Monday, July 30, 2012

The Nebo Loop

We tried to have a family fun activity yesterday since Jess is home for a few days.  It ended up in disaster.  So we tried again today and started driving the Nebo loop to go on a very kid friendly hike called the Grotto.  I don't know if it was the threats to take away their My Little Ponies, but today's excursion was much better.  The kids all said the favorite part of the hike was walking across the wood beams.

At the top of the trail is a pretty waterfall.  The kids were prepared with bathing suits and even though the water was ice cold they still got in.

The hike wasn't long so we decided to go to the next spot on the map: The Devil's Kitchen.  It was kind of far...and not really a hike...more of a 3 minute walk.  It rained on the way there so it was a bit chilly as we walked/jogged to keep warm.  Reanne informed us that hell is cold.

We thought we might as well finish the Nebo loop since we already went so far on it.  It's really pretty but super long.  I didn't realize it at the time, but our car marked the drive at about 100 miles from start to finish!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Pioneer Day

Pioneer day is big in Mapleton.  We went to all the day's activities and had a full day of crazy fun.  First the kids participated in their first parade.  They got to be on the ward's Primary "float", which at the end of the parade Reanne informed me was not that cool compared to the other ones.

We then went to the city park where there was lunch, games and all sorts of things to do for the kids.  Grant got his first pony ride and the girls decided that they would settle on a horse for a pet since I won't let them have a dog.

Reanne also decided she was going to try to climb the big rock wall.  She got half way up which is more than I would have done.  I was proud of her for trying it out.

It was crowded at the park...and Grant got lost.  After about 20 minutes and me just starting to really worry, my dad found him talking to a policeman.  Good thing my parents were there to help.  I would never take my kids there by myself.

We took a small break at home and then went out again for the evening festivities.  First up was the ping ball drop, where every kid in the whole town gathers to try to win a bike.  How do they win one?  A helicopter (yes, a helicopter) comes in and drops ping pong balls with numbers on them.  Fifteen numbers are called at the end and fifteen lucky kids get bikes.  I told my kids up front they wouldn't win, especially after seeing all the kids lined up on the field.  They had a lot of rules and a lot of staff directing to make it fair and orderly, but it was seriously one of the scariest things I have ever done as a mom.  

This is how it goes down.  Your child goes in to a field with about 200 other kids and you can't go in with them.  Then you loose sight of them as the ping balls drop and they all rush to get one.  Then you are blocked from their view as every parent gathers around trying to reconnect with their children.  You loose your child in the crowds and you don't find them for at least 15-20 minutes.  Then you do it all over again when the next age group goes into the field.  I thought to myself, "This is stupid!  This is not worth a free bike!"  With Sierra I actually had to ask a staff member to help me find her afterwards, all the while I am holding Grant in my arms fearing to let him down since I already lost him once that day.
Thankfully, my mom was there helping as well.

Well, after all that....

Sierra won a bike.  Who would have thought.

We then met up with my dad and settled down for the concert and the firework show.  That firework show is as big as the one at Stadium of Fire on the fourth of July.  All I can say, is that there are some seriously wealthy people who live here in this town.  All you Mapleton orthodontists- thanks for sharing, thanks for the fireworks, thanks for the bike, thanks for the crazy fun day.

Monday, July 23, 2012


My girls always want me to buy cucumbers.
One likes to eat them.

 The other likes to wear them.

Building - Week 8

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Building - Week 7

These pictures don't look too much different on the outside from the last one that I took.  I have just been doing drive by camera shots, but this week I thought I'd take a picture of the inside.  Yesterday they finished painting!  I also walked around to get a shot of the back of the house.  I feel bad for the construction workers.  It has been so hot this last week.  

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Fireworks and Dinosaurs

My camera died just before the month started...but it has been resurrected so I can now write another entry and share what we have been up to in July.

On the 4th the kids convinced Jess to take them to the parade.  (Jess hates the Freedom parade.)  We actually got a good spot, but it was hot and the younger ones complained a lot.  This picture was taken when only Grant was grumpy.   Sorry kids.  I think next year we will be skipping the parade.
We of course spent the day with my parents and my sister after that.  Also some other extended family came to enjoy dinner, homemade ice cream, and fireworks with us.  Homemade ice cream on the 4th is a marvelous tradition that I will always keep.  Last year the neighbors put on a great show.  It wasn't as big this year, which is ok because Grant ended up getting sick and threw up all over me resulting in us missing any grand finales that might have taken place.
That weekend we went up to the Aspen Grove area to have a campfire dinner with my Aunt, Uncle and their family.  They spent the night there which we will have to do some day.  My kids had a blast trekking up and down the hill finding wood for the fire and roasting marshmallows.  It was so pretty and smelled so good with all the pine trees.

Yesterday we celebrated my Grandma's birthday.  Before that we went to an open house at Uncle Seth's work.  Sounds boring...but Seth works at a dinosaur lab where they prepare, clean and assemble fossils.  Yesterday's open house featured a full size Diplodocus dinosaur.  We also got a tour of the lab and the kids got to put their hands on some real fossils.  Really cool.