Sunday, January 25, 2009

Snowshoeing at North Fork

FYI - I wrote this post a while ago and never go around to uploading the pictures and posting it!


Last week I had a chance to go to Wolf Creek and spend some time out of the inversion. Our air quality has been so bad that they (the gov't) has asked us not to drive if possible and not to exert yourself if you are outdoors. I have to say that that is a great excuse to not exercise! I guess you've always got the gym....


Anyway, Wolf Creek was beautiful! You could see the sun and the blue sky. You could see across the valley. And you could breathe without it killing your respiratory system. It was also nice to get out of the muck because I was right in the middle of my first sinus infection. Again, back to the clean air thing.


I had my friend Jennie come with me. She's from North Ogden, which is just on the other side of the mountains, so this area is was pretty much her backyard when she was growing up. After being pretty lazy for most of the day Monday, we decided to go play in the snow. It was so beautiful and fun. The great thing about snow shoeing is you can kind of go wherever you want, you don't have to stick to a trail. And it's usually free or you have to pay minimal prices if you're going into a state park or a national park.


I took a couple of pictures of the ice crystals on top of the snow. The sun has been shining so much that it's been melting the snow and formed this sea of ice crystals on top of the snow. It was my favorite thing about the hike. For any of you who don't snow shoe and are near a place where you can go snowshoeing, I highly recommend this activity!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Christmas

I know I'm a little past due but I thought I would post a picture or two from Christmas.

It was a very laid back Christmas this year and I very much needed it. Mom even took a nap which I don't think she can remember the last time she took a nap. I got to spend Christmas with my Mom and Dad and Daniel and Miriam and their two kids.

It was perfect because their kids are too young to get excited for Christmas so we could all sleep in but Alexander was old enough to love unwrapping the presents and appreciate all of the gifts that he got. He was the best to watch open the gifts because every time he got the wrapping paper off just enough to see what was inside, it didn't matter what was inside the present, he would say things like "wow!" or "oooh" or "oh". It was so stinking cute.The other part I loved about watching Alexander open presents was him putting all of his cars in a line. He got one big truck and a bunch of little cars. Each car was wrapped separately. So he would unwrap the car, say his ooohs and aaahs and then take the car across the room and put in line with the others. He was so stinking cute.


Alright I know I've said "so stinking cute" but he is.

It was also really nice to spend Christmas in Mom and Dad's new home. I know there has been so much drama associated with the building of it. But it really is beautiful, there is so much room for everyone and it just feels so nice and like home. The fireplace they have was the perfect backdrop to a fantastic Christmas.


I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

5 Gray Hairs

I often look at other people's blogs and wish that they would update them more because I love hearing about their lives. Then I remind myself that I am probably one of the worst bloggers I know. And it's probably time to take the super negative roommate post off as my most recent post.

I have to admit that something I have been very prideful of, is despite having very dark hair and always seeming stressed, I have been gray hair free! Until this year that is.... For some reason this year just did me in and I now have have 5!! I have to say I am a little distraught and will resort to dyeing my hair if I get any more!

When I compare my year to others that I know, I do have to say that I have been truly blessed. So the attribution to my gray hairs is not a complaint but merely proper recognition.

I believe I have 5 gray hairs because of.....
  1. A major heart break.
  2. Two minor heart breaks. (I'm not sure how much rejection a girl can take in one year, but that could explain the recluse-like behavior I have been exhibiting lately)
  3. Roommate drama - it is now a goal of mine to rearrange my situation so that I am able to live on my own. It's called the "No More Roommates!" Goal.
  4. Having to fire a good friend of mine at work for backstabbing, manipulation, and basically trying to get my job by discrediting me. Guess he wasn't that good of a friend after all. Still, being a girl you take it all personally.
  5. Being the Young Women's president and being in charge of girls camp.
  6. Working with two boys who I'll call Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. If only our world could operate to their standards, then would we all be perfect. Their negativity, condescension and superior attitudes gets real old, real quick.
  7. Coming to the harsh realization that it is a very real possibility that I may have to face the rest of this life on my own.
Now here are the reasons why I only have 5 gray hairs and not more:
  1. My family. That is the biggest blessing in my life. Without my family, I definitely would have found a hole and disappeared.
  2. My friends. There is nothing like a good friend with a water repellant shoulder for all my tears and a good sense of humor.
  3. The young women in my ward. As much as the calling stresses me out, I have loved watching them grow from girls to young women as they face and overcome the challenges in their lives.
  4. A good book. There is nothing like escape reading to take you out of this world.
Here's to wishing everyone a wonderful 2009!