Thanks to Megan for picking up my slack

Freshly copied from Megan’s blog:

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 Wedding: Friday Evening at Val’s

I wanted to find time in our schedule to see Val and her new house in Farmington. It’s been a couple of years since we’ve seen our dear Pasadena friends! So after visiting Mom’s grave, we drove even further north for our visit.

The house looks like a Pasadena craftsman (Google it and you’ll see…) and is in a wonderful location. Of course, we took a tour while the kids got reacquainted. Katie and Sophie jumped on the trampoline (and I said my prayers that no arms would be broken) as we looked at the back yard.

Tom, Ben, and Daniel fed earthworms to the chickens. The soil was just gorgeous and rich!
They also fed the chickens and gathered lots of eggs.

Val pointed out that in a few years, most people won’t know what ZCMI stands for or what it is. Her house still has a charcoal chute and lots of vintage charm.

We enjoyed a warm chili dinner complete with some of the best cornbread I’ve ever had and topped it with local honey. Perfectly yummy! After dinner, we decided to take a walk to the Lagoon trail. Spencer and I were happy to put in our 30 minutes of exercise and the kids enjoyed it, too…

That is, until little Lucy ran Daniel over with her bike. He tumbled to the sidewalk on his left arm (the 3rd fall of the trip) and just cried as he held it. This reaction was markedly different than his other falls. So, we trekked back to Val’s house, put his splint on, and called the insurance’s nurse line to see if we needed to take him for an x-ray. I was certain he’d broken it further. The tests she had us do indicated that we just needed to keep an eye on it and as he calmed down he relayed that he was really angry and frustrated that Lucy just ran him down. Anger I could handle. Broken arm would’ve been a different story. Needless to say, the splint stayed on for the rest of the trip. (And, of course he didn’t fall after that!)

We decided that we still wanted to walk the trail so we headed out again, this time sans bike. It was the perfect family walk and I loved it! Thomas commented on how green and lush it was. It’s definitely a stark contrast to our barren desert!

Along the trail we saw bison, this elk (or whatever it is) and a baby deer nestled right there next to the fence.

On the way home, we walked by the building where the Primary was first organized.

We took our obligatory departing pictures and were happy to see David, Ben, and Noah as they returned from their time at the church Fathers & Sons activity they’d snuck off to. These boys have been friends since they were 18 months old.

Sophie and Katie didn’t want to part especially when they remembered that they were exactly one year and 3 days apart in age.

We could’ve spent much longer catching up, but we knew we had a big day ahead of us and decided to head home.


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Lunch with Granny

This past week I went with my grandmother, mother, and my two oldest to lunch at Rumbis and got some sweet pictures.  Can you believe this woman is 90? I love her dearly.  My mom remembered that she last hugged her sister right outside the restaurant, a sad moment.  Overall, a very nice time with Granny. (I promise I’ll get to the house story eventually, just trying to catch up on pictures.)

Lunch with Granny

This past week I went with my grandmother, mother, and my two oldest to lunch at Rumbis and got some sweet pictures.  Can you believe this woman is 90? I love her dearly.  My mom remembered that she last hugged her sister right outside the restaurant, a sad moment.  Overall, a very nice time with Granny. (I promise I’ll get to the house story eventually, just trying to catch up on pictures.)

Davis Creek Hike Waterfall I

When I went to get the link to this hike, I realize the header on all of the Farmington pages is a picture of the street I live on!  How fun.  The Davis Creek Hikes are just a quick drive up the hill.  My choir friend told me I’d have to pass a “no tresspassing” sign to get to them, yet they are government maintained trails, so I guess that sign was posted by the people who live up the mountain.  This was a short, steep hike of a half mile to the first waterfall. You head up the road just north of the cemetery on 200 East, then curve right as the road curves, follow it up past the unwelcoming sign and park in the pull-off area by the reservoir.  Walk up past the trail marker right where the creek hits the road to the Davis Creek sign a few yards farther in the trees.

With kids 4-11, I didn’t know if the little people would handle it well, but they did great, and I had them rest whenever they wanted to.  The views back down were amazing, the trail was soft and covered in leaves and lined with yellow wildflowers.  At the top there was one place I could straddle the stream and carry the kids across to the other side where there was a flat, grassy area and they could throw rocks in the waterfall to their heart’s content.  I’d like to take Ben up and do the longer hike to the second waterfall and another area called “Pretty Valley.”  Imagine how lovely this will be when there are actually leaves on the trees!

Davis Creek Hike Waterfall I

When I went to get the link to this hike, I realize the header on all of the Farmington pages is a picture of the street I live on!  How fun.  The Davis Creek Hikes are just a quick drive up the hill.  My choir friend told me I’d have to pass a “no tresspassing” sign to get to them, yet they are government maintained trails, so I guess that sign was posted by the people who live up the mountain.  This was a short, steep hike of a half mile to the first waterfall. You head up the road just north of the cemetery on 200 East, then curve right as the road curves, follow it up past the unwelcoming sign and park in the pull-off area by the reservoir.  Walk up past the trail marker right where the creek hits the road to the Davis Creek sign a few yards farther in the trees.

With kids 4-11, I didn’t know if the little people would handle it well, but they did great, and I had them rest whenever they wanted to.  The views back down were amazing, the trail was soft and covered in leaves and lined with yellow wildflowers.  At the top there was one place I could straddle the stream and carry the kids across to the other side where there was a flat, grassy area and they could throw rocks in the waterfall to their heart’s content.  I’d like to take Ben up and do the longer hike to the second waterfall and another area called “Pretty Valley.”  Imagine how lovely this will be when there are actually leaves on the trees!

Farmington Bay Bird Refuge (Waterfowl Management Area)

The kids had Monday off after Easter and I decided it was time for a pre-summer preview of all the natural delights Farmington has to offer.  Due to gas prices and frugality measures, this summer’s plans include a hiking/biking schedule that covers Farmington’s 100 miles of trails and hopefully a family pass to the Farmington City Pool a half a block away.

On Sunday night, my choir carpool friend told me about the Blue Herons nesting in Farmington Bay five minutes west of our house and a fantastic waterfall hike five minutes east of my house. I decided we’d do both.  I started with a lecture on how if they fought and complained the whole time it would greatly sway whether and who I would take on various summer outings, so behavior was actually very good and everyone was rather pleasant.

Holy cow this place is beautiful.  I felt so blessed to have it right next door.  I didn’t realize it was a freshwater area, since it is right on the edge of the Great Salt Lake.  There were SO many birds there and it was so peaceful.  We had the place, and the ranger, all to ourselves, so we got a private tutorial on the habitat and the kids were very engaged in the little displays in the visitor’s center.  We took a short trail out on one of the dikes and the bird chatter was loud and everywhere.  It was a little chilly, but a very nice time.  Apparently they have different birds at different times throughout the year–in March is geese and February is bald eagles.   We will definitely have to make this a monthly thing.

My zoom on my iPhone is kind of lame.

Yellow-headed blackbird

Heron nesting poles. (“The people supply the poles, the birds supply the nests.”

 The view back towards our house.

Farmington Bay Bird Refuge (Waterfowl Management Area)

The kids had Monday off after Easter and I decided it was time for a pre-summer preview of all the natural delights Farmington has to offer.  Due to gas prices and frugality measures, this summer’s plans include a hiking/biking schedule that covers Farmington’s 100 miles of trails and hopefully a family pass to the Farmington City Pool a half a block away.

On Sunday night, my choir carpool friend told me about the Blue Herons nesting in Farmington Bay five minutes west of our house and a fantastic waterfall hike five minutes east of my house. I decided we’d do both.  I started with a lecture on how if they fought and complained the whole time it would greatly sway whether and who I would take on various summer outings, so behavior was actually very good and everyone was rather pleasant.

Holy cow this place is beautiful.  I felt so blessed to have it right next door.  I didn’t realize it was a freshwater area, since it is right on the edge of the Great Salt Lake.  There were SO many birds there and it was so peaceful.  We had the place, and the ranger, all to ourselves, so we got a private tutorial on the habitat and the kids were very engaged in the little displays in the visitor’s center.  We took a short trail out on one of the dikes and the bird chatter was loud and everywhere.  It was a little chilly, but a very nice time.  Apparently they have different birds at different times throughout the year–in March is geese and February is bald eagles.   We will definitely have to make this a monthly thing.

My zoom on my iPhone is kind of lame.

Yellow-headed blackbird

Heron nesting poles. (“The people supply the poles, the birds supply the nests.”

 The view back towards our house.