Claire’s 11th Birthday

For Claire’s 11th birthday, Claire got checked out of school to go to lunch with mom and dad. We went to Cubby’s and she loved it. While we were there we asked her about some of her favorite things.

List of Claire’s favorite things at age 11:

  • Cereal: cocoa pebbles
  • Dinner that mom makes: homemade mac and cheese
  • Restaurant: Cafe Rio
  • After school activity: jumping on the tramp with music when it’s warm out
  • Favorite sport: basketball
  • Best friend: Andie Aagard
  • Future occupation: scientist, artist, or athlete
  • Dream vacation spot: Bahamas or Fiji
  • Dream birthday present: puppy
  • School subject: science
  • Recess game: basketball

Claire is definitely one of our favorites. We sure love her. Happy birthday Claire!

2017 Spring Break – Kanab

For the last few days of Spring break we traveled down to Kanab, Utah. We drove down on Wednesday and drove back on Saturday, so it was a relatively quick trip, but we packed as much fun as we knew how into those few days. We traveled with the Rowberrys and the Jensen families and had a lot of fun together. Here are a few of our highlights from the weekend:

Wire Pass & Buckskin Gulch slot canyons

This was a pretty busy trailhead, lots of cars. The slot was really cool and had a tricky obstacle that required help for just about everyone.

We continued to Buckskin gulch, which is a very long slot canyon. Unfortunately, because of the heavy rains earlier in the week it was still pretty wet. So we couldn’t go very far down Buckskin before we ran into knee-deep water. We turned around and went upstream for a while, walking in the mud and looking for pockets of quicksand.

On the way back through Wire Pass I had to help several groups come up the main obstacle. I was pretty sore from helping pull people up by the hand.

Glen Canyon Dam

After the slot canyons we decided to go see the Glen Canyon dam. We spent some time in the visitor center and walking out on the bridge. It was pretty impressive.

Red Canyon slot from Peekaboo trail head

Right at the last minute, we decided to bring along Greg’s 4-wheelers to maybe help get us to the trailhead. We were very glad that we did. The road was pretty deep and sandy, and about 2 miles to get to the start of the slot canyon. It wasn’t a well-marked road, so after a few wrong turns we finally got there. Once we all arrived, we spent just a short amount of time in the slot. It wasn’t a long one and ends in a 20-foot high obstacle. But the colors and patterns and terrain were impressive. We passed several official tour guides taking groups there.

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

We stopped by here late in the afternoon right as they were closing. However, Manina talked to the right lady, who arranged a mini-walking tour for us. The older teenagers were throwing some serious attitude, but were quickly won over. All the kids liked seeing the horses (especially the smiling one), the pigs, deer, and turkey. The people there were super nice and welcoming.

Goodfellow House

Manina found a good deal on VRBO, so we stayed at this house in Kanab. It smelled like mothballs (but it wasn’t mothballs, it was made with railroad ties). The Rowberry and Jensen families joined us, so the kids had lots of fun. We all have kids around the same ages, so they had a lot of fun together.

The house had a pool and a hot tub, but neither were officially opened. That didn’t stop the kids from jumping in.

Lots of good food

We took turns cooking dinners and also had a big combined breakfast. We were in charge of pizzas on the BBQ grill, which turned out great.

Bruce Jensen employed his new smoker ahead of time and we had delicious pulled pork dinner on Thursday night.

Rowberrys did a Mexican night. At no point did anyone want for food.

 

Survivor – Johnson Family

So I started watching Survivor during its first season years and years ago. I have not missed a season since. It is one of my very favorite things. It didn’t take long for that love to wear off on my family. Seth, me and my four oldest watch it regularly. My littles also watch it when they can.

Well my girls thought it would be a great idea to have our own shortened version of Johnson Family Survivor. Seth and I acted in place of Jeff Probst by running the challenges and tribal council. The kids were one tribe, the Galang Tribe (stolen from a real season of Survivor). Challenges ranged from some hilarious food challenges, puzzles, memory games and more!

Planking…our first Survivor challenge. Ellie won immunity!

Immunity Idol courtesy of Katelyn and her clay molding skills.

This was the first tribal council. Notice the fire ring. We got real technical.

Another immunity challenge was to see who could stack the most dominoes on their hand in one minute. Megan won!

This here is our jury. Notice the tears. Ellie was the most recent member voted off and she was pretty sad about it.

Megan and Drew were our two finalists who had to give their speeches to the jury.

Sole Survivor of Johnson Family Survivor: Megan! Lets be honest, does this surprise anyone? Over the past year or so Megan has gone back and watched EVERY past season of Survivor. She really is a pro and quite good at challenges and at speaking. I actually have a video of her speaking to the jury. Ask me about it sometime and I will show it to you. She deserved her win! 🙂

President’s Cup – Mesquite, NV

Megan’s Surf soccer club played in the President’s Cup in Mesquite, Nevada. Who wouldn’t look forward to heading down South where the warmer weather is waiting?! Well, believe it or not, the weather was awful. It rained, actually poured, most every day we were there! Yes, in the driest state, it rained. What luck!

Megan’s team ended up playing really well and making it to the semi-finals. Unfortunately they lost in a shoot-out in overtime. It was a hard-fought game and really fun to watch. Way to go Surf!

Devoted soccer fans!