Monday, October 31, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Glenwood Cemetery

Last Sunday we drove up to Park City to visit the Glenwood Cemetery. Travis thought it would be a Halloweeny thing to do. I think he thought it would be scary, but it was so pretty! There was a gentleman there working when we first arrived & he said there were over 900 graves there with 250 of them being children under the age of one. It felt like there were grave after grave of headstones that just said "Infant" with the family name. Most of the headstones read dates in the 1800's and early 1900's. We did see one with a burial date in 2010. We saw one headstone that said he was a Civil War Veteran. It was common for the headstones to say something like, "Aged 39 years, 6 month, 14 days". I found that very interesting. I wish current cemeteries still had these old stand-up headstones. I think they are so pretty and so unique.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Kids Birthday Party Gifts!

Since the kids started school & began to get invited to kid birthday parties, I've struggled to find gifts for them to take. You want something age appropriate, easy to find (a.k.a. at Target), something that the birthday kid will like, you don't want to spend a lot of money, but a gift that doesn't make you look cheap. After years of dreading the invite because of the whole gift thing, I started buying gift cards. This year I added a personalized candy bar that doubles as a card.
I match the candy bar wrapper to the party theme. This one was obviously Pirates of the Caribbean.
I always get the gift cards from Target (my favorite store), but for some reason Preston wanted me to get one from Wal-Mart (not my favorite store).
When Preston was getting ready to go to the party Parker went upstairs and made this card/gift. I thought it was cute and sweet, but Preston was really embarrassed & didn't want to give it to his friend. When we dropped Preston off, Parker went right in and put it on the gift table. I am always so impressed with Parker's spelling. He has always been able to spell without working at it, and rarely spells anything wrong. His handwriting? Not so impressive.

Monday, October 17, 2011


The boys get out of school early on Wednesdays, and one of our favorite things to do this time of year is to go hiking after they get out. This trail is up Little Cottonwood Canyon & it is my favorite trail. It is about 5 miles each direction & 90% of it is in the shade. My kind of hike! Luckily, we came here a few weeks before the snow arrived.

Thursday, October 13, 2011


Our annual day at Lagoon! Each year we try to go on the first Sunday of October. I swear, it is the slowest day the park has all year. However, it is usually the stormiest day of the year as well. This is the first time we've been able to go on this day for a few years because of the weather. This year it was perfect. Partly cloudy & only about 73 degrees. There were so few people there that by 1:00 pm we had gone on every ride & joked with the kids it was time to go home.
 That is Travis & Preston in the front. Don't they look alike?

Monday, October 10, 2011

Welcome Back, Old Man Winter!

The last time it snowed was on May 18th.  Last Thursday, October 6th, it snowed and snowed and snowed. That means we went a whopping 141 days without snow. That leaves us 224 days of cold wet weather.  So basically it was winter 61.4% of the time in the past year. Ok that is way too much math. Let's just say that it's a hell of a lot of snow!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Parker's Party!

I am using the term "party" very loosely! We had cake and ice cream with my family and called it good. I felt a little guilty since Preston got such a big party. I justified it in my little head by thinking that Preston didn't get his first real party until he turned 10 so Parker has a few years.That works, right?

Parker loves the Paul Frank Monkey, a.k.a. The Target Monkey. It is next to impossible to find anything with this cute little monkey on it. I ended up copying some ideas from our Harry Potter party, changed it to a monkey & called it good. The closest cake we could find was Curious George. I wanted to get a plain cake & decorate it with a few things I made with Paul Frank pictures, but Parker didn't go for that. Oh, well.  A monkey is a monkey.

For a good nine months now Parker has wanted a Ground Force Drifter. I had wrapped his presents after he went to bed on Saturday night so they were just sitting in the living room when we got up on Sunday morning. When he saw the size of this box he came running into our room yelling "I got a Ground Force Drifter". I almost felt bad that the box was a much more affordable gift of skateboard / bike ramps. Good thing that he loved them & was not disappointed. I can guarantee that the second he sees Santa this season the first words out of his mouth will be "Ground Force Drifter".
Have you noticed I keep taking closeup pictures like this with a blurry background?  hee hee. I got a new lens that I love. It automatically blurs the background without having to Photoshop it up to make it this blurry.  A standard lens will blur the background, but not this much. It is not the bigger lens that I have been saving my pennies for forever, but a fun little lens to use.