4th graders get in free….

One of the best travel deals in the planet is to visit the national parks. I grew up in the heart of color country in Utah so I’m a huge fan. I lived and worked in Zion National Park when I turned 18 and I continue to go there every chance I get. A few years ago, President Obama created a program for fourth graders to get into the parks for free. As my youngest child is a 4th grader, we just printed off our pass that will expire on Aug. 31, 2017. I often purchase a year pass, but it all depends on how often I can put it into use. Senior citizens get an absolutely awesome lifetime pass for $10 when they hit 62 years of age. I doubt I have any other 4th graders that read my blog except maybe my own once a year, but in case you know any. https://www.everykidinapark.gov/ #optoutside

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It is almost spring break around here….

We have so much on our spring break agenda. There are so many more things I want to do, but I don’t think I can squeeze them in with only one week in which to do it. It was a very snowy winter around here, but the snow down low is gone and it is warming up. Our lives are dictated by school schedules for the most part and summer is coming. If you are not on your game with summer activities, then you miss the boat. I was too late to sign my daughter up for a coed church camp, then we looked at alternate ideas and they were totally full. It’s a good thing she didn’t want to go, but I wanted her to go. Oh well. I feel pretty confident that they will be dragged on a few hikes and walkabouts. I also know that when back to school rolls around, I will be very happy they have some structure again.

I got a personal trainer recently….

IMG_6301He is a relentless drill sergeant. He is highly unpredictable and makes me work out every day. Sometimes, he wakes me up multiple times a night. After having 3 children and being woken at random times in the night for years, I wouldn’t have ever planned to be awakened for anything much.  We walk a lot. Of course I enjoy that sort of thing, but he makes me or he’ll drive me nuts and punish me if we don’t work out. He is almost 4 months old.