My family has been in the same house all year, we have all been at the same jobs, but we changed so much! I went on a girls trip for the first time mostly with women I didn’t know previously. We went to Palm Springs in February. My friendships have grown so much. I turned 30 this year and feel so grownup. I’ve written my senator oodles. I’ve attended killer parties and concerts. I’ve read some of my favorite books. I ran almost everyday throughout the summer, all around Springville, and got up to four and a half miles. Also, my managers at Larson Davis decided that I knew what I was doing and now I make instructional videos for Youtube, which means I’ve learned Adobe Premier. It’s been pretty exciting.
An events company hired Adam to do a big pumpkin event series in Salt Lake during October, Pumpkin Nights. All the events he wanted to do, and whatever he wanted to carve in however many giant pumpkins he wanted. He put them in contact with a grower he knew. He learned the pumpkin grower grew two acres of giant pumpkins, so we visited the dairy farm in September and saw the fields– as far as the eye could see. We took home two giants that day, including a new kitten. There were dozens of cats and this little runt kept following us around. We named her Sprout. She is now a chubby cotton ball that bites your fingers when you pet her and has decided she will be in an indoor cat.
We went camping at Pineview in August– the girls woke us up god awfully early, so I took Nina to the water and we paddle boarded until the boats came out. We watched the sun rise. It was just her and I, the still water, and the rising sun. I want to remember that forever.
Last year, when I was pretty sure they were going to offer me my job, I realized that we were going to be able to go to Disney World. I was driving at the time and just started screaming– my kids were so worried. But I was laughing when it turned to crying, and then I told them what I realized. So January 2017, we went to Disney World. We took the red eye to Orlando and stayed at a nice house with a pool. We did Disney from the moment they opened the gates to when the last firework went off at night. We also went to a gator park, which turned out to be my favorite part.
Adam and I turned the RV parking area on our property to a garden. We grew three giant pumpkins, tomatoes, peppers, beans, squash, and three rows 7 feet tall of Hopi pink corn. Our cat Gerty lived in the corn like a tiger in a jungle– every time I went out to weed she would twist around my legs telling me stories and asking me all her kitty questions.
One summer night, while we were laying in our grass staring at our house, a little bored, Adam told me how much he wanted to rip the ugly, old vinyl siding off of our house. I told him to just do it. So, he did. Underneath was two stories of adobe colored, beautiful brick. He renovated our bedroom, too. Only took six weeks. He exposed the interior brick wall, and it looks stunning.
Mae started kindergarten at Walden Liberal Arts School in Provo. Deciding to send her to a Montessori charter school was not easy. Adam and I both went to standard public school. But it has been amazing. It’s a well run, kind school that develops little fun-loving, respectable, and stalwart children.
Nina has decided that potty words are the absolute most fun things to say 24/7. She’s cute so we let her. She sleeps most nights with an ice pack, and spent all summer in our kiddie pool. She collects random objects for her “project”, and I’m still not sure what this project is. She’s a honey bee.
I have so many plans for 2018. I want to swim more, run more, make more, read more, and be more. I want to do what I love every day and do it with all the people I love the most.
Happy New Year.