Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Fish Tales and Other Stories

We found our way to Henrieville again for the Memorial weekend. Hunter and I camped in the yard again, and it rained both nights...it was awesome! Our Saturday hike was rained out, but we did go to Mossy Cave later that afternoon. Hunter hadn't been there before, which is kind of messed up. I really slacked off on that one! Anyway it was gorgeous, of course.
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We actually got a photo together, which is pretty remarkable:
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My dad had to run back to the car, so my mama decided she would jump out and scare him.
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I'm pretty sure she scared herself more than Gary!

We stopped by my Grandma's grave and gave her some flowers. It is so weird to me that my own husband never knew her. In fact, Braxton is the only grandson who got the chance to meet her, and he was too young to have any memories of it.
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On Monday we headed to Beaver. We met up with Becca and her boys and went fishing on Beaver Mountain. It was beautiful...except for the freaky bugs and stuff.
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The boys were cracking me up. They got distracted right away by the "minnows" swimming everywhere. I suggested they catch a few and use them as bait...they thought this was a great idea. Ryker spent the rest of the time chasing minnows; he no longer cared about the big fish. Oh and the minnows turned out to be fingerlings...the little trout that are put there for the sole purpose of being fished. While Braxton was chasing baby trout he ran across this:
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Freaky Friday! Becca and I were kinda freaking out but the boys thought it was the greatest thing ever, of course. Oh yeah, and guess who caught the only fish?
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Yes it was me, thank you very much. Nevermind the part where Hunter baited the line and cast it for me. And touched the darn thing after I caught it. Yuck...can you see how freaked out everyone looks? We could not get the hook out, and the little buddy was so small that it didn't do us any good to keep him. I think we all felt kinda bad about the whole thing, lol!

After fishing, we headed to Minersville for the twins' birthday party. It was kind of a triplet party because Kazie's birthday is also this month (as is Ayden's, but he didn't get to stick around for the swimming portion).
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The twins' grandma rented the Minersville pool, and the kids had a BLAST! It was tons of fun...I think the twins need to have a birthday every weekend! Although truth be told, I was more exhausted than they were by the end of the day! Kazie conked out as soon as we got home:

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Maddie seems pretty fascinated when she comes across a sleeping cousin. She kept getting right in Kazie's face, trying to figure out what was going on. It was pretty cute.

I sure like these kids. And I really like being able to leave them with their mamas, so I can go home and get a good night's sleep...LOLOL! It was a great weekend; I sure do like my family. :)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

How My Fine Pumpkin Arse Saved My Life

Treyton started it
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so Ryker followed suit
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Kazie stepped up

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and promptly stepped back down
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Even Brave Maddie gave it a shot
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(Doesn't she look like a graceful ballerina? I love it!)

Kenzie got brave, but wanted some assistance. I was more than happy to oblige:
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Kazie decided to try again, but only if I helped her too:
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I lifted her up and swung her gently over the water. I let go...
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She did not.

Notice the death grip she has on my hands! She started swinging back toward the diving board and my life flashed before my eyes. I thought it was over.

In a last-ditch effort to save myself, I squatted. Fortunately, my posterier outweighs the rest of me and Kazie combined. I maintained my balance, and Kazie lost her death-hold. She plunged into the water and I survived unscathed.
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Kazie told me later that when she is older and we try that again, she will probably do the same thing. I told her we will never know because my services are no longer available.

It's a darn good thing she's cute!
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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Around Here...

Things are getting pretty crazy. In our back yard you might see:
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And if you look inside, you might see:
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If the tent isn't up, you may find:
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But more likely it will look like:
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You're also very likely to find this in our back yard:
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Inside our house you'll probably find:
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Or:
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Or even:
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What do these items have in common, and what are they doing in the Sheedy household? Well, these are all things we are taking on our road trip. To Alaska. Next month. Holy cow we are so excited! Will June 20th please hurry up and get here already? WE. CANNOT. WAIT.

Monday, May 18, 2009

New Ride

How do you like this bad boy?
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Yeah, it's not ours. LOL! But we rode it anyway, to American Fork canyon. Which was absolutely lovely.
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We had eaten at Subway right before our ride; when we stopped to enjoy the view I kindly informed Hunter he had mustard on his shirt. He kindly set me straight.
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Yuck. We continued on up to Tibble Fork Reservoir:
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What a view! It was a great ride, and I'm so glad the weather is finally conducive to day-trips. It was different being on two wheels accompanied by so much chrome...we experienced our first ever Harley wave as a result! Normally, on our
cute Wee, the Harley guys do not acknowledge our presence. Pretty funny if you ask me.

We returned the beautiful
Suzuki Boulevard to its proper owner (thanks, Britton!). It was cool to try something different, but we are definitely more comfortable on our Wee. We should be; together we've put over 28,000 miles on that buddy! In less than three years! Wow.

And now I'm going to comb my hair. Long hair + motorcycling = one big knot on my head. I think it's time for a haircut!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Love My Mama

Saturday at noon Hunter and I were eating breakfast. Yes we slept in late...back off!! Lol. My papa called me and informed me he was grilling T-bone steaks in 80+ degree weather with bright, sunny skies. "You should be here", he said. Six hours later, we were.

We hadn't planned to go home for the weekend because we had a major software upgrade at work, and needed to spend Friday night/Saturday testing the system and making sure everything was running smoothly. By the time my papa called, I had already done the majority of the testing and realized anything else that needed to be done could be accomplished in Henrieville. I just needed the internet; my location was irrelevant. So, with papa's persuading we went running out the door!

We arrived in Henrieville around dinnertime (hey, we know how to work these things). We had some yummy pizza and Hunter proceeded to pitch our tent. He had just purchased this tent for our upcoming Alaska trip (more details to come) and we wanted to test it out.
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We then went to the Henrieville Reservoir so Hunter could run his boat. We have walked to this site numerous times, and Hunter always wishes he had a boat. Well, his wish finally came true!
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The coolest part, however, was still to come. There was a full moon Friday night, so of course the Saturday moon was just barely less than full. Knowing we would have sufficient moonlight, we went with my parents to
Bryce and hiked the Navajo Loop. I used to do this a lot in college; after working at Ruby's Inn a big group of us would head to Bryce and hike this trail by moonlight. It is seriously cool; I still can't believe how well lit the trail is once the moon comes up. We tried to get some shots of the moon, but without a telephoto lens there was no hope. I did get this shot during the hike:
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I had a lot of fun. We had some great conversations and I love that my husband and parents get along so well.

The next day was Mama's Day! I'm so glad I was able to spend this day with my mama. She is such a cute mama and her friendship means the world to me. This is Sandy with her mama's day gift:
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I love this woman. I had such a wonderful day with her and my dad; sometimes I marvel that I could be related to such cool people.

While I attended church with my parents, Hunter the Rebel went exploring. He headed to Powell Point, but encountered quite a bit of snow so he wasn't able to summit. He took some incredible shots, as usual:
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After Hunter returned, we went to another reservoir he found a few months ago...that I had never heard of. He's seen more of Henrieville in the 2+ years we've been married than I saw in the 18+ I spent growing up here. He is such an adventurer, and I love that about him.
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We were NOT looking forward to going home, so we stayed in Henrieville until around 8:00 pm. We stopped in Salina for dinner, and arrived home around 2:00 am. Which makes this next picture even more remarkable:
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Yes, that is 7:23 AM!!! We were in the car, headed for work at this time. It was nothing short of a miracle, so I documented it. It was a brutal return to reality, I must say.

So even though it was a whirlwind trip to visit my parents, it was most definitely worth it. Yesterday was such a perfect day; I'm so glad my dad made that all-important phone call that changed my weekend! I love you, mom and dad!