Summer in Utah

The kids are going to blog about the main events of the summer, so I’ll take everything else!  First and foremost, meeting baby Cyrus!  We’ve all been anticipating this day.  And it didn’t disappoint.  He is the cutest human on the face of the earth.  Happy 4th of July!  And Happy Birthday Jhena!  We had…

Banks Bunch in Eden

It was our turn to plan the Banks family reunion. Initially we had decided on a big condo in Steamboat Colorado but my mom and dad didn’t feel up to travel (because of Covid and other reasons).  So luckily because of Covid we were able to cancel just a few weeks before and instead book…

Brian Head Trip with the Cornells

Hi, it’s Blake.  Our trip was really fun. We hiked a lot to see pretty things like waterfalls and cool canyons. One day we went to Bryce Canyon and  had lots of cool sites. Another day we went to this fun place with a zip line and bungee jumping which made it feel like you…

Quarantine YW Camp 2020

Along with everything else, traditional YW camp was cancelled this year.  We thought and prayed about what we should do and felt impressed that we should put together a shortened 2 day virtual camp.  I’m so glad we did it, but I cannot even begin to express how much work was involved.  It’s way easier…

Easter Escape Room 2020

Easter was fun this year!  We had so much time on our hands that we decided to go all out and try some new things this year.  First up, hydro dipped eggs.  This was fun!  But it required a little more talent than we have.  Mostly we ended up with brownish looking eggs.  We also…

Moab in the time of Coronavirus

When schools shut down, and before we actually knew how bad this pandemic was going to be, Natalie and I hightailed it to Moab for a few days of hiking and R&R in the sun.  Looking back, it probably wasn’t the most responsible choice, but at the time it seemed like a great idea.  We…

Fiddler on the Roof

Thursday March 12th was scheduled to be opening night for Fiddler on the Roof.  Coronavirus had recently been declared a world pandemic, and social distancing measures were being put in place.  Well, at 2pm, they cancelled school for the next two weeks.  Effective immediately all sports, after school activities, and school were cancelled for at…

March 2020 recap (Before the world turned upside down)

High School Band Concert!  Such a fun time! Harlem Globetrotters.  The kids had a fun time but Rusty said the show has gone downhill since he was a kid. It was too cold for our usual Stake Conference adventure outside, so living room picnic to the rescue!Super Tuesday!  Unfortunately, my man Pete dropped out a…

Quarantine life

Who knows what day it is at this point.  My kids call Monday first Saturday, Tuesday second Saturday, and so forth.  Kids are being schooled at home, most likely for the rest of the year.  There are hard times, Halle really wants to get back to HS life.  Rusty lost his job with DNS Filter.…