Thursday, June 30, 2011

Why We Love Springville

We have lived in Springville for 5 1/2 years. That is the longest that Jess and I have lived anywhere since we have been married. We moved here when Reanne was only 2 and Sierra was 3 weeks old. Grant of course, was born here.

I always said that I didn't ever want to raise a family in Utah. I know, I was one of those people. I had a lot of negative impressions on my mission. I also met a lot of Jacks while at BYU. Despite all of my previous thoughts, I look back over the last 5 years and realize that I am glad that my kids are being raised in Springville, UT. I love that this is a safe place. I know things can happen anywhere, but I don't worry as much about me or the kids here. I have also made a lot of great friends. There are definitely good people here and it has changed my previous impressions. I asked my kids what each of them liked about living here and they all had different answers.

Reanne said she loved living by all the farms and animals. That was one of the things that I loved about Springville when we first looked at buying a house here. It's the perfect meld of old and new. You get the feeling of living in the country, but you are only 10 minutes away from any kind of shopping that you need.

Sierra said she loved all the flowers. I know you can see flowers no matter where you live, but the flowers here are so pretty. In California, I never got to see any of the beautiful bulbs that grow here. I am so happy every spring when the daffodils and tulips pop up in my front yard.

Grant's is pretty excited to live around the train. To be honest, I have never lived in a place where I had to cross so many railroad tracks all the time. To get to my parents house just 4 1/2 miles away, you have to cross over 3 different sets of tracks! It's a tad annoying while your driving to have to stop for the train to pass, but Grant LOVES to see and hear the trains. A boy's dream come true.

And of course, all three kids love that this place is so close to them now. The best thing about living in Springville, is that Grandma and Grandpa's Mapleton house is so close.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Happy Father's Day...Late

I bought Jess a tent for Father's day. I had it wrapped before we left for the Ragnar and just by looking at it he could tell what it was, even though I told him I would never buy him a tent. My other present to him was to let him "recover" after the race (and the next day) while I took care of the kids.

The kids always get off easy when it comes to presents. They made him little cards. They were also interviewed at church about their dad. This is what was in our ward bulletin on Sunday.

How tall is your father?
8 feet - Reanne

How much does your dad weigh?
Strong - Grant
6 pounds - Reanne

What does your dad like to eat?
Brownies - Sierra
Food - Grant
Salmon - Reanne

What does your dad always tell you?
To stop making scary things - Sierra

What does your dad do when you are at school?
Play on the computer - Reanne

What does your dad like to watch on TV?
The Dark Crystal - Sierra
Kai-lan - Grant
Phineas and Ferb - Reanne

Why did your dad marry your mom?
She was pretty and nice - Sierra

What is your dad's favorite movie?
Star Wars - Reanne

How old is your dad?
34 - Reanne

I found a poem that Reanne had written a while back that had been stuffed away in a drawer. It is titled "Dad."

Oh Dad I'm so glad to hav you thir for me!
I'll remynd you just in cace
How much I injoy your tender face!
I love having you around
And I hope that you hav found
Out that I love you!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Ragnar

I have to say that this was the craziest thing I have ever done. I have only been in one other race before. That race was a 5K and it was fun. I'm not going to say this race was not fun...just crazy.

Here are the stats:

Team- 12 people
Time- 35 hours 53 minutes
Miles in the race- 192
Miles I ran- 13
Miles Jess ran- 14

What I enjoyed about the race:

  1. I had a lot of fun with the 6 people in our van. Well, the engaged couple (team spoon) were pretty quiet and were quite stuck to each other despite our incredible stink, but Kristin, Courtney and Jess were very fun.
  2. After not running in a couple years, I had worked hard to run more than 2 miles in a row. I was really proud of myself that I could run 5 miles uphill without stopping to walk.
  3. The places we ran were really beautiful. I loved seeing the hills of wildflowers, the pretty homes and the views from the mountains.
  4. I was amazed at the people who came to run. Of course there were the fit amazing runners, but there were also people in their 70's, kids, pregnant women, and a blind woman.

What I didn't enjoy about the race:

  1. Number 1 thing I didn't enjoy was the porta-potties. They were nasty, and there really wasn't a way to avoid them...unless you were Jess. Jess not only went in the fields, but he also demonstrated some incredible moves to remain from being seen.
  2. Because we were sleeping 40 minutes away from the race and because we had to be at the race at 4:30 AM, we started the race with only 3 1/2 hours of sleep. That was a bit hard.
  3. Our van didn't have to run in the middle of the night, thank goodness! But we did have to sleep outside in a field. I was tired enough to still fall asleep in the very cold air and on the hard ground, but only for a couple hours. Then we had to run again with 2 really bad nights of sleep. That was hard.
  4. I had prepared to run my legs, which were a 5 mile, a 4 mile and another 4 mile (rounded). But I prepared with relatively flat terrain. If I had researched the race at all, I would have realized that all the legs require either running up a mountain or back down it. (One of my legs was almost flat.) That was hard.
  5. There were way to many people there. They announced at the end of the race there were over 70,000 runners this year. That is great, until you need to drop off your next runner at the exchange and you can't get there because of the traffic. It was frustrating to have to wait for your next runner.

But - even though there were some hard things about the race, I'm glad I did it. I won't do it again, but I'm glad I did it.

Friday, June 3, 2011

A bit more girly

Notice a little sparkle in Sierra's ear? She got her ears pierced yesterday and as you can tell is very happy about it. Sierra was very brave and didn't make a sound as they did it. Her lip quivered a little, but as soon as the lady told her she looked pretty she gave us a big smile that still hasn't left her face.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Hike up Maple Canyon

Today it didn't rain! I never thought I would be excited about it not raining. I love the rain. But I just had to get out of the house today with the kids.

We went on a hike with friends up Maple Canyon. It is a perfect hike for kids because it is a paved road the whole way. (The pictures were taken a bit off the trail.) If you make it up to the top of the mountain it is a two mile hike up and then a two mile hike back down. We didn't get that far, but it was still fun.