Julian learned to ride her bike!!! This is terrific because I've been trying to teach her for 3 summers now. All along I just wasn't doing a good job, because her awesome Burk Grandparents taught her in less than an hour and now she's a pro!
Here's Logan on his new bike. Mom, I need to pay you for that! Can't believe I forgot!
I took a geology class. The second day we took a VIP field trip of the Kenecott Copper Open Pit Mine and many of the factories that help to produce the copper as well as clean water and reclaim mined land. (Reminds me of a certain Burk Family Vacation...)
Can you see those little bumps toward the lower middle of the pic? They are dumptruck loads of crushed rock.
This is a tire that the dump trucks use, beautified by my friend Misha and I. I know. I look like a kook standing that way, but I'm not all the way used to my 'woman' body yet.
This is a shot of the dump truck compared to a semi-truck. Yeah. You read that right. A semi!
We had to wear hard hats, safety glasses and sometimes earplugs inside the plants. Don't we look swweeeeet?
The water treatment center recycles water. One stage in the process is the degasifier. Man, I could use one of those every now and then...
Here's the tail end of the conveyor belt that brings the crushed rock to the plant that processes it to retrieve the precious metals. It's about 3 miles long and goes mainly undergound. What a ride that'd be!
Here the metals are removed as they float on top of the bubbles of treated water. Miners' wives first figured out how to do this when they'd wash their husbands mining clothes! Here's the control center for the operation of this plant. "We have lift-off!"
Eventually, the copper collects into plate form by cathodes and anodes and is shipped all over the world. There's more, but I'm sure that was more than you bargained for! Ü
On June 19th Logan had surgery to remove his port. After we checked in, we waited.
After we waited, we were moved to a examination room where we waited some more and then met with the surgeon. Logan changed into his hospital clothing and we moved to another waiting room.
He looked like this through our watery eyes as he walked away chatting with the anesthesiologist.
Jarid, Julian and I waited in a yet another waiting room for him to come out of surgery and be moved into post-op. He wasn't very happy coming out of the anesthesia, but it was a wonderful step in the cancer process!
We couldn't keep his port because of new rules, but I took photos. It was bigger than I'd imagined. The big ones must be huge! If you look closely you can see marks where his port was accessed more than a hundred times!!
The day after Logan's surgery I took the kids, as I had promised, to the Strawberry Days Carnival. Logan wasn't allowed to ride the fast rides, but he still had fun. He's looking forward to Spanish Fork Days next months so he can ride the SpaceShip 2000!
Julian was a dare-devil and rode the Ring-Of-Fire all by herself, literally!
...And another crazy, twirly, upside-down ride. That's her in the upper right corner wearing orange! I miss my youth when I could ride without getting sick. Now all it takes is watching someone ride it!
So, now you have it! Some of the reasons I've been so busy! So much fun to be had and so little time to have it in. Make every moment count!