Friday, September 30, 2016

This is (one reason I came to) Utah: Roman Gardens reunion

I lived in Roman Gardens my last two years at BYU and it was a great place with great people.  It was fun to reconnect with roommates and friends.  We shared memories and talked about our lives and shut down the Olive Garden!  #romangardensforever #episbackinutah2016

This is Utah: the BYU Creamery

I've been wanting to try Graham Canyon so bought a half gallon.  And a half gallon of Mint Brownie.  I'm serious about eating my way around the Beehive State.  #episeatingherwayaroundthebeehivestate #hidethescale #episbackinutah2016

This is Utah: an abundance of Temples

#oquirrhmountaintemple #episbackinutah2016

This is Utah: Orson Gygi for treat bags

I know of no store in Boston with so many party, baking or cooking supplies or these cellophane bags.  #orsongygi #ibought2sizesformyyearssupply #episbackinutah2016

This is Utah: 2 hours of free downtown parking

Be still my heart.  #unheardofontheeastcoast #hasanyonestoppedfollowingmebecauseofmyridiculousovergramming #itsforthechatbooks #episbackinutah2016

This is Utah: Marjorie's grave

I brought Marjorie a little white pumpkin from Wilson Farms.  #MOS @marydstaples @derekostaples #episbackinutah2016 #bostonfriendsarethebestfriends

This is Utah: Deseret Book

I made a quick stop since we have no such store in Boston.  @deseretbook #episbackinutah2016

This is Utah: lunch with friends

I met my friend Jane (lovely mother of Mary Staples) for lunch at The Dodo.  I had the turkey sandwich and banana cream pie.  It was worth all the hype!  #episeatingherwayaroundthebeehivestate #episbackinutah2016

This is Utah: the Bell Wines

My Pitchforth grandparents lived at the Bell Wines for years.  I have so many memories here including the time John and I locked our grandpa in his locker in the basement (and grandma Pitchforth called Nan and told her to come and get us and she drove from LA the next day to get her bratty redheads).  They lived in that bottom left apartment.  #pattonmemories #episbackinutah2016

This is Utah: ringing doorbells

I rang Michelle's doorbell and she was home!  It was good to see her and Mary, one of my pen pals.  #episbackinutah2016

This is Utah: cool clothing shops

#saveonpostage #iamasuckerforpeplum #episbackinutah2016

This is Utah: the smiling Sipherds

This is Utah: who goes to Swig for water?!?


Thursday, September 29, 2016

This is Utah: a state loaded with my friends

My friend Kim returned from her mission to the Arlington Ward (her family was living there for one year).  #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever #shehas7kids #episbackinutah2016

This is Utah: land of my Arlington Ward friends

I loved visiting with Stephanie Santiago in her beautiful home.  #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever #episbackinutah2016

This is Utah: cool shops like Harmony

@harmonyprovo @darlybird #episbackinutah2016

This is Utah: fabric mecca

Fabric Mill in Orem.  #episbackinutah2016

This is Utah: fresh peach shakes

At Taco Amigos in Orem and worth every penny.  #episbackinutah2016

This is Utah: JDawgs

Thanks for the recommendation #collectivco #episbackinutah2016 #episeatingherwayaroundthebeehivestate

This is Utah: wild flowers

#andmyfavoritejackpurcells #episbackinutah2016

This is Utah: millions of quaking aspens

#thealpineloop #episbackinutah2016

This is Utah: the Alpine Loop

#fallinutah #beautiful #nofilter #episbackinutah2016

This is Utah: Cousins Club

#mymomandherdadaresiblings #myhugehand #episbackinutah2016

TBT: I wish Robes was still at the table

#pattonmemories #lifeinvannuys #redshoes #wewere13monthsapart #pattongrandparents #kidstable

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

This is Utah: making new friends

I've followed @darlybird on instagram, have been to her store @harmonyprovo and her sister @susannahfurr lived in my ward in Boston.  It was a treat to meet Rachel IRL.  #makemorefriends #wallpaperenvy #episbackinutah2016

This is Utah: the mountains

#nofilter #ontheroadtonephi #episbackinutah2016

This is Utah: Grandma Pitchforth's cousin's house in Nephi

My grandma's house is across the street but you can't really see it because of the trees.  I love this house.  And how cool to have cousins live right across the street.  #pattonmemories #episbackinutah2016

This is Utah: Nan's grave in Nephi

#pattonmemories #pattonpalooza #episbackinutah2016

This is Utah: the Patton girls

#Pattonpalooza #theyalwaystickleme #auntellen #ilovemytwonieces #episbackinutah2016

This is Utah: a family reunion

#Pattonpalooza #provocitycentertemple #episbackinutah2016

Today marks 18 years without Robes

#imissmybrother #familiesareforever #braincanceriscruel

This is Utah: the Provo City Center Temple

I am meeting John and Robyn and Adrie here.  I haven't seen Adrie in 20 months!  #familiesareforever #pattonmemories #prepareforovergramming #obvs

This is Utah: LDS chapels all around

I love the lettering of the name of the church on this one.  #episbackinutah2016

This is Utah: land of the split level

This is Utah: fountain drink heaven

#imixeddietandregulardrpepper #pebbleice #episbackinutah2016

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

I'm in Utah!

And I can't decide if I'm more excited about my Cafe Rio salad or the highways with six lanes.  #episbackinutah2016


Sara (my walking buddy) and Maren (her daughter).  #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever

Retirement gift

I made a coin purse for my friend who is retiring from MIT after 36 years.  I told her its big enough for her passport, pin money, and her pension.  #jealous #ohsojealous

Retirement present

I made a coin purse for my friend who is retiring from MIT after 35 years!  I told her it's big enough for her passport, pin money, and her pension.  #jealous #ohsojealous

Monday, September 26, 2016

Doll for Cora

My friend's mom passed away this summer and last month I asked if she had a piece of her mom's clothing that I could repurpose for her.  She gave me a red/blue striped t-shirt that was special to her.  I asked my friend Natalie to make this adorable doll (more subcontracting!) and I got it today and gave it to my friend for her little girl Cora.  My friend was very touched when she saw the doll and Cora immediately hugged it.  There is more of the shirt left and I have plans to make a few more things.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Rimika is moving

We are going to miss Rimika when she moves back to Japan.  #arlingtonwardyoungwomenareawesome #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever

Saturday, September 24, 2016

So many women!

I don't ever remember seeing a crowd this big at a Relief Society event.  A woman from the Nashua Stake spoke about her family traveling to Greece this summer and helping refugees.  It was very inspiring.

Women's Broadcast

Our stake is collecting items for refugees in the area and putting together hygiene kits as part of our evening with the Women's Broadcast.  I am going to donate my living room furniture to refugees and the woman pictured here is helping me coordinate that.  I'm so glad we are doing something practical and helpful.  #lotsofpads #cambridgestake #wearemormons

Arlington Ward reunion!

I'm going to be in Utah next weekend and there will be an Arlington Ward reunion Sunday, October 2nd, from 6-8PM at Adam and Janae Cox's church building in Draper (1617 East 12700 South)!!  Bring some food to share and you'll get to see me and lots of other Boston friends!  #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever

Indian food buffet

I'm never sure what to order at Indian restaurants.  The solution: the lunch buffet at Holi in Bedford. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

It's like Christmas!

My dad sent me these two beautiful quilts that his grandmother made.  I love them.  #pattontreasures

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Getting ready for Book Group

#nancypattonsaid #pattonmemories #arlingtonwardRSbookgroup #ihaveachalkboard

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Book Group

I'm hosting Book Group tomorrow night and am preparing some retro refreshments.  The book: "When Everything Changed: the amazing journey of American Women from 1960 to present".  Notice the timer on the microwave?  I'm serving some Patton family favorites--deviled ham sandwiches, green jello with cottage cheese and pineapple, Bugles, and white trash graham cracker treats (poor man's cookie -- chocolate frosting between graham crackers). 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Happy Birthday, Ian

The most adventurous person I'm related to.  Photo cred: someone in Hawaii (sadly, not me).  @ianpatton