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Labor Day

Our Labor Day was low key highlighted by a trip to a local park for a family bike ride.  Marie and Oliver now ride our bikes so we walked alongside the little ones in training wheels.  The weather was a delightful change from the dismal unusually early cooler weather... read more

Beach Party

One of Walter’s favorite places to go is the beach.  We wanted to make it out at least once this summer and decided to plan a trip on his birthday right before he headed back to school.  The day before he helped direct me how to make his cake which he wanted to... read more

Martin Guitar Company

The world class Martin Guitar Factory is just less than five minutes from our chapel.  Noticing our chapel grounds needed some weeding I decided to make it a school day covering the subjects of civics and music.  First we headed to the chapel to weed and trim.  Then... read more

My Surreal August

Right after we returned from our family vacation I experienced some rather surreal moments as a mom, wife, and woman.  The first was having Oliver head out to 11 year old scout camp.  In no way was I mentally ready to have a kid old enough to head off to scout camp.... read more

Kickin’ it back

Our last full day in Utah we let the kids have a marathon day of watching their newly discovered favorite TV shows with Grandma and Grandpa while Shane and I went out for a date to BYU.  Shane gave me a tour of the places he worked telling me about his experiences.... read more

Thanksgiving Point

Even though we were very tired from our trek across the state we made a visit to the natural history museum at Thanksgiving Point on Wednesday.  This place was at THE top of Peter’s list.  The younger kids enjoyed the exhibits and the sand table.  I pushed the... read more

Bryce Canyon

After surviving the night in our sketchy hotel we woke up to some very unusually cold and wet weather for southern Utah.  We ate breakfast outside on some benches and packed up to make the most of our day at Bryce Canyon.  Thankfully I packed for contingencies and had... read more

Zion’s National Park

We spent the next day at Zion’s National Park hiking with the family.  We went on an easy hike and ate lunch on our hike.  The squirrels were crazy and made eating our lunch a tricky experience.  The three oldest hiked up the river while we headed to a more... read more

Reunion Day 3

By Sunday Walter was finally starting to feel better.  Grandma and Grandpa watched Walter for us while we went to church.  We managed to snap a quick family photo before we left.  After church we snapped a few more photos of the Klingonsmith brothers and cousins... read more

Reunion Day 2

On Day 2 our kids go to experience a true Klingonsmith adventure by getting up early and heading off to a trail head at Snow Canyon to eat breakfast and hike before it got too hot.  I stayed behind with our sick boy.  Brooke decided she would miss me too much so she... read more

Reunion Day One

Friday morning Shane and the kids headed out with the rest of the family to tour some historical sites in St George.  They enjoyed their tours of the St. George temple grounds and a few other historical houses in the area while I stayed home taking care of Walter who... read more

Cabin in Beaver

Our first stop in Utah after a very hot airplane ride and late night socializing with the family was Grandma and Grandpa K’s cabin in the mountains by Beaver.  It is a place we love and was on the top of the kids things to do.  I personally love this spot... read more

Independence Day Tradition

We were so excited to have eight of the twelve siblings at our traditional 4th of July party this year.  It was a house full of cousins enjoying themselves immensely.  I got to meet Abraham’s girlfriend, Pauline, for the first time.  She has all the kids wrapped... read more

Pool Time

A local pool was renovated this year and the set up is perfect for our kids to attend with just me so we got a membership with the goal of teaching the oldest three to swim properly.  The kids love going and can safely splash around from zero depth to 5 feet.  They... read more

1st Scout Overnighter

Oliver went on his first overnight scout camp out ever!  His scout leader was worried about rain and thunderstorms predicted for that evening but Shane and Oliver convinced him they would be there rain or shine.  Oliver was very excited to go with Shane and although... read more

Isabelle’s Visit

We had a wonderful time entertaining Isabelle for a few days.  We spent a fun evening at Grandma’s house before we headed back to our house.  The next two days were very rainy but we managed to get a fun bike ride in and an adventurous hike on the Delaware River... read more

Valley Forge

We drove back down the next day for another quick visit with Missy before she flew home.  This time we met up at Valley Forge Park with all the cousins and Grandpa.  Grandpa provided us a wonderful lunch and then the kids played at the visitors center.  Missy took... read more