Wednesday, November 9, 2016


One of our main reasons for planning the southern California trip was to go to DisneyLand.  Our girls are at the perfect age so we thought it would be fun! Katie had a connection and was able to get us a room at the Disney Hotel for 1/2 off, which allowed us access to the park an hour early.   And she even got us 2 free tickets into the park!
We got there Sunday night, explored the hotel for a bit and then put the kids to bed.  Katie and I went out for a walk, got a treat, and then chatted for a couple hours.  
Monday morning we headed out for rides.  The Jacintos brought a babysitter with them, so we left Brielle at the hotel with her.  I felt bad leaving her, but she wouldn't want to stay in her stroller and this would allow us to ride rides with Izzy and Cambry. 
The kids rode Around the World, which was their favorite, while I was setting things up with the babysitter.  Cambry didn't want to ride this ride because she didn't want to get wet. 
Ready to go ride Toy Story
I love this girl so much! We met our Freshmen year in the dorms and have been friends ever since.  She is one of the most thoughtful people I know.  I remember her making me homemade cinnamon rolls for my birthday, a cookbook (she knew I was clueless), and an apron.  She knew how to make a girl feel special.  Our husbands were BYU baseball teammates and roommates so even after marriage we have stayed really good friends and continue to hang out often, even if they moved to sunny California. 
These 3 girls had so much fun together!
These kids loved being together. 
These cuties loved riding big kid rides together. 
Ready to go on Cars! This was one of Cambry's favorite rides. 
While the big kids were riding California Screamer, we went for a ride on Little Mermaid.
Cambry loved meeting princesses.  Elsa and Ana were here favorites. 
Star Trek ride; this one made me a little dizzy.  I don't do well with 3D rides. 
Cambry started off with smiles, but ended with tears.  It was a little rough for her. 
Cambry's favorite part of Dinsey was meeting all of the princesses.
Love this little poser.
Have to ride Dumbo!
And get a picture in Dumbo.

Went for a ride on the train.
Last ride of the night.
And just like that the girls were out at 6:45.  It had been a long, fun day.  It was a perfect ending to a great trip.
The next morning we ate breakfast at the resort; Izzy drank some yummy hot chocolate.
Then I flew home with the girls. Mike stayed to have some business meetings and then drove home the next day.  Brielle was tired and needed a nap, so let's just say she wasn't the most pleasant on the plane. 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Vacation in Southern California!

  Our friends, the Jacintos, come to Utah to visit and we figured it was time we should visit their neck of the woods!  They have a vacation rental home right next door to their home, it was the perfect setup.  Best part was they were only a mile from the beach. We left our house around 2 and started the drive.  We stopped in Cedar City for a bathroom break and then Mesquite for dinner.  The girls put on their pajamas and we were back on the road.  Izzy and Cambry fell asleep no problem.  Brielle would fall asleep and then wake up crying, then fall asleep again, then cry, but hey we made it! The drive wasn't as bad as I thought. 
On Friday, we got up, the kids played and then we headed to the beach; look at that gorgeous blue sky!
Izzy, Cambry, Kara, and Mike
Brielle with her Daddy.
Izzy and Alan, she could have played in the water all day.
It was cold, but she didn't care.
Cambry loved playing in the sand.
Just waiting for the waves to come.
They thought standing on one board would be more fun. 
Brielle loved burying herself in the sand. 
Saturday morning, I got up early and went for a run.  The view was gorgeous!
Then we went to a nearby bakery; so many choices. 
Brielle wanted one of everything. 
The kids were all pretty excited about their do-nuts!
On Saturday, we met up with our friends, the Dennys.  They were one of the first families we met when we moved to Highland. Luckily, we had two kids super close in age, Izzy and Owen.  They loved playing together as toddlers.  They haven't seen them in a couple years and when we first got to the beach they were a little unsure, but they quickly warmed up. 
Running from the waves!
Cambry preferred to hang out under the umbrella than play in the water. 
I loved chatting with Kristy on the beach, just like old times.  She is such a sweet, kind hearted person.  It was great spending time with her. 
Cambry loved playing princesses with Kara.  She couldn't get enough of it! We had such a great visit days and the kids got along so well.  Saturday night we went out to dinner at a yummy Italian restaurant.  It was awesome to spend some time with Paul and Elizabeth.  They are an amazing couple and I enjoy being with them.  We will be back for sure! On Sunday we went to church and then that afternoon we headed to the DisneyLand Resort. 

Monday, October 31, 2016


Halloween is always a fun and busy day, especially with Izzy's birthday.  The girls loved dressing up and were excited to get candy. 
Brielle dressed as a cat. 
I had originally bought a fairy costume, but Cambry decided she wanted to be a flamingo.  And she was a very cute one!

Izzy wanted to be a cowgirl, of course. 
Daddy with his little girl.
The flamingo was out to get as much candy as she could at the trunk or treat.  After that, we went to a neighborhood nearby until the girls said they were tired and hungry.  It was a fun day!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Annual Alumni weekend

This is one of my favorite weekends of the year.  I love to see old friends and watch their kids grow.  The Jacinto's got in town Wednesday night.  Thursday the guys got up early, went to the temple and then went golfing.  Elizabeth spent the day with her sister.  On Friday the guys had their golf tournament and Elizabeth and I took the the kids to the Museum of Curiosity.  
Saturday was the Annual Baseball game.  I love these cute girls; they love playing together.
Kara, Cambry, Mallory
Mike pitched an inning and he still has it! He was pitching in the high 80's.
Daddy and Izzy
Daddy and his Boo-boo.
Love this cute family of mine.  And it started right here back in the college days on the baseball field. 
That night we went to the BYU football game and had a great time with friends. 
Mike and Blair got up close and personal sharing a cougar tail.
We can't wait til next year!