Sunday, April 20, 2008


The Mackey and Fower families took off for a long weekend of four wheeling and fun.

As you can see we enjoy experimenting with a little pyrotechnics.

Click! Our traditional photo of holding the camera in front of us. We do this every place we go. Thank goodness for sun hats and bandannas.

We had a perfect camping spot with plenty of climbing and views.

So much to see and such little time. Here Jake poses in front of a dinosaur foot print.

We got around the canyons and trails on Grandpa and Grandma's four wheelers.

It was amazing to see the history behind this area. Here's a sample of names of some of the workers at Railroad Rock. The railroad was supposed to come through this area but later abandoned.

This was one of the coolest things in the world! This cave was what was to be NORAD, which is now located in Colorado. This picture does no justice to its shear size. After 4 to 5 years of drilling, they tested the strength if it by placing dynamite on top. BOOM! As you can see by the hole in the ceiling it wasn't quite as strong as they expected it to be.

Josh went with his niece down one of the side tunnels. SCARY!

Kolby about drove us nuts with wanting to go on rides. Grandpa was always willing to take him out. Both of them are four wheeling maniacs!

This old truck was by a mine that also had a vintage Caterpillar tractor and an abandoned cabin.

Where there's water, you'll find the Mackey's.

The boys threw rocks in the river for a good hour, soaking their pants, (why they are in their underwear) and were bummed when we had to leave.

Poor Grandpa and Grandma. By the time the trip was over Jake had scratched their four wheeler with a rock, their Ford Explorer got a puncture in the bumper from trying to turn around on a small road, and a flat on their trailer. After all of this they still love us and said we need to go again. Through the hot sun, cold nights, complaining kids, wind, and vehicle casualties, we wouldn't trade any of it for the fun and memories we made. Thanks to Grandma and Grandpa for inviting us and making it absolutely wonderful!

Friday, April 11, 2008


It was a windy day today! So we decided to go and fly kites as a family. The wind was so strong that the kites had a hard time staying up, and we had to keep untangling the strings. After several nose dives we decided to let the boys play on the nearby playground. We had a great time!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Jake's Birthday Party!!

On April 9th, our oldest son turned 7 years old!!! Boy are we getting old! We decided to have an "all boy" party (well, except for the mommy) at the Nickle Arcade. We got to go and play video games and eat pizza and yummy cupcakes. We pretty much had the entire place to ourselves, so we all kind of split up and got to play to our hearts content! He got some really awesome gifts as well as a brand new bike from mom and dad! And, on that same day, he lost his 6th tooth! Its so much fun to see our family growing up!!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Josh & Mandi

We are so excited to share our memories with you through our new blog. You will be able to tell our entries apart by Josh's lack of spelling and grammar skills. This is an advance apology from Josh. I thought I would begin by sharing one of my favorite photos of 2007. I dressed up as a tough biker including a burly handlebar mustache and tattoo's. My coworkers got a good laugh out of it and one of my own sisters didn't recognize me. I've never been one to dress up, but I have to admit I had a good time.
Here are our two CRAZY BOYS in there new Easter outfits ready for church. We had so much fun waking up to Easter baskets full of goodies. Jake and Kolby had eaten so much candy that breakfast soon was a lost cause.