June 2008

On our way out of Utah we headed to the Great Salt Lake (name is questionable to me as you will see).

Right off the bat I got out of the car to take a picture and the smell was interesting.  Now I could get over that however the bugs sucking my blood at a rapid pace was another story.

We went out further and wondered where all the people were.  I guess that was a silly question.

We ogt out and at first the sand was super soft so I left behind my shoes.  Bright I know.  Then the sand was filled was sharp shards of rock.  Ok back to get the shoes.  Now the bugs come in.  This was about a 1/2 mile back being attacked.  The screaming must have been heard by the birds as they came in.

I now needed a blood transfusion and will have to see what I look like in the morning.

We left trying to encourage others to turn around that looked like they were going in.  And we got to pondering when a good time of year is to visit.

After several fights with “Lee” we arrive at my Grandma’s who is 96.  Had a nice visit and wish it could be longer.

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Pretty, but stay in your car.


Prior to 2nd bug attack



We made it despite Lee

Have a “Mosqito Free” Day


We were blessed to have a day off from the car, except local travel, on Day 2.

We went to the Olympic Park which was a lot of fun….. 

Our oldest getting some Olympic Training


Ready to jump???? 


  Hubby did the Bobsled ride which is the only full track in America.


IM Don’t know if you can tell but the ski jumpers are jumping right into the water with their skis on.  That’s how they practice  in the summer if you didn’t know…like me.



A visit to Mythbuster Beauty to see Cocoa.


The boys deciding to take this trip into their own hands.


Mythbuster’s daughter and our little one hitting it off.
Have an “Olympic Day”

Day 1 of our vacation:

We were able to purchase a GPS unit just before the trip.  We were thinking this would be helpful.  That was up for debate on Day 1!

The day before we were to start on our trip my hubby wanted to change routes and said that it was only a 30 min increase.  I was a little concerned but agreed.  We started out and everything was ok.  As we took the detour things began to unravel.  The GPS, speaking with an Australian accent and named Lee, indicated that now this was going to increase our trip by 4 hours.  WHAT?????

My hubby was perplexed and thought it must be wrong.  We kept working with “Lee” and he must have been having a “day”.  We didnt know what to do.  With the way we were traveling it was too late to turn around.  What were we going to do?

Finally we worked with Lee again and he gave us some promising news.  We were back down over 3 hours.  Ok, but the trust level was down so we didn’t know if we could trust him or not.

We finally started to relax and stopped at an Arch in Utah and I talked with a real human who assured us we were not going to arrive at 10pm.  GOOD NEWS!





IMG_4522.JPGHave a “GPS Free” Day. 🙂

As my brother would say.

On Saturday we leave for our road trip.  We will be covering Utah, Idaho, Oregon, California, and back home to Arizona. 

I am very excited, except for the gas price increase to our budget.  I hope to find some spots to share a few photos and posts along the way.  If not, then you will get it all when we return.

Have a “Vacationing” Day!

Last night I got a rare moment to sit and watch TV.  It has been so crazy getting ready for vacation, swimming lessons, and VBS at church this week so I enjoyed a little R & R.

We don’t have cable TV so our selections are a little limited at times (which can be a good thing most times).  I was alone, since the kids were in bed and hubby was still at work, so I had the remote all to myself.  I tried a couple of show but finally ended up with a special on PBS.

The show was Traces of the Trade.  Have you heard about it or watched it?  If not, I would HIGHLY recommend it!

It is a documentary about a family who’s ancestors happened to be the largest slave trading family in U.S. History.  They traveled to parts of the world that their family had dealings with (including the North) and learned about this horrible part of our country’s history and their own inherited history.

Here is a better info from PBS directly:


I think it was a terrific film in that it was real emotions and facts.  It educated as well as challenged without condemning.  I loved some of the spiritual parts as well. 

I also need to mention that I recently saw the movie Amazing Grace which I would also recommend!!!  That was about the political fight, regarding slave trade, here at home.  Our 11 1/2 year old saw it and it was really interesting to him although he had questions which provided opportunity to talk about it.  (The song Amazing Grace was written by a former slave trader-on a boat that turned Pastor -Monk-and wrote the song based on that experience.)

After the show, and movie, I got to thinking about what it is that we (I) can do in the present regarding what has happened in the past.  Can you just say “I’m sorry”?  Do you not talk about it and hope it goes away?  Pretend the past has no affect on the future?  Learn about your families past in slave trade?

Everyone would have to discover that for themselves but the fact is we (personally and globally) may need to start by recognizing the benefits we may have derived, and still continue to derive, from it.  Our country is not balanced and would we be smart to just leave it that way?  And do we have an understanding of what the slave trade was and it’s imprint in the present and future?

The past is always a rebuke to the present.
Robert Penn Warren

History teaches everything including the future.

Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results.

For me I want to know more.  I want to discover in-balances.  I would like to find out more about my families history.  I would like to give or help, organizations that equal the playing field.  I want to check my own behaviors and actions in the present.  But for now I will start with a public apology. 

I am sure I have benefited from our country’s slave trade in some way.  I know I don’t even understand what it was like and the bearings it has on all those that came from it.  I feel so mad at those that came in the name of God but do not know if I would have done differently if it was me in that time.  Would I have just turned and looked the other way?   I want to know more about the events to better understand what happened and how it relates to today because I don’t think I ever thought it mattered-it was the past.  I would like to be a part of healing  so that our corrected past blesses our future together.  Even if I didn’t benefit (although doubtful) don’t I at least have human compassion for those that suffered?  I’m sorry for the decisions in the past that have not been corrected. 

Have an “I’m Sorry” Day!

Son’s Letter

Dear Dad,

$chool i$ really great.  I am making lot$ of friend$ and $tudying very hard.  With all my $tuff, I can’t think of anything I need, $o if you would like, you can just $end me a card, a$ I would love to hear from you.


Your $on

Dad’s Reply

Dear Son,

I kNOw that astroNOmy, ecoNOmics, and oceaNOgraphy are eNOugh to keep an hoNOr student busy.  Do Not forget that the pursuit of kNOwledge is a NOble task, and you can never study eNOugh.


Source http://ahajokes.com/hinting.html


I wrote these down awhile back but don’t remember where it came from.  If you know please feel free to put it in the comments.

  1. Skee Ball Tournament
  2. Summer Scrapbook (or do an event book)
  3. Grow a Plant
  4. Ride a Tandem Bike
  5. Play a Card Game
  6. Pick some Flowers (press in a book)
  7. Blow Bubbles
  8. Buy Funny Sunglasses and where them out
  9. Fly a Kite
  10. Research a Topic Online
  11. Go Backyard Camping
  12. Finish a Book
  13. Water Fight
  14. Volunteer
  15. Catch Bugs
  16. Start a Collection
  17. Play Tag (Maybe in the Rain)
  18. Go to a Free event in your community
  19. Pick up litter (with gloves)
  20. Sponge Football
  21. Picnic
  22. Keep a Journal or Diary
  23. Make Homemade Gifts for the Holidays Coming Up 🙂
  24. Miniature Golf
  25. Develop a new Talent
  26. Make Slushies             

   Sinister Slushies Photo

Recipe and Picture found here – http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/sinister-slushies-recipe.htm 

Now print this list off and check them as you go.  Finish them all and no one will be saying they are bored this summer.  Well I can’t guarantee that but they will have fun along with being bored too 🙂

Have a “Productive” Summer!

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