Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Ah Blogging...

So not into it.  Pretty sure no one else is, either.  I mean, it's summer, for Pete's Sake!

But, I do always like having a record of our doings, especially out here in Utah, so I will persevere for my family record and all three of you still reading (just kidding, I heard from some of you, I think there are ten...). 

Before we got to sunny, cool, Logan, we spent a weekend in beautiful Capital Reef National Park, down in southern Utah.  I never blogged it, so to keep on top of our little narrative, I bring you all the red rock goodness:

On our way to Capital Reef, we stopped at Glen Canyon, which Grace thought was awesome, since her school is on Glen Canyon Dr.
After 15 hours in the car...

When we got to our motel, our family went to church, while we took big ol' naps.

Then, it was off to hike.

 And then Greg went on yet another hike with the kids (you may note that Derick is not much of a hiker...  We took turns staying back with him).

The next day, fully rested, we set off on a Tallmadge sized adventure.  We went four-wheeling and mountain-biking.

Then we stopped at a beautiful little meadow at the bottom of the red rock mountain for a picnic lunch beside the stream.

I was honestly totally freaked out before we did this.  Four-wheelers aren't my fave, but we actually had a BLAST!  It was so much fun.  The mountain-bikers had a much longer route back, but the rest of us took it easy and enjoyed the ride.  Pretty sure Jane was totally SICK of my oohing and aaahing over the smell of the sagebrush every 5 minutes.  Ok, I know she was, 'cause she told me.  It's just that it is one of my favorite smells and totally reminds me of my childhood growing up in the Idaho desert.

After our adventure, we capped off the fun with ice cream!

The next day, we visited the petroglyphs.  The kids and I had never seen them, so we thought it was SUPER cool!

A few years ago, I read a wonderful book about this darling valley and the tiny town of Fruita. So, I was thrilled to visit the old school house.

And finally, Greg and I wanted to visit the darling little homestead, but the girls whined and didn't want to get out of the car, so we left them with Derick.  We took Ethan in and bought ice cream and WONDERFUL home made pies.  Boysenberry for me and strawberry/rhubarb for Greg. 

We brought our delectable treats out to the car and ate them without sharing. Whereupon, Jane said, "I know what you are trying to do, and it isn't working."  And Gracie burst into tears.

Mission accomplished.

Until the next scintillating blog update, farewell, internet friends!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Father's Day and Other Fun

For the first time in 5 years, we celebrated Father's Day with Greg!  He is normally in Texas while we are in Utah, but not this year!

It was a very low-key day.  He drove into town in the morning from driving through the night with Jane.  Jane had gone to Girl's Camp with our ward in Texas and they jumped in the car as soon as she got back and drove for 20 hours.  They are hard-core.

After church yesterday, we had a family dinner and I surprised Greg with his favorite pie, strawberry rhubarb (fresh-picked from the garden).  It was my first attempt, and it was a bit runny, but with the ice cream, it didn't matter. Plus, it was super delicious.  So, I keep telling my perfectionist self that it was ok...

As we were sitting at dinner, his old mission buddy and college room mate came striding across the lawn.  Greg hasn't seen Les in 15 years, so that was a fun surprise. I tried to take credit for that present, too. 

We are VERY blessed to have the best husband and father in the world.  Greg really is AMAZING!  It never phases him to do the hard things.  He works incredible hours and then does all the hard things that must be done at home. He never complains, he always plays with the kids and has a depth of character that is unmatched.  We LOVE him so much!!

In other fun...

As I mentioned, Jane went to her first Girl's Camp last week.  From all indications, it was a blast. She got to shoot guns and arrows and swim and in addition, had some spiritual moments as well as lots of pop tarts.  What 12 year-old wouldn't love that?

I took the remaining kids and Lora up to Idaho for the week.  We played with cousins:

 did the zoo  

 and the drive-in movie.

  The girls slept in Grandma and Grandpa's new RV and felt like royalty with their own suite.

Saturday, back in Utah, we enjoyed the annual Summer Fest Art Fair at the tabernacle. 

We are having a blast out here and enjoying the great weather.  Life is good when it's summer!