Tuesday, May 20, 2014

a new tradition and photo overload

In April, we made good on a plan we've had in the works for years: Take each child to General Conference when they are 12 years old. Just mom and dad and one child. I don't know why it took so long to enact this plan, but I'm sure glad we were 4 years late.
Molly is now pushing 16, and she was the first benefactor. She was much more excited about the trip than she would have been at 12. She appreciated the effort. She listened. She took fastidious notes. She enjoyed the music and the sights much more than her younger self would have. So I'm thinking about bumping the age to at least 14 for the rest of the kids. That's called a parental prerogative. Sorry kids.
Molly and I flew to Salt Lake City on Friday afternoon. Rode the Trax public train (super easy for our first time) to our downtown hotel. Mark met us much later that night after he could get away from work. In the mean time, we shopped and ate and had a great time at City Creek shopping center, which was a quick walk from our hotel.
Mark's dad met us for lunch on Saturday. It was great to spend time with him.
Fortuitously, we stumbled upon the cast of Studio C. They were just finishing up an autograph event at Deseret Book. I'm sure they were annoyed that we wanted to keep them just a little longer for some photos, but they were gracious and accommodating. However (in the photo below) I'm pretty sure they were laughing at me and my failed attempts to play "Do you know?..." with Matt. Or maybe Mark said something funny. I don't remember. Probably the former.
Joseph Smith Memorial Building 
We watched one of the conference sessions in the Tabernacle on Temple Square. The benches were more uncomfortable than I remember from my last visit to conference 20 years ago. Hmmm....funny how that works.
Salt Lake is seriously so beautiful in the spring.
My sisters both live in Provo and they drove up to meet us for dinner and more shopping. The cousins had a braiding bonding moment with Molly. Their handiwork was fabulous, though there was some pulling and ripping involved in the removal of all these ponies.
Emily, Me, Abby and Golden
Sunday morning, we had tickets to be in the Conference Center. IT WAS INCREDIBLE. I cannot express how touching the music was! The Tabernacle Choir took my breath away and I could not look away when they sang. I was completely in the moment and it was so so good. My favorite song was a new arrangement of "Let Us All Press On." Cannot get enough of that song. Download it here.
I love this shot of Molly and Mark and the throngs of people pouring out of the conference center.
Lots of missionaries and lots of languages back at Temple Square.
Sunday afternoon we were back on a plane and heading home. Such a quick trip and so perfect! Many thanks to my mom and dad who stayed home with our other kids. They can never get enough of Nana and Papa! 


jamiebarazoto said...

Love the photos! You're a pretty beautiful bunch. Love going to conference.

abby said...

Thanks so much for letting us come see you! It was so fun. And all these pictures are gorgeous. And when we talk next I can tell you about our recent Matt and Mallory run-in and how they totally dissed me!

kt said...

Can't believe how grown up Molly is. She is growing into a beautiful young woman. What a great tradition you are starting!

Aimee's Family Journal said...

Little miss molly's face has changed so much in the last 2 years. I really hardly recognized her in a few of these!! Time flies! I love that sweet girl!

merideth said...

i love this tradition! and molly is beautiful!

Mary said...

What a wonderful experience for Molly....Spring in Salt Lake City, Inspirational Conference talks, beautiful Temple, private time with mom and dad, Bill and cousins! She will never forget it.

Ezra, Kian & Eden said...

What a fun trip! We might just have to "steal" this idea from the Haslips. :) Molly is as beautiful as ever and I can hardly believe how grown up she is. All my little Activity Days girls of yore are dating and graduating and making me feel old. :) Also, loved all the pics!

Sarah said...

I know! Where does the time go? Good to hear from you - I feel like i never see you!