October 21, 2013

A Wedding, Bear World, & Spelunking

On August 17, 2013 my cousin Ben married his beautiful wife Jessica, in the Idaho Falls Temple. We are so happy for them and glad to have Jessica as a part of our family! We were fortunate enough to be able to go to Idaho to take part in the festivities with them.

During the time we had between the wedding and the reception, we decided to stop and visit my cousin Kelly. I don't remember the last time I saw Kelly, it was really good to catch up.

Later that day, we took Russell and Nathan to Bear World. Neither of the boys had been to Bear World before. We all had a blast! We enjoyed driving through the park so much, we did it twice. We saw more bears at Bear World than we have ever seen before.

After we drove through the park we went to the petting farm and the boys pet pigs, deer, goats, etc. The cherry on top for the boys was that they could ride as many rides as they wanted (it was included in the cost of their admission). On the way back to the house Nathan said, "This is the best day of my life!" I'm glad we were able to make Nathan's day.
More bears.

Nathan enjoying the roller coaster.

Nathan petting Andy.

Andy and Russell petting Andy the mule deer.

Me and Andy.

Miss Piggy, yes that is really her name.

That night we went to Ben and Jessica's wedding reception. The reception was out side at Jessica's home. I love how simple and elegant her receptions was.

During the reception people we were able to dance. We told Russell that he should ask this girl who looked to be somewhere between 6-8 years old to dance. He promptly walked up to her and asked her to dance. It appeared that she said yes because next thing we knew, they were holding hands and running up the hill to hide behind a tree to dance. It was really funny to try to watch them. Anytime they thought someone was watching them they would run. It was quite entertaining.

While we were at the reception, we were able to visit with Auntie Joanne- I just love her. She is so kind and sweet, every time we get to see her it is a treat.

On Sunday we decided to spelunking with my family at the Civil Defense Caves. We piled into the truck and Julie and the boys rode in the back. If you decide to go visit the caves it is best to not drive a car or a van because the road that goes out to the cave is very rocky and bumpy and you can ruin the bottom of your car. As we arrived at the entrance of the cave, there were bees everywhere. For those who don't know, I am terrified of bees-- they are my number one fear. There were all difference kinds of bees swarming, these were the biggest bees I had ever seen. Somehow despite my fear, I made it into the cave.
Andy & I.

The entrance of the cave.
Dad, Wes, Kaylee, Russell, Me and Andy.

Dad, Julie, Wes, Kaylee, Russell and Andy.

  It was a lot of fun exploring the cave, we went all the way to the end and back. If you ever find yourself in Southeastern Idaho, I recommend visiting the cave. Make sure to take a flashlight and a jacket as there is ice in the cave.

As we walked back to the truck, the bees were still swarming. We later found out that some hornets had built a nest in the back of the truck and they had a bumpy ride out to the cave-- they were really unhappy by the time the we stopped the truck. Moral of the story, check you truck for bees nests before you visit the cave. Lucky for us, nobody was stung.

Before we left Megan opened her time capsule and look what she found--her blanket. No, it was not chewed by rats. She loved her blanket so much that it ended up with a lot of holes in it. Over the years many people attempted to give her new blankets but she would not give this one up. To prevent her blanket from permanently being destroyed she put it in her time capsule five years ago.

Megan and her blanket.

Another photo with the coveted blanket.