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Sunday, November 26, 2017


My mom came out here for the week of Thanksgiving. That was a treat. Aaron and Jacklyn were coming out for a family reunion and invited my mom to ride with them. It was really nice to spend a few days visiting with them and then the week with my mom. While Jacklyn and Aaron were here we helped Nancy moved, had two family dinners and played lots of games. Caleb taught us Secret Hitler and that was the game we played the most.

 Aaron and Jacklyn left Tuesday for St. George. Wednesday after a three hour basketball practice, my mom and I shopped for Thanksgiving and then went up to my Aunt Loralie's to play games. When we got back to Provo we met up with my brothers. Dan made an awesome Shepherds pie for dinner.

Thursday my mom and I participated in a 5k turkey trot. It benefited a family in my ward. It was fun to get out and run in the morning. Two of my former students were there running and one of my current basketball players as well. So fun to be out running with kids I know.
After the run my mom and I went up to Loralie's to start preparing for the dinner. This was the most I have ever helped prep for Thanksgiving dinner. It was a pretty quiet morning. My brothers joined us in the afternoon before the feast. All of Loralie's kids were at their in-laws so she was nice enough to let us use her home for Thanksgiving. Nancy joined us as well. It was a pretty easy day. In the evening my mom and I stopped by her brother Jerrolds house so she could visit with him. That was fun as well.

Then we did something I am actually totally against. Black Froday shopping. I really wanted a taller Christmas tree so we went to Target and Walmart. We were able to do all my om's shopping for the grandkids. We found a tree for me the following day at a different Walm-mart. It was just what I wanted and I am super happy with it.

Friday we played games with Loralie and then came home and set up Christmas and cleaned my downstairs. I love decorating for Christmas.
 Saturday Nancy picked up my mom to drive her down to St. George. After my mom left I spent the day cleaning the upstairs bedroom. I threw away a ton of stuff and organized everything. I also re-arranged all the rooms and washed all the baseboards and walls. It took me ALL. DAY. LONG. It was worth the effort because my house looks so nice.

small bedroom

my bedroom
 the tv room
I still need to move my futon back in the tv room. It is currently in Dan's basement. Overall I had a great break. I am tired thinking about working all day tomorrow!

Olivia got baptized

I was lucky enough to be able to fly to California for a weekend trip to attend Olivia's baptism. I can't believe this girl is eight. I love her so much. She is SUPER sassy but also super smart. She is missing both her front teeth and is just as adorable as ever. I was asked to speak on the gift of the Holy Ghost. It was fun to participate in her baptism program and spend a few hours with their family.

 It was a very quick trip. My mom and I attended Oroville third ward sacrament meeting before she took me to the airport. I grabbed a quick picture with Krissann Lowry to send to Katie. It is always fun to see her family when I get the chance.

Birthdays and Halloween

We celebrated Andrews birthday at the end of October. I can't believe that he is five years old. Time goes way too fast. I love that guy something fierce. We did one of his favorite activities to celebrate: roasted marshmallows and ate s'mores.
 Halloween is my least favorite holiday, I am pretty sure I say that every year. This year the Dodgers were in the world series the week of Halloween. My co-worker Tanner is a huge Dodger fan. It's the first time the Dodgers have been in the world series in his lifetime. he was really excited. Luckily Hannah is also a Dodger fan. She loaned me her Dodger gear and I was able to surprise Tanner and show us as a Dodger fan. I was pretty sure he would be one as well. It made Halloween really fun.
 I love the teachers I work with. they are just some of the best people. I definitely count them as blessings in my life.
Halloween evening I went and hung out with Jana. We passed candy out while Ben took their seven kids trick or treating. I really enjoy that tradition with Jana. I am not sure it will last much linger since she doesn't have an infant anymore, but it has been a fun one!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Bryce Canyon

I have only been to Bryce Canyon one time previously so I was excited to go again. It was a chilly but sunny morning so perfect for hiking. We visited the Rangers station to get an idea of where to hike. We settled on the 8 mile Fairyland Loop Trail. It was a great choice. I had not hiked it before and the views were awesome.
 I love how you feel like you are in a forest and then you walk to the end of the forest and are greeted with this view!

 After the 8 mile loop we went into town, a very loose description of the place to buy food, and had lunch. It was a nice little break. Then we headed back into the park to drive to their scenic spots. This was really fun. We just stopped and checked out most of the overlooks the park has to offer.
 It was pretty chilly when we weren't hiking

Bryce is a beautiful place. It was a fun little trip.

Angels Landing and Horshoe Bend

It's Fall Break!!! It was also the end of the term leading up to fall break, which was a little stressful. It was so nice to have a plan to get away from Provo for a couple of days. I needed to get my mind off work. The term actually went great, the last day of the term did not go great. It is always one of the more stressful days of my job. One down three more to go this year.

Hannah and I left after work and headed towards Bryce Canyon. We had a campsite reserved at Ruby's Campground right by the entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park. We got in late and set up a tent and went to bed.

Thursday we started the day by hiking Angels Landing. This is one of the best hikes there is. It was a gorgeous fall day in Zions National Park. It was also supposed to be one of the most crowded weekends of the year. Luckily it wasn't too bad for us. The views were awesome like always.

Looking down on Walter's Wiggles
Taking some pictures at Scouts Landing (or as some people called when we were hiking it Chickens Landing, this is the turn around spot if you don't want to do the sketchy stuff)
 The valley was so beautiful with all of the fall colors.
 I just love the shot of the valley from Scouts Landing.
 We continued to the top. The views are always so amazing.
 It is so fun to hike it with people who have never done it before because it is so breathtaking.
It was a great start to fall break.

After we finished the hike we decided we had enough time to drive to horshoe bend and see it in the daylight. That ended up being a very good decision. It wasn't a terrible drive and the view was definitely worth it. It's in Page Arizona near Lake Powell.
  I know these pictures are all basically the same but it was such a cool place.
 It was also HUGE compared to the pictures I had seen.
It made for a lot of driving but it was worth it. I have wanted to see this place for a while now. It was very cool. After we got some pictures we headed to Pizza Hut for dinner. Why is pizza so good after hiking and playing all day?

We got back to camp pretty late but it was a great start to Fall Break.


My mom came out here for the week of Thanksgiving. That was a treat. Aaron and Jacklyn were coming out for a family reunion and invited my m...