Elora’s Swim Lessons

  Elora got to take swim lessons at the local pool this year. As you can see she’s really excited about swimming.    She really liked her teacher and I was impressed with how brave she was about putting her face in the water and letting go of the side.    Here she is swimming…

Emerald Pools Hike & Dinner

  Our last day hiking in Zion with Manfred & co. we went to the touristy Emerald Pools falls trail. There’s a little spot off the main trail where we’d always hike over to, just to sit down and relax. Elora was excited to carve indian glyphs into the rock and Oliver was happy to…

Zion – Checkerboard Mesa Hike

  We took Manfred and Ingrid and the kids on an “off the trail” hike around the Checkerboard Mesa in Zion. This was nice to get away from the crowded main trails and wander around a bit on our own. Fortunately for them, Karen and I have covered this ground hundreds of times…    Here’s…

Father’s and Son’s Campout @ Tropic Reservoir

 Every year the church in our town does a “Fathers and Sons Campout” and this year our friends from Vienna just happen to be in town. We invited the whole family to come on the campout, including the wife and daughter. It’s not unheard of to bring girls along, as I (Chris) did it when…

S’mores for Everyone!

A friend from my MBA program came to Utah with his family for a month long vacation. They spent a week at our house and we decided to cook a country style meal for them. Dutch oven potatoes, dutch oven chicken and for dessert, S’mores! Here we are with our custom fire pit. Out in…

Hiking in Zion

We took Oliver, Elora, and Marion to Zion National Park with us but by the time we got there Marion and Oliver were asleep. So I (Chris) took Elora off on a short walk with me down one of the side canyons while we waited for the kids to wake up in the car with…

Oliver Unpacking

A lot of people ask how we are doing, are we unpacked, is there a weird culture shock with coming home, are we glad to be back, what have we been up to… so here is a post to answer all those normal questions. Here is how the unpacking is coming: Okay, so it is…