Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Boy, That Sure is a lot of Pictures

Finally, something blog-worthy. (As I said, I needed to get away!)

We took a long Easter weekend and headed over to Denver with our friend Brad. Brent and Brad went to the NCAA Basketball Tournament and I hung out with Julie, Jared, Katie and our newest nephew Cayden. I think everyone had a great time.

Here are a bunch of pictures of the 4 days.
Here we are (Katie, Jared, Me and Julie in the front) at Jared's school. (I'm sorry Jared, I can't remember the name of it...something about Rocky Mountains??) Jared is almost ready to graduate with a degree in animation. It was fun to see where he spends most of his time. And to have an opportunity to see what he's done. You're amazing Jared! I was very impressed.

This is our newest little nephew, Cayden. He's three months old and I just met him. The first day we met, he wasn't too sure about me. I'm pretty sure it was my hair. My hair HATES THE DRY WEATHER and WIND that it had that day, so it looked a little big. After I got my hair under control, me and Cayden got along just great! (He does smile a lot, but my camera has a stupid red light that goes off before it flashes and babies always look like this!)

On Friday, when there weren't any basketball games in Denver (there were games on tv, so we were lucky to get Brent out), we went down to "The Springs" (what Colorado-ites call Colorado Springs) and went to the Garden of the Gods. It's a great park with hiking and beautiful red rocks. And the day was GORGEOUS! Not a cloud in the sky!

This is the first view of Garden of the Gods that you see. Isn't it gorgeous? The snowcapped mountain in the background is Pike's Peak. Did you know that Pike's Peak is the most visited mountain in North America and the 2nd most visited mountain in the world? What's the first, you ask? Mt Fuji in Japan. Isn't it amazing what stays in my mind. The name of Jared's school - gone, the most visited mountain in the world - there it is!

If you ever find yourself in "the Springs", you really should stop by the Garden of the Gods. It's free!

It was a gorgeous day, but the wind was blowing. Julie was cold. I cropped this picture the way I did so you could notice the girl behind Julie with crops on. I think she even had flip-flops on. At least Julie had enough clothes on to be warm!

Here we all are in a scrunch picture - my favorite. (Brad, Julie, Brent, me)

Since both Julie and Brent are graduates of Tooele HS, go White Buffaloes, they felt they needed a picture on the bison. Julie said that it wasn't too comfortable. Well, yeah, it is made of metal. :)
Then we went to Cave of the Winds (also in the Springs) where we had to climb down this ladder to see the inside of the cave. Ok, that's just a joke. There are stairs now, but this is how people used to have to get in. I don't think I would care that much, what do you think?
Another picture from the Cave of the Winds. When you open my camera, it chirps like a bird - an annoying setting that Brent keeps turning back on. Anway, when we were in the cave, I opened my camera and this mom said to her daughter, "Did you hear the bat?" Ok, I was embarrassed, but seriously Lady. That's not what bats sound like!
Julie had a great time riding this bear. When Kyle saw the picture of Brent on the same bear, he said that the bear was naughty because he was growling. Silly naughty bear!

And finally, here's me in front of the Denver Temple. I don't know if I've ever seen the Denver Temple, but it was beautiful! After we took this picture, we went running back to the car - it was snowing and windy and really cold. But we did see the temple!

I just wanted to say thank you to Julie for keeping me company. I hope you like the outfit you got and I also hope you will eventually like your phone - I still want one. Thank you so much to Auntie Annie and Uncle Steve for letting us stay with them. They were so nice to deal with our late nights and early mornings. Thanks to Jared and Katie for dinner on Friday. It was great! Thanks to Jared for taking time out of his busy schedule to spend some time with us! Thank you to Cayden for finally deciding that Auntie Ashley wasn't so bad - once I got my hair under control. And thank you to the NCAA Basketball Tournament for giving Brent an excuse to go to Denver!

Anyone want to go to Portland next March??


Mom said...

Welcome back...I've missed your blogs!! It sounds like you had a really fun time in Colorado - that is great!! Cute Cayden!

Love ya!

Roy said...

Ashley! It's good to see you writing again. Angel and I lived in Denver a few years back and had a wonderful time seeing all the sights you just posted. We absolutely loved it there -- the Garden of the Gods is absolutely beautiful. Anyway, have a good one!

Jess said...

Hooray Ashley is back in action. Love all the scrunch pictures! Those are my favorite! I'm glad that you guys had such a great time. I can't wait to see you in July, but will you please make sure you have that hair under control :)

Love ya!

Jen said...

Looks like a great trip!! Wish that we could all be together more often.
Glad you're back to blogging...we love to hear from you...guess I need to get on the ball too huh?!

Katie & Jared said...

Thanks for getting your hair under control. I would have felt bad if Cayden never warmed up to you. It was so fun having you here. WE can't wait to see you guys again.
P.S. Jared's school's name is Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design.

Julie said...

I'm so happy that you had a good time. I enjoyed hanging with you Ashley! I love the picture of me at Garden of the Gods... seriously it was cold and that lady... what was she thinking? Too funny!