Friday, May 25, 2012

6 Years of Wedded Bliss

I'm posting this a little early since we will be out of town on our actual anniversary.

It's so weird to say out loud that we have been married for 6 years.  I honestly feel like May 27, 2006 was just yesterday.  I can still remember every detail about that day.  The past 6 years have brought so much joy, adventure, blessings and hardships, and I wouldn't have wanted to experience any of that with anyone else but Ryan.

The past few years on our anniversary I have created a little video montage of pictures from the past year.  So without further adieu here is the video of pictures from this past year.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Sedona, Arizona Part 2

Ok, so I left off when we were eating at the Mesa Grill for breakfast.  After getting our fill of food we decided to explore another trail that no one had been on before.  We thought the title of this hike "Devil's Bridge" sounded like an interesting one.  So we went for it.

At the beginning of our hike we saw the rock formation called Balancing Rock.  Clever.

Amy leading the way through the rocky, ankle twisting trail.

There were some gorgeous cacti that were in bloom along the path.  I had to include this picture because Ryan bent down to check them out and totally got needles stuck in his forehead.  Don't ask me how he did that!

On this hike we saw a lot of trail markers (Cairns).  I'm guessing because this trail could be pretty easy to stray from since it was such a rocky terrain.

Almost to our destination but stopped at a rock landing to take some pictures (of course!).

Chuck & Chelsea

Mark & Brittney

Amy & Clint

We finally made it to the Devil's Bridge and of course Ryan was the first one to run out on the narrow rock!

It really was pretty freaky to walk out there but so worth it.

I laughed so hard when I saw Amy crab crawling to the center of the bridge to get her picture taken. I call this her sexy pose.  :) She was so scared!

This one of Mark & Brittney was great too.

The scenery was absolutely breath taking.

One last shot so you can see how far of a drop it was!

After climbing all the way up there we now faced the challenge of climbing back down.  I always think that is the hardest part.

It definitely got pretty steep.

Chuck, Chelsea, Clint, Amy, Brittney, Mark, Ryan & Me
This is one of my favorite pictures of the whole group.

This is Amy being conscientious of the signs.  Ha!

After our hike in the morning and a quick bit to eat for lunch, we had a fun little excursion planned for the afternoon.
A Pink Jeep Tour of Broken Arrow!!

All the girls were in one jeep and the boys in the another.  There was too many of us to fit in one.

All the boys (and a random couple) on the way to the jeep trail.  Love that pink!

It was nice that we were able to stop and hop out a few times for photo opportunities.

This cracked me up because our tour guide thought of this one and had all the couples do it.  It turned out pretty good.

Do you see that white line going across the red rock?  Apparently, mountain bikers will bike across that!!  If they were to lose their balance they would definitely not make it...  So freaky!  Just google "Sedona, Arizona riding the white line" for videos of it.

Oh Ryan.

Of course

Another great group shot.

I had to show you guys this picture of the boy's tour guide.  He was showing us how to pose to look like we were falling off the rock.  We died laughing.

Here's Ryan's version only is was of climbing up the rock.

I took a quick video of us in the jeep riding around.  This definitely does not give it justice of how bumpy the ride was.  We were flying all over that jeep.  Thank goodness we were buckled in!  It was so crazy some of the things we drove over.

Here is the boy's jeep at around a 45 degree angle.  This felt like we were going to fall right out of that jeep.  I can best describe it as it being similar to a roller coaster.  It was a blast!

Here's what they call the stair case.  All the girls were screaming because the jeep kept slipping on the sand down to the next rock.  It was awesome!  :)

It was definitely an experience of a life time and we recommend that tour to anyone if you are ever in the area.

This trip went by so fast but we packed it full of fun activities and delicious foods.  We are already talking about what we want to do next time we go back.  I LOVE Sedona!  But the friends are what makes it so special.  Thanks again Mark & Brittney for inviting us along!!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Sedona, Arizona Part 1

If our life wasn't already crazy enough right now, we went on another mini vacation for a few days with some good friends.  Mark & Brittney invited us back to Brittney's Aunt's vacation home in Sedona and there was no way we would miss out on all the fun.  :)  We had already planned this way before we ever knew we were moving so we made it work.

We went to Sedona, Arizona about 2 years ago with a lot of the same people but also a few new friends joined the trip as well.  I talked about that vacation here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.  The first two links will show you the gorgeous home that we stayed in.

The day we got there we headed straight for town to check out the scenery and shops.

Last time we were in town Brittney and I stopped to take pictures with the Javelina statues that were everywhere.  So we had to keep up the tradition!
Brittney circa 2010
Brittney circa 2012
She even kissed the same statue in the same body position!

Me circa 2010

Me circa 2012
I kissed the same statue too but they moved the location of it!  I laughed when I realized I'm in the same position too down to even holding something in my hand.  So funny!

Our first dinner there we had to hit up our favorite pizza place.  This has got to be the most classic picture of my husband.  He has to have pizza at least once a week if not more so this picture could not be more perfect.

The whole gang.
(Left to Right)
Me, Ryan, Chuck, Chelsea, Brittney, Mark, Clint & Amy

This picture is too funny because we were all laughing at the waitress.  She was just snapping away!  I have all kinds of random pictures from her that she took of the wall and back of our heads.  Ha!

(Mark & Ryan)
The next day our first priority was to hit the hiking trails.  Since is was Chuck, Clint and Amy's first time being in Sedona we wanted to show them our favorite trail.

Clint & Chuck's walking sticks.  That was a tradition started from our last time we were here.

This hike had a good view of the red rock called the Mitten.  Can you see it?

I thought this was a neat shot of a helicopter.  We kept seeing them over head.  This would be a beautiful place to take a helicopter ride to see the views.

Amy leading the way on our hike.

Mark & Brittney
Stopping to rest and take pictures.

Brittney was our little tour guide tellings us all about our surrounds from her book.  That was really nice to have!

We had these little guys following us up the trail.  We started calling him Herewego like from that commercial.

Those walking sticks really came in handy because all the loose rocks were definitely hazardous for your ankles!

Taking another break to enjoy the view.

I'm not good at taking pictures by myself.  Ha!

Chelsea & Chuck

Have you ever heard of Geocaching?  I hadn't until Clint & Amy introduced us to it.  People hide what they call a Geocache anywhere in the world and just leave the coordinance of where it is located.  So with your GPS devise (or iphone in our case) you walk to the coordinance and try to find the hidden object.  It can be a box or any small container.  Inside is a log that people can sign and then return it to where they found it.  So we decided we wanted to try and hunt one down out where we were.  And this was where the GPS took us!

Clint some how found this tiny little thing hidden under a rock!!

A little ironic that it the label read National Life Insurance since it was so close to the edge.  Ha!

Me with the Geocache.

Then we made it to our final destination of the hike.

It has the most gorgeous views!

On top of that mesa is where the airport is located and where we went to eat breakfast the next day.

I think we could live here.

Ryan scared me half to death with how close he would get to the edge!!

This one just cracks me up because he wasn't even trying to match his foot up with the rock in the background.

A quick pic before dinner from our balconey after getting all cleaned up from our hike.

The next morning we woke up early (still on central time) so we decided to eat breakfast at the Mesa Grill located at the small airport on top of the mesa I had pictured earlier in this post.

Love you Chelsea!

I loved the inside of the restaurant.  It was just wall to wall windows so you could watch the airplanes take off while you ate.

I laughed when I saw this photo because I had no idea that Ryan was taking it.

Ryan went outside to take a couple pictures.  He of course had to get one with our brand in it.  :)

We got to see some really neat aircrafts take off from this airport like a Red Baron and these two Apache Helicopters.

More to come this week!