Yeah... I was out of school last Friday. The kids were so wired, but I tried to keep them fairly on track and they tried their best. I guess I'll see if they remember anything I taught them when they come back on Jan. 3rd. For now I'm glad that their parents are handling them for the remainder of the holiday season, and it time for a little relaxation, kinda.. :) We were going to head to the cabin on Monday of this week, but Larry's work decided that they needed him to stay and get this pump he's working on out in a timely matter. So now it could be Wed. or Thurs., it's a day to day wait. I've been busy trying to get all of Christmas finished up and get the laundry, food shopping and cleaning the house so it will be good when I get back home. We'll be at the cabin for the whole time so I won't have time to do anything when I get back. I'll be glad to just get up there where I can really relax, because for now it's just plain work to get the menu together and get everything all packed up for that extended stay. Not only that but it has to be packed together so that it can make the trip on the sleigh behind the snowmobile. There isn't any of this just throwing it in and getting it up there. After we get up there it will be great fun. Last night our friends Holly and Stuart Wilkins came out to Salt Lake, because they're headed out on a plane today to Hawaii. They decided since their kids were all going to the other side of the family that they weren't just going to stay home the two of them and stare at each other.. lol Anyway since they were in town we went in and had dinner with them and Stuart's sister and husband, and then went to the lights on temple square. Guess who didn't take their camera??? Well anyway it was a fairly nice evening with snow lightly falling. Not much snow on the ground with all the rain mixed with it over the past few days, but none the less beautiful. So it was great to see them and spend a little time with them. I'm sure they'll have fun in the sun. I told Holly we were kinda going to the opposite extremes. Well, anyway, I've taken a small brief moment of my busy day to get this posted and then I'll have to post about Christmas when we get back. I'm really looking forward to the time of just enjoying the fire and the beautiful scenery from inside the warm cabin. Oh I'll also enjoy a few excursions out and about on the snowmobiles too. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
It's been a fun month so far. Larry and I have been to quite a few fun things the first part of this month so far. On December 3rd we went into the Utah Symphony at Abravanell Hall in Salt Lake City. Larry signed us up to go to about 4 over the next few months. The one we went to on the 3rd had a few different numbers. The first one we listened to was Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 3, op. 72b. Then there was Saint-Saens Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor with a guest celloist. It was beautiful and fun. The last one was a very fun one, not your usual classical number. It was by Charles Ives from Connecticut and he put in a lot of Americana hidden throughout the song. There were songs like Colmbia, the Gem of the Ocean and Turkey in the Straw and a few other patriotic songs also woven into it. A very enjoyable evening. Thanks Sweetheart for thinking of the symphony. Then the very next Monday, December 6th we had tickets to see "White Christmas" up at Pioneer Theater. It was one of our season plays for this year. I was so excited to go up and see it because White Christmas is one of my all time favorite Christmas movies and I watch it every year. The play was great! They changed things up a bit on it and some of the details were a little different, but it was so enjoyable. They even added a few new songs to the play and also took some out. Some of the old songs were sung in a few different places also. Anyway.. we loved it!! It's been a good start to the Christmas season especially doing things with my Sweetheart!! Love you Babe!
Yup... I'm finally getting on here and writing about Thanksgiving. I've not had the chance since we got back. I had to work until Wednesday at 1:30, so we didn't really get a very early start. The weather was pretty bad on Tuesday and a lot of reports said you shouldn't travel on Wednesday, but it was pretty good anyway. So Larry met me at home about 2 and we headed on our way.(Two dogs in the back and all) Our kids were all going other places this year and Marla had invited us to come up quite awhile ago, so I didn't see any use of Larry and I just having a meal together and doing nothing. The roads were a little icy, so the going was a little slow. We also had to pull over for about 20 minutes to let Larry talk to someone at work on the phone. He's so needed there!! Then we stopped in Tremonton to have a quick burger. Once we got to the interchange of I84 and I86 at Rupert we sit in traffic for what must of been 30 minutes going about 5 mph. Finally after making it through we headed on our way again. As we passed Wendell I wished Mom and Dad a Happy Turkey day. It seemed to weird not to stop there. We finally made it to Mark and Marla's about 9:00. Not too bad considering. It was great to spend the time with the Hegerhorsts. Margie and Katie were there along with some of Emily's room mate and sister from BYU Idaho. They were from North Carolina and couldn't go home so Marla had asked them to come. We had a very delicious meal on Thanksgiving along with games and movies and fun!! It was very cold up there so Marla and I didn't go out much...thus no pictures. I should have taken a picture of us playing that one game where we had to wear a hat as the King, Queen... or the Scum. Oh yeah, I think that is what it was called "Scum". Mark and Larry spent a lot of time doing something around the farm or helping the girls fix something with their cars. They even drove into Mountain Home and took Margie's car in for something. Katie would take all the dogs on a run either on the 4 wheeler or her in the truck. So at least the two dogs got good exercise, even if I didn't. All in all it was a terrific holiday. We had planned on coming back on Sunday morning but decided to come back a day early... boy was I glad since it snowed and the road was even closed for awhile on Sunday. Thanks Hegerhorsts for being able to be with family on the holiday. We love you!!
Early Fall, our cousin, Ron Bird, sent out and email wanting to know if anyone wanted tickets to a BYU Football game. He said he had 6 extra tickets. I emailed him back and asked how much they cost. That very evening he called and told us the cost and asked which game we wanted to see. Knowing how much Larry is TRUE BLUE, I asked him if he'd like to see a game and he said sure. Of course this was before we knew how badly their year would be going. Anyway we decided on the game against UNLV on November 6th. He asked if anyone else might want tickets I told him that Georgia and Richard might like to come out and I didn't know about the others. I emailed the rest of the more local sisters to ask them if they had gotten the same email from Ron and told them if they were interested that we were going to the UNLV game if they wanted to go the same time as us. Ron called back and said that Georgia and Richard were in and then I soon found out Roberta and Keith were in also. Bonnie and Randy wanted to come also, but I didn't know if Ron had any more tickets...there were only 6 that he offered. To make a long story short we all got tickets. Bonnie and Randy got their seats next to Ron and his wife Teri. Soon Roberta called and asked if Larry and I would like to come down Friday night on the 5th to spend the night since Georia and Richard would be in from Vernal to stay and Bonnie and Randy would be up from St. George to stay the night. Since Keith's birthday was Nov. 3rd and Georgia's was Nov. 9th, she said we could celebrate and have some fun together. We thought that was a great idea, plus we wouldn't have to drive down in all the traffic. So Friday evening we all met at Roberta's in Orem. Roberta had fixed a delicious soup and we enjoyed a great evening together. We had planned to maybe play some games, but we spent the night mostly visiting and of course we didn't get to bed until early in the morning hours. We decided that we'd have breakfast not too early and then make some sandwiches that we would take with us and do a little tail gate before the game since we couldn't take any food in. Everyone had brought something to add to the meals which made it easy on Roberta. The game started at noon so we decided to head up about 10:30 and get a parking spot early and then we would have time to have our sandwiches etc. So we all piled into our Pilot and put Randy's handicap thing on our mirror so we could get a great parking place, however may I say even though it is 8 passenger, the 3 seats in the back really aren't meant for adults as my 3 sister can testify. I really wish I could have had a picture of that. However just so they know after we got home I found out how to work the seats so that there was more leg room back there. (sorry it wasn't sooner.) Anyway...after we got there it was a little early to eat so we went in and found our seats and got settled and then we went back out to the car for our little tail gate. I even have Larry yelling with the others saying "Go Cougars!!"
It was quite the game UNLV couldn't do anything right. We sang the fight song so much Larry almost knew the words. :) The game became a little dull actually, but being together was great. Bonnie and Randy were a little lonely, 'cause Ron and Teri were late, but they eventually got there too. I hope you can see Randy with the Red hat and purple shirt down there in the crowd picture with Bonnie sitting next to him. lol
After the game we made it back home, Ron and Teri came too. We played some games (What's that Europe train game called again??) and visited, until we had dinner. I wish we could have had Cliff and Marla there too (hopefully next time), but it was so great just to be together and have a lot of fun. Before Georgia and Richard left, Bonnie wanted to get a few more pictures that she didn't get of our hands with the cougar stamp on them and as you can see we got a little silly...especially take a look at Georgia and her hand stamp. (tee hee) What a great time we had together. I really know we have to make times like these happen for us all. Times when we can just be together and have fun together. Love you all my sisters and your hubbies!! Go Cougars and Willards!!
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About the first of September, after I had just gotten back into the swing of getting back to work, Larry says to me, "I have quite a bit of vacation time that I need to take before the end of the year or I'll lose it." I say back to him, "Larry, I just had a whole summer off, why are you telling me this now!" :) Well, anyway, we started looking for a time that we could go on a little trip and use some vacation time. Since I had UEA convention coming up, I decided I could use that time to go with Larry on a little trip. We wrote down a lot of things that we would like to do, some which were not feasable for October. Anyway to make a long story short, we decided on Mount Rushmore. I had been there on a trip with my sister, Marla, and Mom and Dad back in 1992 and Larry hadn't been there before so we thought that it would be fun. Since it was only about a 11 hour drive (we did it in less) that it would be a good one to do with a 4 day trip. We took off about 6:30 Thursday morning and were there about 4:30. So we got to our hotel in Keystone, SD, which is a small little town a couple of miles from Rushmore, and got unpacked. Then we decided to find a place where we could eat. The bad thing about goint in October is that Keystone pretty much shuts down the first of October. There were about 4 places that we could go to eat. We chose a place called Rubies, which looked like it had been an old hotel on main street. I just realized I didn't take any pictures of main street. It's a pretty typical gold rush old town. Early Thursday morning we got up and headed up to Mt. Rushmore. It is a pretty awesome sight to see coming up the mountain. I'm not sure where I learned this, but I learned that Mt. Rushmore was named that long before the Presidents faces were carved in there. From my understanding there was a man from back east by the name of Rushmore that asked the local folks what they called that mountain over there. They told them didn't have any idea, so why don't we just call it Rushmore, and the name stuck. While there we went on a hike with a ranger, which brought us up close and personal with the monument and then on around to the sculptor's studio. Which was interesting to learn all the things they did to keep the perspective of what they were carving into the rock. We also went to the visitors center and watched a little short video while we there too. We spent the day there until a little after 1:00 or so. Then we decided to go and see a few more side trips around Keystone. We decided to go out to a cave called Rushmore Cave and also to see an old Gold Mine called Thunder Mountain Gold Mine. The cave was okay nothing extra special. It did have a few stalagmites and stalitites, but it was enjoyable none the less. The gold mine was interesting because Keystone came to be because of mining. There was one big mine there that was called The Holy Terror that put out a ton of money in gold. This one that we went through put out very little, but it was interesting to hear the history. I also got a piece of ore from the mine.. what do you think my chances are of finding any gold in it.. I'm thinking none. :) We also found out this old school house is haunted, at least so they say. They told us it was on the registry for haunted places and that ghost hunters had been there and had a male voice on tape. They told us that he likes to move the things around on the school desks in there...but we didn't hear anything while we were there. :)Friday evening we found another place that was still open to eat, which was good. Then we hung out in the hotel for a little while waiting for the sun to go down, then we headed back up to Mt. Rushmore to see it all lit up at night. Got a few more pictures. Saturday morning we got up had a little breakfast at the Holiday Inn (by the way they are pretty good) at headed off on our next adventure. We decided to make it a day trip and do a drive. There is a beautiful drive coming in or going out of Keyston on Hwy 16A which is called Iron Mountain Road. It is one drive I wouldn't miss. I remembered it from 18 years ago and was so glad that we we went on it. You go through a beautiful scenic view of winding roads, going through great tunnels through the mountain and over wonderful old wooden bridges that you go over and then make the turn all the way around to go under it. I thought it was great fun and so enjoyable. Also going through the tunnels... I don't know if they planned it or not, but at the end of the tunnel you can see Mt. Rushmore right through it. Very cool.
After making it to the top of that climb. We stopped at the top and got out at a view area that was named after a Govenor of S. Dakota, Peter Norbeck, I took a little video of the view from up there which has Mount Harney, one of the highest peaks in the area and some rock formations they call Cathedral Spires. Then on we went to a loop they call Wildlife Look in Custer State Park. Right inside the park we stopped at a little visitor's center named after Peter Norbeck and while we were there we got our first look at the many animals we would see on this loop. I have so many pictures so I'll just try to share a few of my favorites.
Next we left the loop for a little while and headed down Hwy 87 to Wind Cave National Park to go through a cave called what else...but Wind Cave. It's named for the changes of the wind that come in or out of the cave due to barometric pressure. There is one natural opening to the cave, which I'm very happy I didn't have to go through. As you see the ranger with the ribbon standing right by it. The wind was coming from the cave as you can see. We entered the cave by a revolving door and it was all down hill from there.. :) 450 steps I think, or something like that. I was happy to ride the elevator back up. One thing cool about this cave is that it doesn't have dripping water much so we didn't see the usual stalagmites or stalactites. It has an interesting formations that are called popcorn, frostwork and boxork on the ceilings. I hope that you'll be able to see it in some of the pictures.
After the cave tour we headed back up to finish the wildlife tour and to drive on a Hwy called Needles Hwy., another beautiful scenic drive. Towards the end of the Hwy. is a rock tunnel only 8 ft. wide and a cool rock formation that looks like it is the eye of a needle. And then it was on back to Keystone. It was a bit of a long but beautiful drive and some fun stops along the way.
After we got back home we found one of the two restaraunts we had not been to yet and went to dinner. Sunday morning was checkout and so we got up and had another good breakfast and then headed off for home, with one more stop on the way. We went to Crazy Horse Memorial, which is a way of the indian people showing that they two had great people and they especially wanted it in their Black Hills. This project has been going a long time itself and will be much larger than the Presidents at Rushmore. I'm not sure when they will finish it but when it is through it will be a site to behold.
Then off it was for our drive home. I have to say Wyoming is nothing great to see as you cross it. There are a few other things I would of liked to have done on this trip, like go up to see Devil's Tower in Wyoming and stop again at Martin's Cove...but time didn't allow it on this trip. I guess it means we'll have to do it again sometime. What a great vacation!!!
Thought it would be fun to keep a little journal this way, and I have to get up to speed with my nieces who are blogging. I'm a 4th grade teacher and have enjoyed teaching for 29 years. I'm married to the most wonderful man and have a step family that I love and have become just as much mine as they are Larry's. We have 4 children and 6 terrific grandchildren and there will be 7 in March. By the way...the baby with me in the picture is my beautiful niece Cortni LaDawn. She has my middle name.