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Summer Trip June 9-15, 2021 (7 days so far…)

Day 1 of our trip: We went to 22 different States in a 3 week span. We ran a mile in each state and saw so many wonderful things along the way. 

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This is day 1 again just so there’s a picture with the video…

Day 7:

Part 1 of 3 of Our Coast to Coast & Around Trip

June 2020

June Days Leading Up To Vacation!

Well school is out… thank goodness. I so hope the kids can go back to school come the new school year. I didn’t do so well with helping my kids with online school. But the whole excitement of summer was very anticlimactic.

June 1-5:

Soccer games this week for my 3 younger ones and my oldest had a few games of volleyball. They ended up winning the tournament. The neighborhood kids and the girls playing dress up and a hand delivered medal and a t-shirt for a race that was canceled.
Love Mrs. Loveless! She was all of my children’s 1st grade teacher. My 3rd daughter and her had a special bond. She stopped by to bring her a gift. It was a cute book and she stayed to read it to her! ❤️
We were given the ok for cross country practice to start. We had a great turnout. We have to be careful and make sure the kids keep their distance. One of the neighboring HS’s put on a field events meet. We had a good amount from our school come and they performed well (most of them PR’d). It’s too bad we didn’t get a season.

June 6-12:

My niece (Missy’s daughter) was baptized into The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Later Day Saints. My oldest brother was able to come out as well, so we did a nice dinner for his daughter who just graduated from college. It was nice to visit for just the couple of days they were able to come out. A few were able to hike the Hot Springs.
I worked all week for The Clarion. They were doing lunches for Studio C.
We coached our youngest’s soccer team for the rec center. It was fun to do and to watch. We even won the tournament. The last game was so close and a lot of fun.
We have been working on our backyard and trying to clean up after our dogs. Boy, they are messy! Our friends were throwing away their pool because of too many wholes. We decided to take it and try to make it work. 😂 Yeah- 3 days worth of cleaning it, killing black widows and tons of spiders, then patching up about 100+ mini holes. Once we started, though, we couldn’t stop. Aunt Kymbra came into town and we have been hanging out with her and her 3 boys. G-Goat took all the kids to the fishery.
I found these photos in my phone of my oldest and her friend. I thought they were cute!

June 13-20

We laid sod this week… a couple of HS kids came and helped. It went by fast. We had our last soccer games for our 2 middle girls. We made it to the championships and was expected to lose (by a good amount)… but we tied 5 to 5 when they game ended. We went into sudden death (1st team to score, won). Well they had the kickoff, drove it down and scored. It was so awesome for our team to take 2nd and to be that close to winning. The girls had a sleepover (with just our girls) on our trampoline. And the chicks we got just a week ago (the ones Corom let the girls buy when I was at work 🙄) we had to give to our neighbor. We don’t have a backyard set up for them and we are leaving for 2 1/2-3 weeks.
Another week of working for The Clarion. All for Studio C. My oldest came with me a couple of times. She was excited because she likes to watch Studio C.
We hung out with Aunt Kymbra and her kids a lot. She helped all the kids do tye dye.

June 21: Father’s Day

The girls made Corom breakfast and for lunch we had Curry. It was a nice morning for the most part. 😂
After lunch we headed up to my sister in laws house (Yolanda’s) for a Father’s Day bbq. Aunt Vanessa (and her kids, Aunt Kymbra and her kids, and G-Goat and Gary all came as well. It was nice to have the cousins play.

June 22nd: On Monday… we finished packing up the car and cleaning the house. We then left on our trip.

Lot’s going on in the World, especially here in the States. It’s been hard to understand all the hate and why people don’t try to understand each other. People have gone crazy. Anyway… we will keep doing what we can to show people we love them.

May

May was just like April. Trying to fill our days with activities while keeping the social distancing. And trying to get the girls to stay motivated on doing school work. The 2 younger ones struggled a lot in the school work… but I am glad that this was the last few weeks of at home school.

My running for the month has been going well. It is hard for me mentally but I still get up every morning and put the work in! I did meet up with some of my running friends throughout this month and that has helped a ton. We did a few Poppy runs. So beautiful!

May 1-2: The girls worked these past couple of days at the Clarion, the girls put on a movie night and my oldest took her Falconer test (a 200 ? Test that took a couple of hours). A couple of weeks later we found out she passed!!

May 3-6: My youngest was really struggling with homework so corom and her decided to take a break for the day.

Long boarding, crafts, yard work, etc to stay busy.

Dumpster diving (a couple of times) within a couple of days of each other. Probably not aloud but I guess a bunch of soda was thrown away at 1 place and corom didn’t want it to go to waste. 🤷🏻‍♀️

My girls helped put signs around our city for the HS graduates of 2020. Then the captains for our track team came down to help put all the implements away.

May 7-9: Pretend weddings, pedicures for G-Goat, dentists with almost $2000 in cavities 😭, working on the shed and night games.

May 10th- Mother’s Day! Yeah the kids fought a lot this morning. I did get breakfast, so that was nice. And we attempted pictures out on our lawn. 😂 The girls also made cards for the neighbors around our neighborhood.

May 11-15: We visited neighbors, had outdoor movies, played volleyball, worked at the Clarion, crafts, and sleeping in the new “she-shed”. Corom went out to Crumble Canyon for a good hike with his friends.

May 16-17: My oldest’s 14th birthday and our 17 year anniversary (on the same day). We went mountain biking in Park City (on Saturday), did crepes for breakfast, played games, and then her friends stopped by throughout the day on Sunday.

Happy Anniversary 😂

May 18-21: Corom and our 2 middle girls went to Colorado (for Corom to get his teeth worked on… about $2000 worth- thank goodness his brother is a dentist). We try not to go to him; “take advantage” but after getting the girls teeth worked on, Corom decided to go out there. They hung out at the river for a while and with their cousins. The other 2 stayed with me and we just hung out. Our HS graduation was on the 21st. And my 3 younger girls started soccer for the city Rec. It’s crazy how things are opening up!

May 21-25: Corom and a few of his friends went out to Oregon for some trials bike riding.

Missing Jarom (Corom’s brother)

Travis came over not too long after Corom left to help me get my 3rd daughter out of the bathroom… my 2 youngest got in a fight and somehow they jammed the bathroom door and she was stuck in there for about 40 min. The girls and I went for a bike ride, then snow cones, we went to the Dripping Rock with the Bayles’s, the girls went for a ride with G-Goat, and the girls came with me on my run (they were on their bikes). We ran up to the cemetery for Memorial Day.

May 26- 31: The 3 younger girls had soccer games and my oldest played grass volleyball for the 1st time. She loved it. We celebrated Aunt Georgia’s bday and my 2nd daughter finished up on her 7th grade shots. We finished up on our concrete for the backyard, the girls have been catching monster toads at the pond and we’ve been swimming at the reservoir.

Here’s a little recap of things going on (for the end of May and into June)… 2020 has been crazy. With the death of Floyd, things have gone more down hill. I saw this message and can relate:

I can’t keep up. I just can’t. I’m exhausted trying to figure out what we’re all supposed to do, believe, and be outraged by next. Two months ago First Responders were all the rage. In fact, they were heroes. Today we hate them and want them shot and defunded because they can’t be trusted. Truckers were appreciated and now they are blocked and pulled from their rigs and beat. Nurses and Doctors are still cool for now. Unless of course they truly believe all lives matter. Then they’re filled with hate and are part of problem like so many others. Just 45 days ago protests weren’t “essential” and were considered criminal and a murderous activity. Today they’re gloriously critical and celebrated. All of the obvious criminal and murderous activities are simply ignored. If you protest about lockdowns for freedom you’re selfish and you’ll spread a virus. If you protest, loot, and riot for social justice you’re a warrior and the virus cedes. Trust the experts. No, not those experts. Don’t wear masks, wear masks, don’t wear masks. Not sure, but if you don’t you hate people. For 3 months NOTHING was more important than Social Distance, in fact, we gave up all of our liberties for it. We canceled schools, medical procedures, activities, closed businesses, and wrecked the economy for it. Then came Social Justice and Social Distance was no more. Now things are more cut and dry though. Black Lives Matter. OK, let’s do it. Then multiple black police officers and individuals were killed during the “peaceful protests” and I don’t see any outrage. Black individually owned businesses burned to the ground. Silence. Deadliest weekend in Chicago. NOTHING!! I’m really confused now. Look at the data, NO, not that data. Do the math. No, you can’t do the math like that. Just listen to the black community leaders. No not them. If you’re silent you’re part of the problem, if you speak you’re part of the problem. If you have to ask you don’t understand. If you don’t ask, you don’t care. It’s all so predictable, tedious, and exhausting. Nothing adds up. It’s one gigantic common core life problem with ever changing denominators that I’m sure the media and politicians are eagerly ready to solve for us….Can’t Wait!!

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We Made It Through April!

We made this video for the HS seniors and this message went with it:

I absolutely love coaching. I have been coaching HS (track and Cross Country) for 12 years now. Parents, you have raised wonderful young men and women. We (the other track coaches and I) made a video for the seniors this year. Corom Hughes was a huge help in putting this all together but keep in mind… it was made on a IPhone and we coach for a reason and are NOT singers. 😂 We had fun doing this but we will stick to coaching!

Seniors (us coaches said this earlier)… We have seen you grow into wonderful young men and women. You are great examples to us and those around you. You have moved others to strive for greatness. We have seen you work hard and push through barriers (on and off the track) and have made us coaches proud! Keep working and keep pushing through the “barriers”… you are stronger than what you think. Stay positive and never forget to SERVE and bring JOY to others especially during difficult times. It will help you get through hard times and will bring you joy. It has been an honor to be there with you during your times of great achievements and your times of sadness-But those are the times that help us grow the most. Remember to always get back up and to keep moving forward. You are all so amazing! We will always be cheering for you and we cannot wait to see what your futures holds.

And coaches… you guys are the best! Thanks for your friendship!

Running has been good this month.

April 1st-Wed:  Corom made this for his Wednesday’s Corom’s Corner for all the HS kids.

Well… lots of time on our hands to play jokes. Corom and I were able to get into a few (4) of the administrator’s offices at school…

We played a joke on 14 different people with cat facts… You sign up on this phone app and this company will send cat facts to that persons cell phone every 15-30 min. You can see what the person texts back and some of the responses were hilarious! And some had some swears words that made us laugh so hard but I didn’t want to post it… it’s now 5 days after April Fools as I am typing this, and I am laughing so hard about it. It was hilarious.

We saran-wrapped the girl’s bedroom doors. They got us back by putting saran wrap on our toilet seat (good thing Corom and I were already on the lookout for this). We told the girls that they had to repeat school again (that meme that went around). 2 of my daughters started to cry. My 2nd made a video to send to our Governor (Herbert) to tell him why it was not a good idea.

The girls “yarned” our room and my 2nd daughter got a hold of my phone and put everything into a foreign language. Oh, and she somehow changed my name so now when I call someone it shows up as, “The weirdest mom in the World”. That was a good one… I just found that one out. I like it though so I want to keep it.

Ok… for the activity: My 2nd daughter had all of us make cinnamon rolls. The girls did a great job making them. Too bad, corom, and I forgot to get them out of the oven and they were a little overcooked. 😂 Way to end April Fools.

Of course I started off the day with a speed workout! Nice April Fool’s run. It was called, Only Fools Fall In Love virtual 5k. 4 mile warmup, race a 5k, 2 mile cool down. I ran up hill 4 miles, ran the 5k on a fast, aided route (17:40) then a nice and easy cool down. It felt great. After school stuff, we played a game of kickball for PE. The girls and I went around and delivered candy bars to our entire track team letting them know we (the coaches) are thinking of them. We have 148 athletes on our team. We started this on Monday… 😬😂

April 2nd-Thurs: My 3rd daughter for her activity had us all make “friends” for dinner and a movie. Out of stuffed animals, pillows, etc… we had a friends movie night.

An easy 8 miles for me; School work, chores, delivered more candy bars, and PE: Basketball and 4-square:

Corom went on a hike up to Notch Peak.

We brought dinner to the missionaries today.

April 3rd-Fri: My youngest chose to have a dance off and to do a play for her activity.

I Ran 8 miles this morning and the girls finished up their school work pretty quick. We had a lot of time today. They ran around the track, delivered candy bars, and then found things to do at home.

April 4th-Sat:  General Conference today!!! We just hung out today.

I had a 14 mile long tempo run today. I wasn’t in the mood when I first started but once I began I felt better than what I thought I would. It was a great run. In between conference sessions we took a drive up Provo canyon to take some video of my accident (when I was 23) for the video I was asked to do for church.

The girls played on the rocks for a little while as well.

Corom’s activity was to play fugitive around the Jr. High. The girls had to hide and make it back to the house without us finding them while we drove around in our car. It was fun to play with them.

A little “movie” Corom helped me make for church. Because we have not been going to church on Sundays, I was asked to do a 5 min YouTube “talk” about moving forward in Faith. I didn’t know what to do, so Corom helped me come up with this.

Here is the movie Corom helped me with for church:

April 5th- Sunday: General Conference all day. Absolutely loved it!!! So powerful, comforting, and left us with the feeling of hope and peace.

During the 2 hour break, I went out again to drop candy bars off on the HS track athlete’s porches. We have a 148 kids on our team and just want them to know we are thinking of them! (I started delivering on Monday and only have 40 athletes left. 😊) Then we brought dinner to the missionaries (we are missing 1 missionary in this pic).

SPRING BREAK WEEK

April 6th- 10th: This week is Spring Break. It was nice not having to worry about online schooling. My girls and I finished delivering the candy bars this week. We went on a hike to Paul Bunyan’s peak. Short 2 mile hike round trip but so fun. We did not see a single person on the trail. Not too many people know about this place. We then watched a movie.

We were able to find a place to go camping and then went on a good hike the next day. It was nice to break the week up. Our family likes to travel, so this quarantining has been really hard for us being able to pack up and go.

We had concrete poured (but did it ourselves so it was only about $2400 instead of $6-7000), the girls caught snakes, played out on the pond right across from us, painted, cleaned and organized. It was a nice spring break away from homeschooling.

April 11: My youngest’s 10th birthday. I got up early to go for my long run. Once I came home, it was birthday mode! We took her on an all-day scavenger hunt! She said this was the best birthday she has ever had. It really was a lot of fun.

 

Easter Sunday 12: Easter baskets, egg hunts, dinner, bday bunny song surprises for neighbors, visiting goats (that we may get), 2 nieces, and a boyfriend were with us. They have been extra careful keeping their social distancing so we were good to get together. Fun, packed day.

April 13th: Back to the school routine. Today was tough mentally!! Hard to come back to the school routine from home. Started off with an 8-mile run, then school work, and PE time.

For my activity, we made hearts and heart attacked doors and passed out store bought cookies. We got a nice treat of ice cream sandwiches back from some friends.

April 14th-16 TuesThurs: For the activity today, my oldest brought out the sewing machine and the scraps of materials. She knows how to sew, so she taught her sisters how to sew. I have no clue how to do it. The next 2 nights of activities… my 2nd and 3rd daughter wanted to continue sewing. They finished up blankets and little “stuffed animals”. They handed them out to their friends.

My 2nd daughter helping my youngest with her school work. My youngest had another break down.

April 17, Friday: The girls and Corom raced the mile today. It was pretty fun to watch.

For the activity tonight that my youngest chose was to do a candlelight dinner for Corom and I. We were supposed to leave for Greece and Croatia today… but instead we got to have a romantic dinner. 😂

The girls slept outside. They were going to sleep in hammocks but my 2nd daughter fell out of hers and landed on her back pretty hard. She was fine after an hour but her back was still a little sore.

April 18th Saturday:

3 out of the 4 girls ended up inside last night. 🙄 My oldest slept all the way through (well until 5ish in the morning). I went out for my run, then headed off to the Clarion. The girls joined me later to do some yard work for them.

For Corom’s activity tonight: The neighbors across the street put on a “quarantine” Pirates of the Caribbean tour around the pond. It was the cutest thing.

April 19 Sunday:

We (well not me-Corom and the girls) helped our friend Travis doctor up their cat. His kids were pretty sad about their cat. He had a huge cut on it’s leg and was infected. I didn’t think there would ever be a time where someone called Corom to help “fix” an animal.

The girls wrote thank you letters to our Bishop. The YW and YM played a Bingo/Blackout game and if you completed everything in a 3 week time period, he would bring you lunch from Chik Fa La. It was cute. And then We made Churros. They were so good.

April 20 Monday: My choice for the activity/PE time, we went out for a neighborhood bike ride that turned into a trail bike ride. We were gone for a while but so fun.  The girls came home and painted and of course made more Churros.

April 21 Tuesday:  PE time was learning how to play tennis. Yeah… we are not too great at it. A lot more running than hitting.

My oldest chose to do a picnic outside for dinner for her activity.

April 22 Wednesday: We went on a great hike up Payson canyon today for my 2nd daughter’s choice of the activity. (It was actually my choice and they didn’t want to go at 1st.) We went about 3 miles and the girls wanted to go longer, we just ran out of time. They had piano lessons this afternoon. Our piano teacher (she is a junior in HS), wanted to cut my 2nd daughter’s hair… so I told her she could. 😆

My youngest had a major meltdown before we left on the hike. She has really been struggling with the online school work. Her teacher even called to talk with her to help her out but she just ran and hid under the bed. She adores her teacher and when she didn’t talk to him, I knew she was really struggling. He is pretty amazing!

 

April 23 Thursday: Bike riding for their PE activity, then chalk art for my 3rd daughter’s choice of activity.

April 24 Friday: Tennis today for PE, helped water the plants in the greenhouse at the HS (Corom and my oldest daughter really enjoy working with plants), and a quick motorcycle ride with the girls (in the parking lot). For the activity, my 4th daughter wanted to sleep out in a tent. This time, they all made it through the night without coming in.

April 25 Saturday: After my run, I went to the Clarion for another long day of work. The girls went back to the dirt hill on their bikes, worked around the house with Corom (well they were supposed to but probably didn’t do a thing or very little of something-Corom was really frustrated with them but they tend to not help out so much), then the girls came to the Clarion to do yardwork. They did go on a little motorcycle ride as an activity.

 

April 26 & 27 Sunday & Monday:  Sunday after our sacrament, we went for a nice walk with the Bayles’s. Monday we went out for a bike ride after school work.

 

April 28 Tuesday:

My run, then school work, then a little hike up Rock Canyon for rock climbing.

 

April 29 Wednesday: 

My oldest cut my youngest daughter’s hair today. They both came up and asked if she could do it, and I didn’t care. I figured with curly hair, you can hide a lot. My oldest did a pretty good job. I was impressed. After the girl’s piano lessons, we headed to the pond just to get out for a little while.

 

April 30 Thursday:

Today’s activity (by my 3rd daughter) was spa day. It was cute and the girls had fun with it. I was bugged because the mess didn’t get cleaned up for a few days after. 🤷🏻‍♀️

 

Just so I NEVER forget…

April 4,2020. This is a personal update with local and religious info.

*School cancelled March 14, 2020 – it’s continuing online and regular school is scheduled to open again May 1st.

*Church shifted from meeting at the church building to in-home worship starting March 14, 2020.

*No public will be allowed to attend General Conference, which will now be broadcast from a small auditorium on Temple Square (Apr 4 & 5, 2020).

*Temples have all closed.

*U.S. missionaries serving in other countries are returning home. (Most are home by now.)

*Self-distancing measures on the rise.

*Tape on the floors at grocery stores and others to help distance shoppers (6ft) from each other.

*Limited number of people inside stores, therefore, lineups outside the store doors.

*Non-essential stores and businesses mandated closed.

*Playgrounds are off limits, City buildings have locked their doors.

*Entire sports seasons cancelled.

*Concerts, tours, festivals, entertainment events – cancelled.

*Weddings, baptisms, family celebrations, holiday gatherings – cancelled.

*No gatherings of 100 or more, then 20 or more, now 10 or more.

*Don’t physically socialize with anyone outside of your home. We are to distance from each other.

*Shortage of masks, gowns, gloves for our front-line workers. Keeping an N95 mask in a paper bag at work to re-use.

*Anticipating a Shortage of ventilators for the critically ill.

*Only 1 visitor allowed at the hospital for an hour when their loved one is admitted or having surgery and then they don’t get to see them again until they are discharged or dying. *No visitors at all for COVID or Persons Under Investigation.

*No toilet paper, no disinfecting supplies, no paper towel no laundry soap, no hand sanitizer. Store shelves are bare.

*Manufacturers, distilleries and other businesses switch their lines so they can help make visors, masks, hand sanitizer and PPE.

*Government closes the border to all non-essential travel.

*Fines are established for breaking the rules in nearby cities.

*In large cities, stadiums and recreation facilities open up for the overflow of Covid-19 patients.

*Press conferences daily from the President and Governor. Daily updates on new cases, recoveries, and deaths.

*Constantly checking the curve to see when the surge will hit Utah.

*People wearing masks and gloves outside and to the grocery stores.

*Essential service workers are terrified to go to work.

*Medical field workers are afraid to go home to their families.

*5.4 Earthquake hit Utah (Magna) March 18, 2020.

*6.5 Earthquake hit 78 miles from Boise, Idaho, March 31, 2020.

 

 

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