Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Roosevelt Tour

During our Thanksgiving break I had a chance to take Dan on a tour of Roosevelt. Both of my parents are from Roosevelt. I spent my first year or so of life living in Roosevelt in the bunk house at the Tidwell Ranch. The Tidwells have since moved to Globe but the Carters still live in Roosevelt. Josh and I took Dan to see the Tonto Cliff Dwellings (they actually let you hike up into the cliff dwelling), the Roosevelt Lake Visitor Center and we drove across the Roosevelt Lake Bridge (the largest two way arch bridge in North America). I remember going as a little girl to see the bridge when it first opened because my Grandpa Tidwell accidentally shut the car door on my finger and we couldn't get the door to open up. I think that lead to my first experience swallowing a pain pill. Even though it was very painful, I am now grateful it happened because I probably wouldn't have remembered the outing otherwise.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Have You Ever....

My mother-in-lay and sister-in-law did this on their blogs. It was fun to learn new things about them so I though I would give it a try to return the favor. If you want to try just copy and paste it and bold the ones that apply to you. Enjoy!

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo (at my baptism)
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty (You are not allowed up anymore)
18. Grown your own vegetables (helped my parents when I was little)
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb (how about hugging one at a petting zoo)
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Ran a marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted (do the cartoon ones count)
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie (a homemade movie)
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching (dolphin)
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper (in my high school news paper)
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life ( I don't know how Dan would survive without me lol)
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby (I wish)
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee (what can I say....I'm a swimmer)

Carter Family Thanksgiving

The Carter Family got together on Saturday to have a big lunch. This side of the family doesn't get together all at once very often, so it was a special occasion. Aunt Lori and I did some cooking. She stirred the soup and I baked some rolls. Lunch sure was yummy!

The whole Carter bunch!

The Beauty of Fall

My Grandma Tidwell's yard was full of beautiful fall colors for Thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 20, 2008


Sprecher is our absolute favorite root beer! Several months ago Safeway stopped selling it and we were heartbroken. We searched everywhere for it and came to the conclusion that it was no longer being sold in AZ. For Dan's birthday I thought I would surprise him and order some online but with shipping it was going to be $30 for a six pack. LAME! Well the other day my dad said he went to BevMo and bought a bunch of different types of root beer. Dan and I went to the fridge to check out the selection and what did we see.....a beautiful bottle of SPRECHERS!!! So to all of those root beer lovers out there stop by your local BevMo and give Sprecher a try. (Their Cream Soda is excellent too!)

Side note: Dan and I are going to go see the midnight showing to Twilight tonight. I am so excited. I should be studying for an exam I have tomorrow but I'm too excited to concentrate. This will be my first time going to a midnight showing of a movie. I'll report back tomorrow and let you know how it goes. :)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Boys Will Be Boys

I snuck a picture of Dan and Todd playing wii tonight. They are standing so close to the TV you would think they are at an arcade.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Date Night!

Over the weekend we went on a double date to an Ice Cats game with my brother Brandon and his girlfriend Chanelle. It was lots of fun!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


Dan and I are really grateful for the opportunity that we had to be involved in the campaign for proposition 102. We are especially grateful that the proposition passed and we recognize this as a great blessing in our lives. We were definitely able to see the hand of the lord in though the journey of this campaign. Thanks to everyone who helped us out several times on a moments notice. We really appreciated it.

Saturday, November 1, 2008


A big thank you to Spencer Boerup for taking these pictures. (

Thursday, October 30, 2008


We carved pumpkins with the Hoefferles on Tuesday night! It was lots of fun! I wish I was more talented! As you can see my pumpkin had a rotten bottom and had some unwanted guests living in him. YUCK. It made my tummy hurt a little but I kept carving any way. I think they turned out pretty great!!

We look like TWINS. Same color shirt and everything.


Dan's pumkin is on the far left and mine is right next to his.

Thanks Mom Hoefferle for posting these pictures so I could take them!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Public Health????

Whenever I tell people that my major is Public Health the usual response is "whats that?" We recently watched this video in one of my classes and I think it does a really good job describing public Health. Enjoy.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Happy Birthday x3!

This weekend we went up to my Aunts house for a birthday party for my Uncle Ted, Grandma and Dan. They all have September birthdays so we get together and celebrate them all at once. It was tons of fun! Dan got spoiled big time! His actual birthday was yesterday so we had our friends some over for some birthday pie. Happy Birthday!
I Love You!!!

Seeing Red Again

My brothers and I all happened to wear red to a family birthday party.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Labor Day Weekend

Hey. Things have been so busy with school and family in town that I haven't had time to post pictures from our labor day camping trip. Dan and I went camping one night during labor day weekend with my family up on Mt. Lemon. It was lots of fun! We ate yummy food, went hiking, slept in a massive storm in a leaky tent, and enjoyed cool weather for a change.
Here are some pics.

I made our tin foil dinners before we left the house.

They turned out sooo good.
Why is it that food tastes so much better while camping?

On the way up the mountain Jack sat on my lap and stuck his head as far out of the window as he could without falling out.

Roasting Marshmallows. One of my favorite things about camping.

Jack liked the Marshmallows too.

Josh in the bear box.

I think this is a super cute picture of Josh. We were walking through clouds on the top of the mountain.

The kids at the top of the mountain.

And the family at the top, minus Dan.

Friday, August 29, 2008

The Last San Francisco Post......I Promise

On our last day of tourist action we went to Alamo Square. It's a park with some really cute Victorian style houses across street. You might recognize them from the opening credits of Full House. That honestly the only reason why I wanted to go and see them. Its crazy to think that people actually live there. I think it would be annoying to look out your window constantly seeing people taking pictures on you door step. After that we went to Fort Point to get a good view of the Golden Gate Bridge. It was really cool to be right underneath the bridge. It looked huge. The weather was beautiful for most of the trip but out at the beach near the bridge it was soooooo windy and freezing. We hung out on the beach for a while. It was so relaxing. I wish I could have gone swimming, but the water was ice cold! So that pretty much sums up our vacation. It was so much fun. I am so grateful that we had the opportunity to take time off and be together for a few days.

Alamo Square.

There were some silly European girls who kept posing on the stairs of this house, so we decided to mimic them. :)

This is on the roof of Fort Point looking down inside it. You can tell how windy and cold it was by my beautiful hair.

This is one of the cannons that they never had to use.

I love this picture. It totally looks like we just photo shopped ourselves in. We are really there I promise.

This is on the beach looking back at the Golden Gate Bridge.

My dream house is in the background overlooking the ocean.

Our footprints in the sand.

This little, or should I say HUGE Caterpillar was waiting for us by our front door when we got home.

San Franciso (day 2)

Its the weekend!! And it's a long one too. I'm so excited. So that means that I have time to post more pictures from our vacation. So the second day of our trip we went back out to downtown San Francisco to see the things we missed the first day. Especially because I didn't want to leave without song to the Top of the Mark (my grandpas favorite place in SF). Since we didn't go down towards fisherman's wharf there weren't as many tourists, which we enjoyed. We went to a really cool market place that had some cool shops and over looked the bay bridge. The bay bridge is crazy long and it's double-decker. Pretty cool looking. While we were waiting for Top of the Mark to open we went to Grace Cathedral. It was very beautiful and had gorgeous stained glass on the inside. Then it was off to Top of the Mark for lunch. Top of the Mark is a restaurant at the top of the Mark Hopkins hotel. It was one of my Grandpa Tidwells favorite places to go have a drink, so in his memory I had a Shirley Temple (cherry sprite). It was the most expensive lunch I think we have ever had but the amazing 360 degree view of the city made it worth it. After that we went to China Town. It was like a Chinese Mexico and I wasn't too impressed. I guess my expectations were set to high. That evening we went with our friend Todd, who we were staying with, to Google for a tour and dinner. It was a very cool and interesting place. I bet it would be pretty fun to work there.

In front of the Bay Bridge.

I had to get the classic tourist pic on the cable car.

Grace Cathedral

Our view from Top of the Mark. Isn't it beautiful?

My Shirley Temple. Yummy.

China Town!

This pic is in front of gate at China Town. The lady who took our pic didnt do a very good job getting it in the background. Oh well.