Brownie Updates

Brownie Updates
this is the life

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Girls Camp

Girls camp was great. It is always exhausting but it is also really fun. We had a great group of girls. The biggest group of girls we have ever had since I have been in the Bonneville 11 ward. We went to Mia Shalom. The weather was HOT and it was a good week. Our ward focused on Divine Nature and that was really good for me. I have been struggling to do some of the little gospel things everyday. Camp allowed me to remember the importance of daily habits and to really reflect on what I need to change in my life.

A very short nature walk on Wednesday. I was a little disappointed it wasn't a hike.
 The girls were happy it was short.
 We made lunch for the stake on Wednesday.
 These cute girls woke up at 6am with me so we could hike before the day started!!!!!
 I was so happy.

 We plated trees for service.
 These three girls woke up early and hiked with me on Friday.
We hiked almost four miles both days and it felt so good to move our bodies. Camp was a success. It is always stressful beforehand but it was GREAT!!!!

June

School ended but I had to attend district meetings the first Monday and Tuesday of summer. That was rough. I biked both days, which was awesome. I had to wake up early but it was a 18-19 mile, one way bike ride each day. Biking was exhausting but it meant that when I got home I had biked 36-38 miles. That felt great. It was so HOT on the way home both days. The first week of summer I biked 180 something miles and did lots of preparation for girls camp. It was an active and productive week. Sam and Amanda came down on the weekend to hang out and we played with my paddle boards.

 Andrew was hilarious to watch!!! he played in the water the entire time we were there. He loved the paddle boards. Seriously so fun.


Poor Andrew and Emerson got hand, foot, and mouth disease. I had never seen it before and it looked terrible. They have pretty much been locked up for two weeks because of it. Such a bummer. I can't wait for their quarantine to be over.

The week I went to camp I biked 63 on Monday and Tuesday combined. I am really trying to get in lots of miles this summer. The past two summers I have not bikes as much and this year I want to make up for it.

Since camp I have been busy biking and hiking. today I rested from physical activity and cleaned my house all day. Like really cleaned most of the day. I took everything out of the bathroom, went through it all, and then changed the decor. In August I will have lived in my house 10 years and I was ready for a change in the bathroom. I am happy with it.
 I also tackled the backyard. it needed to be weeded. I also added sand to the sand box and added some more white rocks.
 It is ready for visitors!
This week I also had collaboration two days at Lakeridge. I have found ways to keep myself busy. I am enjoying being able to have my own schedule and I love not waking up to an alarm.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Summer is Here

We had to work after Memorial Day, which is always very hard. We had to work Tuesday - Thursday. They were all just end of the school year days. I went to Lagoon again and had an awesome time. I love the people I work with.
 Wednesday night my mom and Grandma Brown flew in for a visit. It was a jam packed weekend of family, games and snuggling Audrey.
 I took three pictures the entire weekend. Very lame! We had fun though. Andrew and Emerson stayed the night and we played hard all day Saturday.
Thursday we hung out at Dan's, Friday and Saturday we did my house and the Sunday was back at Dans. It is always exhausting and fun getting together with family. I am so glad my mom and grandma could come. It was really nice to visit with them. That was my summer kick off.

I had to work June 4th and 5th. That was a little rough. We had district collaboration. Yesterday was my first full day of summer. It started off great. I am hoping to sneak in lots of biking and a few hiking adventures this year.

Memorial Day Weekend

For Memorial Day weekend Hannah, her husband Miguel, and I went to Escalante. It is a small town in south east Utah. There is lots of outdoor activities to do. It is also very dog friendly, which is what I needed. Oh yeah, Moki came too!!!! It was a pretty exhausting weekend but really really fun.

We left Friday after work. Of course everyone in Utah was trying to leave on vacation so there was a lot of traffic in Utah county. We didn't get to Escalante until dark. We got to our campground and someone was setting up camp in our campground.....WHAT???? So annoying. We had to give them the boot, which was just awkward. Then we set up camp and slept.


Lower Calf Creek Falls is the hike that made me want to go to Escalante. I have seen lots of pictures and it didn't dissapoint. It was a six mile round trip hike to the waterfall. We should have started earlier because it was HOT! But we had a good time.

After the hike we got lunch and then headed to the lake. We spent the rest of the day hammocking and paddle boarding on the lake.

Sunday we got up and went to church. It was a fun Sacrament meeting because all the young men were speaking. They all spoke on the Priesthood. They did a great job and it was fun to hear their country accents.

After church we headed back to the reservoir for a day on the lake. We played on the paddle boards and relaxed for most of the afternoon.

Trying to master the art of pumping up the paddle boards. NOT EASY!
 Getting the go pro ready to use.
The go pro can actually sit on the paddle board while you use it. So cool.
It was a beautiful day.
 I tried to get Moki comfortable on the paddle board. Not sure that it worked.


 After we had played in the water through the heat of the day we cleaned up and headed to hike to Natural Bridge. This was a very easy and fun 4mile out and back hike. We hiked on the trail to the bridge and then hiked back in the river.




The Natural Bridge!!!
It really was a gorgeous evening and a very fun little hike.




We all enjoyed this hike, especially Moki!

After we finished hiking we headed back to Escalante to find food. If you ever go to Escalante my advice is to remember that it is a small town and everything closes early. Like by 9pm. It is still light so you are out hiking and having fun but you will miss dinner!!!!!! There also aren't very many food options.

Monday we woke up, cleaned up, and headed home. I was EXHAUSTED when I got home. It was such a fun little trip. Also important to note: Escalante is worse than the beach with all the sand. We had sand everywhere..

It was a fun Memorial Day weekend and always fun to explore a new place!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Moab

Amber and I decided we needed a weekend away. We debated for awhile on where to go. In the end Moab was a great option for us. I could bring Moki. It is close to home. It has endless hiking trails. We left Friday after work and got home in time for 1pm church on Sunday. It was a very quick but awesome trip.

We started Saturday morning on the Moab Rim Trail. This is an out and back that can be as long or as short as you want it to be. It's pretty steep to get to the rim, which is at 1 mile in. We felt like it was similar to hiking the way. The trial is called the stairmaster! It was a beautiful morning. On the way up you are hiking up above the Colorado River and then when you get to the rim you can look over the red rock into Moab. We hiked almost 2.5 miles total. We just got to the top and came back because we had so much we wanted to see.
 Moki was very happy! Looking down on the river.
 After this hike we decided to go check out Mill Creek Falls. A man made waterfall outside of Moab. This was a very easy 1 mile round trip hike that ended at the falls. Moki was stoked to get wet.
 It was a pretty warm day and the water was nice.

After the falls we stopped in town and had lunch. Then we headed to Negro Bill Canyon. This is a 4.5 mile hike to Morning Glory Bridge (an arch), which according to the internet is 243 ft long and the sixth largest natural rock span in the United States.
 We loved that you followed the river the entire hike. It was shady so it was a little bit cooler. It was dog friendly. This would be an awesome hike for kids.
 After the canyon we needed some ice cream and a nap. We got both of those things. We arrived back to camp to this hilarious sight. It was soooo windy in Moab. My tent had collapsed and Amber's tent had lost the rain fly. It was pretty funny.
 Once we took care of the tents it was nap time. Moki crashed hard. She was worn out.
After we rested and it cooled down we headed to Corona arch. I love this hike. It is easy but beautiful and dog friendly.
 There were not very many people on the trail in the evening. That was really nice.
 This time I decided to climb up to the top of the arch. They used to have cables to help you do that but they took them down after someone died swinging off of the arch. It was fun to go to the top. The arch is 140 ft wide and 105 ft tall.
Moki did not follow me to the top. That was good it was too steep for her. She was going crazy down below while I checked out the arch. I finally came down because I was really worried she was about to climb up. Crazy dog!
 We were there while the sun was starting to set and experienced some great lighting.
 It really is a beautiful place.
 The sun was setting when we got back to the parking lot.
 Such a beautiful evening!
 We got back to camp and it was DARK. We were worn out. We cleaned up and went to bed. Sunday morning we picked up camp and then headed home so we could get to church. It was a great weekend trip.





Girls Camp

Girls camp was great. It is always exhausting but it is also really fun. We had a great group of girls. The biggest group of girls we have e...