Prepare yourself for a lot a pictures.
Lots of pictures means lots of good stuff to document. The last little while has been filled with lots of good stuff. Most importantly, lots of time with my family. I experience true joy when I am with them. Nothing better than that. One of the nights we were all together we played a game where one person thinks of a question, then everyone answers on a little piece of paper, and the person who asked the question reads off the answers. Each person gets a turn to guess who wrote what. When you guess right, you get a point. When you guess wrong, it is the next person's turn. If your answer is guessed correctly then you are out. Anyhow, (I know my sister Laura already mentioned this on her blog here) but I have to mention it, too. The question was: "If there was a zombie apocalypse outside, who at this table would you throw out to the zombies? Let's just say 4 of the responses had either Charlie (my cousin) or Charley (my brother) in them. Hahaha. Suckers. This is just one reason why I love my family. We all bust a gut laughing when we get together and do funny things like play that fun game.
Now let's take a tour through my pictures.
I recently decided that I was going to make a cake that I saw on Pinterest when I actually used to get on that site. Aesthetically, if I do say so myself, it was rad. (Taste-wise; eh. I am going to change the recipe if I ever make it again.) And what better occasion than to make it for my cool niece Weslie's birthday?
|Niece Weslie turns 8!|
|This colorful explosion has my nephew Mac written all over it.|
I also made several trips down to Vegas and back to Utah. This picture was on the way back up to Utah in the Fillmore-ish area. Amazing, right?
|On the way down to Vegas|
Then it was time to get ready for my brother's wedding and reception. It turned out to be awesome.
|The night before the wedding we partied with this bad boy.|
My brother Seth and his (now) wife Allecia were married in the Las Vegas LDS temple. What a pretty place it is!
|Me and my sissy waiting for Seth and Allecia to come out of the temple|
|My cute, fat niece, Reese.|
Let me just take a minute to tell you about my cousins Charlie and Heather (far left and far right). Seth and I grew up with them. They live in California, and all growing up we would spend as much time with them as possible. They were even with us when my brother Scotty died 11 years ago.They'd come out to Vegas for a week or two, and we'd go out there to Visalia, CA for a week or two to visit them. Many of my fondest memories in life involve these two. They're funny, creative, artistic, and purely awesome. Candy, tents, toilet papering, ghost stories, secret clubs, water parks, Wal-Mart runs, late-night exploring, and the movie Clue are just a FEW words that describe my childhood with them. I love them like it's nobody's business. The four of us being together at Seth's wedding was the first time we had been reunited in four years, which, of course, was four years too long.
Anyway, the reception was in my backyard. Lights, good food, good company, dancing, and a slide show (that I could only watch for a couple minutes, because, well duh, my baby brother got married and has a new partner-in-crime so girl's gonna get a little choked up). Oh, and sparklers to send them off!
|Mac's got some mean dance moves which are clearly too spastic to capture with the camera on my phone.|
So Seth and Allecia went off to CA to honeymoon it up, and the rest of my immediately family (with the exception of my brother Charley, unfortunately) headed to Zion National Park in Utah to go camping. First we stopped at a tiny little restaurant right outside of Zion.
|My cute nephew Skippy means business|
We set up camp here:
|A pretty impressive backdrop, wouldn't you say?|
We went canyoneering at Pine Creek (thanks Aaron and Brian). So so cool.
|Kat lookin fierce|
|Me going down the 100+ foot repel in Pine Creek Canyon|
We hiked the Narrows. Beautiful and so fun.
I also canyoneered Key Hole with my mom, dad, brother-in-law Aaron, sister Ann, sister Laura and brother-in-law John, and niece Weslie. It was awesome. All in all, the camping trip was so fun. Canyoneering, good food, family, hikes, amazing scenery, etc. THANK YOU SARAH AND AARON FOR PLANNING AND PUTTING EVERYTHING TOGETHER. Right before we left camp, we decided to figure out who would plan the next family reunion and when it would be. My sissy Ann said, "Well we'll have another one when Audrey gets married, whenever that is." It got pin-drop silent as everyone simultaneously turned their heads and looked at me. All I could respond with was a
So, life has been good. I'm so glad I have had such awesome experiences this summer before I start my LAST semester at BYU this fall. Weeee!