Thursday, July 26, 2007

The Walton Family Comes to Provo!

This blog is enormous. You might need a few hours to look through it all. Don't say I didn't warn you...

The whole Walton clan got together this weekend here in Provo (my two sisters and my cousin Kirk and their families and of course my parents and me and Michael and Ryan) and partied like crazy! Well, you know, pretty much as crazy as it gets around here.

Since there are way too many great pictures for one post (even though the last 2 posts didn't have any, so I'm overdue) I will have to do a couple of posts, just to get you excited for all of the other great pictures to come!

One of the activities we did this weekend was hiking to Timpanogos Caves and taking the cave tour. It was actually a lot of fun. Here are a couple of wierd inside-the-cave shots:

It was actually pretty cool, and now I know what kinds of crazy things water can do after 80,00 years!

Here is a picture of all of the kids (except Evelyn, who was home with Ken at my parents' house since he was sick and hey, one less baby to carry up Timp? Why not!).

From left to right, Brandon and Livy (Kirk's youngest two), Luke (Kelly's oldest), Kirk Jr. (Kirk's oldest), Ryan and Eric (Kirk's second).

And here's one of Ryan and I on the way back down from the caves. No, I didn't do the hike without a baby backpack, in case you were wondering, but they won't let you take them into the caves, so you have to do a part of the hike without them after you leave them a few hundred yards from the entrance. Great view though! It was worth all the sweat. Luckily Kelly is a marathon-running she-ra super woman and carried Ryan for me half of the time (Michael would have, but he was at a job interview).

Another fun thing we did was go up to Tibble Fork Reservoir, which has been the site of many a Walton family reunion since my grandparents used to own a cabin just few minutes' walk from the reservoir). We did family pictures and fished and let the kids go crazy and have a great time. It was a blast.

I love the way our family pictures turned out, especially the ones of just me and Michael. It has been so long since we had any taken of just us! So, I got to pick out the perfect spot, set up my camera and have Kelly snap them for me. Here are a few of my favorites:

As always happens when we sit down to take pictures all together, Ryan was not a very smiley kid, but oh well! I still really like the way they all turned out.

Here are a few other random fun pictures from the trip up to Tibble Fork. And one "naked baby from behind" picture of Ryan at my parents' house for good measure.

The Barringer Clan

Ken teaching Luke how to fish

One of Michael's 4 fish! That's right! He blasted through his latest record of one!

A happy Evelyn

Ryan and Livy having fun with rocks and a bucket

Doesn't Ryan look so cute and grown up in that hat?

Grandpa and Ryan having some male bonding time

Gangsta Luke

Kelly and Liza solving a Rubiks Cube (why we're doing this at Tibble Fork, I'm not sure)

Mom getting in on the action

Awww, never to big to give mom a big smackeroo on the cheek!

My son, the nutcase! But I do love this picture.

And the naked Ryan picture. He actually had sudden-onset diaper rash and Dr. Kelly suggested he go "au natural". Thus the naked toddler on the deck.

Hope you all enjoyed that! Believe it or not, there are more pictures to come!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Not your average oil change

Before I dive in, aren't we all glad that Michael has now officially contributed to the blog? (If you couldn't tell, that last entry was his).

Anyways, yesterday I took my car to have the oil changed, but I had much more fun than I usually do! So, Michael and I bought a brand new mini-van in September and along with the purchase we got a couple of coupons for free oil changes at the dealership in Draper. Subsequently we totalled the van over Christmas break on the freeway going 75 mph (if you haven't already heard this story then you probably haven't talked to me in the last 6 months! But you can always inquire for more details) and we still have one of the free oil changes. So since it takes like an hour and a half to get my oil changed there, Sharesa and Sarah Larsen were kind enough to come with Ryan and I and keep us company.

Not only did we get to listen to our long lost CD's from freshman year all the way up, but once we got there, we decided that we were hungry and that we didn't want to wait around for an hour and a half. So, we decided to pose as interested would-be car buyers and took a brand new fully loaded Chrysler Sebring for a test drive out to Cafe Rio (let's all just be thankful that Ryan didn't dump a sippy cup of milk all over the lovely leather interior). We thought briefly about taking a cooler car for a test drive, but mostly just wanted to get out of there before the salesman asked any more questions, so we decided to be "interested" in the closest car we could find.

Anyways, Cafe Rio was delicious as always, our kids weren't as crabby as they could have been (way to look on the bright side, right?), we returned the car without a scratch and when we got back, my car was ready and waiting for us. Suffice it to say, I had much more fun during this oil change than the last one (why is the TV always stuck on Divorce Court in those crummy wait-while-you-car-gets-fixed places?). So, thanks for coming with me Sharesa! You're the best!


PAC-MAN is the less than sign.

So, Caroline recently shot some pictures of our friends Creed and Sharesa, and was writing about it on our photography business blog ( )and needed to insert a comment into the HTML (the code that runs the blog). She asked me "What character goes first? Is it the PAC-MAN one?".

By which, it turns out she meant the less than sign. <:-)

Sunday, July 8, 2007

4th of July and a Trip to the Park

Well, 4th of July was a pretty fun day for our family. Michael went fishing at Tibble Fork with my Dad and finally broke his no-fish-catching streak. I think my dad caught like 10 or 12 and Michael caught one! But he did catch one, and that's the point. Here are some pictures of Ryan getting cozy with said fish:

(and yes, in case you're wondering, I did find this more than a little disgusting)

I spent the morning doing family pictures up in Salt Lake for Creed and Sharesa and Sarah Larsen and Sharesa's cousin John kept an eye on Ryan for me while we did pictures. It was really really fun, and we got home right as Michael and Dad were getting back from fishing. So we ordered Papa John's for lunch and had a great time. Speaking of having a great time, here's a picture of Ryan doing one of his favorite new tricks:

Yes folks, that's right, he is standing on one leg. He thinks this is very impressive. Anyways, later in the evening we went to an empty lot right on the bench in Orem and had a great view of the Stadium of Fire fireworks. I thought for sure that Ryan would be at least a little scared of them, but as soon as they started, he just kept pointing and clapping and saying "Pooty" (pretty) and "Nasssss" (nice). It was pretty funny, and he loved watching the whole show.

Watching the fireworks with Grandpa Walton

On Friday we took a little outing to the park across the street from our house. We tried to get Ryan interested in throwing and catching the ball with us, but he definitely was way more captivated by the waterpark on the other side of the park. But we had lots of fun playing with our ball and mits and playing on the playground. Here are a few pics:

Hope everybody else had great 4th of July too!

Monday, July 2, 2007

Camping Trip!

Last weekend we went camping with some friends of ours, Dan and Amber Aird and a few others, up by Jordanelle Reservoir near Heber. We had a great time! We got up there on Friday afternoon and set up camp. Ryan was once again obsessed with the rocks, sticks and water, so he was definitely having a great time.

Michael and Dan went fishing a few times while we were there but never caught anything and only had one or two bites the whole time. That's like the 5th time in a row Michael has gone fishing and hasn't even gotten a bite (Dan got all the bites this time). Poor Michael. But just like the last time we didn't get anything when we went fishing, I am just as glad to not have my kitchen smelling like fish!

Amber and I took Ryan wading at the Reservoir and he had a great time picking up rocks and chucking them into the lake. They didn't go very far, but he thought it was a blast just the same. We had foil dinners and s'mores at night and had a roaring fire over which members of our group told bear attack stories of all things--NOT GOOD. I spent all night waking up at every little noise expecting a giant claw to come ripping through my tent wall at any moment. At one point a raccoon came snooping around our camp and I thought I was a goner. But I managed to poke Michael and make him look, and of course, no bear. So we survived the night. But I did wake up freezing at 4:30 at which point Michael re-kindled the fire and I spent the next few hours thawing in front of a nice warm fire.

We spent the morning relaxing and Michael and Dan did some more fishing. We had a great time, but had to head back home around noon so Michael and I could make it back for a charity event we volunteered to photograph. But we did have time to stop at Granny's in Heber for malts--oh so good!

Here are some pictures of our adventure:

Ryan "fishing" with no water in sight

Near our campsite with Jordanelle Reservoir behind us

Ryan wading

Ryan and mom having fun

What a ham!

A beautiful view from the trail to our campsite

Ryan being very excited about the tent poles

This one is actually from our charity event that night--Ryan
is checking out the back of a fire truck.