Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Indian Hot Springs

We have had a busy summer and there haven't been many days (I could count them on one hand!) we've found ourselves with nothing to do. Last week Kelly & Kyler were off whitewater rafting and Kierstyn was at vocal camp so Trevin and I decided to head to Indian Hot Springs with some friends for some sunshine and an afternoon of fun. :)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Book of Mormon Read-a-thon

Last weekend I hosted a 24-hour Book of Mormon Read-a-thon for the Young Women in my ward. Not many of the girls were able to come but it was still worth it for the ones who did. These 3 stuck it out to the very end!
A few of the other YW leaders were able to stop in for a couple of hours at a time but Lela was there for the whole thing!
We did a combination of reading aloud in a group, listening to the audio version (at 1.75x speed), and reading silently to ourselves. I also invited some "guest readers" to come in and read for a bit. It was nice to hear someone else's voice after awhile!
Our cute Stripling Warriors :)
 We read from 10am-10pm on Friday and from 8am-8pm on Saturday. I made sure that all our meals were simple and we continued to listen as we ate. And of course we had plenty of snacks. :) This was our progress after the first day:
 These girls *might* have been a little silly by the end…..
 …..but they DID IT! And I am so proud of them!!!

In preparation for the Read-a-thon I scoured the Internet for other people's experiences with this sort of thing. Here are a few sites I found helpful:

What we ate:
Friday lunch-Hawaiian haystacks
Friday dinner-pizza
Saturday lunch-pancakes, sausage, & fruit
Saturday dinner-lasagna, salad, and garlic bread

Snacks-caramel popcorn, string cheese, fruit, granola bars, Twizzlers, Jolly Ranchers, Pringles, Chex mix

Next time (next time?!?!?) I will do a few things differently….
While I think it IS possible to read the whole BoM in 24 hours it would require a lot more reading to yourself to actually get it done in that amount of time. Reading silently, however, is kind of boring in this kind of setting (and it made us sleepy!) so I think next time I would either make sure we had more than 24 hours or have them read 1st and 2nd Nephi beforehand. I did my best to combine all the reading schedules I could find to try to figure out how long it would take but we had to make modifications along the way. We ended up skipping over most of Ether (I told them they could read it the next day) so that we could end with Moroni. It was a great experience!

 I made these thank yous for the guest readers:

Monday, June 30, 2014


Trevin started summer off with a mohawk.
 a morning run up Pomerelle in preparation for Ragnar
 Finally printed some pictures to go in those frames...
 First item checked off my summer bucket list: get a library card
 June is baseball/softball month around here….
Trev at bat
 Trev rounding 3rd
 Sis pitching at co-ed church softball tournament
 Kyler driving (hoping to check "get driver's license" off his summer bucket list)
 My little pyro discovering that a magnifying glass can indeed start a fire

Friday, June 27, 2014

Spartan Race

Kelly ran the Spartan again this year with Jewelee and Sadie, along with newbies Natalie and Juan. It was the same weekend as my Ragnar this year so he took the kids with him.

 Kierstyn & Trevin decided to do the Kids Spartan
 I only wish I could have seen them!

Ragnar Wasatch Back: Year 2!

The Speedy Spuds did it again
 Our awesome van decorations!
 At the starting line
My first leg was 8 miles up Avon Pass. I was soooooo lucky because it rained a little before we started so the dusty, dirty trail was only slightly muddy. This really was a blessing because usually the dust/dirt kicked up from the vans driving by makes for a very, very dirty run. I walked most of the uphill parts (HELLO--it is a MOUNTAIN PASS people!) but there were quite a few rolling hills that I was able to run. It was so beautiful I had to stop and take a picture!
 The funnest part this year was the Scott Running Instagram contest we participated in. There was a list of 20 or so things we had to do/find and take a picture of for the contest and we completed them all! Aaaaaaaand……we won!!!!!! The prize was an all-sports package (shoes, goggles, shirt, helmet!) for all 12 of our teammates! Here are just a few of our winning Instagram shots. :)

Team pyramid at Oakley fairgrounds
 Handstands in front of a monument (it took a few tries and some Photoshopping but we finally got it!)
 Making a snow angel

At the finish line!!!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Kelly turns the BIG 4-Oh!

We surprised Kelly with a surprise birthday weekend in Utah for his 40th birthday. Kierstyn helped me make up some cheesy poems that were Kelly's "clues" as to what we were doing. Van decorations were a must!
We left at 7:30am on Friday morning. Our first stop was Mount Timpanogos Caves. It was a 1 1/2 mile STEEP hike up to the cave followed by a guided tour.
We made it to the top!
inside the cave
 After hiking back down the mountain Kelly opened another poem that told him we were headed to Manti for the Mormon Miracle Pageant
 After the pageant we drove back to Provo to spend the night. We slept in on Saturday and then met Jared Ward for lunch at The Brick Oven. Hate that I didn't take a picture! :(
 As luck would have it, our good friend and former missionary (from our Americus, GA, days) was in UT for a family reunion so we met up with him in Heber for the afternoon. It was fun getting to meet his wife and kids.
Kelly wanted to stay in Park City on Saturday night so we headed to the hotel and these 2 enjoyed the pool.
On Sunday Kelly and I went for a long walk and then took the kids to Olympic park to watch a ski jump show. Afterwards Trevin did a ropes course and Kyler & Kierstyn rode a zip line.
What a super fun weekend!