Summer Family Fun



Last week with my nieces was so. much. fun! We went rollerblading, enjoyed a picnic, and visited a petting zoo.


We also made some crafts and I have to show off my favorite one. My niece who loves the movie, Up, made this.


We ended the week by watching the Days of 47 rodeo. My husband, oldest son and my brother all joined us.


On Sunday, my family drove up Mill Creek Canyon where I took pics with my iPhone 6 while my son took pics with my nice camera. I’m sure his photos turned out better, but I’m so happy he’s enjoying my camera this summer. ūüôā




There’s something soothing about taking nature photos, even with an iPhone.



This morning, we watched the Days of 47 parade in downtown Salt Lake City. (The Days of 47 celebrates Utah’s Pioneer Day holiday.) There were a lot of high school bands, floats, horses and police motorcycles. This is our second year attending this parade.

Snow Day


Marcus with his snow ball thingamajig.

We woke up this morning to a winter wonderland here in northern Utah. I was glad I had no reason to leave the house today and the kids were glad for an excuse to take a break from our normal Happy Heart’s day to go outside and play in it.


Lemme see… She needs a little more sculpting there at the bottom.

By the early afternoon, the snow was already melting away, but the kids couldn’t resist building a snowman together. I love how they worked together as a team.


We see you, Mom!

They caught me sneaking up on them taking pictures.


My snow building team.

Instead of a snowman, they were making a snowbear.


They sent me back into the house to fetch them more gloves and some pretzel m&m’s. On my way, I caught our cat, Midnight, sauntering about.


Beatrice has a licorice mouth.

Let me introduce you to Beatrice. Her favorite hobby is gardening and she likes carrots.

First Visit to Tombstone



Last Saturday we visited historic¬†Tombstone Arizona. It’s¬†“The Town Too Tough to Die”.


It was a beautiful day, not too hot for Arizona, and the crowds were light which was nice.


Tombstone is a living town, rich in old west history which you can read about here. The kids and I went through a walking tourist attraction which featured the ghost of Doc Holliday. It had some fun special effects and legendary stories.

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We enjoyed browsing the many shops along main street. We also went into the Big Iron Shooting Gallery and shot some pistols which was cool. (David forgot to take pictures of us while we were shooting.)

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We ate lunch at The Longhorn Restaurant. The food was really yummy!

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My favorite part was visiting The Rose Tree Museum and seeing the world’s largest rose tree.


It’s a White Lady Banksia and the original root came from Scotland in 1885! We were too early to see it bloom, but it was still neat to walk underneath it. In April we’ll have to come back to see its millions of tiny white blossoms.


In the fall of 1884, a young mining engineer and his bride, a girl named, Mary, who was from Scotland, arrived in Tombstone and took lodging at a boarding house run by Mrs. Amelia Adamson. Mary and Amelia became friends. When Mary and her husband later moved into a house of their own, Mary’s family sent her a box of rooted shoots of the Lady Banksia Rose. Mary gave one of these shoots to Amelia and together the two friends planted it in Amelia’s patio. In 1919, the property was sold to Mr. and Mrs. Macia and it was Mr. Macia who came up with the trellis for the rose tree. Today it spans over 8,000 square feet!

Happy Halloween!


Wishing you and your little goblins a Happy Halloween.

This week, besides the Pumpkin Walk, we visited a corn maze. There was also a slide and tomahawk throwing. It was a beautiful fall day. Today is a beautiful day, too. Autumn here in Utah has been amazing this year. I’m sure it won’t last much longer, but to have a dry Halloween here is something to love.

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Fall Family Fun


Yesterday we went to North Logan’s annual Pumpkin Walk. This has been a tradition¬†since 1982. This was our first visit and we were so impressed. Local families and organizations made some of these creative pumpkin displays.


And, Doctor Who…


Darcie thought the androids were very cool.


Can you guess this next one?






Looks like a famous wizard to me!



This should give it away.



DSCN2427 Marcus liked this one-

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“Everything is awesome!”


“I vant to bite your neck!”



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It was difficult to choose favorites!

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Gotta love Disney!