Saturday, July 25, 2009

Our Camping Adventure!

Last weekend, Russ and I thought it would be fun to go camping! The only camping we've done since we've been married, has been in our living room (we set up our tent and everything). We got a group of people together and set out... (We went with our neighbor Tyler, Mitch and Stacie Dorius, Ryan Oldroyd and Alicia Watterson).

It took quite a while for all of us to meet up near East Canyon Reservoir. That was just the first delay to our campout. Plans kept falling through and it was about 10:30 by the time we started setting up camp. (We were still determined to have a campout) There was already a family camping in the area we were, but they said they were going to bed and we could use their fire. So, we started setting our tents up on bumpy ground and we were pretty close to the family's tent. We had planned to set up a fire further away so we could be louder...

While we were setting up, the dad of the family came and told us that allergies were hitting him so bad, they they were leaving. I felt bad for the family, but we ended up with a great campsite. We dragged our tents over and got our things set up. Even though it was late, we still roasted weenie's and had a good time!

Mitch and Stacie Dorius

We spent the next day at the lake (East Canyon Reservoir). Mitch's brother was so nice to let us use his 4-person jet ski. It was awesome! It was big enough to pull us on waterski's.

Cute Stacie and her pregnant belly

Nice Russ!

Russ, Mitch, and Tyler

Me water skiing

Here is a video of Russ doing the AIR CHAIR. It was the craziest looking thing! It was like a pogo stick in water!

Bell Canyon Lake

Russ, me, Tyler, Dan

Two weeks ago Russ and I went on another adventure. We took Tyler and Russ' friend Dan with us and went on a hike up to Bell Canyon Lake. It isn't too far from where we live. It was a great little hike and the lake was so pretty!

(Before the hike we went to WalMart to get some tubes to float on in the lake.) Once we were at the lake, we started to blow up our tubes. They were so much smaller than we thought they were going to be and we barely fit in them. Ha ha, it made us laugh. We had to balance on them in order to not flip into the water. The water was sooo cold! We got in anyway and had a good time!

Russ and I got into a little water fight. Brrrr!

Don't try this at home folks:
We later found out from some friends that it is ILLEGAL to swim there! It is a water shed and I guess they get drinking water from it. (How bad could it be having a few humans in there? Tyler saw dead fish!) We still had fun..shhh, don't tell


We have a pool in our apt. complex, which is so nice in the summer! My sis Molly brought her girls over to swim. We had a good time!

This is my sweet niece Evelyn, who cracks me up! She was being so funny in the pool, but also made sure that I would keep a hold of her. She is one of my favorite people ever!


Russ and I have a new neighbor who lives across from us named Tyler. He is from Alabama and working as a nurse at Primary Children's hospital. We have become friends with him and taken him to do things we like to do in Utah.
One night we took him and another one of Russ' good friends, Kyle up to the Oquirrh Mountains. We drove to the top, which is a very pretty view. When we got back down, we had a campfire and roasted hot dogs.

Tyler and Russ

Kyle and Russ


4th of July!!

I love the 4th of July! My family has done the same thing for years. Blankets are set out earlier in the day and we meet later that night on a grassy corner down from Romney Stadium. We eat, chat, light fireworks, throw the football, then watch the firework show. It is such a good time!

Good ole' sparklers

Last year and this year on the 4th, some of us have gone up, past Preston and floated the Oneida Narrows. It is fun! The water temperature is pretty warm which is nice. This year the people who went were me, Russ, Adam, Hillary, Tom, Jeff (Tom's brother), my Dad, and we met up with my uncle Darin, aunt Kelly and her family.

The Accident

I had a great time until towards the end of the trip. There was this little waterfall area. I was the last one of our group to go over it. I think I was lifting up on my tube, so to not him my toosh (I did that earlier-hard), and I totally fell off my tube! The current was fast there and I couldn't catch up to my tube. The water kept dragging me across the rocks (it didn't help that the water was low when we went). My knees kept getting bashed over and over. It was scary! Luckily my dad was close by, so I had someone to yell for. I soon got a hold of my tube again and didn't want to look at my knees. They were all cut up and hurt. I was so shaken up. My knees hurt for days after the trip. Wow, what an adventure that was!

That same weekend, we celebrated my niece, Sophia's 1st birthday. Molly threw a cute lady bug party at her in-laws house in Nibley.

She's a cute little bug!

FaMiLy VacAtiOn

This has been a great summer so far! This is the second summer Russ and I have been married, and we have done a lot of fun things.

At the end of June my family had a great vacation together! First we drove down to Manti to see the Manti Pageant. Mom arranged for us to stay in an old house, that was so neat. We had a great time chatting and spending time with each other.

That night we went to the Manti Pageant. We bundled up with jackets and blankets, which I was glad to have with the rain! The pageant was enjoyable, even with the rain and the temple was beautiful!

After Manti, we went to Hillary's sister's family cabin near Provo. We took turns with meals and we again had a great time and laughed our heads off!
We also went to Seven Peaks water park, which was a blast! The weather was warm, the water was nice, and we even got Mom to go on one of the freaky water slides with Dad! It was great!

The trip was a lot of fun! It was great spending time with my family.