Fear Factor

While at Universal Studios on the last day Clint and I tried out for Fear Factor which is one of the shows that they have in the park.  I must admit I was not wanting to try out but Clint was really excited about it and his family talked me into it…well we made the cut!  There were 3 stunts and 6 of us that competed.  It was a little surreal as they took us to the back trailer and explained what would happen during the whole process.  They then made a video of us introducing ourselves and telling why we are going to win fear factor.  Clint said he was going to win because he had 5 finger shoes and I said that I was going to win because I wanted to earn bragging rights over my husband.  Then after they taped our blurbs they gave us disposable underwear, spandex, under armor shirts, and water socks.  We got changed and when we came out they put harnesses on us and the hose came in to meet us.  Then we headed to the back of the stage and up the stairs to wait for the host to introduce us.

Stunt 1: Endurance Hang.  In the Endurance Hang, the 6 contestants hang from a stationary t-bar 35 feet in the air and will have to hang on as long as they can. Adding to the challenge is that 30 seconds during the stunt, fans (controlled by volunteers) will be activated which blow strongly towards the contestants. The first 2 contestants that drop will be eliminated and asked to make the “walk of shame”

This was really hard because the T-bar was more like a Y-bar.  I didn’t want to loose this round, so I just closed my eyes and concentrated on holding on…when I opened my eyes the only other lady in the group had just fallen…I only had one more to go.  I held on until the second person fell and when they reached the ground I let go.  Clint let go just after me.

Here are your contestants…

Waiting for everyone to get in their places….scariest part!

Clint hanging for a spot in the finalist.

Last 4 standing

Stunt 2: Eel Tank Relay.  This stunt consists of two parts, and the 4 remaining contestants will be paired up in groups of two (one of them will be tethered while the other one is not). The first part of the stunt has the non-tethered contestants retrieve bean bags from an aquarium full of non-electric eels in. The second part consists of the non-tethered contestants throwing the beanbags to their tethered partners holding buckets, however instead of beanbags, raw squid will be used (and the amount of squid thrown by the non tethered contestants is determined by the amount of beanbags retrieved in the first part). Adding to the challenge to the second part is that volunteers will use water cannons to impede the progress of each team. Both parts of the eel tank relay has a 30 second time limit. The winning team is determined by whoever can get the most squid within the 30 second limit.

We got 4 bean bags out of the eel tank and into Clints bucket and the other team got 3!  So we had an advantage over the other team because we got 4 squid and the other team got 3 in the next part of the competition.  Both teams got 3 squid in their buckets so it was up to me to catch that last squid Clint threw to me.  We ended up getting that last squid so we won that round!

Grabbing a bean bag in a eel tank

Clint being hoisted up to be swung across the stage to throw a squid for me to catch

Are we the champions…yes we are!

Asking me questions while they lowered Clint back to the ground.

Final Stunt:  Clint and I went head to head.  We had to climb a latter with water pouring down on us, grab each of the 4 yellow flags on the wall.  Then get to the top of the fire pole where there was a red flag with a key.  We had to grab that, slide down the pole, run to the car, and start it with the key on the red flag.  Once you started the car it began to lift up, when it reach the top (28 feet in the air) you have to slide onto the hood of the car and take off the 3 yellow flags on the front.  Then you got back into the car and grabbed the bazooka in the back seat and shot at the bullseye in the middle of the building.  Whoever did all that first won!

Michelle climbing to first flag

Clint climbing to flags

At the top!

Clint riding the car up to 25 ft high!

Clint sliding on the hood to reach the flags….success.

Michelle raising in the car, watching Clint slide onto the hood….so close.


It was so much fun, definitely a highlight of our vacation!  I am so glad I did it with my husband.  Clint won a Fear Factor Live Champion T-shirt along with 4 express passes so we could skip to the beginning of the line at every ride!  I won a Universal ball cap and 2 express passes for coming in 2nd.  We had a blast even if we didn’t win anything we would have been happy, but that was an added bonus.  I have always wanted to try out for The Amazing Race because I love to travel but this experience made me want to try out for another reason.


Custom Home for Sale In Seattle Washington Area

We had a great weekend in Seattle visiting my grandparents. My grandparents build beautiful custom homes up in the Seattle area. We were able to tour a few of their homes. They are brilliant! Washington is a beautiful state and their homes are surrounded by the beauty that only the pacific northwest can offer. The trees are especially colorful at this time of year.

Here is one that they have finished and are trying to sell! If you know anyone who is looking for a high quality finished home let me know. They can buy this one or have one built just the way they want it!

You can see their work at www.masterbuilt-estatehomes.com.

Or you can contact the Realtor (my grandma) at:
Donna Ogle
RSVP Real Estate


This is my passion….

I love to take pictures…its a hobby and a habit. I wish I could capture so many things on my memory card. I carry my camera everywhere with me just in case there is a photo opportunity, I don’t want to miss out! One day I would love to get a big fancy camera that will take even better picture then my amazing point and shoot, even though Clint tells me that its not the camera but the talent behind the camera that makes a good picture. One day 🙂
Our little puppy is growing bigger each day. He can now put his head out the window and not fall all over the seat while atempting such a task. He is such a hadsome pup!

Oh Sydney!

We went over to Clints parents for dinner and got to play with Brookie and Sydney for a bit before we ate. At one time we were out on the trampoline and Sydney was having a ball….she is so adventurous. I got some cute pics that I had to post!

She would laugh when she fell…it was so cute.

She would laugh the whole time Clint was jumping with her between his legs.

Even Ruger joined us….he was a little wobbly.

Branson or Bust

We (Dad, Mom, Jessica, Clint, Michelle) went and picked up Matt, Reagan, and Preston for a weeks at Table Rock Lake. We had our boat in tow and were able to keep it in a slip all week! It was a blast….

Table Rock Lake is over near Branson Missouri. We usually do Lake Powell but because of location and travel time for the little one, Table Rock was a better choice for my bro and his family.
Dad grew a ginormous hubbard squash. It was his baby. He cut it right down the middle to find that there was a knife inside the squash already! Jess…. you devious girl. hah. Well Jess got the blame which was superb, but really Clint and Matt conspired. Jess was scared because she knew how much dad loves his squash. (compliments of Matt’s blog 🙂
According to Matt…Clint is a pro bass fisher. He caught our first fish which we hesitantly threw back.
I like reading books when we go on vacation. I find I have more time to relax and enjoy a good book. Preston assisted me a bit in this attempt to finish my new book. He was quite interested and didn’t want to let it go when it was time for his tubing adventure!

Preston got a lot of attentions from his Aunts
One day Preston, Reagan, and I came up early. Preston and I got to hang out while Reagan relaxed and took a shower. He had a great photo shoot!

Preston had his first tubing adventure….thanks to Grandpa’s careful driving he lived to tell about it!

Happy Birthday to ME!

I wasn’t expecting much because our schedules have been so busy and I was in my friend Affton’s wedding the day of my birthday. But when I got home from work on Friday Clint said “Put on something nice, we have to leave soon.” What…0k! He wouldn’t tell me where we were going. His surprise was dinner at the Melting Pot. Yummm! We got a special spot in the back by the fireplace (very intimate and quaint)…the same table as when I took him for his birthday last year. It was nice to relax and enjoy each others company. We were so stuffed by the end we had to get the desert to go 🙂 As we were driving away Clint reached in the back and pulled out two present!! After an expensive dinner I was not expecting to get a present…. it was exciting. I opened the first and it was a new camera.

I needed one since mine broke while we were in Sanabel, FL. The second present was a case and an extra battery….SWEET! We will get a lot of use out of this for work and play. I have been playing with it the last couple days and it takes awesome pictures!

After dinner we went and played putt putt/mini golf. It was fun….I just wish the battery was charged on my camera so I could take a picture….but this will suffice!

The Great Houdini

For those of you that don’t know we got a puppy. His name is Ruger ‘Houdini’ Giblette. The middle name will be explained later. He was 8 weeks on Mothers Day and Clint picked him up the night before Mothers Day! The first few weeks we were asking ourselves WHY did we get a puppy, WHY did we think this would be fun…but now I cannot imagine life without him. Here is a picture of him when we picked him out of the litter at 7wks old!

Here is our little Ruger now….

He has been a great puppy…we just block out the times where he went potty in the house, how he found a way to climb out of his enclosure in the kitchen (we started calling him Houdini for the reason) and would meet us at the door when we got home from work/school after a day of gallivanting around the apartment all by himself, and the chewed blinds as a result of that freedom. He was a surprisingly non-destructive puppy unsupervised in the apartment all day, and for that I am very grateful. We finally figured out his tricks by setting up a hidden camera and when we left he would be out before we even shut the front door! Little did we know that he was never really in his enclosure while we were gone. Now he is crate trained and we are loving it!

He has proved to be a very smart puppy…spoken like a proud mother 🙂 He knows sit, down (which he is demonstrating in the picture above), kennel, and RUGER! He is going to be a very big dog. His legs and ears are still way to big for him and he trips over his HUGE paws. There are many times he face plant the couch or bed because he jumps too soon. He is a lover and always wanting to cuddle when he is not hyper and bouncing off the walls. When he was a puppy he would wake up from his nap and find that there wasn’t anyone near him any more and go to the closest warm body, cuddle up, and fall back asleep.

We love him and enjoy the energy he brings into our lives! He is preparing us for kids…which by saying that I know what you must be thinking and we are not pregnant…yet 🙂

We are pros…

…at marriage. Ok maybe not, but we have sure enjoyed being married and being able to share our lifes with each other. Clint and I celebrated 6th month anniversary yesterday! I can’t believe the time has flown by so quickly. We went to the best Sushi place here in Parker, its called Junz. My favorite was the caterpillar roll…I bet you cant guess which one that is 🙂 It has been a great 6 months and it will be fun to see what life holds for us. We have been so blessed!