Sunday, October 13, 2019

Fall Fest in the Park, Parowan, UT 2019

Fall Fest in the Park gave us a nice excuse to visit Parowan, UT.  It is a small festival / car show with some pretty neat cars, some crafts and other vendors, and of course, the 'Best in the West' cinnamon rolls from the Parowan Cafe.  Angela's homemade cinnamon rolls are better.

No festival is complete without Savannah wanting to pet any dogs in attendance.

This was in interesting wooden car -- very unique.

Family History in Parowan, UT

We used the Fall Fest in the Park at Parowan UT as an excuse to drive the 15 minutes to Parowan, UT and learn more family history.

My 3rd Great Grandfather, Silas Sanford Smith, and his brother, Jesse and mother, Mary Aiken Smith, settled the town in 1851.  His brother became the first mayor.  So we were able to see his brother's home which is still standing and available for tours.  There is a large historic church across the street from their house that is now a town museum.  We were hoping that the museum would be open for the town festival; disappointed, we just ended up walking around the outside of it.

We also have learned that Silas helped build the first log building in Cedar City...  So we have some pretty deep roots in Southern Utah.

The Jesse N. Smith home.  Built in 1856.

The Old Rock Church in Parowan, built in 1867.

The tombstone of Mary Aikens Smith, my 4th Great Grandmother (above).

The tombstone of Clarinda Ricks Smith (and her sister).  She was my 3rd Great Grandmother.

These tombstones (from left to right) are Ann Aldred, John Williamson, her father-in-law, and James Williamson, her husband.  Ann and James are my 3rd Great Grandparents.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Commonwealth Hebrew class

A friend told me about a homeschool class offered every Monday afternoon, so we went to check it out and the kids loved it. We now go every week, and I teach one of the classes once a month. Every Monday, the kids are together (ages 8-12) in one room and there is a discussion on a Hebrew symbol (different every month). The meaning of the symbol is tied to stories and historical figures. The second hour is a different topic each Monday of the month, and I teach only on the 2nd Mondays, always about an eminent historical figure. I already did one lesson on Napoleon Bonaparte; next week I will talk about Abigail Adams. Here's a chart showing the symbols: 

Some pictures from Tucker's class. 

They usually go outside for a portion of their classtime.  Here, you can see they're holding soapbars; they starting carving them that day. 

Here, the boys were learning about how oxen pull carts (cause of the first symbol being the ox head)

Last Monday, a woman came to demonstrate how to dye cloth with plants.

It's a good way for the kids to get out and meet some other kids, while learning something new. 

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Happy Birthday, Savannah!

With perfect timing, Grandma and Grandpa Knight were traveling through Cedar City on their way to Sedona just in time for Savannah's Birthday.

Savannah and Tucker had made a piƱata to start off the celebrations, followed by presents.

We toured town with Grandma and Grandpa.  This huge excavator was used for the iron ore in the hills near here.  Believe it or not, it was electric.  It is on display in front of the Homestead State Park.

Grandpa explained how to us how this seed planter worked.

We finished it off with dinner at Golden Corral.  Savannah loved the chocolate fountain and seemingly endless dessert options. 

To further the celebrations, we went to Sub Zero Ice Cream the next day.  They make the ice cream to order using liquid nitrogen.  It was quite a show.

We finished it off with a view of the temple at sunset.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Scooter Repairs

Shortly after he had left for college, we received a call from Carson.  The electric scooter he was riding died and left him stranded.  We picked him up and drove him to class for the day. 

A little bit of soldering and some new parts and the scooter is back on the road.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Tour of the Cedar City Fire Station

To help out the Cub Scout group, Angela volunteered to lead a meeting.  So she coordinated a tour of the fire department.  It was neat to learn about the training and service that they provide to our community.

Looking at the jaws of life (above).

The kids were captivated by the large tires of this military Deuce-and-a-Half converter to a brush fire truck.

Carson's Motorcycle Repair

Carson pushes the little electric Razor MX650 motorcycle pretty hard on the dirt trails.  On a recent ride, he blew out the rear suspension -- it was literally in pieces.

So we found a much nicer mountain bike shock on eBay.  It has better dampening and is a little longer.  The bike it still small for him, but not quite as bad.

Carson removed the old shock and installed the new one by himself.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Cedar City Rock and Mineral Show

The kids have loved attended Rock and Mineral shows in Atlanta and DC.  So it was one of the first events that we looked up when moving to Cedar City.

It finally arrived and was a little disappointing in comparison.  We really liked the educational displays that they had in Georgia -- it was more engaging for the kids.  

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Every Kid in a Park - Free National Park Annual Pass

The National Park Service has a program -- Every Kid in a Park -- giving every 4th grader and their family a free annual pass to all of the National Parks.

Savannah and I went to the National Park office and claimed her pass. 

We're excited to tour the parks near our house.