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Having recently noticed a running theme in Blogland about “living life to the fullest” and “seizing the moment” and “not missing opportunities” and “being grateful for life” I have decided to pay more attention and see if I am living this running “theme.”  Using our recent trip to my parents cabin over the 4th of July weekend, I am going to chronicle our seized opportunities.  

*The trip itself was a seized opportunity.  Hub took Juju to California for their one-on-one trip and Shroom is off working on a ranch for a little while, so it was going to just be me and my four kids at home for the weekend.  My parents were going to their cabin, so we decided to join them.  We were also joined by one of my brothers and his girlfriend, and a niece and nephew. 

*While at the cabin my daughters decided to seize an opportunity and do my hair by styling it with whatever items they could find in the junk drawer.  They were quite proud of my new ‘do. 

Maybe it will catch on!

*There was the opportunity for the kids to pet a stray horse that my dad saw wandering around. 

 

*My niece seized the opportunity to ride the horse back to the owner’s place when he came looking for his horse.  And some of us seized the opportunity to follow along. 

 

*The owner was grateful that we’d found his horse and offered rides on “The Orbiter” that he has constructed for his grandkids. 

 

 

*The owner invited me to try The Orbiter with him.  In the spirit of adventure I decided to give it a try. 

 

He was used to making the thing go…and go…and go.  And he did it fast!  The kids got a kick out of my shrieks, and I’m sure my face looked funny too.  I was relieved when we finally stopped.  But then the owner said we had to “rewind” and he spun us in the opposite direction. 

 

Boy was I glad when he asked if I’d had enough and I could say scream “Yes!”  

I can say that I am glad that I took the opportunity to try The Orbiter.  The kids enjoyed seeing me give it a try.  But, I can also say wholeheartedly, “Been there, done that!”  No need to do it again!   I’m getting too old for such spinny things! 

*Some of the kids took the opportunity to try the swings on the horse owner’s property. 

 

*One morning Huh and her boyfriend, Plumber, suggested we go for a picnic at one of the numerous lakes in the area.  As we all discussed it, we decided that the lakes would be too crowded because of the holiday weekend.  So, instead, we decided to take an atv ride to the Bear River for a picnic.  

Max sitting in the side-by-side ready to go on a picnic!

Walking to our picnic spot.

We all got a good laugh when my mom discovered that her sandwich had no meat, just lettuce and cheese. 

Yum?

*Of course all of the kids seized the opportunity to wade in the river after eating. 

Huh and Mack in the river.

The more cautious kids stay near the bank.

We got another chance to laugh at Mack’s reaction when her flip-flop washed down the river.  Lost forever.  

 

 

*There were plenty of opportunities to take pics of thieving squirrels raiding the birdfeeders. 

 

 

Contemplating stealing birdseed.

*We took the opportunity to play games together and visit.  The kids explored the area.  We snacked.  And we relaxed. 

So, yes, I believe our weekend followed the blogland theme of seizing the moment and enjoying life and being grateful for the simple things. 

One of my favorite activities at the cabin?  Enjoying the sunset… 

Our youth conference was a great success!  Unity was built, life lessons were applied, feelings and testimony were shared, encouragement was given, and everyone had fun!

Activities included team building challenges, a ropes course, individual challenges, a dance, and games.

There was humor, food, and other youth groups.  Everything a good youth conference needs!

Allowing for anonymity…here are a few images from our youth conference:

Three-way volleyball

Heading to the challenge course

"Crossing the wires"

The "flying squirrel"

He made it!

Flag tag

Ultimate scoop ball

SPRAY crab soccer

Giant Twister

Sharks and lifeguards

Trying to get warm...

...the "cinnamon roll hug" works better!

One more game before other youth groups show up

33 youth, 10 adult leaders, and one conference host had a blast for three days!

I was happy to be there with Mack and Hoob.  It would have been nice to have Juju and Shroom there too, but their mother sent them to Europe instead.  They are apparently having fun.  Shroom sent Hub an email this morning telling how he and a friend tried using French “pick-up lines” on French women in France.  It didn’t work for them, though, because they were reading the lines from a book.  Ah, the antics of 16-year-olds!

Time to get ready for the next “event” of our summer…

So why haven’t I posted on my regular schedule?  Because we have been doing the “Adventure Thing.”   Here are some pics to tell the story:

Kids climbing rocks

Yup, we are in Moab.  Yesterday we rented atv’s for an all day trail ride.

Hittin' the trail!

After riding all morning we stopped at Catacomb Rock for a picnic lunch.

View of picnic from inside Catacomb Rock

We explored Catacomb Rock and discovered that someone was using it as a campsite.

Tent inside Catacomb Rock

We rode to the Chicken Corners area and enjoyed the view.

Bein' brave looking at the Colorado River below.

Son on the edge.

Hub and Huh decided to walk the rest of the trail to see where it ended up.  The rest of us didn’t dare…

Huh and Hub walking the trail (Hub near the point)

Close up of Huh and Hub on the trail.

Today our adventure continues with hiking in Arches National Park, sledding on a sand hill, and checking out a swimming hole we’ve never visited.  

Got Adventure?

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Last month I did “A Week of Mornings” by posting one photo a day for a week.  Each picture was taken sometime during the morning.  For November I am going to do “A Week of Afternoons” and post pictures taken during the afternoon.  I love this time of year and the photo ops are plentiful.  In fact, I love the fall colors so much, I think I will post two photos a day instead of one. 

I urge you to notice the beauty around you, even in the smallest details.  It is a glorious world we live in, and we have a lot to be thankful for.

Enjoy your week!

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“I’ve lived in this state for all of my 65 years, and I can’t believe I never came here before this.”

So said my dad while experiencing Moab this past weekend for the first time ever.  Hub and I took my parents on some ATV trails and hiking in Arches National Park.  They wished we were staying longer than just a weekend.

Here are a few images from our Moab excursion over Halloween weekend:

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Colorado River

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Hub walking out for a "Photo Op."

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Dad taking a picture of Delicate Arch

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Hiking back down after seeing Delicate Arch.

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Moonrise

Isn’t it amazing how we sometimes don’t appreciate what is in our own backyard?

 

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