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!

Manina’s San Diego Visit

I took my annual trip to San Diego in February. When one of my besties moved away, I was devastated. However, Seth promised me that I would be able to visit her often. He has held true to his word as he encouraged me to head out and spend time with her and her kids while her husband kept busy during tax season.

Kristy is a workout maniac. When I got to visit I know I will come home beat down. 🙂 She works me to the core and I love it. We went to her gym one day and did sprints and circuits. The next day we went hiking. On Saturday we ran along the beach starting at Torrey Pines and running up the coast. Unfortunately it was pretty overcast and rainy while I was there, but it didn’t stop of from having a blast. **Notice I made her carry big ol’ Graham around!

We also did some shopping, eating and lots and lots of laughing. We were solo in our movie, Lion, that we went to. It was us and three others reclining in our fancy seats. We also spent one morning getting massages that turned out to be more of a couple’s massage. We laughed till we cried. Then we ate at a fancy organic restaurant, Flower Child and then I was off to the airport.

I always have such a great time being with Kristy and her family. The kiddos love me and probably think of me as some great aunt that comes in to town randomly. Brett is always so good to let Kristy sneak out for some girl time.

I can’t wait till next year and another San Diego adventure!

 

Pine Hollow Snowshoe Trek 2017

A couple years ago I took the big kids on a snowshoe hike up the Pine Hollow trail. I wrote that I would go by myself the next time.

Well this time I brought all the little kids (Claire, Drew, and Ellie) and Manina too. You’d think it would have been a much worse experience, but no — we had a great time!

The hike up was tough, but we went pretty slow and took plenty of breaks. The sun was out and we sure warmed up hiking uphill.

We’ve had a lot of snow this winter, but we didn’t need the snowshoes. The trail was packed down just enough.We hiked (here is the GPS info) further than the original trip with the big kids, making it all the way to Pine Hollow. We rested in the fresh powder and took a few photos.

Then we hopped on the sleds and cruised down the mountain. There were a few close calls, but mostly the packed down trail acts like a groomed toboggan run. It was a riot.

So grateful to live close to the mountains!