My instagram account has pretty well documented all of that leading up to now. There are a few events however that we used our real camera at and here are those pictures:
We don't have any graduation pictures because we were in Utah and graduation was in Tennessee BUT we planned a celebratory couple getaway to....
THE ZION NARROWS
We delayed our moving date a few days so we could go on this hike. We drove down and got the permit for the next day. Then we went and got ready for everything, and then went to Wonder Woman. It was SO awesome! Then we went and parked on some BLM land and slept in our van on an air mattress. It was pretty hot when we first laid down, such that we couldn't fall asleep so we turned on the car to watch Star Wars The Force Awakens. We fell asleep during the movie but luckily I woke back up near the end of the movie and was able to turn off the van.
Woke up early to catch our shuttle which took us on a winding ride up to the top of the trail. I was pretty cold at the beginning of the hike and then we had to start walking through water which was FREEZING cold on my feet. After a while it was giving me the pins and needles feeling. It made it really hard to walk. Brent fashioned me a walking stick which helped immensely. And finally it started warming up and my body finally warmed up too and I was able to hike normally, happy day!
After 16 miles of walking through the slot canyon called the Narrows, we finally made it.
Near the bottom, when we were finally out of the river, we saw another couple who had started the same time as us. We talked with them all the way to the shuttle and on the shuttle back to the visitors center. It was fun to be able to talk to them because first off it distracted from the exhaustion and it was fun to complain together about how hard the hike was. I say complain but really it was an awesome hike. Just like after you've finished a marathon... or given birth... it's like, dang that was awful but SO AMAZING!
When we got back to the parking lot the setting sun light was gorgeous and Brent got some good pictures.
I forgot to mention that we also got to go to the Morgan's cabin finally! It was a really great time and really impressive all they have done down there. There was a bit of a breeze outside perfect weather for flying kites. Boy did they have fun! Hours of kite flying! I had a really good time, haven't flown kites in years but my endurance wasn't quite as good as the kids and the dads.
After kite flying they filled up water balloons and had a funny water balloon fight. I wasn't planning to join in but Sanna had other plans and threw one at me. Instead of dodging it (which I easily could have done) I decided to catch the balloon. It totally popped right in my hands right on my chest. So I thought, what the heck and I joined in. I got Brent pretty good by dumping the bucket of water down his back. ;)
That Sunday we had a great time visiting with the Hatch Family and catching up with the Mike Hatch clan. When Brent and Mike get together it is funny hearing their banter. The kids had a great time playing with their fifth cousins... or however we're all related.
Later that night we met up with Brent's childhood friends and their families. It was fun until Sanna went and walked off of a fully enclosed with a safety net trampoline and broke her wrist (the second time in fact that she had fallen off that night). As she continued to cry and whimper in pain and wasn't able to use that hand we decided to take her into the InstaCare. They got us in and out pretty fast and we were able to even make it back to visit with Brent's friends a little longer. She was adorable to see in the doctor's office. When the doc was examining her wrist she noticed a cut on his hand and said he needed a bandaid. She was completely obedient during the xray. She was so brave about it all. It was so cute.
Here are some random (but beautiful) Pictures in the yard:
Griz and John sure have gotten close to each other in the time we've lived here. They're always doing top 10 lists and talking about animals and playing war or uno.
We picked up the moving truck bright and early at 7:00 am. My brother Nate, and best friend Kimee, and Matt helped us so much that morning. It went so much faster than Brent had anticipated.
The Maynes came over to say goodbye and we had some fried chicken, donuts, and the kids played basketball while we kept finding random things in the house we needed to pack.
I stole a few of these cute pictures from Christa she took at that time.
I love the look on Chico's face in this picture...
I can't tell you how much I love this next one of Brent.
Griz acting out how I felt...
We had been taking pictures with all the cousins and then they wanted one of just our family... it was just the 5 of us standing there and I felt like it was wrong like there was this emptiness like someone was missing. It made me sad.
The move went pretty well. Day two of driving we were in the middle of nowhere and we saw a woman my age with two children hitchhiking on the side of the road. We stopped to see what was up and they had been camping out in the middle of nowhere and she had dropped her keys in the river and gotten locked out of her car that had everything important she owned inside of it. Luckily there was a town nearby and we were able to get out a phone call to AAA and get her taken care of. I sent Brent and Chico on ahead with the moving truck so they could stay on schedule with the drive while I waited with them for the tow truck. I figured I would catch up since I could drive faster than the moving truck. Waiting with the woman for the AAA tow truck took 2 or 3 hours. Once she was taken care of, I left and I was able to drive at faster speeds the rest of the day and arrived only 30 minutes behind Brent to our new home. Worked out well in my book! That meant I spent 2 or 3 hours less driving than I would have had to AND I got to help someone out who was in a pretty tough situation!
Arriving at our house was so exciting. It was so beautiful. The kitchen... oh the kitchen... I could have just cried. It was so beautiful.
We spent the next few days unpacking but still left time for some play!