Fun Utah Facts

The name Utah comes from the Native American Ute Tribe and means people of the mountain. Utah has five national parks: Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, Bryce and Capitol Reef. Utah has seven national monuments: Cedar Breaks, Natural Bridges, Dinosaur, Rainbow Bridge, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Timpanogos Cave and Hovenweep. Utah has six national forests: Ashley, Dixie, Fishlake, Manti-Lasal, Uinta, and Wasatch-Cache. Utah has two national recreational areas: Flaming Gorge and Glen Canyon. Utah covers 84,900 square miles of land and is ranked 11th largest state. The Great Salt Lake, which is about 75 miles long and 35 miles wide, covers more than a million acres. Of the 50 states, Utah has the youngest population; one of the highest birth rates; the second lowest death rate; the heathiest population; the hightest literacy rate; the highest percent of high school graduates; and the highest number of people with a college education.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Book Of Us - Staying Connected

My dad - A.K.A.- Grampy wrote a book of his childhood memories. Eli was born to us
a little late in life and I was exhausted after his birth on Nov 24th. I recieved a copy of dads book for christmas that same year, Eli was only 1 month old but I could'nt put the book down. I was so fascinated by his life - my hero - his sense of humor carries the book. I am honored to have recieved such a gift. I will re-read it to Eli soon. This brings me to my guiding light, Red-hair-doos my sister
and her blog. She has kept us all connected. I know this to be true. Amanda has been a regular blogger for a while now, Grampy has a blog, Flagboy. I have a new friend / Pen pal that has a new blog, I can go see her anytime. Cody kind of has one. Brian throws a comment here and there. And then to see that Shelly ( hole in the ) Belly has started a blog, I realize the scope of our blogs. It's the story of us. A lifes journal. A history of family and friends. We all have a story to tell. Thanks to grampy it's in our Genes, our DNA. And thanks to Red-hair-doos it's on paper for our future generations to read. You people better be printing a blog book. I know, I am a sap.


  1. I love this picture of your family. I can only guess at who some of them are, but it's really neat to see them all. You are so right about staying connected and remembering your family history. We are getting ready to start planning our first family reunion (Dad's family). They haven't been very close over the years and we are trying to reconnect everyone. How my Dad would have loved that! Too bad that we sometimes wait until something bad happens to spur us to do things:) One of my cousins is "REALLY" into geneology and she found a distant cousin that lives in CA. She came to NC last spring and met many of her relatives. That was pretty cool for everyone!
    I found a book several months ago called " Leagacy: A step-by-step guide to wring personal history". I purchased it and hope to eventually write my story and the story of my family. Thanks to you (Cabin Fever) I have this idea!

  2. Oh Babs,

    I love it!! Love it love it love it! It's so funny, when I started my blog - I didn't know anyone that had one. I didn't know how to do it or what the purpose for one even was. It's interesting how it has evolved. I blogged for exactly a year. And now that I'm a little burned out with it - you are there to blog and keep us all connected. You are my guiding light.

  3. I am definitely lovin! the blogging and meeting all the new people. Catching up and keeping up with the family that unfortunately I see not so often.

  4. I am a huge fan of blogging, even if I don't currently blog. It is great catching up with all the going-ons. I am planning on having my life chronicled on several non-consecutive episodes of COPS. However, if that doesn't work out i'll always have your blogs. Thanks Babs.

  5. Jodi is your sis! You are a good egg in my book then! Pleasure to meet you!