Castle Dale

Between Salt Lake and Goblin Valley there is a town called Castle Dale. There isn’t much out there.  It is high dry desert.  

As we drove by, Izzy noticed the sign for the town and let out a shriek the same pitch as the death knell rings you hear in your ear from time to time, that you may have heard is the last time you will ever hear that note.  I feared it would be the last time I heard.  But, when the ringing subsided I was able to hear a question.

“Can we please please please go there?”


“To the Castle”


“To the castle at Castle Dale,”  this said exasperatedly.  

“Oh, Izzy, there isn’t actually a castle there”

“That’s total clickbait.”

This was maybe the best line I’ve ever heard. 


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Blue Lightning!

Now that we live in Salt Lake City, we are having all kinds of new experiences and I feel like I'm always reviewing in my head the differences between living out of a car or trailer on the road to having a house, schools, multiple pets, etc. I'm always exclaiming how our kids are "real" children now, because they have furniture and their own rooms and play dates.

The most recent "real" children occurrence was that we put them on an indoor soccer team. This was at Belle's insistence and Isaac was kind of just along for the ride.  This soccer league turned out to be the best one they could have joined as beginners at age 8 and 10. And by that I mean, no child out there really knows what they are doing, save one or two per team, and its pretty much just pure crazy madness on the indoor field.

There are 8 games to the season and on Monday we took the kids to game 7.  On the way there Isaac chimed out in a defeated voice, "I know you guys keep saying it's not about winning, it's about having fun... but I sure am tired of losing. I feel like I really need a win to continue."

Yes, their little team called Blue Lightning had never won a game. In fact they get beaten pretty soundly every time. Even though every team is a motley crew of mismatched ages and sizes, their team seems to be the most... challenged. One time Isabelle was defending against a boy who was at least 6 foot 2 inches. (She didn't bat an eye.)  

It is under these circumstances we showed up to game seven. I made sure to quickly do some obnoxiously loud and grating cheers about being aggressive to the kids before they ran off. Then Tyler and I went to the store because it was our turn to bring team snacks and we had forgotten. 

Upon our return, Blue Lighting was up 3-0! I nearly peed my pants. We spent the next 45 minutes watching Blue Lightning kick the other team's booties. It was so fun. Our kids were electrified and when the buzzer rang to end the game at 8-4, all the parents and all the little lightnings went totally crazy. A total Rudy moment. 

On the way home we chattered about the win and how great it was and how awesome it does feel to win. Finally after a few minutes of being completely excited and beside ourselves, Isabelle spoke up and said, "So it turns out that maybe the most important thing about playing team sports is having fun... but the only way to do that is to WIN."


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Skip the Walking

Our first day in Spain, we toured Barcelona on foot. My cousin Sandi and her husband Eric and family decided to go on this last minute vacation with us, so the kids had playmates their exact age to walk around with.  For us parents, this is really nice- we get to chat about whatever we want, and the kids behind us chat about whatever they want.

We ended up walking around 9-10 miles that day, total. The walking, combined with the jet lag, made for some really tired children the next morning. We had to pull ourselves out of bed at 10:30 in the morning and the kids were still deep in sleep.

Tyler went to go wake up Belle. After multiple shakes and tickles, Belle groggily said to Tyler, "Can you tell mom I'm going to skip the walking and go back to bed?"


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Dog adventures

Our dog North is quite the dog. He gets to travel everywhere and rarely goes on the same walk twice. I think he is handling all the changes really well, after all, he knows no better.  

North is a Samoyed, which is kind of a rare breed.  For the first seven months of owning him, we never saw one single other samoyed, ever.  This was quite sad to all of us as our dream was to have a little Sammy playdate. (Weird and pathetic, but whatever.)

One day in the San Francisco area we were headed out early to work.  I sat in the front seat and North was halfway on my lap. Out of my window I saw a white car with a giant white fluffball sitting inside. It was another Samoyed! I totally freaked out with happy and showed Tyler and the kids. We were all in full freak out hyper mode. I rolled down the window and North stuck his head out.  (North's tongue is always rolling out the side so it's extra cute.)  That got the attention of the other Samoyed owner, and he smiled and laughed and tried to get his dog's head out the window. Now that I'm writing this, it sounds completely nerdy and embarrassing. Oh well.

We drove side by side for a mile or so before the other driver had to turn. I made North's paw give a little wave and as they turned, we all laughed ourselves silly.  Sigh. We are smitten with this pup.  We are too far gone to rescue, don't even try.


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