Friday, July 31, 2009

Cove Fort Days

In June, on our way to Las Vegas, we stopped Cove Fort for a break. First, we watched a brief video on the history of the fort, then a Senior Missionary gave us a tour of the Fort, then of a replica of the Hinckley home in Colesville. The boys were given a souvenir: a wooden disc stamped Cove Fort 1867 with a braided cord that goes through two holes in the middle. It's a fun toy. It was a pleasant experience, and a nice break from our trip.Next Weekend the fort is having a two day celebration: Cove Fort Days!
August 7 & 8 (Friday & Saturday)
8:00 am to 7:30 pm

It sounds like it's going to be lots of fun with
  • Free hots dogs & drinks
  • Stage Coach Rides
  • Wagon Rides
  • Entertainment
  • Living History

Cove Fort is located immediately northeast of the junction of I-15 and I-70, in the southeast corner of Millard County, twenty miles south of Kanosh and twenty-four miles north of Beaver. (Click here for a detailed map of Utah.)

Fort History

The fort was built to offer protection and refreshment to the traveler. Beginning in 1847, pioneers began settling the high mountain valleys stretching from Idaho to California. They came here to worship in peace and to build homes and communities. The fort is made of lava rock, which workers hauled from west of the property. The fort is 100 square feet, 18.5 feet tall, 4 feet thick at the footings and 2.5 feet thick at the top.

Historic Cove Fort UtahIn 1867, the prophet Brigham Young called Ira Hinckley and his family to come and direct the building and operations of the fort.

Cove Fort has been restored to bring the past a little bit more to life. This is the only fort built by the Latter-day Saints in the 1800's that still stands.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

August Events

I created a Google Calendar to post a variety of events in the Valley and beyond. Over there on the right hand side is a list of some of the upcoming events. I don't recommend clicking on the links, it messes things up. So I included a link to the Calendar itself in the Pleasant Grove section, so you can look over the events of the month in a more user friendly fashion.

I'm looking for a better gadget/html/whatever so it'll work better and not be so lame. I appreciate your patience and welcome any feedback you may have.

What fun things will you be doing this month?

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

PG to LV

Since July of 1994, I've driven I-15 at least once a year between Las Vegas and Provo or more recently Pleasant Grove. Until the last few years, I didn't really notice the brown road signs. You know, the ones that tell you about the cool stuff to see.

One of those brown signs was Cove Fort. We saw it a few times, before we finally stopped. On the drive back from Vegas, I couldn't get over how much I enjoyed stopping there. I thought it would be fun to have a list of places we could check out and take a break at, as we venture down I-15 to Vegas. I jotted down a few names on the brown signs (you know, driving being my top priority and all), as well as places I remember going to when I was growing up.

South Ridge Farms aka The Big Red Barn (Santaquin, UT) - when ever we drive by I wanna stop by to get some apples or cherries. Annually, they hold a Cherry Pit Spit.

Great Basin National Park (Baker, NV) - not some place we'd stop by along the way, but it's nice to know that it's out there. I think we'll to hit all the spots here in Utah first befoe considering that trip.

Young Living Farms (Mona, UT) - The lavender fields are so beautiful! I love the smell of lavendar.

Territorial Statehouse State Park (Fillmore, UT)

Capitol Reef National Park (near Torrey, UT)

Arches (Moab, UT)

Canyonlands National Park (Moab, UT)

Bryce Canyon National Park (Bryce Canyon, UT)

Shakespearean Festival (Cedar City, UT) - One summer, the youth in our ward went to the Festival. We saw The Tempest. It was awesome. I loved the atmosphere, and the whimsy of it all.

Zions National Park (Rockville, UT)

Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum - Before Kai was born, browsed through during some down time while attending a Mental Health Conference. In fact I got Kai's very first book there: James Balog's Animals A to Z.

Lost City (Overton, NV) - I remember going here when I was a kid. I thought was so cool! In the middle of the courtyard, there was a hole with a ladder to climb down into a dwelling. I hope I'm not thinking of some other place (My memories are getting hazier every year)

Valley of Fire (Overton, NV) - I thought Petroglyph Canyon was amazing!

Hoover Dam (Boulder City, NV) - Another cool place to visit. It's neat to see the lake on one side, then this huge dam on the other. It was fun to ride the elevator all the way down and see the power plant generators. I need to take my kids to see this.

Do you notice a trend? I don't have anything to say about the National Parks. I'm not outdoorsy. I dislike dirt, or more specifically having dirty hands. I've been very adamant with Jake about not wanting to go camping.

But the stop at Cove Fort inspired me to seek out the wonderful experiences that can be had in the great outdoors. I feel like I can set aside my dislike and enjoy the other things that came from camping. I've even gone so far as to invite myself on the boys camping trip.
Saturday, July 25, 2009

Utah State Park Passes

Pleasant Grove City Library is pleased to announce that three Utah State Parks passes are now available for checkout. These passes have been made possible by the Utah Department of Natural Resources in conjunction with their Reach Out and Connect Kids In Nature program (Rockin Utah). The goal is to provide opportunities for and encourage children and families to explore the natural world.

Utah Department of Natural Resources;

Checking out a pass will allow you and up to seven guests in the same private vehicle day-use entrance to all Utah State Parks (excluding This Is The Place Heritage Park and the Davis County Causeway fee at Antelope Island; this pass is accepted at Utah State Parks only and cannot be used at National Parks such as Zion, Bryce, or Arches). For more information and a list of state parks you can visit and discover, click here to go to the Utah State Parks website.

Read more about it here, Check availability and complete the reservation form here

Jake is taking the boys camping and will be able to take advantage of this deal.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Dollhouse Cakes

Raven Haymond has just started a business called Dollhouse Cakes. These cakes are just darling. What a fun and cute little treat for any occasion! To get things started, Raven is having a Grand Opening Giveaway. You have to check it out!

Free admission to 391 National Parks

The National Park Service is offering FREE admission to all 391 National Parks on August 15-16. Click HERE for more information.
Thursday, July 23, 2009


The Lindon Welfare Services Center houses the Home Storage Center - aka: Dry Pack Cannery, and is only available on Tuesdays & Thursdays for individuals to can items to purchase from 9-7 on a walk in basis.

940 West Center, Lindon, UT 84042
The west end of the building in the back.
(801) 785-0997
Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Special Guest - Raven Haymond

This year, Bryce and I decided to brave the early morning wake up call and take our family to the Hot Air Balloon Festival that was part of Provo's Freedom Festival on July 3rd. We were so excited about seeing these larger-than-life balloons up close that we didn't hit snooze when our alarm went off at 5 a.m.--not even once! We managed to get our toddler and our baby ready and out the door by 6 a.m. The balloon festival was slated to begin at 6:30 and we wanted to allow time for parking, so this worked out perfectly.

When we got down to Provo, there were lots of parking lots offering paid parking, but we were able to find a free spot right across from Bulldog field. We were amazed by the crowd that had already gathered on the field. It was great to be part of this early rising community as balloons were rolled out and inflated all around us. They had spirited music playing over the loud speakers and people wandered around, chatting with the pilots and engineers. Everyone involved with getting the balloons ready and flying them seemed eager to share their hobby with all of us. Their excitement about the upcoming flight rubbed off on the whole crowd.

Once all the balloons were inflated, they started lifting off, a couple at a time. There's just something magical about hot air balloons soaring in the sky right over your head. There were some gorgeous balloons made up of bright patchworks of color. My toddler's favorites were the shaped ones, like Tony the Tiger, Smokey the Bear, and a bright pink pig. As we watched, the pilots competed to see who could throw a beanbag closest to an assigned target and who could pop some helium balloons stationed above the landing area. Who knew there were actual hot air ballooning competitions?

Overall, it was a magnificent experience and one that we are definitely planning on making a tradition for our family. It's not every day that you get to stand inches away from a balloon as it's being inflated, the flame bursting into the silky fabric, and then watch it lift off and fly right over your head. My toddler is still talking about the "big balloons". What better way to teach her that the world is full of wonders, friendly neighbors, and a little magic?
Thanks Raven, for sharing your adventure! Have any of you had an experience, with events and places mentioned in this blog, that you would like to share with us? Let me know!!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Pioneer Day Classic 5K/10K

Date: July 24, 2009
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: Timpview High School
3570 North 650 East, Provo

5k: $20 (before July 23)
10k : $25 (before July 23)
(tech shirts are only guaranteed for the first 500 runners to register)

You can register online here

Overall 10k Winners - $100
Overall 5k Winners - $50
Medals will given to the top three in each age division
Monday, July 20, 2009

Giveaway!!! $700 dollars worth of Coupons

On the SavvyShoppers blog, they are having a coupon giveaway.

Carrian usually trade coupons with a friend, who has moved and another friend is gone for a month! She was wondering what to do with $700 dollars worth of coupons and decided hold a giveaway. Everyone has a fair shot.

Make a post on your own site and link back to The Savvy Shoppers blog.

Make a comment about how long you have been clipping coupons here under this post. Let her know that you made a post about the savvy shoppers and she'll give you an extra entry!

The winner will be announced on Thursday and she'll send you over $700 dollars worth of coupons!! WOOT WOOT!!

Thank you Carrian!!

Mommy's Playgroup

Tuesday July 21st at Candace Haws #81
Sunday, July 19, 2009

RedPlum inserts will be pulled from Utah papers

7/23 I went to to find out if we will be getting coupons in the newspaper or in the mail. It appears that it will be available in the Provo Herald. Read more about it on Carrian's blog, The Savvy Shoppers

Valassis pulling all RedPlum inserts from Utah newspapers!
from PYP Blog by Shelley

Grocery coupons found in newspaper inserts have become an important money saving tool for Utah consumers. Many Utah families are surviving these tough economic times because of increased coupon use. In August, Utah consumers will lose half of these coupons when Red Plum coupon insert distribution is discontinued in the Utah market. Valassis Communications, publisher of the Red Plum coupon insert, has opted to distribute the coupons by mail. The problem for Utah consumers is that the direct mailing will be in targeted areas only. There are many coupon users who do not live in these targeted areas and will not be receiving the coupons. These mailings will also be limited to one insert per household. Many coupon shoppers currently purchase more than one Sunday newspaper to obtain more than one copy of the money saving coupon inserts. This provides Utah consumers with increased purchasing power and an effective way to combat the economic stress.

Join us in telling Valassis Communications "Don't cut my coupons!"

Spread the word about this story! Get your friends and family involved. Forward the link to this page, blog about it, post it on your Facebook profile, Tweet it, whatever it takes to get the word out. We can make a difference and keep our coupons. Consumer influence has worked in other coupon markets. Let Valassis know that we don't want them to cut our coupons! On, you can contact companies that advertise with Valassis and let them know that you are not happy about this change. We've made a list of advertisers to make it easier for everyone to express their opinion.

Visit us at and make your voice heard!

Also, please sign our Online Petition against this action!
Saturday, July 18, 2009

Digital Scrapbooking

From now until July 31st, there is a daily digital scrapbooking giveaway

Read about it on Pinching Your Pennies blog.

Or just go straight to

Happy Digi-scrapping!
Friday, July 17, 2009

Central Utah Gardens

Central Utah Water Conservancy District has created the Gardens to support its commitment to conservation, and to encourage an ethic that promotes responsible management of our water resources within the community.

The Central Utah Gardens are open Monday - Saturday, 8am-8pm. (No pets allowed in the Garden.)

Music in the Gardens - Summer Concert Series
Select Friday evenings throughout the summer - Free admission

July 31 @ 7 p.m.: Voices of Africa

August 14 @ 7 p.m.: Crescent Quartet

August 28 @ 7 p.m.: Scott Hunt

September 4 @ 7 p.m.: Anke Summerhill and Kate McLeod

September 18 @ 7 p.m.: Carl Schweitzer

Kid’s Day
Saturday August 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fall Festival
Saturday, September 12 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Central Utah Water Conservancy District
355 W. University Parkway
Orem, Utah 84058

Thursday, July 16, 2009


My boys love the idea of recycling. They are always encouraging me to do more. We are great at recycling paper, but stink at taking care of the copious amounts of cans we have each week. We need to get a can crusher, and some bins/bags, and have a field trip once a month.

A friend mentioned that she didn't know where to take paper to recycle it, and I thought that there may be a number of you who would like to recycle but just don't know where to take your items.

Paper products:
There is a big bin near the Smith's gas station on 700 South in PG, and by the PG library that will recycle the following:
  • newspapers
  • phone books
  • junk mail
  • catalogs
  • magazines
  • office paper
Aluminum cans: Western Metals Recycling in Provo will take them. Right now they are paying out .35 cents per lb.

Plastics and glass, I haven't located a place. Do any of you guys know of a place?

Wouldn't it be nice, if we could just set our recycling out with our trash? Pleasant Grove City Council members are looking into options for a citywide curbside recycling program. To express your interest in this program, contact the mayor at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Used Oil
American Fork
  • Autozone - 762 East State Street
  • Checker Auto Parts - 194 East Main
  • Jiffy Lube - 562 East State Rd
  • Wal-Mart Tire and Lube Express - 949 West Grassland Drive.
  • Autozone - 303 South State Street or 1187 North State Street
  • Checker Auto Parts - 1108 North State Street or 874 South State Street
  • City of Orem - 1450 West 550 North
  • Jiffy Lube - 809 North State Street or 91 North State Street
  • Napa Auto Parts Store - 110 East 400 South
  • Orem City Public Works - 955 North 900 West
For more information about recycling check out the Recycling Coalition's website, and the list of places to drop off your recyclables.

Happy Recycling!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Aloha Summer Film Series

At the Pleasant Grove Library Little Theatre

Wed. July 15 at 7:00 pm - Hawaii (with Julie Andrews)
Sat. July 18th at 11 am - George of the Jungle
Wed. July 22 at 7:00pm - Blue Hawaii (with Elvis)
Wed. July 28 at 7:00 pm - Pearl Harbor (with Ben Affleck)

Thur. August 6 at 7:00pm - Paradise, Hawaiian Style (with Elvis)
Wed. August 12 at 7:00pm - 6 Day, 7 Nights (with Harrison Ford)

Have you seen any of these? Which one would you recommend to others?
Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Swimming Lesson

July 15th is registration day for the last session of swim lessons.
Time: 9:30 til all classes are full
Cost: $25 resident - be sure to proof of a Pleasant Grove address
$30 non-resident

July 27-Aug 6 session - times for classes:
  • 9:30 -10:00 All classes except parent-tot
  • 10:05-10:35 All classes except parent-tot
  • 10:40-11:10 All classes including parent-tot
  • 11:15-11:45 All classes including parent-tot
  • 11:50-12:20 All classes including parent-tot
  • 12:25-12:55 All classes including parent-tot
P.S We're signed up for the 12:25 - 12:55 class. Join us!
Monday, July 13, 2009

Steel Days in American Fork

It's this week. here's the list of events. For more info check out the poster

Thursday, July 16
• Historic Geo-caching
• Art Show Opens
• Doll & Quilt Show Opens
• Baby Contest - 9:30 am Registration
• Barnes and Noble Book Fair
• Youth Theater - Cinderella
• City of Fun Carnival
• Artists' Reception

Friday, July 17

• Historic Geo-caching
• Doll & Quilt Show
• Art Show
• Free Swimming
• Barnes and Noble Book Fair
• City of Fun Carnival
• Youth Theater - Cinderella
• AFPI Lower Reservoir Grand Opening
• NUHPA Horseshoe Competition
• Picnic in the Park

Saturday, July 18

• Historic Geo-caching
• City of Fun Carnival
• AFHS Band Breakfast
• Bob Phelps 5K & Kids Half-mile Run
• Car Show
• Craft Boutique
• Grand Parade
• Doll & Quilt Show
• Art Show
• AFPI Lower Reservoir Discovery Tour
• Youth Theater - Cinderella
• Chamber of Commerce Steak Fry
• Car Cruise
Reality Night - FREE ADMISSION
• Fireworks - dusk Art Dye Park - 550 E 1000 N

Have any of you been? Are you planning on going? Let us know about it.

Fat Cats

At Fat Cats in Provo, kids bowl FREE!
2 games everyday, Monday to Friday, 9am - 5 pm all summer long
When you enroll online, excludes shoe rental.

Games Mon-Thurs
Adults $2.79
Kids $2.49, your savings if you sign up

Shoe Rental
Kids $1.99
Adults $2.49

I haven't taken the boys yet, but I bowling with some of my friends and it was loads of fun. If anyone is interested in going, maybe we can meet there. A bowling playgroup? Hmmm...
Saturday, July 11, 2009

Classic Fun Center

Did you know that Classic Fun Center now has bouncing fun?? Woo hoo!

Monday through Thursday, if you get there between 10am -12pm, you receive $2.50 off the $7.50 Skate & Bounce Pass, which includes the following :
  • All day skate pass
  • All day bounce pass
  • Rollers skate rental
  • 10 tokens
Friday, July 10, 2009

Cool Pools

We have a pool, I know. But wouldn't it be fun to slide into the pool, surf the waves, splash through waterfalls, tube your way down a tunnel slide, or try something new.

Here are the places to do that:
Veteran's Memorial Pool (PG) - We'll be doing our swimming lessons here later this summer.
Seven Peaks (Provo) - I got my worst sunburn ever there.
Scera Park Pool (Orem) -
Lehi Aquatic Center - LOVED IT!
Cowabunga Bay (Draper) - This looks like a really fun place.

Lindon City Pool - the link won't work so here's the low down
100 N. State Street, Lindon
Hours: Tues - Thurs, 3:00-8:00
Adults (18-54) $5
Youth (4-17) $4
Senior (55-79) $3
Under 3 & over 80 FREE

Some great places to splash around - the Gateway Fountain in SLC and Noah's Ark in the Children's Garden at Thanksgiving Point:
We forgot swimwear, so the boys are in their skivvies.
Thursday, July 9, 2009

Lavendar Harvest 2009

On my way to Vegas, in June, we drove by the Young Living Farms. The fields of lavender were absolutely gorgeous, rows and rows of beautiful purple blooms. I wanted to stop, take a stroll and inhale one of my favorite scents. A little piece of heaven.

Coming up this week is:

One of Utah's most spectacular events, Lavender Days is expanding from a two-day festival to a full seasonal celebration of the lavender harvest. If the fields are purple at the farm, you have the opportunity to stop by and learn about lavender essential oil, take a free tour of the distillery, and pick your own bouquet of fresh lavender. Stop by any time!

Be sure to join us on July 11 for the largest day of celebration with the annual 5K Run Through the Lavender. (Registration due tomorrow) Run or walk as you immerse yourself in more than 200 acres of vibrant purple fields.

If you can't make it down this weekend, call the Visitors Center at 1-800-371-0819 to make a reservation for the following activities: tours of the greenhouse and distillery, rock wall, paddleboat rides, and pony& wagon rides.

Kristen Jensen is going, maybe she'll let us know how it was.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Pleasant Grove Promenade

I didn't have all the details when I mentioned this on the July Events post, but I do now.

Promenade (prom‐uh‐nahd): A public place for strolling.
Pleasant Grove Promenade: A place to experience some of the joys in life and kindle a sense of community.
Thursdays 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
July thru September
Historic Downtown Park in Pleasant Grove (200 South Main Street)
  • Farmers Market
  • Boutique
  • Music
  • Kids Corner
I'm planning on going. I'm considering being a vendor in the Boutique. Are any of you going to set up shop? Let me know about it. I'd love to post it here.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Kangaroo Zoo Kidz Club

If you sign up for the Kangaroo Zoo Kidz club, you get
  • Discounted Admission
  • Free Admission to quarterly Kidz Club Members only party
Click here to sign up and print our you child's membership card.
Friday, July 3, 2009

Museum Birthday Party

Join the Museum of Ancient Life as it celebrates its 9th Birthday, Monday, July 6 through Friday, July 10. You’ll have a chance to explore the world’s largest dinosaur museum, make and take educational crafts, go on a fast-paced scavenger hunt, and have your face painted as part of this birthday celebration.

We went last year. It was loads of fun!
The boys just thought is was so great that the museum threw a birthday party!

The dino was made of balloons. How cool! Kai and Coby went digging for fossils (chips) in their segment of a pit (cookie). There was a station to make Plate-a-dactyl, and another to make pipe cleaner dinos, and a few games.
Thursday, July 2, 2009

Family History & Genealolgy Conference

The 41st Annual Conference of Family History will feature more than 140 classes for beginning, intermediate and advanced participants. Join this conference to build and strengthen your family ties through family history and genealogy.

Keynote presenters:
Elder John H. Groberg
John Phillip Colletta
David E Rencher

Instruction topics include:
Family Search
Writing the Narrative Family History
Basic Research Methodologies
Using Computers, Internet, and Technology
Research in the US and Canada
Colonial America
International Research
British Research
Beginner Track
Classes for Professional Genealogists

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Hot Air Ballons

A few weeks ago, the boys and I watched some hot air balloon. We watched one as it deflated in our church parking lot. Then we caught sight of another as it cruised over Macey's. The boys watched in wonder as it floated towards the "G", prompting a lot of questions about how hot air balloons work, and why we only see them in the morning.

Here are some upcoming ballooning experiences:
America's Freedom Festival - Provo
Balloon Festival - Sandy