Monday, October 20

What can I say...

Who would have ever thought that being home would bring so much excitement every week? I didn't. When I was in England I tried to do something every week, because my time there was so limited. This has been a principle I have been trying to apply in my life at home, and it's not that my time is limited per say, but its all about living the moment, and trying to make the most out of every day. So in between my 15 credit hours of school and 35 hours a week at work, I am finding time to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year. Before I go any further, let me just spill the news that has had me squealing since day one. Jared got his mission call. I have never been good at waiting for things, and I am pretty sure I topped Jared on the anxiety charts every time we checked the mail. If I hadn't been at work when the call finally came (on a Saturday) I probably would have steamed the letter open and attempted a re-seal before anyone else had even realized it was here.

Argentina, here he comes! (I call Jared's iPod)
Speaking of people going places, my friend Maria recently took of to the other side of the world, a place that is 14 hours ahead of us, and almost as exciting as tomorrowland--China. We attended the Italian festival in Salt Lake before she took off, and it was so exciting, we just ended up taking pictures in front of old brick buildings and graffiti.

And speaking of Salt Lake City and going places (I am trying to keep a structure here...) Heidi and I have decided that every Tuesday is not just a Tuesday, but a SUPER TUESDAY. This means that we do something super--the definition of which being rather loose. Most of the activities on this day include things that I have never done before. And I know what your mean there are actually enough things to do in Utah, that you haven't done them all in your, what is it now, 13 years of living there? And the answer is no. Surprising? Not really. You just have to know where to look!

I have never been to the Great Salt Lake.
Nope, never. So off we went just in time for the sunset, and it was so great that my camera battery died, so pictures are limited. This was honestly, the most incredible place I have ever seen a sunset. Ever.

We Went up the canyon as soon as it snowed.
Some people don't look forward to the snow the same way I do. I just love it! In fact, when there isn't enough on the ground at my house, I go searching for more. And that's what we did, and snow we did find!
Some super tuesdays are camera-less.
And only now did I realize that some of our more recent adventures have not involved a camera, but that doesn't mean they weren't amazing!

Today I went hiking with my dad and my brother.

If anybody is sick of pictures of trees and leaves...just scroll

And this is the tree that greets me from my window every morning.
He's a happy tree.
I think Siera loves the fall (almost) as much as I do!

And finally, wrapping things up. I can't believe I am old enough to have friends home from missions. We have had 2 homecomings in 2 weeks, and my friend Siri's farewell, and it doesn't stop there. They are just going to keep rolling in for the next 8 or so months. It's so fun to have these homecomings and farwells (for the girls!) where I get to see my high school friends again. And I think it's true what they say about your high school friends being your friends for life, because even though it's been so long since we have seen each other...its almost like nothing has changed. I just love it.

It's been crazy, but I hope it never slows down!

Wednesday, October 8

Hello Fall

I have been just dying to go to Park City and do the Alpine Slide ever since I have been home, and yesterday, I finally dragged some friends up there with me. My dad was even so generous as to let us take the convertible, and it was wind-in-the-face good the whole ride up there. Fall is my favorite season, what with the slightly cooler temperatures and the changing leaves. Mix that with a little alpine slide, friends, art galleries, Arbys, and star gazing and you have the perfect day in your pocket.
On the lift

After finishing up with the slide and the art galleries on main street, we grabbed some dinner at Arby's and waited for the sun to go down before heading back to the car. We drove up Gardman's pass, which goes all through the mountains, to get to the top and go star gazing. Before we sat back and relaxed though, we noticed that the snow wasn't too far away from us, so we hiked a little ways up the mountain to get to it! First snow of the season!
Now here we are star-gazing. It was so perfect up on top of the mountain, and the convertible's open top made things very convenient for watching the stars!