Sunday, August 13, 2017

St. George and Las Vegas

At the end of June, we drove down to St. George to visit Brett's parents, and his Grandma Marti. They moved down there a few months ago. For the past year, Brett and I have been living in their basement. Now that they have moved out, Brett's brother and sister-in-law have moved into the house. His other siblings, Van and Robyne, live there too. We are one big happy family! And it has been very nice to pay a bit cheaper rent while we finish this last year of school!

But back to St. George!
It was HOT! So we spent some time in our friends pool that live down there too:



We were driving around, probably looking for some good food, and noticed some signs for Brigham Young's "winter" home! I wasn't even aware he had a home in St. George. We woke up the next morning for a tour of that beautiful place!



These two love each other! (Most of the time)

We should've taken a photo in front of the house at the beginning of the tour. Because of course by the end, Austin's patience was gone. See him screaming at me in this picture?

So, we booted him out and got one of the happy people.

As we drove around a little bit more, we wanted to spend some time on the temple grounds. I've never seen this temple up close before. It is so beautiful!
(Did you know it's the oldest operating temple? And it was the only temple completed while Brigham Young was the prophet. No wonder he had a home down there!)






I love these simple moments as a family. I look at these beautiful kids of mine and think about the huge life they have ahead of them.
What talents will they have?
Where will they go to high school?
Where will they serve their missions?
What temple will they be married in?
What is their future spouse like?
What will be their careers?
How many grand-kids are they going to give me?
The questions I have are endless. I'm just so excited for them. And scared. But excited. They will do great things and be great people. Which sometimes I feel puts a lot of pressure on me as their mom, to be teaching them constantly. But I am so happy to do it. I love being a mom, more than I ever thought I would.

Whew! That was a bit of rambling!

The next morning, we took off for Las Vegas! I had a free Marriott night expiring, so why not?
If you can believe it, it was even HOTTER in Las Vegas.

First things first: NIKE. I have no problem brainwashing my kids into thinking that Nike is the best brand ever.


While walking around Caesars Palace, Brett noticed Dick Butkus signing autographs. This meant nothing to me, but he thought it was pretty cool!

I'm realizing now that I didn't take a whole lot of pictures in Vegas. Whoops! I didn't save the video I took of Teagan saying: "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!" We also taught her the song by Elvis, "Viva Las Vegas!" She was loving all of it!

But here is a picture of my little cuddle bug in the hotel room, always taking time to cuddle with me everyday.

And here is he trying to get comfortable on the long car ride home!

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!!!