Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Personal Library Kit

I always played librarian when I was a little kid. Now I can live the dream, thanks to Knock Knock. :)

Monday, July 27, 2009

Camping in Ashley National Forest

Beautiful drive to Vernal
It was stormy.
So happy to be going camping!
Our campsite
Beautiful wildflowers right next to our tent.

The beautiful pond we foundRiding around it

No showers. Gross.
Abandoned campground

Mudslide. Probably in 2007.

Cute. He even fixed his hair.
A boy and his bike.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

My Husband and the Vacuum Cleaner

One of the things we needed for our apartment was a vacuum cleaner. I told Ben he could be in charge of picking it out.
He tells me one day, "Hey I found a vacuum cleaner on ebay, it costs $13!"
Me, sarcastically: "Wow, sounds like a winner."
Ben: "Except it costs $18 to ship it."
Me: "Wait a minute, you're telling me it costs more to ship it than it even costs? It's a piece of junk, Ben."
Ben: "Let's just see if I win it."

Lo and behold, he won it.

I had totally forgotten about it until one day I was walking up to my apartment complex at the same time as my neighbor. After some friendly chit chat he says to me, "I just have one question for you, what is that?"
There was an odd-shaped package on our doorstep. Then I remembered the $18 shipping.

Upon Ben's arrival home, I informed his that his "prize" was here. He was so excited that he wanted to put it together right then and there. Of course, it didn't have a bag. "Ben they probably don't even make bags for vacuums like that anymore." Don't worry. They do. Type A, WalMart carries two flavors, Febreeze and Arm&Hammer (wouldn't you love your house to smell like baking soda?).

After much excitement and me complaining about this ridiculous vacuum and we had to pay $8 for bags when this thing probably won't even work, and what about the $31 to ship that piece of junk to us? He says, "You just wait, I have a feeling we'll have this vacuum 'til we have 9 kids in the house." Ha! Ben turned it on and there was a tornado in our house. Well maybe not a tornado, but it was loud enough that it sounded like a natural disaster was occurring. But with a smile on his face Ben drove it around the carpet, giving it a nice combed, "just-vacuumed" look.

Just for you, Ben. My husband and his vacuum.

Monday, July 13, 2009


We went on our honeymoon on a cruise to Ensenada, Mexico. Here are a few pictures.
Our first night we stayed at the Anniversary Inn in Salt Lake. It looks like Ben got a little sunburnt!
It was so nice they brought us breakfast and the shower was a waterfall.

After the reception in Boise, we had a layover in Salt Lake on Sunday. We went to church on Temple Square and walked around.

This is Catalina Island. We rode boats called tenders out from the cruise ship.

We went to lunch a cute sandwich shop. Ben still has a red nose.

At the "beach" at Catalina Island. It's actually pretty rocky like the Oregon Coast, so they imported this sand.
View of our cruise ship from the island.

Palm trees. The weather was perfect, 70 degrees, the whole trip.

We went on a tandem bike ride around the island. It was so fun, but hard work!
Ben's amazing camera skills. Us riding the tandem bike!
A picture we bought of us in the Inspiration Dining Room (on the ship) on Formal Night.
In our cabin in the cruise ship.
On the bus to Mexico!
Barbed wire in Mexico... trying really hard to keep Americans out.
Basically sums up our Mexican cruise experience. Everybody drunk off the "Mexican water" i.e. Corona.
Off the coast by La Bufadora.

We found a secret spot with no tourists and people begging us to buy their stuff.
Entrance to the marketplace. Mandatory to cross through if you want to see the blowhole.
Mexico-- or should I say globalization.
Most homes were not this nice. These are for the Americans who retire here.
On the cruise ship eating our lunch feast on the deck. It was a 24 hour party.
Hairy chest competition. Ew, I think this guy is Matt Malone's cousin.
Towel animals courtesy of our friend from India.
Family reunion horseback riding-Dillon randomly has his shirt off.
What a sight.

Mom and Dad enjoying themselves.
The rat pack
Dillon aka Silverado

Movie #1- At the blowhole, La Bufadora
Movie #2- A "Native Mexican" dancer. Except we wouldn't give him any money so he stopped dancing.
Movie #3- Horseback riding at Moses' Ranch