Waterfalls, Adventures, Fireworks

We have been so many beautiful places: Bridal Veil Falls, Ogden Nature Center, Heber Valley Railroad, Mirror Lake Highway, Provo River Falls, Naomi Peak, Hill Aerospace Museum. We’ve spent a lot of time with family for reunions, fireworks, kid swaps. It’s been quite the summer. I’ve taken so many pictures that I had to upgrade my website…I usually split up long posts like this one, but didn’t feel like it today.

I grew lisianthus and other cut flowers for the first time this year in my traditional vegetable bed. I will continue to do so. I love being able to go cut flowers from the garden.

This was a great hike, to the top of Naomi Peak. My sister and I switched children for the week: I took hers for a few days, and she took mine. While we were kid-free, Joe and I went on the hike. I did start out carsick, and no idea if I would make it, but we kept going and made it to the top.

Summer Update

Summer has been beautiful and fun. I’ve been working on self-talk, so I’ve also been a lot happier than I sometimes am. I have found that I often harp on myself to be more productive instead of paying attention to what is happening in my life. Telling myself to be productive doesn’t actually make me a productive person. But paying attention to life does make me happier.

First, pictures from home. We got a decent sized pool, and the kids love it. The temperatures were very hot right after we got it, so it has been used almost daily. We’ve also had lots of kids over and the yard has been well used. It also is full of flowers, and berries to eat. The garden is doing pretty well, although there is still quite a few pest problems, and the heat has been rough.

I’ve tried to keep the kids busy so far during the summer. We’ve hiked Little Knull with cousins, gone to Cherry Hill with cousins, went to the poppy fields with cousins, played Minecraft with cousins, and gone to the trampoline park with cousins. (We’ve done a lot with my sister and her family.) The kids have done scout camp, basketball camp, swim lessons, and t-ball, We’ve also gone canoeing and biking at the lake. Not bad for three weeks of summer.

We also (finally) painted the house, and my husband managed to fall about 20 feet when the ladder slipped, but luckily ended up with a lot of bruises but no other injuries.

It is hot. But still beautiful.

It’s been hot, but also so much fun to be out enjoying nature. We took the kids out on a hike. They were not enthused about it (you can tell in the pictures). We cut the hike short. I still think the kids enjoy going out, the highpoint were all the silk worms.

Another time, we went camping at Willard Bay. They have a new beach, and no one else was there when we were. It was great fun and a beautiful weekend.

This is what our house looks like right now. It’s a mess, but also it’s getting close to painting.

Red Butte Garden

I took my camera and promptly gave it to my nine-year-old to take pictures. I would much rather see what he finds beautiful than take my own pictures.


We went on the Birdsong Trail in Ogden. I was on the search for spring wildflowers, and there were a bunch. We’ve been pretty busy with work, school, and home projects. But I still think it’s very important to spend some time as a family being outside. We all enjoyed ourselves very much.

April Flowers

Spring is beautiful and in full swing. It’s nice not having to grab a jacket, and getting sandals on.

We’ve been hiking, to the Zoo. The kids started soccer. Henry finished up choir, which he loved to do. We got baby chicks too. My semester is nearly over, which is one step closer to getting done with school.

Spring Break

First stop was the Tabernacle Hill Lava Tubes by Fillmore. We pulled up and it wasn’t much to look it. But once you got exploring, it was very cool. Lots of caves and canyons. It felt a lot like exploring Minecraft. There is a also Meadow Hot Spring nearby, we stopped by but also had a kid sleeping in the car.

Next stop was Kolob Canyon in Zion’s. We did an overlook hike.

We spent the night in Mesquite. (At the Virgin River Casino, because they have cheap hotel rooms…also, the best way to cook in a hotel room is to bring a waffle iron.)

Next morning we drove to Lake Havasu to see the London Bridge, and we played at the beach at the lake.

We continued driving to the Phoenix area, and had a great time visiting my Uncle and Aunt. After spending the night, we had a picnic and hiked Hole in the Rock at Papago Park, and then spent a brief time at Sea Life aquarium, and most of the afternoon at the Legoland Discovery Center. The kids loved it there, we basically stayed until closing.

We spent the night at a Drury Inn and Northern Phoenix, and took a hot hike the next morning to the Sonora preserve. The kids weren’t liking the heat, but there was an awesome owl at the end of the hike.

We drove up to the Walnut Canyon National Monument and hiked to some cliff dwellings. The kids loved this hike.

We also stopped by Horseshoe Bend and an overlook for the Glen Canyon Dam before spending the night in Kanab @ Aiken’s Lodge. It was a long day, but beautiful.

Final stop of the trip was at the Coral Pink Sand Dunes (a repeat from the last Vacation we went on that was to part of the same area).

And then we made it home with enough time to unpack and do some laundry.


In school, I’m working on a project looking at parks in the area of west Salt Lake County. I took the opportunity to visit a bunch of parks in the area as part of that project. I’ve been working getting a degree in landscape architecture in part because I know it can lead to jobs designing parks. After visiting a lot of parks with my children, I would love to start designing ones.

Anyway, I was biased in our trip and picked mostly fun and interesting parks and trails. If you want more info on any of parks, or an example of what I’m doing for school, here’s the result of my school project.

Spring Flowers

Spring is very busy and beautiful. It’s wonderful to go outside and play, and watch the plants grow and flowers bloom. The garden is usually full of children playing now. My kids love to play football, basketball and just play. The neighbor kids are all over the fort and zipline. One day Zack climbed to the top of the fort. I asked Henry to help him down, but he made it down by himself before Henry made it to help him. He’s quite the climber.