Sunday, August 17, 2014

Do you remember when . . Part 2

1. Last weekend the book club and attempted to go camping at Granite Flats. Book clubs are not meant to camp successfully. If it wasn't so much fun, I would vote we stick to reading from now on. Quick background: Jana and I started this book club about a year ago. Very few of the people who initially started the club are still coming but it has gained a lot of new people and evolved quite a bit. Anyway, Alisha, Nick, and I left Friday around noon and drove up to the lake under the Granite Flats camp ground. We had a lovely picnic while waiting for our check in time. When it was almost two we drove up to the camp ground only to find that it was full. The website was misleading and we found ourselves campsiteless. We drove back down the canyon to get some service and warn Nathan, Karli, and Matthew not to go up there. The three of us then spent a good twenty minutes on the side of the road brainstorming other options and looking up camp sites. We ended up calling Utah Lake State Park and found out that they had some available sites. We found I nice hot place to camp and realized that we were all dressed for the wrong type of camping. Shortly after arriving Nathan and Matthew showed up. One of things I wanted to do while camping was go on a hike. We ended up going on a rather smelly walk around the lake and its parking lots instead.  When we got back we played several games while Nick made us chicken pot pie in a Dutch oven. During dinner Karli showed up and we continued to play games until it got to dark. We then made delicious smores and played games that didn't require light. Around 12:30 we finally put out the fire and went to bed. I shared a tent with the boys and Alisha and Karli shared a tent. The next morning for breakfast we had French toast with peanut butter and jelly and decided we were going to drive up the canyon and go on a hike. We decided on Big Cottonwood Canyon because we were headed home anyway. We stopped at my house, Nick and Matthew both managed to shower before we left and we went to Cafe Rio for some lunch. When we finally made it up the canyon we realized that the Tour de Utah was happening and that the canyon was completely blocked off. At that point we decided we were not meant to hike and called it a trip.

2. Before Nick left on his mission but after high school 5 of us went to a corn maze in October. It ended up being a double date + Franklynn which he was super thrilled about. Nick and I were holding hands, Alisha and her "date" were holding hands, and Franklynn was leading us through the maze. At one point Alisha's date told Franklynn  to choose the right and go straight. We were not sure whether he meant to say it like that or not but we had a good laugh.

3. When I was 14ish I got to participate in the Day of Celebration at Rice Eccles Stadium. Having not been willing to go to the many required practices I did not get to be in the choir, however, I did get to be a flag carrier. Flag carriers only had to go to one practice which I think was the same day as the big performance. I had a maroon flag which I thought was awesome because it was Jordan High School's color. The night of the performance, I rode up with Spencer, Ashton (my future brother-in-law), and Ashton's friend. After putting the flags around the edge of the arena we were supposed to find seats. Somehow I ended up sitting right in front of Nick (what are the odds, I was sure that was some kind of sign since I had a huge crush on him). After the program we went home in the same car. On the way home Ashton told us the whole story of War of the Worlds with actions, Spencer managed to break a glow-stick all over himself and the car, we ran two red lights, and someone called the number on the car next to us in traffic to ask how much it was.

4. In college I worked at the University Campus Bookstore with a whole bunch of boys. Sujal was one of my bookstore buddies, in fact the only one I'm still in regular contact with. One time I went over to his house and we watched a Bollywood movie. I don't even remember what it was called. That was my first Bollywood movie and the watching of it led to several Bollywood nights.

5. In high school (and sometimes college) Franklynn used to sleep through entire classes/lectures. He would then sit up and do the homework faster than me and Alisha (who had been listening).

6. When I was 4 or 5 one of my cousins and I did not get along. We were always fighting over who was better friends with Nathan. Nathan was very popular what can I say. Anyway one day I had had it with him and ended up wrestling him to the ground in a room full of adults. I remember one of his uncles saying, "come on _____you are getting beat up by a girl". In retrospect I find it a little weird that all the adults just let me beat him up. I must not have been to violent. Or, maybe he really deserved it.



7. We had an assignment in my AP World History class to take pictures of a whole bunch of different religious buildings downtown and display them in a creative way. Tara and I were partners but somehow managed to drag Ben, Candace, and Alisha along on our photo-shoot. Also, we wore dress up in half the pictures. I don't know why. The dress ups included, a silky flower shirt, a big black robe, and a safari hat.



8. When I was in college Ben, Ben's friends, and I snuck a full meal into the dollar theatre on a crowded Saturday night. It consisted of a full pan of lasagna, french bread, a cake, a two liter bottle of soda, and all the dishes necessary (including a spatula). A rather large boy sat next to Gregor and practically drooled through the whole movie.

9. When I turned 12 or 13 we went to Dion's for my birthday. Dion's was a pizza place where you could watch them make the pizzas in the back and get a shirt. There were a lot of people there and for several years after I saw Dion's shirts make an appearance on my family and fiends regularly.

10. When I turned 14 I had a bog party in my backyard. I don't remember to much except Franklynn and Tasha running through the lilac bushes pretending to be Legolas. I think that's recorded somewhere.

11. When I worked at the bookstore, I got asked out twice by customers. Both dates were on campus between classes because neither of them lived anywhere near me. The first one was at the bowling alley in the union. This guy had the weirdest rules for bowling that I had ever heard. By the end of the date I couldn't get to trax fast enough. The second date was frisbee golf up by the medical trax station. That guy was much nicer and the date was more fun but nothing really happened.

12. During my senior year, we had an epic pudding fight at Draper Park. It ended with hose showers and a movie.

13. In 7th grade Karin climbed into my locker to show us that she could fit and Franklynn immediately slammed it closed. The bell then rang which caused me to panic while I was trying to open it. We barely made it to class.

14. During family fun week + Alisha we decided to go on a hike. This was during college and I was not the hiker I am today. We drove up Little Cottonwood and realized that their was to much traffic to make it to Cecret Lake. We pulled over to do a different hike that no one knew much about. It was the White Pine Trail and ended up being 9 miles round trip. We probably could have done it had we been prepared but we didn't have enough water, food, or time. At the top of the mountain I remember everyone eating out of this giant bag of craisens, no one even liked craisens. When we were finally done we stopped at the Wendy's on the way home and all sat there eating in painful silence. Then several of us had to go to work. That day is now affectionally known as the hike from hell.

15. When I was six I was in a dance class, I know weird. I hated it. I used to kick my shoe off on purpose, slowly walk over to retrieve it, pretend that there was something in it, fake finding the fake something in my shoe, carefully put it back on, and viola I missed the whole dance :)



16. In my singles ward, I used to go Jana husband hunting (mainly because she would roll her eyes at me). I would threaten to shoot prospective matches with my hair tie and blame her. I figured when she had to explain herself to said man, marital bliss would ensue.

17. I went to a wedding reception in Springville with one of my friends during college. A blizzard started at some point during the reception and as we left the roads were super scary. Traffic was bumper to bumper most of the way home which was nice cause I figured at least we couldn't go to fast. I was never so sure that I was going to die in a car. The rest of the night was fun but that car ride is what I remember.

18. For several years, Jana and I would make an effort to go to the Jon Schmidt concert at Gateway on the weekend after Thanksgiving. We would watch till it was to cold then go into Barnes and Nobel and take pictures with the life size Josh Groban cutout.





Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Do you remember when. . .with spoilers and pics

This is essentially the same post that I did last time. I did go through and add most names and some fantastic pictures pictures. Hopefully those of you in them will forgive me since the pictures were obtained by painstakingly going through the giant box of photos under my parents bed. No easy task.

1. Nathan:
A. There was a a water run off area in our neighborhood growing up. As a kid I thought it was a river as an adult I'm fairly certain is was a glorified gutter. Nevertheless it had trees and plants growing in it and it was somewhat secluded. I remember going there several times with Nathan, Spencer, and various other neighborhood friends. We gave it a name. I don't remember what it was just that it was epic. Anyway, one day Nathan and I were playing "jump across the river of death" when I stumbled and landed on my knees. Nathan walked over and said "it's a good thing you didn't land right here" he pointed to a plant, "this is stinging nettle". Keep in mind that we were probably five or six. I asked him what would have happened if I had touched it. He proceeded to tell me that thorns from stinging nettle can make your hand explode. For reasons I don't understand, I thought that would be pretty cool. I took a thorn off the plant and stabbed my palm with it. My hand did not explode. However, I do have a scar to this day.


Spencer, Me, Nathan
B. One time when Nathan and I were really little we snuck off at the end of church and tried to switch clothes. We were positive that our parents would take the wrong kid home if we did this. I  am fairly sure we made our parents frantic because Nathan couldn't get my tights on so they couldn't find us. I don't remember much of this actual event except for being ready much sooner than he was. 



Me and Nathan on the kitchen floor
C. At school we used to have a special place for discussions. Whenever we needed to talk we would meet on the playground under the big slide.One day we decided that we were going to meet one important person a week. We immediately walked to our bishops house and introduced ourselves. The next week we carefully made sure that we were in the hall at the right time to see the principal walk out of his office. Then we stopped.
Us again
2. I used to have a friend (Reed) with a really cool backyard. He was two or three years older than me but when you are five that seems like a lot. Whenever I was at his house, he used to give me "climbing lessons". From what I recall, this consisted of me trying to scale fences, climb trees, and walk on brick walls and shed roofs. There was an especially tricky wall with a tree next to it which you had to go all the way around. Picture small me hugging a tree that's twice my arm span trying not to fall into the neighbors backyard (they had a big scary dog). I never did fall. I often went home scraped up but I think I passed climbing lessons.


Spencer, Nathan, Me, Reed, Sam
3. In second or third grade, I had one really good friend (Miranda). I moved at the end of first grade and had kind of a hard time adjusting. Anyway, we spent all of our time together. We had all of these imaginary friends who were tiny people. At recess, we would collect objects (grass, leaves, bark, etc.) and make them tiny houses. These people had entire lives that we built. We wrote stories about them in class and did things with them outside of school and generally made sure they always had houses. This might be one of the reasns I was a hermitish child :)

Miranda and a very charming me

4. A couple of years later, Miranda moved. Now, I wasn't about to play with the imaginary people alone but I didn't know how to make friends. I did however find another person to play with who was kind of a misfit as well. We didn't do much except wander. My only really clear memories of him are negative. I remember one time he told me I was fat. He didn't say it in a mean way, more just like a fact, but I was devastated. I was probably 10 or 11 at the time, already self conscious, and chunkier than I would have liked to be. Those words haunted me for years.

5. I was once at a sleepover for Ariean. This was my first sleepover with a whole bunch of people. We did not sleep at all ( something I have never been very good at). In fact I was scared to fall asleep because I didn't know what they would do to me if I did. In the middle of the night a car backfired right outside the house. One of the girls convinced us that it was a gun not a car and for the rest of the night we talked about death and murder and I couldn't sleep at all. When I got home the next day, I got banned from sleepovers because I was less than pleasant company after one. For the most part that suited me just fine. I liked sleep more than parties. Not much has changed.

I am almost positive that is Ariean's half head next to Cody (and Spencer's thigh). There are not a ton of pictures of this time of my life. Probably because I ran away from the camera.
6. My mom was doing an activity at my house either for young woman's or achievement days when I was 11 or 12. Me and the other girls (Ariean, Karina, Lacie) were playing outside. Spencer had a set up plastic golf clubs that he was showing off with. We were playing on the swing ignoring him. Suddenly a golf club came flying down and hit Lacie in the head. We looked at him as he guiltily ran away. He had used the clothes line as a bow to project the golf club at us. My friend did a fairly good job at keeping it together. I remember that we ended up sitting on the wall in my backyard with a piece of chalk forming the bandaid club. There were four of us up there all with various scratched and scraps from that one week of summer. We signed our names on the top of the wall as a symbol that our club would last forever.

Lacie has the heart shirt on. Ariean might also be in that chair but I can't tell for sure. Ben is pouting.


7. When I first moved to sandy I was invited to play with Karina, one of the girls in the ward. She taught me how to play Life and we choreographed a dance to one of the backstreet boys songs. I think the whole dance consisted of cartwheels.

Little Karina is right in the middle

8. In sixth grade we had a valentines day dance. It was legit. We had dance cards and everything. The only problem with it was tha sixth graders don't necessarily want to dance with each other. The cards were filled out in class the day before and I remember that I had a mix of friends and loners on my card. I was not one of the girls who "dated" or even caught the passing interest of 11 year old boys. That was fine with me right up until this dance. I had more than one boy that I intensely disliked on my dance card and more than one boy that I secretly had a crush on on my dance card. It's amazing how many people you can have a crush on at once. Anyway, when the dance started it didn't matter which boy it was the whole thing was terribly awkward. It was one of the most miserable valentines days of my life (and i spent a lot of valentines days single) and possibly left me with permanent emotional damage. That is why I don't make my kids do dances as a teacher.

9. One time I was playing with two of my neighborhood friends (Cody and someone else Karin? Karina? Kelsy?). One started talking about how hungry she was  and the other one jumped out of his seat and yelled " my banana bread is burning!" He then proceeded to jump on his bike and ride back to his house to get his banana bread out of the oven. I don't think it made it.
Cody
10. At the beginning of middle school hotmail instant messaging became really popular. I remember running home from school and logging on to the dial up Internet and turning my account on just to see who I could cyber chat with. Much like texting I was far braver about what I said when I didn't have to say it in person. Anyway, one time three of us (me, Karin, and Karina) were at Karin's house taking turns talking to this boy we all thought was hot. He didn't know we were all talking to him but we didn't care. Then the Karin had to go to some kind of practice. Me and Karina stayed at her house while she was gone talking to this boy. No one else was home. I think we were there for a few hours until her family got home for dinner.
Karin and Karina
11. All the kids in the neighborhood were playing outside one day in the summer. I think we were having a water fight because I wasn't wearing my shoes, they were in Kelsy's house. Kelsy's parents came and extracted her from the water fight to take her out to dinner. It was a while before I realized that my shoes were locked in her house. We tried to break in, Karin and I (who had successfully broken in to her own house earlier that week)  and failed because we thought they wouldn't appreciate a broken window for a pair of flip flops. I walked home in my bare feet. The whole block and a half.


12. When pirates of the Caribbean came out I was in love with Orlando bloom, as we're several of my friends. On opening night we (Jill and Tasha and I) went to see the show. We loved it and walked home without shoes (because pirates don't wear shoes. . .?) we sang the pirate song the whole way. We got home around midnight with very black feet.

13. In high school several of us were hanging out across the street at Tara's house. We left late and came back to my house. Alisha stayed at my house quite a while before deciding to leave. When she went to go she realized she had left her purse at Tara's house. It was probably after midnight at that point. We called and texted Tara but she didn't reply. We decided to go over and see if her light was on. We looked at her house and her bedroom light was off. We walked to the back of the house (yes in the backyard) and saw that the bathroom light was on.  We started knocking on the window and calling her name. Lucky for us it was her in there, though I think we scared her to death. 

Tara and Alisha
14. The first Halloween of high school Kelsy and I went to Tara's house. We had a Halloween party with the three of us. We ate lots of pixie stix and watched a movie. We went to the Halloween party at that same friends house every year for several years it got bigger and bigger but that first year was the most memorable. 



15. For the last two years of high school I would like to think I had a frisbee team. It wasn't really a team but spencer and I could usually pull together a big enough group of people every Friday night to play ultimate. Franklynn hardly ever took the game seriously. He was always doing twirly ninja tosses and failing to run after the frisbee. One time though, things were different. The frisbee was on its way to becoming a point and it was all up to him. He ran after it and when he turned around to check his progress he ran right into a fence. Covered with thorns. He caught the frisbee but when he emerged from the thorny bush he and it were both scraped up and stabbed. 
Franklynn and Tracy
Big Handful of the Frisbee "Team"
16. One Halloween, me and Tara were heading to Alisha's house. She had a house that was rather secluded for being in the middle of a city. We were driving down the dirt road to her house when out of her corn field jumped a grown man in a terrifying mask. Now this would have been scary by itself, but I had always feared that someone would jump out of that corn and get me. We made it to our house with the creepy guy following us and decided to risk getting out of the car. He didn't say a word just followed two steps behind us to her door. Luckily he wasn't a killer just a chiropractor.

Tara, Franklynn, Alisha, Me

17. I had a sleepover, I think it was during my last year of high school, with Alisha, who also liked to actually sleep. We planned to go to Lagoon the next day but when we woke up she didn't feel very good. So, instead we went to the library rented any number of bizarre movies and watched them all day while eating junk food. Coincidentally, I went with Alisha, Nick, and Safety Patrol to Lagoon a couple of months ago. She was also sick that day but stuck it out for the kids. My theory is that Lagoon makes her sick.




If you happen to be terribly upset by an unflattering picture of yourself, just look at me in those pictures and it will make you feel better. I have a part two in the works and am still open for ideas. I think the next one will include some of my random college experiences as well :)

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Do you remember when. . .

Yesterday I was sitting at the Conder fourth of July party having the "do you remember when .. ." conversation with Nathan. I'm always surprised by some of the memories that are still lurking in the back of my brain. I wanted to take a minute and write down some of the stuff I remember doing as a kid and some of the friends I grew up with.

1. Nathan:

  • There was a a water run off area in our neighborhood growing up. As a kid I thought it was a river as an adult I'm fairly certain is was a glorified gutter. Nevertheless it had trees and plants growing in it and it was somewhat secluded. I remember going there several times with Nathan, Spencer, and various other neighborhood friends. We gave it a name. I don't remember what it was just that it was epic. Anyway, one day Nathan and I were playing "jump across the river of death" when I stumbled and landed on my knees. Nathan walked over and said "it's a good thing you didn't land right here" he pointed to a plant, "this is stinging nettle". Keep in mind that we were probably five or six. I asked him what would have happened if I had touched it. He proceeded to tell me that thorns from stinging nettle can make your hand explode. For reasons I don't understand, I thought that would be pretty cool. I took a thorn off the plant and stabbed my palm with it. My hand did not explode. However, I do have a scar to this day.
  • One time when Nathan and I were really little we snuck off at the end of church and tried to switch clothes. We were positive that our parents would take the wrong kid home if we did this. I  am fairly sure we made our parents frantic because Nathan couldn't get my tights on so they couldn't find us. I don't remember much of this actual event except for being ready much sooner than he was. 
  • At school we used to have a special place for discussions. Whenever we needed to talk we would meet on the playground under the big slide.
  • One day we decided that we were going to meet one important person a week. We immediately walked to our bishops house and introduced ourselves. The next week we carefully made sure that we were in the hall at the right time to see the principal walk out of his office. Then we stopped.



2. I used to have a friend with a really cool backyard. He was two or three years older than me but when you are five that seems like a lot. Whenever I was at his house, he used to give me "climbing lessons". From what I recall, this consisted of me trying to scale fences, climb trees, and walk on brick walls and shed roofs. There was an especially tricky wall with a tree next to it which you had to go all the way around. Picture small me hugging a tree that's twice my arm span trying not to fall into the neighbors backyard (they had a big scary dog). I never did fall. I often went home scraped up but I think I passed climbing lessons.

3. In second or third grade, I had one really good friend. I moved at the end of first grade and had kind of a hard time adjusting. Anyway, I had my one really good friend (who was a girl, which was a new experience for me) and we spent all of our time together. We had all of these imaginary friends who were tiny people. At recess, we would collect objects (grass, leaves, bark, etc.) and make them tiny houses. These people had entire lives that we built. We wrote stories about them in class and did things with them outside of school and generally made sure they always had houses. This might be one of the reasns I was a hermitish child :)

4. A couple of years later, my one really good friend moved. Now, I wasn't about to play with the imaginary people alone but I didn't know how to make friends. I did however find another person to play with who was kind of a misfit as well. We didn't do much except wander. My only really clear memories of him are negative. I remember one time he told me I was fat. He didn't say it in a mean way, more just like a fact, but I was devastated. I was probably 10 or 11 at the time, already self conscious, and chunkier than I would have liked to be. Those words haunted me for years.

5. I was once at a sleepover for one of the girls in my ward. This was my first sleepover with a whole bunch of people. We did not sleep at all ( something I have never been very good at). In fact I was scared to fall asleep because I didn't know what they would do to me if I did. In the middle of the night a car backfired right outside the house. One of the girls convinced us that it was a gun not a car and for the rest of the night we talked about death and murder and I couldn't sleep at all. When I got home the next day, I got banned from sleepovers because I was less than pleasant company after one. For the most part that suited me just fine. I liked sleep more than parties. Not much has changed.

6. My mom was doing an activity at my house either for young woman's or achievement days when I was 11 or 12. Me and the other girls were playing outside. Spencer had a set up plastic golf clubs that he was showing off with. We were playing on the swing ignoring him. Suddenly a golf club came flying down and hit one of my friends in the head. We looked at him as he guiltily ran away. He had used the clothes line as a bow to project the golf club at us. My friend did a fairly good job at keeping it together. I remember that we ended up sitting on the wall in my backyard with a piece of chalk forming the bandaid club. There were four of us up there all with various scratched and scraps from that one week of summer. We signed our names on the top of the wall as a symbol that our club would last forever.

7. When I first moved to sandy I was invited to play with one of the girls in the ward. Se taught me how to play life and we choreographed a dance to one of the backstreet boys songs. I think the whole dance consisted of cartwheels.

8. In sixth grade we had a valentines day dance. It was legit. We had dance cards and everything. The only problem with it was tha sixth graders don't necessarily want to dance with each other. The cards were filled out in class the day before and I remember that I had a mix of friends and loners on my card. I was not one of the girls who "dated" or even caught the passing interest of 11 year old boys. That was fine with me right up until this dance. I had more than one boy that I intensely disliked on my dance card and more than one boy that I secretly had a crush on on my dance card. It's amazing how many people you can have a crush on at once. Anyway, when the dance started it didn't matter which boy it was the whole thing was terribly awkward. It was one of the most miserable valentines days of my life (and i spent a lot of valentines days single) and possibly left me with permanent emotional damage. That is why I don't make my kids do dances as a teacher.

9. One time I was playing with two of my neighborhood friends. One started talking about how hungry she was  and the other one jumped out of his seat and yelled " my banana bread is burning!" He then proceeded to jump on his bike and ride back to his house to get his banana bread out of the oven. I don't think it made it.

10. At the beginning of middle school hotmail instant messaging became really popular. I remember running home from school and logging on to the dial up Internet and turning my account on just to see who I could cyber chat with. Much like texting I was far braver about what I said when I didn't have to say it in person. Anyway, one time three of us were at my friends house taking turns talking to this boy we all thought was hot. He didn't know we were all talking to him but we didn't care. Then the friend whose house we were at had to go to some kind of practice. Me and my other friend stayed at her house while she was gone talking to this boy. No one else was home. I think we were there for a few hours until her family got home for dinner.

11. All the kids in the neighborhood were playing outside one day in the summer. I think we were having a water fight because I wasn't wearing my shoes, they were in someone's house. My friend's parents came and extracted her from the water fight to take her out to dinner. It was a while before I realized that my shoes were locked in her house. We tried to break in (me and house breaking friend had succeeded in a breaking in at her house once) and failed because we thought they wouldn't appreciate a broken window for a pair of flip flops. I walked home in my bare feet. The whole block and a half.

12. When pirates of the Caribbean came out I was in love with Orlando bloom, as we're several of my friends. On opening night we went to see the show. We loved it and walked home without shoes (because pirates don't wear shoes. . .?) we sang the pirate song the whole way. We got home around midnight with very black feet.

13. In high school several of us were hanging out across the street at a friends house. We left late and came back to my house. One of my friends stayed at my house quite a while before deciding to leave. When she went to go she realized she had left her purse at our other friends house. It was probably after midnight at that point. We called and texted our other friend but she didn't reply. We decided to go over and see if her light was on. We looked at her house and her bedroom light was off. We walked to the back of the house (yes in the backyard) and saw that the bathroom light was on.  We started knocking on the window and calling her name. Lucky for us it was her in there, though I think we scared her to death. 

14. The first Halloween of high school a friend and I went to another friends house. We had a Halloween party with the three of us. We ate lots of pixie six and watched a movie. We went to the Halloween party at that same friends house every year for several years it got bigger and bigger but that first year was the most memorable. 

15. For the last two years of high school I would like to think I had a frisbee team. It wasn't really a team but spencer and I could usually pull together a big enough group of people every Friday night to play ultimate. One of our friends hardly ever took the game seriously. He was always doing twirly ninja tosses and failing to run after the frisbee. One time though things were different. The frisbee was on its way to becoming a point and it was all up to him. He ran after it and when he turned around to check his progress he ran right into a fence. Covered with thorns. He caught the frisbee but when he emerged from the thorny bush he and it were both scraped up and stabbed. 

16. One Halloween, me and a friend were heading to another friends house. She had a house that was rather secluded for being in the middle of a city. We were driving down the dirt road to her house when out of her cornfield jumped a grown man in a terrifying mask. Now this would have been scary by itself, but I had always feared that someone would jump out of that corn and get me. We made it to our house with the creepy guy following us and decided to risk getting out of the car. He didn't say a word just followed two steps behind us to her door. Luckily he wasn't a killer just a chiropractor.

17. I had a sleepover, I think it was during my last year of high school, with a friend who also liked to actually sleep. We planned to go to lagoon the next day but when we woke up she didn't feel very good. So, instead we went to the library rented any number of bizarre movies and watched them all day while eating junk food. Coincidentally, I went with this same friend to lagoon a couple of months ago. She was also sick that day but stuck it out for the kids. My theory is that lagoon makes her sick.


Now, this is just a handful of random memories. I want to write a part two to this post. If you made it all the way through and have a good memory you have shared with me please message, text, or comment. If you know one of these stories is about you and are okay with me putting your name and picture in please let me know that as well. Except you, Nathan. You don't get a vote. 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Mule Hollow / Hiking List

So, we like to hike. Didn't realize quite how much until recently, but we are trying to act on that like since it is a healthy one. About a week ago, Nick and I went hiking with Mom. We went to the Mule Hollow Trail since it was closer to the bottom of the mountain. It is net a well kept trail. The plants cover the path and hit you all the way up to your neck. Anyway, it was a workout climb. Fairly steep, rather hard to find. We didn't even get to the end because we got to the point where we couldn't find the trail anymore. Then, on the way down Nick reached back to grab my hand and help me over something. That was good cause I tripped right about then and sort of stamped on the ground (much like you do when you trip and catch yourself...). That was good because the rattlesnake that was less than two feet in front of Nick fell off the trail and into the water when I stamped. That was good cause neither of us saw it until it fell. A little bit shaken up and more wary we continued down. Near the end we saw a tarantula wandering around (my first wild tarantula siting). I did not take it well. We made it past him, however, and got to the bottom ready for our next hike.


Im going to start listing the hikes we do this summer.
1. Bells Canyon
2. Mule Hollow
3. Donut Falls
4. Red Potato Trail
5. Silver Lake
6.Twin Lakes
7. Mt. Aire
8. Lake Mary, Martha, and Catherine and up to Sunrise Peak
9. Albion Meadows (x2) and Cecret Lake
10. Timpanogas cave
12.weird camp hike
13. Butler fork
14. Red pine
15. Red pine second lake
16. 1/2 Catherine pass
17. Snowbird Tram Hike (after school started)

School starts tomorrow, so I guess Summer is over, (the fun part anyway). Last night, Nick and I went on our end of summer date. We went to Sizzler and got the steak and endless shrimp. According to our estimations, Nick ate upwards of eighty shrimp. Then we drove up Little Cottonwood Canyon to star gaze, something we had not ever done together. Nick brought his backpacking bag stuffed with two sleeping bags and the air mattress. We got up the canyon when it was still light so we decided to hike until the sun went down. Now, I would say it says a lot about the current shape we are in that we were able to hike for a mile without breaking a sweat after eating endless shrimp. Anyway, while we were hiking we found the perfect stargazing spot. When the sun went down we hiked back to the car, got the stuff, hiked back to the perfect spot, and set up our luxury bed. I took off my shoes and climbed in with Nick and we watched the stars come out. The first and brightest star of the night was Vega. It was so fun just to talk, and eat chocolate, and watch shooting stars. It was very peaceful and I almost fell asleep. At one point Nick asked when I wanted to go. We decided that we would go after we saw one more shooting star (if it happened within the next twenty minutes). I looked up at Vega and said the satr rhyme, "Star light, star bright, first star I saw tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might see another shooting star before I go home". The second I finished, a very long, bright, shooting star arched across the sky. Nick and I looked at each other and decided that that was our sign to clean up. We put everything away, except my sleeping bag (I wore it) and hiked back to the car in the dark.



Bungalow Nights

  We hauled our luggage off the boat windblown and excited for whatever lay ahead. We wound our way off the wooden dock and toward the commotion slightly further inland. There were people from all over the world surrounding a small hut being bombarded by eager to please natives. There was a poster that displayed the many hotel options for the tiny island and each option seemed to have a local person ready to take any interested party to their desired location. We followed our fearless leader as she scanned the poster and found a reasonably priced situation. Before we knew it, we had an eager guide at our feet ready to take us to our temporary residence.
      We trudged after him through muddy streets surrounded by people of every nationality. Tiny restaurants tempted tourists, offering foods from all over the world, booths promised adventures in every form, vendors sold everything from coconut pancakes to magnum bars, and there was water. Everywhere. It was sold in every kind of container imaginable in varying amounts. I think I realized for the first time, as we were following a local to our unknown location that I was going to have to buy my water from now on. A rather foreign concept for someone who has been known to skip the cup and drink directly from the tap.
   Anyway, the longer we walked, the smaller the crowds became and the less busy the shops were. The terrain became slanted and we began heading upward, then we saw it. Our "hotel" looked like anything but a hotel. There were rooms that resembled tree houses because they were stacked haphazardly on top of each other and leaning right into the jungle. The lobby was a wooden canopy full of bamboo picnic tables, a wooden concierge desk, and an open kitchen. We got to the desk and got two rooms. Alisha and I, who were perpetually together, got a room up the stairs behind the "lobby". We made our way up and opened the door. It was a tiny room. There was a double bed immediately to our right, a slightly busted arm chair sitting in a corner, a fan on a table, and a bathroom. The bathroom was a shower head and a toilet in one room (a practice that was pretty common in Thailand). I was feeling less adventurous than I thought I might as a realized that it was a million degrees and the door didn't even close all the way. We settled in by turning on the fan and taking off our shirts to stand in front of it. While trying to cool down we realized we could see the kitchen and the kitchen could see us through the window we hadn't even realized we had. We waved and continued moving with the fan.
     Eventually we went to find the rest of our crew. They had an even better room than we did. It was much bigger than ours, however it consisted of three mattresses covered with mosquito nets on the floor. They had a bigger bathroom and a hammock as well. However, the ceiling of the bungalow was not attached to the walls.
    After absorbing the amazingness of our rooms we headed to to the beach and hiked the island. We also sampled several types of shakes, including sexy berry. The day was great. As we headed back to our scary rooms eating our magnum bars and trying to avoid stepping on frogs we hoped that they had cooled down. Alisha and I entered our room and found that, not only was it just as hot, but it was covered in bugs. The walls and the mattress had all kind of insects on them. We bravely tried to deal with them for a few minutes before we went to the desk and asked for new sheets. They brought us some and swept the walls and rolled their eyes at us. We slept on the edge of the bed as far from the wall as possible and sweated. It was an awful night.


The Bungalow Room

     The next morning we got up and had another day full of adventures. Delicious food, stunning views, attractive tourists. It was mothers day so we headed back early to Skype with our moms. All five of us crowded in our little room because we got wifi, being near the kitchen had its perk. We spent several hours taking turns on the laptops. Eventually some of us headed to the other room. We watched a movie through the mosquito nets and  waited for bedtime. Near the end of the movie Alisha and Sarah came into the bungalow with the fan in in hand. Now, I figured if the fan, the only source of happiness in our room, was being removed, that was a bad sign. I was right. Alisha told us that a huge lizard had just fallen off the wall in our room and run into the bathroom. (After some intense research she thinks it was a monitor lizard.) Whatever it was, we were not about to sleep in our room with it. So we crowded on the mattresses in the other room and spent a miserable night squashed and sweating under the mosquito nets.


A sign near the lobby


     At dawn the next morning we, Alisha and I, woke up simultaneously and walked to the front desk in our pajamas. We told them our room was unsatisfactory and wanted something better. The clerk told us that they had air conditioned rooms for just a little bit more. We took it and went to check it out. It was tiled, air conditioned, clean, airtight, painted, it had sheets, and there was not a bug in sight.
     We spent the rest of the vacation in luxury with all five of us jammed in our room at all times. I remember the island being significantly more appealing when we could go home to a nice place at the end of the day. Go figure.



I already wrote about Thailand on my other blog but this was one experience that I want to make sure I remember.


Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Wedding Trip

Before you read this, you need to know that it is primarily a travelogue. Normally I refrain from these, but the trip just started to blend together so I need to sort it out for my own sake.

Quick background: My brother and his fiance planned to get married in the Nauvoo, Illinois temple on June 12th. Nick and I are not rich enough to fly anywhere so we went with my parents, Ben, and Candace. They were nice enough to give us the backseat of their minivan and pretty much pay our way there. In order to make the 4000 miles a bit more enjoyable we took a lot of random detours, saw a lot of the "biggest ________ in the world" type things, stopped in every state that was on our way (Candace really wants to visit all 50 states in her life), and went to Chicago for a few days.

Day 1: Thursday June 5th 2014
Drove from Sandy, Utah to North Platte, Nebraska.
10 hours 665 miles
I'm fairly sure that we did nothing but drive that day. When Candace and I researched things to do between here and Nebraska there wasn't much. We did watch the first two Harry Potter movies (we had a goal to watch all eight on the trip). Oh, and we stopped and saw Historic Fort Cody (which was across the street from our hotel).

Fort Cody

2 headed cow in Fort Cody


Day 2: Friday June 6th 
North Platte, Nebraska to Council Bluffs, Iowa.
4 hours 285 miles
After checking into our hotel in Iowa, we drove back to Omaha, Nebraska in order to go to Jones Bros Cupcakes and check out the night market and the statue park.

Jones Bros

Pioneer statue park



Night Market

Park Across the street from Night Market


Day 3: Saturday June 7th
Council Bluffs. Iowa to New Buffalo Michigan.
7.5 hours 515 miles
This day was a little bit more exciting. First thing in the morning we got up and drove to the Winter Quarters temple. Mom and I did initiatories and Candace, Dad, and Nick did baptisms. While waiting for them to be done with baptisms, Mom and I went to the visitors center. We met a very nice sister missionary who mom gave a tour to. Once we were on the road again, we saw a Volkswagen spider in a random field. We saw the Maoi Dude (which looked way cooler on-line than it did in person). The maoi dude was described as an Easter Island like head with a chill expression on his face. What the internet did not tell us was that he is the mascot for a small neighborhood park.

Winter Quarters Visitor Center


Spider Beetle

Bug statue at the wrong park

The Maoi Dude in all his glory


Day 4: Sunday June 8th 

New Buffalo, Michigan to Chicago, Illinois
1.5 hours 70 miles
Went for a walk next to lake Michigan, it looked like the beach. On the way to our hotel we stopped at a singles ward and went to sacrament. We then drove to our hotel, we were on the 11th floor or something, and followed Nick to find food. We ended up in a skyscraper called the Water Towers eating at Wow Boa. We then wandered around Chicago a little it. Late that night we ended up at Gino's pizza for dinner with Mom's family. That place had the best pizza crust I have ever had.

Gino's Pizza


My Favorite Building (right by our hotel)


Day 5: Monday June 9th
Chicago
We went to all the places that Candace really wanted to see. Navy Pier, Millennial Park, and the Willis (Sears) Tower. We had dinner with Candace at a Thai Restaurant that was quite delicious. 

Navy Pier



Millennial Park

The Bean



The View from the 103rd floor of Willis Tower

The box that sticks out of the Willis Tower (Sky Deck)







Day 6: Tuesday June 10th 
Chicago
It poured all day. Nevertheless Nick, Candace, Ben, and I rented city bikes which we used to get ourselves to the planetarium and Chinatown. We had more pizza for dinner with moms family. 

The Planetarium




Chinatown Chicago


Day 7: Wednesday June 11th
Chicago, Illinois to Nauvoo, Illinois.
4.5 Hours 270 miles
Stopped at Sam's Club on the way to buy post wedding food. Saw the fireflies on our night time walk through old Nauvoo. Got our own room for the first time on the trip. Missed Candace :) Moms family stayed in the giant house with us.

Outside Brigham Young's House

Candace Peeking in the Red Brick Store

Joseph Smith's Grave

John Taylor's House

The Nauvoo Temple


Day 8: Thursday June 12th WEDDING DAY
Nauvoo
Wedding, wedding lunch, then explored Nauvoo. Nick got a ring and a brick. Both of which really excited him.

Outside Nauvoo Temple waiting for Spence and Hannah




Spencer's camera sock




Wedding lunch waiting for Spence and Hannah



Day 9: Friday June 13th 
Nauvoo, Illinois to Rochester Minnesota (by way of Wisconsin)
5 hours 290 miles
Got the house ready to leave. Went to Carthage Jail. Helped Grandpa get his plane tickets reserved. Tried to look at the moon, couldn't find it.



Day 10: Saturday June 14th
Rochester, Minnesota to St. Cloud, Minnesota.
2.5 Hours, 150 miles
Took a very scenic route. Went to the mall of America. Spencer and Hannah's wedding reception.

Mall of America Lego Store

Mall of America Amusement Park

Wedding Reception

Cake Cutting


Day 11: Sunday June 15th
St. Cloud Minnesota to Murdo South Dakota (via North Dakota)
8 hours 500 miles
Ended up at interesting hotel where they gave us breakfast out of a chuckwagon....


Day 12: Monday June 16th
Murdo, South Dakota to Gillette, Wyoming (via Mt. Rushmore)
7 hours 400 miles
The Badlands, Wall Drug, Mt. Rushmore, the president city, and the water park hotel.

Bad Lands South Dakota




Mt. Rushmore


The Jackalope at Wall Drug
Samples of the presidents on every block end



Day 13:  Tuesday June 17th
Gillette, Wyoming to Sandy Utah
8 hours 535 miles
Drove and drove and drove and drove.



Stuff that stands out :)


 1. Nick and I had the pleasure of rooming with Candace at all 10 hotels. Candace did my hair for both Spencer's wedding and reception. She hung out with us in Nauvoo and both days in Chicago. We watched Runaway Bride together and played at the water park. We are all super tight now.

2. On day 2 in Chicago, everyone under 25 in my immediate family, opted to use the city bikes that were stationed all over the place to get around. It seemed like great plan to make it to the many destinations that we mapped out. However, we did not count on it pouring. We rode the bikes in mild rain to the planetarium several miles away from our hotel, locked the bikes up and went in. When we got out, the bike station we had locked the bikes into was broken. That left us a little bit stranded considering it was raining buckets. We pulled our dollars and caught a bus halfway to Chinatown. We managed to get new bikes at a nearby station and rode another few mile. When we got to Chinatown, we had a really delicious meal and wandered around hoping for the rain to stop. It didn't and Ben was slightly crippled from all the blisters he had gotten the day before. He called and begged mom to drive the 5 miles from the hotel and pick us up. She agreed because she is a good mom. We waited in a bizarre underground food court. We split a smoothie so that I could use the bathroom. No money no bathroom etc.

3. Over two days Nick easily ate his own large deep dish pizza (there were a lot of leftovers).

4. According to Nick and Ben, the mall of America was not exciting cause they couldn't find a sword shop.

5. The water park at the hotel  was so much fun. It wasn't huge or anything but I think I went down the water slides at least 30 times. Mom went with us. It was so much fun to be able to play and act like a kid.

6. The Thai place we ate at in Chicago was tiny and below street level. Nick, Candace, and I had a delightful meal and I got to watch Candace try green curry.

7. We watched all eight Harry Potter movies on the trip. I feel like Harry traveled the country with us.

8. We all stood in the line at Spencer and Hannah's wedding reception for the whole two hours. It was a good opportunity to get to know Hannah's brothers as well as a lot of people who know and love Hannah.