiddie entertainment. Thanks Jack & Des!IMG_2090IMG_2097

10. But most importantly, I got to spend time with my family. And they are pretty darn great. IMG_2136

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Tell me about your family. How many siblings do you have? I have five older brothers, 4 sister-in-laws, and 13 nieces and nephews…I think. πŸ˜‰

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31 Comments

  • Reply
    April
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    Your family and Utah are gorgeous! I’m so glad you were able to be there, I’m sure it meant a lot to your dad (and everyone else). I love your dad’s garden. It’s hard to beat home grown anything. Happy birthday Teri’s dad!!

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    Jess @atasteofconfidence
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    Looks like you had a great trip! I was just passing through Salt Lake and Park City about a week ago and loved it.

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    Ashley
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    Love love this post!! How cute do you look in jeggings? So cute!! The photo with the kiddies in the tent is too cute. Glad you were able to pack in so much in a short trip. Looks like a blast. The clouds are crazy out here too….love it!

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    BroccoliHut
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    What a fantastic trip! You’re kinda making me homesick!
    I have two older sisters. It was always a house dominated by females, so my poor dad is just praying for a few grandsons these days. At least our dogs are boys πŸ™‚

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    Shaya (Eye Girl Eats)
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    Your trip looked amazing!!! Oh, and you’ll probably be waiting your whole life for calculus to come in handy. Biology, on the other hand, is always applicable! πŸ™‚

    I have two siblings- older brother and younger sister. No nieces or nephews yet! In fact, chances are I’ll be having kids before either of them– I’m the only married one πŸ™‚

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    Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles
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    This post made my heart so full! What a beautiful family!

    I have one older sister (who is pregnant with her second child – due in a couple weeks!). You’re making me excited to see my nephews and nieces (on my husband’s side) during the holidays!

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    aubry bennion
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    can i say it enough? in enough places? in enough different ways? this was seriously the greatest. i’m still in happy-awe that it worked itself out in a twitter convo and actually happened…. it was so great.

    my family – four brother. two older, two younger and i’m in the middle. the ones who squish me on either side are married {both to russians, true story} and the oldest and youngest are living the bachelor life 100%. three nephews, one neice. my brothers + sisters in law all make a fine combo of russian/mexican babies. an unlikely pair, but they’re cuuuuuuute.

    i’m stealing this question for my next 5w wednesday. thank you my dear.

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    odelsa
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    This was such a happy post!! I loved it…You are adorable by the way!

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    Alaina
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    What a beautiful trip! Both the scenery and the family. πŸ™‚

    I’m an only child but since getting married, I now have 3 sisters in law and 2 brothers in law. Love it. πŸ™‚

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    Lauren
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    Sounds like a wonderful trip! I had no idea how beautiful Utah is!

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    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
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    I love your dad. He’s like a jolly giant next to you and your mom! Sounds like a fabulous time catching up with your family!

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    Christy
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    I have Teri as part of my family – so I’m the luckiest girl around!

    Ps – loved seeing you while you were here – please let’s keep in touch! Kate can be your almost-niece. πŸ™‚

    Christy

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    Anna
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    Your post made me miss Utah, especially the photo of your Dad’s garden (idk why).
    I have one sister, four bros in law, two sisters in law and 8 nieces and nephews. Family time is awesome. Glad you had fun.

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    Jeana
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    So glad I got to see you! You family is great, I love the 2 times a year I get to see them, even though we live minutes apart….sad. Love you dad’s dance, what a sport!

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    [email protected]
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    looks like a fantastic trip πŸ™‚

    and yay for black jeggings! i have some too and love them.

    I’ve got 2 sisters, 1 sister-in-law, 1 nephew so far and a LOT of cousins.

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    Jeanine
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    Looks like a fun trip!

    I have 3 younger sisters, 1 little brother (who will be 11 soon!), 2 brothers-in-law, 2 nephews (soon to be 3) and 1 niece. On my husbands side I have 3 sisters-in-law, 2 brothers-in-law, 1 nephew, and 2 (soon to be 3) nieces.

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    Laura
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    The pictures turned out so good! It was so much fun to spend time with you Teri! Love you!!!

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    Natalie
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    Holy Big Family!! I love big families! I have 3 sisters (I’m the 3rd of 4), 2 brother-in-laws and 2 nieces + my husband’s sister. We are a family of lots of women!

    Looks like you had an amazing time with your family! So happy for you! I am the only daughter that lives further (45 min) away and don’t get to see my family as much as I’d like, but I can’t wait for this weekend because we will get lots of quality time while we’re there!

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    Ashley @ Healthy Heroine
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    I have two brothers, no sisters-in-law or nieces and nephews (BOO!), but I have a ton of cousins (think 20+ on each side) that I’m super close to so my family feels insanely large even though my immediate family is pretty normal-sized. πŸ™‚

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    Katheryn
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    Looks like a fun trip! My family also lives in Utah – so fun to visit. I’m the oldest of six. One younger sister with a brother-in-law, and 4 younger, single brothers.

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    natalie (the sweets life)
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    awww so glad you had a good weekend!

    i’m the oldest of 4…(at 25)…my sisters are 23 and 17 and my bro is 19. i love them to pieces–we’re pretty blessed! if only i got to see them more…

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    janetha
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    If you don’t eat Rio’s pork when you are in Utah, you aren’t a Utahn πŸ™‚ I loved seeing you. Send me an update soon if you get some time.

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    Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun
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    You rock the jeggings!!!! I kind of want to get some to try too. Mainly becasue they sound comfy. And also – love that pic of you with the kiddos camping.

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    [New Balance] Nicole
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    Glad you had a great trip! Love your shirt!

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    Heather
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    What a great trip… and a huge family! So fun! I have two younger brothers and one sister in law. It was sooo nice to finally get a sister πŸ™‚

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    KatieG @ Just Roll With It
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    Looks like a great weekend!!! I can’t wait to go camping this fall!!
    And the black jeggings are super cute!

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    Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
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    I LOVE your pink striped top!!

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    Pure2raw twins
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    your dad is so cute!! and so is the rest of your family! and I can not wait till I get to meet Janetha! Michelle briefly meet her at foodbuzz, hopefully one day πŸ˜‰ and love your dad’s garden too!!! I would love that in my backyard, well if I had a backyard haha
    black jeggings look super cute on you!

    I have 3 sisters, too many cousins too count, I have two grandparents still living, I have one niece (and once I am married to Gary I will have two nephews).

    xoxo ~Lori

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    Meg
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    Oh my gosh, CALLED OUT on my blog updates! You’re a scoundrel.

    And I’m super envious of your CR adventure, so thank you for experiencing the yummy for me.

    You rock the jeggings. I love ’em!

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    Lisa (Im an Okie)
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    your dad knows how to have some fun! When’s your next Oklahoma trip??

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    Sophie
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    Looks like you had a simply wonderful time!
    I’ve been realising how important spending time with my family is too at the moment, I’m really going to miss them when I leave for uni next week πŸ™

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