Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Last week I was drinking a beloved Dr. Pepper when I happened to read the back. On it was a coupon to get a free ticket for Hogle Zoo in Utah. I quickly drank up another (against my will, I'm sure) and we headed down to Utah the next day with little prior thought. Besides, we got two free tickets.

As many of you know, I absolutely adore Utah (I don't know how you can get sarcasm into type), but we wanted just to get away. We spent the morning wandering around the zoo. I really do love that zoo--no sarcasm this time. The animals are great and the kids were excited and also well behaved. We then went to Hobby Lobby, my new favorite store. It is amazing. Then dinner at Olive Garden. It was a great day and I love spontaneity!! Here are some pics from the zoo:

Sunday, July 5, 2009

4th of July fun

I realized that I take the same pictures for the 4th of July every year. The only difference is that my kids get older. We spent the day in Menan for some good old fashioned fun. I love the small town atmosphere. We went to the parade, the park and the fireworks. Gus got some new sunglasses, that's why he's pointing to them in the picture. The kids were hot and tired at the end of the day, but it was fun. I'm so grateful that we live in this country. I'm grateful for our freedom and the choices that we have to make. I'm grateful for my family and the opportunity to have my kids grow up here. We are blessed!