Monday, April 28, 2008

Movin' up a few decades...

So, after visiting the late 1700's one day, I jumped a few decades and was off to re-visit my college years by returning to Provo to visit my little brother and some college friends. I wish I had taken more pictures... but the time just flew by!

As the plane flew by the "Y" on our way into the valley all these memories came flooding into my mind and I was excited to be back to where I called "home" for 5 years. (Yes, I was on the extended plan for graduation). :)

My experience at BYU was literally life-changing. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity I had to learn and grow academically, personally, and spiritually. And, the friends I made there continue to still have a profound impact on my life. I am TRUE BLUE through and through!!! GO COUGS!!!!!!!!

I was sad that I had to pass by one of my good friends as our airplanes traveled in opposite directions (Robyn: hopefully I can see you when I come out again!), but I did get to stay with Nancy and have lunch with Catherine and her cute little daughter, Ellie. This is a picture of us at my new favorite restaurant, Zupas. I had lunch there both days with different people, but it's GOOD!

I took some time to walk around BYU. It is such a beautiful campus. I was awe-struck by the new Hinckley Alumni building.

I was fortunate to do be able to attend the Provo Temple with my younger brother.

There were very few items on my list of "have to's" while I was in Provo, but a movie at Movies 8 (a dollar theater) and dinner at Cafe Rio were MUST's! Nancy and I saw "Definitely, Maybe" (and I don't recommend it), but dinner from Cafe Rio was better than I remembered. It's embarrassing for me to admit how many times I saw "Rush Hour" at the dollar theater during my freshman year in a two week time period... but man, those were the days!

I had such a great time visiting with Nancy, and her husband Josh, as well as seeing friends (some expected and some totally unexpected!) I never imagined being out there and seeing it snow, but it snowed on the day of graduation. No longer can I complain about Boston's long winters!

Although my time there seemed short, I was very excited for my next destination, Seattle. A family reunion to celebrate my grandparents 65th wedding anniversary. 65 YEARS!!! I can't even imagine that... and my grandparents didn't believe it either :) ... more on that to come.


Unknown said...

Cara! I'm so bummed that I missed you! I would've loved to go to Movies 8 and Cafe Rio! I miss the carefree days of college! I'm glad you had fun!

Maylene said...

Sounds like you had a fun spring break. The 1700's village looked really cool. I guess I am really glad I didn't live back then too. I could never handle stuff like that! Anyway, I'm glad you got to see Nancy and Catherine. Provo is such a wonderful place to visit!

Jamie Parke said...

Looks like fun. I haven't been back to Utah since we left Byu over 7 years ago. I know things have changed a lot. It is good to see Nancy, she looks really cute. I bet it all brought back a lot of memories. I love cafe Rio and was so happy when they opend a cafe cabo (samething, new name) in Las Vegas. There are 2 now, one on either side of the town and I try to go and get the pork salad anytime I visit Vegas (which is not often enough to satisfy my craving:).