Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Last 6 Months

I really am trying to catch up on life. I feel like these last 6 months have gone by so quickly! Where did my time go? Some of these pictures deserve some posts of their own, but I'll quickly post what we've been up to for the last little while. 

Austin has gotten to know Uncle Bridger, which took no time at all. He was born soon after Bridger left on his mission for 2 years!

We went boating a few times, and always have a blast!

I ran into my new friends from Peru, and they invited me and the kids into their beautiful home! (Brett was reffing football, so he couldn't be there)

We went to the Salt Lake County Fair, mainly to try some churros from a company I new was going to be there. I probably scarfed down those churros before the thought entered my mind to take a picture. Oh well. :)

Teagan got a big girl bed! She begged and begged for that thing, then didn't want to sleep in it for the first couple weeks. I think she got nervous, and took comfort in her little toddler bed. But she eventually warmed up to the twin size and sleeps like a champ!

We went to California for a few days to go to a wedding...that we ended up getting uninvited to since we had our kids with us. But we were pleased as punch to get more beach time because of that!

Brett and his dad took a long bike ride from Port Hueneme to Ojai. We met them at a yummy Mexican restaurant. But the place had no chairs or tables. So we ate our food on the sidewalk.

They found a big hole someone had dug up and climbed on in!

As much as I tried to will it not to happen, I turned the big 30. My sister made a crown that she lets everyone wear for their 30th birthday; like Rachel Green in the show Friends.
I am so sad to no longer be in my 20s. I sound officially old, although I don't feel like it. I'm determined to have an even better decade than I did in my 20s. Because once I turn 40, I may as well be a grandma. But hopefully not, because Teagan will only be 13. Ah!!

The kids had so much fun on Halloween! The weather was so great, they didn't even have to wear a jacket.

We went to Disneyland in November, right in time for their Christmas decorations! I'll need to blog more about this trip. The kids beg to go back all of the time!

Austin turned 2! I just love this boy so much! He loves swimming and Chick-Fil-A, so that day was all about him.

Let's see...Christmas happened. And I haven't even taken those pictures off of my camera yet! I'll post those soon.

Brett has been having interviews for jobs, so we've been on a few more short trips for those. I haven't taken many pictures though, because it's mostly just him at his interview all day, while I'm driving around neighborhoods, trying to figure out where we would live! We'll find out in a few short weeks where we'll be moving to!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Family Reunion!

Well, I'm about 5 months behind. Wowzas. Let's jump back to the day after we got home from Peru.

My little brother came home from his mission!
Bridger was in Armenia for 2 years, and it has been so great having him home. He is definitely the favorite child of the family.

That next week, we all drove up to Bear Lake to have a little family reunion. Except Brett, who had school he couldn't miss. And my sister's husband, Kyson, had to work. 

It was such a fun week in such a fun rental house! Actually, it was fun for everyone except for this little guy:

Austin was so so sick, and we figured out his throat was killing him. He wouldn't eat, could barely drink, so he just cried most of the time. Swimming is his jam, he loves it! So it was nice to be on the water where he was a little less moody. 

When he wasn't swimming or crying, I was trying to get him to sleep:

This little girl was on CLOUD 9! I barely even had to watch her, she had so much fun playing with her cousins. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Peru, Part 2

Again, HOW do I choose my favorite photos?! Especially from this "part 2" of the trip! 

After we left Pisac, we drove about an hour to attend church Sunday morning. Honestly, I would say less than half of our group were members of the LDS Church, but SO MANY of them still came to attend sacrament meeting. We were late, so we missed the actual sacrament, but it was so neat to feel the Spirit and sing the hymns in Spanish. 

After church, I'm not even sure how Brett started talking to this woman. But when I looked at them, she was showing Brett her daughter's teeth! Her teeth were in pretty bad shape, so luckily, Brett had the knowledge to give her some advice on how to care for them. 

Brett's traditional basketball hoop picture.

We started heading for the train station. Got stuck in traffic, so we walked the rest of the way. We had some lunch, then boarded our train!

Look how nice these trains are!! They served us a beverage and treat, while we played card games for about 1.5 hours.

We finally made it to Aguas Calientes! This is the city below Machu Picchu. It is such a beautiful place with greenery climbing up the sides of the mountains. We had so much fun exploring and playing and shopping.

Again, dogs everywhere!
Behind me is the river that flows through the city, and you can see it from the top of Machu Picchu.

The next morning, we woke up reeeeeaaallly early to get in line for the buses. The buses started at 5:30am, and zigzag up up up the mountain.

Waking up early had this beautiful advantage:

I loved seeing the sun rays streak through each mountain peak. Absolutely stunning.

We got a hint from Matt a few days prior that he would be proposing to his girlfriend at the top. It was so fun to watch, she had no idea!

Our tour guide was very good at his job! It was fascinating to learn about this city, the religious symbols through all their architecture, and their religious practices.

Huge thank you to Somewhere Devine for taking some pictures of me and Brett that I will treasure forever!

The alpacas were putting on quite the show!

We had made reservations to climb up the MontaƱa hike. After waiting in a line for over an hour, we finally got though the gate to start hiking. We had to be OFF the mountain by Noon, and that didn't leave us nearly enough time to do the entire hike. I was super disappointed. So I told Brett that I was going to book it up that mountain as fast I could! I mean....I didn't go all the way to Peru to only hike up halfway, right?! So Brett and Patrick started going fast with me.
Well, I got winded fast. With the high elevation, and going uphill (I HATE going uphill!), I was super out of breath. And of course, boys will be boys and they were just fine, going speedy.
ANYWAY, long story short, I just have to brag and say, I kept up with those boys, and was maybe only 30 seconds behind them!
No, we didn't make it to the top. We still only made it halfway. But it was still a pretty great view!

See the tiny Machu Picchu behind my shoulder?

I really didn't want to leave this place, knowing there is a huge possibility that I'll never be back. It was absolutely beautiful.

The next day, we stopped by this place to walk around some ruins.

We were SO GRATEFUL to meet some amazing people on this trip. We had our little small group of friends that we walked around with on all of our adventures.
From left to right:
Claudia and Paul from Midway, Utah. Cutest married couple in the world.
Allison and Tyler from Kentucky. (Happy Camper Film & Photo)
Morgan and Emma. Best friends from Maryland. (Our daughters)
Cassandra and Matt. Newly engaged couple from Minnesota.
Gladys and Terry made their way into the picture just in time! The funniest people alive.

We had one more night and morning to explore the city of Cusco before our flights back home the next day.

We did some more market shopping to get any last souvenirs to take home.
First thing that morning, I started to feel a little bit off. Just not myself. You can probably see it on my face in this picture.

Then I started to see things like this in the market...

Then I waited for some not-so-very-good churros...
(And Brett took the most awkward picture of this man...when I think he was just trying to take a picture of the paper cup, ha!)

This is after I ate the churros, and all my body wanted to do was lay down.
But I was in Peru! So I didn't want to!

To spare the details, I ended up getting sick 15 minutes before our bus to the airport. I figure it was food poisoning. I had a super painful stomach ache for the next 20 hours. It was a loooong flight. But I survived.

We had the best reunion with our kids. Teagan started to cry a little bit, she was simply overcome with joy. It was the cutest thing to see!

We're so grateful to our families for helping out, so that Brett and I could go on the trip of a lifetime. We're so grateful for Hailey and Brad Devine, for how incredibly genuine and kind they are.
We're so grateful for Kimber, the trip coordinater, for dealing with SOOO many details, and handling it with such grace.

Best. Trip. Ever. I wish I could go on the next one, but it'll take me a few more years to save up. ;)