This week, Utah celebrates it’s statehood day. Conveniently, the day that Utah became a state was the anniversary of the day Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon Pioneers came into the Salt Lake Valley. Sorta. My memory’s pretty fudgy these days, but I’m pretty sure they actually arrived in the area a few days before, but Brigham Young was sick and didn’t see the valley until the 24th.
Whatever. It resulted in me living where I do. Where sometimes we get snow in June. And sometimes we break 100 degrees. Sometimes in the same week. I know, right?
I have to admit, I have a slight fascination with pioneers. Maybe it’s because my own great-grandpa (who died when I was a Senior in HS, just before his 102nd birthday) was born while his own parents were traveling west. Maybe it’s because I admire the fortitude and sense of adventure it must have taken to pull up roots and head west. Maybe it’s because I like to be reminded of how much better my life is, with cars, iPods, the internet, and toilet paper.
Yeah, that’s probably it.
(By the way, my iPod’s missing again. Anyone seen it?)
So, while the original pioneers celebrated by playing a fiddle and dancing around the fire, today we Utahns celebrate by going to parades, eating ridiculous amounts of bad food at rodeos and demolition derbies, and driving to Wyoming for illegal fireworks. Good times.
Anyway, in honour (remember how I like that spelling?) of Utah’s Pioneer Day, I’m doing my very first giveaway!
You can win this:
Except with your family’s names, not mine. Want to see it closer? Okay!
You’ll win a custom-designed 11×14 Family Tree, with up to 60 names spanning four generations. Great for you, great for a gift. Great for framing, because you’ll have to buy your own.
Simply post a comment, telling me of an ancestor you wish you knew more of, knew less of, or just plain knew. I’ll do a drawing on Sunday, so make sure I have a way to contact you!
And, for those of you who scrapbook, head over to The Queen of Quirk’s blog, because she’s having a giveaway, too!