Like Fine Wine...We Just Keep Getting Better!

Dear Cole,

When we got married 3 years ago, we were quirky.
Before too long, we got kinda zany...

And now? Well, I don't think we have much sanity left.
But you know what? It's totally worth being crazy if I have someone to keep me company every step of the way...and I've never been more glad that it's you.
Happy anniversary, love!


Hail the Conquering Hikers!

A few weekends ago, Cole's brother and his wife invited us to hike up to Timpanogos Cave with them. Since it had been years since either of us had done it, we thought it was a cool idea.

Then we realized how out of shape we are...and how hard it is to carry a toddler on your shoulders up a mountain.

It's only a mile and a half up to the caves, but the trail is a bunch of steep, narrow switchbacks cut from the side of the mountain (you'd think I would remember something like that). All those pictures with us smiling? Yeah, we took those at the beginning of the hike.

Once we got into the cave, though, the hike was totally worth it. It's so amazing to see the beautiful things one can find in nature. Our tour guide was awesome! He pointed out so many cool features of the cave. Oddly enough, most of them were somehow food-related. There were the "ramen noodles" on the roof of the cave, thick slabs of "bacon" running along the walls, "salt and pepper shakers," and even a huge "caramel ice cream sundae." All of it made us pretty hungry...well, except for the caramel sundae. It resembled the "Jabba the Hutt" fixture that we also saw WAY too much for my taste. I doubt I'll be putting caramel syrup on my ice cream very much now.
We got to see a little bit of wildlife, too. Just outside the entrance to the cave, we saw what looked like a chipmunk to our untrained eyes. Apparently it was really a squirrel wearing a chipmunk mask. The park ranger told us it was something like a "golden squirrel", and got rather put out when people continued to refer to it as "the chipmunk sitting on that rock, eating goldfish crackers." And yet, he didn't even bat an eye at the people feeding the little rodent goldfish crackers and bits of granola bars (a BIG no no--there are signs all up and down the trail forbidding the feeding of small animals). Meh.

Zoo Trip 2009

We took a family trip to the Hogle Zoo on Memorial Day this year. It was Kyle's first time at the zoo, so we were really excited to see how he would like it. It was CRAZY busy (which we should have realized would happen, it being a holiday and all)! It took us 45 minutes to find a place to park.

By the time we got into the zoo, we were approaching the warmest part of the day. We missed seeing a lot of the animals (like ALL of the Asian Highlands cats, in fact) because so many of them were hiding away from the heat. But, we still got to see the monkeys, and the giraffes, and the elephants, and the penguins (Kyle really liked these), and lots of other things. We even got a glimpse of the fossa in the Madagascar exhibit. He was hiding out in a log, asleep. Fortunately for us, the log was right against the display glass, so we got an excellent look at him. What a weird looking animal...

The biggest hit of the day for Kyle, however, was the train ride. We ended up at the very back, which faces backwards, so we got a panoramic view from the train. Kyle also really enjoyed playing on the playground in discovery land.

We had a lot of fun! I think the next time we go to the zoo, we'll try to be there right when it opens, though. Maybe then more of the animals will be out.



I promise there will be blogging soon. We've been pretty busy for the last few weeks, so there's a lot to share with y'all.

For now, I thought I'd post this picture of Kyle. We went to a barbecue on Saturday night thrown by one of the doctors my dad works with. She took this pic of Kyle with her blind kitty, and told us it was her "favorite picture of the day":

P.S. We taught Kyle how to say "ice ice baby"...possibly our greatest parenting achievement to date.
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