Christmas 2016

Raven and Sidnee got me crazy socks.  I only wanted two things this year- to have Raven come home and crazy socks.  I got both.  It was nice to go to Church and spend the rest of the day playing games and visiting.  This was a great Christmas.

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Christmas Adam

Raven flew in on Thursday, and Shalene and Danny came down to hang out yesterday. This is the combined Smith clan on Tioga bridge.
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We took them to Colliding Rivers. You can see the mud coming in from the left on Little River.

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We were hoping to find something to replace the lights on Temple Square, so we went to Festival of Lights in Roseburg. They use 500,000 lights.img_1929

This is the world’s largest Nutcracker.  He looked kind of creepy.img_1930

The best one ever.  Penguins rule.img_1952

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Adventure day with Jeff K

Jeff K and I went on a manly adventure on Tuesday. It’s Saturday, but I’ve been a little preoccupied this week. We took the logging road above Cavitt Creek. We found ice on the rocks before we hit the snowline.img_1757

This is the lake with no name.img_1764

This is the frozen lake near Red Top before we dropped down to Myrtle Creek. It was a manly day filled with chainsaw action, grouse and broken snow chains.img_1768

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Christmas card 2016

As we started 2016 we had no idea what changes we would experience. Raven graduated high school from Summit Academy, turned 18 and started college at UVU.  img_0174-1

 

Sidnee turned 16 and got her license. She thought she could eat these 16 tacos, but didn’t come close.  Jill Clark made her the special birthday hat.  Sidnee started a new school and played soccer.img_1409

 

Mason turned 13 and started a new school. He served as the Deacon’s Quorum President for a while in Eagle Mountain. He has spent quite a bit of time outdoors cliff jumping, mountain biking and hiking.img_2595-1

 

Jaxon started a new school and learned to be a confident swimmer in the North Umpqua river. He participated in the pie eating contest at the Fall Festival in Roseburg. He didn’t feel so good when he was finished.img_1592

Steve’s cousin Paige was finishing her mission in Eugene recently. Her last city was Roseburg, and we were able to see her a few times. This was at Stake Conference the day before she left.img_1617

 

Our biggest change came when we moved from Utah to Oregon. In April we felt like it was time to move, but we didn’t know how or where. We came to Roseburg, Oregon to visit Shawn and Jill Clark in July and fell in love with Roseburg. They brought us to Tioga bridge in Glide, and we were blown away by how beautiful the area was.  Steve was able to get a job transfer with Chase and we made the move in late August.  The move has been challenging at times, but we know it was the right thing to do.  We miss family and friends (Idaho, Utah and New Jersey), but we love being surrounded by nature.  We hope this holiday season finds everyone safe and healthy.  We love and miss all of you.img_1662

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Thanksgiving

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Mason, Jaxon and I played football at Stewart Park this morning. We combined for 5 touchdowns and 1 sack. A tight hamstring, but no injuries, so it was a success.

We went to Shawn and Jill’s for dinner. This was Jill’s adult table. It was nice to spend time with them, especially since this is our first Thanksgiving outside of Utah. Great food. Great company. A great holiday.

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Swiftwater to Tioga bridge

I rode from Swiftwater to Bob’s Butte. Once I got there I saw Tioga bridge and realized I was just above the place I stopped in July with Mason and Jaxon. I decided to ride to Tioga bridge and had DeLana pick me up. Section 1 down.img_1648

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Thank you Veterans

Thank you to all who have served. May your sacrifice never be forgotten.

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Cari’s wedding

We just got back from Cari’s wedding in Utah. It was a short Wednesday to Sunday trip, but worth the effort. The is Cari and Wylder outside the Provo City Center Temple.fullsizerender-1

Our family unit while we were waiting for Cari and Wylder.  Raven gave me those cool socks.
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Ashley made the wedding cake. It looked fantastic.
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Sean, Kev, Matt, Ryan, Steve, Craig, Reed.  Cousin, brother, cousin, brother, me, brother, brother.
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Train engine

I went walking at lunch this week and found this locomotive engine at Stewart Park. It reminded me of a park I went to in California when I was a kid. It had an engine like this and a military jet. It was so fun to play there.
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I took the kids here after Jaxon’s soccer game this morning.  They liked it as much as I did.
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Sidnee

Today is Sidnee’s birthday. I’m still trying to figure out how it got here so quickly. Kenny Chesney is one of my favorite country singers, and I can’t hear this song without thinking about Sidnee. Dad always calls Sidnee his gypsy, and this song fits. That wild spirit is a strength to me. I’m glad she’s here with me.

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