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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Winner Winner! Lobster Dinner!

Daren and I won Grandma Agle's drawing this past month. That prize was $50 to spend on whatever we wanted. The only condition to winning the prize is that you MUST do something fun with the money.

Daren and I were so excited to win, we came up with a few options of what we could do.
However, we settled on something we have been trying to do since February. It didn't happen in February, so we pushed it to May. It didn't happen in May either. So, we decided to make July the month to do what we have been trying to do.

We went to my favorite restaurant, Red Lobster!
Red Lobster has the most delicious crab legs. I have been craving them for so long! Finally, I was able to enjoy a whole pound of wonderful, sweet crab meat.

Then, we ordered a cazookie from The Chocolate, a bakery with the most delicious cookie dish ever. It is gooey and chewy and ever so chocolatey.

Finally, we finished the night by meeting Mama and Papa at the outdoor Scera Shell, where we enjoyed a wonderful musical, but especially our time together.
Thank you Grandma, Grandpa and Uncle Ken for providing the way for such a wonderful day!!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

I'm a Gambling Man, I am

Ok, not really gambling. But my man is turning into a card playing man!
Ok, so maybe he has always liked cards, but we are starting to play cards together.
Anyway, here is a cute picture of him playing Solitaire.
(I thought Grandma & Grandpa Agle and Nana & Grandpa Tyler would like to see this):

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Subway '12

Daren and I had the chance to go on a super fun trip this past weekend.
A friend entered a chance to win permits to hike through the "Subway" down in Zion's Slot Canyons. (Only about 80 people a day are permitted to go through the Subway so we felt very lucky to have this opportunity).
It was such an adventure!
We left Thursday evening, hiked Friday and Saturday then came home late Saturday night.
Despite concerns of flash floods, we made it through the entire Subway safely, albeit wet!
From the moment we started hiking on Friday, it started pouring with rain. Through the 9.5-mile, 9 hour hike, we were dry for about 45 minutes of it.
The "Subway" starts off hiking down about 3 miles of red slick rock and sand. The rain made the slick rock slippery which created an extra obstacle for us in the beginning.
Katie & Daren getting ready for a decent down red slick rock
(as you can tell, we are quite wet already)

Once we got to the slots, we were wading through water (sometimes over 6 feet deep!) for the rest of the day.
One of many pools we crossed

Along with wading and swimming, we had many chances to repel down steep rocks. Thank goodness Daren, Craig and Scott are very experienced canyoneers! I was saved quite a few times by all of them.
Craig saving my life down the first repel (thanks Craig!)
Although being wet without worrying about ruining clothes or wet shoes is so fun, it did get quite chilly! So chilly in fact, we had to open up a space blanket for me and Chelsea.
If you look really close, the picture is a little blurry and I think it is because we were shivering!

Hiking the Subway was so much fun! I came home in so much pain, but the kind of hurt that feels good  because it reminds me of how much fun the weekend was.
Oh such good memories!