Saturday, February 18, 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR! San Diego 2017

Happy Happy New Year! Bud and I decided to start this year off right and so we headed to sunny San Diego for 6 days with just the two of us. We haven't been alone on a vacation since our honeymoon! It was an absolute treat and I wish I could go back right now! We relaxed and relaxed some more. We did what we wanted to do when we wanted to do it. I am looking forward to so many more adventures with my all time favorite person. I wish we could make this a monthly thing. Maybe some day. We are going on 10 years of marriage this year! GO US!

Our hotel lobby took me right back to the islands of Hawaii. We were so excited!...
 The bay where our hotel was. This was after a nice nap and relaxing in the hot tub. It was gorgeous...
 Wahoooooo!...
 Walking down Mission Beach. At this point, we are completely and utterly GIDDY...
 We sat in this same spot and watched the surfers every day. I begged Mike to take us surfing, but the water was FREEEEEEZING. It wasn't going to happen for me this time. We better go to Hawaii for our next trip...
 Isn't it a cool rule that you have to pose like this if you're in California?...
 Loving that sunshine...
 Lunch overlooking the beach. It was so yummy and just a dream!...

 A visit to Coronado Island. Hotel Del Coronado was so fancy and I ate the biggest best cookie. We layed (is that a word?) on the beach for a couple hours and just took it all in.
 Lots of trips to the hot tub. It was perfect hot tub sitting weather. If you keep the cold drinks on hand, Mike is one happy guy...
 A stroll through our hotel property. We stayed at The Catamaran...
 I was as cozy as I look...
 Sea World was SO MUCH FUN! I want to go back ASAP!...

 I couldn't stop laughing. I just wanted to look like a flamingo...
 I love seeing him so relaxed...

 He wasn't very excited about this meal...
 But he was excited about me!...
 Sea ya later! (Get it?)
 Back to the pier to people watch!...
 I tried so hard to get pictures of the dolphins swimming around us, but I got this handsome guy instead...
 We were so proud of ourselves for working out every day while we were there! I was giddy running around that bay! It was such a breath of fresh air. I've also been exercising like a mad woman since I had Ivy and I'm starting to get some results! The physical results are only just a bonus though. I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER! And happier. I'll never stop...
 He's the best in the west...
 Finally a day warm enough to throw on our suits and dip our toes in the ocean...



 Fat Fish. The best Mexican food I have ever had. We ate there 2 days in a row. I begged for a third. I will go back. My mouth is watering just looking at those nachos. I love that view of that face too!...
 The Baked Bear. It was decent, but over rated....
 My favorite Mexican spot...
 USS Midway...

 Balboa Park. It was a bit spritzy and I felt like I should be doing yoga. (Spritzy was our word of the trip. Mike says it's not a word. I say it is and if it isn't, it should be.) This outfit was on repeat because it was colder than I thought it would be and it was the only warm clothes I brought...
 Hanging with his bird buddy...
 I love this view and I love this man...
 My dad snuck his way into our trip! Gosh I miss him...
 Headed out to go whale watching...
 The face of some really relaxed parents...
 So beautiful...
 I've never tried wine before, but if wine gets better with age, he's like the finest wine in all the land...
 We saw lots of dolphins, 3 humpback whales and 1 gray whale. It was AMAZING and breathtaking!
 I also found this new feature on my phone that I was so excited about that blurs the background. So cool and I love my new hat!...
 I was FREEZING by the end of the tour. It's a lot colder when the wind is in your hair and you're out on the open water...
 And we couldn't miss out on a trip to the most beautiful temple I have ever seen. When we were looking up the address, we were reading reviews of the temple. There were some bad ones of people that were thinking it was some kind of Disney castle and disappointed to find out that it was just for the Mormons only and you had to have a pass to get in. So funny! Bud also told me about the sweetest man in the temple that told him how much he loved him and how happy he was that he was there. It really touched my heart. I'm so glad we made time for the temple...
 And now it's time to go home. We didn't do anything crazy on this vacation. We just enjoyed each other. It was WONDERFUL and perfect and just what we needed! We even got bumped up to first class and enjoyed some warm cookies. Bud is perfect for me and there is nobody on this earth I would rather be with at any given moment. I can't wait for our next adventure!...
 And now... BACK TO REALITY. Reality is messy, but it sure is cute!
Thank you Dody, Curt, Caitlin and Krissie for making this possible for us!

Christmas 2016

Oh I wish I could document every little thing that we do together! I have to say, we spoil our kids with fun experiences and we're good at living life! We had the most beautiful Christmastime full of fun, giving, receiving, Park City, Santa and more! Here's a piece of the pie...


The Sunday before Christmas, we headed to Temple Square to see the lights. Our plan was to get there right when they got turned on. We are geniuses. We had the place to ourselves and it was beautiful!







 Christmas Eve traditions are always a favorite. This year, Ben and Natalie hosted while my parents are on their mission. Oh I miss them so much!

 My mom planned ahead and had her gifts ready before she left. We all loved it!...
 We went to Sarah's wedding. It was a beautiful day!

 Christmas Eve games with the family...
 Christmas Day raspberries. She absolutely LOVED it! It was hilarious!
 Janie's Christmas loot. She napped in that tent on this same day. She loved it so much...
 Pictionary with Dad...
 Christmas Eve excitement...
 Christmas books on Christmas Eve...
 Excited for tomorrow in their new jammies!...
 Can't wait for them to see...
 I got new stockings this year. I love them...
 First thing they saw and were so excited...


 Hahahah! I love her! And she loved all of the paper and boxes...







 Loving my view and my new slippers...
 And my new pillow...
 Feeling blessed beyond measure...

Why are we the lucky ones?...
 Christmas landed on a Sunday. It was nice to go to church on Christmas. It would have been even better if it didn't go 40 minutes over, but you know. It's fine...

 Of course they were spoiled by their aunties...
 And uncle...
We finished off the day at Grandma and Grandpa Bennions...
And we got spoiled some more...
Every Christmas when we drive home and our car is full of gifts and our tummies full of food, I am so overwhelmed with gratitude and guilt. I'm not sure why we were given this beautiful life while there are so many others who are struggling and hurting and looking for their next meal. I hope I can always remember to give a little more and be a little more grateful. Christmas was absolutely one to remember and I feel blessed beyond measure.