Monday, April 30, 2012

Reanne and Jacob

My Aunt Rose and Uncle Rod came to town for a week during spring break.  They adopted a little later in life so their son Jacob is just a few years older than Reanne.  Jacob and Reanne haven't really spent a lot of time together in the past, but they had a blast with each other while they were here visiting.  We went to Bridal Veil Falls, the art museum in Springville, and the BYU Creamery.  I haven't seen Reanne that happy in a long time.  It was wonderful.

Easter 2012

Friday, April 27, 2012

Out on the range

April has been insane.  A lot has been happening for all of us but we have been trying to do more family activities together to make up for it. 

One Saturday Jess borrowed some kid rifles from his friend and we all went up the canyon to try them out.  Sierra was so happy to have a bright pink one to shoot.  She and Grant really couldn't hit much but they had a lot of fun.  Reanne surprised us by hitting a lot of things and learned how to load her gun completely by herself.  When it was mom and dad's turn to shoot our bigger, louder guns the kids went around and collected things.  They actually had as much fun collecting as they did with their rifles.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Bataan Memorial Death March

Two weekends ago Jess drove down to New Mexico to participate in the Bataan Memorial Death March.  It is a 26.2 mile event that you can either run or ruck march.  He chose to ruck march it in the heavy devision which means you have to have at least 35 pounds on your back.  He also represented his army unit and carried their flag the whole time.  Although I had never heard of it, it is a pretty popular event as you can see by Jess's number.   Jess found out about this about a year ago and wanted to do it, mostly because his Grandpa was a survivor of the original Bataan Death March in WWII.  I thought it was really sweet.  

In Jess fashion, he did a lot of training for it.  (That's sarcastic, but you can't tell in writing.)  But he's been so busy I can't blame him too much.  I actually didn't think he'd need much training, but when I heard about it later I didn't think I would be able to do it.  It was in the 80's the day he marched and about 10 of the 26 miles were either going up or down a mountain.  When he hit mile 22 you hit a sand pit where you are in ankle deep sand for a couple miles and all of this with a heavy backpack strapped on you.  Jess said it took him 12 hours to complete.  Jess said it was the hardest thing he's ever done, but I know he had a good time and I'm proud of him.