July 23, 2012

The Happeneings

I promise, we're still alive and doing great! (as the photo overload proves) I just havent felt like there has been anything "blog worthy" happening in our lives. How sad is that? We've actually had a pretty exciting last few months though, so let me fill you in
(that is if anyone still reads this thing)

At the beginning of this year we decided we were going to tag along on a vacation with my parents to the beautiful island of Kauai and then head on over to Oahu and meet up with two of our favorites. This was booked in January but we didnt go until end of May, and I thought May would NEVER come. Longest 4 months ever. Now that its come and gone, I'm a little sad. We had an abosultely amazing time and loved that we got to spend some much needed time with some of my family. We spent our days relaxing on the beach until the rain came, cruising the Napali coast, snorkeling, golfing, swimming with sharks and everything else in between. Here are some pictures that sum up the trip. I was a little lazy with the camera, so for that, I apologize!



Now the big news....we're building a house!!
And you're probably as shocked as I am.
It all happened so fast. We decided now is a good time to buy so we went looking at houses and had zero luck finding anything. We started looking at building and found a house plan we both loved and a week later we were signing papers! Its in Saratoga Springs and the best part is one of my good friends lives just around the corner from us! yay! They broke ground a few weeks ago and as of today we have everything framed and ready for electricity. Crossing our finger it'll be done in September!

September 8, 2011

Have you heard of Havasuapi? 
Its probably one of the coolest places in Arizona! Its just a 
short 10 mile hike through the Havasui Indian Reservation in the grand canyon and into a land of waterfalls, Indians and camping. At first I was pretty skeptical of the whole idea of hiking EVERYTHING 10 miles into our destination, but boy oh boy was it worth it! 
We went with some of our favorites people, Ryan and Lindsay. They were on their way back from California so we met up in Las Vegas for a few days. We went to the Lion King show which is probably the coolest Broadway show out there. It was my first Broadway show, so I'm a little biased, but I can't imagine any other show having the cool effects and costumes! Highly recommended! We also had to make a stop at the famous Pawn Shop as seen on the history channel show, Pawn Stars.

The next night we drove to where we would start hiking, Hualapai Hilltop. We started our hike at about 6 am, and it took about 3 1/2 -4 hours to get to our camp ground. 
The campgrounds there aren't near any of the waterfalls, the closest is about 1/2 mile. After setting up our camp we hiked back to rock falls for some cliff jumping. It's a 30 ft drop and Matt's last jump left him with a pretty nasty lookin bruise! 

You have to kind of make your own fun while camping, so Matt and Ryan decided to have a boat race. Ryan clearly won on looks, but Matt won on buoyancy.

Another waterfall they have there is Havasu Falls, which is one of the main falls and b-e-a-u-tiful!

The next day we decided to be even more adventurous and hike down the rough terrain to Mooney Falls. When I mean rough I mean straight down a cliff and if you slip- you die, kinda hike.  But it was so worth it! 

We found a little rope swing while exploring, which was so much fun, so we hung out there for a while! 

This is probably one of my new favorites places and I cant wait to go back! 

June 28, 2011

WARNING: picture overload

My parents were kind enough to take our family on one last big vacation together. We went to Orlando, FL for 10 days... all 23 of us! We had so much fun together and I'm dying to go back! Here's a nice LONG recap of our time at the Happiest Place on Earth...

 Thanksgiving 2010 in Disney World

Thanks Mom and Dad for making this possible!!