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What a Sad Sad Blog and a Summer Update

I looked over the other day to my husband who was on his laptop. I noticed he had Mandagirl opened up and I said “Hey, why are you looking at that!” He easily replied, “Just looking to see if you’ve posted anything new.”

Nope. I haven’t.

In fact, I hear crickets over here.

Chirp, Chirp.

So sad.

In fact, I’ve been thinking of reinventing things over here. Total Overhaul, people! Something new and Jazzy! Yes, I just said Jazzy.

My scrapbook templates are just as sad and tired as this old blog. I love digital scrapbooking and will never quit but I’ve run into a bump or two.  No creativity going on here! Plus I don’t have a photoshop program. I never figured out how to transfer it over to this new computer (some mac vs pc problem). So… I either need to buy a new version or continue to dream about fixing it somehow. Sigh.

So while we dream about me actually scrapbooking…

I’ll entertain you with some favorite photos from our rock’n summer.


Actually, a lot of these are photos that didn’t make the Instagram cut. I worry about posting to much on instagram because I don’t want to Overgram anyone. “Oh my gosh, is she climbing AGAIN!” I don’t want to make anyone sick. I personally know most the people on Instagram so I try to hold back a little. Betcha couldn’t tell. Hah! I don’t want people to think I have some strange outdoor problem. Here I either don’t know you or you are my mom or my sister. You probably already know I have a problem.

Hi Mom. Do you like my lavender plant? It’s taking over my front yard.


Addiction? I might in fact… is it possible to spend too much time outdoors? Hah! No way!! I Need More! More, more, more! There’s nothing wrong with choosing to breathe fresh air instead of going to a movie. Is there?

Mom, our next picnic destination is Silver Lake up by Brighton Ski Resort. Purty, eh? I guess there is always a moose or two munching around.


In the rock climbing department I have been working really hard to improve on harder climbs. I discovered a couple new places near by and have been happy to test some of my skills outdoors instead of in the gym. It’s been really fun.

See… I’m making you sick aren’t I? This is some really cool white limestone and it has fun pockets to jam fingers into. This was my birthday climb. Loved it!


Here is pretty view looking down at Alta Ski Resort from the rock.


Sometimes my kids enjoy exploring the great outdoors with me.


And sometimes they don’t. I think she wants to pinch me with those sticks because I’m taking to long.


Rock Climbing hasn’t made my bottom any smaller so for my cardio workouts I have started mountain biking regularly. No thank you to treadmills.


I got a new bike as my Mothers Day/birthday/Christmas and next Valentines gift. I used to hate going up hill and now I still do but I’m faster than I was. I had no idea that a 15 year old bike would slow me down so much. It’s made riding much more enjoyable.

I heart the trails by my house. They are the perfect morning workout even if my legs feel like jelly for the rest of the day.


I know that I’m super silly… so when I say that I not only wanted to go climbing for my birthday but I also wanted to go for a nice long beautiful bike ride for my birthday, I give you permission to laugh at me (or roll your eyes.) My good friend’s birthday is the day after mine so we always declare a Birthday Ride.

Wasatch Crest, baby, here we come!


When it’s mommy time and I still want to be outdoors we plan little fun picnics by the river and try to convince someone to join us. Wanna come? I know some cool places.

This one didn’t make the Insta cut because I have some salad in between my teeth. Gaafaah.


We occasionally try to hike but it more often than not, it turns into playing by the river. There are a “whole lot a” trails that we’ve only seen the first half mile of.


This next one didn’t make the Instagram cut because Isaac’s arm is growing out of Leah’s side. I still love it though, bare feet and all. Leah was so brave and wanted to cross the log all by herself.


Love this one too. Sam can be a real stinker but makes up for it in cuteness. I’m biased, of course. Note his dirty feet.

Silver Lake

That’s it for now. I will make no promises for my next post.

Memorial Day Weekend -Exploring St George

Hello dear friends. Summer is in full swing and it’s time to play, play, play.


We started off the hot months by heading down south to the hottest part of Utah… St George. My climbing friend and I have been wanted to check this place out for a while we we convinced our family to join us on this wild, fun packed weekend. We had so much fun exploring and learning are way around town. Here are some of the highlights from our trip.

Green Valley Gap.


There is both climbing and mountain biking around Green Valley Gap. We were really just scoping out the area, figuring out where the trailheads and routes were. We ran out of time to really do either but the kids had a lot of fun climbing around on boulders and spotting wild life. We saw a road runner, couple bunnies and lizards. Emma also found a left behind Easter Egg with $5. Score!


Chuckawalla Wall.

Saturday morning my friend and I woke up early to beat the heat and the crowds to the best climbing wall in town. I was super excited because I’d heard so many great things about this place.


It didn’t disappoint. The sandstone pockets were amazing and created the perfect climbing wall. Don’t be fooled though, it was a lot tougher than it looks. The kids joined us later at the crag and spent the rest of the morning hunting lizards.

Snow Canyon.

Next stop was Snow Canyon State Park. We grabbed a map and planned out a little loop hike involving the Lava Tube hike and the Petrified Sand Dunes hike.


The lava tubes turned out to be better than expected. The kids had a great time exploring the dark underworld and luckily I had had enough sense to grabbed some flashlights.


Sam had a major tantrum/freakout under the ground. I’m not sure if he was claustrophobic or just didn’t understand where we were or what we were doing but he screamed the whole time. Not so fun, although he does looked pretty happy in the above picture. It must have been in the beginning before he realized he was trapped.


Walking around the slick rock/petrified dunes was fun. We climbed up to a little look out point that felt airy and exposed. Sam must have wore himself out for all his crying because he’s catching a few zzz’s in this pic.

The wind was rushing past us making it a fun wind dancing sort of place. Don’t wear any skirts here unless you’re under the age of 5.


(I’m sorry if you’re following me on instagram, you’ve already seen a lot of these pics.)

The biggest highlight for the kids (and husband) was spotting two rattle snakes. I know most people would be slightly freaked out but this was a big time moment for my reptile lovers. I made sure to keep my distance.


After our hike everyone was pretty beat and the only thing the kids wanted to do was head back to the hotel for a dip in the pool. Sam tried out his new life jacket. Independence at last. I’m in love.


This cute little boy didn’t realize that it was his birthday. (On second thought, maybe he did and that is why he wanted to try being a Terrible Two by throwing a tantrum in the lava tubes. Hah!.) We celebrated by getting some custard ice cream cones and singing to him. Not very celebratory of us but it worked.


Sunday was low key for us. We went to church with my aunt and uncle who live in St George. The crazy thing was, so did the rest of the town. We walked in the meeting and found the place completely filled up to the back of the cultural hall. Crazy vacationers. The rest of the day was spent visiting with family and checking out the Brigham Young Home.

Monday was our last day so we wanted to cram in the last bit of fun we could get. We took turns mountain biking the Bear Claw Poppy trail (big fun!! but no pictures) and hurried and packed up before check out time.

Kanarraville Falls.

One our way back north we stopped in Kanarraville, Utah to do this hike we’d heard about. Oh my! This place was so cool. It was awesomeness I tell you. It is a river/slot canyon kind of hike and perfect for a hot day and my little hikers.


The only problem was that we weren’t the only one who had this idea.


There is this waterfall that requires climbing up a ladder in order to get past it. There was a bit of a traffic jam and we had to wait in line for our turn.

But it was well worth it.





The highlight and a good stopping point for us was the natural water slide. More big fun! I have a video of it on instagram if you want to see how it worked. Even Sam took a ride down it.


Mojo, Where have you Gone?


I’m really lacking in the creativity department. My scrapbooking mojo is just gone. I left it in bed or maybe left it dangling on the last climbing wall.


Wait. Was it there? Blowing out of my brains, through my hair and down the cliff? I think my writing mojo is gone too.

Cooome baaaaack.

(The depth perception in this next photo is kinda weird. My foot is pushing against the rock, not floating. Can you see my miniscule car down by the road?)


There’s my mojo, blowing down the road. Dunno where it’s going. But it’s gone and here sits a very unmotivated mandagirl. I’d much rather be looking up climbing routes for my next trip. Or how about watching YouTube videos for inspiration.


I had to look up Mojo in the Urban dictionary just to make sure I was using the word right.
:The word originally means a charm or a spell. But now its more commonly said meaning sex appeal or talent.
Not so much the sex appeal but maybe the talent part. How about this definition
:a power that may seem magical and that allows someone to be very effective, successful, etc.
Yes, I want to be effective and successful. Where are you mojo? Heck, I’ll even take the sexy part if I need to. Hah.

I’ve given myself a little kick in the pants to just post a teensy, tiny update for you… Oh wait, I’m already way into it.

I haven’t made anymore progress on the newest vacation template package that I’ve been slaving way working on. In fact, catching up on Once Upon a Time has been my priority and is mainly to blame. Hum, what to do during nap time? Get comfy and watch a show or work on some templates that aren’t coming together? Good question… but I think you know what I picked.

There is also the fact that my 30 day photoshop trial has run out. I really wish my old photoshop version would work on this new computer. Boo. I’m am trying to get away without buying a new one. Do you think a new one will just magically appear on my front door step?

Me either. Might as well just go to the river and throw rocks.


Now that spring is in full swing I find myself wanting to be outdoors more and more. My hopes of getting caught up on scrapbooking during the colds months have been smooshed into the ground. Oh well. There will be more nap times ahead and perhaps I’ll find it there.

A Climbing Trip to Maple Canyon


This week I was able to have a little climbing trip down to my favorite place, Maple Canyon. This canyon is only an hour and half away from me and I hope to frequent this climbing heaven throughout the summer a little bit more.


You see, I have been training very hard this past year. I’ve been going to the climbing gym twice a week. I’ve learned a lot more about technique, how to gain more power and strength and how to save energy in your arms and hands on the hard climbs. I want to try my new skills on the great outdoors. Also a new climbing guide book was published last year for Maple and I finally got my hands on a copy. This book opens up so many wonderful climbing areas within the canyon that I didn’t know about it. Huzzah! Anyone up for a trip?


Monday was the planned day for our little climbing day trip. It rained and poured all weekend and so I was a bit nervous about it working out but the weather app promised it would clear up on time. Monday morning I woke up to wet, wet, wet. But my good climbing friend, Janaan, is just as crazy as me so we threw the kiddos in the car and headed down anyway. The sky did lighten up but there was a very teeny tiny drizzle for most of the morning and the weather stayed a bit chilly. We bundled the kids up and hiked up to the perfect location for a rainy day. The Pipe Dream cave is humongous and kept us dry all day long.The rain created little waterfalls running down both sides of the cliff. It was amazing.


The climbing was fabulous. Most of the grades at this crag are very difficult. With the help of some climbing friends I was able to try out some very challenging climbs although I only have pics of Janaan climbing. Nice under cling, girl! Don’t let the rock deceive you, it’s harder than it looks.


The kids had plenty to entertain them while we climbed.

There was a little tree swing.


We had a birthday party piñata because 3 of our friends were celebrating their birthdays. How cool to have a pinata smashing party at the climbing wall? The kids loved it and filled their pockets with a ton of candy. After that we had no problem keeping them happy.



And we even set them up a great big rope swing. But we had to show them how to do it first.


Leah was still a little nervous about it so she and I hooked up together.


Then she was brave enough to do it herself. Wee!


Ah, what a lovely day it was! I’m already dreaming about our next trip.


Memorial day weekend, anyone?