Monday, October 26, 2009

Jayden Matìas Johnson

This little sweetheart arrived yesterday (October 25) at 12:30 pm. He was 5 lbs 8 oz, 18 inches long and three weeks early. He takes after his Aunt Rachie...I was also born three weeks early, and weighed 5 lbs 8 oz! I like this guy already!

Esther, Sarah and I stopped by to visit yesterday. We still can't get over how tiny this precious guy is. I absolutely LOVE the bow in his top lip...so adorable! I also couldn't believe how amazing Rosana looked. You could not tell she had just delivered a baby; she looked refreshed, energetic, and completely happy. Sorry sisters, but I don't think any of you guys looked that good afterward, lol!

Anyway, enough rambling. Here's a look at the sweet pea:
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This is only a sampling of the bazillion photos we took yesterday. I've now got some serious scrapbooking to do! :)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Digi Joy

Just wanted to post some of my recent layouts. Some of these are linked to the gallery posting, where the layout credits can be found. However, I haven't posted all of these in online galleries so if you would like credit info for a specific layout just shoot me an email (available in my profile). Thanks!
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Monday, October 19, 2009

Future Rockstar

Kazie came to town last week, and we had a great time. Lots of shopping, make-up and tea parties were in order. While at Toys R Us, she discovered something wonderful: a Hannah Montana wig! Hannah Montana is pretty much Kazie's hero. During our make-up festival, Kazie wondered if she wore the Hannah wig to the Disney Princesses on Ice show next month, would everyone think she was Hannah?? I told her she's better start practicing Hannah's autograph so she can be prepared. I proceeded to spend the next hour teaching Kazie how to write "Hannah". I've never seen a girl so determined; I think she filled at least 10 pages of paper!

Will Kazie pass the Hannah test? I'll let you be the judge:
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Spooky Devils

Hunter and I have gone to Henrieville three out of the last four weekends. I think we are addicted to the place...or maybe it's just my mama's apple pie. :)

This weekend I was especially excited to visit because a family friend was in town. Owen Hoffman worked with my dad at Zion National Park about forty years ago, and they've been friends ever since. I think I was about 14 years old the last time he and his family came to visit, so it's been a while! Well he and his wife, and his wife's niece, are vacationing in southern Utah for a few weeks. We met up with them Saturday morning and headed to some slot canyons to do some hiking.

We headed down the Hole in the Rock road, and eventually ended up at Peekaboo and Spooky gulch. In my opinion, Spooky is aptly named. Why do I say this? Well about 12 years ago when I was working for Turnabout Ranch, we took the kids through here. I was a lot braver in those days, and I found the narrowness of Spooky's walls to be only mildly disconcerting. The problem for me was not claustrophobia...it was much worse. We had hiked through Peekaboo and were nearing the end of Spooky when the pathway became quite narrow again. As I looked through the path ahead I came to a horrifying realization...the narrow walls were covered with huge daddy long-leg spiders! COVERED! Not just one or two here and there; the spiders were EVERYWHERE! Oh my gosh, I'm hyperventilating just thinking about it!!!

I didn't know what to do. The walls were narrow enough that you couldn't turn sideways and avoid the nasty guys. You were absolutely guaranteed to touch them/get them on you no matter how skinny you might be. I also considered high-tailing it back the way I had come...even though I could see the end of the canyon up ahead. Enduring the spiders just wasn't worth it. However, there had been a tricky descent at one point in the hike, and I knew there was no way I'd be able to climb that part without some help. I was stuck.

I'm really not sure how I made it through. I do remember we voted to have the largest kid lead the way, hoping he would clear the path for us!! He was not bothered at all by the spiders, and didn't mind helping those of us who were freaking out. But I don't actually remember walking through that part. I must have blocked it out of my mind, because I was seriously traumatized. And yet, I lived to tell the tale! That right there was a miracle, my friends. And I'm not even kidding.

Okay so that was a huge side-note. Back to the main story: I was excited to show this area to Hunter. I knew he would love it. I also knew there was no way I could hike Spooky again, for fear of those darn spiders. Fortunately, no one really wanted to push their luck with the narrow canyon walls, so we just walked the Dry Fork of Coyote. This is a luxury slot canyon...beautiful swirling walls with plenty of room to move through.
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We then moved on to Peekaboo, which begins with a rather daunting vertical climb. Hunter, of course, had to do it...and then Sandy joined him. I was quite comfortable remaining on solid ground, thank you very much.

Last but not least: Spooky. We ventured in knowing it wouldn't be long before we'd be heading back out. My dad insisted on going last so he could turn tail and run when it got too narrow. After a couple of minutes between those rock walls, I understood the wisdom in this. Remember how the narrowness didn't bother me 12 years ago? Well it bothered me this time! There were a few spots where I had to turn sideways and wriggle my way between the rocks...and I started feeling lightheaded and slightly panicky. Being in the middle of the group made me nervous too...there was absolutely no escape from that rock + people sandwich! Yikes!
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Owen was trying to decide whether or not he fit. Ortrud (his wife) and I were frantically trying to convince him it wasn't worth finding out!

Me & Hunter in a safe spot:
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After the slot canyons, we went to Devil's Garden for lunch and more sight-seeing. This place is pretty cool, and not scary at all. Unless your husband happens to think he's eight-years-old and impervious to gravity:
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Despite the anxiety, it turned out to be a wonderful day. It was great to see Owen & Ortrud again, and I always love spending time with my parents. I especially love seeing Hunter turn into a kid whenever he enjoys himself; he had so much fun exploring, climbing and discovering. He brings all our adventures to life, and I love having him around. :)