I forgot to include these in my last post.
On one of the days that the Yeoms were with us, Kristen, Logan, Tommy and I spent a morning at our Living Planet Aquarium. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area and visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium as a kid, this place is rather pathetic in comparison. But Tommy doesn’t know any better and it only cost me $30 for a two-year membership, and it’s right down the street from our house. This location is actually a temporary location as the real aquarium is still being built. They’ve taken over a building that used to be a large grocery store. When you consider what they have to work with, it’s actually pretty impressive. And it gives Tommy and me a place where we can get out of the house for an hour or two that isn’t the mall.
Logan and Tommy had a good time checking out all of the exhibits while Kristen and I chased. Well, I did much more chasing that Kristen did. At one point Logan had a manta ray letting him pet its head and wings. Logan was pretty stoked. I always enjoy watching the penguin exhibit. At this aquarium, the exhibit allows you to see them both in the water and on land, I love to watch them swim. As we were leaving, I purchased the photo we took when we first arrived:
Tommy seems unfazed at the shark about to eat him.
On Christmas Eve, we headed south to visit the Cabela’s in Lehi. We planned to stop there to let Tommy and Logan walk around checking out the extensive taxidermy displays there. It’s almost as much as you’d see in a natural history museum. Forgetting that they would probably close early on Christmas Eve, we arrived moments after they had closed.
Since it was nearing dinnertime, we headed further south toward the only Carrabba’s restaurant in Utah (there are none in CA). Since it’s located outside of a local shopping mall, we decided to try and see if we could get a quick photo with Santa Claus. We walked right up and were able to get a couple of photos. One with all of us and one with just the kids. A few minutes later and Santa was done for the year. We really lucked out with some excellent photos.
I love Santa’s pimp shirt!
Look! No tears!
After picking up our photos, we walked to Carrabba’s. They are a chain restaurant that serves Italian food. Given that we didn’t have a reservation, they were able to seat all seven of us (that’s two high chairs!) within a few minutes. We had some really delicious food and wonderful service. My linguine was actually made from scratch. There’s no way to fake that delicious texture with dry pasta. It was a really pleasant Christmas Eve dinner.