Saturday, July 25, 2009

Happy Pioneer Day!

We celebrated our Pioneer Day by hiking Silver Lake in Big Cottonwood Canyon. The historical marker there states that Brigham Young and some of the saints camped there on July 23-24, 1857 on the first statewide Pioneer Day celebration.

Here are a few pictures of the fun: Emma on my back, the boys getting along, (for once!) a natural rock wall discovered and conquered, Matthew's owee, handsome Glen and the scenery.

Friday, July 17, 2009

The Utah Symphony

I love classical music! Luckily, Ethan does too and has accompanied me to concerts since he was 4. This week we went to see The Utah Symphony's free concert at the Sandy Amphitheater.

It was a fantastic program sampling many types of music: waltz, polka, march, jazz, etc. The conductor was very interactive with the audience. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to give classical music a try! (and bring kids to a family friendly classical concert... those are rare)
We sat on the lawn, snuggled on a blanket and shared chocolate. I loved it!

Ethan's favorite was the popping sound repeated during the Champagne Polka by Strauss and the sunset.

My favorite was the wacky Concerto for Cell Phone by Stephenson. (hilarious live!)

We both anticipated the playing of our favorite "Hoe Down" from Rodeo by Copland that was played second to last.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Ethan's Statement of the Week

Last Friday we celebrated my Grandma Miller's 74 birthday. Happy Birthday Grandma! I'm so happy she's my Grandma. She has accomplished so much in her life and has guided me through difficult times in my life. So Ethan looked at the candles on her cake and said to everyone, "74. I think she's going to die soon." (Gasp! Followed by a whole lot of laughter) Hope not 'cause I love my Grandma!

Friday, July 3, 2009


Van 1 departing for Logan: me, my Mom, JoAnn and Mike, Andrea, Shawnie, and Janice, our volunteer for the race. LOVE THEM ALL!
(I don't have pics of the other half of our team/Van 2 yet)

1 race of 187.9 miles from Logan to Park City + 2 vans of 6 runners = the most extreme 2 days of my life!
Team Generation Gap finished in 34 hours!
I never considered myself an extreme athlete. I definitely qualify now. I ran 3 times in 34 hours: leg 1 was 6.9 miles downhill around noon, leg 2 was 8.1 miles uphill around 10 pm and my last was 3.1 miles flat around 11 am. I lived in a van, ate out of a cooler for 2 days, skipped a few showers, ran on a dark road during the night with only a headlamp and a couple glowsticks lighting my way, slept in a field on a tarp, and stood in the wind and rain waiting for my team to finish. Summed up it was the craziest thing I've done in my life and I would do it again!

I had great bonding time with my Mom. Lucky me! (She and I had to have a picture of the "Honey Buckets")