Thursday, January 26, 2017

Christmas 2016

I have to say, I think our Christmas is going to get better and better each year. Kids just bring out the magic of Christmas, don't they? I get so excited to watch them experience these things, like looking at Christmas lights, or passing by Santa in the mall (they refused to sit on his lap), or unwrap gifts from under the tree. 

Our Christmas Eve started out by waking up early to talk to my little brother Bridger, from his mission in ARMENIA!

Gosh, he's looking so old and mature!

After, we zoomed off to our annual breakfast with the Sommerville family at IHOP. I always get the White Chocolate Chip Raspberry Pancakes. AMAZING! I didn't take any pictures there, dang it.

I thought it'd be fun to do Teagan's hair like little Cindy Lou Who.

How darling is baby Ella? She is one of the best babies! We never hear her cry.

We played this Heads Up game with the VanWagoner family. It is SO FUN!


Before bed time, we headed back to the Peterson home to have a big sleepover. Austin wanted nothing to do with the cousin picture. It takes a long time for him to warm up to people before he's willing to sit on their lap!


This boy though, all he needed for Christmas was different sports balls, and he was happy as a clam!

I have to admit, I got this girl waaaay too much. All she really wanted was some {fake} makeup, and play-doh. It is going to be a MUCH more simple Christmas next year.

I love shopping sales! So I woke up early to head to some stores while everyone was still in a Christmas hangover.
And I drove by this beautiful sight.

{Much} later that morning, since Brett's grandparents were in town, they wanted to take everyone bowling!


Here he is, the man who has scored a perfect game.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

I finally took some pictures on Thanksgiving this year...although, I still didn't quite capture that many. There is always so much playing and talking and enjoying the moments, it's hard to remember to bust out the camera.

Like every year, we celebrate not one but TWO Thanksgiving feasts! We are so lucky our families eat at different times.

We started the afternoon off at my cousin, Shannon's house. She has such a fun home, with toys for every age!

The men played pool and watched sports:

While some of the girls did a puzzle.

Out of all of this yummy food, I think that fudge was my favorite!


We then headed to the Sommerville home for dinner! Grandma Marti moved here from California the day before, just in time for the holidays!

And of course, Teagan played outside with her cousins. I think that's their favorite thing to do together!


I hope everyone had a very filling Thanksgiving!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Happy 1st Birthday Ozzy Bear!

I can't believe I don't have a baby anymore! He is quickly growing into a toddler sized body. I swear he grows faster than regular babies!!!

This boy has taught me so much since he surprised us on April Fool's Day (when I found out I was pregnant with him).
He's taught me to be more patient, more loving, more sensitive. I've learned that boys are actually more enjoyable than girls in some ways ;).

I LOVE that he has been such a cuddly bear. He will take a moment to cuddle with me every single day.
I love his big wet kisses.
I love the way he says mama.
I love how he goes to sleep so easily for naps, and nighttime.
I love the love he has for me, Brett and Teagan.
This guy is so special.

1 week:

1 month:

2 months:

3 months:

4 months:

5 months:

6 months:

7 months:

8 months:

9 months: (in the same outfit, whoops!)

10 months:

11 months:

We gave him a basketball hoop, and loves having us lift him up so that he can shoot the ball. Actually, more like, drop the ball into the net.

We celebrated his birthday with our families. This boy is LOVED!

He got some winter boots, that we haven't needed to use yet. This winter has been a weird one here in Utah!



Both Teagan and now Austin have not been a fan of the "smash cake" idea. We've decided we'll start waiting until our babies turn 2, when they'll actually enjoy the smashing.

Teagan very much enjoyed it.



Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Puerto Rico cost breakdown

I love keeping track of everything I spend on vacations. It helps me realize how do-able they really are, as long as you do them right, and use PERKS!

Again, the BEST perk I have right now is the Southwest Companion Pass. Brett will continue to fly for FREE for the entire year of 2017.

I'm hoping that at the end of next year, we can sign him up for the Southwest cards, so that I will be able to fly for free for the next 2 years after that. Especially now that our babies are starting to cost us points...we need all the perks we can get when flying!

I'm really hoping to get approved for the Chase Freedom card soon. But Chase is SO STRICT on their rules these days, they are making it a bit difficult. grrr. But it's a $0 annual fee, and 5% cash back in certain categories. So I would love to have that card be my "lifetime" card.

But I digress...

Below is how much we were able to save on our trip to Puerto Rico! I even added in the amount we spent on food and souvenirs, which I haven't done in the past.

Product: What I Paid: Actual Cost:
Southwest SLC to SJU
(roundtrip)
(Chase Southwest Premier&Plus, with Companion Pass)
$0.00 $750.00
Southwest Flights Taxes & Fees $33.60 $33.60
Expedia Rental Car with Alamo $75.46 $75.46
Toll Roads: $22.15 $22.15
Hyatt Place San Juan City Center
(Chase Hyatt Visa)
(2 nights)
$0.00 $252.00
Hotel Parking Fee $28.00 $28.00
Vieques Air Link
(roundtrip)
(Reimbursed with Capital One Venture Rewards)
$0.00 $144.00
Airbnb
(Reimbursed with Capital One Venture Rewards)
$0.00 $117.00
Car Rental from Airbnb Hostess $50.00 $50.00
Bioluminescent Tour with Abe's Snorkeling $110.00 $110.00
IHG Intercontinental San Juan
(Chase IHG Rewards Club Mastercard)
(1 night)
$0.00 $148.00
Hotel Parking Fee $20.00 $20.00
Food and Souvenirs $450.00 $450.00
TOTAL: $789.21 $2,200.21

To sum it all up, I spent only $789.21, for a family of 4!!!
Saving $1,411!
This makes my heart happy.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Puerto Rico

Another amazing trip for our family has come and gone, way too fast. And now all we have are pictures and videos to remind us of this fun vacation. (Can you call it a vacation with 2 babies tagging along?)

It was a FULL day of travelling, stopping in Chicago, then Orlando, then finally Puerto Rico. Brett and I really love flying, but doing it with kids...lets just say I only enjoy flying when they're asleep. Ha!
Teagan was SO excited about her new backpack, until she actually had to carry it packed with the iPad and treats. It was too heavy for her to be happy about.

It was a rough first flight, with this guy puking all over himself, and his only blanket we brought. We carried around that stinky blanket for the rest of the trip. I was actually excited to do laundry when we got home!

The next day I think was my favorite day of the entire trip. We started out by visiting the Cueva del Indio. It was unbelievably beautiful, which the pictures just can't explain.

Oh, and get used seeing Teagan doing this in many of the pictures...it's her signature pose. :)

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In all the reviews I read, no one mentioned to wear SHOES when visiting this place. We all wore our measly little flip flops, and it was very hard to walk on these rough rocks.

Do you see that huge tower in the background? That's Christopher Columbus!


We walked past what we thought looked like tanning beds!

Teags was a huge fan.

And here is Christopher Columbus! This might be the strangest part of our entire trip...which I won't get into. Let's just say, this place isn't exactly visitor friendly. Crazy chihuahuas starting coming after us. I'm not even joking.

We then headed for Old San Juan...at the same time as the rest of the city. There was a political rally happening, that was actually quite fascinating!


After buying some souvenirs, we went to tour Castillo San Felipe del Morro. The kids were shouting for joy...

But really, it was so cool! And HUGE!
This place was able to fight off any battle that came.



We were able to get back to our hotel in time for some swimming. Teagan of course had a blast...

and Oz just wanted to be held.


The next morning, we took off for the island Vieques! We were able to take a small 10 minute plane ride. It was AMAZING!


Wild horses roam all over the island.

That night, we did the Bioluminescent Tour in Mosquito Bay. These 2 pictures was all that was captured. It's just too dark outside to deal with the kids on a kayak, AND try to take awesome pictures of the glowing water. We were on the school bus, ready to head back to the parking lot.

It was funny though, of course we were the only ones with kids on the tour, out of about 50 people. haha! Actually, my kids were the only kids I saw on the entire island!
 

We stayed at an Airbnb that night, my first time ever doing that! It went really well, however there was no air conditioning. But I think we were all exhausted enough, that we survived the night.
This picture cracks me up...we all sleep in the exact same position!

 Back to Puerto Rico!

We went hiking in El Yunque National Forest.

The hike took us to La Mina Falls. It was very refreshing to get in that cold water!

Once again, Teagan had a blast!

and Ozzy just wanted to sit on mommy's lap.

The rest of the day was very simple.
We swam in the ocean when it was POURING rain, so I didn't want to take out our camera or phones to take a picture. Then we went to our hotel and swam again (just me and Teagan this time, Austin had enough of "swimming.")

The next day was a full day of travel again back to SLC! I think these 2 were sick of flying by that time. This picture makes me laugh out loud every time I look at it! MAN my kids are good looking! :) :) :)