Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tackling Timp!!

So Jon and I went camping with our friends Steve and Rachel two weekends ago and we decided to tackle Timp! I wanted to post pictures of our triumph so you all get the story behind it. I had done the hike before and it was a terrible experience, complete with blood soaked shoes. So I was hoping this time would be better. We backpacked up to Emerald Lake Friday and camped there overnight, which was way more fun than just straight hiking! We even got a really good fire going! But because we were so close to the glacier (or maybe it was because we only brought one tiny sleeping bag and a blanket for the two of us), Jon and I froze during the night. I was so grateful for the morning sun and the fabulous oatmeal we drank out of lidless waterbottles. We were sore and tired from packing in all of our stuff, so that last bit of the hike to the top was not so fun, but it was worth it! The views were spectacular and my dad went out into the street in Highland and flashed a mirror at us and everyone on the point could see it. I think I thoroughly embarrassed Jon when I said excitedly, "That's my dad! That's my dad making that shiny thing!" I repeated it several times and people were looking at me oddly. But it was really cool and fun to see everything! We tried to slide down the glacier but it was so rocky that Jon and I only made it about 100 feet of the way. By the end, my bum was soaking wet and sore from pointy rocks, and my hands were beyond freezing. But I think the worst part of the trek was hiking down. My knees were practically screaming at me! Overall, Jon and I decided that we would not hike Timp again for at least a year, but that the trip was way worth it and really fun.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


I can't believe I gave in. The minute I got married, everyone in the world gave me their blog addresses and told me that I should start mine. I held out for almost half a year! but the pressure got to me. And I guess there is some sort of married blog club that I now officially belong to! Those of you who persuaded me can give themselves a pat on the back. As for being a blogger...I am struggling to figure out how this thing works and am failing miserably at it. I think it hates me...I can't put things where I want them and I can't find a template that I want. I guess this is when it becomes addicting...

So let me give an intro to us...the story is pretty crazy now that I think about it. I first met him in May 2007 when his friend Nate fell asleep in a Sacrament meeting and loudly snored himself awake. Due to our loud laughter at Nate, we started talking. Jon had just gotten back from Florida late the night before, and looked wasted...long shaggy hair, slumped in his seat...and then it turns out that his first kiss was my old roommate! Small world... So my friend Nicole decided that she liked Nate, the kid who snored, so we started to hang out with them. Coincidentally, Jon was part of this famous Brotherhood of the Scooters (all of his friends had scooters in high school), so when I went to be the wingman for Nicole on these scooter rides, I usually ended up on Jon's scooter...I found him to be hilarious and amazingly handsome. So then the scene switched...Nicole came on scooter rides to be my wingman.
So we hit it off on the scooters (he still thinks that is the only reason why I love him), and then one night, I invited him to come watch "Italian Job" and he held my hand...a few short days later we kissed and from then on we were officially dating. It was fast and fun and I loved every minute of it. It felt so natural to be with him and natural that things moved so quickly.
So we dated for the summer and it was the best summer I have ever had. We went on trips with our friends every weekend! We went wakeboarding, boating, camping, hiking, and we even hiked with llamas (we packed them in Jon's dad's van). It was a blast. And then I went to Ethiopia...and he was the biggest support...we talked marriage while I was gone and when I got back, he patiently waited for me to sort out some missionaries...what a great guy.
He proposed very sneakily on Jan 27 2007 using my friends and family to create a web of lies that kept me out of the loop. Anywho, so of course I said yes, and that was that! He is the best man in the world and it amazes me everyday how lucky I am to be married to a man who treats me so well! I love him!