This one is excellent. And even better, it is a trilogy, which means THREE good books.
I read it in two days. I haven't done that in years.
And I just preordered the trilogy on Amazon, and since I get most of my books from the library, it says a lot that I will drop the $$.
Anyone read it?
We had our first date four years ago today in Eutin? You remember the opera, and the lake? Remember feeding the ducks? You made sure to show me your "kissing mix" on your ipod and I made sure to bat my eyes and smile a lot.
Remember when you said (not knowing you had the gift of prophesy) that you would marry a girl after a year of meeting her. And remember how exactly one year from that date, we were married for time & eternity in the Salt Lake Temple?
We've definitely had our share of adventures in our 3 years of marriage.
Here are some of my favorites:
1. Camping in American Fork canyon, in October, when you forgot our tent and our makeshift tarp covering in the back of the truck did not suffice against the pouring rain and hail that we endured through the night.
2. Getting yelled at by my German host family when you came over to hang out and they thought I brought you over to, ahem, "do it", and the Molly Mormon side of me was mortified that anyone would possibly think that we would...well you know.
3. Discovering we had the same birthday and realizing that it was probably not only fate, but also Saturday's Warrior-esque that we were probably beamed down at the same time to be together from heaven. Glad there wasn't a mistake and we weren't accidentally sent to the same womb.
4. What about when we tried to climb the face of Grandeur peak after work and didn't realize how long it would take. Sure, the sunset was beautiful from the top, but it was definitely hard to climb down in the dark without a flashlight.
5. Remember when we almost missed our flight home from London? It was Sunday, the one day the tube opened an hour later, so we had to take a bus that we weren't familiar with. Then we had a hard time buying tickets. Then, we finally get on the train to Heathrow, and we get off at the wrong terminal, which you wouldn't think would be a big deal, but it was about 20 minutes past the terminal we were supposed to get off and we had to wait another 20 minutes for the next train, and remember I said a prayer and miraculously our flight was delayed an hour and a half or we would never have made it since we didn't even get to the airport until after our plane would have initially left? And on that same trip when we almost missed our flight to Edinburgh?
6. And remember when we went 140 mph on the Autobahn in Germany, and you waitied until I was asleep because I had forbidden you to do it and then you bragged about breaking your personal speed record and then I got mad and then you shut up once you realized how expensive gas is over there and how many $$ you burned on your little stunt?
There are so many amazing adventures we've had together....here's to, oh, at least another 3 years. Mich liebst du!
The Days of '47 epic weekend started with a rodeo. I haven't been to a rodeo since I was probably 5 years old, and really didn't know what to expect. But angry bulls running at people? Pure scary excitement.
Look at the height on this guy. People do this for fun? Who thought of riding a bucking animal in the first place? Definitely not a woman, I can tell you that.
So in remembrance of Pioneer Day, we decided to recreate Pioneer times and live outside without any amenities...well not really, but we definitely "roughed it" over the weekend. We hiked up into the Uintahs and camped at Echo Lake. In a tent. Without facilities, if you catch my drift. And I'm not much of a pee-in-the-woods kind of girl, but dehydrating myself didn't seem to work. TMI. Sorry.
Brett was in his element. He's such a cowboy-redneck at heart.
It was truly beautiful and remote.
Scott & Elyse even went swimming. In a high mountain lake. COLD. CRAZY.
I'm not wearing my sweatshirt for protection from the cold. I'm wearing it for protection from the 10 billion mosquitoes that also seem to love the scenery.
We hiked up to a lake that was even more remote than the one we were camped at. I really felt like we were the only people around...it was kind of scary/liberating.
Scott caught a mystery fish. Really pretty though, no?
Sunset. It seems tranquil, but that is only because the mosquitoes are too small to capture on camera.
All in all, it was a lot of fun, but we were glad to come home. We ate at Chick's in Heber with the Lam Fam which is a 24th of July family tradition and then slept away the afternoon until we went to fireworks.
They look so pretty, right? We went to Liberty Park with Scott and Elyse. We totally talked up how amazing the fireworks were when you were close enough to see the ground show and set up really close to the field where they set the fireworks off. Well, about halfway through the show there was some sort of explosion and one of the trailers that held the fireworks TIPPED OVER and started shooting fireworks right at us! I saw one lady get hit and I remember thinking that is so close, and then it was like a war zone with fireworks exploding all around us. We grabbed our chairs and ran! It was so scary!! What a way to end the weekend!
And can I just give props to myself for posting 3 in a row? I better get some comments for all this hard work. ;)
So it has become tradition to go to the Demolition Derby out by my folk's. Must be the redneck in us, because I honestly don't know why it is so entertaining to watch a bunch of old cars smash into each other....but it is fun.
A little taste.....
Don't you wish you were there?
Later that week, Brett & I had the "great" idea to hike the face of Grandeur Peak since the trailhead is pretty close to where we live. We thought it would be a nice evening "nature walk", if you will.
Of course, it is a lot steeper than we realized and took a lot longer.
We reached the peak at sunset. Note to self---when going on a hike after sundown, bring a flashlight. It was a great adventure climbing down a really steep mountain in the dark.
Does anyone love the Farmer's Market? You not only get some nice, fresh produce, but Brett gets his German food fix, I get my shopping fix, and we get entertained by a piano bike.
So the beginning end of June/beginning of July we took a Lam Fam va-cay to the golden shore (aka California). We stayed at a beach house in Oceanside, which has a special place in my heart because that is where we stayed when Brett proposed. Awww....
Enough mushy stuff.
We went Deep-Sea fishing which was extremely awesome for the first 20 minutes of the day....then nothing for the rest of the many, many hours we were at sea. We slept over on the boat the night before so we could get out far enough to catch some Albacore Tuna. I was one of the lucky ones...we caught about 8 fish total, so not everyone even got to reel one in. But it was fun anyway. And I ended up taking like 3 naps...something about a rocking boat just lulls me to sleep. So here are some pics for your enjoyment.
Me and my sister-in-laws...they are so cute, even on fishing day! Please ignore my hair.
My first and only catch of the day...a 25 lb Albacore tuna. He tasted really good!
Brett was the master angler catching 3 of our 8 fish, including this beauty--a yellowtail.
Isn't this a cute one of the brothers and Mike?
Beach day...lots of boogie boarding fun. Don't let the sky fool you...it was overcast almost every day we were there. I tried boogie boarding and almost drowned. I think my place is on the beach.
Well, I know it has been quite awhile since I posted anything. Truthfully, I've been debating about whether or not to keep the blog. It is a lot of work! Anyway, here is an update about what we've been up to the past month or so.
Congratulations Scott & Elyse! They got married on May 22. I don't have a better picture, but Elyse looked beautiful and Scott couldn't stop smiling. What a cute couple!
Me & my cute sisters in law at the temple.
Look at the little man's tux!
Over Memorial Weekend we took a trip down to St. George with the good old Lam Fam. It was so nice to get out of Salt Lake and enjoy some quality time with our family. A few of us went drove over to Zions and hiked Angels Landing--one of my favorites. It was perfect weather and we made great time.
Scott & Elyse joined us on the hike. Cute little newlyweds.
And Eric, along with the aptly named, Lizard. Todd came too, but he is MIA in the photos.
It was pretty high.
Congratulations Grad!! Brett's sister Lindsay was so young when we started dating 4 years ago...and now she has graduated high school and will be going to the U! She is absolutely gorgeous!
Then Brett & I headed down to Moab for a long weekend for some hiking and bike riding. If you can't tell from the sky in this picture, it pretty much rained the whole time. In the desert. We have a running joke that Brett always brings bad weather with him when we go on vacation. Guess it hasn't worn off yet. Still, this was one of the best weekends. The rain really cooled things down, and what was supposed to be a 100 degree weekend ended up being mid 70's and perfect.
We were caught in a downpour during one of our hikes and it happened right where there happened to be an overhang big enough for the two of us...the only overhang probably along the whole hike. I think someone was looking out for us. In fact, with all the rain showers we never really got rained on...we were extremely lucky.
This was in the Canyonlands...it is so awe-inspiring and amazing down there. I can't wait to go back and spend more time.
We stopped at Goblin Valley on the way home--I had never been. It was pretty cool. The flash flooding was pretty bad down there and washed out the road. It's crazy what a little rain can do.
I know this post is already long and boring. But we finally took the boat out and it was amazing. We used to go every weekend but everyone's schedules are so hard to reconcile since we have grown up. It brought back a lot of memories or sunburns and whiplash, and fun stuff too.
Brian's mad waterskiing skills.
Try not to stare at Brett's sexy muscular arms and focus instead on his wakeboarding skillz.
Sunday was a joint Father's Day/Dad's 50th birthday par-tay. Please note the walker. We thought it was past the time for fun gifts and on to the practical.
Cute sisters :)
I might add that my goal is to make my Dad cry every time I write him a birthday/Father's day card. And I hope you know that of course I succeeded.
And last, but not least....Happy Birthday Bryttan!!
There is so much more, but hopefully you enjoyed the highlight reel. I'll try to update more often if I decide to keep the blog.
Brett and I met on a study abroad in Germany. On August 10, 2007, exactly one year from our first date, we got married! We both graduated in May 2008. We love to travel and take every opportunity we can to get away!
In October 2011 we had our baby girl, Adelyn. We are riding the parental learning curve now!