Friday, July 7, 2017

Nashville

I mentioned in an earlier post that I won a trip to Nashville. The is the SECOND time I have won a trip to Nashville on the radio. Those radio contests never disappoint! 

This trip included round trip flights for me and a friend.
5 nights in a hotel.
2 passes to the CMA music festival.
Special tickets to see Darius Rucker, and a meet and greet with him. 

After speaking with my trip coordinator person, she told me that we'll be flying on Southwest. PERFECT!!!! This meant that I could take the kids!!! (Austin still flies for free, and Teagan was my free companion with my "Southwest Companion Pass."

We tried our best to work our flights around Brett's school. We didn't arrive at our hotel in Nashville until about 1:30AM. We were tired. 
And because I'm a crazy person, and don't like to waste time on vacation, I made the whole family wake up at 4:30am so that we could drive all the way to Dollywood! Yes, we were exhausted. But I must tell you that it was absolutely worth it!









This theme park was so darn cute. I wish we could've gone to the water park they have there as well. They have a rollercoaster called Wild Eagle, and it was SOOO FUN!


The next few days, we spent exploring Nashville and the sights and foods it has to offer. (And really, I didn't take enough pictures of the good food. It's just simply amazing.)


There were concerts at the Nissan Stadium every night, but we decided to only attend one night. This particular night, the artists were:
Trace Adkins
Rascall Flatts
Sam Hunt (my favorite!)
Brett Eldridge
And then we went back to our hotel before the other artists sang. The kids had passed out on our laps!


Broadway Street was closed to cars during the CMA Festival. It was kinda cool to be able to walk in the middle of the street surrounded by the fun shops!



Our last day, we finally got to see Darius Rucker! It was such a fun atmosphere, except for the heat. It was unbelievably hot outside, and inside this lodge. You can see on Teagan's face how much she was enjoying it.

Instead of all of us walking in the scorching heat to the car, we made Brett go get it, while the rest of us rested in the shade.

That night, we drove around Franklin (where the temple is), and we saw the nicest neighborhoods with the prettiest homes.

And finished the night with a yummy dinner at Puckett's!

We LOVE Nashville with all our hearts! The people are so nice and welcoming. We can't wait to go back again someday!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Provo Canyon Camping

The Godfrey's invited us to go camping over Memorial Day weekend. This was our first time camping with kids, so needless to say, I was a bit nervous for the night to come. I just wanted our kids to sleep and not be cold! Well, they did sleep. But I did not. We have a tiny, 2-man tent. And there was simply not enough room for me. By 6am, I had given up, and decided to get out, walk around, and try to get a fire going!

Next time we go camping, I will be sure to buy a 10-man tent before we go!

This little guy enjoyed camping much more than I thought he would.

He embraced that dirt and got it all over his face!


He didn't get a proper nap that day, so he fell asleep pretty early!

We went to Bridal Veil Falls on Sunday.


My heart broke when I heard the news of the 4 year old girl who fell into the river the very next day at this same location. The girl, her mom, and a man that tried to help all died trying to save her. That river is FIERCE right now! Brett and I were actually shocked at the amount of kids running around without proper supervision. It's so easy to climb on those rocks and fall right in.
:( :( :(

Trying to get this girl to take a nap was NOT successful.


These two, pondering life, sports, and memes on Instagram.


Yay for summer finally being here to stay!!!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

April & May Stories

I think April 2017 will officially go down in history as the worst month of my entire life. Not that I want to make this post super negative, it was just a hard, hard month. And I'm very happy it's over.

April 6, my niece was born at 34 weeks. But we had found out the previous day that she didn't have a heartbeat. The cord was in a knot, and had stopped all supply from getting through. Her name is Felicity Grace, and we already love and miss her so much! The only thing that gets our family through this incredibly tough time is the Plan of Happiness. I love knowing that my sister will be with her daughter again in Heaven.

After I got home from the hospital, Teagan and Austin were playing in the other room. I heard a loud bang, then Austin started crying. I ran in the room to see his head bleeding. I could see it was a pretty big, open wound, but I had no idea what to do! Luckily, Dean was home, and I ran up to his room and just said "help!" I immediately started crying. Being a mom is constantly bringing out all of my emotions!!!
Long story short, we took him to Instacare and got him all glued up. He was a champ through it all!


A few days later, we had a special service for little Felicity. It was very emotional, but this little girl is so loved!


Easter evening, Brett got sick. We've been doing a special diet, and after being so sick, his potassium got really low (He didn't take potassium pills like I told him to). So he was shaking and cramping really bad, especially in his hands and feet. We took him to the hospital, and they confirmed what we were already guessing. Low potassium.
They wanted to keep him overnight to bring his levels back up.

On a happier note: North Carolina won the NCAA championship! I never really care who wins, but I really wanted North Carolina to win, because they had this cute shirt and sweatshirt I wanted to order for Austin. We have a tradition of getting him a new shirt of the team that wins the tournament every year. Gonzaga didn't have any good options for toddler sizes.
(You can see Austin's scar right above his eyebrow, poor guy.)

Austin and Teagan both got sick. There was a lot of Moana watching for a couple days.

At the end of the week, I thought I was lucky and not going to catch the flu bug, but it bit me. :(

We celebrated this girls birthday. More about that here.

I went to BYU Women's Conference for work. I just love the special women I get to work with!

We went to Portland! More details here.

Would you believe me if I told you all of us got sick, again?! Austin was sick for almost an entire week. Teagan had the same symptoms, but luckily for only one day. Then Brett and I luckily skipped those yucky symptoms, but we both got colds, and mine turned into a Sinus infection. Boo!!!

We seem to be doing never ending yard work. Teagan loves to put on her gloves to help pull weeds!

We are officially on our last year of dental school! I can sort of see the light at the end of the tunnel! Brett's dad came into the school to get some work done.

Memorial Day weekend, we went camping with our good friends! It was such a good time to relax and do nothing in the mountains! I'll need to post more pictures from this soon!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Portland Oregon

Last month, Brett's dad had invited us to go to Portland while he was up there working. How can I say no to that, when we have plenty of Southwest points, plus the Companion Pass?? So we packed up, ready to explore a new city in this promised land!

This picture below is of Utah, obviously. There is no way Oregon would ever look this dry.

The first morning we woke up, we headed straight for the waterfalls! They did NOT disappoint!

Even the trees were a sight to behold. Look how pretty they are covered in moss! These trees went on for miles!

We hiked up to the bridge. By that time, it was raining and Grandma Kelly escaped to find shelter in the gift shop!



We arrived to the Pittock Mansion right when it opened. I love touring through old homes like this. They are absolutely amazing. Even the property it was on had the most beautiful view!

A baby bath tub! This would've been convenient for these two babies of mine!

This innovative shower had ALL the bells and whistles!


I had to snap these few pictures of Oz, because...he rarely smiles for the camera! But look at his big sister in the background, striking a pose!




We try to visit as many temples as we can, even if we don't go inside. Too bad temples don't have a daycare! ;)


We then met up with Dean, and visited a couple Nike stores. How did I not take any pictures of those stores?! I guess that just means I'll have to go back. :)

We had some Mexican cuisine from the fancy food trucks.

Oh, and during all that, I won a trip to Nashville. AH! This is the second time I've won a vacation, while I've been on a vacation, haha!

The next morning, we woke up to pink balloons and a happy birthday girl! There's no waiting for opening presents in our family.

We drove west to Seaside, and everyone enjoyed a nice (BIG) bowl of clam chowder. I passed. :) But they all said it was the best clam chowder they had ever had.

Teagan and I took a quick detour to the local toy store, then walked down to see some seals swimming in the ocean!


We drove a bit south to Cannon Beach to see the big Haystack Rock. Teagan was in HEAVEN I tell you! She ran right out to the water with no fear. At one point, Brett caught her just in time before a wave almost took her down! Luckily it was cold, so she didn't want to go all the way in!




Austin stayed as far away from the water as possible.

On our long drive back to the hotel, we stopped at the very interesting (and inappropriate) Voodoo donuts. They were yummmmmmy!

And the next morning, we flew back home to SLC. We really could've used one extra, non-rainy day in Portland. There were more activities we wanted to do, but time and rain just would not allow it.
It was such a fun city though. Very beautiful, nestled inside the very green trees.