RV Road Trip From the iPhone

I mentioned we rented an RV to drive up to David’s marathon in Logan.  We thought it would be fun, and the kids LOVED it!  (It was a lot of togetherness when Dallin started puking, but other than that it was great!)

Poor little Paris had to stay home.  No pets allowed in this RV.  (Don’t worry Paris, when we get our own RV, you CAN COME!)

A whole lotta room and the two little people chose to share a seat.

Now, this is why we rented this . . . proper naps!  What says comfort more than driving at freeway speeds, sleeping in bed?

The kids thought they were in kid heaven and were a little sad when we had to drop it off.

Look at the happy runner!  26.2 baby!

Glow sticks.  Possibly the BEST entertainment for kids.

Dallin quite liked playing with these in the RV.

One day were are going to buy an RV and we all can’t wait!

 

Lately.

It has been a bit busy around here . . .

We just celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary.

We had an early birthday party for Hannah.  (Which was entirely too much work to throw.)

David’s birthday was yesterday.  (The big 36!)

Next year, I say we go to Disneyland for a week to celebrate everything: our anniversary, David’s birthday, Hannah’s birthday, and Dallin’s birthday.

David just left for the High Adventure trip with the Scouts this morning.  I’m sure he’ll have a great time canyoneering in Zions.  (The other leaders refer to him as “Spiderman.”)  This means the kids and I will have to find our own “high adventure” without him over the next few days.

I’ve had some really beautiful shoots lately.  I have several sessions to post on my photo blog, so be sure to check out my photo blog if you’d like to see what I’ve been up to.  Be sure to look at the engagement shoot I did with the former Miss Utah 2010 and the current Student Body President at UVU!  A match made in heaven I tell you!

Golden Gate Park

When I was 16, I visited San Francisco with my best friend Tricia and her mom (and her mom’s friend).  Tricia’s mom, Leslie (who owns the Alpacas) flew us all out there for her 16th birthday.

Best birthday idea EVER!

I remember going to several tourist attractions, and one that I really wanted to see again was the Japanese Tea Gardens.

I hoped it would be all I remembered and more . . .

And it was!

The Japanese Tea Gardens are located at Golden Gate park (Which is like SF Central Park).  They were beautiful, quiet, and well manicured.

The only stressful part was keeping two excited kidlets QUIET.

How do you keep kids from running outside?  How do you keep them from using their outside voice when they are outside?

No idea?  Me neither.  We ended up walking like 29 miles over to another park the kids loved SO MUCH.  (Okay, it only felt like 29 miles because we didn’t have our rockin’ BOB stroller yet, and pushing a heavy stroller and kids up and down 45 degree hills makes every step feel like a mile!)

I have more to share from our time at Golden Gate Park!  Come back!  🙂

Lombard Street and China Town

When we were in SF, I insisted that we drive down Lombard Street (AKA the crookedest street in the world!) and visit China Town.  (I didn’t really take any pictures of China Town though.)

Here is part of our drive down Lombard Street:

David and I were super impressed, and they kids were mildly entertained.

It is so unique and beautiful!  The homes are fabulous (they’d have to be on such a famous street!) and tourists are everywhere walking up and down this crazy steep street.

What a view from the crooked road!

I love the architecture in this city.  The textures and lines go on and on and I could fill up several terabytes with pictures of this place.

Window Seat on the PCH

On our drive from San Francisco to Southern California, we decided to take the scenic route.

Highway 1 . . . THE PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY!

Saba friends, the view from my seat was like driving on Saba, minus the all the quick and crazy turns and and we were able to drive at freeway speeds.  🙂

Beautiful views outside . . .

We had adorable views inside as well.

Look at this!  This was on the side of the FREEWAY!

It was SO BEAUTIFUL!

Is it any wonder so many millions of people live in California?  The whole state is BEAUTIFUL and it has DISNEYLAND!  Not to mention the great weather . . .  oh boy, we need to move there.

This is Morro Bay.  We stopped there to see a friend of David’s from when he lived in San Jose.  They hadn’t seen each other in . . .

Drum roll please . . .

20 years!  HOLY CRAP!  I remember when my dad used to say, “Oh, 20 years ago!” and I was like, “Man, you are as old as a fossil!”

20 years people.  20!

They had a little catching up to do.  🙂  And want to know where I dropped the ball on my picture taking habit?

When these two were chatting. I didn’t take one picture of them together.

Lame wife-photographer skills there.

I did however, get a great picture of Morror Bay through their living room window.

See, I’m not 100% lame, just a little bit lame.

 

Golden Gate Bride and Other Radomness

Remember how we went to San Francisco several weeks ago?

Oh yeah.  That trip.  I never thought I’d get behind on editing pictures and posting on my blog but IT HAPPENED.

Gasp!

This is a random post of pics I took from our car.  (I know, such a great spot to photograph from.)

This is Dallin comfortably riding in style on our long trip.

A bridge in SF.  Can’t remember which one, but our kids thought SF was the greatest place ever with all the bridges, tunnels, and trains!

This is the Golden Gate Bridge!  You can walk across it!  We didn’t know that, but next time we’re there, we plan to do it!

SF from one of the bridges.

SF, and part of the Golden Gate Bridge.

There is so much to see and so much to do in this fabulous city and of course there wasn’t enough time.

We’re ready for another trip!

 

Disneyland Round Two

Did I mention we made an impromptu trip to Disneyland right after my art show at AAU?

I know San Francisco and Anaheim, California are not in the same vicinity, (Okay, so 6 hours is not close at all, but hey!  We’re flexible!) but we are spontaneous and when I got a phone call from my BFF Lydia (who now lives in Florida) telling me she was flying into LAX the same weekend we were in San Francisco . . . well, what do you do?!

You completely change all your plans and create more fun ones!

I love that my husband is as spontaneous as I am.  It makes trips and life adventures a lot more exiting and flexible!  We cut our trip in SF a day short, and drove down to Los Angeles and extended our trip by a few days.

Paris (our stinker dog who makes an appearance on this blog every once in a while) was super depressed to be left at a kennel for a few extra days, but she got over it quickly when we returned to Utah.

This time around, we enjoyed walking around Disneyland with our stroller.  (Really, I can’t recommend it enough!)  Dallin took a good two hour afternoon nap in it, and both kids fell asleep around 8:00 PM, so David and I had a few hours to take turns riding on the fun rides for which the kids are both too short!

They are such good friends, I love it.  They are getting ready to ride Autopia here.

Hannah is a jerky driver.  I let David experience her driving.  🙂

Oh my goodness.  My kids LOVE Pooh Bear and Tigger.  This attraction was closed when we went to Disneyland a few weeks ago, so they were SUPER excited to see their favorite characters!

Oh, how Dallin LOVES Tigger.  I almost cried at the adorableness.

Splash Mountain was also closed a few weeks ago, so this was Hannah’s first time riding it and she LOVED it!  She is such a roller coaster junkie!

Oh yes, and she got to meet Princess Jasmine.

What a fun, fun day!  Honestly, I’m ready to pay the exorbitant southern California living expenses JUST so we could use annual passes to Disneyland!

We all want to go back today!

AAU Spring Art Show 2011

Oh my.

I have lots to share and I’m literally swimming in so many pictures that I don’t know where to start.

Life has been busy.  Very busy.  Fun too (of course!).  David likes to tell me that I’m “too busy and important” (this is a long standing joke that we categorize people in who are just to dang “busy and “important”) to slow down, but what woman isn’t?

So . . .

This is my attempt at sharing some of our happenings, however discombobulated my thoughts are!

Sometime on our trip we ended up buying a Bob Revolution Duallie Stroller.  I had never heard of it until a few weeks ago when I pushed my kids in one during the one mile fun run that I won.

HOLY SHNIKES.  YOUR LIFE WILL EVER BE THE SAME AFTER YOU USE ONE!

How could we not have known about these Cadillac strollers?  Who cares if you’re not a runner . . . if you WALK anywhere and need a stroller to haul your kids around and all your hud, then YOU NEED THIS STROLLER.

Honestly, we don’t know how we lived without it.  We’re thinking a third child might be in order just so we can use it for a few years.  (Okay, that was a bad joke.)  These things aren’t cheap, but you get what you pay for!  We’d known we were going to get this stroller for some time now (and my “some time now” I mean like a few weeks) and to FINALLY get one was just AWESOME.

Please note happy content kids in their new Cadillac SUV.

We didn’t go down to San Francisco with the intent of buying a Bob, but after one day at the Golden Gate Park with our old Baby Trend sit n’ stand, those hills were killer.  We went off the first REI we could find and bought it straightaway.  Back at our hotel, we left our other stroller with a nice housekeeper.

Moving on to the Bay Area Rapid Transit AKA The BART.

The kids were DANG excited to ride on the BART!  It was a train!  A REAL LIFE TRAIN!

Apparently, kids don’t ride on the BART.  EVER.  And I mean EVER.

Imagine a bunch of commuters, all 18 or older, silently riding to and from work.

Boring.  Quiet.  Stale.

Now, imagine a two year old and a four year old who have waited their WHOLE LIVES to ride on a train.

Stark contrast people.

Wanna know what happened?

Everyone FELL IN LOVE with our kids.  And It’s not just because they were so dang cute and talkative.  Because we had kids with us, we met LOTS of people on the BART.  We knew their names, their birthday’s, how long they lived in the city, where they worked, and how old they were.  We also learned a bit of San Francisco history as Hannah asked multiple people random questions.  (Hey, better them than me!  I get my fill of questions everyday!)

Several people commented on what a treat it was to have kids on the BART.  Many of them commented that they had NEVER seen kids on the BART in all their years of commuting.  EVER. One girl came over to congratulate me on having such darling kids and for being beautiful and then she licked her finger and singed the air.  We’re talking friendly people who tell you what they think.  (She was’t playing for the female team FYI.)

Hello?  Do kids not exist in SF?

The BART was a lovey 40 minute ride which dropped us downtown SF right at at my school!

The Academy of Art’s Spring Show 2011 was incredible!  I was surrounded by amazing, gifted artists!  It was an honor to be a part of such an incredible exhibit!  To be a part of a larger body of work was quite surreal. (My image is the bottom left.)  It was very fun to sit back and watch people react to my image!

I had a chance to meet some of my professors, and talk to the program director.  Guess who else showed up at this art show?  Just a few names you might recognize:  Disney, Pixar, Nike, and Canon to name a few!

Look!  I even got to meet my online friend Kelly!  She and I had two classes together online during our first semester at the Academy!  We felt just like old pals, we just had to formally meet!  Kelly attends the school on campus and I’m 100%  envious!  (Especially since she resides in the “Chanel” house, does the name not say it all?!)

This is not the Chanel house here, but it is student housing!  Look at this house!  What the heck?!  STUDENT HOUSING?!  What ever happened to dorms and cinder block walls?  Now can you see why I’d want to move there?

Look!  It’s me!  It’s my school!  It’s me at my school!

It was so fun for me to have my family with me at this show.  David and the kids were great sports (I mean, how could they not be, riding in total comfort!) at the show.  On the shuttle bus from the art gallery back to the school, Hannah sat by a girl from Taiwan who attends AAU.  Hannah asked the girl if she would teach her all the Chinese she knew.  The girl smiled saying, “That would take a long time.”

I love kids.  They are so dang cute.

And . . . We’re Back! (Okay, so we’ve been back for a few days now)

I don’t even know where to start . . .

San Francisco.  Check.

Disneyland again?  You betcha!

Beach?  Yes, and it was COLD!

Art Show?  Check.  It was AWESOME.

Drive through the beautiful wine country?  Check. (It was a drive only . . . vineyards are beautiful!)

BART with kids?  Check.

Golden Gate Park?  Check.

Japanese Tea Gardens?  Check.

Lombard Street?  Yep.

China Town?  Uh Huh.

Ballet dance recital?  Check.

Drive on PCH?  Check.

Thanksgiving Point 23 times in two weeks?  CHECK.

Friends, I have lots to share!   Did you miss me?  I missed you!  (Mary!  Thanks for noticing my absence!)

Here is Hannah a few weeks ago the night of her dance recital:

She LOVES that she gets to wear make up.  LOVES IT.  I dare say, getting to wear make up is just as exciting as performing!

Okay friends, be prepared for picture and story overload this week because it’s coming . . .  🙂