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Sunday, November 3, 2019

Summer Fun

This summer we did so much! 

We participated in the Roosevelt Farmer's market when we were around.  The money we raised there went to a pet fund to pay for the costs of owning a puppy that we were expecting to get after the summer.  Each week we made $20-30 and a couple times we made $40-$50.  I tried to be a good example and show my kids how to earn a few bucks.


spinach an peas were always good sellers

our herbs were awesome, but no buyers were interested in them.
 July 4- Parade in Neola (super short)



We traveled to Steve's parent's house in Saratoga Springs and the cherries were in season.
double cherry


We visited Micah and Mandy and enjoyed a hotdog roast, garden tour, SMORES DIP, and laser tag!


Micah made a tomato trellis that was lashed together with branches.  It looked amazing.

I liked how he used plastic cups to label his plants.

The hotdog roast was fun and the homemade j-dawg sauce was a treat!

This smores dip was addictive and sooooo goooood!

Micah broke out all these glow bracelets to adorn the soldiers for laser tag.


We went to a play at the Desert Star with Dad and Debby.  We loved it and it was Amara and Lily's first time.  We watched "Sunday School Musical, the Greatest Roadshow on Earth."


Lily saved 2 birds from the cherry tree net.  I'm sure they were very grateful.

For a Sunday dinner, Dad made kalbi using porkchops and it was SOOOO good! I've got to do that sometime!

Sister selfie!

Dad's new house doesn't have much garden space, so he grew things in the areas next to the house.

Barrel juggling is a thing.

There's dad with his newly planted pepper plants in the foreground.




Amara enjoyed using the hot tub at grandma Christensen's as a pool, and ninja loves looking at the lights.

Debby did grandma days every Monday, in the summer.  We went to one at Thanksgiving Point's butterfly exhibit.


They got to hold a huge cockroach.  It's called a smiley-face cockroach.  Lily thought it was so cute.



Summers often give us beautiful sunsets!
sunset selfie

Amara wanted to have a party, so she planned one and invited her friends to the park to have a picnic and play water games.
 For July, our relief society activity was held at the Daughter's of Utah Pioneers Museum, and then we went out to Cafe Rio.
Mom said when she was little she used to bathe in a tub at her grandma's house just like the one she's pointing to.


We thought the picture of the girl on the wall looked a little like Lily.




 Elinn's family came for a quick visit and we took them to McConkie Ranch to see amazing petroglyphs.





We also visited the grave of Annie Mariah Rasmussen Snyder.

Joe's Family Visits in June!

Here's a scrapbook of highlights from when Joe and his kids came to visit.  We had just returned from a 2 week trip to Denver and Texas, and a couple days later, Joe came to visit for about a week.  Check out some of the fun we had!
It's tradition to have Joe man the grill.  We had kalbi chicken!

Grilled food is one of my favorite things in this life.

We had a dance party on the patio one evening!  Maizie had some killer moves!

The girls all bought matching grey t-shirts at the dollar store and painted them.

They signed each other's shirts with their handprints on the back.

JJ, Amara, Malia, and Maizie created a play for us.  We attended the first (and last) showing of "The Queen's Choice"

Malia played Princess Rose and Maizie played Princess Ocean.  Amara as the Queen of Hearts chose her daughter, Princess Rose to inherit the kingdom and Princess Ocean was jealous.  It was a story of the compassion and wisdom of an older sister as Rose teaches Ocean kindly the ways to better herself to one day be a worthy candidate to rule the kingdom.

The audience was moved with emotion.

They took a long time doing their makeup.  I should mention, JJ was the narrator and the Queen's guard.

We took Joe's family to the Hideout Steak House, the home of the steak on a a rock.

I had recommended Joe get the lava bowl, a stone bowl heated to umpteen degrees filled with a delicious spicy sauce, peppers, onions, steak, and cheese.  Served with tortillas.  Unfortunately, they had recently changed their recipe to make it more mild, which is a bummer because Joe can take high doses of heat.  Last time I had this, it came out smoking hot, the spicy sauce literally boiling, spewing steam as lava should, and every bite was so good and so spicy there was smoke coming out my ears.  This time I felt like we were eating a warm tomato soup.  Not the lava I looked forward to sharing.

The infamous steak on a rock- they bring you a stone heated in a 500 degree oven and you cook your raw meat on it.  
Malia and Amara shared this steak on a rock.  It's a good thing too.  They both wanted to order this $25 meal, and honestly, Amara hardly eats a mouthful before she's stuffed, so I'm glad they agreed to share one meal instead of insisting to order their own.


Grandma took everyone bowling one night to Ute Lanes.  She bought the huge fried foods platter for everyone to partake as they waited their turns.


We also took a trip out to dinosaur national monument. 

They were celebrating the discovery of this beautiful land by John W. Powell (I think) that weekend, so the place was crowded.

Selfie with my favorite older brother!

a pretty sight around Josie's cabin.

Malia and Amara snap a selfie.  They are only 14 days apart in age.

It wouldn't be a trip to my house if you didn't take a walk down the road to feed the horses.