11th Anniversary

If the board says it, it must be true. 
11 years ago today.

Then and Now

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Since we had such a big celebration last year, we kept it simple and familiar. We planned a little over night to Park City. My amazing sister by choice Krysta, took the kids for us. It was such an amazing solid for me. I just appreciate her so much.

We checked into our hotel upon arrival and then went out to dinner at the Cortona Italian Cafe.
We started with an Egg Plant Rotolini and a salad.

The service was slow, but the food was really good.

Us together.

Karl ordered the Veal Marsala. It was delicious. They make all of their pasta fresh in house.

I had the Potato Gnocchi with Crispy Pancetta.

It was also very good, maybe a little too much sage. but good. 

We went back to the hotel and jumped into the pool and the hot tub.

We were up pretty early to get to the free breakfast at the hotel. Then off to the Park City Mountain Resort. There was a bit of a line at the ticket window, but we were ready!

We bought tickets for the Alpine Coaster and one ride on the slides.

We started at the coaster.

Keeping it serious.

Karl let me go first.

The ride up to the top of the mountain is one of my favorite things. It is so quite and beautiful.

Watching the carts come speeding by as you are slowly pulled up is keeps the excitement fresh.

The ride down is like fun of sledding and a roller coaster but with more control. LOVE IT. I didn’t brake at all this time, and it was a BLAST! 
When Karl and I met at the bottom of hill, and he had “found this for me”

We wasted no time to get in line to take the life up to the Alpine Slides. 

Up we went! 

It was a totally beautiful day!

We got on the slide. 

And each SPED down the hill.

We went out to lunch at the Baja Cantina. The best part of lunch were the NACHOS!!

After lunch we went home. We hugged out little babies. Remembering that they are he best of what the past decades have given us. 
In that spirit, rather than going out the two of us that night, we went out to dinner together. 
At Even Stevens new Provo location. 

My sweet little family.

Even looking at these pictures now makes my heart so FULL!!! I love them so much. 
We thought a special dessert was in order so we went to the Sweet Tooth Fairy. 

It was empty. Except us and a noisy little group.

Lucas got an Oreo cupcake.

I got the salted caramel.

Mirah got the bubble gum one, hoping for gum. No dice. 

Karl got a salted caramel cupcake milk shake.

Lucas got on the floor.

It was a really nice day. 

Veterans Memorial Pool

Labor Day is looming, school is starting, which means the outdoor public pools are closing. We needed some fun in the sun at the pool as summer 2017 was slipping through our fingers.

The kids were STOKED to meet up with Krysta and Karen at Veteran’s Memorial Park. It was our first ever visit there. We have been to the Provo Public Pool so many times. 

Because I was in the water with the kids I couldn’t take pictures but this was  the main area we played in.

I had never seen this part before:

It was a cool wave pool. That big red ball bobs up and down creating waves in the pool.
The slides were awesome too. Mirah and Karen went down together about 15 times, no exaggeration, and then a life guard came and decided that Karen would have to 15 to take Mirah down with her. Ugh.

Krysta and Lucas were stuck together as usual. They love each other so much. After going down each of the slides with Lucas, myself, and playing in the wave pool too, I needed to get out of the sun. So Krysta and Luke went on the slides several times together. 

Lucas LOVES the pool. 
The day was perfect. Warm and sunny but not too hot. 
Sigh…probably our last pool visit of the season. 

Meeting Mrs. Sumsion

A couple of weeks ago we got a card in the mail addressed to Mirah. Inside we had a wonderful surprise! 
It was a card from her new Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Sumsion! 

It came with this letter:

We have read it over and over, and Mirah has been just SO excited to go and meet her new teacher, and see her new classroom.

Today, at 9:00 AM, after dropping Lucas off at a friend’s house, Mirah and I went to go and meet Mrs. Sumsion.

We were greeted by this wonderful view of her new classroom!

I didn’t get a picture of it, but there is a two story indoor play set right inside the classroom.

I sat down to do some paperwork, and Mrs. Sumsion took Mirah’s picture. 

Then they got down to some testing. 
Mirah identified all of the letters, and read a few sentences. She knew all of the phonemes and did so great with all of the numbers. 
I wrote a note about what I wanted Mirah to learn in kindergarten. 
What I really want her to learn?
To be happy learning
To make a great life long friend
To count to 100 by herself
To just be safe and happy
And I checked out this poster all about Mrs. Alice Sumsion. 
When their testing was all done we looked around the classroom. We found the bathrooms, and the coat rack, and even saw the teacher’s chair. 
Finally we took a picture with Mirah’s new teacher.
As we left Mirah was very excited. She just can’t wait for school to begin! 
PS: Lucas was having a total blast at the Swan’s house. They read books, played with cars, and even met their bunnies. Both the kids were really excited about the bunnies. 

Dev is Back in Town

It has been so great to have Devanie in town and we had been meeting up to play and have fun bunches since she and her wonderful family arrived. 

One such excursion was when we went to the Dinosaur Museum at BYU. It was exciting so see the students block out and dig out bones.

Dev and the kids were already there, and the kids were excited to be together.

Later we went to the Bean Museum too, then back to Inn and Out for lunch. So much fun! 


Another such outing was when we went back to the new splash pad at FootHill park.
The girls were excited to make more fairy potions. 

But not until they got their sun screen.

These boys. 

Lucas got cold and just wanted to snuggle in his chair.

After this we went and checked out their new home!
So excited they will be here! 

Splashing With Pipkins

Despite the torrential we made our way our to Sandy to meet up with Kelly and the boys at a radical splash pad!
We hesitated to get out because it was still raining, but the kids were in their suits and ready to go. So like good mothers, we let them go!

The place was so cool!

Sloan, little cutie in the water.
He looked so much like Cameron. 

Mirah Was quite happy. 

Oh my goodness these kids! 

Mirah is such a booger. She loves to dump water onto everyone else. 
Lucas was BUMMED. 

The kids got a little cold. 
But no worries mom was there to get them all warm. 

Then there is Lucas who just expects me to pick him up while he is soaking wet, and then there is me who just does it, because even soaking wet cuddles are the best. 
All warmed up they were back int he water. 

Getting cold again.
But still wanting to get into the water. 
While everyone got warm and dry Lucas was still go go going. 

Well everyone wanted to keep this party going, so we got the kids dressed and went to Chic-fil-a. 
I bought some cookies and the kids enjoyed them. 
Especially Reese. 
It was great, but the kids found a punch of glitter glue pens in the play area and that was the end of that. Looking forward to more play time together. 

The Eclipse

The sun was coming up in the sky. 

We found ourselves in the middle of the park on the field. 

As good a place as any to watch the big event. 

Once we were set up, we decided to practice with our glasses. 
What a cutie. 

The first and LAST time Lucas willingly put on his glasses on. He didn’t really understand what we were doing here. 

Mom, these glasses are broken. 

Then off they went. 
I sat covered in a blanket and my hat, trying to hide from the sun. 

We had so many snacks, and drinks and treats. That didn’t stop Lucas from trying to get cookies from the family next to us. 
They were close, so we relaxed and kept an eye on him. 

Getting ready, talking all about it.

I needed get out of the sun for a minute, and Mirah came with me. 
She asked if it was almost time, I think she was getting impatient. We all were! 

The time had come, and the first little nibble had been taken out of the sun. 
We were so excited! 

Well I was excited, and so was Karl.

Mirah was excited, but she didn’t really get it. 
The process of the sun disappearing behind the moon was a slow one.  
But fun. It was more fun to take little breaks. Leave for a few minutes, then come back and see the progress that had been made. 

I tried taking a picture through my glasses. 
And so the next hour went. We would run around, take a break and watch, then run around some more. 

Taking pictures of it was impossible with our cameras. 

Even so, I was loving it. 
A fun reaction video. 

Another attempt through my glasses, I got the crescent sun. 🙂

And it was time to find the crescent sun shadows! 


The sun was getting smaller and smaller. And we were getting more and more excited. 
 Lucas was still not into it. 
More reactions. 

I took a few panos here you can see the shadow of the moon growing, and half of the sky was getting darker and darker. 
It was getting darker. 

And then suddenly it was shadow band time! 

We didn’t pick up the shadow bands on our camera, but we saw them. It looked like the canopy was somehow rippling in the wind. But as you can see, no ripples. It was incredible. 
WE SAW THE SHADOW BANDS! 
Karl got a longer better video. 

The picture I got:
But it wasn’t good enough. 
So I found this one online. it was kind of how it looked for me. About that size, with a BRIGHT yellow white ring of light. You could see the light bursting and moving, and it was just amazing. I was exhilarated and  happy and excited. 
Our 360 degree view of our 360 degree sunset. 

Karl and the eclipse. 
Here is an awesome shot taken of event in Idaho by other people with better cameras. 

Stars came out! 
The phases of the eclipse. 

As soon as it was over, we got into the car and left. And there we spent the next 6 and a half hours. In the car, mostly in traffic. 

We heard all kinds of promises about no big trucks allowed on the freeway, no road work, and they were going to open both sides of the freeway for southbound traffic. 
All Lies. 
The day in the car went okay. 
And sometimes there was suddenly no traffic. 
Then we got into Utah, and it was traffic all over the place until we got home.
Ahhhhhh, to be home. We gave the kids a bath, and all of us were in bed by 8.
Best day ever. SO glad we went. 

The Morning of the Eclipse

We were out of the house by 2:30. AM.
The traffic wasn’t bad at all. We got to Rexburg by about 4:45 AM.
Here we are parked at a new McDonald’s right off Highway 20, and the first exit to Rexburg. 
There was a line out the door, and the parking lot was super full.
We weren’t planning on being in Rexburg for the day, but this totally set it we were going to be out in Menan, a small city outside of Rexburg. It was still in the middle of totality with a 2 minute 17 second total eclipse time.

We found a city park by 5:00 AM. 

Mirah and I pulled out the Zero Gravity chairs and our sleeping bags. 
Lucas and Karl snuggled up in the hammock. 
It was cold, but my sleeping back was nice and warm!

The boys were still nice and comfy as it got light. 

We were all so tired, none of us had any problem falling asleep.
Around 8:00 AM other people at the park started getting up, and people started to use the tennis court and that was it. With every, “pop” “pop” of the tennis ball we were all more and more awake. 
Lucas had a nice sleep with his dad. 

I was so warm, and the morning air was so cool, I just couldn’t get out of my sleeping bag. 

Even though we got some sleep into car and park, we were still all a little sleep deprived and emo.
Lucas was HANGERY. 
His mood improved when he got some breakfast. 
Mirah got dressed in the car. She picked this special outfit just for the special day. 

We had a bunch of food. with us. So we made breakfast ham and salami sandwiches. With bananas and apples. 

Oh, and gold fish of course for Lucas. 
Sigh. Once that was over, we got ready to get set up in the park. 

Getting Ready for the Eclipse

The night before the Eclipse we were so tired but both Karl and I were so anxious, we stayed up getting educated and ready.

I felt like Neil deGrasse Tyson:

10 Things we learned.

SHADOW BANDS!!

Neither one of us was able to fall asleep until after midnight. 

Getting to Idaho, to See the Eclipse

We left on Sunday to get to Logan. We were so worried about being in traffic.

 So we got on the road. The plan was to get to Logan for dinner on Sunday night, then to get up early on Monday morning to make sure that we could get within the band of totality. And as close to the center of the band as we could get so we would have the longest time possible.

 The kids were all set for a couple of days in the car:
Lucas had his doggie and a whole bag of gold fish crackers. 

Mirah had princess gold fishes, and her journal. Super set. 
Ready and happy! 
The traffic wasn’t terrible on the way up. A little extra heavy for a Sunday, but no stops. 
We got to Grandma and Grandpa’s house just as they were getting out of church.
The kids got right to work playing with the toys.
And Lucas found his favorite dog toy. 
Grandma laughed that she has had that toy forever. Karl said he remembered playing with it when he was a little boy. 
Soon enough we headed over to Aunt Shirlene’s house. 
It was Sunday, so everyone quickly fell asleep. 
When we woke up, Aunt Shirlene had made dinner. There was ham, and potato casserole, and ceasar salad, and dinner rolls with three different types of freezer jam, and asparugus. We were even treated to a sour dough crepe treat. 
They always spoil us. 
After dinner the kids and Karl hung out on the hammock. 
Grandma and Grandpa came over for dinner. They were concerned that we would drive into the eye of the storm. But they wished us luck. 

The kids loved Aunt Shirlene’s house, and although we were only only children there, there were so many fun toys that the kids had no end of fun.  

It was bed time and we read a story. 
And put the kids to bed.