Showing posts with label Sean. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sean. Show all posts

Monday, June 26, 2017

End of the Season

Saturday's rugby games were Sean's last of the season.  I have had so much fun watching him play and I am so proud of how much he has improved.  The whole team has improved so much and they played so well on Saturday.  Their first game was against Herriman and they got a huge victory against them, including a dramatic try (point) scored by Sean (pictured above).  That win allowed them to advance to the next game which was against Tooele.  Bountiful got a very hard-won victory against them and they advanced to the championship game against West Lake.  I think this game was their best of the season and they scored five tries (including one from Sean).  Unfortunately, West Lake scored eight to beat them which was disappointing to the boys but their coach was so proud of them!
I am a little bit sad that the season is over because rugby is really fun to watch (I still find it to be incomprehensible) but football will start again in the fall.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A Day at the Clark Planetarium

Since Sean and I had to leave the zoo earlier than planned, we decided to visit Clark Planetarium which is probably Sean's favorite place.  We have been here many times before but there have been some renovations with some new exhibits added.  Sean was in heaven!  The really great thing about the planetarium is that all of the exhibits are free of charge.  There are Earth exhibits about water, wind, volcanoes, and earthquakes; moon exhibits including actual moon rocks, the phases of the moon, and lunar landings; and space exhibits about planets, black holes, and gravity.  Sean really likes playing with the tornado simulator, the gravity floor, and the lunar landing video game.  He could spend hours and hours here.  You can also buy tickets ($7.00) to see 3D movies about the Earth and space in the IMAX theater and star shows in the Dome theater.  While Sean and I were there we saw a show in the IMAX theater called "Amazon Adventure" which was absolutely fascinating.  Clark Planetarium is not just fun for kids.  I like visiting in the evening to see laser shows set to music.  You can go here to find out more information about all of the activities and shows at the planetarium.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A Day at Utah's Hogle Zoo

Sean asked me if I could spend some time with him this week so I decided to take him to the zoo on Monday.  Unfortunately, it was really windy and rainy so we didn't stay as long as we wanted to but we had a lot of fun.  I hadn't been there for a long time so I hadn't seen the new African savanna enclosures for the giraffes, zebras, and lions.  There was a new baby zebra which had been born in April and it was so cute (she doesn't have a name yet).  My favorite is the elephant enclosure which houses Christie and her baby Zuri.  Zuri has grown a lot since my last visit to the zoo!  We also went to the Great Ape house and, luckily, some of them were playing outside which was fun to see.  We finally made it to the Asian highlands enclosure to see the tigers Kazek and Cila.  There were lots of animals that we weren't able to see but the rain got to be too much for us to handle and we left after grabbing some lunch at the Oasis Cafe.  There are lots of things to do at the zoo such as the carousel and the train and I have to admit that I am a little bit sad that Sean doesn't like to ride the carousel any more!  Hogle Zoo is a wonderful place to visit (when it is not raining) for children and adults.  Go here for more information about hours and admission.

Note:  Currently the zoo has a fun exhibit called Bugzillas with larger than life animatronic bugs throughout the zoo.  Sean really liked the tarantula.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

A Day at the Natural History Museum of Utah

On Friday I was on aunt detail and I told Sean that we could do anything that he wanted.  He chose to visit the Natural History Museum of Utah on the campus of the University of Utah.  Sean absolutely loves this place and we ended up spending most of the day there.  The museum showcases the history, physical geography, plant life, and earliest peoples of Utah.  There are lots of fun interactive displays for kids and Sean and I enjoyed the Great Salt Lake exhibit and the earthquake exhibit.  Sean's structure withstood the earthquake much longer than mine did!  I absolutely loved the dinosaur displays.  I had never been to this museum before and I quite enjoyed it.  I think it is a great place for both adults and kids because the displays are very informative as well as vibrant and interactive.  I think Sean could have stayed for hours and hours.  Go here for more information about hours and admission prices.

Note:  Currently there is a special exhibit about the Vikings which Sean and I both really enjoyed.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Another Saturday of Rugby

Last Saturday morning found all of us back at Murray Park for some rugby!  It is becoming a ritual just like football was in the fall.  I can't believe that I actually get up early on a Saturday!  Bountiful played Olympus, Hunter, and Herriman.  They barely lost to Olympus, they got killed by Hunter (I bet some of the players were little brothers of my students), and they beat Herriman.  Despite that win, Sean wasn't very happy at the end of the morning and could barely smile for me (but at least he did it!).  Here are a few action shots of him in the game against Hunter.
I overheard one of the Moms say that she had absolutely no idea what was going on.  Same!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Two Tries!

Once again Marilyn, my Mom, and I went to see Sean play rugby last Saturday and this time we actually got to see him play!  Just so you know rugby is incomprehensible (although I understand it better after watching a few games) and Sean is very good at it!  Bountiful played Copper Hills, West Lake, and Taylorsville and they won the game against West Lake!  Sean and two other kids on the team are over the height and weight limits for his age group so, unless the team they play is physically matched with them, they cannot tackle but can only touch the other players.  I think this is a little bit frustrating for Sean because, when he had the opportunity to tackle against West Lake because they were similar in size, he let loose.  At first he was a bit timid but then he started knocking kids to the ground!  He was always involved in the action and he was able to run the ball the entire length of the field for a try two different times!  It was so fun to watch and the three of us just about lost our minds cheering for him!  By the way, a try is a point in rugby which I think is dumb because he didn't just try to score, he actually scored!  One of the things I really like about rugby is at the end of the game all of the players link arms and bow to the crowd!  That is cool!  Here are some pictures of Sean in action!
This is the scrum.  It is used to determine who gets the ball (kind of like a jump ball in basketball).  Sean is always in the middle of the scrum!
Sean had this amazing tackle right in front of me so I was able to capture it!
The teams bowing to the crowd at the end of the game!
He was all smailes after his big win!
I sure do love watching him play!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Rugby Is Crazy!

Yesterday my Mom, Marilyn, and I got up early to watch Sean's first rugby games of the season but it was kind of a bust.  Copper Hills forfeited the first game so we didn't get to see him play and then the games got so far behind that we had to leave before Bountiful could play Davis.  But Sean was really happy that we were there and we did get to see a few other games, including the team from Hunter who beat Herriman, so I know a little bit more about rugby.  It is really fast and physical and it is a lot of fun to watch.  I look forward to the rest of the season (and actually seeing Sean play).

Note:  Several of the teams have girls and they are tough.  One girl got hit really hard and fell to the ground for a few minutes and then got right back up and tackled a player.  In football there would have been a 5 minute timeout!

Monday, May 15, 2017


This summer, instead of playing baseball, Sean has decided to play rugby!  He has been going to practices for the past few weeks and the season officially starts next Saturday.  I can hardly wait to watch him play because I've heard a rumor that he is fast!
I guess I better learn a little bit about rugby!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Utah Lake

In May of 2010 my family went for a camping weekend to Utah Lake State Park.  It is one of my favorite camping trips to date!
Sean posing by the lake (I can't believe how little he is!).
Tashena posing by the lake (she used to like posing for me!).
Hanging around the campsite!
Kayaking on the lake.  I have loved every minute that I have spent camping with my family!  It is so much fun to look back at these pictures when Sean and Tashena were so young!  I hope they have happy memories of camping!
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