Sunday, March 8, 2015

Birthday Feast

The Israelites were told over and over in Scripture to look back at how God delivered them from slavery in Egypt. They were to remember his wonders at the Red Sea, his provisions in the desert, and how he brought them into the Promised Land. During yearly feasts, they celebrated what God had done for them and instructed their children in God’s faithfulness......We are also called to remember God’s grace in our lives. When worries creep in, when the cares of this life weigh us down, when everything seems out of control, we must remember all that God has done, and in continuing to do. We must recall our own story of deliverance from sin. We need to remember the lengths God went to — and continues to go to — in rescuing us from slavery through the shed blood of his Son at the cross. We need to remember where God decisively demonstrated his love (Romans 5:8). Because if he would sacrifice his own Son to save us, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things (Romans 8:32)?If he saved us from our greatest fear — eternal separation from him — how can he not carry us through all our fears of today? If Christ conquered death when he rose triumphantly from the grave, how can he not also resurrect our joy from the pit of worry and despair? 
Christina Fox, Mom Enough, emphasis added

This passage touched my heart this week as I thought about Lily's and Claire's approaching birthday. This day has become a feast day in our family, a day when we remember the grace of our God, in our past and in our present.

This year we celebrated their eighth birthday according to family tradition: A trip to Temple Square, lunch at the Garden, and buying new scriptures--the boys all needed various replacements so they were the recipients. Nana Down, Nana and Bubba, and Grandma Tiede  joined us for lunch. We also stopped to see Meet the Mormons with the kids. My mom brought us some beautiful flowers to remember the girls.

Having a little girl in our home has been such a blessing. I feel like Charlotte gives us a glimpse of what her sisters would have been like. We are so grateful to celebrate our family and the love of our Heavenly Father.

Olympics 2015

Some notable things about this year's Soldier Hollow Charter School Olympics:

  • We represented Team South Korea this year.
  • This is the first and only year all three boys would be on the same team. Drew is moving on just as Eli finally moved up.
  • Snow has melted so fast around here they had to move it up three weeks!
  • As you can see, it was a running biathlon due to lack of snow.
  • As always, a great way to enjoy the winter, and enjoy spending time together.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

"There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing."

Eli's ski league coach, Ivana, sent this email and pictures. 

"Today it was really special day. It was special in many ways (like not having too much snow - by the way last Monday was the exact mid winter and we have spring at SoHo), but the most special moment was to see a beautiful rainbow from the Little Buckaroo!

When we started skiing at 4pm it was cloudy (just before that we took a team picture). We went down to the stadium and did a small race. By the time we started to play tail tag, it was sunny. Around 4:40pm it started to rain (not just a few drops, it was really raining that I had to put the little umbrella on my hat). By the time we got to Little Buckaroo to do the slalom, a beautiful rainbow appeared.


Yes, the weather was crazy, but it was worth to go skiing today. There is a saying "There is no such a thing as bad weather, just bad clothing". "

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Ski Day

Drew has his sixth grade ski passport this year. He loves skiing so much, even if it means going with his slow, chicken of a mom. This particular trip up the canyon seemed iffy. The snowfall was sparse, and it was raining all over the valley. We forgot his pass sixth grade passport, and ended up having to buy him a lift ticket, but it turned out to be a wonderful day. I love having an older kid and serious grown-up conversations high above the trees riding up the mountain. I appreciate the kind young man he is as he waited for me around turns, and encouraged me down the hill. I love that he tries new things, and when he crashes he gets right back up with a laugh. 

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Elsa Castles

 Each time we pick up the kids from school Charlotte asks to go into the Elsa Castles, or sometimes Elsa temples, being built across the parking lot. Because of this lousy nice weather we have had all winter, the Ice Castles didn't even open until last weekend and reservations filled up. But because no icy weather is in sight they are closing down today. I guess the Snow Queen is too busy using her powers back east. Luckily, we got an email last night that the Castle builders were letting the charter school kids tour them today, and they needed chaperones. Charlotte's frozen-est dream come true!


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Winter Weekend

We had a very Utah winter weekend that included some downhill skiing as a family
My two chairlift mates.  Drew was a good sport to "slow down" for me.  Isaac is an incredibly smooth skier.

Then Heather and the boys had a cross-country race in the morning.  Heather said I couldn't post anything on Facebook, but said I could put it on her blog:)
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Saturday, January 10, 2015

ZNP 2K14

After a government-hiatus in 2013, we resumed our Fall Break Zion Trip Tradition accompanied by the Knudsens, Smedleys, and Sperrys. Because hiking with four kids leaves my hands rather full I have only a few pictures, but lots of notes.
 I think Dave has pictures on his phone, but for now I am going to at least get these up.

Scout Lookout/ Angel's Landing
  •  We tried to take Charlotte up in the backpack, but she was not happy about it. She hasn't spent much time in it, and doesn't appreciate the luxury of being carried up a mountain. I guess that means it is time to pass the Kelty carrier on down the road. I can't bear to just give it to DI-too many memories attached. I need to find a cousin who will love it. 
  • Isaac ventured for his first time up Angel's Landing with Dave and Drew, an 8 year old rite of passage in our family (but he missed last year--thank you Ted Cruz). Eli, Charlotte, and I fought off highly-aggressive squirrels at Scout lookout.
  • Charlotte's favorite part of this hike was yelling for Eli to wait for her on Walter's Wiggles and hearing her voice echo back.
  • We saw an owl on a tree right next to the trail. I've never seen an owl that close.

East Rim Overlook
  • I was amazed how quickly we got to the end of this hike now that my kids have longer legs and more endurance!

  • Dave didn't feel the same way, while I went with the boys he stayed with Charlotte who insisted on being carried and on carrying a backpack herself.
  • This is a rare picture of Liz and I. 

The Secret Waterfall
  • We took a picture in this same spot in 2011. You can see the three years, an extra kid, and a life-changing injury on our faces. Despite that life has been very, very good to us.

Kolob Canyon
  • We made this stop on our way back home. Everyone was pretty beat, so we didn't walk that far. I've only been to the Kolob side of the park once on a drive. It is beautiful and a little different from the main drive.
  • At one point I was further up the trail with Drew and Isaac, and Dave had stopped with Charlotte to throw rocks in the stream. Eli was between me and Dave. A fellow hiker passed Eli and stopped when he got to me to chew me out for letting my six-year old wander alone. Didn't I know there are rattlesnakes out here? We all got a good laugh out of that one! Good thing he didn't notice the spears the other boys were carving with their sharp pocket-knives.