...Because we like food too much.
Kaylie had made the goal to hike the "Y" for the first time before she left on her mission. So that Saturday before she left, all of us kids headed down to Provo and embarked on what would prove to be the most physical activity any of us had participated in all year. "So that's what it feels like to get your heart rate up." We mentally embraced the fact that no matter what, we were going to...the...top..., and although we felt like it, we realized we would not, in fact, die from this experience. We took our sweet time, laughed and crawled our way up the mountain face. While mentally, physically, and spiritually taxing, we made it to the top and nothing could describe the joy of our attainment. We had reached our goal with no Madsen member left behind. We sat breathless atop the white, painted rock surface and enjoyed the satisfaction of a beautiful view and togetherness. It was a triumph, to say the least. It was the perfect metaphorical activity to realize that with a little determination, humor, medication, and motivation, you can truly do anything.