Sunday, June 14, 2009

Extra Camping Bit...

Our niece Breely and nephew Brenon came and spent the night in our trailer one evening. This was the outcome. Don't even ask what Patty is doing. And please, note the sound effects.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Ahh... The Outdoors

Michael and I just got back from a week-long camping trip at Island Park with his family. It was the most beautiful place...

While we were there we saw a moose, a black bear, pelicans, and cranes. I tell you, I was in my glory. I woke up early every day to soak in all of that nature. It rained a couple of the days we were there and actually snowed on one of the days but it all just added to the beauty.

Ganda (nickname for Michael's dad) took all the kids to search for "artifacts"! The kids go out into the forresty bits of the campground with Ganda and come back with all kinds of indian artifacts that they found in the dirt and under rocks and in the trees (: It is so cute. They ended up with fun things like arrowheads, beaded necklaces, arrows, and beads! (The Ganda hides them earlier in the day). They had so much fun.

Here's a picture of Shalece next to a sign at the very beginning of about an hour-long hike. I have to say, it made me pretty nervous !

We visited the beautiful Yellowstone National Park and I got to see all the cool paint pots and Old Faithful.

Michael's family has a tradition where they get a personalized t-shirt every year when they go into West Yellowstone. For some reason the name "Moseph Joseph" was the hot item this year. Another favorite of mine was Livvy's shirt that said: "NIKUM!" Nikum means chicken. Livvy loves chicken and "nikum" is how she says chicken. Haha, so cute.

All in all it was a fantastic trip. We ate awesome dutch oven dinners, played cards, floated the river, and sat around the fire. Man, I sure have been spoiled with awesome trips this summer!

Josh & Rachel Benson

Josh and Rachel's wedding was so pretty! Michael and I were invited to the dinner before the reception and it was catered by Magelby's! Holy Moses, you can't get any better than that. It was soo delish. At the reception they had canoli, piruettes, italian sodas, and a lovely candy table in Josh's parent's beautiful backyard. I loved watching Josh and Rachel together... they are such a darling couple and I am so excited for them. And I was so excited to post about Rachel's awesome wedding but then I realized that I hadn't even gotten a picture of her and her new husband together in their wedding duds! What a fool... But I did get pictures of all the pretty decor:

And on to the Honeymoon in Costa Rica! Those cute kids...

They Just Want To Hold Hands

A couple weeks ago I went to lunch with Mum, Missy, Lib & Levi, and Robin & Campbell at The Oaks. We got to sit out on the deck and enjoy the lovely day as we ate our lunch. Although the scenery was beautiful, I couldn't stop watching my funny little niece and nephew:

Campbell Bear:

Levi sporting his signature "sniffing-your-upper-lip" face:

My favorite part though was when they kept holding hands awkwardly... it was so hilarious!

First Meal

Nerds, I know. We were so excited about our first actual meal in our apartment that we had to take pictures of it...

...and dessert.

Our Humble Abode


AFTER: (But still in progress)

We absolutely love our green table & chairs! Thank you Jan and Missy for your help (:

This is Michael's fun record area. Yay! We love our new place!!!

Rachel's Wedding Shower

I had the honor of throwing a wedding shower for one of my dearest friends, Rachel Carlson. We played lots of fun games, ate some amazing food, opened presents, and talked forever. It was so much fun!

And good old Libby, Missy, and Jan helped me plan the whole thing. Lib even let me borrow her darling tablecloth (that she made, by the way) and her pretty bowls and things! I just wanted to document this special day in honor of Roche.