Monday, August 25, 2014

Tyler's 5th Birthday

The card I mailed to Tyler on his birthday.

He was so excited to get something in the mail. 
 This little boy is all about big trucks and tractors. So I found him some CAT and John Deere tractors. I also bought him some big stickers for his bedroom.

He loved his birthday cake.
He loves to give people the "stink eye".

Tyler's Construction Cake Birthday Cake

Ever since his birthday last year, Tyler has talked about his cake with dirt. When we asked him what kind of cake he wanted this year, he wanted another one with dirt, but this time with a crane, like his dad drives.

I thought it would be fun to do it a little different from last year, so that it wouldn't be the same cake. It was kind of hard to find a crane toy, but I finally found a toy set that came with one.

I also found these cute construction candles. They came in a pack of 4. I needed five for Tyler, but Vanessa also asked for the same kind of cake for Daxsen, who is turning 3. So two 4 packs were perfect! I set 3 candles aside for Daxsen and then used the extra one to make 5 for Tyler.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Camping at Yellowpine

After the craziness of UBIC and the Fair, we decided the perfect way to relax was to go camping. We've already been twice this summer and hope to go at least two more times. 

Thursday afternoon, we were both given the opportunity to work over time on Friday. But we both decided we would rather go camping and told our employers no thank you.  By the time we got backed and headed up the mountain, the sun was quickly setting. 

 The original plan had been to go to the same spot we were at the last time, at the Rock Creek Dam campsite. Josh had to stop and get a few things, so I went ahead of him. When I got there, someone was already in our favorite spot. I looked at the other spots, but didn't love any of them; so I drove back down to the Yellowpine campground. 

The last time we were there, the campground was pretty full. We did end up in a spot we didn't mind, but this time it was pretty empty, so I stopped and looked at several. The one I choose ended up being our new favorite spot, between both of the campgrounds. The table sits back off the road a bit and the tent spot was shady.
Josh always wants to try using the dutch oven, so I had found a few new recipes to try. The first night we had Dutch Oven Enchilada Casserole.

In the past, we've usually gone fishing for part of the time. But this weekend, we just wanted to sit around and be lazy. We even moved Sage closer to us so she could relax with us. (She can't be trusted around the table when food it out.)

The second night we cooked pizza in the dutch oven. Josh did an all combo type pizza and I made a Hawaiian pizza.

We also decided to try a breakfast in the dutch oven one morning. We made Lemon Blueberry Biscuits.

Hopefully we'll be back up there again in two weeks.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

More Races

Last weekend, Josh ran in two races. I was busy helping my uncle with his Dutch Oven Business at UBIC, so I wasn't able to go with him and get some pictures. 

The first race was Friday night. It was a 5K night run in Vernal. We actually both ended up getting home about the same time, but I could tell that Josh had a lot more fun than I did. He was COVERED in pink glitter. Some of his buddies from work had met him at the finish line and threw glitter all over him. And since he was all sweaty, it stuck really, really well. I know have glitter in our truck, my bathroom, my couch...well, pretty much every where. Josh doesn't usually stay until the end, when they announce the winners, but he was pretty sure he came in 6th place.

After just a few hours of sleep, he was up bright and early Saturday morning for the UBIC 10K race, which he ran with his sister. 

This time, he stayed long enough to see his sister finish, but then they both left. About an hour later, my friend came to let him know both he and his sister had won prizes. She thought they said Josh came in 3rd place for the men's, but she couldn't remember the reason his sister won a prize. His sister won a hat and Josh won a water bottle and t-shirt. 

So pretty much, Josh ran a 15K in roughly an 8 hour time period. I think he's nuts, but he thinks it helps him stay in better shape....for hunting season. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cats At Work - Winner, Winner, Friskies Dinner

One of my favorite Facebook Pages is Cats At Work.

Monday - Friday, the creator posts a cute meme of a cat at work. Often, she will also post a Top Fans chart. It is based on how many comments you make and how many pictures you liked during the week. I wish it also took into account how many shares, because I share all of them on my wall. I'm usually in the top 3. A few weeks ago, she gave away a prize to the top #1 fan of the week and I won! I got to choose a coffee mug. She has several cute options, but in the end I could only choose one. It arrived in the mail last night.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Camping at Upper Stillwater

Last weekend, we decided to head out of town and go camping again. I had Thursday off, but since Josh works for a Colorado based company, he had to work on the 24th. Since we were worried it would be crowded for the holiday weekend, we decided that I would head up that morning and get us a good spot. 

Sage was so excited to go, she didn't even seem to know that Josh wasn't with us. I had tried to leave her a spot in the backseat, but when I took a turn, the stuff fell on her. I decided she would have to just ride on the floor. I had to make a quick stop at the store, and when I came out, she was seating in the driver's seat! So I quickly rearranged some stuff and let her ride in the passenger seat up front.

I found us an awesome spot! It sat off of the road a bit and had a nice shady spot for the tent. Going early worked well. By the time Josh got there that night, the campground was pretty much full. I had taken up the food and other supplies, but Josh brought the tent and canopy with him. However, he forgot to leave me one of the chairs that were in the back of the truck, so I had nothing to sit on up there once the table wasn't in the shade. I sat on a rock for a while, but it wasn't that comfortable. Finally, I got out the sleeping bags, laid them in the shade and read a book until Josh got there that night.

On Friday, Melanie, Matt and the boys came up to go fishing with us. Unfortunately, the fish weren't biting. We only caught one, but he got himself off of the hook right before we got him in. But we still had fun. We saw a few water snakes and the boys had fun watching them.

On Saturday, Josh wanted to run the Longhorn Days 8 mile run. They start at the Bluebell park and then run some back roads and end at the Altamont Park. Oh, and its pretty much uphill the entire way! We had to set an alarm on my phone and get up pretty early, but he had fun.

We were disappointed to find out they weren't serving breakfast that year. We had planned on eating there, so I didn't have any extra food at camp. So we had to make a quick trip to the store before heading back to camp. Josh ran it in 1 hour and 13 minutes, which was 2 minutes quicker than last year.

Sage LOVES camping. One of her favorite parts is eating the "human" food that is left over.

We didn't have any chipmunks in our camp, but we did have a few squirrels.

Sage always digs a few holes in the ground when we go camping in that she "nests" in.

And she always buries some of her food.

She was filthy by the time we came home. She was covered in tree sap and her nose was black from all the food burying.

Our last night there, we had a moose run through camp. It wasn't actually that dark, but my camera thought it was. You can just see her to the left of our tent.

I think Sage was drained from camping. We had been home for a few hours and I looked outside to see her laying on her back.

We had a lot of fun and can't wait to go again in three weeks.