I attended college in Provo for over 7 years (hey, I got a Master’s degree out of it…). Jen attended college there for 4 years. We each have a ton of memories, but are usually glad that we’ve moved on. However, we made a visit to Provo today with our girls purely for entertainment. Our first stop was to LaVell Edwards Stadium. Today was the annual spring Blue and White game, but we got there about half an hour after it ended. That was perfect! Our girls wouldn’t have wanted to sit through the scrimmage, but we still got to walk straight onto the field and run around. They had a lot of fun running around, but I don’t think they understand the significance!
After the stadium, we went over to the Museum of Art. My great grandma, Minerva Teichert, is being honored with a display of her work there. It’s been up since last summer, but this is the first chance we’ve had to see it. It was kind of fun to walk through with the girls and say, “All these pictures were painted by my great grandma!” Again, I’m not sure they understood the significance.
After the MOA, we went up to the Y Parking Lot. It was a beautiful (!) day and the view was great. We live on the west side of Salt Lake Valley and it’s often nice to be reminded just how accessible the mountains and canyons are to Provo. We soaked up the view but Abby and Leah were itching to hike up to the Y. We let them start their hike while we waited at the bottom to see how far they would get. It really is fun to see how much these girls like to hike and run. Oh to be young again. I once spent the night up on the Y when I was an undergrad. I was up there with my second-cousin (Jonathan Wardle) as we were “protecting” the Y during the week of the Utah-BYU rivalry. There have been occasions when vandals (aka Utah students) vandalized the Y, so through my Superfans connections, I got to spend the night up there.
After the Y, we went to the BYU Bookstore and walked through the Wilk (Jen feels this urge to walk through the Bookstore, kinda like her urge to visit EVERY ABC Store she sees in Lahaina, Maui). After the bookstore, we hit Brick Oven, but they had a 30 minute wait, which didn’t sit well with my three famished girls. We left and made it to the Pizza Factory and then finally made it home in time for bed. Fun day.
I learned two things today: It’s a lot more fun to visit BYU’s campus with kids old enough to walk and ask questions than when I was a student there, and secondly, my kids enjoy the outdoors stuff much more than the cultural stuff!