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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hawaii Heaven...

Oh, Hawaii, how I love thee...
It really is my favorite place. As much as I try to convince myself otherwise, especially when I consider how far away it is (6 hours on a plane with a one year old might as well be an eternity) and how darn expensive it is, when I'm there, there's no place I'd rather be and it is my absolute fave.
There's no rush to do anything, no reason to stay up late. No fear of getting some sort of weird 3rd-world country illness, no concerns about driving on the other side of the road. The beach is close, we have our favorite restaurants and having gone there for our honeymoon, anniversary trips and every year since the kids were born, it's responsible for many fond memories in my life.
This year was special as my little sis, Whitney and her hubby, Ryan joined the fun. I can't remember the last trip we took with them and to have one of my besties on vacation with me and my family for 7 days was really nice.

We spent the week swimming (Greyson actually taught himself to swim - and take breaths!), eating, suntanning, beaching and relaxing. Boys had a great time, especially at the beach where they boogie boarded to their heart's content. Henley took epic naps every morning so it gave Grant and I some much needed time poolside. We had nice dinners with the whole fam, a few dinners out with the kids and even managed to sneak in a date night at my fave Beach Bar at Hualalai.

We went from pasty white to a healthy bronze and speaking of health, Hawaii finally seemed to knock whatever the chronic illness that was plaguing Henley and me out of us while we were there! {only to come home and have Greyson pick up strep throat this week, but I digress...).
As with all good trips, we were sad when it ended, especially since I'm not sure when we'll be going back, but it was a great Spring Break and we returned feeling refreshed and relaxed.
Aloha Hawaii, til next time!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Deer Valley with the Kellys...

More and more time seems to be going by between posts. It's been a busy couple of months, to say the least, between two schools, work, keeping three little humans alive and happy and trying to squeeze in more travel than we probably should have, both for our so-called budget's sake (budget?? what's a budget??) and our sanity's sake... But I'm finally coming up for air and my intentions are to post far more often in the future!

So let's play catch up a bit... Before I bite you with the wanderlust bug by showing off our pictures from our Spring Break trip to Hawaii, I'm first going to talk about a trip we took at the end of March to Deer Valley to hang with the Kelly clan.
The Screaming Eagles are still doing their thang in the IFL and Grant understandably wants to go to as many games as he can (and who can blame him? they're a hoot!). When we found out that my sister Jess and her family (minus those adorable girls who I'm ashamed to say I haven't seen since last July... bad auntie!!) were going to be in Deer Valley skiing for their Spring Break, we wanted to find an excuse to join for part of the trip so the cousins could hang. It just so conveniently happened that the two IFL teams we have a vested interest in happened to be playing each other that Friday night - 'an opportunity we couldn't miss!', we told ourselves - plus, it meant that the Kellys would be able to experience the madness and lead the team out of the tunnel, an honor they earned with hard, cold cash when they made a generous donation to the Project Fanchise indiegogo campaign.
Babies can't go to football games (at least enjoyable ones), so when Grant's parents generously offered to watch Henley for the weekend (my first night away from her since she was born!), we jumped at the opportunity to spend some time solo with the boys. 
Off we went on Thursday afternoon, flying out of sunny Long Beach Airport (ah-mazing btw, felt like we were flying private, the airport was so empty) to the very rainy Salt Lake City. As we made our way from SLC to the house in Deer Valley, the rain turned into snow and the boys experienced their first real snowfall, leaving enough on the ground to build a real snowman (definitely the highlight of the trip for them, I think) and give them a taste of their first snowball fight.
This guy couldn't get enough of the snow, eating as much as he could get his hands on...

Hayes decided to call our snowman... "Hayes".
I had major FOMO with my decision not to ski and have vowed to make next Winter the year that I get back on the sticks and force the rest of the family (minus Henley, of course, who is barely interested in walking at this point) to pick up the skill as well. But we had a really fun couple of days with the Kellys, hanging out, going to the game and taking the kids to an amazing Children's Museum which you should definitely hit up should you find yourself in Salt Lake City with young kids.

Chasing the drone on the field before the game...
Grant reporting live from Maverik Stadium...
One of my resolutions for 2017 was to have more experiences with the kids and while my wallet is a little less full than I'd like it to be, experiences are what we're having and I'm really happy we made the trip. Plus, it's always nice to catch up with family who lives on the other coast, especially when it's in a nice cozy cabin in Utah.