Monday, June 6, 2011

Flat Stanley Visits - Out and About in Utah

We are hosting Flat Stanley at our house this month. He is visiting from New York. While we have sent Flat Stanley out to visit others before (a niece in Boston and an uncle pilot) we've never had the privilege of showing Flat Stanley around our home state before.

First, Neal took Flat Stanley to his very favorite place--school. Neal's elementary school is nestled in the cedar and sage brush covered hills. Neal loves school but is very glad that he can now enjoy summer vacation (except when I make him do extra chores and practice the piano before he can play video games).

Next we headed to downtown Salt Lake City and Temple Square for a very unique Utah experience.

We took Flat Stanley for a tour on top of the Conference Center. From the top, we had a fabulous view of the city.

The top of the Conference Center has beautiful gardens, forests and meadows full of wildflowers. It's a lovely oasis in the middle of the city. It also has water features. This mother duck has made a home for her babies in the fountain.

From the top of the Conference Center we can also see the Utah State Capitol Building.

Next, we took Flat Stanley to Emigration Canyon. The pioneers first entered the Salt Lake Valley through this canyon in 1847. We especially love this canyon because our Mamau and Gramps live there.

We had a great time playing tour guide to Flat Stanley last weekend. Molly fell in love with him and has insisted that she take him to bed each night. We might not be able to let him go home.


Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

I think Flat Stanley seems like the perfect companion.

We went to temple square yesterday. A grumpy baby cut our visit short so we didn't get to go to the top of the Conference Center.
I think I might have preferred the company of Flat Stanley. :)

Ammon and Jen said...

Whenever you do posts like these, you make me want to be a photographer. You did a gorgeous job.

Suitcase said...

I want to be Flat Stanley. Looks like you guys had a nice time.

Laura@livingabigstory said...

I agree w/Ammon and Jen ... I need to take lessons from you.

Buddy's cousin asked him to do the Flat Stanley thing during a long trip we took last fall. Of course, me being the lam-o, I lost it. So we sent a front page "newspaper" article about Flat Stanley being kidnapped and Mr. and Mrs. Stanley begging for their son to be returned .... I think your pics are better :)

junebug said...

I bet Stanley loved his visit. I know I did. It is a very beautiful city. I look forward to returning.

Bossy said...

I helped plant those gardens on top of the conference center as a teen. At the time I hated it but it is amazing to look at them now and know that I helped. I love the Flat Stanley photos. I know if he came to our house he'd be folded into an airplane within 15 seconds.