Monday, July 26, 2010

We're Home

Our flight was late leaving Salt Lake City so we were after 11 p.m. arriving in Atlanta. It is so good to be home. The best part of unlocking the front door was hearing the alarm sound as we opened it, letting us know all went well while we were away.

Bless this house O Lord we pray...
Keep it safe by night and day.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Time to Go

Last day of vacation... time to go home. I've really enjoyed this week and am looking forward to next year's convention (July 13 - 16). Since our flight is not until 5:00 p.m. (Mountain time), we asked for a late check-out (1:00 p.m.).

Saturday, July 24, 2010

SU! Convention - Day 6 (Saturday)

This is the final day of convention and the last session ends at 4:30 p.m. This is the first SU! Convention that I have attended and it has been great. I learned a few things that I will definitely implement in my workshops when I get home.

Time to start getting dressed. Main stage seating begins at 8:00 a.m. but these ladies are usually up and in line at 4:00 a.m. so that they can sit near the stage. I just want a seat and the back row is just fine with me. We've got the large screens to watch and it is almost like being on the front row (to me).

Last session is over. I took a group picture with Susan's group, (my SU! Up-Line), then headed back to the hotel to go on that carriage ride with DH. It was a really nice ride. Sorry I don't remember the driver's name but the horse's name is Jerry.

Tomorrow we go home.

Friday, July 23, 2010

SU! Convention - Day 5 (Friday)

I am really tired...Classes all day again for me. They did give us a break... we have no session tonight. Today's post will be a few photos taken by DH on his venture through the city. It only cost him $2.00 to ride the UTA Trax and that was his round-trip fare. You will see it and the train trax pictured below.

After today's convention session ended, DH and I wanted to take a carriage ride through the city but my camera battery died. We went back to the room to recharge it but by the time it was charged, it was really too late for the carriage ride so we placed on the agenda for tomorrow afternoon. Meanwhile, off to JB's Restaurant for Apple Pie a la mode... Delish! Really flaky pie crust. DH ate lunch at JB's earlier because this was "All-You-Can-Eat Fish" day today. I had my tired old boxed lunch at Convention.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

SU! Convention - Day 4 (Thursday)

I didn't go back last night for the 'Flower Power' party. I was tired so DH and I stayed in. I knew today would be a full day. I had workshops all day while he toured the city and snapped pictures. My day did not end at 5... had to return for another session at 8 p.m. Really bummed out about that because I had planned and looked forward to enjoying the rehearsal of the Morman Tabernacle Choir.

I did have a short break before 8 p.m. so DH & I had dinner at the Garden Gate Restaurant. This restaurant is located on the top floor (10th) of the Joseph Smith Building. We had a window-side table and below is a picture of the view from our table. The scene looks a bit distorted because it was taken through the glass. The food was delicious. He had Lasagna, I had a Cajun Chicken Sandwich. It was too much to eat in one setting so we had leftovers for Friday's dinner.
After dinner, DH went to see the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in rehearsal.

JTS Photography - Day 4

Scenes DH enjoyed today

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

SU! Convention - Day 3 (Wednesday)

When DH and I entered Salt Palace, we were greeted by the hollow sounds of the wind chimes in the entryway. From there we went to the information booth where I picked up my bag of goodies (compliments of SU!) which included two stamp sets (I chose the clear mounts), a wheel, and a wood mount stamp... and the really bright, orange-colored bag (see photo below). The bag also included another complimentary copy of the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog and the Holiday Mini Catalog.

After getting my bag, DH and I headed downstairs to Memento Hall. After seeing the crowd, all I could say was "WOW" as I got into the longest line I've ever had occasion to get in. There were demonstrators everywhere... wall-to-wall, in line to enter Memento Hall as they made swaps. DH stayed in line with me and snapped a few pictures of the crowd for me.

When DH and I finally got into Memento Hall, I purchased a Laptop bag, a tote (for scrapbooking supplies), two SU! rulers, Saltwater Taffy, a 'Share What You Love' wood mount stamp set, 8 Recyclable bags (4 of two designs), a collapsible bag, a set of SU! pens, and a tee-shirt (not pictured).

SU! Convention - Day 2 (Tuesday)

Convention - Day 2... Still not there yet. DH and I started our day visiting the Family History Library. I have already done a ton of research on my family so I was not able to find anything to add to what I already have. Still, the visit was well worth it. That library is out-of-this-world! DH and I spent a good amount of time there. We went over a lot of family history with the Missionary who was assisting us.

We decided to walk to Gateway Mall from the Family History Library. Just slightly to the side of the FHL was a small Pioneer Log House built by Pioneers. NEAT! We snapped tons of pictures. What I thought was really neat was all the Holly Hocks (flowers) planted around this Log House. The flowers fit right into the scheme of things.

The walk to Gateway Mall was a bit more extensive than we were lead to believe but we didn't give up. It was pretty scenic on the way. The landscaping everywhere was fabulous. The landscaping in front of the Devereau Mansion was really nice so I decided to snap pictures of some of the landscape and the Mansion itself.

We were starving by the time we arrived at the Mall. The Missionary who assisted us earlier at the FHL suggested we eat at the Thaifoon Restaurant and we did. We both ordered the "Firecracker Chicken and Broccoli on a bed of rice. It was HOT! HOT! Hot! But Delish! I also had a glass of freshly squeezed Limeade (not Lemonade) and it was sooo good and sooo refreshing. Our server, Kunthana, was excellent.
Our afternoon quest was to visit the shops at the Gateway Mall, then find a grocery store to purchase fruit and bottled water. One of the shops I went in had some really nice summer purses that had been reduced to $9.99. I purchased one and I love it. Now to find that grocery store. We were told that "Smith's Market" was the name of it.

Convention Swaps

I'm in Salt Lake City for the SU! Convention. I wanted to make a few cards to swap so I decided to do a 2-for-1... swap cards and the SCS July Christmas Card Challenge. I was pressed for time because I started at the last minute so I used "My Digital Studio" for all images. Quick as a breeze. I am really loving MDS. If you don't have it, you should consider getting it. It's well worth the investment.

Monday, July 19, 2010

SU! Convention - Day 1 (Monday)

Day 1 of the SU! Convention... Not really. DH and I arrived early so that we could take in some of the sights of the city. SLC has more than met my expectations. It's hot here but not as hot as home. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the Family History Center is practically next door to the Plaza. We couldn't go today because it closes early on Mondays. I'll be there bright and early tomorrow.Our room is quite nice. We snapped a few pictures of it before leaving to explore the area.

We strolled around Historic Temple Square which is the heart of the worldwide Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). According to the brochure in our room, it is Salt Lake City's #1 tourist attraction and the 5th most visited tourist attraction in the USA. This place is awesome and it is totally free! There was so much to take in but not enough time in which to do it. I am going to try to go back on Thursday night so that I can see and hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in rehearsal. According to the information center, they rehearse most Thursdays from 8:00 - 9:30 p.m.

We ended our tour early because we wanted to get a bite to eat. JB's RESTAURANT was right next to the Plaza and the food was really good. Tonight's special was the "Chilli-Cheese Burger with all-you-can-eat-fries, soup, and all-you-can-eat fruit and salad bar. Today's soups were Chicken Noodle and Baked Potato with Bacon. After eating my soup and salad, I was too full to eat my burger and fries. I only had room left to eat ONE strawberry and it was delish! That's DH's plate on the left with the onions... mine is on the right and I had to get a to-go tray for it.

Now to find that exercise room downstairs...