Joyful Liberation

Joyful Liberation

Monday, July 28, 2008

Happy 18 years :)


David and I have been married for 18 years today! When did that happen?

We celebrated yesterday since David is in Phoenix this week. So, we did what we love to do.....hike :)

We hiked to Stuart Falls behind Sundance Ski resort. It has been about 2 years since we have been there. The view of Mt Timpanogos is incredible!!

After our hike, we went home to clean up and drop off kids to go out to dinner. We went to The Blue Iguana. It was really good. Afterwards we drove up on the bench to watch the storm roll in. It was pretty cool.
I love you David :) Thank you for my new camera!



























Saturday, July 26, 2008

Project Wild


Project Wild is going again and is better than ever! Project Wild is an environmental education program for kids and it is tons of fun. I love teaching this program!

For our first meeting last Tuesday, we learned all about fish and aquatic plants. We played a game called Hooks and Ladders where we were Salmon migrating from and back to our spawning grounds. Then we talked about a local fish, the June Sucker, and it migration patterns from Utah Lake to the Provo River. We then picked a fish to draw, or made up our own and pressed or hammered aquatic plants into it. They turned out really great!!

Here are our works of art.......

Willow's.....she hammered the plants

Josh's....he did not want to add real plants to his so he drew them...


Mara's...she pressed plants.....


Mine....I pressed plants too .....


THEN..............

Yesterday we went on a field trip to Young Living Farms and Fountain Green Fish Hatchery. We had such a great day!

The farm grows lavender and other herbs for their line of products. It smelled so wonderful there. We even had a taste of lavender ice cream and lavender lemonade.

We went on a horse drawn wagon tour of the farm and saw all the animals that live there and the medieval jousting area. In June, they have "Lavender Days" and they have jousting and other medieval games. After a picnic on the grounds we headed off to the Fish Hatchery.






The medieval village.........
Mt. Nebo in the distance behind the fields of lavender....





The Animals.........


A zedonk :)


Enjoying our picnic.......


Lavender ice cream....

Yummy Popsicles......


Sarah ......

Robert and Josh.....


Hanging and playing :)


My fish hatchery pictures are all dark because I was using a disposable camera :(

It was great fun! The kids got to feed and even hold some of the fish. The guy doing to tour was so great with them!


He showed us little jars with all the stages of the fish from eggs to fry's....

Then we went into the "nursery" .....


And then out to the the main area where they go once they have gotten big enough......



He let us feed them! It was amazing how the water started to churn. It was like piranhas :)




It was great and we learned a lot!

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I am a mom to 5 amazing kids and married to my best friend and love of my life. We co-habitate with 1 cat, Asha, 2 dogs, Maggie May and Juniper Wren, a Chinchilla names Ozwald, and a Hamster named Fat Panda. We have lived in Salt Lake City for 13 years by way of Tennessee and Oregon. I love to be with my kids, knit, run, craft, sew, paint,travel, hike and play :) I love our crazy life!