Thursday, May 31, 2012

Appalachian Trail

In March, my goal/dream of hiking the entire Appalachian Trail began.  Daniel and Scott were kind enough to come along with me (or maybe it was me going along with them) on my first section hike.  We started at the very most southern spot, Springer Mountain, GA.  We took five days and hiked a total of 70 miles.  It was wonderful (besides the fact that we could hardly walk when we finished). Smile. It was a little tougher, I think, than we had anticipated.  This is a very mountainous part of the trail, so it required a lot of ups and downs.  In the end, we did survive. Although, we had no choice because we had to hike to where we left my car parked. Smile.  We had four great days of weather and it only rained part of one day.  We talked with some very nice people - some hiking all the way through and some just hiking a few days like us.  My given trail name from this trip was Poly! If you want to know what it means, you will just have to ask.  I loved the trip and can't wait till the next one!

Disney World 2012

One benefit of helping Steve with the kids is the free trip to Disney World.  He decided to take the kids again this Spring during their track-out in March and I got to go along for the ride.  It was a wonderful trip and everyone had a great time.  We did all of our favorite rides and Sarah was a little taller this year and got to do a bunch of rides she did not get to do last year. The weather was great and we stayed with a couple that are friend's of Steve this time.  Make sure to look closely at the second to last picture.  It is probably my favorite picture from our entire trip!   


Christopher, my little brother, turned 19 this past October which made him old enough to serve a mission for our church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  He filled out his papers and got his call back before the new year.  He has been called to serve in the Belem, Brazil mission for two years.  He was very excited and this past Spring prepared to go.  He finished up school in December and spent Jan., Feb., and Mar. at home with our parents getting ready.  He went to the Provo Missionary Training Center for about two weeks and then spent another four weeks at a training center in Brazil. He has now been in his actual mission for about a month.  We are so proud of him and the pictures below are just a few from our time together before he headed off.

Pinewood Derby

This past winter I had the opportunity to play the role of proud Aunt! (I actually play this role pretty often). David and Steve worked on a car for David to use at the Pinewood Derby and he came in FIRST place!!  He beat everyone - I mean everyone, I don't mean to brag but I was very excited for him.  He was so nervous, he could hardly talk during the actual event.  Mary and Sarah were right there to cheer on their big brother and his Ohio State car (Steve has been influencing him in the wrong direction, I get orange in whenever I can.)