I admit, when Max first mentioned a recruiter contacting him from a company in Utah, I was a little taken aback. Immediately I though of Big Love and potatoes. After quickly realizing I was confusing Idaho with Utah, I tried to think about what else I knew about Utah except from a few popular tv shows. It was very little. I think this state is a bit of a hidden gem and I feel so lucky we were given the opportunity to discover it. Almost 1 month in, and I still feel like I’m on vacation. The motto “work hard, play hard” has always been a favorite of mine. And now, I’m beginning to realize the power of that motto even more.
Summer is so fleeting here, this city takes advantage of every second. There are free concerts 3-5 nights/week and festivals every Saturday and Sunday. Then of course, there is the recreation. You can be outdoors all day, the temps range from 50-80 during the days so it is always comfortable in the summer. And of course, it rarely rains. Everyone bikes everywhere, it is no wonder it has one of the lowest BMI’s in the country!
I am quickly adapting to the extra stress that goes along with high altitude training and am venturing into trail running. Max is also taking advantage of the awesome fitness opportunities out here. All of us are taking a little beating. I admitably have taken a few spills trail running and the kids have taken some tumbles on their bikes. But, we are all having so much fun, it is worth it! The kids are actually working on conquering the beginner mountain biking loop at one of the mountain bike obstacle courses. Meanwhile, we have figured out a way to transport all three kids on our bikes when we travel around town.
The benefits of all this activity, besides staying in great shape, are SLEEP! Everyone is sleeping great; in fact, the kids sometimes sleep till 8 AM! I haven’t slept in this late, this often for 3 years!
It is a little strange moving to such a small town. We rarely travel down to the Valley; we have everything we need up here including a Super Wal-Mart and some world-famous restaurants. But, we don’t blend in very well. Almost everyone who meets us greets us with “oh yes, you are the ones with the triplets…I’ve seen you around town”. Although, everyone has always been very polite and nice so far. In fact, the other day, one of the hot air balloons that travels over our neighborhood several times a week, came down for a closer view when they saw all three kids waving frantically from the deck. ”are those triplets?” they yelled from overhead. Yep, that would be us.