Ok folks... here's the video that I promised. Now, let me warn you of its contents. If you have an uneasy stomach, you may not want to watch. I am gutting a fish and something unexpected happens. :) It was SO cool!
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Spencer's family had a family reunion at Fish Lake this past week and we couldn't pass up the opportunity. I missed a day of class and Spencer took four days off of work so that we could make our way to Fish Lake. It was so nice to relax, fish, play games with family and get to know each other a little better. I had been fishing with Spencer, his Dad, Uncles and Grandpa a few times, but I never had a fishing license so I was just a quiet observer. I made sure that I had a fishing license for this trip! For goodness sake... we were going to FISH LAKE!
We went out on the pontoon boat early Wednesday morning but didn't have very much luck catching any fish. I had never caught a fish in my life so I was determined to catch one. We decided to go out again Thursday morning with a different crowd.
Here's our cousin Heidi with her little boy Kase. He has been dreaming about fishing for the past two years and was SO excited to go! His energy on that boat made it so much fun! Kase decided that we were going to catch a fish and sure enough...
...there was a pull on my line!!!!!!!!!!!! A REAL fish! I was so excited, as you can tell. :)
I reeled it in...
...and Kase decided that we needed to keep it! I was secretly wishing that he would say that.
Sydney, Darren's girlfriend had never been fishing either so it was a pretty fun trip for all of us. She was enjoying her time at the back of the boat and sure enough there was a tug on her line just a few minutes after mine!
Her pride and joy :)
Kase wanted in on the action! He started to reel in on everyone's line that had a tug. Spencer had about four or five bites but they always seemed to get lost. The hook must have been dull or something. Kase decided that Spencer's line wasn't as fun as Sydney's or mine, so he moved right along. :)
He helped me reel one in, but there was no fish on the end. He moved over to Sydney and sure enough... he caught a fish!
After catching about five or six fish, we made our way back to the dock so we could go get some breakfast that was waiting for us back at camp. Here's the group!
But before we could go back to camp, we had to gut the fish. Syd and I are prepping for our turn. We got to watch the professional do one first.
Then we both had the chance to gut a fish ourselves. My video won't upload, but don't you worry I got it all on camera! :) And you won't want to miss it! I'll try it on another post.
It was the best fishing trip I've ever been on ;) and we had a great time with the family! I love camping and it was so great to get to know everyone a little better before we move down south.
Posted by Kelsey at 1:12 PM
I have always loved the fourth of July celebrations with the fireworks, BBQ's, time spent with family, etc. But I think from here on out it will take on a new meaning for me. With Spencer joining the Army this past winter, every time I think about anything involving the military it just makes me cry! I have grown such a deep appreciation for the men and women that are all over the world fighting for our country. I really does take a lot of courage to give up your own life for a greater cause. And it also has a tremendous effect on the families of those individuals.
I can't help but think about when Spencer will be deployed in a few years and how difficult it will be without him here. But there are people that do it everyday so it gives me the extra strength to know that when that day comes, I will be able to do it too. Never in a million years did I think I would have a husband that would be in the military, but things happen and I am proud of him for going this route, although it probably scares him to death.
It will be an adventurous experience for us in the next ten years, that's for sure. But as long as we have faith in the Lord and continue to do what he asks of us, we can have peace that everything will work out as planned. Thank goodness we have the gospel.
I know it's late... but happy Independence Day!
Posted by Kelsey at 1:01 PM
Spencer's aunt and uncle, Mary and Bruce, invited us to go to Park City with them last weekend. There's always a party going on with their family and we don't get to see them all too often so we took them up on it. We went up Friday night and stayed the night there and then went on a few adventures the next day at Olympic Park. :)
It started out with a short little show from the skiers that were practicing. Since there is no snow in the summer, they have a few slopes that they can run down and land in the water for a softer landing. It's pretty amazing to see the things that they do knowing that they are going to land pretty hard in that water. I guess if I was more of a water person, I wouldn't think it was so crazy!
Next stop... the ski lift.
We made our way up the lift to get to the very top! It was a beautiful day and we took advantage of it and took a few pics.
And by the very top I mean up by those itty bitty flags at the top of this hill...
Well we did ride the lift for a reason. The X-treme Zip-line baby! It went all the way from the top of the hill back down to the bottom. I love zip-lines! It was the first one that we had been on since our honeymoon and it sure didn't disappoint.
Quicksilver Alpine Slide
Here's most of the group all lined up in a row...
Spencer and I took a little trip to the outlets while the rest of the group stayed to watch a show and we got back just in time to take a picture in the bobsled......
..... But really, we were planning for the real bobsled ride in the next few minutes!!!! Here's Spencer and his cousin Mike getting ready to push the bobsled down the track for the riders in front of us.
Let me just explain. It was THE CRAZIEST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE!!! In the summer time, they use the real Olympic track for the bobsled and visitors can take a ride down the track on a "Summer Bobsled." They add wheels, roll bars, seat belts and extra padding to the summer bobsleds for safety and boy I am so glad that they do. From what I have heard, Park City is the only place, at least in the states, where you can ride the entire track. They have the same kind of thing in Lake Placid, but they only run the bottom half of the track.
I LOVE roller coasters, but this far surpasses anything like that. I honestly can't believe that there are professionals that choose to do this everyday. I have no idea how the driver can see anything because you are going so fast that everything is blurry. I guess they have had a lot of practice. There are no words to explain the speed and force that you are feeling on these things. All I can say is...
It was an awesome experience and I am so glad that we had the opportunity to do it! But I don't think that I would ever do that again. One time is enough for me. ;) Here are the boys pushing the bobsled down the track for a running start.
Posted by Kelsey at 12:21 PM
Well here they are... our closing documents! The docs were officially signed on the 26th of June and we were able to finally close on June 29th! We have a house of our own!!!!
Posted by Kelsey at 12:15 PM