July is gone. It went by fast. The kids played baseball and t-ball, did a couple weeks of swim lessons. I successfully defended my thesis proposal and worked on my summer class. Joe kept working and picking up all the slack.

We’ve hiked our local tiny waterfall, visited a new park with an exercise course (we like those), gone swimming, and also helped my sister out with rebuilding the roof of her house.


Family Campout

I love camping with my family. We have done a couple of campouts and planned on doing more…but then didn’t. And I realized if I wanted a campout the best way to do it was to just plan it out myself. So I did. We camped at Box Elder Campground that is a beautiful campground 10 minutes from my house. We also went to Crystal Hot Spring and Mantua Reservoir which are two of my favorite places to go close to my house. And we did a talent show and Olympics. It was great fun.



Summer Projects

What has occupied the kids’ time the very most is reading. They are devouring books. It took me a long time to get Peter interested in novels, but now he won’t stop! He’ll read one a day. Other fun things: the children have been into marble runs recently.


We are going to upgrade the cardboard soon. Joe has some ideas and has been working in his shop to make some better ones.

I bought some watercolor markers and they have been enjoyed by all. Here are some examples.


The kids even got into bug collecting for a while. I liked this. Bugs and I get along. I’ve had four pest control companies come soliciting, and my response is always the same. No, I don’t mind the bugs.


We did fireworks for Independence Day. I didn’t take any pictures, but it was fun. Minus a small argument between my husband and me on where to go. (My mental health is in need of a break, and I will take one after finishing a few projects that are due soon.)

Joe and I updated the bedroom and living room. We got rid of some of the bulky furniture and I love it. I love the floor bed which we switched to after it was no longer safe to sleep with a mobile baby, and I love having a bunch of movable chairs in the living room. Here’s a video I made for my mom who currently lives far away.

I’ve also been working hard at school. I have a proposal defense scheduled, which I have been working toward for way over a year. Hopefully, that goes well. I’m prototyping out my digital sharing space I’m creating, and I’m also working on a project to help students interact better in online environments. I’m enjoying it.


Garden Pictures

After years of work, the garden is doing pretty well. If you are interested in more garden pictures, I started an Instagram account for all things gardening, find me at @responsivegardens

This rose bush is far too small to have a bloom, but it’s trying anyway. img_20200701_110752170

I know this plant looks awful. It’s being attacked by root weevils. I’m trying to get a handle on them, so this is my before picture.
I honestly grew artichokes so I could get the flowers. img_20200630_090304469img_20200630_090220102_hdrimg_20200630_090154251_hdrimg_20200630_090136379img_20200630_090120769img_20200630_090019897_hdrimg_20200630_085952494_hdrimg_20200630_085845892_hdrThese zucchini were under peas up until ten minutes before I took the picture. It’s seemed to be a great companion/succession combo.img_20200630_085928123img_20200630_085946513_hdrimg_20200630_085828261_hdrimg_20200623_082849735img_20200622_070912951img_20200622_070829630img_20200622_070852943_hdr

Goblin Valley

We went on our first summer camping trip. Luckily, it wasn’t too hot, everyone had a lot of fun, and there was only one bad crying incident in the car. We had fun climbing all over Goblin Valley, and then also went and hiked Little Wild Horse Canyon. The boys were able to make it quite a far way up the canyon and everyone loved it.



Fun in the Summer

One Saturday we decided to go up and hike the Logan River Trail. We walked from Rendevous Park to Trapper Park. The kids brought their scooters and this made a giant difference in their enjoyment of the hike. We also found a rope swing on the path. We actually walked right by it the first time (I was trying to catch up to the kids), but drove back and took a few swings.


After the hike, we stopped by for more Mantua poppies. The whole family didn’t get a picture because there was some drama centered around Pokemon Go. But I enjoyed taking photos anyway.



It’s been rather cold the last few days. With all the rain, I was hoping for a rainbow. I got one.


I’ve been working hard to get my thesis proposal written and sent off for review. Waiting for feedback is hard for me.


Getting out in nature is the best.





Curtis Baptism

It was a great day for Curtis. It took a while to come thanks to, well 2020’s been a weird year. Incidentally, I had a great-grandfather who was baptized in a bathtub because the churches were closed due to the flu pandemics. Luckily, we had a pretty normal baptism at the church. Some of our family was there, and more joined over the internet.


Summer Begins

I wasn’t sure how normal summer would be, but it’s turning out to be almost entirely normal. The children started the summer with a week of basketball camp. We’ve had plenty of neighbor kids over to play, and had fun in the garden and playing.

Porch-side preschool graduation:

We had a lot of fun with six dollars worth of shaving cream. img_7327img_7325img_7323img_7316img_7315img_7311

Building with Lego. summer-3img_20200528_095950011

Even Zack enjoyed the splash pad with help from his older brother. summer-4summer-1

Fishing and Hiking

Curtis wanted to go fishing. We don’t fish. Neither Joe or I have the patience for it. But we love our kids, so we packed up the canoe and went fishing.

When we got to the lake, I decided it made more sense if I went on a little hike with the baby and Peter (who don’t care about fishing), while Joe took Curtis and Henry out on the canoe.

An hour later, we finished our hike, no fish were caught, and we went home. We will have to go fishing again. But next time we might take along someone who knows what they are doing.