Sunday, July 26, 2009

Camping Trip Over the 24th











Can you tell my little Brodey is "all boy"? He had so much fun playing in the dirt while we were camping. He came home with bruises, scratches, and burns all over his legs. I couldn't figure out the burn mark. I have no idea where it came from because he never cried about it. Crazy boy! The Pattens were a blast to hang with! We loved the good company :) Brodey, especially loved playing with Avanlee. Not to mention, the food was awesome! Jared makes mean dutch oven. You should beg him to make you some! It's good stuff.

Jared's Father's Day Gift

I'm pretty sure the word is out, but if you haven't heard the big news...listen up! I gave Jared a positive pregnancy test for Father's Day. He was really surprised and excited. So was I!

Young Women Camp
















Can I just say, coolest bunch of girls ever! I had so much fun with them during camp. I love being a Laurels' Adviser!

Hogle Zoo






Thursday, June 4, 2009

Finally Caught Up!

As you may have noticed, I just posted about four months worth of postings in one day! There's a bunch of new pictures...in other words, if you want to see them all, you'll need to click on the archive links! Sorry about that! I'm going to get better and better at this blogging thing, don't you worry!

The Flash Flood That Almost Killed Us!!!

video
So aside from all the fun we had, we also experienced a pretty scary situation during our first night down in the canyon. At about 1:00 in the middle of the night, we were nearly washed out by a flash flood! If we would have camped about two feet lower, we really could have drowned! The initial "boom" of the water rushing through the canyon was so loud and "crashing" that at first impression, I didn't even think it was water. About three seconds later, the entire gorge underneath the cliff's overhang was entirely filled with water. The small creek had become a wide rushing rapid river! So wide in fact, that we couldn't risk crossing the river in order to get to higher ground. We were trapped! Not to mention the fact that it was pitch black! It was pretty scary looking out over the black water with our small flashlights, unable to see the opposite bank. Luckily our prayers were answered and the water didn't rise! These pictures and video were taken about 12 hours after the flash flood. By now, the water has dropped about 2-3 feet. These huge muddy deposits of sand are what the water left behind. We hiked through thick mud the whole way out of the canyon :)

The Wrath of Mike



We laughed so hard when we realized that we had caught these three photos progressively, in a row. Here's the explanation: After taking the first picture, I said, "Come on guys...can't you give me something better than that?". Their response was clear, though slightly extreme :)

Escalante



























Over Memorial Day Weekend, Jared and I, plus Jared's sister Hannah, and Jared's Brother Mike, and Mike's girlfriend Dayna, went to Escalente on a back packing trip! As you can see, we had a ton of fun. Jared was impressed that I wasn't as much of a wimp as expected :) I even did okay in the wilderness without indoor plumbing...ha ha!