Saturday, January 31, 2015

7.38% in Month #1

Son (Giver #4) Lois Lowery
Pg. 393
The worst of the quartet series of The Giver. In my opinion of course.  Yes it brings everything to a close, but it seemed as if the "bad guy" was finished off too easily and yet there was a lot of extra information in the middle that was not really needed, just repetitive. 

Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin #3) by Robin LaFevers
Pg. 444
Not as good as the first two books in the trilogy, but the longest indeed.  It was a nice little ending to all three story lines, although predictable. It's been a while since I read book one that I found myself wanting to re-read after reading book 3 here.  Guess that's what happens when you have to wait a year in between books.

Red Rising (Red Rising #1) by Pierce Brown
Pg. 382
It's like Ender's Game and Hunger Games combined! Lots of gaming here guys.
I suggest this book be added to your reading lists.

Michael Vey #1-3 by Richard Paul Evens
#1: Pgs. 326
#2: Pgs. 335
#3: Pgs. 336
Kids are electrical.  They get caught.  They escape. Bad guy continues on to catch them again.  They escape again.  Oh oh! Captured again, escaped again.  The first book I really enjoyed enough to go to book 2.  Since book 2 was read, well you know how I can't not finish a series once book 2 is read.  Book 3 got all teenager-y lovey-dovey one me, so hopefully book 4 is more interesting ans switches it up.

2,216 out of 30,000 Total pages
7.38% complete
6 Books Total

Sunday, January 25, 2015

2015: Sequential Dates No More

2014 was a very adventurous year for us.
Activities happened that brought us closer together,
 Strengthened our love for each other,
Strengthened our testimonies,
Unforgettable memories!

With such an amazing year behind us, we can't help but look forward to the year ahead of us.
15 things we're excited about in 2015:

1) Temple every month
2) Idaho Temple trips
3) 15 A.R.K.'s (Evan Almighty reference) 

4) Zions
5) Yellowstone
7) CANADA!!!! ??????
8) Moab/Canyonlands

9) Hike across Utah (the start of)
10) Not die doing homework
11a) Finish the flooring in the front room
12) "Gun Stuff" or "Take over the World" (He hasn't decided yet)

13) Run a Half injury free
14) Read over 30,000 pages
11b) Finishing painting the front room

15) Be as cute as possible!
Yea... that's going to be SO hard for her...

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Peppered Carcinogens: an Arizona Christmas

Humble Juniper Tree captures the Christmas Spirit along I-17, milepost 254.
Did some research on it and no one knows who decorates it.
(not my photo, wasn't really safe to pull over on a busy highway ya know)

Christmas Eve spent at Montezuma National Monument

 Castle Site "A" a 5-story cliff house
 Rachael being the coolest person at the park

*In some of the "storage holes" in the cliff face, bee hives have now claimed the spaces.  You could see the honey on the combs.

The reading of The Nativity resulted in Derek becoming a ninja wise man

Boxing Day was perfect for a mini Temple blitz!
Phoenix: Baptisms 

Gilbert: Initatories

Mesa: Endowment Session

* Yes, you can pick the fruit from the trees on the Temple grounds
*There seemed to be a castle like theme to all of these temples. I loved it!

Minecraft was played.

A Gingerbread "festival" was visited.

A trip to Tuzigoot National Monuement occurred.

 Dennis is indeed in this shot, his new Indiana Jones hat has camouflaged him.
I found very funny.
 Derek survived the end of the trail.

Sedona's Chapel of the Holy Cross was visited.

*We're hiking here next year. It WILL happen.
 *Sedona is "known" for their vortex situation.  The Chapel was built ontop of one too.  There were lots of psychic stores passed on the way to the chapel.  Next year, it'd be interesting to check out one of the "vortex stores" & try to hunt some down while we do some hiking (basically twisted trees). Why? Because it'll be very entertaining!
*Also Sedona is the only place where the McD's has GREEN arches.  Just fyi.

Delicious food was eaten.
Movies watched.
Mallows roasted.
Memories made.

Bonus: found a Chile Ristra for my mom!