Wednesday, June 24, 2009

June Lake Powell Trip

Kayleigh, me, and Maddi inside the golf cart riding down to the houseboat!
Lake Powell was so much fun! SOOO many people were able to come and we had a blast! We spent a lot of the time in the water...
Andy WakeboardingAnnie SurfingOn our way to NAVAJO CANYON! (I forgot my sunglasses! So Kayleigh let me borrow her sick crazy sunglasses haha....)
Often we went on hikes. We hiked quite a bit on this trip and it was a blast.... until NAVAJO CANYON!! We were told: It is probably 3 miles in and 3 miles out. HMMMM... well, after we had been hiking for 2 1/2 hours we were convinced this probably wasn't the case. Needless to say, we left at 2:00 pm to hike what we thought would be a great hike, but soon enough we had hiked at least 10 miles each barefoot (because we had to hike through rivers), been bitten by at least 50 horseflies, and made it back to the boat at dusk. Here are the boys pushing us off the bank:Then.... when it couldn't get any worse it did..Not quite sure what all was in that muck, but it sure as heck clogged our impeller, overheating the engine. So there we were bodies completely broken, hadn't eaten since lunch, no water, super tired, in the middle of Navajo Canyon (our radio wasn't working in the Canyon) in the middle of the night! Adam, my cousin, so brilliantly fixed the impeller at the same time a patrol boat radioed us. We waited for them and had to follow them the entire way out of the canyon which took hours and at the end our parents were waiting for us tired, famished kids when our impeller clogged AGAIN! We were then towed by Andy's Dad back to the houseboat and at a quarter to two ate dinner and replenished our fluids :)... A story to remember! On our way to BRO STOCK 2009!
BRO STOCK! I had a blast at Bro Stock this year! For those who don't know, Bro Stock is a wakeboard competition put on by liquid force. Houseboats are lined up next to each other, and we walked freely around each one. In a strange turn of events we mooched our way onto the VIP boat! (Mostly by playing on male egos :)) My girls and I were on a commercial with Shane Bonafe sp? a pro wakeboarder, we got free skull candy earphones, t-shirts, chapsticks, and tons of other SWAG! It was a great time!
Later on that day we were walking around the houseboats and snagged a ride on this beautiful chopper! As it turned out, one of the girls with us ended up knowing the owner of this houseboat and helicopter and he liked her so much he gave us a ride! It was extra awesome because it was Andy's birthday. Talk about an amazing day!

To end that night we had a rave on the top of our houseboat... good times! I can't wait til our 4th of July trip!!!! I LOVE LAKE POWELL!

Early Morning Fun!

Lately we have been taking the X45 out early in the morning! Andy and I wake up, hook the boat up, and pick up Andy's uncle Ro and head out to the lake! Sometimes it is cold, but the water is great and no one else is ever on the lake! It is such a great way to wake up and then we go home, shower, and go to work!! I LOVE where I live!Andy hooking up the boat to my new pathfinder!Putting the boat into the waterSunrise on the Lake :) Uncle Ro
My cute Hubby :)

What a stud ;)

Nixon loves to swim!

One of the benefits of living by the lake is taking Nixon out swimming everyday! He loves it!

Flaming Gorge

Over Memorial Day we went to Flaming Gorge with Andy's family. Andy's family owns a small yacht cruiser and we camped on the boat and fished all weekend long! It was rainy, but such a great break!

Ryan's first catch

Andy and me fishing in the rain

Braving the storm

Ryan and me fishing on the dock
It was such a fun trip! Can't wait til we go again!


Birthdays were crazy these last couple months! For all of our birthdays this year, Scott and Tina gave us tickets to the EAGLES concert! The Eagles were performing on May 9th and right before the concert Ryan and I celebrated our birthdays, it was a great day! I will post Eagles pics later... We were in Lake Powell over Andy's birthday, so we were able to celebrate down there! More on that later....

Ryan and I both turned 23 on May 10th!

Tanner turned 19 on June 6th, and Andy turned 25 on June 13th!

Scott's Birthday was on June 10th! We gave him an Ipod, he loved it!

Working On Our Yard and Garage!

Since Spring we have been working on our yard little by little. We first started with a rock wall in our backyard and a cement pad for the X45 and by buying tons of tools at Home Depot and painting the garage! It has been a crazy few months! Buying a new house is more work than it seems :) Andy painting the garage
Andy's favorite part, buying paint and tools :)

The rocks to our rock wall before they were put in

I don't yet have completed pictures, but I will post some soon. Currently our sprinklers are almost done! Topsoil is the next step, then SOD!! Nixon will be so grateful!

I LOVE where we live!

I never want to move away from this place! We are loving it here. Every morning I wake up and have to smile when I walk outside :).

We are lucky to be sandwiched between the Lake and the mountains. We live at the top of the hill and there is a wonderful trail we hike on every morning with Nixon. I couldn't be more happy living here, I am glad we moved!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Andy and I attempted to make homemade pizza and it was delicious! It was super easy too which was a bonus :)


Soften: 1 package of yeast and 1/2 c of lukewarm water

Add: 2 c warm water

1 1/2 t salt

4 T shortening

2 t sugar

3 or 4 cups flour (until it is not sticky)

Mix for 5-10 minutes and let rise approx. 45 minutes

Andy and I bought a pizza pan, sauce, and pepperonis from Wal-Mart for under 5 bucks! After adding your favorite ingredients, bake for 25 minutes at 350!

He's Done!!!! (For Now.....)

Andy graduated from the University of Utah on May 8th with a Bachelors in Business Management! It was such a great (long) day!!! I am so proud of you Andy! Now on to graduate school we go :)

Easter 2009

Andy & Nixon

Easter was great this year! Andy made me breakfast and it was delicious! He made me eggs golden rod, an annual Easter breakfast, and it was so yummy! We were able to have dinner and visit both families! It was crazy, but a very fun day! Nixon was being a stinker and we couldn't get a very good family picture :)

Friday, April 10, 2009

Shape Shifter

I have had many interesting experiences recently with my 2nd graders. It is a common habit of students of any age to want to be fast at reading, therefore skipping most, or all, of the words. This especially happens in my more advanced reading groups and I have to constantly make them reread a section. Well, I approached a certain student with this issue and he replied, "I am not human, I am a shape shifter so I can read fast." (It is sometimes hard to be an authoritative figure when things like this happen and you want to laugh your head off...) so I told him he was a human child and he needed to reread the section at which he replied, "I am a shape shifter and I was only sent to this world to learn about human life." So be careful, there are shape shifters among us :)

Elder Andrew John Larsen

Eating at Golden Corral before the MTC

The MTC!

My little brother entered the MTC and is on his way to Salta, Argentina in May! It was such a neat experience to be at the MTC with him. He will be such a great missionary and we are excited for him! Congratulations Andrew!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Meet Nixon

On February 28th we fell in love with the cutest black lab and had to bring him home! Nixon was born on December 23rd which means today he is 11 weeks old. He has been so much fun, and we are so lucky that we picked a smart and handsome puppy! Andy works at home so Nixon always keeps his daddy company on those long days. Andy is such a wonderful husband, he wakes up at at least 6 every morning to wake Nixon up and take him for a walk to go potty. Every day when I get home Andy has taught Nixon something new, he already knows how to sit, fetch, and we almost have him potty trained... but not quite :). I have such a wonderful husband and he sure loves his little guy.

Andy and Nixon taking a nap
Annie and Nixon
Uncle Toby and Nixon at our cabin in Park City

Toby and Nixon on a walk

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

It's official!

I will be teaching 2nd grade at Eagle Valley Elementary in the Fall!!! I am so excited and I cannot wait to start creating my classroom and lessons for my students! Alpine School District is amazing and I am so happy that I finally will be a teacher!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Just a few things we have learned....

We are absolutely loving life in our new home. It has been such a blast being out here, and everything is just perfect. I just wanted to post about the things that we have learned since we have moved out here in our new house...
1. Garbage day is on Thursday. This took us a few weeks to get used to, but when the garbage starts to pile up you learn pretty quick.
2. If you let the snow get too deep in your driveway because you haven't bought a snow shovel your neighbors will come do it for you.
3. When you finally buy a snow shovel and go out to shovel your driveway for the first time, your neighbors will feel bad for you and come over with their snow blowers to get the job done in half the time.
4. Neighbor Christmas gifts rock.
5. Circles do not get snow plowed so from time to time you may bottom out trying to get to your driveway.
6. Since circles do not get snow plowed, people give rides on sleds behind their 4 wheelers during the day.
7. You have to buy a mailbox.
8. Living in a home without blinds can be interesting... good thing they came a couple days after we moved in.
9. If the bank forgets to take the real estate key box off the door, there is a switch inside that you can push to take it off yourself.
10. Reception is not great out here and since we have not yet set up service we do not watch tv. Needless to say, your own movies get old fast.
11. Because movies get old fast, you can watch tv shows on the internet if you don't mind pushing start again after the commercials end.

This has been such an amazing experience. We are still getting used to being homeowners! We love our neighborhood, our ward, and everything we are currently doing out here.