Wednesday, February 19, 2014

10 Year Anniversary!

Spence & I celebrated our 10 year anniversary on June 28!  

We started off the day with a lovely hike through the mountains.  We decided to hike up Big Cottonwood Canyon and do the Lake Mary, Martha, & Catherine hike up to Sunset Peak.  

First you hike to Lake Mary, then Lake Martha, and finally to Lake Katherine.  This is picture of us at Lake Mary.  Gotta love the person's finger over the lens who took our picture, haha! 

I love this picture of the beautiful Utah mountains.  When I think of my life with Spence, it reminds me of the poem "The Road Not Taken" and the line that says: 

"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I - I took the road less traveled by and that has made all the difference!"  

We have done a lot of crazy, unique and fun things in our life together.  Life with Spencer has definitely been full of surprises and I think the 'road less taken' fits us perfectly!   

When we reached Lake Catherine, we decided to keep going and hike to the top of Sunset peak!  

It is the very tip top peak between my hands.  

The view from the top was incredible!  If you look closely you can see all three lakes below.  

We also took time to have a picnic of wheat thins, cheese and fresh basil!  Delic! 

 I had to capture some of the beautiful scenery on the hike back down to the car.  We truly are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place with so many ways to keep in shape right at our footsteps.  

I had to post a picture of the moose we saw because as a family we were keeping track of all the mooses we saw this summer.  I think this was number 5 or 6.  

So - Spencer & I both keep track of how much energy we put out on a daily basis through our Nike fuel bands.  My daily goal is 5,000 fuel points and Spencer's is 4,000.  Well, Spence had the genius plan (sarcasm) of getting to 10,000 fuel points on our 10th anniversary.  WHAT THE!?  That was going to take some serious energy on our part.  So, we both started out the day with a work out, then our big hike, then straight from the hike we took our kids over to Mimi & Papa's for a sleepover where we jumped into the pool fully clothed, because why not!? heck, this is our 10th anniversary!  

Wahoo - 10 years baby!  
(Also a quick swim for some fuel points!) 

After swimming, we quickly changed and headed out for 9 holes of golf, where we walked of course - think fuel points here people!  

For dinner, we went cheap but yummy at Cafe Rio.  I talked to the guy into giving us free drinks and dessert because it was our anniversary!  

After dinner, we went on a quick walk around the neighborhood to ensure this happy ending ... (and then finished the night off at a 10:30 movie!)  

Anyone who does fuel, knows this is a pretty big accomplishment, especially since we could both accomplish such a big number together the same day!  And, for the record, my number is the top one! ;) Spence was so cute and kept saying, 'if we can do 10k fuel points on our 10th anniversary, we will be unstoppable!' haha! I love his zest and positivity for life!   

I am grateful for Spencer and for the life we have created together.  I feel so extremely blessed and happy to be where I am at in my life right now.  We have had tons of ups and some downs, but more than anything we have been able to really stretch ourselves and grow and I am so grateful to be on this journey with Speen, my love and best friend!  

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Manti, Utah Temple

We visited the Manti, Utah Temple the end of June.  This temple is absolutely breathtaking, and I was so excited to show it to my children.  

Interesting facts about the Manti, Utah Temple 
3rd operating temple 
Announcement: June 25, 1875
Dedication: May 21-23, 1888 by Lorenzo Snow 
Rededication: June 14-16 by Gordon B. Hinckley 
Perched atop "temple hill" visitors can see the Temple from miles and miles away.  
Third temple built in Utah 
Only temple dedicated by President Lorenzo Snow 
Built on a rattlesnake infested site known as the Manti stone quarry.  
Twin self-supporting, open centered spiral staircases wind up five flights of stairs up each of the octagonal towers on the west side of the Temple.   The dramatic stairways are considered an engineering marvel for the Utah pioneers.  
Hand painted murals are found on the walls of the progressive ordinance rooms. 
There used to be an arched tunnel that cars could drive through to get from one side of the temple to the other; it has since been closed.  
The Manti temple is only one of 7 temples where patrons progress through different rooms.  
The Manti temple is only one of two temples (the SL temple being the other) where live acting is performed for the endowment.  
Lightening struck the temple in 1928 and burned for three hours before it could be extinguished.  
1985 the Manti temple was rededicated after a four year renovation project.  
Thousands of people flock to the Temple every year in June to watch the popular Mormon Miracle Pageant.  

We decided to come down in June to see the Mormon Miracle Pageant - also known as the Manti Pageant.  As we arrived we found a street vendor and got some rice.  It was enough rice to feed our and the Wilkinson's children!

Before the pageant stared, we were able to walk around the Temple grounds and see how beautiful it was.  The Temple does truly sit atop a beautiful hill and it was so neat to see it as we were miles and miles away.  

The pageant was a spectacular site. Hundreds of people dressed up and performing three intertwined gospel stories - the restoration of the gospel, the witness of the Book of Mormon and the journey of the faithful pioneers to the beautiful Sanpete Valley.  It demonstrates the love of Jesus Christ for all people.  

Wow, such a beautiful site!  

I am grateful for this beautiful house of the Lord.  

Monday, November 18, 2013

Hike 6 - Spanish Fork Canyon

We were planning on hiking to the Hot Pods up Spanish Fork Canyon with our friends the Wilkinson's on the way to the Manti Pageant.  We got about half way up and had to turn around so we made it to the Manti Pageant on time, but the section we hiked was a blast!  

Spence leading the way! 

Tallie helping cute Collin along.  

It didn't take long before we saw Tallie start to do this.  In her defense, it was extremely hot - over 100 degrees, so we didn't blame the kids for being a bit sluggish! 

We made it to the bridge and the little river.  

Took this candid shot of two best buddies hiking down the trail.  

Even saw a little lizard on the way back down!  

Beautiful Spanish Fork Canyon 

Wednesday Hike 5 - Ensign Peak

Ensign Peak is the perfect quick, easy kid-friendly hike!  It's not too long, it's right in the City, and it has a beautiful view of the Salt Lake Valley.  

Lance & Owen nearing the top.  The Great Salt Lake in the background.  

The significance of Ensign Peak:  

Two days after arriving in the Salt Lake Valley, Brigham Young and seven other pioneer leaders climbed the mountain to survey the valley. From its summit they laid out in their minds the city they intended to build. A small monument now sits on the summit.

The Crew!  Love all these cute kids!  

The Tag Team 

The Walker Fam! 

The Wilkinson Fam! 

Oh my dear sweet Presley!  Life would be so much easier for you (and your knees) if you learned to walk!  

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Father's Day 2013

So, I decided to do something different this year and I planned a surprise triple date for Spence, my dad and my father in law.  I planned a fun Iceberg dinner in my backyard.  When the dad's arrived they got necklaces to wear with a big hunk candy bar tied to them!  

After dinner, I handed each of them an envelope and inside were tickets to the Tim McGraw concert for that night!  10 years ago when Spence and I were first married we took our parents on a triple date to the Rod Stewart concert at Usana.  I thought it would be fun for all of us to go to another concert together.  

We "skor"ed with these "big hunks" in our lives!  

Here we are all set up and ready to go at the concert.  We had a really fun time, although - I have definitely changed in the past 10 years and would have much preferred to not be sitting on the lawn next to a bunch of drunk fraternity brothers! I told our parents, when we come again in 10 years, we will splurge and get some seats!  

Father's Day morning - after letting Spence sleep in for a while, the kids couldn't wait any longer and went and woke him up!  Spence is probably hands down the best dad in the world.  He loves being a dad and is more than willing to help with anything.  He will often be found running through the house playing hide and seek, wrestling with the kids before bed, reading, playing the wii or playing chess with Lance, holding Presley,  or making Tallie laugh.  Our kids also have a good understanding of Gospel stories and principles thanks to him.  He is such a good teacher, patriarch and husband.  We all scored the jackpot and I am really grateful for Spence!  

After church we went to my mom's for a Father's Day dinner.  
Love my little fam!  

Happy Father's Day to my dad too!  He is very smart, talented, generous and hard working.  I love our yearly ski date to Deer Valley.  It is something I look forward to all year!  Grateful for my dad and all he does for me and everyone around him.  He is also probably the most incredible gardner I know!  

After dinner we went on a hike (Donut Falls x2!) with Spencer's Dad.  
I love this picture of Spencer's parents helping our kids down to the falls.  

Spencer's dad is a man of great faith.  He is optimistic and hard working and has a lot of perservearance. There is no doubt this man has a burning testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  He wakes up every Friday at 4am so he can go and work in the Salt Lake Temple.  He loves and cherishes that opportunity.  He also loves getting involved in good causes and charities.  Right now he is extremely passionate and involved with the Utah Youth Village.  It is fun to see his love for serving God and others.  I am grateful to have his example in my family's life.  

Tallie taking in the beauty all around her!  

I think it was a fact that Tallie would eat it - literally fall flat on her face every time we went on a hike!  Thanks for the lift up Papa!  

Little miss goofball!  

What a wonderful Father's Day!  So grateful to have so many good men in my life.  I'm thankful for you all!