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!!!

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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!

Our Hike Up To Stewart Falls





Brodey loves being outside! I couldn't believe how much he enjoyed the hike. It was a blast!

Surprise!!!

One day, while out on our deck, Jared heard a chirping sound coming from our BBQ grill...look what he found!!! A whole nest of baby birds! We were so surprised! Brodey was especially fascinated. We have had so much fun watching them grow to maturity these past few months. Just recently, we found that the runt of the family, had died. We were all so sad (including Jared!) We felt like he had been our very own :( Fortunately, the other three birds have grown-up strong. They now, have all flown away! I don't know if we'll be willing to use our grill any more, though...talk about bird flu! Ahhh!

Brodey's Big Boy Bottoms

Brodey began showing interest in the potty about a month ago. I dived right in and tried the whole potty training thing for about a week. It was a complete failure! Ha ha! After a week of washing out carpets, sheets, clothes, and big boy pants...I finally decided that he wasn't quite ready yet. I had been forewarned about boys being slower than girls, so I quit and decided to try again a little later...although, I have to say he looks pretty darn cute in his tighties!

Brodey Loves The Tub!

3 Years And Counting!


Happy Anniversary!!! Yep, Jared and I have been married for 3 years. Time flies when you're having fun, eh?! Each year that we return to Little America (our traditional anniversary suite), I am surprised to find that my love for Jared has grown even more! How could this be when I already love him so much?! Each year has brought new challenges and blessings that have brought us even closer than imagined. It just keep getting better and better! I sure I have a lot to look forward to :)

The Easter Bunny Came To Our House


How did the Bunny know Brodey loved chocolate so much? :)

Rolling Easter Eggs





It was raining during our famous family tradition of "rolling Easter Eggs down the hill" - but do you think Brodey cared? NOT AT ALL! He was so excited about throwing the eggs down the hill (and not getting in trouble for it) that he didn't even notice the rain! Everyone else was cold and miserable, except for Brodey. He wouldn't quit for the entire hour. It was pretty fun to watch him. He was throwing the eggs really far! Jared was pretty proud. The only problem is that now Brodey thinks its alright to throw the eggs from the refrigerator! Crazy boy :)