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.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Wheeler Farm Picnics

We all went to Wheelers Farm on tuesday afternoon.
Ben, my Shelly belly, Skylar, Shellys mom who we
all very affectionately call Jo "Mamma" two of her
cute stuffed animal looking dogs, Shellys sister
in-law Katie, her three adorable kids, My mom,dad,
sister Jodi and Cody. The kids were running around
chasing the ducks and begging Ben to swing them
some more. We were all talking and I paused to
reflect on the fun memories there. We had a picnic
dinner on a picture perfect spring day. The company
was also perfect. I was so mad that I forgot to set
up a family pic of us all. It was Codys job however,
to remind me not to forget.

I had to carry Eli to the Trooper, he was screaming
" I want Halloween!" Here is why.

Last fall Gramps, Aunt Jodi, Eli and I all went
to the farm and picked a pumpkin from the patch,
stuffed a scarecrow and just walked. It was so
much fun we set plan to meet again this year in
the Pumpkin Patch. Eli had gathered a-lot of candy
and goodies. Thanks in part to Aunt Jodi and gramps.

The year before for moms b-day we went to the farm
and the kids met a skinny Santa and we went on a
hay ride through the woods to see the christmas
lights. It was cold out that night so a cup of
cocoa by the fire was perfect.

One fall I took little Lynzi Lou to the farm for
some fun. A big old goose got up in her face
and let off a long, loud honk ! She cried so we
walked away from the goose and ended up in front
of the turkey cage. One turkey went to her and
sent out a suprisingly loud, gobble ! gobble !
She cried, so walked into the barn to milk a cow.
The little girl in front of her was milking the
cow and it swatted her hard in the face with it's
tail. She started to cry and Lynzi Lou looked
over at grannie (me) with big wide eyes and that
brave little girl marched over and took her turn
milking the cow.

The pic's are not in order.

Shelly and her nephew Colton

Ben swinging Skylar and the kids patiently
waiting their turn. Yeah right ! Not Eli !

Scarecrow fun with gramps and Aunt Jodi.

A fun b-day for grandma at christmas time.

Lynzi Lou milking a cow.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Kids Tear - Free sun protection, is it safe ?

The back of the tube label says many great ingredients that
protect against the harmful effects of the sun. It brags
that it is "as mild as water to the skin".

Dean was applying this to Eli and had too much in his hand,
so I grabbed a disposable plastic water cup and put the
excess amount in it, intending to use it the next day. I kept
grabbing the tube instead so the plastic cup with the lotion
in it sat. After about a week, Dean picks up the cup and
exclaims, will you look at this ! As you can see in the
picture, over the week the sun protection lotion - ate away -
or melted the plastic cup.

CRIPES !!! Kids need protected from the sun, but how safe
is this stuff ? I remember being taught in science class,
that soda will eat through a nail in about a weeks time.
What about the rest of the bad, harmful stuff.

Pestisides and fresh fruit and vegetables............

Beef and mad cows disease..............

Chicken and growth hormones.........

Hydrogenated oils & Trans fat.............

Nuts are radiated..........

Fish has high mercury levels......

Rice and Corn are genetically altered..........

Enriched white flour.........

High fructose corn syrup, makes everything taste better,
Therefore we eat more and may contribute to diabetes.

Preservatives, a Twinkie stays a "Twinkie" for like a
hundred years. Too DARN bad preservatives don't keep
up well preserved!

The food statements you have just read are not proven
facts, and may have even been fabricated. Well, I like
a good RANT.

It's just hard to know what is the best and safest things
for our family.