the coyote and the horsie

The other day I heard a sound coming from the top of the stairs, so I grabbed my camera to catch this impromptu moment (I did NOT set this up). Yep, there's a new band around these parts. . . a two-man group that loves to jive to the younger's favorite tunes. After this song, they proceeded on to the other two songs in their repertoire, "Baa Baa Black Sheep" then "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star."


welcome, little one!

We wanted to introduce the newest member of our family. . . Evelyn Juliet Rogers, born to Spence and Juliet Rogers!


not your typical harvestival

All fall we've been looking forward to attending Harvestival! It's a fall event sponsored by Grant Family Farms, the CSA (community supported agriculture) we've been members of this year. We paid in advance in the spring and each week for six months we've had mouth-watering local, fresh, organic veggies and fruit delivered to our neighborhood pick-up location. It has also saved on shopping time and packaging. We have really loved being a part of this and the food is incredible! The Harvestival was a big event where we could visit the farm, listen to live tunes, and the kids could pick pumpkins.
However. . . . we were hit this year with an early blizzard--smack dab on the weekend of the event! But we insanely decided to brave it anyway. Kristen was visiting the same weekend and came along (she was a godsend to help out with the boys!). The boys ADORE their Oma. They followed her around like puppies all weekend. Tractor/hay bale ride through a wintery wonderland Pumpkin patch??? Lincoln could have stayed all day at the petting zoo, even if his toes froze. Well, you can't say we're not adventurous! But we might have to hit another fall event later in the month. It wasn't quite the same . . .

jammin' with oma

congrats, grampy great!

We want to send out a big congratulations to Jed's grandpa, Bill Smart, for winning the Evans Handcart Award for a book he wrote about his great-grandfather, William B. Smart, who was a colonizer of the Uinta Basin. It's the same award Jed won last year. We were so happy we could make the trip to Logan to attend the ceremony.
Lincoln saw his cousin Audrey for the first time in over a year! They're the same age. All the cousins on Jed's side: Henry, Lincoln, Isaac, Ellie, Andrew, and Audrey (c'mon Spence, we're waiting on yours! :) Will, Emily, Audrey and Andrew Madison, Rebekah, Henry, and Ellie

granddaughter day

The same weekend we attended Jed's Grandpa's award ceremony, I snuck up to Idaho with my sisters and girl cousins for our annual Granddaughter Day get-together at my Grandma Smith's house. We scrapbooked gorgeous black-and-while heritage photos of Grandma and Grandpa and their ancestors this year. Wendy, Grandma, and Julie Sam, Steph, Grandma, Suzy, Sally, and Skye Sherrie, Lisa, Grandma, Michelle, Kim, me

hooray for ouray

We made our second annual trip to Ouray and Telluride Colorado last month for Jed's Imogene trail race. The race begins in Ouray around 8,000 feet and the racers climb 17 miles up and over Imogene mountain pass at 13,000 ft., and back down to 8,700 ft. at Telluride. Out of 1500 runners, Jed placed 17th overall at a time of 2:41:44. I was proud of him for beating his time last year by nearly 9 minutes.
Jed and our friend, Jeff Roberts, who also ran the race

southern colorado trip

As part of our Ouray/Telluride trip, we decided to travel south through Silverton and Durango (for a research trip).
From Telluride to Mountain Village, CO, there is a free public transportation system--the only one of its kind in the world--a gondola ride over the mountain! The boys loved it. Ouray, nestled on all sides by steep, pictorial mountain cliffs, is GORGEOUS. The famed train that travels between Silverton and Durango Silverton is a quaint little touristy town famous for ore mining of yore and the Silverton train. Link with a Lynx! Wildlife museum in Durango We LOVED Durango! So much that we want to live there. No joke.