Jaker’s Pumpkin Patch

We checked out Jaker’s Pumpkin Patch down in Springville with my sister-in-law and Eva’s cousins the last week of October. We had such a pleasant October, that day was so warm! The kids played in the corn pit, fed some animals (saw our first Kangaroo, which made the Aussie blood in me so happy!),  did the hay mazes, loved the slides, went on a tractor ride, and got to pick some pumpkins to take home.

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An Afternoon at Grandma’s

When my parents left, I was too sad to go home, plus TJ was out of town, so we headed to my in-laws to cheer us up. We played in the leaves in the backyard and it definitely did my heart good seeing those cute kids of mine out there!

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A Saturday in September

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Woke up early for a High Fitness class!img_0038

Went to the park with the whole fam and this cheese ball!img_0041

Drove through the Alpine Loop! Eva loved the “white trees” that looked like lollipop sticks.img_0042

A gorgeous view with this guy… clearly I had to document it.img_0043

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A Night in the Canyon

One evening in September we headed up the canyon with a picnic dinner and s’more supplies. My sister-in-law took pictures of Finn for his birthday-I’ll post those soon… they’re adorable! I’m so glad we did this in September because it’s already getting too cold to go in the canyon at night!

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Last Weekend of August

We had a lot of fun the last weekend of August. We met TJ’s brother’s family up at Vivian Park for dinner and the girls loved exploring together. Then Saturday we went to the Renaissance Festival at Thanksgiving Point. There were tons of booths, activities, concerts, shows, etc. We will definitely do it again!

Also, on Saturday there was a father in our neighborhood who had been deployed and came home that morning. The neighborhood lined the streets with signs, balloons, and yellow ribbons as he headed home to see his children. It was such a tender moment seeing him great his kids and to shake his hand. I was able to teach Eva about soldiers and how we should always treat them with love and respect because we owe so much to them.

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A Saturday in the Mountains

We met our friends, the Mecklenburgs, up at Big Springs Park in Provo Canyon. We went on a little hike first then played with the kids, made s’mores, and while the kids played so well together, we actually got to play a round of Catch Phrase together like the olden days before we had kids! The girls played in the dirt for the majority of the night and so they were covered head to toe… but they had a great time, so it was worth it!

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Demolition Derby

My brother and his wife were in town for one weekend in August and we met up with them in Nephi for the demolition derby. It was our first time witnessing one of these and man, was it a blast?! It seriously was such an awesome night. The kids were great, Eva loved it just as much as us, Finn slept most of the time in my ergo carrier, and we just enjoyed the summer night watching cars crash into each other! Haha!

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Lagoon

TJ’s Dad had free tickets for all of us to go to Lagoon through his work at the end of July so all of us went up there one Friday! It was crazy hot and really busy, but we still had a good time hanging out together! The kids loved riding all the rides and Finn was pretty content all day long-like he didn’t cry at all and we stayed until 11!

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End of Summer Bucket List

Wow. We have had a GREAT summer. We seriously lived it up and although we’ll still have summer weather through September I’m sure, all the pools and most of the splash pads will soon be closing. We have three solid weeks of summer left and the days must be used wisely! Here’s my list.

Go to our pool at least six more times. Two times a week.
Hike Timp. Okay, this can be done in September if needs be.
Two more hikes with Eva.
Three more splash pads, including the one in Sandy (one a week).
Seven Peaks two more times
Outdoor movie (Rock Canyon) on the 29th.
One more concert in the Park (Wines Park) on the 21st.
Utah State Fair (this is actually in September but I don’t want to forget!)
Swim in a lake (this Saturday?)
Tube Provo river on the 19th or 26th (want to join??)
Tin foil dinners and play in the streams up at South Fork Park (sometime next week)
Trip to Arizona (Labor Day Weekend)

Sure sounds like a lot but it’ll be great!

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Zion National Park

I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about my trip to Zion yet! It was one of the best parts of my summer (and year) so far! My best friend from growing up Blair was moving from Colorado to Portland in June, so she drove through Utah with her sister and I met them down there for the weekend. We camped in a little two-person tent which makes me laugh just thinking about. It was so hot at night, so we took the cover over it, which was actually pretty cool because we could see the stars while going to bed. I had the grand old plan to sleep on a blow up pool floatie thing and it squeaked the whole night whenever I moved, so the second night I slept in my car. Ooooh… my car… I had to rent a car and the rental place ran out of economy cars so they upgraded me for free to a really nice Dodge Charger. It was SO fun to drive!

The first night, we relaxed together and ate outside at a nice little pizza joint, then we woke up pretty early and headed into the park. We hiked up to Angel’s Landing, and honestly it was probably the scariest thing I’ve ever done in my life. Or at least tied with labor with Eva. It really was intense that last half mile, but the rest of the time was so amazing. I felt so proud that I didn’t stop (which I really wanted to a hundred times when it got so steep/crowded/narrow/high). But they kept motivating me and we all made it! The view was unbelievable and so worth the treacherous last half mile! When we hiked back down, we had a quick lunch then went right back up to the park to do the narrows.

By that point we were pretty exhausted from Angel’s Landing but we still went up and back the narrows for a couple of hours. It was just as gorgeous as I had remembered and so refreshing to be in the water after such a hot day! By the time we got back from the shuttle, I think it was about 8 pm and we were so famished and tired so instead of doing a bonfire and making our own dinner as planned, we went with getting lots of Mexican food and it was fabulous. We finished the night with ice-cream, a little night swimming, and then played Heads Up back at the campsite for a while!

On Sunday, we packed up and headed up north, this time with Blair in my car. It was such a blast catching up with her and Anna all weekend and felt like we were back in high school. Such a wonderful weekend, beautiful scenery, a nice break from normal life, and great company!