June 08, 2015

Sand Castles By the Lake

This weekend there was wonderfully sunny weather! (for most of the weekend anyway, it did rain so much there was flooding problems). We took advantage of the warm weather and went to the Utah Lake Festival.

This annual festival is geared towards bringing people to Utah Lake—the large fresh water lake in the valley south of the Great Salt Lake. There were booths for children, fishing, educational booths and activity after activity.

Tau’aho loved playing all the games they had at the booths and was entranced by the tractor hay ride and the many little fisher people in the area. I had to laugh as we walked around and overheard the families converse about fishing. From the little boys who were so excited to tell their dad that the fish he caught were “cute!” to the parents who were trying to convince their children that the patience required to catch a fish is actually worth it. I had to sympathize with these kids because I was always one that became bored and ended up swimming before long—much to the exasperation to the dedicated fishers in the family who claimed I was ‘scaring the fish’ my retort was that I was scaring the fish TOWARDS them!

I also heard two young teenage brothers fishing and must have been there for awhile because as I walked by the youngest said, “I am determined to catch one!” The oldest one laughed and said, “I am determined too, buddy.” What a great brother.

Lucky boy loved the sun and the sand. He destroyed the castles that several children left in the hours before us and then liked learning how to dig with a shovel. But most of all he liked to throw rocks into the water.

Utah Lake is not nearly as sparkly or clear as the waters of Hawaii or as breathtakingly beautiful as the Bosphorus, but it is nice to have a body of water nearby to enjoy. We liked the festival, there were plenty of children and one thing about being in Utah is they know how to entertain children! hehe…while this move has been a constant culture shock, there are some reasons we are really grateful we are here. Some of that is being around family. We have had water balloon fights with cousins, rode horses with uncles and pet baby puppies with grandma.


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