Monday, July 28, 2008

Backpacking to Heart Lake

(Heart Lake - Our Destination)

(Wes, Beth, Jen, and Joel)

Joel and I, went backpacking with our good friends Beth and Wes this last weekend. We hiked to Heart Lake in the LoLo National Forest in Montana. It is absolutely beautiful country. Joel and I have backpacked to this lake in the past and it was not so populated. There were tons more hikers and campers on this trip. Which is fine that others have found such a wonderful place to spend time outdoors, but it did limit our view of wildlife. Beth and I were fine without seeing any bears, but Joel was a little sad he did not see the heard of mountain goats that we have seen everytime in the past.

(Just hanging out at camp)

The weather was great - sunny and no rain. We got our favorite spot on the lake, which is secluded in the trees, with a great view of the lake.

(Joel making us a fire to keep warm)

(Joel and Wes coming back from a wood hunt)

(The girls - Jen and Beth - chattin around the fire)

(Going on a day hike - Absolutely gorgeous scenery)

We all had a great time. Joel and I are so grateful with have Wes and Beth to hang out with. We all share a lot of the same interests, and just enjoy each others company. Hopefully we can convince them to stay in the Spokane area. (We only wish all of our close friends and family could have joined us.)

(Looking down on Heart Lake from our day hike)

Great Hike, Great Weather, Great Company, and Great Conversations!
Who could ask for a better weekend!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Fun on the Lake

Oh the joys of bathing suits. They always make your body look fabulous (NOT). Especially on Jen's skiing picture...Thunder Thighs to the rescue.
Anyway, Joel and I went skiing/wakeboarding this last weekend with Kathy (a lady I work with) and her family. We went to long lake outside of Spokane. The water and weather were perfect to ski. Joel and I both woke up the next day so sore though. Joel informed me it is because we are getting too old. Urgh!!
But it was fun - and we would both do it again!!

(Jen skiing)

(Joel wakeboarding)

Friday, July 18, 2008

When God Sends an Angel

Bev has been one of my very best friends since we were little. We grew up together living side-by-side, and then became college roomates as well. We were both each others maid-of-honors too. I am a little older than Bev, and have accomplished several things slightly before graduating college, getting married, etc. But yesterday (July 17, 2008) she accomplished motherhood. I am so proud of her, and excited for her and Demarco to have this new addition. They had a beautiful baby boy, named Thomas Kade. He weighed 9 pounds 7 ounces, and was 21 inches long.
Bev and Demarco are going to make fabulous parents.

(Baby Kade)
(Proud Papa and Baby)

(What a cute family)

Who Needs Reservations???

Apparently everyone needs reservations to go camping these days. Joel, Maddy (our camping buddy), and I set off last saturday to go camping at Farragut State Park in Idaho. This is one of our favorite spots, and we have never had a problem getting a camp site. We drove all the way there (1 1/2 hours), just to hear...sorry we are full. You have got to be kidding...this place has a million sites. Ok, maybe not a million, but over 100 sites. So, as you can imagine, we had one very sad little girl. Joel and I decided to try a campground that we had heard about on Hayden lake on the way back. I do not recommend this place at all. It was creepy. It was full of several back-wood folk, that looked like potential serial killers. (Joel, assured me that I should not be judgmental, and that they were probably really nice) After about one hour, we were done. It was just too creepy and we had already found a tick. Joel and Maddy had enough time to cook a hamburger on the fire and go for a quick hike. We ended up at home, after a disappointing day, to play a mean game of "SORRY" and let Maddy pick a movie from a rental shop. We had a great movie/game night after all. So a word to all the wise out there...Make Reservations!
(Maddy and her walking stick)

(Joel cooking hamburgers)
(Maddy enjoying the hamburgers)

Friday, July 11, 2008

Just For Fun...

I saw this blog on my friends blogs and thought I would try it out. :)

1.YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car) Rabbit Taurus

2.YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fave ice cream flavor, favorite cookie) Vanilla Ginger Snap

3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name) J-AND

4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal) Green Monkey

5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born) Michelle Dix

6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first)

7. SUPERHERO NAME: (”The” + 2nd favorite color, favorite drink) The Brown Apple

8. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers) Alfred Jerome

9. STRIPPER NAME: (the name of your favorite perfume/cologne/scent, favorite candy) Delicious Twix

10.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names ) Kim Francis

11. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (Your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter) Chamberlin Charlston

12. SPY NAME: (your favorite season/holiday, flower) Autumn Rose

13. CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” or “y”)
Grape Jeanie

14. HIPPIE NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree) Banana Palm

15. YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME: (”The” + Your fave hobby/craft, weather element+ Tour") The Hiking Thunderstorm Tour

Just try's kind of fun...I got a few laughs out of it! :)

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Happy 4th of July 2008

All of Joel's brothers and sisters came to town for this independence day. Since there are so many kids in his family (8), this does not happen often. It was so nice to spend time with all of them. The weekend went by quickly, but I know that Joel cherished every minute that he got to spend with his siblings. The following two pictures are Joel and his siblings.

Everyone tickling Justin

Joel's brother John and his family stayed with us over the weekend. We all had so much fun. John has three beautiful children. It was definitly an eye opener to how crazy and busy our house will be when we have children. But the fun and laughter will surpass the stress of an unclean house I am sure.

One Friday (July 4th) we went to Joel's parents for a big family BBQ and fireworks. The weather was perfect and the food was great.

All of the kids, spouses , and grandkids

Shade, Erica, and Blaze - Born to Pose!

Joel sleeping with Lock - Looks like some great sleep!

Shade enjoying the food

Jen playing with Echo

Blaze and her sparkler

Shade and her sparkler

Erica enjoying the fireworks

This holiday weekend was great. We had wonderful company, loads of fun, and tons of laughter.