Raven

Today is Raven’s birthday.  I’m not sure how it passed so quickly, but I think about her whenever I hear this song.  I’m so thankful to be sealed to my family.  Distance may come between us, but it can never separate us.

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Squaw Peak and Cascade Springs

A lot has transpired in the last few weeks. We spent time in Roseburg, Oregon and fell in love with a place that totally surprised me. I attempted to post pictures, but the technology didn’t cooperate. I’m sure we will get back to that soon. The trip reminded us of how we used to explore and wonder, so we have gotten back in to it. On Saturday I took the family to Squaw Peak. We met a guy that suggested we take a drive on the dirt road to the Rock Canyon overlook. None of us had done that before, and it was beautiful.

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Yesterday we went to Cascade Springs. I used to ride the Cascade Springs trails from below Deer Creek, but we never got where we went yesterday. It was worth the drive.  As I contemplate the future I seem to have a clearer picture of what I want out of life, and most of it takes place outside, with my family.  I feel like strange things are afoot at the Circle K, and I am fine with that.
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High school graduation

Raven graduated from Summit Academy today.  I’m not quite sure how that happened.  I vividly remember my high school graduation, so it doesn’t seem like I should have a child graduating.  The last 25 years feel like only four years.IMG_0129

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Raven and her siblings.IMG_0202

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20 years

We made it to 20 years. We went to Anniversary Inn Monday night and stayed in the Carriage Lane room. It was nice to relax and be lazy.IMG_0100

On Tuesday we went to Allure for a pedicure. That was wonderful. Here’s to the next 20 years.IMG_0108

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25 years

Without missing a day in my journal.  Currently in #75.

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Another Johnny Utah

We went to Momentum in Lehi for Jaxon’s Christmas present. We climbed for three hours, then went to ARUP to donate platelets. We ate a ton of wings at Buffalo Wild Wings, watched a basketball game and went back to Momentum to climb for another 90 minutes. We did some harder sections tonight. Jaxon did really well. We had a fun, manly day.image

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Provo City Center Temple open house

We went to the open house for the Provo City Center Temple tonight. It was converted from the tabernacle after the fire in December 2010. It is a beautiful building. It style resembles a 100 year old building and the stained glass is gorgeous. We could definitely feel God’s love while we were there.image

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Johnny Utah

I took Mason to Sundance to learn to snowboard for his Christmas present. He did well. This is him going through Butch’s Cabin.  We took a snowboard lesson from Nick for 2.5 hours, took a break for lunch, then hit the slopes seven more times.  It was a blast.

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Pinterest Rocket Stove

I had the day off so I made this Rocket Stove I found on Pinterest. I used a #10 can, a 28 oz can, a 14.5 oz can and attic insulation.  Step #1 was to cut out a hole in the #10 can.RS1

Step #2 was to cut a hole in the 28 oz can that goes inside the #10 can.
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Step #3 was to cut the bottom off the 14.5 oz can.RS3
Step #4 was to cut flaps in the #10 can.
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Step #5 was to cut slits in the 14.5 oz can that runs horizontally through the other two cans.  The piece on the left is a shelf to feed tinder and provide oxygen.
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Step #6 was to cut a circle in a #10 can lid.  It holds the insulation around the 28 oz can and allows the fire to escape.
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Step #7 was to fit the 14.5 oz can through the #10 can and the 28 oz can.RS8
Step #8 was to pack insulation between the #10 and 28 oz can, place the #10 lid and bend a few tabs over to hold the lid in place.
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Step #9 was to place the shelf in the horizontal can.  Tinder goes on the top, and oxygen flows through the bottom.  The hole I cut in the #10 lid was too big, which is why you can see the insulation.  I need to do a better of of cutting the tabs next time, but I think it turned out pretty well for my first try.RS10

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Hacksaw knives

I made these two knives from a hacksaw blade. I wrapped the tanto handle in duct tape and the other one in Rescue Tape. I got the idea from Pinterest.Hacksaw knives

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