Saturday, November 30, 2013

You will NOT Defeat ME!!!

So one day a few weeks ago, I rode my bike to work.
The wind was killer. And I actually yelled at loud at the wind, "You will not defeat me!" I made it to work on time that day.

On Tuesday this week, Jared and I took a hike. We went up Slate Canyon--one of my new favorite hikes because of all the beautiful rocks. We hiked in for about 2 hours. See below how preeetty and coooold it was that day. Also, our aim was to be like Katniss and Peeta, exploring the wilderness.

Look, wolf tracks! 

Hunter or hunted?

Jared quoted me during our hike--it was one of the steepest hiking trails we have been on. But what a great day it was. However, hiking down was a nightmare. My broken toe and the blisters on the bottom of my other toes forced me to walk backward down the entire mountain. And because walking backward is a dangerous affair, my darling, wonderful, sweet husband walked right in front of me, holding my hands and guiding me down--telling me where to step and keeping my hands warm. How did I get so lucky to get a man like him?

The slate formations in this canyon, and the colors of the slate, are like nothing I've ever seen. And seriously, every time we hike up there, I geek out a little bit. 

Most of our hike was in shadow, we started so early that the sun hadn't peeked into the canyon yet, so the ground was completely frozen, and the farther back in we hiked, the more snow we encountered. It was cold enough that I could walk on top of it like a goat. And I did. 

But finally the sun peeked through. It is amazing what a difference the sun makes in our lives, bringing us light, warmth and hope. The Son does the same. 

I'm grateful for family. 

They are my running buddies. 

They all love brownies for breakfast. 

They are magical creatures. 

And "monopolizers" of my time and energy. 

But my family is the BEST! I am so grateful to have them in my life, and so grateful that we were able to spend this weekend together. I don't know what I would do without these cheesers. 


  1. 1) Yay for your awesome family!!! 2) ALEXANDRA HOLLOWAY HOW DID YOU BREAK YOUR TOE?!?!?!

  2. I dropped my bike on it on Halloween...really dumb story.

    Here's the better version. I was being chased by wild elephants and I had to climb a tree to escape their stampede (I had taken one too many pictures of the beautiful beasts) and just as I leapt to the safety of the first branches, an elephant whipped his trunk around and slapped my foot. The force of his brute anger broke my toe.

  3. pretty pretty pretty you are a pretty family. I love you all.