Monday, October 21, 2013

Dear Rachel (#18)

Dear Rachel,

It's been months since my last blog letter so I am long overdue for an update. We are well into the routine of school now. Travis drives Abby every day and so far they haven't been tardy, although they are sleeping in later and later as the semester progresses.
Travis continually sabotages my Trick or Treat sign. I am resigned to leave it just like this.
Speaking of Travis, he passed his Eagle Scout Board of Review last week. Of course, we celebrated with food.
Travis was asked to Sadie's in a "sweet" and "punny" way.
I found a fun use for the Scrabble tiles you gave me.
Travis has been doing a lot of lifting to prep for basketball season. He thought for sure he could beat your dad in arm wrestling now, but alas, the 51-year-old won.
Saturday night we had a Berkeley Reunion. It's amazing how many of us have ended up in Utah. Do you recognize everyone?

I'm so excited to fly to Atlanta and see you in less than two weeks!

Love you and David lots,

Wednesday, October 9, 2013


Timpview's Homecoming Dance was in mid September this year, and Travis was ready. The theme was "Homecoming Royale" thus the James Bond pose.
Fortune cookies were involved in the asking this time.
He went with a terrific girl, had a fun group, and had a great time.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Cecret Lake

Cecret Lake is a place I've wanted to visit for a very long time. Finally, on Labor Day we made it a reality. My mom accompanied us up Little Cottonwood Canyon, past Alta and Snowbird ski resorts, until we reached the trail head.
The hike is not long and is easy enough for children. In fact, on the day we went, there were lots of families with young ones.
(My mom hiking the trail)
Kellie, Travis, and Abby had to RUN the trail, of course. Parts of it were slow-going so my mom insisted that Brian and I not wait for her. She would travel at her own pace.
Fall beauty was everywhere.
At the top, we found the kids on the other side of the lake skipping rocks and exploring the shore.
(Travis, Abby, Kellie)
(Brian and I with photo-bombing Abby)
The best surprise of the day was when I spied a mama moose and her calf meandering down the slope and over the path we had just crossed.
The mother was indifferent to us and all the other visitors. She and her baby calmly munched on the shrubbery around her. We were really surprised at how close we could get.
As the pair made their way to the lake, we eased on past to take pictures from a different angle.
It was a pretty amazing experience--one that definitely put a smile on our faces.