One of my favorite parts of summer is planning field trips with the kids. During the school year with kids in school all day and with things after school like piano lessons and soccer games, our weeks always seem really busy and full. So once school is out we always make a list of the farther-away places that we want to visit during the summer. We rarely make it through the whole list, but if we start right away and try to do at least one a week, we get to a lot of them. And for extra fun we meet-up with cousins too.
This is one of those places. It’s called Gardner Village in West Jordan, Utah. It’s a collection of old houses and buildings that have been brought to one location where they now contain cute little shops and stores.With things like this inside. This is my girls’ favorite store – The Village White Shoppe. They always save up their allowances just for this shop.
The village also holds nice attractions for my boys like water fountains, ducks and a little petting farm. And a candy store along the way.
Why have I still not made one of these?
It’s one of those things that’s been on my list forever.
(Complete with husbands who wait outside while their wives go it to look around.)
They also had a lovely little play table that kept my boys busy long enough for me to get a good look around and to find a few new things.
Some goodies: a few awesome fabrics for I-spy blocks. My stash is getting depleted, so I’m always on the lookout for new additions. I love the little rocket kids from Michael Miller. The orange piece is from David Walker, designer of our beloved Robots, and the blue with cars is a Japanese print.
I also found this fabulous piece of Amy Butler decorator weight fabric (60″ wide) in their clearance bin for only $4 a yard! I’m thinking this might be perfect to finally make that Wasp bag!
I can’t believe how rapidly summer is flying. Part of me feels exhausted – like I’ve run a marathon – and part of me is so sad to see it coming to an end. It has been a very happy summer. And to add to that happiness has been the joy of not having to take diapers with us anymore! Woo-hoo! (Don’t worry, I still take my stylish diaper clutch with a package of wipes because you never know when those suckers will come in handy. I’ll probably still be carrying them around when my kids are teenagers.)