Disaster Hike

We decided to go hike up Providence Canyon in Cache Valley. There are a couple of waterfalls. Here’s what went wrong:

  • The bumpy dirt road upset my oldest child. And one of our back tires has been rather low since we got back.
  • After the bumpy road, we parked and got out to hike. It turns out that Henry didn’t have shoes. He piggybacked on Joe.
  • We picked a steep path to go up to the waterfall (there is an easier way we didn’t find until the way down).
  • We walked up the very slippery snow so we could get to the base. On the way back, Peter and I both fell down. I hit my tailbone hard and it still hurts five days later.
  • Hurtin your tailbone is quite literally a pain in the butt. Don’t do it. Don’t climb up slippery snow. Go around, or just enjoy the view from a distance.




I’ve worked as a garden designer for several years. People pay me to make planting plans. But I actually had never done a complete planting plan for my own garden. I kind of planted whatever whenever. I wanted to rectify that situation, so I re-designed the front garden with a proper planting plan. We also upgraded the pathway, and I’m quite happy with the results.


The same Saturday we finished our front garden, we went down and helped my brother install his. Two gardens in one day. It was a good day.

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Also, gardens take a while to fill in and look as intended. It’s an interesting art form to work with.

One more picture of this little cutey who started to crawl. He’s been working so hard and was finally rewarded. He went from little scootches to crawling across the room in a couple of days.



We went out west to a couple of spots that we have never been to. The first was a sulfur hot springs in the middle of nowhere. We drove by it and had to turn around to find it.


There was also an arch that we’ve driven within a mile of and didn’t know it existed.


We also bought a bunch of tents with stimulus money. We only kept three but bought a bunch to see what we liked best. Colemon makes a pop up 1-2 person and we kept two of those and one other dome test, also Colemon. (We decided that Colemon makes the best budget tent.) Also, we don’t necessarily need three tents but have found the kids do much better having their own tents.


Finally, here are a bunch of pictures of artichokes. The one in my greenhouse has gone crazy and is bigger than me.



Before and After

This is the yard, 6.5 years later. Plus a flower arrangement I made with spring flowers.
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And we are currently re-doing the front garden, so it’s more of an in-progress shot than an after.

Biking and Climbing

Now that the kids are old enough, and everyone has a bike that fits, we decided to bike around Mantua Reservoir. We had to do a little bit of encouragement in the form of Pokemon Go and treats, but overall it wasn’t too hard to convince the kids they could do it.

On the backside of the lake, we took a break to eat lunch…and the kids decided to climb up the big hill or small mountain. There is a trail (we found this out later), but we just went straight up the side of the hill. It was a lot of fun. And I’m happy to have kids that add on to a four-mile bike ride instead of being unable to finish it.


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I like low-key holidays, and I was happy that the only thing we did for Easter was an egg hunt for the kids, a nice dinner together, and lots of learning about Jesus.


Has anyone else discovered the wonderful joy of squishmallows? When I was buying Easter candy I saw them for half off and bought three. Except when I was in the checkout line I realized I actually have four kids, and ran back and got another. I hid them for our kid’s Easter egg hunt, and Curtis found one and excitedly yelled, “I got a squishmallow!” The other kids loved them as well.


The baby got his own little Easter egg hung as well. He would put the basket on top of his head, it was adorable.


Home Again

There are good things about being at home. I love to see my children playing together. They fight less than when this all started. And it is so fun to see spring.

The boys play outside a lot. We have started to rediscover things we have but haven’t used in ages, like our disc golf hole and spikeball.


General Conference was awesome. Our kids were old enough to listen for quite a while, which was nice to see. And they even took some notes. (Offering candy helped.)


Also, this is incredibly random. I like processed food (it’s quick, easy and made to taste good, forget about what’s healthy for a second), and Thanksgiving. So here’s a processed food Thanksgiving. That I liked enough to take a picture of.






I knew this hike existed but never investigated enough to realize where it stopped and ended. We dropped a car off at the lower trailhead, and started in Mantua and hiked down. The first part was tons of fun and the kids who don’t normally like hiking had a lot of fun. It’s a pretty long trail for us though, and the end dragged on. We all made it without any complaining or dragging. The kids were actually going so fast, I struggled to keep up sometimes.