Saturday, November 14, 2009

Rock Climbing!

We love rock climbing! We go with my cousin Ryan sometimes up to Camelback and climb the Monk, and it's awesome. It's kindof a scary climb, though, because you have to climb a little area to get UP to the rock that you climb, so when you're climbing up the Monk it feels like you're 200 feet up instead of just 100 because it's already on top of the mountain.

This is my nervous smile. Climbing and I have a love-hate relationship because I'm so afraid of heights :) I got 3/4 of the way up, and i heard some squeaking and all of a sudden TONS of bats flew out from a crack that was like 1 1/2 feet away from me. I'm not scared of bats, but i was so high up and nervous anyway that i kinda freaked out!

I think Camelback is the prettiest place in Phoenix. Love this view!
Jardan's lead climbing. He climbs up the rock to attach the rope to the top for the rest of us. There's hooks along the way that he hooks the rope into, but if he falls he'd fall like 15 feet before one of them would catch him. He's never fallen, though, but I hate watching this part!
Ryan working the ropes. He never smiles in pictures, so I was SUPER happy to get this one.

Hooray! Can't wait for all my siblings to come out so we can all go together!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Birthday and Halloween!!

This year Eve was LION for Halloween. She thoroughly enjoyed roaring at people and scaring Nana. And...I made her costume!! I couldn't have done it without Mom, who patiently guided me during the week-long process. I am ridiculously proud of myself. It turned out super cute, and fit her very well. Anja gave her this "spider bucket" for her birthday, which was fantastic and SO cute! Eve loves it.
The lion and the cowboy. Love the mustache.
This was on Eve's birthday. THREE!
We did a birthday party for her this year with a bunch of her friends! It was SO fun! We put together a treasure hunt (see above treasure chest, compliments of Dad), and at the end we had Zane hide in the trailer with the treasure, so when they opened the door to get the chest he screamed and jumped out. Unfortunately, he knocked Eve on the head as he jumped/screamed, so she started bawling, which produced a chain reaction and ended with a gaggle of sobbing kids. Too funny, but kindof sad.
Zane in Eve's new princess get-up.
Eve in her princess get-up. With a super-sweet dog that walks and barks! (in our defense, she was NOT a "birthday princess," she thinks a princess is a magical person, like a witch, but good. She doesn't think a princess is a "look at me, I'm the most important person in the world" type of person.)
We had the kids decorate giant cupcakes, but I think they liked the sprinkles more than the cake. We caught Eve and her friend eating handfulls of sprinkles and drinking them right out of the bottle. But it was funny, and it was her birthday, so we didn't say anything.

Happy third birthday, Evie! (or is that spelled Evey? I don't know. But she calls herself Eve-ee).