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10 years ago…

my now husband came up to spend the weekend with us and he asked my parents if he could marry me. We were at the same cabin, same resort, for the same holiday this past weekend.

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So ten years has brought us short/receding hair, four kids, a farm, and most importantly…I’ve given up my penchant for tight hemp chokers. Whew! That’s progress, man!

I grew up with my Grandpa’s cousin’s cabin, tucked up above the Sundance Ski Resort (also think Sundance Film Festival), as being this supremely magical place. And I know I use the term magical casually, but this place is almost my definition of magical, especially to a 5-8 year old. There is a ship’s window (round with big brass fittings) in the wall, real spears and other exotic weapons, a whole cabinet full of antique locks and keys, but that doesn’t even scratch the surface. My “uncle” (much easier than typing out the actual relationship) traveled as a political science professor for BYU. He spent a lot of time in China (did I mention the artillery shell that was almost taller that Naomi in the kitchen?), and as a result of their travels the Cabin is filled with the coolest treasures ever. There is a hidden loft and a fairy bathtub (the bathroom is high enough that it could be entirely surrounded by windows and not be a privacy issue, so it’s like taking a bath in a tree). We saw Stellar’s Jays and Black Capped Chickadees. We played in snow, ate good food, and watched Christmas movies. It was everything I wanted and a lovely way to reflect on gratitude.

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He’s a fish most of the time and a monkey the rest of it. But we discovered his latent abominable snowman on this trip.

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Her great grandparents are way nicer than her mother…especially the Grandpa guy.

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I know all mother’s think their daughters are the most beautiful beings to ever drop on to the planet…and this girl…wow, I think she’s pretty.

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Of course this one hated all the love and attention that was showered, nay lathered on her the whole weekend. See that smile? She is being stoic and tolerating it for the benefit of her aunts. Corra is thoughtful that way.

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Oh and the wood burning fire place? Yeah, that’s instant ambiance right there.


Gratuitous artsy picture because I’m in love with my camera.


At least 2/3 of us are looking at the camera. I hope you had a great time doing whatever it is you do on Thanksgiving. I did. Oh and aebleskivers happened, and there was much rejoicing! What are those you ask? Only a culinary delight so fantastic they warrant their own post!   …stay tuned…



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sit down restaurants and stuff you to the gills buffets…

Thanksgiving is awesome. Duh, yes and? Well in our house the yearly rotation works out like this: one year here with my mom and sisters and grandparents and one dad, the next up in St. George with my other Dad and a whole mess of cousins and aunts and uncles and a wonderful great grandma. I wish there there was another set of Parents and cousins and family in the rotation, but their being across the country makes it a bit more complicated. Our 2 common Thanksgiving Experiences are totally different but totally perfect. Mom’s house is like a sit down restaurant. We spend the day cooking, clean up, set the table with nice plates and flatware, then go dress up and get ready. Dinner is served on pretty servingware (ok, when I grow up I want to have pretty servingware.) Lots of fun, laughing and…it’s special and just a bit fancy. Thanksgiving up in St. George is like an all you can eat buffet. Rather it’s a weekend marathon of events and traditions with dinner thrown in there somewhere. Starts off with tyedying (or this year “bleaching”) shirts, other crafts, and dinner prep. Thanksgiving day starts with a massive football game out at the sand dunes to really work up an appeite (so awesome that Garyn is old/big enough to play). Then race back to shower, change, and shuttle food to the clubhouse. Dinner is buffet style, eaten and enjoyed on a massive conglomeration of folding tables and chairs. But the real highlight of the day is Bingo and “minute to win it”. Early the next morning the girls go Black Friday shopping then we trade off kids and the boys go paintballing. The rest of the day we snack on left overs, watch movies and try to take over the world…literally. A big game of Risk happens one of these nights and some day I’ll be able to sit down and beat my cousins husband. Someday. See? A veritable marathon of holiday goodness. This year we got to go to the Buffet. It was great and we had soooo much fun. I love each type of experience and am glad my kids get to do both. Because there are places in this world for both sit down restaurants and stuff you to the gills buffets, and anyone who says other wise is missing out.

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