Hello stranger! I wrote this lovely little post on being better than me and then fell off the face of the earth. No posts, hardly a facebook peep out of me and not so much as a tweet on twitter. Few peeps, no tweets – that’s how I’ve rolled for the past week and a half. A lot has certainly happened and I almost feel sad that I didn’t journal it in to the blog archives but I’m happy I enjoyed life in the moment even if that means memory has already started to blur the focus of my mind’s camera.
We’re in that crazy part of summer where we finally feel like “it really is summer woohooo!” just in time to realize that only a few weeks away is “the end of summer, how did this happen?!” and we are all scrambling around trying to enjoy every last ounce of sunshine and pack as many outdoor activities in while at the same time getting ready for back to school – the first “back to school” of Mackenzie’s life. He has no idea. Next summer he will understand how precious these days are. Right now he thinks that summer vacation is just “life as usual.”
A few of the highlights:
- My sister and her kids came and stayed with us. They were here for just a few days but we made the most of it.
- We took all the kids to the Dinosaur Park
- Went on a bike ride at our favorite trail
- Explored the Salt Lake Farmer’s Market and stocked up on Thrive Tonic
- Visited the Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City and made a few winged friends. One Ritz cracker and Spencer was this peacock’s favorite visitor.
- Finally, we just hung out pool-hot-tub-side enjoying each other’s company. It might have been a hundred degrees out but the kids insisted the hot tub sounded like way more fun than the pool. I will never understand that one.
- We celebrated Pioneer Day! Although, after reading Ali’s blog post I really wish we had known about Pie and Beer Day and done that instead Pioneer Day is basically a Mormon holiday celebrating the arrival of Brigham Young and the first troop of pioneers in Salt Lake City. This is the Place!
- We decided to partake in a fun run 5k at Mountain Green – part of Tour de Mtn Green instead of the more traditional Pioneer Day festivities (parade, rodeo, fireworks) Nothing against parades and rodeos – but it sounded like a mob scene worth steering clear of.
- Nick and I ran the 5k which was anything but fun. Ahem, fun run? Next time you name your run fun consider a flat course. This was 1.5 miles UP and 1.5 miles down. At the base of Snowbasin. It was gorgeous though and we did it!
- Mackenzie even ran for a decent portion of the course. When Mack wasn’t running, he got to ride in the jogger with Spencer as Nick pushed. Once Nick got close to the finish though, Mack hopped out again and finished the race running his hardest. He was so proud of himself – wearing his new running shoes and the shirt that matches dad’s.
- Mack saw me coming round the corner and ran back to finish the race with me too. It was very sweet
- Team Bowsher! Spencer was an official race participant – complete with a band for his ankle LOL
- Post 5k, we enjoyed a few of the other activities at Tour de Mtn Green, including the carnival games and the rock climbing wall they had set up. My only regret is that we didn’t know about the Tour until the day before otherwise we would have signed up for several of the other events, all of which were free, including sunset/sunrise yoga, mountain biking tours, family hikes, river rafting, canoe rides and a ton more I can’t even remember.
- We capped off our Pioneer Day adventures with a long bike ride at the river. Starting the day with a 5k, ending with a long ride, this is what an extra day off is perfect for.
We also went on a trip to Seattle to visit our family and friends – save it for the next post!
What have you been up to?