Saturday, May 24, 2014

Hello Sunshine | February 19, 2014

A bonus day with Marc being home is always a treat. Over time we have learned it is best if Marc takes the day after vacation off from work because he needs a day of rest - traveling is just tiring in general. On this particular day I loved having the extra help with Decker during Harper's dance class. Marc walked to Starbuck's and got Decks a rice Krispy treat -  our little boy was in heaven.
I still think it is pretty lucky that these cousins get to do so many fun things together.




After school we sat in the backyard and enjoyed some sunshine before heading down to the beach. This also happened to be the day that Sawyer finally started writing her last name on her own.


Sawyer wrote it, Harper was the one that sat next to it.


Something that is pretty hard to deny is that the beach is our happy place. I can't say it was always that way, I mean, we have always loved it, but there was a time it didn't seem as easy with the kids, but now it is our go-to activity. Marc & I can take turns relaxing, sometimes even relax simultaneously, the kids can climb rocks, jump from rocks, play in the water, run away from the water, dig holes, build sand castles, eat snacks, eat sand, I mean the list goes on and on.


Our favorite beaches tend to be those in Laguna. I don't know what it is, but I swear the water is prettier. The sand is too. When it is low tide Thousand Steps is a fun one because you can walk through the cave/tunnel and do a lot of exploring. If you happen to be as lucky as Sawyer you might even find some pirate treasure (or some old crappy necklace that got left behind by a teenager, but whatever).









Playing in what I presume is a little bit of sewer water.  No big deal.  At least the mossy green looks really pretty.





You know what? Decker is quite the sport.  




Airplane spotting.



I feel like he has really slowed down on his wave and sunset photography lately…makes me kind of sad.  





He could not have been happier.  I wish I could have bottled his mood up and saved it forever.  Smiles and giggles for days.






This pretty baby has grown so much lately.  I can't really get over it.  Both physically and psychologically, her growing up has been apparent.





Definitely a favorite past time.  Jumping to Dad is always on their must-do list at the beach.




Our trip to Idaho was a great time but there was no hiding that our family belongs in the sand and not in the snow. Decker smiled almost the entire afternoon and Harper was flashing those pearly whites a lot too. Sawyer is our chameleon and I think she genuinely likes them both equally.

All in all it was a perfect beach day with our little family and going back and looking at these pictures makes my heart happy because I remember how peaceful and fun this day really was.








Friday, May 23, 2014

President's Day Weekend in Bear Lake

Almost every single President's Weekend we make the journey up to Bear Lake in Idaho to spend time with family and to play in the snow.  I am pretty sure we haven't missed a February in the snow since getting married except for when Sawyer was 8 months old and I thought she was too young to be in the cold (first child problems).  We all love this trip and our girls (mostly Sawyer) look forward to it all year.  Don't get me wrong, Harper likes it too, but Sawyer is an avid sledder and can't get enough of it (Harps prefers playing inside the cabin and staying warm, smart girl).  Plus anytime or anything that the cousins are involved in, Sawyer doesn't like to miss out on.  This year Decker proved that he is not into wearing snow pants and the snow in general really isn't his thing, but I think that is such a shame because he looks darling all bundled up.

Getting to Bear Lake isn't the easiest.  It isn't the hardest, but it is a pretty long journey.  You have to fly into Salt Lake and then rent a car and drive like another 3 hours.  I like that the flight is short (seriously Mom and Dad, you must move closer) but the car ride makes for a long day. Our kiddos were troopers though, they will do just about anything to hang out with our extended family.


The kids were good on the flight and were patient while we got the car rental situated.  I do not know what happened to me from the time we got off the airplane to the time we got into our car, but I had the worst headache I have ever had in my entire life, I couldn't keep my eyes opened, I couldn't eat, I couldn't talk,  I couldn't do anything, and eventually we had to pull over on the side of the road so I could throw up.  It was bizarre.  Luckily it only lasted that afternoon and I was totally fine the rest of the trip (and ever since).


A couple of years ago Grandma and Grandpa spruced up the old barn on their property and it has turned into the perfect hang out spot for the kids (for the adults too!).  They can watch movies out there, drink hot chocolate, play games, Rainbow Loom and color.  Some of them even sleep out there.  What more could little people need?  It also happens to be where everyone keeps their snow clothes and that is where we all get changed to go outside to play.







When we go to Idaho I feel like I never even see my kids.  They all run off in different directions with their cousins.  It is both awesome and confusing.  I am not used to not having my little ducklings around me at all times.

Sawyer and Kimber proved to be the mist hardcore snow bunnies.  They were out there for hours.


Cambria & Sawyer and an unlucky snowman.


Decker and Grandma got a lot of bonding time in.







Marc and his sister Mauri.




Harps had fun hanging out inside with Matisse.



And my all time favorite sisters.


One of the neat things about hanging out with lotsa family and having my kids entertained, I get a little extra one on one time with this dude.  I can't complain.



The weather in Bear Lake was weird this year.  Less snow than most years, rain, wind, sunshine, snow, you name it, we got it.  The sunny clear days were great, the wind was pretty terrible.  The icy sledding hill made for some quick and fun runs but it also seemed a little dangerous.  Sending my kid down an icy slope gives me all kinds of anxiety, I can barely even stand to watch (I am a wuss).  Surprisingly Harper is kind of scared of it too, so she stays away.  Decker went down with both Marc and I and he cried the whole time.  Sawyer on the other hand has no fear, she could be out there all day and never get tired of it (or complain about being cold!)  I love seeing the snow every February and I would be sad if we didn't get to go, but that is enough snow for me for the entire year.  Less clothes and more sunshine is my motto.  

I seriously took so many photos of Decker because his cuteness was killing me, even if he wasn't all that happy.










The grandparents spend a lot of time in the cabin and out in the barn (Grandma is a gem and cooks and feeds all 21 of us, Grandpa tends to the fire in the barn to make sure everyone has a warm place to go when they are done in the snow) so when they do make it out on the hill it is pretty exciting.


Marc went up on the sled hill and built a barrier from the wind. I think it actually helped out a lot.



The only good way to get up a giant sledding hill is to be pulled by a snow mobile.


Catching a ride on the actual snow mobile is even better.


Marc thought he could trick Decker into liking sledding.  It didn't work.




One day when we were getting ready to head in for the night I took Decker and Harper back to the house with Grandma and Grandpa and I told Sawyer I didn't want her sledding anymore because it was getting too icy and I had a bad feeling about it. 

While I was taking this picture…


Sawyer and Kimber decided get in the tube together and go for one last ride.  Sawyer was on the bottom and Kimber hopped on top of her.  The girls flew down the hill and got wedged underneath the wood fence.  It took two grown men to get them out and both were screaming and crying.  Sawyer's face was bruised - she is lucky they didn't hit one of the posts because I fear it could have been a lot worse.



Leaving Idaho this year proved to be a little trickier.  Well not really trickier, just really really exhausting.  First of all, we had rented a Tahoe but the rental car people didn't have one when we went to pick it up so they gave us an Explorer.  Granted the Explorer was brand new and a really nice car, but we could barely fit three car seats across the back row and we couldn't use the third row since we needed space for our luggage.  The kids didn't like the sardine situation and Sawyer complained that Decker smelled like seaweed.  We picked a bad time to fly home - it was an evening flight which is kind of precarious - much easier to just wake up and fly home in the morning, no lag time, no chance for kids to get cranky.  As the day progressed and Decker didn't nap I knew it was going to be bad.

Take note of the carseats…they clearly didn't really fit.  Ha!
We had time to kill when we got to Salt Lake so we hit up the City Creek shopping center.  The girls had the best time and even got to try on clothes and do a little shopping with Grandma.  Decker on the other hand fussed, and cried, and was on the verge of a colossal tantrum the entire time.  Lucky for us, Decker saved the most massive tantrum of his entire life for our flight home.  In all of the flying we have done with our girls, I had never experienced anything like it.  Boyfriend screamed, and cried and was completely inconsolable.  Marc and I passed him back and forth, paced with him up and down the aisle, and seriously nothing could make him happy.  I had strangers coming up to me and rubbing my shoulders assuring me that he wasn't bugging anyone (Ha! Then what made you walk up to my seat and let me know you weren't being bothered?!), people offering him lollipops trying to make him happy, and other folks around me telling me there terrible traveling stories with their children. Eventually Decker, red faced and sweaty, completely wore himself out and passed out in Marc's arms.  You guys, his screaming went on for like an hour.  It was insane.  And we haven't flown since (that is not really why we haven't flown, we haven't had anywhere to fly to, but we have a trip planned for Virginia and for Hawaii coming up and I am shaking in my boots thinking about those long flight times!).





When we finally got home everyone was tired and excited to get into their own beds.  Lucky for me, Marc took the next day off work too so I got a little bonus husband time. 

If you look closely you can see the bruises on Sawyer's face.  I am so glad that that was the worst that happened to her. 



And as hard as traveling can be with kids sometimes, I totally think it is worth the memories.  My greatest joy in life is making memories with my family.  Nothing better.














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