Catching Up

We are home now, after being out West for my son’s wedding and for our family vacation.  To make the catching up quick and hopefully more interesting, I’m going to steal an idea from my cute niece over at PretendFancy and share the Good, the Bad, and  the Ugly.  So, here goes:


The Good

Witnessed the beauty of my son being sealed to his wonderful bride who I know will bring peace and contentment into his life.


All but one of our children were able to be with us for the wedding, and most were able to share in the fun of the vacation.

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We saw Yellowstone National Park, which is one of my favorite places to explore.

Two bear sightings, one was pretty darn close.

Lots of Buffalo encounters, a coyote and many elk sightings.


















Explored part of Teton National Park, gorgeous and plan to return when we have more time.










Played nightly games in a cozy cabin near the woods.



Roasted marshmallows and made s’mores.


Got re-acquainted with grand babies who live too far away.

Went on a few runs in the mountain air with views I don’t get here at home.

Experienced the thrill of the new Sundance Zipline and loved it!  Who knew I would love something so scary?!











Got to sleep in till I was ready to get up, a luxury I really enjoyed.

Had dinner with my dear friend and her family in their summer cabin in the woods and dreamed of living in such a place permanently with my whole family near.

Saw Saturn, Venus and Pluto through a powerful telescope on a clear Idaho night.  I’ve never seen Saturn’s rings in real life, it was cool!

Saw both of my brothers and their wives and one of my sisters and her two daughters.  I don’t get to see them often enough, it was wonderful.

Saw old friends and enjoyed catching up.












Had best Mexican food ever at the Red Iguanain Salt Lake City, if you like mexican food, you need to go there.


Walked around Temple Square in Salt Lake and had a wonderful tour of the conference center, which included the rooftop garden with gorgeous views of the city and surrounding valley and mountains.


Walked all around the mountain at Park City resort and loved  the fresh mountain air, while some of the kids did the Alpine Slide. IMG_0635IMG_0636






Visited Wade Lake and kayaked and tried paddle boarding for the first time.


Walked the campuses of both BYU and BYU Idaho and wished I had enjoyed the time I had as a student a little more.


Visited my dad’s grave in the pretty peaceful Logan Cemetery.



The Bad

It came to an end.

Stephie wasn’t there.

All Grandbabies and spouses weren’t there.


The Ugly

There was an evening when I proved that even 50 something year old moms should spend a few minutes in time out.  But my kiddos were forgiving and so it wasn’t  ugly for long.


We came home tired, but ready to face our life ahead, which included Fathers day and my 52nd birthday, Jackson’s 4th birthday and Sawyer’s 2nd birthday!  Lots of reasons to celebrate our wonderful blessed life!






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