Sunday, October 23, 2016

Girls Trip

Erica had a birthday and her husband planned a girls trip. I am so glad!!!! It was great timing and a much needed break. 
It has been a lot of years since we have all been together. There was shopping, good food and a concert, but my favorite was just staying up late and talking and laughing. These girls have been my friends for so long and we can always just catch up where we left off. 
It is crazy how life has led us all down our own paths but we all started in little Oroville.
I love these girls. Thanks for the laughs.


Every so often I have to make a trek to Salt Lake to see my nephews. They just enrich my life so much. I can't go too long without seeing them. 

One Saturday the weather was kind of rainy and so I couldn't do a long exercise session outside so I took Andrew to the flight exhibit at the Leonardo. We had a really fun time.
Inside the fighter plane!
Building a robot together
 Making tube routes for the marbles
Experimenting with switches. I wasn't very good at this. We had a fun afternoon just the two of us!

One Sunday we walked to visit Nancy. We took the stairs. He did so good walking up four flights of stairs. Isn't he the cutest in his BYU jersey?
 Little Emerson was so funny this evening. He was so mad Moki kept taking his sticks. We put him on the table for a break and then he kept dropping his sticks down the center hole. He was SO MAD he couldn't reach his sticks through the hole. It was a traumatic day for him.
Andrew playing the game I sent him for his birthday!!! Can't wait to play it with him.
It is so crazy that this adorable boy is four years old. It has been a huge blessing to live so close to him.

Fall Hiking

Fall in Utah is amazing. The weather starts to cool down and the leaves change. It is really fun to live somewhere that has four seasons. I have loved getting out after school and hiking with Moki and different friends. We have done stewart falls, the Y, and rock canyon. We have done all of them multiple times. Hiking with Moki is the best because she gets so much exercise. 
This was on the Bonneville shoreline trail. It was a beautiful evening.
 Stewart falls
Rock Canyon
Bonneville Shoreline Trail
Shoreline Trail again, this one is so close to my house!
The rattle snake he should have bit Moki on a hike up Rock Canyon. We saw two on the same trail in two weeks, yikes!!!!
Sometime we run on the Provo River trail. It is also beautiful in the fall.
The Y. It's been an active fall, which has been so nice. I feel like I am getting some of my fitness back. Last year was so emotionally hard and the summer was spent sitting way more than I ever had. Fall has been good to me. I have loved being out in nature so much.

Random Fall

Aaron finished the deck at my parents house. It looks amazing. I was just home this weekend and it works great. He did an awesome job. I know he and Jacklynn sacrificed a lot to make that happen. I am so grateful for their willingness to help.
I tried to copy Erica and put up a gallery wall. It is not perfect but I am enjoying it.
 Sariah was in Utah for a couple of days and I got to see her one evening. So fun. Love this girl. This was let at night and it shows:)
Traditional general conference breakfast. It was so delicious. It was only Dan, Nancy and me this year, we still made the most of it.
Mikila lost her mom suddenly this fall. It was horrible to hear that news. I am heartbroken for their family. I loved Nancy. She was one of the nicest people and I spent a lot of time at their house as a teenager. I was blessed to associate with her. It is hard to believe that we are old enough to deal with this kind of loss. It just seems way too hard.
I wrote a grant and got $1000 worth of fitness equipment for my classroom. I am so excited to use the new equipment. 

Wonder Woman

Amber and I signed up to do a century ride in September. Wonder Woman was a great option. It started out in Payson and went as far South as Mona. We lucked out and had gorgeous biking weather. 
I ended up only riding around 76 miles. I was not in good shape this summer and my body was DONE!!! That was really disappointing but it was still great to be out and participating in something I love.
Next year hopefully I will have a better biking season but I am glad I got in another long ride before biking season closes out.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Timp 2016

I like to hike Mt. Timpanogos at least one time each year. I was gone all summer so unfortunately I had to hike it on a weekend after school had started. The Saturday before Labor Day was when we decided to go for it. It was really crowded because of the holiday weekend. The great thing was that the temperatures were really mild, which was amazing. The not so great thing was that I hadn't really hiked all summer. It was HARD. It is usually just a walk to the mountain for me but this year my hamstrings were really sore before we started, I am in horrible shape, and it was after a long week. During the hike up I really was miserable. Going down I was totally fine. And the most surprising thing was that I was not even sore the next day. I am not sure how that happened.

I also need to add that I had taken a little fall on the Y the Thursday evening before we hiked. I don't think this slowed me down but my knees were pretty ugly for the hike. It actually has been hurting more now, a week later, than it did right after it happened.

Rachelle, Amber, Moki and I hiked it. It was extra windy from the saddle to the summit. Like the windiest I have ever seen but it wasn't dangerous. The top was also in a cloud while we were up there so that was really cool. We made the round trip in 7 hours and 40 minutes, which isn't too bad.

It was freezing on top so we didn't stay too long.

Moki loves this hike! And all the random people on the hike love her.
 Rachelle and I.
 I took a selfie when we got back down to the saddle, mainly so I could see how crazy my hair was.

 Despite feeling out of shape it was a great hike and I am really glad I made an effort to squeeze it in.

Back to Utah

I had to get back to Utah the beginning of August. I had cub scout day camp and collaboration for work. I was also ready to be back in my house. I did not get the exercise I am used to getting in July and my body was definitely feeling the effects of that. I was craving my normal diet and routines. It was still hard to go though. It has been really hard having a sick parent. Living in Utah means I can not help at all which is challenging at times. The drive back was long as usual but it was GREAT to sleep in my own bed.

I was the photographer at day camp. Here is our crew.
 Anthony and I went up to Sam and Amandas one day to hang out with Andrew. We had a great time swimming. Turns out a boat makes the pool really really fun.
 Andrew is a pro at swimming with his snorkel and fins.

 My grandma got all the kids these really cute towels this summer. So fun to see them use them.

 Andrew also had a sleepover at my house. He wanted to watch his show, on my bed, in his life jacket. It looked very uncomfortable to me, but hey he was happy.
 Emerson is loving food these days.
 I watched Emerson while Amanda and Andrew went to see Peter Pan at the Hale. He loves playing water so I put a little bit in my raft and he was in heaven.
 He also loves bubbles.
 Aaron and Jacklyn came to Utah and we had tons of fun with them. We did a seven peaks day with everyone in my family.
 Anthony, Aaron, Jacklyn and I floated the river one day.
 Life jacket are a must on this river.
 The Provo river is so much fun. I forgot how swift it is, especially compared to the Feather River. We shared lots of laughs while we floated along.
 The scenery is also amazing.
 Moki was very happy to be back in her own house.
 Unfortunately while Aaron and Jacklyn were visiting I also had to work a bunch of hours. I had a lot of catching up to do after a long summer away. Luckily I was able to work in the evenings while they played with my other siblings.

We also went to Trafalga in Lehi with Amanda and the boys. It was so fun. Andrew was in heaven.

 Aaron and Jacklyn left Utah the same morning I started back at school. I tried to go to bed early but all my brothers were downstairs laughing so I had to join them.
 Anthony and I went out to ice cream and I said I would treat. Little did I know he would go giant size. What the heck?
 I cut my hair off before school started. It has been fun to have a little different style.
 My dad got to got o church. Guys this was amazing!!! He had a great day and our family is so grateful. After nine months in the hospital he was so excited. So glad it worked out so well.
 I love love love hanging out with these cute boys!