Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Utah Power Credit Union's Annual Meeting 2018

On Tuesday, February 20, Utah Power Credit Union held their annual meeting at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy, Utah. Andrew has to be there since it's a work function and I love going to support him. :)

This year the new CEO, who used to be Andrew's direct supervisor, asked all the employees to come to the front during the meeting. All the members clapped and made them feel appreciated. It was pretty cool!

As each member came in to the meeting at the beginning, they were given an envelope. At the end, we were instructed to open them. Each person's envelope contained at least a $2 bill, but some held more than that. Andrew got a $2 bill and I got a $10 bill! The gift this year was a really cool UPCU memo book with a pen and different sticky notes. The kids got a UPCU puzzle box/bank with a quarter inside. You have to roll this ball around inside the puzzle box/bank in order to open it and get the quarter out. One of Andrew's coworkers hooked me up with one too though since I love UPCU stuff. ;) It was such a fun night! I'm getting to know his coworkers pretty well and I was so proud of my hubby and the company he works for.


Happy Valentine's Day!

Andrew had gorgeous roses, conversation heart sugar cookies, fudge-dipped strawberries and raspberry cups delivered to me at work on Valentine's Day! He knows just what to do to make my heart melt. I was one spoiled wife! :)

The cafeteria at work served pink sugar cookies. Yum!

I got Andrew white chocolate, cheese and fishing gear, which is exactly the way to his heart. ;)

For dinner, we went to our favorite Mexican restaurant in town with Andrew's parents. It was fun to double date with them on Valentine's Day. :)

Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

North Carolina Trip Day 6 & 7 - Savannah, GA to Raleigh, NC & Traveling Home

Monday morning we left Savannah headed to Raleigh, NC, which is where we would be flying back home to Utah from. We had about a 5 hour drive so we didn't have much planned.

Back in South Carolina!

We stopped for gas and Andrew got a bag of these. They smelled awful!

We had lunch along the way at Cook Out, which was another new to us place.

Andrew had the Chopped Pork BBQ Plate with Homemade Slaw and Hushpuppies. He had fun trying all the southern food on this trip. :)

Our one main stop of the day was at South of the Border, which is right on the South and North Carolina state lines. I was kind of excited to stop here because I had heard cool things about it. However, it ended up being a bit disappointing. Maybe in its prime it had been a major tourist attraction, but's pretty much run down. They advertised that you could go up in the Sombrero Tower for $2 and walk around the brim of the sombrero for an unobstructed 360 degree view, but when we went to buy our tickets, we were informed it was closed. :( The rest of South of the Border was just several gift shops with pretty pricey "Made in China" souvenirs, but at least we can say we've been there. Needless to say, we didn't stay long and then we were back on the road.

Back in North Carolina!

For dinner, we ate at Texas Steakhouse. It wasn't bad and isn't something we have in Utah. :)

Tuesday morning. we left Raleigh to fly back home to Utah. We flew from Raleigh, NC to Las Vegas and then Las Vegas to SLC. It's always fun to go on vacation, but we always love coming home again. :) We have also now been to 39 states!


North Carolina Trip Day 5 - Myrtle Beach, SC to Savannah, GA

Sunday morning when we left Myrtle Beach it was raining a light mist, but we got on the road toward Savannah, GA!

Before we crossed over into GA, we started seeing signs for a place that sold pralines and boiled peanuts. Andrew had told me that he wanted to try boiled peanuts while we were in the south and I really wanted to try pralines so we stopped. Inside they had local pecans for sale, homemade pralines that we being made on the counter right in front of us and they made their own boiled peanuts. It was a fun stop!

They pralines were so yummy. Probably straight sugar and butter with pecans, but so yummy! Andrew didn't mind the boiled peanuts, but he talked me into trying one and at first I thought it just tasted like a really salty, soggy peanut, but then came this taste...I can't even describe it, but I was looking around our rental car for something to spit it out in and of course, there was nothing so I had to swallow it. Luckily I had a water so I was drinking and drinking trying to get the taste out of my mouth. Yuck! Definitely not a southern girl. Haha! ;)

Another state crossed off our list!
(What a dumb place to put a construction sign!)

When we pulled into Savannah, we were starving! We got off at an exit with a lot of options and found Logan's Roadhouse, which is a restaurant we don't have in Utah so we decided to try it. It was so good! It was like Texas Roadhouse, but better!

After lunch, we checked into our hotel and made our way down to Factors Walk. Factors Walk is a row of red brick buildings along the Savannah River where cotton brokers (factors) bargained during cotton's heyday.


Savannah Cotton Exchange

We weren't quite sure what we wanted to do in Savannah, but Andrew happened to see a sign for Old Town Trolley Tours. He checked and found we could get a trolley right where we were standing in just a couple minutes so he bought us tickets for it. It ended up being the best thing we did the whole trip! We got to see all of Savannah's Historic, Colonial and Victorian districts on a 90-minute tour and it was so amazing! We were in awe of the stories they told and how old the buildings are in Savannah. Several date back to the 1700's! Nothing like what we have here in West! Best thing ever!

Jones Street was voted one of the most beautiful streets in North America. This picture doesn't do it justice, but it's a Spanish moss and tree-lined lane and it really was pretty. 

Savannah has candy shops all over so after our tour was over, we stopped into one of them. They gave us a sample of their pralines and they were so good so I had to buy one from them too. ;) Yum!

On our way back to our hotel, it was raining pretty good so we quickly stopped at a Steak 'n Shake for dinner, which is another favorite of ours that we don't have in Utah. :)

Such a fun day in Savannah, GA!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

North Carolina Trip Day 4 - Sanford, NC to Myrtle Beach, SC

After the baptism, we left Sanford, NC for Myrtle Beach, SC!

Another state crossed off our list!

Once we got to Myrtle Beach, we checked into our hotel and headed down to the boardwalk to ride the Sky Wheel!  

Views of the ocean from our room! 

I just love Ferris wheels! It's just something about them that I can't get enough of. :) After we got off the Ferris wheel though, we headed down to the beach. The beach was just like how I picture east coast beaches with the wild grass and the little fences. I was in love with how picturesque it was! 

After we left the beach, we stopped at Krispy Kreme! Krispy Kreme was started in NC so it was another place that was all over where we were. This was an old store that was being remodeled so it was fun to stop. :)

Night view of the Sky Wheel from our room. :)

For dinner, we had heard great reviews about Wahlburgers, which is run by Donnie Wahlberg from New Kids On The Block and his brothers Mark and Paul. It did not disappoint! It was yummy and fun to go to!

Such a fun day at the beach!