Monday, August 30, 2010

Summer Fun!!

A couple weekends ago (August 19, 2010), Nick's parents came to visit!! :) They brought down Tyler, Nick's Younger brother, to College in Cedar City. Vegas is only 3 hours away from Cedar, so they were kind enough to come the extra miles for the weekend. It was a very fun and relaxing weekend that was full of different activities.
Once they got in Thursday evening, we went to dinner at Lucilles (an amazing southern BBQ resturant). We got home and stayed up WAY to late chatting and catching up. :) So of course we slept in the next morning and then planned a day of fun at Red Rock. We packed a picnic and drove out to the "canyon" to see the sights. Ya know, even though its a very dry desert out here, it does have SOME beauty to it. (of course I can't prove that because I didn't get any good pics of Red Rock).
While on the drive, we stopped and got out of the car to get some pics of the Joshua Trees. We were simply taking pics and walking along the side of a road that was off the main highway, when all the sudden this Highway Patrol or Forest Ranger comes flying up behind us with his lights on. He then gets out of his car and says with a very big attitude problem, "Get back in the car so I can write you a ticket."????? We were all so confused as to what we did wrong, but we got back in the car. He then went off about how we can't be stopped off the side of the road within a National Park. He explained that its a huge fine and that it causes problems with the traffic. Funny, because the whole time we stopped to take pics, not one car went by?? Anyways... he ended up not giving us a ticket because Nick has the same birthday as him, and so he let us go with a warning. Pretty dumb reason to not give someone a ticket, but we can't complain. :)
On the drive we kept passing signs warning us of Wild Burros. :) Yes, Burros! When we stopped for lunch we learned just how 'Wild' they really were!! Take a look...

They were so funny... just coming right up to our picnic table and eating our food. Not ten mins after being around them, we were warned by a local citizen, not to harass or feed them because we would be fined $500. WOW huh? These ppl are ticket happy for sure. So we tried our hardest to ignore them, hoping they would leave... no such luck! :) That evening we had a BBQ with Jason and Claire. Jason is Jerry and Terri's nephew and they wanted to spend some time with the family they had here. Most of the family they have here did not show up, as we had planned a fun evening, but the evening with Jason and Claire was PERFECT and so fun!
The next day we went to the temple and then relaxed at home as Nick had to work that evening. Sunday Nick and I had to speak in church. It was funny how it worked out just right that his parents were there to listen that week!! :) We hurried home afterwards and enjoyed some lunch and then had to take them to the airport.
We were both so glad they came and spent the extra days with us!! It was so fun and were hoping that because Tyler isn't too far from us, that it may happen more often!! Thanks guys!! :)

On another note....

This past week I had been hearing on the radio that the Oak Ridge Boys were in concert in Vegas. I was by myself when I heard it and seriously said outloud to myself, "NO WAY... they are still alive?" :) When I was a little girl, my parents had a tape of thier Christmas songs and ever since I can remember, I listened to that tape every Christmas season. If you heard it, you might ask yourself WHY? But its a sweet memory I have and love to still listen to it.
Well Nick and I were laughing about it and talking about how fun it would be to go to their concert. Nick was working Friday night and parked the Drumers car who plays for them. He told the drumer how much I loved them and the Drumer gave us 2 free tickets to their show that night!!! :)
When we walked into the concert, we started laughing and joking about how it looked as if a bus full of Senior Citizens had been dropped off to enjoy the show!! LOL!! :) We tried to get a picture of the audience, but it didn't come out very well! We loved every min of it and were laughing about it the entire night. It was a neat experience to see them in concert and amazing that they are STILL singing at all. Time to retire I think! ;) They have an amazing sound and it was cool to get to hear that in person. Of course they didn't sing any Christmas songs, I was hoping they would take requests! ;)
After the show we were walking out and we saw the bass singer walking towards their bus. We stopped and asked for a pic. :) We also stopped and talked to the drumer on the way by. Nick got a picture with him and then he gave us a free CD. :)

It was definetly a night we will always remember!! :)

The rest of the weekend was spent with Nick's brother, Tyler, as he came down to hang out with us! We had fun with him and are looking forward to living so close to him as he is at school!! :)


Jason and Claire said...

What a great weekend. I can't believe you were okay with those burros so close to you! You're braver than I am. We had a great time at the BBQ. It was perfect. We're so glad we got that time with them. Hopefully they will be here more because of Tyler;)

About the sounds like such a fun night with your best friend;)

Bob & Dani said...

You should have taken one of those burros for a ride! Yeehaw! I can't believe you went to the Oak Ridge Boys! That's hilarious! I'm glad that you had fun! Love you!

Ken and Kim Cutler said...

I'm glad you guys had such a great time! It looks so fun! I'm glad Tyler has you guys so close, too!

Richard & Katie said...

That's funny that you got to go to the Oak Ridge Boys. I remember how much you liked that tape. It sounds like you have been having fun!

Trevor & Andrea said...

That is AWESOME hahaahaha... :) So jealous of your concert! I actually used to watch them sing those christmas songs every year! :) Good memories your making for sure. The donkeys are CRAZY! I guess its like feed the bears in Yellowstone, except donkeys dont have claws and big bad teeth :)! Glad to hear your doing well, and having fun! Miss ya

Anonymous said...

That's a great picture of Nick and Tyler! Made me smile! We loved seeing where you live and being with you for a few days. Your home is a home and there is a great spirit there. Thanks for taking such good care of each other. We love you! Terri/Mom