October 8, 2012

Summer of 2012....

Oh my goodness!  It has been quite the eventful summer for us. 

First, on this General Conference weekend, I just want to express my love and faith in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  I have never enjoyed the talks more than I have this weekend.  Every talk seems to hit me right in the heart.  I absolutely have felt the spirit and I know that I have a stronger testimony now than before. 

Also, I love our family.  Jeremy and I are so blessed to have people around us who would do anything for us and who are so strong.  All week, we have had my Mother-in-Law helping us can our beautiful peaches and we were "blessed" with the opportunity to help Jason and Bonny debone, grind, and package 250 pounds of elk.  (So blessed....)  To top things off, Jeremy and I showed up on Saturday night for him to attend the Priesthood session with my father and me to go to dinner with the girls, just to find out that my little sister Jaynanne is going on a mission.  It was fantastic news and we are so excited for her!  Plus, just found out tonight at Skylee Marie's Bday party that what I suspected about Shanna and Jon turned out to be true!

(My cute little sisters in Park City meeting Derek Hough!)

Second, to start the summer off we worked our butts off for 3 weeks in order to get a bathroom into our house. We had a bathroom before, but it was disgusting.  We also had to rip out all the old galvinized piping under the house and replace it with ABS piping.  This was something we were dreading.  We cut out all the cement and finally got it taken care of.  We now have brand new drains and a bathroom.  It is AMAZING!!

(Our bathroom in progress, I will take more pictures in a bit)
(Part of the process was hooking onto our existing septic tank line.  The trench below is the work of Jeremy and my dad shoveling for hours.  It was about 6 1/2 feet deep.)

Third, we decided (really stupid) to plant a gigantic garden.  We live on 3/4 of an acre and 1/2 that was our garden.  We had 25 pea plants, 48 tomato plants, 48 pepper (jalapeno, bell, anaheim) plants, 50 bean plants, 25 carrots, 25 onions, 25 potatoes, 4 watermelons, 25 black raspberries, 12 grape plants, 35 fruit trees (cherry, peach, apricot, apples, nectarine, plum), an 80x30 plot of corn, and 10 huge pumpkin plants.  Needless to say, I have been a canning fool for a month now.  I like it but at the same time I get frustrated with the amount of time it takes.

(Part of our Apricot loot)

(Half of our garden plot.  The tomato plants got around 6 feet tall!)
(Part of our row of Peach Trees)

(Our grapes peas in the front and barn and corn in the back)

(This is our pumpkin patch.  It was my favorite part!  Behind me is the corn.  It grew sort of sporadically but we got 8 foot stalks in some parts!)
There was a lot more to our summer but I will post those in things to come.  Just some pictures to end the post!

(Jeremy helped Ryan to finish his house before their little Presley arrived)

(We hiked Ben Lomond peak with my Uncle and his kids.  It was way fun and Jeremy loved seeing all the mountain goats, but not so much the height (below))

 (On Peach Days, we got to go to a Voice Male concert.  It was the best night in a long time!)

(Jeremy got into a bad accident in July that has affected his back ever since)

(Finally, I know Jeremy doesn't seem very pleased here, but we went to a night away in Park City and had a fantastic time.  We cruised the cable TV channels all night eating Little Caesar's and Moutain Dew.  We got to ride the Park City Olympic Alpine Slide and Xtreme Zipline.  It was so much fun!!  Jeremy and I loved every minute of it!  It was nice to get away after such a busy summer!)
 Love ya!


  1. Fun, Fun! You may have enough canned from this year that you probably won't have to plant as much next year. Looks yummy though. Can't wait for more posts and pictures.

    1. It actually was really fun, and Jeremy is determined to eat everything we canned this year so that we can plant a just as big garden next year!

  2. I am so proud of all you've gotten done!!! I need to bring Steffanie to see your cute home!! Love you guys!!

    Aunt Susan

    1. Thanks!! Stop by anytime! Hopefully it will be clean...maybe :)