On May 21, 2012 we closed on our new house in Pleasant View (woot, woot!) which we affectionately refer to as "big blue" The only drawback is that the builder is still using it for a model home, and we can't move in until they are done with it, which could be up to a year, but we are hoping it won't be that long. And no, we don't get to keep all the furniture.
You can go to www.tourfactory.com/796987 for a virtual tour of the inside.
In December we all took a trip to Southern Utah with Nate to hunt a deer. He promised me it would be quick, and he didn't disappoint. We pulled up to the mountain, Nate got out to put the chains on the truck, I started getting bored already, and he looked up and saw deer...everywhere! So we unloaded the boys, he shot a deer, and we were done! Almost as quick as a trip to the grocery store, but you can't get this free-range organic meat at the grocery store! Evan got a great first lesson on how to gut an animal while Ashton and I dry-heaved a few yards away. (Some day I hope to have girls so I can drag Nate to some fancy tea parties!)
Early December we had a wind storm the likes of which we hope to never see again. The power on our block was out for 2 days, and man oh man was it cold! I begged to go to a hotel, but Nate was too excited to test out his zero degree sleeping bag. (He was also quick to point out what a terrible pioneer I'd have made) The tent heater he bought me last summer saved the day in the end and we survived, all the more thankful for our modern conveniences, as well as the fact that our trees, roof, siding, fences, and cars made it through safe and sound! Some of our neighbors weren't so lucky...