Saturday, October 25, 2014

Rock Hounds

Did you know that Utah is the rock hounding capital of the United States?  Neither did I, until last weekend.  We went on a camping trip and explored a new part of the state, in the west desert between I-15 and Nevada. 

First stop: U-Dig Fossils.  It was featured on the Travel Channel, which is how our friend heard about it and convinced us to go there.  It's a long way out to the dig site, 150 miles south of Salt Lake City, then 30 miles on a paved road and another 20-some miles on a dirt road.

Once you get there, you pay the fee and the owners give you some tips on how to use the tools to break open the shale and look for trilobites. 

Everyone gets a rock tool, even the smallest child.  Many fingers get pounded, but it's okay! It's fun to be given a hammer and told to pound away.

 Bigger kids and adults get a very sharp rock hammer which is much more effective at splitting open the shale.  I guess I didn't take any pictures of the fossils, but we found a bucket full of trilobites in the two hours we spent there. Trilobites are invertebrate marine life that lived more than 550 million years ago when this area was an ocean.  It was actually very cool.  So we have 550 million year old fossils in our garage.  Come visit and we'll show them to you!
We camped that night with our friends and spent the next day searching for topaz crystals at Topaz Mountain.  I don't seem to have pictures from day two of the adventure, but we have a handful of topaz crystals to show for our work.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Earning Her Keep

Finally!  There's someone in this house who enjoys doing dishes.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Anniversary Weekend

Last week was our 9th wedding anniversary.  Since Grandma Lauren and Grandpa Bob are visiting and we had free overnight daycare, John and I spent a night up at this fabulous hotel in Park City.  The fall is the off season, so you can get really nice hotels for reasonable prices.
 The next day John ran a marathon in the mountains, and Grandma and Grandpa brought the girls up for a swim in the awesome hotel pool. Isn't it gorgeous?  
26.2 done.  Without training.  Again.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Snuggle Bugs

Grandma snuggles are the best.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Nature Walk

Today we chaperoned a first grade nature walk with Lucia's class.  John is teaching in a different school district than Lucia's, so they don't have the same days off.  It just happened that this event was today and he also had the day off so he got to come with to meet her teacher and friends.  As the only dad along for the day, he was quite popular.

Here's her first grade class.  25 kids.  She is in the front row on the right end.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Bird

We visited Snowbird this weekend to soak in a little bit of the Oktoberfest celebration, ride the tram, swim at the hotel pool and hang with some friends.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

More Signing Time

Last weekend we got really lucky with a Signing Time concert right here in our neighborhood.  Rachel (the creator of the series) lives in SLC and the studio where they film(ed) all the episodes is only a few miles from our house.  She is creating a new series now called "Rachel and the Treeschoolers" and had a concert in the studio last weekend.  Alex and Leah are the kids from the video, but they are all grown up now and in high school.  The actually go to the high school that is about 2 blocks from our house, and every time we drive by now Lucy asks if Alex and Leah are probably inside, going to school, right at that moment.  If you remember, we saw them once before in concert in June 2012.  Look how the kids have grown!
Leah & Alex holding up the shirts they wore as kids in one of the early episodes.
The kids sat on the edge of the stage to take a picture after the show and Rachel jumped in.  She's so awesome.  Also, the boy in the picture is Crosby -- Lucy's old friend from Miss Merr's.  We just happened to see him there.  They used to watch the Signing Time videos together as babies, so it was a fun reunion. 
Meet & Greet after the show. I think those are Rachel's Emmys on that shelf in the background.