Father's Day Fire-pit

It's amazing what can happen when a group of dedicated people put their time and resources together to create something. 

J.R.'s family decided that for Father's Day they wanted to build a brick fire-pit for their dad.

They wanted to build it while John and Shauna were out of town, and so that meant they had a limited time frame and an even more limited budget. 

But with a lot of hard work - they pulled it together. 

They started with a empty corner of the back yard. 

J.R. and Kristen spray painted how they envisioned the fire-pit to look.  

Then they got to work -

J.R. started by tilling up the hard ground. 

After getting the rocky ground mostly level, it was time to "thump" it flat. 

Notice the wheel-barrel full of rocks in the background 

This is the ground after it had been tilled and thumped. 

After the ground was leveled, it was time to add the sand.  
1 Ton of Sand

Next came the really fun part - 

Building the fire-pit. 

And if they look like big kids playing in a sand box, 
that's because it's exactly how it feels to build a fire-pit. 
(except not as fun)  

Even Snuffy wanted to help out.

Next, we laid the brick around the fire-pit.

 This was the probably the most time consuming and back breaking part of the project. 

But it turned out well. 

It's definitely not perfect. 
This was our first time building anything with brick.  

And I think it was more difficult than any of us thought it would be, 
but we finished it in time without breaking the bank. 

When John and Shauna got home that night, they were so surprised to find what we had built. 

We celebrated with a hot dog roast followed by s'mores.

And I'm sure they will be having many more fires this summer.  

So even though it was physically draining and time consuming - 

It was all worth it in the end. 

Memorial Day Weekend 2013

I celebrated my Memorial Day by enjoying my freedom - with the people that I love. 

We went to one of our favorite shooting spots outside the town of Ophir.

Ophir is a small mining town and - as you can see - there isn't much out here. 

We love blasting away at clay pigeons. 

J.R. is "top shot" most of the time -

J.R. and Andy

but I'm not bad with a shotgun. 

J.R. showed me this place the first summer that we met each other. 
We've been on quite a few adventures together, but nothing quite like this place. 

Because this is where J.R. found an abandoned mine. 

Am I going to tell you all about how we explored an old, cold, and dusty abandoned mine; and about how terrifying thrilling it is to be deep inside a mountain? ....


I'll let you come to your own conclusions about that. . . 

Chantel and me

But I am going to tell you that there is nothing as fun and wonderful as creating memories and sharing experiences with the people that you love. 

And then just when I thought that our fun day had come to an end. 

It got even better. 

My little sister Chelsea and I decide that it was time to start getting our family horses back into shape. 

We also got to meet a next door neighbor 

Penny and the Mini.

I call her the "Magic Mini". 
She has one brown eye and one blue eye. 

There is something truly magical about her. 

But I guess you could say that about any horse.

Nothing fades away my worries and cares as fast as horseback riding does. 

With every lap around our small arena my heart becomes happier and more at peace with life.  

I thank Heavenly Father for the all opportunities and experiences that he gives me. 

And I'm looking forward to sharing another amazing summer with my family and friends.