Monday, July 31, 2017

What We Did for Eat Your Jello Day

On July 12, we went to visit cousins in Wyoming.  We love cousins in Wyoming.  The kids had fun playing together.  The adults had fun chatting together.  We had lunch and dinner together before we headed home.
 Nichole and Jr. again:
Since it was Eat Your Jello Day, we brought a Jello Salad to share and the fruit salad they made had Jell-O brand pudding powder sprinkled on it.
We had a nice rain storm while we were there as well.
It was good family time.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

What We Also Did at the Library

Another day we went to the library, they were having a presentation with someone from the Clark Planetarium talking about the upcoming total solar eclipse.  It was very interesting and it was neat to see how many of the kids there were quite knowledgeable already about astronomy.  Awesome kids.

I took this picture before the program started and showed it to Jeremy.  He said that's pretty typical of our kids or it's a good representation or something like that.  Nichole and Jr. reading, Lucky wiggling, and Jr. Jr. staring off into space.  Yep.  Those are our kids.  They did pay attention during the presentation, however.  Great job, kids.

 It was good library time.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

What We Also Did to Beat the Heat

One of our hot days (there have been many), we got out in our nice air-conditioned van again and drove up into some mountains.  We went to visit a very nice couple near Hanna who keep hummingbird feeders and have many many hummingbirds visit them.  Many many.
The couple was very welcoming and encouraged us to sit on their porch to see the hummingbirds and told us some great stories of experiences they've had living where they do.  We'll definitely be visiting them again.
That was a neat experience.

Friday, July 28, 2017

What We Did to Beat the Heat

It has been hot this Summer.  Yes, hot.  We've had to think of ways to beat the heat.  One way is by driving in our air-conditioned van (something I am very thankful for) to the Orem Library where it is also nice and cool.  One day we went out in the heat before going down to the library.  We did have a good reason, though.  For about a week around and after the 4th of July, our city had flying in a local canyon (hiking area) a gigantic American flag.  Huge.  Enormous.  Record breaking in size- "largest American flag to ever fly."  78 feet wide, 152 feet long.  We decided to go up to see it, though technically it's so big we can see it from our living room window through the trees.  To get a better look at it, we drove up to the trailhead then walked up a bit to get some pictures.  It was so neat- and big.
Afterward we did drive down to the Orem Library.  Jeremy got some work in, the kids and I got some reading in, and the kids went on a scavenger hunt.  They searched around the library for paper constellations then took their results back to receive a special prize.  The reward?  Solar glasses for the upcoming total solar eclipse in August (90% in our neck of the woods).  Jeremy and I also earned solar glasses from the library by answering trivia questions.
 It was a nice way to beat the heat.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

What We Did for the 4th of July

This year for the 4th of July, we were invited to a big BBQ.  There was food, there was a bounce house, there were water balloons and other water activities, there was great socializing, and at the end of the night, we all got a nice view of the local fireworks show- right from our friends' backyard.
We even let the kids stay up to watch the fireworks when we're usually fighting with them to be in bed at that time.  Hooray.  Win-win.
It was a good evening.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Cocina del Diablo

Happy Canada Day (July 1) to all my friends from and in Canada.
On a different note, we decided to go on a picnic today.  We drove up Nebo Loop and stopped at Devil's Kitchen.  We walked over to see the land formations and Jeremy took pictures of green-tailed towhees which were everywhere.
We walked back and had our picnic at the picnic tables.  Then we drove home.
This evening, we went to visit some friends.  One of them is going to be going on a mission soon so they had a farewell game night for her since she loves playing games.
Good times.  Good times.