Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Mt. St. Helens camping trip

Thursday, my family and I drove up near Mount St. Helens, for and outdoor school. We got there pretty uneventfully, (besides leaving 4 hours late due to brake trouble!!), and set up “camp” in the dark. (Which is pretty easy, plug in the trailer, put bedding on the beds… J) We were meeting a family there, and it was awesome to hang out with them. We love those people!!!
     The first day of outdoor school, we hiked around in The Twin Forests, which get it’s name from this: There was an old growth forest originally, then, Mt. St. Helens exploded, and destroyed the old forest. There are areas where the lava formed around trees, leaving strange tubes, and then the new forest grew eventually. It is now Twin Forests, one on top of another. J Isn’t that clear!!! Lol

Does anyone have any idea what was up with this tree?!? We found it in the woods,and couldn't figure it out!! :) ^

Later that day, we hiked the Upper Ape Caves, a one-and-a-half mile lava tube. There were 14 kids, and 3 adults in our group, and the rangers told us that it takes 2 ½ hours to hike it, (You have to come down 1 ½ miles, outside the tube as well). We decided to try to go faster than that.
     The tube was amazing!! It was by far my favorite part of the trip. I managed to bruise up my knee, but still had tons of fun. J We made it back down in about 1 ½ hours!!! J We were awfully proud of ourselves. J (And the youngest was a five-year-old girl, she kept up with us the entire time, no problem!)
     The next day was a guided tour of several different museums and different stops along the way to the mountain. We also took a guided 4 mile hike, around the Hummocks and devastated areas. (The areas that was legal. J And if you don’t know what a Hummock is, Google it!!! gotta love Google.). It’s amazing how bare the area is around the mountain still is. In case you didn’t know, Mt. St. Helens erupted May 18th 1980, 32 years ago. I didn’t know that until this weekend either!!
     I realized, yet again, that I totally L.O.V.E. hiking. It is awesomeness. I get to go on a 6 mile hike on Friday, and I am pretty excited. I already know that I am gonna be like really sore, but that’s ok, I was hiking!!!!! J

Boys will be boys, and if there's a tree around, they automatically think, "Let's climb it!!"
John is camera shy. I think he gets it from me. ^

 A huge bridge. idk, I guess I thought it was cool?!?

 I fell in love. with this bush!!! :)

Something to laugh about:
Last week my wife and I purchased a new computer. We ran into some difficulties while setting it up so we decided to call the customer support phone number we found in the manual.

I picked up the phone and called the number. A man answered the phone and I explained the problem to him.

He began rattling off computer jargon. This confused us even more.

"Sir," I said politely, "Can you explain what I should do as if I were a small child?"

"Okay," the computer support guy said, "Son, could you please put your mommy on the phone?"
Ok, here’s your challenge for today… Vote on the two photos below, and tell me which one’s your favorite!!! In the poll thingy, which is on the sidebar!!
 Number one
Number two
And then do the same thing for two below.

And… comment with your favorite thing from this week so far. ’kay!! J

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

a sign on a plumbers trunk:

We Repair what your husband fixed!
 I’m the kinda person who loves to laugh, (all the time!) tells jokes, (all the time!) and laughs at the punch line while I’m saying it. I also tell corny jokes. I think everyone has gotten used to it and smiles just to please me!!! J
Anyway, I decided to post a bunch of things that make me laugh!!! :)

A guy told his sister she should have the tires rotated on her car. Without skipping a beat, she said, "But don't they do that when I'm driving?"


A teenager was always asking his father if he could borrow the family car. Pushed to the limit, the father asked his son why he thought God had given him two feet.

Without hesitation, the son replied, "That's easy, one for the clutch and one for the accelerator."


~~~~~ Gardening Rule: When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant. ~~~~~

I just read that last year 4,153,237 people got married in the U.S. I don't want to start any trouble, but shouldn't that be an even number?


I saw this on someones blog recently, and thought it was awesome!! :) I totally agree. ^


The sole purpose of a child's middle name is so he can tell when he's in trouble.
~~~~~If you have a lot of tension and get a headache, do what it says on the asprine bottle;
 "Take two asprine, and "Keep away from children."~~~~~

The second day of dieting is always easier than the first. By the second day, you're off it!
I am in shape. Round is a shape! :)

Men have three basic hairstyles: Parted, unparted, and departed! ( lol)

Telltale signs of Advanced Parenthood...

- You count the sprinkles on each kid's cupcake to make sure they're equal.

- (for Mom's only!) You only have time to shave one leg at a time.

- You hide in the bathroom just to get some "alone time."

- You consider fingerpaint to be a controlled substance.

- You've mastered the art of placing large amounts of scrambled eggs and pancakes on the same plate without anything "touching."

- You hope ketchup is a vegetable because it's the only one your child eats.

- You con your kid into thinking that "Toys R Us" is a toy MUSEUM and not really a store.

- You fast-forward through the scene where Bambi's mom gets killed.

- You hear YOUR parents voice when it's you that screams "Not in THOSE clothes you don't!"

- You hire a sitter because the two of you haven't been out in ages, then spend half the night calling home to check on the kids.

- Rock concerts give you a headache

- and finally, you KNOW you're a victim of Advanced Parenthood when you start offering to cut up other people's food for them!

I am a very nervous flyer. During a trip from California to Indiana, it didn't help that my connecting flight from Denver was delayed twice because of mechanical problems. Then, after we were aloft, I noticed the lights began flickering. I mentioned this to a flight attendant. "I'll take care of it," she said. Moments later the lights went out. Clearly she'd solved the problem by turning off the lights.

A passenger across the aisle who had been listening leaned over and said, "Whatever you do, please don't ask about the engines."
^I adore this little guy!!! J


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Saturday, May 5, 2012

of flowering trees and adorable squirrels

Hi there!!
So, I am still anxiously waiting for warm weather to show up. Everyone else is basking in the sun, and wearing short –sleeved shirts and flip-flops. So am I, for that matter, but I am not very warm while doing so. (But don’t tell my mom. She already thinks I’m crazy for wearing summer clothing all year round!! J)
Anyways, last weekend I went down to visit a friend, along with my sister, mom, and three friends from here in town.  Julie was turning 18, and her sister was throwing a surprise party. Boy, did we surprise her!!! Her first words were, “What are you doing here?!?” Honestly, what a welcome!! Jk.  We had tons of fun, ate way too much sugar, and stayed up to late, but hey, what fun is a girl’s weekend without those?
We went to a park, where they have tons of flowering trees, a beautiful gazebo, pond, (complete with ducks and geese!!) and more beautiful flowering trees. (I seriously think we should have a “Plant a flowering tree” day, or something to get these people in my town to plant flowering trees.) For the record, the squirrels were way too cute!! I’m a farm girl, and cheer my brothers on when they are after squirrels, but these ones were adorable! 

And those pictures up there. ^, We went to a really awesome candy store, and then a a.m.a.z.i.n.i.n.g. frozen yogurt shop. Actually, I think every frozen yogurt shop is amazing, they’re just so much fun!
Random Question:
If you could meet a fictional character from a book you’re read, who would it be?
 I would want to meet Sherlock Holmes, Rebecca (Ivanhoe), or Robin Hood of Locksley. (also known as, Diccon. J Gotta read Ivanhoe!! J)