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Spring Break 2021

Spring Break 2021

Noel and I got our COVID-19 vaccines literally an hour before driving out of town for our spring break plans. I felt a little off that afternoon and was really worried about how it would affect our spring break trip, but ended up feeling completely fine the next day. We spent the night in Moab. Our room had a window right outside the hot tub. The kids were so sad because we told them there was no way we were…

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January 2021

January 2021

The first half of January was full of frustrating and scary politics with the storming of the capitol, but there were a lot of small good things in our personal lives.

Fall Break 2020

Fall Break 2020

We had penciled a backpacking trip onto our calendar for fall break months ago, but it wasn’t until the week before that we actually decided what we were doing. We’d originally wanted to backpack in Canyonlands, but didn’t realize how competitive the permits were and that our fall break was at the same time as the entire state of Utah. Undeterred, this just challenged us to go even further off the beaten path. Finally, we decided to backpack the Halls…

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August 2019

August 2019

We kicked August off with another trip. This trip was not one we had originally planned, but when a friend of ours got permits to hike the Narrows in Zion we couldn’t pass up the opportunity. The biggest obstacle was finding something to do with the kids. My brother and sister-in-law live in Cedar City. When they said they could watch the kids the day we did the hike we began planning our final summer adventure.

Yellowstone and Tetons Trip

Yellowstone and Tetons Trip

Our big summer trip this year was a trip to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons. We booked our Yellowstone campsite months ago, put it on the calendar, and then just kind of got distracted by other things. When we were debating whether to rent a pavilion for our cheesecake party, Noel and I made a pros and cons list and enumerated the reasons why it was a good idea. One of our biggest reasons would be that our house wouldn’t be…

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February 2018

February 2018

I’m always glad when February ends and March begins because I foolishly like to think March = Spring. All hard feelings aside, February was actually a pretty good month though. The beginning of the month brought my favorite holiday: Groundhog’s Day. Life has been pretty busy (all good things of our choosing) so I actually kept forgetting it was coming up. The kids were so excited though and kindly reminded me to make plans. We celebrated by putting up our…

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October 2017

October 2017

Yesterday, we took down the wheelchair ramp we built for Noel’s mom. It kind of felt like life was coming full circle since exactly one year before that, Noel hopped on a plane to bring his mom to the lower 48 to live with us. October has been a highly reminiscent month for us as we look back on a year that changed and continues to change us. This October has been far less frenetic and more emotionally stable than…

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In the Path of Totality

In the Path of Totality

By the time the eclipse was on our radar we figured we were just too late to be able to see it. There were rumors of 10X10 foot spaces on golf courses going for $100/night and  Motel 6 renting rooms for$1000/night. We tried to tell ourselves, that a 90% eclipse would still be cool and we’d be glad we missed out on traffic and hoards of people. Plus, the kids would have just started school. There was some part of…

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There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather

There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather

Our last day in Zion, I added up our hiking mileage for the day and realized that the kids had hiked 6.6 miles. This realization of the kids’ capabilities and a new mantra to savor life (losing someone will do that to you) got our wheels turning. It was time for us to finally backpack Coyote Gulch. We’d read a blog post a few years ago about a family that took their 4 and 7-year-old and had felt inspired, but at the…

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