Monday, June 25, 2007

Happy Happy Birthday!

Today is my sweetheart's birthday, yay! Party time! Actually, it's time to go to work. But after that, let the parties begin! :)

Monday, June 18, 2007

Surprise in the Woods

Friday (June 15th) was my bday! Yay, me! Lol. My dad gave me a card that summed it up pretty nicely. It said: "Another birthday? Weren't you old enough last year?" The answer is most definitely yes. Enough said! :D
So Hunter and I decided to get the heck out of Dodge for the weekend; this is definitely a recurring theme. H told me about a spot where he and his friend Tauno used to camp that was nothing short of perfect. This spot is on Heber Mountain/Duchesne Ridge near Lake Creek Summit. I'm not sure what that even means, except that it's on a mountain and it takes a while to get there! So we headed out Friday evening and crossed our fingers that Hunter would be able to find it again. Well I don't know why I bother questioning; Hunter drove straight there! I think he surprised even himself.

Well he was right (as usual), this place is gorgeous. Imagine beautiful green meadows with sporadic patches of evergreens and you'll know what I'm talking about. We parked next to a small grove of trees and looked for Hunter's favorite tent-spot. Well, it's been a few years since he'd last been there and things had changed. For starters, Tauno's usual tent-spot now has a new and glorious occupant:If you can't make out the object in the midst of the heavenly glow, it's a makeshift latrine. Someone placed a bottomless bucket WITH a toilet seat in this most opportune location. I'm certain Hunter did not feel the same way about this sight but I could not refrain from weeping tears of joy. Could it be any more perfect?!? Well, of course it could...but when compared with the alternative it takes on a whole new appeal!

Of course, the other new additions were not quite as splendid. Unfortunately, the grove is now carpeted with several layers of elk hooey. Yikes! Who wants to bed down on that stuff?! We (and by we I mean me) also heard tons of bees in the trees and the ground was somewhat marshy in spots. So after painful deliberation we determined there was only one choice. The tent would have to go in the meadow, not the trees. No elk hooey for these little campers! Here's a shot of our picturesque campsite:So we had yummy campfire cooking for dinner, and after gazing at the stars and freezing our tails off we hit the hay.

The next morning, as the sun baked our tent and tried to roast us out into the open, I couldn't help but notice the inordinate amount of buzzing going on outside. Did our tent look like a big flower needing pollenation, or were we sleeping next to a beehive? I wasn't sure I wanted to find out. We climbed out of our tent to discover this:Hello! Have you ever seen so many dandelions?! Where were they last night? Cuz I sure as heck didn't see them then! Luckily I had taken pictures of our campsite, so I had proof. Those dandelions were fast asleep by 7 pm, which is when we arrived. So we had no idea they were there. What a beautiful morning surprise! Mother Nature sure is sneaky!

We brought our RC trucks (of course) and did some exploring. Notice that our campsite is smack in the middle of the ONLY dandelion field in sight! That's all for now. Stay tuned! :)

Dishwashers, Carousels, and My Mom Turns Green

Becca came to town for yet another of her endless training conferences, and since the kids are on summer break she brought them too. My mama was sweet to come with her, so she could watch the kids while Becca was at her conference and I wouldn't have to "miss" work. However, Becca decided to come up a day early and take the buddies to Lagoon, since they had never been. I was more than happy to "miss" work for this event, and I convinced Hunter he should be too. So woohoo! Wednesday morning we rounded up the gang and headed for the chaos.

Braxton and Ryker were pretty excited, as they are big enough to go on most of the rides. We tried out a couple of mild ones and Becca stayed back with Kazie. Well, Kazie has decided (completely of her own accord) that Aunt Rachie really rocks, and she doesn't appreciate it when I leave her behind. So as soon as each ride ended I had to run back to Kazie and reassure her that I would take her on a cool ride in "just a minute". I don't think she was fooled. I was kinda surprised my mom was so gung-ho about joining in, and rode every ride with us! I think it's been a while since she's done anything like that, because after about three rides she was bright green! I've never seen her that color before! She's a fighter though, and refused to let the motion sickness slow her down. She continued to accompany the boys on virtually every ride they went on. What a woman!

So the rides we went on with Braxton and Ryker were kinda mild. Then we had to ride the carousel a few times for Kazie's sake. After waiting in line for three days to get beat up by the white roller coaster, we decided we were hungry and took a lunch break. Then my mom and Becca took the kids to Laguna Beach and Hunter and I headed for the good stuff.

By this time we were pretty toasty, so when we spotted the "Cliffhanger" which promised to drench us, we jumped at the chance. Sweet relief was on it's way! Or at least, that's what we thought. Turns out, this ride is just like being inside a dishwasher! You get in, the ride shakes you around, turns you upside down, squirts water jets at you, shakes you some more, squirts more water, turns you upside down again, and pretty much soaks you from top to bottom. Boy, was that a weird experience! Not exactly sure it's one I want to repeat, either.

So then we decided to ride the Colossus. This was my first roller coaster ever, and I have fond memories of being terrified on the suspenseful slow climb at the beginning. As a teenager, I was so proud of myself when I dared to ride it more than once...what a daredevil! So today I figured it would be the crowning event and I was ready to get rocked.

Or not. Huh? That was it? What a letdown! Turns out, the Colossus is not nearly as insane as I remembered it to be! It was fun, but on a scale of 1-10 I'd put it at about 4.5. Now the Shiekra (I think that's the name...) at Busch Gardens? A solid ten. Scared the boogers right outta me.

Nonetheless, we had a great time at Lagoon and the kids loved it. I'd say that we got them good and worn out, but I think the adults were way more exhausted! We were more than happy to call it a day.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

A Walk in the Park

Actually it was in the woods. This time, anyway. Hunter has made it his mission to get me out of the house, and he's doing a darn good job, if you ask me! I am definitely NOT an outdoor favorite hobbies pretty much all involve the couch. Let's see, reading? Best done on the couch. Knitting? On the couch. Digi-scrapping? You guessed it--laptop and couch. Anyone sensing a theme here?

Now don't get me's not that I enjoy sitting around. In fact, no matter what is going on, I have to be doing something. I can't just sit there. I have to be working on something. Unfortunately, the something usually involves a couch or a nice cozy armchair. Or even bed! I LOVE reading in bed. It's my favorite.

Well. Needless to say, these activities drive Hunter nuts. He has to be doing something as well, but his doing involves the outdoors. Fresh air, sunshine, and preferrably solitude, but definitely outdoors. So we are in an ongoing battle of wills. Turns out, we are both pretty darn stubborn.

Unfortunately for me, I know Hunter is right. I do need to get outside, and I definitely need to move my muscles more. It's so good for me, in so many ways. So we've struck up a compromise, and it works out quite well. We take the RC trucks and head for the park. It works because I'm outside getting exercise, but I'm too distracted by my truck to realize it. Therefore, Hunter's goal is to cover as much ground as possible before I lose interest. It's almost enough to make you feel bad for him!

Today we decided to take the trucks up the canyon...Little Cottonwood Canyon, that is. We've scouted out all the local parks and discovered they are quite heavily trafficked on a Sunday, so we figured this was our best bet. Here's a shot of today's toys:
I'm the Land Rover on the left, and H is the big MAN truck on the right. And no, he's not trying to prove anything...MAN is a european truck quite popular in the european truck trials. Just to prove it, here's a shot of his front bumper:
So you see, it's legit and completely true. And this MAN is really amazing. H built him from scratch, no kits involved, so this is his pride and joy. And it's definitely the highest performing RC truck he owns! (Believe me, that is no small feat!) So it goes without saying that Hunter was really looking forward to putting this guy to the test today. And I'm happy to say that he more than exceeded our expectations! He can pretty much climb over ANYTHING. It's really cool to watch.

Anyway, here are a few more pics of the gorgeous canyon (and some of our trucks, as well):

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Extra! Extra!

My sister Sarah called me last week to tell me her husband Brady had a job interview in Tooele! They lived in Pennsylvania for the past several years while he attended anesthesiology school, and after graduating a year ago they moved to Texas. We really didn't expect them to return to Utah for quite a while, as nurse anesthetist (sp?) jobs are hard to come by in this state. So, dare I hope? I tried not to be overly optimistic so I wouldn't be too disappointed if nothing came of it.

Well, now I don't have to hold back anymore. BRADY GOT THE JOB! The Bradshaws are moving to Tooele!!! Needless to say, I am thrilled. I can't wait to spend more time with Sadie, Ayden and Reagan. They are the cutest kids ever! Of course, I'm also happy to be closer to Sarah and Brady. They are pretty decent kids too. :)