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Sunshine, dark, snow

October 4, 2016

Last night after LDS General Conference was over, we all ended up in the backyard.  It was such a beautiful day, though quite windy.

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Little A is constantly picking the apples off our tree.  She and E are about the only ones that do.  Those apples are incredibly sour.  Little A eats about half the apple and then leaves it somewhere for me to find later.  Thank goodness I didn’t have to pay anything for them.  I have thrown away so many half-eaten apples.

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The dog was obsessed with this stick.  It was so funny watching her try to get it away from C.

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Three hours later, when it was really and truly dark, the power went out.  And stayed out.  Now I know that I need to buy more candles and put them in a convenient spot.  With the light of one candle and the aid of our (thankfully fully charged) phones, we found flashlights and headlamps in the boys’ camping gear.

Little A is constantly adding words to her vocabulary.  Yesterday’s was, “I scared now.”  We had to reassure her that everything was ok even though the house was so dark.  It was actually bedtime, but as we’ve all gone to bed ridiculously late lately due to some crazy schedules, no one was ready for sleep.  But we sent them to bed anyway.

Later we found out that the wind had blown some power lines down across streets and the train tracks, then a train went through, pulled the power lines, and ended up taking out some 25 power poles, leaving the entire north end of the valley without power.  Some power was restored through a different substation sometime in the middle of the night (I only know because I woke up to find our closet light on around 2 a.m.), but we’re being advised to save power and not use any big appliances as there may be rolling outages until Wednesday when hopefully the whole mess will be cleaned up.

School was cancelled for the two elementary schools in town and the high school today, so A didn’t have to go to seminary or choir.  We tried to do school as normal here, but it only lasted until lunch when E’s little friend (also E, with blonde hair) came over since he didn’t have to go to school.  It was pointless to even try at that point as I had a cello student coming and A and C needed to finish packing, because tonight was the beginning of Youth Conference with Liahona Academy!

This was a highlight of last school year for them, so this afternoon we drove them up to Aspen Grove camp in Provo Canyon where they’ll stay until Friday.

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It looks really cold!  It was cold.  I’m glad I reminded A to grab his winter coat as he went out the door.  It feels like it’s been hot for so long that we’ve forgotten what real cold feels like, but that there is snow on the mountain!  It actually snowed some more on us as we came over the top of the mountain and down Alpine Canyon.
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Hopefully they’ll survive the cold and have a great week.  It’s beautiful up there, but summer is definitely over!
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  1. October 11, 2016 8:07 am

    What a fun opportunity, camping for a week! I think I’d like to go try that… it’s been a looooong time since I was camping at all. Your mountains are really lovely. Our trees aren’t quite turned, yet. They’re working on it, but not quite there.

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