Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Welcome to the new school year (original date August 22)

Last year the girls were in two different schools. This year they are in three different schools, one being in a different state. Big change for us. Julia is in 7th grade at Mt. Jordan Middle School, Gretchen is in 9th grade at Jordan High School, Sydney is in 11th grade at Jordan, and Samantha is a freshman at Southern Virginia University. The girls are growing so fast! 

Sam and I started our drive out to Virginia on Saturday August 16. We drove to Denver, visited the Denver Temple, checked in to our hotel and walked 1.5 miles to dinner. It felt great to walk in the cool evening. Sunday morning we went to the Denver Botanic Gardens and enjoyed the Chihuly exhibit. Amazing glass sculptures were scattered throughout the gardens. It was fun to see them.

We drove to Abilene, Kansas and managed to get checked in to our hotel just in time to get some yummy fried chicken before the restaurant closed. Monday morning we spent 90 minutes at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. Visiting Eisenhower's boyhood home felt like visiting my grandmas' houses. The museum was more of a record of WWII than anything else. There was lots of information and exhibits about Eisenhower but there was tons about the war. There was a pretty detailed timeline that we could have spent hours reading. It was very well done and quite interesting. We had plans to visit the Kansas City Temple, the St. Louis Temple and the St. Louis arch before stopping for the night in St. Louis but those plans changed a little. We got stuck on a freeway that was closed due to an accident so our journey was delayed by 2 1/2 to 3 hours. We did visit the Kansas City Temple but skipped the other two stops since it was so late by the time we got to St. Louis. Brian was able to join us for a day and a half. He got to our hotel after midnight and was super excited to jump right out of bed Tuesday morning and start the drive to Virginia.

We drove through the rest of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia and finally made it to Lexington, Virginia by 10:00 Tuesday night. We took a detour in West Virginia to see the New River Gorge Bridge, the largest single arch span bridge in America. Wednesday morning we went to Buena Vista and got Sam all moved into her dorm at SVU. Brian left on at shuttle at 12:30pm so he could fly home and be back to work on Thursday. Sam & I spent the rest of the day taking care of getting her settled. The campus is very pretty, right on the hills. It's in a tiny town with a Walmart 6 miles away and more choices in shopping 60 miles away. I stayed at the hotel Wednesday night and flew home Thursday. The weekend was filled with tons of activities so Sam will stay busy until school starts on Monday. It's hard to believe that I left her there and that she is not at camp and coming home in a few days. This is a big adjustment for all of us.
Bridge over the Mississippi river in Missouri

New River Gorge bridge

Sydney, Gretchen and Julia did great while we were gone. They are very self sufficient and it was nice for them to have my mom here too. Sydney and Gretchen joined the Jordan High cross country team so they have been busy running. Yay for them. It doesn't sound like fun to me. Swim starts up for Julia on Monday and she is really looking forward to that. We are all jumping into a new year with lots to do and lots of fun to be had.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Wait just one minute (originally dated August 15)

What do you mean it's almost time for Sam to head off for college? I thought we had all summer before that happened! You can't really be telling me that summer is almost over and our time with Sam at home is almost done! That sounds crazy, but sadly for us, it's true. I do have to say I am so excited for her and the adventures she is going to have. She gets to explore a whole side of the country that is not within easy reach of us here in Utah. She will be able to do what she wants, when she wants; she will be in charge. I know I love to be in charge of my life and I'm fairly certain she will love to be in charge of hers. It's going to be a little scary for a bit but she'll figure it out and do well.

The end of summer brings a few other things with it. Swim conference for one, produce for another. Both quite time consuming but one lasts a couple days while the other lasts for a month or two. Swim conference was last week. Sydney, Gretchen and Julia qualified to swim in 3 individual events each and 2 relays each. The meet is a prelim and finals meet so the swimmers compete in the morning in hopes of qualifying for the finals that night. The top 8 swimmers are in the finals heat, the next 8 are in the consolation heat. No points are scored for the team during prelims, only during finals. The girls all swam fast enough to be in the finals heat in each of their events. It was pretty exciting to see them drop time and do well. There are relays during the finals events and the girls each got to swim in both of the relays for their age groups. Relays really help make the team more fun. It gets very loud during the relays. The whole conference was fun, long and tiring. Overall the team came in second place. They did a fabulous job swimming hard and cheering for each other.

We managed to get another family bike ride in also. Corner Canyon in Draper has such fantastic trails. It's so nice to have those trails so close. We took the girls on a ride that Brian and I had done earlier this summer. I was happy to be able to do it again.

We also ran up to Snowbird and enjoyed their activites for a few hours.

Sunday, August 24, 2014


I have been having a few technical problems with my computer and my ability to fix or have those problems fixed so I'm behind on posting. I've got a couple posts almost ready to go but while I'm working out my issues (hopefully it won't take me too long) I thought I'd share a song that I love & describes how I feel about my life. The night before Sam left all 6 of us were playing a game and listening to my ipod shuffling through the 1300 songs on there. This song came on and I almost started to cry. 

Enjoy the song & I'll be back later.