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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

This One's for Carolin...

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Yearly Y Hike

So the weekend before we had traveled to Moab. Then we thought that since it was nice weather we thought we could hike the Y.

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Matching smiles haha
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Long way down!

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All of us

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Such a happy googie!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Moab 2011

Last month Chase and I went down to Moab. Here's some pictures! We had a TON of fun! We totally missed our little goggie! He seriously would have loved to go with us too! :(

"Lets start from the very beginning..." No I'm not going to break out in song. Any guesses on what movie that's from.. Just popped into my head as I was writing this.

So we stayed at the OK RV down in Moab. It's on the south south side of Moab. Like almost leaving Moab south.
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Just imagine a tent there. Okay? I remembered after we had it all set up the day we arrived, but then totally forgot to take a picture.

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Yes that is totally a cocoon
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Look at all them caterpillars! On our tarp! The lady warned us before we even signed in. She said "I hope your not afraid of caterpillars! Cause there seems to be a lot of them this year." Yeah, thankfully we didn't eat any. We found I think 5 or 6 or 7 (maybe more I can't remember) cocoons on or around our tent! That's WAY too many!


First Day:
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We went to Balanced Rock
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See its falling over... lol
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The first things you see when you head into Arches:
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Tower of Babel I think that's what it's called
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Pretty sweet right? The Three Gossips

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My okay! Chase and his brother used to say this when they were little. We say it now in our house, it's kinda funny. Anyways this is called Turret Arch, I think.
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Chase loved getting photos of me. By the time we reached Delicate Arch I was tired of him taking pictures of just me. Not that I was tired or anything. These were all pretty easy hikes.
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While Chase was setting this picture up another guy asked if he could take our picture for us. Chase said no thanks, then after Chase said that the guy said the last time they were here his friend did the same thing and his camera blew away, and smashed. Thankfully that didn't happen to us.
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We had an Italian couple take a picture of us. They were able to understand me asking them where they were from, and they said Italy. I asked where, and they didn't answer. I hope my english isn't that bad! lol
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Another picture of me alone.
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Then I got one of him!
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Don't worry I was having a fun time. The picture doesn't do me justice.
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And another one of him
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And another, mwahahah

Day 2: Saturday
We decided Saturday that we were going to take it slow in the morning, and then be able to hike to delicate arch by the afternoon/evening so we could see the sunset.
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We first hike to landscape arch, not a bad hike
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On our way back to the car it started looking gloomy - the forecast was supposed to be scattered thunderstorms. :S As we headed out we stopped at Sand Dune Arch
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It was really windy love the hair right?
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Feet in the sand! Oh it was nice and cold!
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Then we stopped to get a picture at Fiery Furnace Viewpoint and it started sprinkling a little. After that we went to go eat back in Moab. We were both tired, and Chase wanted to find a geocache. Well we walked on the bridge hoping to find it, and no luck. But I got some pretty neat pictures.
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See the nice brown Colorado River?! Wouldn't want to go swimming in that!
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Then we headed back into arches, taking our sweet time. Filled up our water bottles, trying to get ready for the hike to delicate arch.
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Me at the Upper Delicate Arch Viewpoint
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Giving me tongue
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Hiking to delicate. Almost there! Seriously right around the corner and up some rock stairs
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So pretty!
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It was my very first time hiking to Delicate Arch. I have only been to Moab 1 other time and it was when I was like 8 or 9.
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Us under it, huge right?!
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Just can't get enough of it! I loved it and it was so pretty and huge!


We were going to stay till sunset, but my bladder decided to disagree with me, so I about ran the whole way back to the icky bathrooms... aka pit in the ground!

Chase and I had a lot of fun being together, and I think we'll make this a tradition to go camping down in Moab. We'll most likely do it again when the weather was cool like it was in May. Seriously it was perfect weather. I don't think I would of enjoyed it that much if it had been any hotter. One thing Chase learned from our time at Arches is that, we need to enjoy it because one day it won't be there anymore. Who knows when delicate arch might fall down or any other arch. It was so great to be able to take time to visit the park.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Love this advice from Modern Rust

Lovely Advice from Modern Rust, you can see their original post HERE.

Health:
  1. Drink plenty of water.
  2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
  3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
  4. Live with the 3 E’s – Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy
  5. Play more games.
  6. Read more books than you did in 2010.
  7. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
  8. Sleep for 7 hours.
  9. Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily. And while you walk, smile.
Personality:
  1. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  2. Don’t have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
  3. Don’t over do. Keep your limits.
  4. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  5. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.
  6. Dream more while you are awake.
  7. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  8. Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
  9. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don’t hate others.
  10. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
  11. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
  12. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
  13. Smile and laugh more.
  14. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
Society:
  1. Call your family often.
  2. Each day give something good to others.
  3. Forgive everyone for everything.
  4. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
  5. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
  6. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  7. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
Life:
  1. Do the right thing!
  2. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
  3. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.34. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
  4. The best is yet to come.
  5. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Random Food - Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup

So it's been a while since I took these, but I made these for March 17 - St Patricks Day. There was green cauliflower in our bountiful baskets one Saturday and so I thought it would be fun to make this. Wisconsin Cauliflower soup. SoO good! 

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Hmm... Makes you wonder....

Makes you wonder what they are putting in a lot of foods. This was just comparing better Mac N Cheese to the icky Mac N Cheese.

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Sorry it's been a while again. I thought I was getting back in the swing of things... But nope. A few things we've been doing...

*Bought bikes so we can go riding
*Worked for a management company for 1-1/2 months
*Started planting beans and trying to plant bell peppers (haven't come up yet)
*Going to run in this 5K with my sister, brother and possibly step father
*Chase working on his Iron Man Costume! He'll have to create a post for that! :) It's awesome

Ya in the past month that's about all that we've been doing! Pretty boring right? :)

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Carolin: Sweethearts and Graduation... OMG!

So my little sister (really not little anymore) decided she was going to do more activities while being a senior in high school. She did a lot. She competed to be a "sweetheart", was in a drama play called Finding Hardwick, and then last but not least... She graduated. She also hurt her foot during her play and has to wear a boot for 6 weeks (we're guessing, the doctor never said) because she broke part of her toe. She also was in a car accident a few days before graduation. We feel really bad. Here's some pictures:
The High School
This is a lovely picture of Carolin eating some cake, she had a really pretty yellow dress

Then a few months later, my little sister decided she was going to graduate from Seminary, AND also High School. Here are a few pictures for documentation purposes.
Here's some of Carolin's Seminary Graduation:

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One with just the parents
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One with everyone minus Chase
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Then one with just us - yup me without make-up.


Then onto Actual Graduation:
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On the big screen!
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Walking to get her "diploma"
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Facing Michael to get a picture taken

So after graduation we were planning on meeting Carolin on the main floor, well they told us that we had to meet them upstairs. While we were taking forever, Carolin decided she was going to go get her diploma, which meant she returned her gown. When I saw her in the hall, I was so upset. Everyone in my family could not understand WHY I wanted pictures with Carolin in her gown (I mean seriously it's graduation, a big step in being an adult- you must have proof that she did graduate right?). So I made her go and try and "give back" her diploma so that she could get a gown. Well the guy that was in charge of the gowns let her borrow one and told her she needed to be quick. How nice of him! These next few pictures are proof that a big sister knows best! :P
I just want to also say that it's too bad they switched from guys wearing blue gowns and girls wearing red gowns to a custom gown. I couldn't let my sister borrow mine. :(

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Zipping up her gown, and she's still kinda mad at me for making her go back and get it. You can totally see it in her smile! ;)

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Got her diploma

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Proof that she's the only one (who rented) and got a picture with her actual diploma
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Dad and us kids - yup I am officially the smallest in the family, David has outgrown me!
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More pictures
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The whole family - minus Chase
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Carolin being funny, only I'm smiling for the camera
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One with the parents, awww so dang cute! :)
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Thumbs up cause she's been graduated!
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One with Chase and me
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She loves to make this face a lot
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Finally got one with Michael smiling
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One with friends and a dress she got at Savers and is VERY proud she only spent 4 bucks
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Holding up her graduation gift from Mom and Michael

Chase and I got her a envelope system like I made for myself a while back. Her's is WAY cuter! But like me I totally forgot to take a picture of it. grrr
Happy Graduation Sister Carolin!