Archive for February, 2011

The Yurt – Mission Accomplished

Well, this was our first real family adventure since Samuel joined us and it was a mission accomplished indeed!!! All I can say is, “We Did It!!!!” Some of our friends can appreciate this accomplishment because they have done it before. We’ve both done it twice before as well but I know we were in much better shape those times and somehow one forgets how difficult the endless 4.5 mile climb up Millcreek Canyon is. But oh, what a beautiful feeling it was to struggle up the last hill and see the yurt welcoming us home.
Andres really deserves all the credit since he’s the one who hauled Sammy up in the sled the entire 4.5 mile, 4 hour climb (however, I guess I did haul that little guy around for 9 months, which deserves a little credit too)! When I say up though, I mean uphill practically the entire way. There were a few flat spots and one down hill which is immediately followed by the most grueling uphill. I truly believe the only things that got us up there were sure willpower and prayer. Sammy was quite the little trooper too and enjoyed the new experiences. In the end, we were glad we did it, despite the blisters and sore, aching muscles, bones and body. The beautiful scenery and the amazing 1 hour trip back down the next day made it all worth it and gave us an even greater appreciation for what we had done the day before. Life is an adventure and in the end I had the feeling that it’s good to challenge ourselves and do hard things!
Samuel in his first sleeping bag! Yes, we took him camping.
Samuel’s family. (Andres, Stacee and Samuel)
The Yurt – Our humble abode for one night. There used to be two feet of snow on the roof until we lit the stove.
That’s at least 7 feet on the restroom.
Our view from the door.
Samuel really didn’t hate the sled as much as this picture depicts. Once we were moving he was fine.
Sammy in sled. Nice and cozy.
The horse. Poor Daddy.
Hot mama trying to stay upright.
The trail. Daddy is speedy.
The picture doesn’t do justice to the beauty.

Pilates Baby!

Everytime I would say Sammy’s name he would lift his legs and arms up and balance on his belly. Very impressive! He could be a Pilates for babies instructor.


Last week we took advantage of the nice 40 degree weather and went to the park with Katie, Ayva and Luke. Sammy got to try out the swings for the first time and he loved it! We had a great time with Katie and clan and look forward to a new baby boy cousin in April!




Samuel’s first real friend. You missed it, but he had the bear in a choke-hold later on…true friends.

P.S. Just a little side-note on this bear….it was given to Samuel by his uncle Matt, so it’s quite fitting that he would have it in a choke-hold since Matt is also quite fond of putting people in that very position. -Stacee


I still haven’t been able to teach Samuel how to comb his own hair. When I try it looks the same as when Samuel tries, so I just let Stacee do it.

Samuel Bouncing!

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