Okay I know, Easter was nearly two weeks ago. But after working out some stuff on the back end of my blog, which took me longer than expected, I am finally ready to post these pictures!

A couple thoughts on Easter:

First of all, you should know that Easter is my favorite holiday. It’s just so inherently joyful! And I also love it because it isn’t so hyped up as, say, Christmas. But also because of the relative lack of hype, I sometimes feel a little disappointed if it doesn’t turn out just so. Like for example, last year we only sang one Easter hymn during the whole Easter Sunday church service. And it wasn’t even my favorite one. Granted,  Mormons don’t usually celebrate Easter too much differently than an average Sunday, but c’mon! What’s Easter without rockin’ out some Easter hymns. This year, we sang a whole bunch of Easter songs, and I was seated right next to the organ, too, so I got to belt ’em out as loud as I wanted because that organ was way louder.

Second, the weather was perfect. I mean gorgeous. Sunny and a little warm with blooming flowers everywhere, just like it should be.

And finally, we all looked great in our Easter Sunday outfits. Pretty sure I took way too many pictures of Winter because she looked so adorable in her dress!


Happy Pioneer Day!

If you’re in Utah, today is a state holiday. If you’re not in Utah, you’re totally missing out! Today commemorates the arrival of the Mormon pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847. Since these pioneers were the first to settle the area which later became the state of Utah, it’s celebrated as a secular state holiday throughout Utah (and known to some as “Pie and Beer Day”), though naturally it holds plenty of religious significance as well. So in that way, it’s kind of like Christmas, right?! Maybe not quite, but still a good excuse to get off of work, watch a parade or two, and have some pioneer-themed fun!

Photo by Jon Toney (CC0)

All my life, I have loved all things pioneer-related– pioneer stories, the Oregon Trail computer game, the actual Oregon trail, camping in a covered wagon at summer camp, etc. So to get the best pioneer experience, I have decided to celebrate the holiday with Will at This is the Place Heritage Park in Salt Lake City. I’ll be sure to post some pictures next week!

For now, and in honor of Pioneer Day, here are some old-timey, westward-ho thoughts for your enjoyment:

  • Did you know that you can play the original DOS version of The Oregon Trail computer game online for free? Watch out for dysentery!
  • Watch the film 17 Miracles (available to stream on Netflix). It’s a little cheesy, but keep the tissues handy. It’s based on true events and sure to bring a tear or two to your eyes.
  • How cool would it be to stay here?!
  • Maybe this is old news, but studies show no evidence that the Donner Party actually ate each other. (whew! Because cannibalism is just gross.)
  • Last, but not least, have you ever considered yourself to be a pioneer? If not, this video may change your mind.


Happy Pioneer Day, everyone! Have a safe and blessed weekend!