Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Ate aight eight

Honeywine tagged me with this little meme, so here we go!

The rules: Answer the questions, make sure you mention who tagged you, and tag 8 of your blogger buddies.

8 Things that I am Looking forward to:

1. My best friend's wedding in 6 weeks. Eeeek!
2. Actually sleeping in on a weekend. And some breakfast in bed would be sweet-sauce.
3. Finishing our quilt.
4. My 25th b-day this August. Vegas? Yosemite? Cruise? BREAKFAST IN BED?
5. Jerad and I having no credit card debt after this Friday. For reals.
6. Our garden.
7. Summertime bbq's.

8.Getting married (these were obviously in no particular order:)

8 Things I Did Yesterday:

1. Forgot to wash the conditioner out of my hair.
2. Worked 10.5 hours.
3. Played with the dogs.
4. Made a yummy dinner and homemade blueberry buckle for dessert.
5. Decided on a few more things to plant in the garden and made a shopping list for the nursery today.
6. Snugged with the boy.
7. Caught up on House episodes on my DVR.
8. Drank a beer while Jerad cleaned the kitchen. Because I am a kept woman people, a kept woman...

8 Things I Wish I Could Do:

1. Sew better than Jerad
2. Use power tools.
3. Stay up past 10pm two nights in a row.
4. Own a Bed and Breakfast... that made money.
5. See the 5 states I haven't.
6. Have more time in a day.
7. Be able to eat massive amounts of homemade waffles with whipped cream and strawberries every day and never gain any weight.

8. Sleep for a week. <-- I agree!

8 Shows I Watch:

2. The Office
3. House
4. Chuck
5. The Hills (its like a train wreck... I can't look away)
6. CSI: Las Vegas
7. Celebrity Apprentice
8. Big Love

8 People I’m Tagging:

1. Beth
2. Heidi
3. Jill
4. Jackie
5. Lucinda
6. Liz
7. Sarah
8. Tiffany

Weekend of Camping Lurve.

Yosemite. Bomb Ass.

Well I don't want to talk your heads off so I'll make it short. We packed up and left Friday after Jerad got off work. All of our camping gear is in totes in the basement that we re-organize and stock after each trip so we are always ready to go. We have three different sized tents so since it was going to be a shorty trip (only two nights) and we were traveling sans pups, we took our little tent.

Fast forward 4 hours (we made quite a few stops including a leisurely Target shopping spree since I forgot to pack Jerad PANTS) and we arrived. In the dark after the fires had to be out. Taylor and Dom, and Matt and Lucy ended up coming, but they were about an hour behind us. We set up camp and shivered.

From left to right, Matt and Luce, Tay and Dom, Us:

Here are some highlights from Saturday and Sunday:


Annnd a few of my favorite parts. The two and a half hour mule ride to Mirror Lake:

Taylor cooking the Tri Tip by covering it in Whiskey and lighting it on fire:

The intense hike past Vernal Falls, up Mist Trail (worse than any stair stepper known to man), past Emerald Pool and toward Nevada Falls. I think just to Vernal you climb 1000 ft. elevation. Then once you've hiked the whole thing you have to go back down. Ugh:)

See that little "No Pets on Trails" on the bottom? This hike is why we didn't bring the pooches this time. It was beautiful and worth it:)

Getting ready for the hike:

Stuff along the way:

Part of Mist Trail:

View from the top of the falls:

Once we got to the top we had some fruit and took a little siesta. It was kind of like sitting at the top of heaven.

Emerald Pool:

After the LOOOONG hike back down, we had a picnic lunch. Jerad had some fresh squeezed juice:

Here is the view from the lookout point driving out of the Valley. See why we love it?

The part you can't tell from the pictures was that it was about 50 ° during the day and 19° at night. Still fun though! The trip home was uneventful. Except for when we saw a CAT hat in the road and I could tell Jerad wanted to stop and I told him he should and he slammed on the brakes and ran about 1/2 a mile up the road dodging traffic to retrieve it. The little yellow speck would be Jerad (still running):

So, basically he cheated on John Deere AND almost got killed doing it. That'll teach him. The cool part was it was a brand new hat. Not that I won't wash it just in case but still, nice!

In summary; great place, great friends, great boy, great trip.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The best boyfriend ever.

Its really important to me for Jerad and I to have time to ourselves (without the other person), time with friends, and time alone with eachother every week/weekend. Last weekend we had company, party with our friends, and party with his family. All of it was SUPER fun, but no "us" time.

Two weekends from now we are going up to San Fransisco to visit Tina and Tom, and Travis and Steph. The weekend after that is my friend June's wedding, the weekend after that... well, you get the picture. Basically this weekend is the only FREE weekend we would be having for quite some time.

So of course Jerad made plans. A guys trip to an auto yard in Fresno. I was not overly amused. Whatever, they'll have fun and I can have some "me" time.

Whelp, Jerad just called me and said that instead of going to Fresno, he is taking me to Yosemite. For the weekend. Because I have the best boyfriend ever. It is soo hard to get summer Yosemite reservations! They fill up about 9 months in advance. A friend of ours made reservations, then had to cancel at the last moment. Since everyone knows how much we adore Yosemite, they called Jerad and offered him their spots.

I am sooo excited. SO EXCITED. I like Yosemite every bit as much as Hawaii, Bora Bora, and Tahiti. I might even like it more than those places. Also, Yosemite has soo many good memories for us. Camping in the summer will probably be a little warmer han tent camping in the snow which we usually do too :)

Here are a few pics from over the years:

Feb '07

Feb '07

Jerad's 25th b-day, Oct '07

Jerad's 25th b-day, Oct '07

Jan '08

I'm missing a few trips, but you get the gist.