Sep 28, 2010


Munchies just learned to clap. She seems proud of her new skillz.

Sep 25, 2010


I've been just terrible at posting lately. I was out of town for a week and just got back. I've got a friend in town now for the next couple of days too. I do have a lot of things to post about when I get a chance. I have to say, being home is awesome. Traveling with a baby is hard work, even though she did great.

In the next week or so you can expect to hear about remodeling gone wrong, hot lips on a man and my discussion with Tim about it, a 30 minute stretch of bliss on a beach (wait, that came out wrong... it's not sexual in nature, I assure you), 8 plane landings and take offs, 2 rental cars, 8 hours of driving, poor itinerary decisions, awesome grandparents, sickness, and... well, if that's not enough of a teaser for you then I just don't know what is.

Sep 15, 2010


Laura and I have been having a debate. We need outsider help to decide who is correct in this matter. Whose got the hottest body?* Or, if you are a woman and prefer not to think about women being hot, we can word it like this: if you had to trade bodies with one of these women below, who would it be? You must tell us! (Also, Tim just outed me as far as which side I'm on in the comments, so you have to make up your mind before you look at the comments. No cheating.)

You've got Jennifer:

 Or Julie:

Jennifer's abs:

Julie's abs:

Jennifer's booty:

Strangely in nearly an identical outfit, Julie's booty:
* Listen, sometimes when you hike 5 hours per week with someone, you simply run out of intelligent conversation fodder.

Sep 12, 2010

Lake Solitude

The I key on the keyboard has taken a turn for the worst. I have to whack really hard on the keyboard to get it to go. So, I'm thnkng t's easer not to use t for now. Now hopefully the rest of ths post wll make sense.

You can get to t from the Brghton parkng lot, or you can start n the Soltude parkng lot. We started n the soltude parkng lot. The hke s mostly on ski (hey now t's workng! Oh... no t's not... false alarm) runs. There sn't much shade, t was a cool day so that was deal though. t's about 1,000 feet elevaton gan and 1.5 miles each way. I forgot the gps watch, as usual. The lake sn't very bg, but the surroundngs are very pretty and overall a nce hke. Here's the vew from near the lake.

Sep 10, 2010

Prince of Whales Mine

Tim and I hiked up Grizzly Gulch to Prince of Whales Mine. The views are stunning starting just a half mile up the trail. There were wildflowers out too.

Most of the way up I kept looking back at the view and marveling over how pretty it was. Once you reach the destination, a mine in a pass, the views are even more gorgeous.

Here I am on my noble steed.


I love the juxtaposition of the old rusted mining equipment in the middle of the mountains. Munchies enjoyed herself as usual. She just loves bouncing around in the pack looking out at all of the new sights.

There were some interesting people on the trail. A man was wearing some socks that were pretty crazy. They were about an inch thick and folded over below the knee to provide more shnazzy thickness. It was about 85 degrees out, so I can only assume the fashion statement was worth it to him. Then there was the couple who managed to escape the gym long enough for a hike. They were a deep orangy bronze, scantily clad, and highly muscled. The woman had some of the largest breasts we've seen in person. They were impressive nearly head sized tangerine globes, more than half of which her sports bra was unable to cover as they rose to meet her chin. She wore shorts that were unable to cover her butt cheeks. Her man was wearing fashionable black shorts only. We estimate he was about 300 pounds and 6 feet tall, mostly made of muscle, but a belly had crept up on him. We stumbled upon them after taking a wrong turn and were glad we missed the part where they must have been making tender love in the bushes. There wouldn't be much other reason to be hanging out where they were. When we were on our way down they labored up the hill to pass us, struggling to lug all of their extra muscle up the mountain. Munchies shrieked loudly in excitement when she saw them. Apparently she's got an affinity for body builders.

Impressive view of Mount Raymond (we think?)

Sep 8, 2010

Moving out already

Munchies has just now moved out of my bedroom into her own. I should have moved her long ago, but I loved having her next to me. Her sleep started to get weird though, and I finally decided I better put her in her own room and see if that helped. It's too early to say for sure, but so far it seems to be an improvement. Lately when I put her in her room for naps, she flips onto her side right away and falls asleep quickly. In my room her cosleeper was too small for her to roll to her side. Every night at about 4 am she would wake and cry loudly until I finally gave in and fed her. In her own room, at about 4 am, she flipped onto her side and slept right through until 7:30. Hopefully, this is going to happen from now on.

It's weird not having her in my room anymore. I woke up several times and was really confused when I realized she wasn't in the room. Fortunately, I've got a video monitor so I was able to just check that and see that she was doing well. I am glad if I get up in the night it won't wake her anymore. We can watch TV right before bed without having the volume almost off and reading captions. It's nice in a lot of ways. But, I miss having her in my room.

Sep 6, 2010

9 Months

She's starting to make the bunny seem small. Here's a comparison picture for you of her at about 1 week old with her bunny. They were close to the same size.

This month Munchies got two bottom teeth. Right as they were breaking through she had a few nights where sleeping was pretty tough for all of us. She's been having some sleep issues in general for a little while, but this was the worst it's been. It's since gotten quite a bit better. I did some sleep training and it's improved a lot without yet having to resort to letting her just cry it out. The teeth coming in has caused some problems in the nursing area. Probably that should be it's own post, but I'm sure you can imagine. 

She sat up on her own from being on her tummy. She opens and closes her books and her baby laptop. She absolutely loves pulling a towel off of her face or mine. She reaches up and delicately gets a firm grip on the towel, then yanks it off suddenly. Then she'll grin and giggle. She loves sitting in the grocery cart.


She's always up for at least an hour of grocery shopping. She can fully support her weight on her legs, but needs help with her balance. She can stand up for quite awhile using my fingers or the edge of her crib.

The crib has now been lowered for when she figures out how to sit up on her own regularly and pulls herself up on the edge. She will pull herself to standing when she gets the chance. She is very close to crawling. She loves listening to music. She starts bouncing up and down when she hears a tune she fancies. She's able to grab things more precisely. She used to reach toward things with her whole hand, now she reaches toward things with just her pointer finger, creation style. It makes me laugh.

Her napping has gotten really regular after being erratic up until now. She naps twice a day, sometimes for as little as half an hour, up to two hours. Usually it adds up to around 2-3 hours.

She loves sitting in her daddy's lap while he plays guitar. She will sit there for close to an hour, just listening to the music and touching the strings.

I know everyone says it, but I can't believe 9 months can go by so quickly. We're thinking we'd like about a 2 year gap between kids, which means I would need to be pregnant 6 months from now. Gee whilickers. That seems so soon. We'll see how gung ho we feel about it when the time comes I suppose.

Sep 5, 2010

Beartrap Fork

My parents were in town and we all went hiking up Beartrap Fork to Desolation Lake. Gps data here.

Round Trip Distance: 4.5 miles
Starting/Ending Elevation:7554/9813
Round Trip Time: 3 hours 34 minutes (including at least 30 minutes of breaks)
Shade: It was cloudy, so hard to say. 50%?
Baby Carrying Comfort: 2300 feet elevation gain in just over 2 miles, many steep areas. I wouldn't have felt comfortable carrying Munchies. I also would probably have passed out. Tim felt fine though.
Overall Difficulty: 65%
Trail Pleasure Scale: 80% This trail is sheltered in a little canyon almost the whole way. You're surrounded by green, and if you went earlier in the year, by wildflowers.
Destination Pleasure Scale: 75% The view of Desolation Lake is stunning.
Best Time of Year: Flowers would probably be out in July.
Dogs Allowed?: No
Canyon Fee: No

A perty aspen grove on the way up.

Here's the view as you're getting close to the top.

On the way down my parents were walking ahead of us, and I looked up to see a moose. It was a cow which made me extra wary. I started yelling, "Stop! Moose! Female! Female moose!" Tim yelled, "Back!" Which is kind of funny because that's the command we give the dogs. Easy to remember I guess. They finally got the memo. They were a little confused because they couldn't see the moose at all from where they were. They came back up the trail and from behind some trees we felt comfortable checking the moose out. It was probably only 30-50 feet away. Turned out this moosie had a calf, so I'm glad we didn't all trample past on the trail which would have taken us only about 10 feet away from the calf. We observed them for awhile, but then the cow started staring us down and flattening her ears.

We bushwhacked around her then giving her lots of space.

I was tired after I got back, and I wasn't even the one carrying Munchies! Quite a steep trek. Lovely though, and somewhere I had never been before. My dad did a fantastic job picking out this hike.

Sep 2, 2010

The Haps and Greens Basin UPDATED

Forgot to add a few pictures.

The last couple of weeks have been busy. My brother came to visit for a week. Here he is looking thoughtful on a walk through the field we frequent with the dogs.

 And here's my dad looking thoughtful, must be genetic.

He and my parents stayed with us for a couple of days, went on a trip with my parents horses, then came to stay with us for another couple of days. It's always a lot of fun hanging out with Eric. We played tennis and bridge. He did about 10 accents on command, quite a talent. He and Tim compared sweet dance moves. We asked him questions such as why do you only see one side of the moon, because he knows the answers to such things. If you're interested, he just posted the reason on his blog.

We went hiking to Greens Basin. This time we didn't see a moose. That didn't mean I didn't worry about seeing one though. I kept hearing noises of something large in the woods around the meadow. Eric and my dad listened.

Eric said he could see a squirrel dropping things making the noises. No one believed him for like 5 minutes. Finally we realized he was correct.

Eric carried Munchies.

It rained and we all got wet except for her. Eric got to know Munchies again, he hadn't seen her since April. She was scared of him at first and would go, "Ahhhhhhhhh!" every time she was near him. It took a little while for her to realize he wasn't scary. She warmed up quickly after that.

The night before he came into town we had taken her to an urgent care place because she was having some worrisome symptoms. They traumatized her by attempting to catheterize her for like 5 minutes. By the time they succeeded she had already peed all over the table. She was screaming the whole time. It was horrible and I still feel like I'm going to throw up just thinking about it. We left and took her to Primary Childrens' The next morning. It took them literally 3 seconds to cath her, I counted. The point is, she had good reason to be wary of strangers after that. There ended up being nothing wrong with her at all. FYI, the Urgent Care center on 1300 east and around 8000 south blows. Never go there.

Other than that, I've still been meeting up with Laura a couple times a week for hikes. I've been reading like a madwoman. Been hooked on reading lately, especially a certain trilogy with I decided just this moment deserves it's own blog post. Trying to teach Munchies to crawl, she's on the verge. Going through some tough sleeping times with her, partly due to teething I think. It's been getting better lately. And those, my friends, are the haps!

Sep 1, 2010

Old Red Pine Road

Here is the gps data. This trails is little written about online. I couldn't find much. It doesn't help that it seems to have multiple names. The sign says Old Pine Road, but online I see it called Old Millcreek Canyon Road too. It continues along the route the canyon road used to take I imagine, but for some reason the road was only paved up to the little water trailhead. It isn't very shady at first, but quickly develops into a gorgeous hike in almost total shade to a very pretty and large meadow. I foolishly didn't take any pictures. I totally forgot. I will have to repeat this one to get some pictures of that meadow. I did this hike with Laura. It seems like it was a couple of weeks ago. Too long to remember what was talked about to include a conversation here. I'm really bad at this conversation thing. I'm going to have to step it up!

Round Trip Distance: 3.09 miles (really a little shorter, but we doubled back at one point and tried a different trail after thinking we had gone the wrong way)
Starting/Ending Elevation: 7613/8485
Round Trip Time: 2.5 hours
Shade: 75%
Baby Carrying Comfort: Good
Overall Difficulty: 50%
Trail Pleasure Scale: 70% Nice and shady.
Destination Pleasure Scale: 70% Gorgeous huge meadow.
Best Time of Year: This is probably easily hikeable with no snow from July 1st when the avalanche gate opens until it closes November 1st.
Dogs Allowed?: Yes. Offleash on odd days.
Canyon Fee: $3
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