Sunday, September 8, 2013

Quick Update

The past few weeks have been pretty busy.  I've canned peaches and tomatoes, started new sewing projects, we replaced windows so I painted the new sashings, I'm working on restoring a wooden chest and getting ready to paint our family room.  In addition to that, Hannah started 2nd grade, Jonathan had a birthday and I took some of my class from church to see the historical sites in Kirtland, Ohio.  Hyrum went to California for work and took a couple of extra days to hike the highest point in Nevada with his brother.  The past month has been busy and full of good things as we tried to take in the last few days of summer.  Here are a few pictures to illustrate. 

My primary class outside the John Johnson Home in Hiram, Ohio.  This is one of my favorite Church History Sites in the Kirtland area. 

I'm peeling peaches for canning.  Hyrum was in-charge of the syrup and the pressure cooker. 

Hyrum in Yosemite. 

Hyrum at the top of Boundary Peak

Hannah's first day of school.

Happy Birthday, Jonathan.

Birthday, Brownie Ice Cream Sundaes.

Opening 5 presents for his magical birthday.

8 Years

Hyrum and I have been married for 8 years.  I think I can safely say that we love each other more now than we we did when we first got married.  We aren't perfect but we are learning how to work together and each day I think we get a little closer to that goal.  I am grateful for Hyrum and his patience with me and my faults.  He's a good man and I'm glad we get to walk this journey together and hopefully continue into eternity.

We're not real big on celebrations but we do try and go out occasionally.  This year I decided I really wanted to go out on a "real" date for our anniversary.   I had a church meeting on our actual anniversary so we decided to go out a few nights earlier.  I made dinner reservations and made plans.

We ended up riding the Duquene Incline.  It was fun.  The ride up and down is really short but we walked through the engine room which Hyrum really enjoyed.  He like seeing how things like that work.  One the neat things is that because of the way it's built it is quite automated even though there is no digital circuitry.  I often forget just how people use to do things.  I think our ancestors were smarter than we give them credit for.  Mechanics can do an awful lot even without a computer attached to it.

After our ride up we had dinner at the top of the hill at the Coal Hill Steakhouse.  We weren't very impressed by the food though the view of the city was nice from the balcony.  It was nice to have dinner together without begging someone to sit down or hurry and just eat.

It was a nice way to commemorate the beginning of our family, 8 years ago.  I'm looking forward to the future as we watch the kids grow and as Hyrum and I learn to work together even more and follow some of our dreams.  One of our family mottoes is "Adventure is Out There."  It truly is and I'm excited to find it with Hyrum by my side.