Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Lake Powell 2014

Wow- it has been awhile since we have been on a blog! Crazy!! We are still in Payson, AZ. We've recently bought a house and has made living here way more pleasant,  it is hard to call a place home when you don't have anything to your name. So we have a house and are building an Orthodontics practice. Best life ever, right?? And here are some pics from our summer vacation to Lake Powell. I'm hoping we can get this tradition going again- because it is a blast!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Oh Arizona..

My goodness. I've fallen off the blogging world! I wasn't able to download pics- and I am not a journalist so I stopped updating. But some big stuff has happened so I'll briefly write a recap!  Back to October.  My Babes turned 4- fun preschool turned into a birthday party. Then Thanksgiving, Then to AZ for Christmas break. Then packed up half our house to take pics to list for selling. Then our house was listed and had to deal with showings and keeping a spotless house. Then our house was under contract within 10 days of listing. We had about 3 weeks of chill time for packing up. Got close to our closing date- which also meant Ben getting close to no more school. A week before we were supposed to close- the buyers asked for an extension due to lending. So we put a week hold on loading a truck- but basically had our house packed. It was a disaster and a nightmare. We were planning on living with some awesome friends, the Rowleys, for a week. Didn't want to miss out on late night bonding time- so still stayed with them a few nights. Our house got packed into a truck on Sat the 23rd of Feb. Ben had his graduation ceremony/dinner that night. We went back for last minute cleaning, then said goodbye! Sun morning church was canceled due to bad weather. A blizzard was coming! We decided to load into the car and drive home in a Blizzard. Oh terrible. 11 hrs to Albuquerque, NM. Ben and his Dad in the truck and me with kids in the Tahoe. Oh what a drive! Then finished to Payson the next day. unloaded our things into a storage space and finished the drive to Mesa. Loads of fun! We made it! Ben is graduated and is an Orthodontist! Then- our contract for our CO house was terminated. So start from scratch. Ben started his first day of work- then got a new contract underway. Yeah! So much stress is such a short time. So that is our past life in a nutshell. We are currently living out of suitcases with family- until we can find a house we like in Payson. Ben is working in PHX and will hopefully start soon in Payson.  In the meantime, we are enjoying the awesome warm weather in AZ!! Sad part- kids already complain that it's too hot! If they only knew...

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Mount Rushmore

 Since we don't know how much longer we will be in Colorado- We've talked about driving up to Mt. Rushmore. It is only a 6 hour drive, Ben got a few more days available to take off for school- could be fast and pretty cheap.  We talked about what weekends were available, when would be a good time and decided a weekend in September. Before it got to cold and no fun. Then Julie and Dustin (sister and hubby) decided they wanted to come visit us one more time before we moved, also before it got too cold and no fun. Turned out they wanted to come to Mt. Rushmore with us! What is a few more hours of driving after 14 anyway? Right?? So then we started talking some more. "Wouldn't it be fun to rent an RV and be together and let the kids have more fun. ooohhh, and then there'd be a bathroom for the newly potty trained kids (a year is still newly right). Yah- and then we'd have a kitchen and moving beds!!"  We looked and looked and decided, heck with the quick and easy trip. Let's make it fun! We we rented an RV that would fit 9 of us.. took of Friday night. It was Awesome! Kids loved it up top, and just fell asleep up there on the drive. We pulled over in Custer, South Dakota around one in the morning - just on the side of the street and slept. We were FREEZING.. did not plan sleeping arrangements well. But it was SO CONVENIENT!  Ate a little Breakfast, got dressed then started up the home on wheels and headed to Crazy Horse Memorial. if you have never heard about it, you should look it up. It is Crazy! One guy started out carving this thing. All alone- with one old generator.. now just his kids work on it. It is pretty spectacular! Then had a picnic by a lake- drove to MT Rushmore Memorial (or our kids started calling it Lincoln Mountain. Linc LOVED it)  Made the kids lay day and take a nap after we parked- so we could have a happy experience. Love it! Toured around, took our time. Amazing. The thing looked pretty puny after the Crazy Horse (All the Presidents heads could fit into Chief Crazy Horse's head). But can not believe how impressive the details are, and on the side of a mountain. totally impressed. We decided to check out the KOA close by since most of the state parks were closed in September, not tourist season anymore. (which made it perfect, no crowds). KOA was superb, so many things to do- let the kids run free! We cooked some fish and made tacos for dinner. Then cleaned up and headed back to the Memorial for the night program. Saw a video about each of the Presidents and why they were picked.. then a spotlight was shown on the faces... had a great time. It was a good, short and sweet experience.  Kids were a little exhausted and cold so headed back to our little site and parked, plugged in and slept. Oh- showered too! Always a beauty when "camping". Sunday morning we drove up to Custer State Park, was told it was the Buffalo round up. When we were at the gate, the park lady said the round up was actually Monday. Whoops to the misinformed people who told us otherwise. We didn't want to come back in the morning and fight the crowds, so we drove through. I saw one Buffalo.. and no one else did. oh well. Saw some deer, took a little hike- it was a pretty peacful and chilled day. but still got to see some new scenery. Went back to the KOA sine we loved it so much and played around in the afternoon and just enjoyed ourselves. The Big Boys got out their fishing gear.. Dustin knows more of what he is doing than Ben. No worries, he has more experience. Ben was out there for awhile and didn't catch anything. I think Dustin caught one on his first try- then handed it to Lincoln to see, That kids is not afraid of any living thing no matter the texture.  Did that for awhile-- it ended with Austin getting a hook in Dustin's shirt- it was funny!  We got kids in the shower and to bed at a decent time- so we played a few games of Carcassonne, then just chatted.  It was great.  Monday morning we had a yummy breakfast and took our time leaving, then Headed up to Bear Country.  And if you want to know about that place- you'll have to look it up. It is Pretty awesome. And it was sweet having an RV. The kids could run around and look out any window to see the animals surrounding us. It was awesome... so we walked around, so some animals--- then decided to head back home. Ate lunch on the way- took naps and had a party on the way back home. It was a fun trip. Love having Family come to visit us! They are good sports.. Love them! Well- there is our trip in a Nutshell!

"Daddy, get off work already. We are ready to go"

And we're off!

Brooky's seat so she didn't bounce around!- oh, and so she'd sleep! 

Crazy Horse Memorial- This thing is HUGE! Only the head is done (obviously) but if it ever gets completed it will look amazing and be the biggest carved mountain you've ever seen.

This is to be the finished product. The tribe there wanted to get recognition for their Chief if some Presidents were getting recognized on a Mountain not too far away.. that is how it started anyway!

Fav spot in the RV

My Brooky is all grown up! Luckily she likes me- since I only see her twice a year or so
Stopped to eat Lunch between carved mountains

We Made it to Lincoln Mountain! We all took naps in the RV before heading out. Julie and D took Brooky and Tatum. We had the boys when they woke up. I think Austin took a longer to wake up and please since his Mama left him. But either way, WE MADE IT!!

The closest you can get to the faces.

How High can Uncle D throw us.....
Who needs a Mountain with President's Head... we have a Dollar Bill with a president!

Playing games in the RV on the road..

Taking a hike, or walk. Call it what you want. Needed a quiet Sunday activity!

Stopped at a View Spot to get a full view of the Black Hills.

Stayed at the Coolest KOA for two night. Had the most awesome bouncy pillow, a playground, mini golf, basketball, lake to fish at, bathrooms with showers.. AWESOME!

Getting ready to fish

But where are they??

And D gets hooked..

Getting ready to drive through Bear Country. Too bad we aren't allowed to hunt while in there... Brooky is ready! That place is so awesome. Soo many different animals so close!

"We'll scare you...."

"I Love Bear Country"

Lunch and nap on the drive.... totally awesome!!
 And back home...