Sunday, March 8, 2015

St George

It's always so nice to have an escape from everyday life and get some new perspective and see new new vistas.  We welcomed a trip to St George this past weekend!  A little business tied in along with some much needed down for both of us.

We chose to stay at the  Green Gate Village Historic Inn.  
A charming little B&B. The artist Eric Dowdle painted this rendition of it:

We stayed in the Tolley Cabin, a small two room cabin moved from the Nephi area. 

 The above photo shows the home before it was moved and the family who lived there.  I read about this family and have had a hard time getting them and some of my own ancestors off my mind.  They had 13 children, 10 of whom survived to adulthood.  After the last child was born (if I remember correctly)  the mother had an insect bite that infected her leg such that she had to have it amputated from the knee down.  The boys would sleep out on the screened porch in the winter and in the summer they would find themselves sleeping under an apple tree.  As we relaxed in the our small little room I couldn't help but wonder how people survived back then.  I know my own grandfather lived in a similar sized home with a family about this size, too.  It's quite remarkable to me.  We are truly blessed today. 

We stayed in the far room of the home pictured above.  
I did lots of stitching and  Mark enjoyed some time on his bike.   
We love eating at Benja's for Thai.

I like poking around in some of the little shops ... and there is a real bookstore in St. George - Barnes and Noble!  We sound like we live deprived lives in our little valley!  Not so - but we love exploring!

It's always a treat to attend the St George Temple.  It was the first temple to be completed here in Utah.  One of our friends had recently done a replica of the original table the Celestial Room.  The base was kept, the table top redone.  Another good reason to make a visit.  It was exquisite.

That same friend has built a table that is a very close replica 
of the desk in the Oval Office in the White House.  

Yep, Mark was drooling over the gorgeous wood grain.

 I think he said the Oval Office original has leather around the outside - he chose to do marble.

 And instead of the Presidential Seal, he had the boat five of his 
ancestors came to America on, carved to put on the front.
(Me and my facts, don't quote me, it could have been five families...)

It was a treat to visit their home.  We really have a lot pretty remarkable people in our lives!
They have two special needs daughters and we attended the roadshow for the
special needs mutual one night.  Very, very touching.

The Inn Keeper told us that the little home we stayed in may be one of the most painted buildings 
in Utah.  I'll have to keep my eye out for it now.  This one was hanging in our room.

We enjoyed every breakfast served to us as well as the quiet grounds.
(Breakfast was served in the building with the lights on.)

Spring is certainly on its way!

This is the famed green gate for which the Inn is named after:

 What's the history behind our name "Green Gate" Village?  In 1877, Brigham Young ordered white paint for the newly finished LDS Temple. When the shipment finally arrived by wagon, everyone was disappointed to learn that the paint was green, not white.  Unable to return it, Bro. Brigham gave the green paint to local St. George residents to gild their gates and fences. Only one of those green gates still remains from a 137 years ago and is currently on display in our formal garden.  Other gates surrounding the Village are patterned after this treasured original.

It's back to real life again!

We felt lucky to have some time on the road together with no distractions. 

We live in such a gorgeous state xo

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Love is Real

In early December we helped Mark's parents move up to Pioneer Valley Lodge.  It has been so nice having them closer and we feel the timing couldn't have been better.  Sadly, Mark's mom fell and broke her hip on January 30th.  We have been spending a lot of time with them.  Mark's brother came up for several weeks - that was a life savor!  She is doing well.  Getting old is not an easy thing to do. We are learning so much with them through this process.  Life has a way of stretching us in ways we might not be expected to stretch.

Love is real and vital for each of us.  Mark's Dad has dementia and has been very tender during this time.  Even though a lot of it was confusing for him, it was so sweet to watch him light up when they could be together.  I think his favorite time of day was getting in the recliner next to her bed and just taking a nap together.  Many times Jason or Mark and I would walk into her hospital room and they would be there holding hands, singing old songs together.  Love is real.

Mom got to go home on February 17th.  We are hopeful that she will have the strength to make a full recovery.  She has been a real trooper through this whole ordeal.  Aging ain't for sissies!

Sooo, on the other side of the cookie we have some darling littles who have much energy and their own little agenda of what life means and lessons that they can teach us.  Molly and Owen got to come for an extended stay while their mommy and daddy attended their aunt's wedding in Oregon and then enjoyed some alone time for a couple of days.

We could just stop everything to watch these two do their thing.  So entertaining!

They both took their turns being on the sick bed :(

 We squeezed in time to paint nails and do a little shopping!

The duck pond is always good for a change of scenes.  

They have started calling the Mini, "The Hot Rod"

 Aunt Emily came up for the weekend and helped us make cookies!  
Aren't they the best Valentine treat ever??
{props to Em for grabbing her camera to catch some great photos!}

Now sadly we didn't get any photos of these two little cuties with their Papa!  He broke the most amazing Papa record by taking them to visit 3 parks and get pizza and slurpees all in one day!!

Movie Night

Molly is up at the crack of dawn ready to have some fun!  
It was barely 7 am and we had the Cootie Game well under way!

They love to cook!!  And eat!! 

And at the end of our time together, we were sad to let them go 
 but Mom and Dad were so happy to be back with their kiddos again.  
Yep ... Love is Real
And it is what life is all about.
Nothing else really matters.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

A Very Unusual January

We have had a very unusual winter.  January has been unseasonably, record breaking, warm!  
On January 2nd things didn't look so very different

But as the days went by it began to look and feel very much like Spring!

I don't ever remember seeing so much green and feeling so much warmth from the sun

It was a very enjoyable January!  We had a few designer storms which brought
snow to the mountains - but nothing down in the valley.

We'll see what February holds.  I could get use to this kind of winter!

We have two very special birthdays in our family
during January. Molly and Owen turned 5 and 3 !!

We celebrated with a visit to The Museum of Natural Curiosity.  It was great fun!  My camera decided not to work once we got there so I  have a few phone photos.  They do have the most energy and curiosity and the day was just one of those perfect days you want to hold on to.

We sure LOVE spending time with our grand children.
The are such bright spots in our lives xo

I spent many hours preparing for two classes I taught at Winter Quiltfest
in late January.  I always enjoy spending time with quilters!  They are some
 of the best people on the planet.  I especially enjoyed weaving some discussion and 
challenge projects in about creativity!