Friday, May 29, 2009

Past Times: Glamis Sand Dunes 3/2009

I don't remember the exact date we did this but I wanted to tell the story because it was a first for me. Brady's family is into motorcycles, dirt bikes, ATV's, stuff like that. And everyone knows that I am not a risk taking type of girl. However, Brady asked me if I wanted to go along with the fam to Glamis Sand Dunes. I immediately said yes, it sounded like fun and something different. So we (Brady's parents, Blake and Cindy, Brady's brother, Riley and his girlfriend Chelsea, and the two of us) got in the RV and set off on a Friday night. We slept once we got there and woke up in the morning for the fun to begin.

First we needed to gear up.
Here we are, all dressed up for the ride. Those boots are made of plastic making them fun to walk in. I couldn't bend my ankles at all. Everything we wear is for safety reasons.

Brady gave me a crash course on how to ride the ATV. I was mucho nervous since they had a clutch. Although I can drive a car with a clutch, ATV's are different and I always had a hard time switching gears.

We then rode off. I continued have problems switching gears but I eventually got the hang of it, kind of.

This, I believe, is "Oldsmobile Hill", we sat and watched people ride down. Only Riley, in the foreground here, went up.

Here is everyone.

This is me giving the signal that "I'm ok".

We went off to a more deserted area with less people to just play around. I was feeling a bit more confident by this time and was going a little faster than I probably should have. I was going up and down small dunes and after coming off of one I hit a little lip of sand. It seriously must have been only 8 inches and I hit either to hard or too slow or I shouldn't have hit it at all, but I did hit it and my bike threw me off!
It all happened a little fast and I thought the bike may have flipped over me, but I've been told that it didn't flip. What I do know is that I hit my head pretty hard (thank goodness for helmets) and the bike drove across my leg, and then rolled backward back onto my leg!(thank goodness for hard plastic boots) I tried pushing the bike off, but it was too heavy, so I just laid on the ground waiting for help. Brady was there 2 seconds later and pushed it off of me. I was a little shaken, but I wasn't hurt except my head hurt a little, and I knew I was going to have a bruise on my leg the next day (and I did!). I don't have pictures of my crash but here is my helmet where you can see where my head bashed into the sand.

Well, I got back on and continued to ride, I was just more cautious again, going kind of slow. We started to ride back to the RV for some grub. Brady was leading the group, I was right behind him. Brady starts to go up a dune, and I of course followed, bad idea. The top of the dune was getting narrower and all of the sudden I felt my ATV tipping over! To avoid getting crushed again, I bailed off. On the ground. Again! I screamed and rolled on the ground saw my ATV drive itself down the dune and come to a stop, not tipped over.
I was now completely shaken, it took me forever to get started again. Everyone took off to the RV and Brady waited for me to get the nerve to come down a dune with a steep decline. After I finally got down we took a long trip back to the RV, we got lost, even though Brady had the GPS. We then ate grub and rested up. I got many high-fives for my crashes. BTW: I was the only one to crash the whole trip.
After we ate lunch we rode over the Glamis Beach Store to get some ice cream. The ride was mostly flat, so I was good. The store is super dusty ghetto and most of the souvenirs in the store have been sitting there for years. It was hilarious.

After the yummy ice cream, we headed back to the RV, packed up and drove home.
What a trip. I did actually have fun.

Me, Brady, Cindy, Blake, Riley, Chelsea

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"Last week while visiting New Zealand metropolis Palmerston North city, Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement of Flight of The Conchords were exposed to radiation from an explosion at a power generating wind farm leaving them with super powers. McKenzie found that after exposure to the radiation he was able to send text messages with his mind and Clement reported that he was a bit stronger than usual and could lift about three or four more shopping bags than he usually could. But really full ones though. Effects wore off after ten minutes but during that time McKenzie managed to text his mate Dave "HPPY BRTHDY DAV. I M SNDNG THIS USNG MND"."


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Wahahaha! WIPEOUT!

If you know anything about a new invention called 'Television' you might know that there are certain programs that Nicole and I both love. One of those is LOST, but that whole head-spinning time traveling, slap to the medula oblongata just finished its 5th season. After watching that season finally we needed something to fill that jumbo sized hole in our Wednesdays. After searching long and hard, (well... not that long... or hard...) we've started watching Wipeout.

"But Brady what is this Wipeout?" you say. Please, let me enlighten you to the magic that is Wipeout. Imagine an obsticle course so fiendish that it could be considered the spawn of Dr. Suess and Salvador Dali and then covered with squishy brightly colored foam. Oh yeah, and then there's giant balls! Now imagine those balls covered with the shame of people flinging themselves upon them in hopes of crossing a lake... Get the idea?

Please enjoy the complementary sample of the Wipeout goodness in Exibit A. Go ahead. I give you permission to snicker, laugh, guffaw, what have you.

Exibit A: Giant Red Ball welcoming a newcomer to the Wipeout obsicle course.
Now imagine all of the hilarity that insues in the Gillman household. Nicole especially laughs at the parts where faces meet foam covered objects. I know this all seems pretty vaige but if you haven't seen it its pretty hard to discribe in all its sweet glorious foaminess. You'll just have to tune in next week with us. ABC, 7pm Wed.

Happy Birthday Grandpa!

Today Grandpa Bingham turns 80. We had a big party for him in Safford this past Memorial weekend. Most of the family was able to be there and it was a blast. The weather was perfect and we hung out all day in the back yard and had a very yummy dutch oven dinner. I mostly hung out with the little kids, which may have made Brady nervous, but it was all in good fun. :)

Here is the family that was able to be there, we were only missing 3 cousins, 4 spouses, and 5 kids. We sure have grown over the years.

I mostly hung out with the little kids, which may have made Brady nervous, but it was all in good fun. :) Babies everywhere!
Me with Jayna, I don't know if I'm spelling her name right, we hung out at the cemetary while the men cleaned up Great Grandpa B's grave.
Here's Julian being happy like always.
Kambry smiled the whole time. So cute.
Grant with his daughter Erin.

Little Hartley, look at those eyes! So cute. We played Legos together.

There are a ton more pictures that I took at this event, however I'm still getting used to this blog thing so I'm keeping this short and sweet. Happy birthday Grandpa, we love you very much!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Past times: Flight of the Conchords concert 5/19/09

Since we want to update our blog with exciting stuff, we need to begin with things that happened a little while ago. On the 19th, we attended the Flight of the Conchords concert. If you have not seen the show on HBO, you can see it on DVD of just check out their music. They are a folk parody duo from New Zealand and we love them a whole lot. They are just plain hilarious. We started the night taking pictures, however, this is where the picture fun ended since the security people wouldn't let me in with my camera, and dumb me, didn't even have my purse to hide it. So Brady took it up to the 6th level of the car garage to put it in the car. I felt bad.

So we got in, found our seats, which weren't too bad considering most of the show was sold out by the time I knew the tickets were on sale. Hilarity ensued from the get go. Jemaine (one of the band members) comes on the speaker to announce the opening act Arj Barker, who plays Dave in the show. I was happy since I once dressed up as Dave for Halloween 2 years ago.
After Arj Barker's stand-up routine. Bret and Jemaine start their show. They come out wearing robot heads (you just have to know them to understand) and did a rousing opening number. Anyways, most of the show consists of them sitting on their stools bantering and singing awesomely hilarious music.

We had a one guy sitting behind us that enjoyed talking really loudly throughout the whole night. He even splashed his drink on us. He kept screaming out for "Leggy Blonde" one of the songs from Flight of the Conchords. We just rolled our eyes at this guy since the main singer of "Leggy Blonde" is the character Murray, from their show, and he wasn't there. Bret and Jemaine even needed to remind the audience that their show is not a documentary and Murray is not really their band manager.

The duo was great at playing off the audience. Someone yelled out "Free Bird" and these guys actually played it! It was so cool. However when they began breaking into a song from Prince, they stopped and said they weren't allowed to do cover songs.

Here is a better picture of Bret and his amazing shirt he wore. All that red embroidery really glowed under the black light. I developed a big crush on him during the show. He would forget the lines to the songs every once and a while and just laugh. He has an adorable smile. But that's just me.

It was an awesome show, we laughed the whole time and still love these guys and will see them again when they come back (hoping they do).

Nicole's favorite Flight of the Conchords songs:

The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room
Carol Brown
Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros
Business Time

(I have a hard time choosing one)

Brady's favorites:

Hurt Feelings
Leggy Blonde

What am I thinking?!

So here I am. At "work", starting a blog. Brady will roll his eyes. My mom will be happy as well as other family members who are blog stalkers (you know who you are *cough* Kim *cough*). Even though I am also a blog stalker, I always thought blogs are for families with babies, but I cannot deny my urge any longer. Our life is not exciting or adventurous, but I'll do my best to post updates and random thoughts. Here it goes!