Tuesday, July 29, 2014

How the Hearth does Camping...Fun in Fairview

Do you like to camp?  We do.

First of all, we go to the most remote area we can find.  Thanks to my best, good buddy who invites us every year (two years running), for our annual wilderness fun adventure at her family's plot of land in the vastness of the Manti La Sal National Forest.  This area is amazing for many reasons.  It's off the grid so no cell phones.  It has deer, deer and more deer.  Frogs.  Crayfish.  Regular fish.  Trees.  Rocks. Okay, you get the picture, it's awesome.

My kids get to spend almost a week running wild in the wilderness.  Shooting bows and arrows and BB guns.  Catching frogs, butterflies and pollywogs in their nets.  Playing wolves and fishing to their hearts' content.  The nearest town is called Fairview, it's a good hour down the canyon, but we spent a day there having some small town adventures this time.  We were there for the Pioneer Day celebration...remember, this is Utah, we love EVERYTHING pioneer.   So, come along for a little Hearth Adventuring.  This is the Fairview portion of our vacation.  All the camping stuff will come later.

Fun in Fairview

If you ever were concerned that there wasn't a shrine to love and devotion, worry no more.  Thanks Fairview.

The mammoth they found just up the canyon....pretty darn close to our campsite.  Ummm....they've been officially declared extinct....right?

Operator, hold please.  Let me connect you.  
Okay, a hands-on museum makes museum-ing so much more fun for the littles.

Mom, are you sure this is how phones used to be?  Where's the touch screen?  I stick my finger in and do WHAT?

Oh my gosh, Becky...
Side note, I feel like she could slip right into this time period with her little drop-waist dress and hair pulled back in braids. My little early 20th century girl.

Course, as I'm the mother of two, early 20th century girls, I'd set My Oldest to cooking the supper. Cornbread would be nice, dear.

 Don't forget to do the laundry.

 And get a permanent for your hair!

 All the while My Youngest is busy threshing wheat with Pa.

 Come on, put your back into it.

 Then we'll go for a buggy ride once Ma has finished eating her bonbons and doing her nails....right?  Because I'm sure that's what early 20th century mothers did while they set their young to work.

We also enjoyed the Pioneer Day parade on the 24th of July that was pretty much the best parade around if you ask my kids.  Because???  Mass quantities of candy were thrown. My Youngest used her butterfly net to capture all the goodies.

Good times.

Thanks for reading.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

UCLA and something manly

My brother graduated from UCLA about a month ago...part of the reason I've been extremely negligent in posting this summer.  We had a wonderful trip and are extremely proud as he's the first member of my immediate family to graduate from college.  The Mister is right behind him though, and by this time next year we will be rocking his graduation!   I'll let you in on our California adventures in a bit, but for today, it's all about my bro's graduation present.

paper piece motorcyle
If you can't tell, he really likes motorcycles.

He had just crashed his bike, totaled it, actually, when I decided to make him a little something to show him how much I love him.  Of course it's a pillowcase.  I love making pillowcases more than anything because they get your (my) need to sew and create out of the system without needing to dedicate months and months to working on a project.

I designed a paper-piece pattern because I wanted to.  I probably could have appliqued this fairly lickity-split, but paper-piece is so much more bad-A.  If you've ever tried to create a paper-piece pattern, it's darn hard!  Totally bad-A.

Started sewing things together.  Well, to be fair it was a bit of sewing, and quite a lot of un-picking and then sewing some more, and then shifting a line here and there and then more un-picking....

motorcycle quilt
But then I had it finished and maybe, just maybe, squealed with delight.  I'm a squealer, what can I say?

I had fun deciding on what fabrics to use.  It's for a dude, remember.  Sewing for guys is much more difficult than sewing for girls.  I think the color scheme I used is excessively manly.  The grays and blues and mustaches.  Yup, very manly.  

Course I made the sweet pillow pocket at the top to keep his pillow nice and clean.

paper piece motorcycle quilt
Happy day, Bro.  Happy day.

That's him, the tall one just about to walk onto the stage on the right.  Super proud.

Myself and my sibs.  

Thanks for reading and yippee to my baby brother.


Monday, July 7, 2014

Summer Update

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer or winter, hi Mel hi Nat..  This is what the Hearth has been up to for the last month or so...

We 6th Birthday'd.

 Read this.  And babysat that, a bunch.  Squish.

Sister Road Tripped!  Baby brother graduated from UCLA...include a parent or two and leave the husbands home with the babies!!!  PARTY!!!

Went to any fest there was.

 Ate this.  Twice.  It's maybe the only kale I have ever enjoyed.

 IKEA'd and got this.

Built it with this.  And yes, it is a machete...with a magnet attached.  Don't worry, I didn't go crazy with blood lust and slash The Mister's achilles.

 Tried red palm oil for cooking.  It worked fine, a touch spendy though.  We'll see.

7 AM Swim Team'd four days a week.  Mama's tired.

Salsa Garden'd.  If you don't know what a salsa garden is, well, it's a garden where all you grow are tomatoes and peppers.  To be honest, I'm not growing it to make salsa, I just eat more tomatoes and peppers than anything else.

Rasberry'd.  The rule in my house is, whoever spots the ripe raspberry first, gets to eat it.  This unfortunately also includes chickens and dogs.

4th of July'd in Park City.  Tried to get a good pre-fireworks photo.  Ummmmm....could she BE any wigglier?  Or decide to eat a Gummy Bear mid-shoot.  sigh.

Luckily the Older one was easier to photograph...AFTER I made her laugh because she was too busy worrying about how loud the fireworks were going to be.

Hopefully you're having an equally fun and adventurous summer yourselves!

Thanks for reading!


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