24th Staycation

We’ve spent the last two days in Salt Lake on a little family staycation (yes, I know…as if we haven’t had enough vacations lately). Philip’s parents are in Utah for a week and a half and wanted to spend a couple of days with us, so with Philip’s work connections, we got the hook up on a free room at Salt Lake’s Grand America hotel and have been trying out fun restaurants, shopping at the new City Creek shopping center, and acting like tourists.

Yesterday we walked two blocks from our hotel and watched the 24th of July Pioneer Day parade. Despite the blazing sun, it was a fun parade.

Today we go back to real life, and have to wait a whole two weeks until our next trip!

Happy Wednesday!

p.s. I’ve been documenting more of this trip on my instagram — I’m @merricksart if you’re interested in following along!



  1. Miriam says:

    I Love you necklace!!! as an aside are you really up at 5am posting???!!!! thats committed ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I haven't gone on 1 vacation yet this summer it's quite depressing I might add… Following you on instagram! xoxo A-

  3. Emily says:

    Looks like you had so much fun!! We were sad we missed the parade yesterday. Staycations are the best.

  4. president eyring! love him! p.s. peanut is so grown up these days, i can't even believe it.

  5. Just Jaime says:

    I am needing more pictures of that necklace because I love it!! Where is it from?

  6. Teacheristas says:

    Really cute necklace! I just love your blog and that little Peanut is too cute! ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. Looks like fun! Your son is so precious!

  8. We were just in Salt Lake and had a minute to check out the amazing changes to downtown. Loved the new mall. Looks like you guys had fun!


  9. The Ellsies says:

    Love the target dress! One's in my closet too ๐Ÿ™‚ Just started following. Thanks for the ideas

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