Hiking Timp

Holy cow. It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged. I have so many posts I need to catch up on! I use this blog solely as my journal now, so feel free to move right along.

In September, my friend Holly and I talked about potentially hiking Timp. We found another friend to join us so we’d be safe and quickly planned it. We were going to go later in the week but then moved it forward because of weather issues. Thank goodness we did it when we did because it snowed up there the next day!

We left around 12:30 am. Thankfully I took a little nap before we left, I think it really helped me that day. We started around 1:15 am or so and were the only ones up there that night so far except for two other girls. We all had head lamps and I brought a bright flashlight. Packing for the hike was so funny because I packed sunglasses, a tank top, but also a winter hat, gloves, and my puffer coat. We were expecting cold weather up at the top but then hot weather on our hike down in the morning.

We got to the saddle about an hour and a half before sunrise so we chilled up at the top for a bit, had a little snack, then climbed to the top making it to the summit just a few minutes before sunrise. It was one of the most epic experiences of my life seeing the sunrise from nearly 12k feet on the top of a mountain. It was difficult… it’s 7 miles! Plus, dealing with the altitude and scaling the top in the dark was scary, but once I was up there, it was all worth it!

On the way down, we met a man who does the hike several times a week, sometimes twice in one day. He’s in his 70s and pretty much a rockstar. We also saw some women who ran the whole thing. So, I no longer think I’m in shape anymore compared to those ladies haha!

Doing it at night was really neat because the whole hike back was almost like a different hike since we could finally see everything. The views were absolutely beautiful, the weather was PERFECT, and the company was even better. We laughed SO much and told so many stories. It was a great hike, and if it didn’t take so long, I’d do it every couple of weeks! Thanks, Holly for leading us!

 

2017 Eclipse

Okay, the eclipse was awesome. That was just a great day. The excitement in the air was almost tangible. We went to the eclipse viewing party at Ashton Gardens which was a beautiful setting to experience something so incredible. Surrounded by friends and sharing the event with my kids made it even better.

Splash Pads

We didn’t go to as many splash pads this year because the pool is just so close and easy. So, by the end of August, we went to a few to make up for it. We are really lucky to have so many neat splash-pads closely!

Demolition Derby

My brother and his wife were up in Utah in August, so we joined them one evening in Nephi at the demolition derby. We got a babysitter for Finn that night, which was so nice! I know he would have loved seeing the cars and trucks, but it was so much easier to sit in the stands for that long of an event without a toddler. This was our second year going, and we’ve decided it will be an annual tradition because it’s such a blast! Thanks, Sam and Ashley for taking us!

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Push through the nap.

Occasionally we have days where the weather is just too perfect or we have something really fun planned smack dab in the middle of Finn’s nap time so we decide to skip it and just push through! 95% of the time it’s worth it. We don’t do it often, but on the days we do, we make memories. One Monday TJ was out of town and I took the kids to a new park and walking trail. Then I had promised to take Eva to pick out a new toy for completing her positivity/no fuss chart which led us to the mall play place. And then instead of heading home and having Finn take a late nap, I just kept driving west instead of getting on i-15 N and took the kids to the lake. The bugs were horrendous but it was sooooo gorgeous down there!

When I first had Eva and became a mom, I was incredibly strict with routines/schedules. That first summer TJ was gone and so I really stuck to it because it was the only way I had some sanity in my life. And as much as I believe structure and routines are SO good and extremely necessary for kids, I also a huge believer in getting out of your comfort zones, occasionally throwing out those routines, and just living in the moment when the moment calls! So find that balance! You won’t regret it!

Gardner Village’s Fairyland

Gardner Village currently has fairies throughout the area, hidden in trees and in shop windows. We had playgroup up there one afternoon and it was a hit!

The Dry Bar

On a Friday night in May when TJ was out of town, I got a babysitter and got to celebrate a birthday for a new but dear friend of mine! We have been serving in the same calling this year and it’s been so fun to get to know each other! We had dinner in Provo then went to the Dry Bar, a comedy club downtown with clean comedians. The venue was so cool and the comedians did not disappoint. In fact, I laughed so much, my face hurt from smiling so much at the end of the night! You definitely have to check it out. The next season of shows start in June.

The Dinosaur Museum

One Monday in May, we watched Eva’s buddy for the afternoon and since it was rainy, I took them to the museum. Finn pretty much had the best time of his life and roared 100% of the time while he walked around. Isn’t this photo hilarious?

The Tulip Festival

The second half of April was actually pretty rainy and cold, so I felt like the Tulip Festival didn’t have too many awesome days like they did last year. But thankfully, one Monday it brightened up for us, and I took the kids with my friend and her kids. It was a beautiful day, and the gardens did not disappoint, as usual. I can’t believe that this place is virtually in our backyard. We are so luck to have Thanksgiving Point so close and to have a pass!