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Alturas 2017


Last weekend we took our annual pilgrimage to the Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho. This is such a pretty place and I'm happy to have married into a family with this awesome tradition. I love traditions and habits because it makes the good things in life even easier to accomplish, especially when those things require a lot of work and effort. I'm happy that they have been doing this for many, many years and I hope we continue to do it for many years to come.

This year we camped at Trap Creek and had so many tents set up it seemed like a little neighborhood. We also had lots of hammock sleepers this year (everyone has these awesome hammocks from Costco). We were much more prepared for the cold nights this year and thankfully didn't freeze our bums off while we tried to sleep. I was warm all three nights and our girls slept really well so I think they were pretty cozy too.

Reagan and Naomi spent the weekend doting on all of the big girl cousins and loved all of the attention they give to them. Reagan was mad every time I tried to talk to her because it took her away from her playtime with the cousins. Reagan was so brave when it came to swimming in the lake this year. I think she jumped in about 40 times on Friday. It was so awesome to watch her swim and love it. Naomi jumped in a few times too but realized just how freezing that water really is and always wanted to warm up afterward.

We enjoyed lots of tasty food, like aways, spent lots of time around the campfire, got a few too many bug bites, and played tons of card games. Love this trip, love this lake, and love this family.

This was the first year that Grandma and Grandpa didn't come to Alturas, so we packed up camp a little early to drive up to Boise to have dinner at their house before heading back home.

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Ziplining at Sundance


We had the funnest time Ziplining at Sundance on Saturday afternoon. We rode all 4 of the ziplines and they were all awesome but the last one was especially fun. Jordan was a speed demon and his Garmin watch clocked him at 71 mph at one point. This was my first time ever ziplining and it was better than I thought it was going to be. I think I was nervous but ended up having a blast. I can't wait to do some more ziplining... Maybe we should head to Costa Rica or Hawaii or something. Ziplining is a pretty good excuse for a trip right? The scenery in Utah is pretty gorgeous though, it will be hard to beat. It was quite the way to spend an afternoon.

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Days of '47 Rodeo


We received free tickets to the Days of '47 Rodeo for last night. We found some bandanas and some cowboy hats and practiced our "Yeehaws!" This was the first time the new Days of '47 Arena had been used so they had a big dedication program at the beginning, which included singing by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and a dedicatory prayer by Elder Ballard. Our stake was given some tickets as a thank you for enduring the construction process in our neighborhood. They also had a dinner before the rodeo catered by Red Iguana and it was tasty! I can't wait to go back to this rodeo in like 15 years and tell the girls that they were able to be at the very first rodeo in this new arena.

Reagan's favorite part was seeing the rodeo queens. "The queens!?" She particularly loved their crowns. Naomi was probably most interested in the kettle corn but every once in a while she'd point and say, "horsey!" Jordan and I thought the bucking broncos were pretty exciting. Ultimately, we only lasted through the intermission (which was at 9:30!) so it was a bit of a bummer we didn't get to see the bulls... maybe at our next rodeo (when we get a babysitter).

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