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.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Necessary and Fun Things

I asked Dean if he wanted to hold some of my favorite things for this post and I found he is Blog Shy! Eli, however is not and jump in on the frige pic. Here are few of my favorite and necessary things.

Mintek Portable DVD player, Thanks Ben - Jamman! It went through a war with you and
we have almost taken it out. I know - I know I told you not to leave it, that we did'nt need it. I am the crazy lady. We need it.

Our Dometic propane fridge - It's small and always packed full, but our old large Fridge in the city house was always half empty. I do miss the instant crushed ice machine, though.

The energizer crank flashlight. We all three have one of our own. They never fail and are just as bright.

A crank popcorn popper - Thanks Watsons! Eli informs me the popper is for him to crank, not us. He loves to make popcorn.

Solar powered battery charger - it takes a little longer to recharge the batts, but sun power keeps all Eli's toys running strong.

Battery operated Christmas lights from IKEA. One of Eli's toys that need rechargable battery power. They last forever on 2 batteries.

Solar powered and cranking radio - you cant dance to it, but Dean likes to have it on while he's working.

Bissell Natural Sweep - cleans up a room sized rug in under a minute with no power, and does a great job. I cant figure why I went so long without it.

A giant calculator - Thanks Bean! you thought it was a great gag gift but - simply - we are blind.

I want to post in the future a few of my favorite fun things that are not necessary.


  1. Dean, shy? Funny. Eli, so stinkin cute , I can't stand it. I am loving all of the things that are important to you. It is interesting to see in different families and different living situations, what is important to different families.

  2. A crank popcorn poppper? Never heard of one of those.... sounds like a great thing to have if the lights go out!

  3. I was just telling Katie about your crank popcorn maker. She just looked at me like I was crazy. Obviously she had never heard of it. I learn about alot of things from you guys that I dont think that I would have learned with out you!

  4. And you think I'm a "country girl"!! I never even knew most of these things existed:) It's neat that there are so many gadgets that work without electricity. You can still have some of the things you enjoy and live the life you desire.

  5. Hey guys, about Dean being blog shy - I just realized he probably did'nt want to pose for a pic while holding onto a bunch of wierd stuff!

  6. Love it babs. Eli looks so stinkin cute in this picture!! Your house looks so homey and fun. I love the life you are living! And I love popcorn!!! Microwaved, air popped, or cranked. Life is not worth living without popcorn! =)