Tuesday, August 18, 2009

We Survived!

We recently purchased ourselves a new toy. It's a brand-spankin' new tent trailer (even smells new, mmmm!) and this past weekend we took it on its maiden voyage. It was definitely a learning experience considering my Mom and I towed it up there alone. I had set it up and taken it down several times and felt comfortable with that aspect of the trailer, but when it came to the filling of the water tanks and lighting of the furnace, I was clueless. One might naturally say "Why didn't you consult your manual for proper instructions?" which is a valid question. However the dealership had supposedly ordered one and we had not received it yet.
Here is the beauty in all her splendor. For the record, if you ever want to fill the tank of a trailer, your best bet is to put it in the proper place and not hook it up to what seasoned campers call the "city water hookup". You will most likely end up with a half inch of water on your floor followed by many expletives. I'm just saying. This was our spectacular view of Mount Timpanogas.
This should have been a warning of things to come.
Some sort of unique thistle plant with a bug on it.
Believe it or not that is a smile, not because Doug is squeezing him too hard. Tyson only smiles when you tell him to "show us your teeth". Thus the cheesy grin. I'll take what I can get.
This trip was for our Wright Family Reunion so we had a few family members camping with us. We knew we were in for it when the clouds rolled in and the rain started coming down hard. Fortunately we had a pavilion to take cover under and a huge fire pit to hang out by.
I even busted out my new Snuggie to help keep warm. I of course thought of good ol' Kristina and her Snuggie obsession. It was SO cold!
My cute angel baby!
My Grandpa Wright with great-grandson Ethan.
The cloudy mist rolled in and hid Timpanogas.
Tyson enjoyed playing with his cousins.
The annual dutch oven cookoff was a hit! We participated for the first time this year (my beans and chicken pot pie are at the bottom of the photo). We didn't win this year but made a good showing and are already making plans for next year's dishes!

My Aunt Ruth, cousin Jennifer from Colorado and my Dad catching up.

Aside from the cold and the rain, the trip was a success and we got to visit with lots of family members that we don't see very often. Tyson was a huge hit of course and keeps asking when we are going camping again. "With dirt?" he of course asks. Of course there will be dirt.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Happy Birthday to ME!

When did this happen to me? 28 has crept up on me when I wasn't looking. Wasn't I just 19? I don't feel 28... Are you supposed to feel your age? I've been reflecting on these thoughts all day and I've decided that I have no regrets so far in life and a lot left to accomplish. I look forward to what each day has to bring and I am so thankful for both my Mom (now that I truly understand the miracle of motherhood) and my son. Each in their own way brings a certain joy to my life and I would be lost without them. Thank you to both of you for teaching me so many of life's lessons. I know there are many left to learn and I am both excited and terrified of what is to come!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Random photo

One of the flowers from a bush in my front flowerbed. It always blooms mid-summer and is so beautiful!