Friday, December 2, 2011

Some Serious Catching Up

So we all know by now that I'm a horrible blogger, but I decided to have anther go at it and hopefully this time it sticks better. No promises though...

The last few months have been pretty crazy - I think summer is just like that, fun but crazy. From family camp outs to weddings to bbq's and culminating in a trip to DC over Halloween we've had a packed summer and fall. Here is a barrage of pictures and captions summarizing the last several months. Enjoy!

Mother's Day brunch at the Dodo

Garret & Kellie got married! We absolutely LOVE Kellie and have had so much fun with them so far. We're super excited that they live close and like to play games with us.

We had what appears to be our last "Building Your Nest"ers FHE this summer. A lot of our friends from our ward have moved, so that's been sad...

We went camping over the 4th of July with the Kaysville Roundy's and Garret & Kellie up in the Wyoming Uintahs by Bridger Lake.

We didn't get down to Fish Lake as much as we would have like this year, but we did get down for the 24th of July. It was my last trip down there with Mal before they moved to Tahiti... awesome trip.

More Fish Lake - just me & Aaron!

We had family pictures taken with the Madsen Family. We hadn't even started yet and it was going this great. :) Chelsy from chelsyann photography did an awesome job!

We had a blast at the annual Madsen Family Camp Out! It's one of only two annual events now for the extended Madsen clan and I look forward to it every year. This year we were at East Canyon. Good times!

Me & my cousin Courtney by fire light at the Madsen Family Camp Out.

More camping out...

Aaron and his brothers, Garret & Zach had a brothers trip up to the Green River Lakes. They had a very manly trip and the pictures are absolutely spectacular!

We also got up 4-wheeling with my family up at Soapstone! Covered in dust yet loving it...

I think this was from Aaron's birthday - he turned the big 3-0 this year, but I can't remember. This may just be one of our FHE SLC's with our good friends from BYU. It's always a party when this group gets together. :)

Aaron's cousin Tyler, I mean Elder Brinkerhoff left on his mission to California.

Aaron did some more hiking. He made it out on some good ones this year. I think this is going up to Lone Peak, but I can't remember...

Aaron rocking the mustache. He grew out his beard most of the summer and then shaved it down to the stache for a few days. All the ladies at church absolutely loved it! It was great.

We flew south to Arizona in October to support Aaron's cousin Jenna and her new husband Dave at their wedding. The weather was wonderful, the wedding festivities were great and we got to spend time with some of Aaron's cousins that we don't get see.

Aaron's sister Megan came to visit with her 1 year old daughter, Aspen (who we all adore), so we had a family day at the zoo! Lots of cousin love going on... so cute!

We celebrated Halloween before we left for DC with a FHE SLC at the Lillywhites! There was pumpkin carving and everything!!

Then we were off to DC where we spent Halloween and I presented at a national public health conference. The next several pictures are from our adventures in DC!

We caught up with our friends the Smurfs, aka the Hunters at a Halloween Party up in Baltimore.

We went to Arlington Cemetary. I had never been before and I loved it. What a fascinating & special place.

We also got to see the new MLK, Jr Memorial. It's quite impressive, but I have to say I still think it's a little ironic that he is carved out of white stone. I'm just saying... I didn't see that one coming. :)

The Lincoln Memorial. A must for us as Aaron proposed at the base of the memorial steps close to the reflection pond. We always have a moment there.

We got to meet up with some of Aaron's friends from Baltimre Kristen and Nancy...

This got wildly out of order somehow, but here's a fun shot of all the Roundy girls at Garret & Kellie's wedding. We do love purple.

Cohort bonding with 2 of my friends from my MPH program (Brea & Eli) at Five Guys in DC. It was so fun to see them. I got to spend a lot of time with my friend Alisha too but somehow I didn't end up with picture.

Aaron also got to spend some quality scouting time this year down at Bryce and up at the Smith's cabin. Sometimes I think he looks more like the young men than the leaders... I love it.

I think that is way more than enough for one post. Stay tuned in the next couple of weeks for news on our new house and our trip to the Caribbean! Life never really slows down, but it would be far less fun if it did!