Friday, February 8, 2013

Best in the Desert Off Road Race

Last weekend we headed to Parker, Arizona to the Best in the Desert Off Road 425 Race. Mitch was asked to be part of the pit crew of a friend who was racing that weekend. We took our trailer and camped in the Mid-Way Pit right alongside the racetrack. Pretty dang cool.

Hanging out behind the trailer by the racetrack.

Some of the "big money" racers had their own personal helicopters flying around the entire track with them! Insane.

I made pancakes on race day. Mitch was busy and I had no table so I used an ice chest and two camping chairs. Improvise!

Quick check and refuel.

All clear!

And he's off!

We went with our friends Bryan and Candace and their son, Parker.

Parker kept saying "Cheese" to me; meaning he kept wanting me to take his photo.

Mitch and I walked up on the hill across the way so I could take a photo of all the trailers there that were filled with people there to help pit the cars.

Zoomed in of our trailer (just left of the bush).

Monday, February 4, 2013

My Husband is a Hero

January 31st

We were headed out of town to go camping and had just pulled away from our house when we noticed an older woman flagging us down from the side of the street. When we got closer, she completely stepped in to the middle of the street to block us, all while holding her hand up and waiving frantically. As we pulled up, she came to my side of the truck. I shockingly told Mitch that her hand and arm were covered in blood. No sooner had I said that, Mitch shifted to Park and was out of the truck.

The woman was wailing in a foreign language and was gesturing toward her home. I grabbed my phone and ran over to the front lawn. When I got there, I noticed Mitch was at the front of the driveway in between a parked car and the garage door but I couldn't see what was going on because the car in the driveway was blocking my view. There was so much adrenaline running through me, I couldn't mentally connect the blood with anything and I was thinking maybe someone was having a heart attack.

I was on the phone with 911 at this point and the next moments were somewhat of a blur. I know that less than a minute had passed over these next moments, but it seemed like much longer. I ran back to the street to get the home address to give to the 911 operator then ran up to the older woman who was now sitting on a front step with a woman in her late 20's.

I assessed what was going on and explained to the 911 operator that there was an older woman with a hand wound and a younger woman with a head wound. They instructed me to have them compress the wounds. There was a young boy there and he went in the house to get paper towels for them.

During that time, I noticed that two neighbors had come over from two houses down and went over to where Mitch was. I noticed at this time that two Sheriff cars had just pulled up and the officers took off running to where Mitch was and I told that to the 911 operator and hung up with them. Not even 10 seconds later, a third Sheriff showed up and took off running toward the front also. Within minutes of me calling 911, about 9 police units, 2 ambulances, a fire truck, and helicopter showed up.

At this point, Mitch had emerged from the front. He came over and filled me in on his part and I was so thankful that he was safe. When he initially went to the front of the driveway, there was a man in his young 30's who had a bear-grip bite on the younger woman's head. An older man was beating the younger man over the head with a shoe trying to get him to release. Mitch rushed at him and took him to the ground. He had him pinned by stepping on one of his wrists and his shin. He had his knee in the guys sternum to try to get him to calm down. The guys other hand was pinned beneath him and he kept trying to get it out. When he did, Mitch saw he had a 6-inch steak knife in it. Mitch was able to get it from him and threw it into the neighbors driveway. At that point, the two neighbors had run over and helped Mitch to pin the free leg and arm and hold him down for the minute until the Sheriff's arrived. When the Paramedics finally pulled the young man out on a stretcher, I saw that he was a large man, easily the same size as Mitch.

Mitch and I both understand that God's timing is perfect in all things and we are thankful that we were there to help save those people and also that he used Mitch to help and spared him from injury.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

New Year's in Needles

For New Year's, our friend Mike and his fiance, Delany invited us to go with them to Mike's parent's vacation home in Needles (just up the river from Lake Havasu). We initially were going to take our trailer, but there were no spots left available. So, we ended up staying in Mike's parent's house. It was a super nice home in a really adorable little park. Everyone had Rhinos (we brought ours), Razors and golf carts. Right across the street was the desert and we had direct access with the Rhino.

It was so dusty when we were driving the Rhino, but we had an absolute blast!

The mobile home park was right on the river.

We saw a plane landing on the water.

Little Miss Layla on her little quad.

Going on a little ride around the park.

Helping install a new baby gate.

Can you tell it's Mitch?

We stopped to watch the train.

A desert storm off in the distance.

An abandoned turtle shell.
Mitch and I had such a relaxing weekend and it was so much fun to hang out with Mike and Delany and their daughter all weekend. Also, Mike's mom was the cutest hostess ever and was so welcoming to us. We plan to go back with our trailer sometime!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Our First Hosted Christmas

Since Mitch and I got engaged we have rotated holidays between my family and his. This year was our year to have Christmas down here with Mitch's family. We got together with Mitch's brothers and decided that we would try something new and host Christmas at our home this year! I was so ecstatic. I absolutely LOVE hosting parties and things. Plus, we have been extremely blessed with what we have and I feel like we should share it with others.

Here are some photos of the day (with my new camera I got for Christmas!):

The weekend before Christmas. Opening gifts with my family.

Our tree this year.
Christmas morning!

Setting the table

Another table

One our our friends and his kids came over so we could deep fry their turkey before we did our own. Super tasty!

All the tasty food!

Logan made homemade pies for dessert.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Annual Christmas Celebration

Sorry for the lag in posts. I just, quite frankly, haven't felt like it lately. As awesome as it would be to do a daily or even weekly post, I don't like to write unless I feel inspired or have something to write about.

That being said, I have a little catching up to do!

Every year, Mitch and I host an annual Christmas Celebration party. This was our third or fourth year doing it. I can't remember. Pathetic. Anyways, life gets so ridiculously busy that I truly enjoy hosting this party because it is one time a year that we can try to have all of our friends over to catch up and enjoy each others company.

Many of our friends are having kids or, like us, are just so crazy busy that it makes it very difficult to plan get-togethers. We were so appreciative of all of our friends/family that were able to come and hang out for a bit!

Stay tuned for a recap of our first Christmas day that we've hosted!

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