Friday, September 8, 2017

Labor Day Weekend Camping

This year, we decided we wanted to camp at Mill Hollow Reservoir again over Labor Day weekend. We talked about it all summer and Andrew's parents, his sister Alicia and her boyfriend Kurt and my parents all joined in! It was so fun!

*Side Note...I used to hate camping! But it seems getting up into the cooler temperatures and away from cell phone reception is something I love so camping is definitely something I'm coming around too again. ;)

We took the Friday before Labor Day off from work so we headed up into the mountains early Friday morning and got to the campground around 10:45 am. We got set up and then it was time to relax! We didn't have the same camp site this year because it had already been taken by Thursday morning when my parents got up there, but the one we got this year may have been even better. The view couldn't be beat and it was the only one with a view of the water! We visited, took a drive around to see the other camp sites in the campground, visited some more and then Andrew went down to the water to start fishing! It was really good fishing Friday evening and he caught quite a few. :)











 
Friday night, Andrew's parents cooked an amazing dinner for everyone including chocolate cobbler for dessert! The rest of us contributed salads and things too so it was wonderful. :)
 
Early Saturday morning, Andrew and Kurt fished and then we all pitched in and cooked breakfast together and that was fun! Unfortunately, Andrew's parents had to leave after that, but we were glad they had come for as long as they could. :) After breakfast, it was more fishing for Andrew and I read some books that I got for my birthday that I had been dying to read. About noon, we loaded up in the car with my parents to head to Kamas. We had planned to have lunch in town at this pizza place that Andrew had been wanting to try and then Andrew and I wanted to take my parents on a drive to see Slate Gorge, Provo River Falls and Mirror Lake. They had never been so it was fun to show it to them.
 















It was nice having that time with my parents and it was a nice drive. Saturday night, it was more fishing and then taco salad for dinner with everyone pitching in again. Then Alicia and Kurt left when it got dark.
 
Sunday morning, we had a combined breakfast with my parents. Then we spent the rest of the morning playing games in my parent's camper. After lunch, we broke down camp and boy was it hot! Probably the hottest it had been the whole weekend! About mid-afternoon, we were all on our way home. That way we were able to enjoy Labor Day at home taking it easy. :) Such a fun weekend though! 
 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Solar Eclipse 2017

A few weeks before the eclipse, Utah Power Credit Union bought all of their employees eclipse glasses so they could view it from wherever they were. When Andrew showed me his, I thought it was a great idea so I approached my boss about buying eclipse glasses for my office and she agreed that it was a great idea. :)

The day of the eclipse, we had a little eclipse party at my office and a lot of my coworkers came with their families. We had treats and it was a fun time! We were about 91% totality here. Some street lights came on and it did get noticeably darker and cooler. It was a neat experience!








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Eclipse Cookies!


Love this guy of mine!


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Freezer Corn

It's August and corn on the cob is officially in season! Last Saturday, we bought 3 dozen ears and turned it into freezer corn! Now we'll have fresh-tasting corn until next August. :)




*The instructions we followed are posted on my cooking blog.


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Kinley's Baptism - August 5, 2017

Last Saturday, we got to attend the baptism of our niece, Kinley. It was really special to be there and to see how excited she was. :) As is our tradition, Andrew and I got her a white towel with her name and baptism date embroidered in her favorite color on it that she could use after she came out of the font. Now she can always remember that special date in her life.






Monday, July 31, 2017

Andrew's Wisconsin Trip

The last full week of July, Andrew had the opportunity to travel to Wisconsin for work to take the first year of a three year course on commercial loans being held at the University of Wisconsin. He got to fly from Vernal to Denver, which was fun and a first for us and then he flew from Denver to Madison.





When Andrew was on the plane, he took this picture of me in the window watching the plane. ;)

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Andrew landed in Denver and was driven to the main airport in a van to check in for his connecting flight to Madison.


 
While waiting for his flight to Madison, a little dog in the airport wandered over to get a pet. ;)

Welcome to Madison!




Andrew loved that every store in the airport in Wisconsin had cheese!


Upon checking in at his hotel, there was cheese popcorn waiting in his room for him and every day after, he got a new bag that was a different flavor.



These are just some of the flavors he got that week.


After checking out his room, he immediately walked over to the University of Wisconsin campus and bought cheese to have in his room all week. ;)



He also got some ice cream while at the campus creamery!

Every morning, Andrew had breakfast at his hotel's restaurant breakfast buffet.


For lunch and dinner, he always went to a new place and he got to try a lot of different foods. One thing he said most restaurants had though was fried cheese curd on the menu!



Food trucks for lunch one day.
 
The one restaurant he repeated though was an Irish pub that he stumbled upon one night. He loved it and couldn't resist going back later on in the week with some guys he met at the conference.


Tomato Bisque

 
Shepherd's Pie



Carrot Cake

 
Bangers and Mash 
 
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He loved the atmosphere. ;)
 
Since Andrew walked everywhere he went, he got to see the sites of Madison too.
 

 
The morning before he flew home, he had some time to kill so he walked over and checked out the football stadium on campus along with some other sites.
 









Overall, Andrew had a fantastic time in Wisconsin and definitely enjoyed the cheese. :) In fact, when Andrew's boss told him he wanted him to go to this conference, he sold it to Andrew by telling him he would get to enjoy cheese all week! Haha! He knows Andrew too well. ;)

 
Cheese and Pepsi for the trip home. :)
 
It was pretty lonely for me without Andrew at home all week, but Andrew's parents did invite me to join them up the canyon for a cookout one night where some deer came by that were very interested in what we were doing.
 


I also kept myself busy with a puzzle that my mom and dad gave us for Christmas last year. It was pretty fun to put together once I got into it. :)
 

 
I was so glad when Andrew came home though. I had missed him! But I am continually proud of him and all he does.