Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Camelback Mountain

This past Martin Luther King day we had the chance to go hiking with some friends of mine from work. Let me tell you, I was nervous! I hiked this mountain once before a little over a year ago and it kicked my backside. Returning to this mountain was a good experience all around. The week before the hike I knew I needed to really prepare myself so I made sure I was extra active (okok, I "worked out") but more than that I tried to adjust my attitude. Instead of thinking about how difficult it was to climb the mountain the last time I was there, I tried to focus on all of the things I had accomplished in the time since my last experience with the mountain. I had competed in a 4 mile canoe race in the ocean. I ran a mile in 13 minutes. I had even started to venture out and start running outside. I tried to focus on the fact that I was a stronger person today than I was a year ago, and that made me proud.

Meeting the mountain again for a second go; The mountain was still tough, I still wasn't the fastest climber, my face still turned really red, and I still had a hard time breathing once we hit the really steep parts, but it was so good. Enjoying the day with friends and with Mitchell was so fun. One part we all appreciated was the beauty of the city, of nature and the sense of accomplishment that you have when you get outside and you get moving. We liked it so much we talked about starting a little hiking club of sorts.

My goal is that the Tamblyns will find a way to have a hands on experience with nature like this at least once a month this year. Its good for the soul.

Christmas 2011

*cheese!*

Merry Christmas!
Better late than never, right?
I love Christmas. The feeling of giving and the festivities make everyday so special in the blessed month of December. It was fun having our own little Christmas tree (complete with tiny plastic bells I found at Jo-Anns) Being our first Christmas and all I had to make matching stockings for us too. It was fun. Here are a few highlights of the season:
  • Visiting the Temple Lights with aunt Kathleen.
  • Having our house (Mitchell's Dads house) decked to the MAX!
  • Tamblyn Christmas party. (Mitchell fighting for the blanket in the white elephant even though we had the exact one at home).
  • Miller Christmas party. (My brother giving every family a pregnancy test as a gag gift and having everyone ask me if we were pregnant-no. we're not)
  • Mitchell rolling around in the wrapping paper trash Christmas morning with baby Te'a.
  • Mom pulling off a wonderful Christmas lunch OUTSIDE on Christmas afternoon.
  • Visiting Mitchell's mom's house before Christmas to watch Home Alone (still the BEST Christmas movie.) and then seeing family and eating good food with them again on Christmas.
  • Ma'ila participating in her first cookie exchange.
  • Getting the awesome smoothie/ blender from Ken and Sonia. -Mitchell is now requesting a smoothie everyday, he loves it so much.
Now I just can't wait for next years Christmas! (or I guess I should say this year's Christmas)...Besides the fact that I got the CUTEST decorations at the after Christmas sale, I am excited to think about what we could be doing in a year from now...life just keeps getting better!