Monday, April 10, 2017

We had the best spring break ever.  It was the first time I can ever remember being gone for the whole week, which was kind of awesome.  Turns out when you're gone the whole week you don't have to kill yourself to try to entertain your kids.  This is a good thing for sure.

We headed to St George first so we could split the drive up.  Then we were on our way to Long Beach, California.  We had great fun.  The first day we were there they were having drift car races (I think that's what they're called) right by our hotel.  Jake and Zack thought they had died and gone to heaven.  Every boy/man who was watching was wishing they could somehow drive a race car.  It's definitely a guy thing.  And those engines, holy cow were they loud!  Apparently in order to go fast your car must also be loud.  Again, loudness + speed = every man's dream.  The girls and I got separated from the boys, well, we left them because they wouldn't leave.  We wandered around and found ourselves right by all the race cars.  Super cool.  So we told the boys to come join us.  They tried and couldn't.  Somehow we made our way into a 'tickets only' area without tickets.  So, we took pictures by the pink and purple car and then proceeded to exit.  The boys were jealous.

Anyway, while in Long Beach we did some exploring, went to the aquarium (super cool one), and went to the beach.  The beach right by our hotel was like sitting at a lake.  I guess there are breakers at the end of the bay to keep sharks out.  These breakers also keep waves out.  Happy there weren't any sharks, but beaches are no fun without waves.

So on Monday we headed to a real beach (Huntington Beach) and played all day.  It was so great and relaxing.  The water was freezing of course, but we still managed to play in it.  The kids even had their swim suits on.  We got to watch Sage get picked up and tossed onto the beach by a wave.  Everyone has to experience this at least once.  We bought a super cheap Sponge Bob kite that we got in the air.  Sage loved flying Sponge Bob and it stayed up the whole time we were there.  We ended the day eating delicious mexican food right off the beach.  Such a great day.

Then we headed to our next stop, which was....Disneyland!!  Greg and Tracy got everyone a hotel and took us all to Disneyland.  And when I say everyone I mean like 60 people, so this was no small feat.  We got to spend two days in the park (Jake had to leave a day early because of work).  The first day we just had horrible luck with fast passes.  I somehow lost some, rides were broken, basically the odds were not in our favor.  We still had great fun, we just didn't make it on all of the rides we wanted to.  We left at 5:30 to join some of the Higleys at The Cheesecake Factory.  A delicious way to end the day.  The kids were so tired after dinner that we didn't end up going back to Disney.

The second day I was determined to make up for our failures of the first day.  Mission accomplished on that one.  We were there before the park even opened.  We strategically got our fast passes and went on as many rides as possible before the crowds showed up.  The kids were troopers for sure because we walked all over.  We left the park for like an hour to get dinner and then we stayed until after 10:00pm.  We all barely made it back to the hotel because our feet were so tired.  Some of the favorite rides were the big roller coaster, splash mountain, thunder mountain, space mountain, and of course radiator springs.  Sage is not a big fan of fast, crazy rides.  We had to convince her to go on all of them.  During the ride she would scream and put her hands in the air.  After she would say, "That was fun!"  But when we asked her if she wanted to go on it again we would get a quick "No!"

We headed back to St George on Thursday.  The kids got to swim with their cousins until it was dark.  The perfect way to end the trip.  You know you've had a good time when you've been gone for a week and the kids still complain that its time to go home.  Thanks to Greg and Tracy for a most excellent adventure!

Awesome race cars.  Turn the sound way up for the full effect!

awesome pink and purple race car

at the aquarium

the Queen Mary ship in the background (I think that's what its called)

Sponge Bob flying high!

Kate playing in the bubbles

Out on the pier


Waiting in line.  This is Sage's I'm scared face

Mickey's house!

This picture says a thousand words  Love it!

Waiting in more lines

Lovely Snow White

Sage was the only one who knew who this was

Storm Trooper!

We loved Splash Mountain!

Sage collapsed on the bed the second we got back to the hotel

Ending it all in the pool:)

Long Beach lake

This picture is kind of horrible

Sassy Sage

Saturday, April 8, 2017

March Happenings

I feel like March was pretty uneventful.  We were busy with the regular running around we do, but definitely nothing exciting.  That's ok though.  We can't always have a party.  So here are a few pictures from the month.

This is what Sage looks like every morning.  She's always freezing so she eats breakfast while sitting on the heat vent.

Sage decided to build the biggest cup tower ever.

This is hard to see, but this is Kate swimming at one of her swim meets.  She's in the middle in the pink swim cap

Kate and Jake took a ski day together and loved it.

Jake was busy working but this is a cool garage he built

Thursday, March 2, 2017

February Happenings

February is gone and we are on to March!  Which means spring is that much closer.  Hooray!  This month flew by, and I think we quite enjoyed it.  Valentines Day was good fun.  We (mostly I) left special valentines for each other in our lovely heart mailbox.  I even managed to make sugar cookies for the kids to decorate.  They love it, but I can only bring myself to do it once or twice a year.  I'm such a good mom;)

Sage was busy playing basketball this month.  She had great fun and we loved watching her.  Those girls are hilarious.  They dribble about once every 10 steps and take a few minutes to set up their shot.  She definitely learned a lot though.

We've of course been skiing a lot.  The snow has not let us down this year.  Its about time.  Its also about time for the snow to start melting for spring.  I'm ready...

The most exciting thing to happen this month though is that we got a goat!!  Yep, you heard me right, a real live goat.  Our neighbors of the last 10 years decided to sell their goat.  Well, this goat is part of the family.  We've lived by it for as long as we've been in Midway, so we couldn't let it go.  We'd talked about getting one anyway to keep our pasture grass short, so now we have one a little sooner than planned.  Yes, we're farmers.  We'll be adding chickens to the farm in a couple of months.  My dad said we should call the goat Rudy, and it stuck.  So Rudy is now the mascot of the neighborhood.  Everyone who comes over wants to see it.  Gotta love farm life;)

Decorating valentines cookies

Sage's basketball team

Red faced Sage after a game


A picture of Linz with Kate thrown in since it was her birthday:)

Jake and I snuck away to ski without the kids

Friday, February 10, 2017

Colorado 2!

We went to Colorado to ski for our second time, and it didn't disappoint.  We had as much fun as last year, maybe even more.  A definite success.  We started out the trip with super fries at a mexican restaurant in Craig.  We may or may not have added time to the drive just to enjoy these fries.  They're delicious and super good for you;)

Our time in Colorado was spent skiing and swimming.  We skied more than we ever have.  We were on the slopes by 9:30 every day and didn't finish skiing until the resort was closing.  Success I think!  Beaver Creek and Vail are pretty luxury.  I didn't have to lift Sage onto the ski lift once because they always have someone do it for you.  So nice!  Vail is so huge that we saw maybe half of the resort, probably not even that much.  I got stuck on a tough run with the girls.  Think moguls, super steep, with a ravine on one side.  We made it down but it took a while.  Jake and Zack watched from the bottom.  We happened to be on that run during the one sunny part of the trip.  We were dying of heat and started ripping off anything we could.  Sage even took her helmet off, put snow in it, and put it back on.  It was awesome.

We spent most of our time skiing at Beaver Creek.  Its such a great resort for families.  They have a fun run for kids where you ski through covered wagons and tipis.  Every afternoon at 3:00 they have freshly baked chocolate chip cookies at the base.  And we got to participate in the coolest thing ever - the glow worm.  After the resort is closed and its dark they give each person a cool foam glow stick thing and take you up the gondola to the bunny hill.  Everyone gets in a line and does big turns down the mountain.  They do it every week so people are watching and cheering for you the whole time.  Then when everyone is down they do fireworks.  It was such a fun, unique experience.  I'm sure I enjoyed it as much as the kids.

The hotel we stayed at was as awesome as we remembered.  Every evening they do a little kids club activity.  Sage always made sure we went to that.  A couple of nights they supply everything you need to make s'mores.  And the outdoor pool and hot tubs are amazing.  I couldn't handle the coldness of the pool this year (its heated but not nearly enough as far as I'm concerned) but the kids loved it.  Somehow after skiing all day they still had the energy to swim.

Anyway, it was such a great trip that I hope continues for the foreseeable future.  Hooray for Colorado!!

Super fries!!

So beautiful!

Ready to ski!

Ninja Sage!

Ready to head back out

Cookies at the bottom

Delicious food

Ready to go!

Glow Worm!

Messy with s'mores

The most awesome candy cabin ever at the top of the mountain.  The kids were in heaven