Our beloved BYU Cougars finished as regular season champions for the second year in a row and were ranked #24 in the country heading into the Mountain West Conference tournament. The tournament is in Las Vegas, so we figured it would be a short drive from Manina’s dad’s home in St. George. Continue reading MWC Tournament
Several weeks ago I had the “opportunity” to go snowcaving with our scouts. I am the assistant scoutmaster so I frequently head out on these types of adventures, but none are as hard core as our annual snowcave trip. It’s enough to make me feel like a regular Bear Grylls.
“I’m going to show you how I survived a night in the brutal backcountry of the Wasatch mountains in the middle of winter.” Continue reading Surviving in a Snowcave
At home we still have a lot of snow on the ground. When the opportunity came to escape the cold and drive down to warmer weather for a long weekend we jumped at the chance. St. George is a great getaway this time of year.
After church today we decided to visit Snow Canyon. It’s a nice little state park with lots of fun activities for our little ones (thanks for the recommendation, Ben).
First we had a picnic and played in the sand dunes. Except for Claire, the kids had a great time. Claire didn’t like getting dirty, but she had no problem eating the sand that frequently coated her tootsie-pop. Gross.
After about an hour in the sun at the sand dunes we were getting pretty hot. The temperature must have been pushing 70 degrees. We decided to explore a near-by slot canyon called Jennie’s Canyon. It was a quick, short hike and the kids enjoyed the shelter from the sun and loved playing in all of the nooks and crannies of the slot canyon.
The kids were pretty wiped out after a fun day in the sun. We’ll return tomorrow with our sunburned noses and rosy cheeks, ready to wait out the remaining months of winter.
We woke this morning to find about 8 inches of snow on the ground, with more falling. I went outside at about 7AM to start shoveling, but soon recognized the futility of my efforts. It was still snowing heavily; by the time I had half the driveway cleared, another half inch had fallen where I had just shoveled.
Since I don’t have a 4WD vehicle I decided to VPN in to work instead of braving the commute. Thank heaven for technology. I went inside, had breakfast with the kids, logged on to my computer, and put off shoveling until the snow stopped.
The kids were out of school for Martin Luther King, Jr’s Day, so they came outside to help me shovel the driveway and sidewalks. It was much easier with their help. After we finished, the kids were able to stay outside and play in Utah’s famous fluffy, powdery snow while I went back inside to work. Here is a picture of Katelyn and Megan having fun in the snow.
And now we have five.
Drew finally arrived at 7:02 this morning. He weighed 8 lbs even and was 20 in long. He passes all initial exams with flying colors and Manina is doing great too. We are very blessed to have five healthy kids and a Mom who is an amazing woman.
Here are some pictures from Drew’s first day. Continue reading Drew Arrives