Saturday, December 17, 2011

Point Reyes California


I had intended to post about Point Reyes a little bit quicker but it was only 3 weeks ago and for me that is pretty good!

The day after Thanksgiving we got up and went shopping. There are no pictures from that but it was fun to spend the day with the girls. Maggie was really excited to go. She and I made lists of what stores we wanted to go to and tried to approach it strategically. We were going to the outlets that are right by Allison and Chris' house. They didn't have all that great of sales except for a few stores. At my last store is when I experienced true Black Friday craziness and rudeness. The jury is still out on whether or not I will venture out next year....

The next day, Saturday, we went to Point Reyes. It's on the pacific coast just north of San Francisco. It was beautiful. It took us about 2 hours to get there and we thought it would be cold and windy, as most places are on the Pacific Northwest coastline, and it had been cold and foggy in Vacaville. It was the most beautiful day. I was so glad we got to go.

Here are some pictures....



Ashlee and Paige walked out to the end of the outlook

The view from the lookout point at the parking lot. Can you see the mist coming up from the waves?

Paige running up the hill - love the look on her face.

This is the view looking back from our walk. Can you see the cows? These are the happy California cows. They had ranches all the way out to the coastline.

A cyprus tree on the side of the trail. They grow sideways due to the winds coming up off the ocean.

The girls climbed up in the tree and posed for pictures for us.

Me, Maggie and Mom

There is a lighthouse that we walked out to..

You actually had to walk down over 300 steps (equivalent to climbing 30 stories). This is the lighthouse that we walked down to. A shot from the stairs on the way
Here's a shot of some the stairway we climbed down and up.

Chris, Paige and Maggie

Dad and Mom

They had some resting spots placed strategically on the side of the stairs. Allison and I were taking a rest.


After we hiked the lighthouse, we went to a seal beach. I'm not sure what you'll be able to see in the pictures but all of the objects that look like brown rocks are actually seals.
 
There were a ton of seals on the beach.

Having fun in the water

This was a "happy cow" on the side of the road
Afterwards we headed to 'South Beach' to run from the waves. It was a lot of fun, but I honestly think Paige was going to give me a heart attack. The waves were so strong and she kept running towards them. She never quite made it in the water but my blood pressure kept going up!

Maggie loved the waves she was out there right on the edge the whole time.

Allison, Paige and Me

Maggie

Chris and Ashlee had their own race down the beach

Coming back from the race

Paige had a blast


Making sure

Opa didn't fair so well

Watching the waves

Getting ready to run


I thought this was a pretty picture of her

A couple of shots of how big the waves were

This is not very far from shore

Some of the scenery on the way to the beach
It was a great day and a great finish to the Thanksgiving weekend.

More to come from Hawaii....

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

Don't pass out from shock.... Yes, I am actually posting something that only happened 2 days ago.

We (my parents and I) drove out to California to visit my sister and her family for Thanksgiving. Here are a couple of shots from Thanksgiving dinner.

Making the turkeys for our dinner table
The table is all ready to go
Sitting down to dinner
Babysitting Fabio and Niles for the weekend


Tickling backs before dinner is ready

We might have taken a little nap before dinner


 It was a great day. Nice and relaxing with good food and great company.

Today we went to Point Reyes, just north of California. It was a beautiful day, no fog, no wind and sunshine. I will post more pictures later.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Nostalgia

I was on my way to church this afternoon when I heard a song that took me back to my mission. And as I get ready to be on the road for the next six weeks, I thought about how much I miss my mission.

I loved my mission. And I have to say that up to this point it was probably the best year and a half of my life.

Today there are 2 main reasons why I miss my mission.

First, I loved having a companion. I know not everyone, ok a lot of people, really struggled with their companions, but I loved having somebody to be with all the time, even if they drove me crazy sometimes. It's been 11.5 years since I have been home. I can't even believe it has been that long. I ran into some girlfriends of mine when I got home who had also served and it had been 3 or 4 years since they had been home. I remember thinking there is no way that I can make it that long without getting married, just for that companionship. Now I wonder what choices I made that have brought me down this path and if I could have made some different choices that would have taken me down a different path. I also wonder if maybe those blessings that were given me in my patriarchal blessing were meant for another time. Anyway, I miss my mission because I miss having a companion.

The second reason why I miss my mission is because all I needed to worry about was the things 'that mattered most'. I miss that constant feeling of the spirit. Yes, things were challenging and difficult and I struggled. But I knew what I was working on had eternal significance. And no you cannot tell me that what I am doing for my career has eternal significance. In a way, I am envious of you stay at home moms. I know that things are challenging and tough and that a lot of the time you want to pull your hair out. I have no illusions of the difficulty of being a stay at home mom. But think about it, what you are working on is what matters most. And trust me sometimes it is no fun being out in the world.

So.... kind of a bummer of a post but those are my thoughts tonight as I spent most of my Sabbath working and getting ready for my travel. I hope you all had a great Sunday!


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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Random Post

I had this dream the other night.... I was with this guy (a guy I know in real life) and we were dating. And for some random reason we were on a school bus with his dad and a bunch of other people in Alaska. It was one of those dreams where it feels so real. It felt so nice to be snuggled up next to him and to know that he genuinely cared for me and enjoyed being with me. And the feeling was mutual. It was such a great dream.

And then I woke up.....

And I swear I have been in bad mood ever since.




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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Labor Day Weekend

This weekend Daniel and Miriam are in town. Daniel came into help us (Dad) lay down some pavers for our back patios.

Yesterday, I thought, was a great day. Not only was the weather perfect (nice and cool in the mornings and not too hot during the day) but it was great to have so much family around. It was fun to watch the Andrew's and Daniel's kids play in the front yard together.

Daniel, Andrew, Dad and Dave all worked in the backyard. And we got 20 something dozen ears of corn from Aunt Pat's house so we were freezing corn inside.


Beckam was in heaven all day being outside and digging in the dirt.

Alexander and Eva are so excited to be at Grandma's house.
Miriam and Carly catching up with cute little Jamison

Andrew and Daniel putting together a step


The trench Dad dug for the french drain. Can you see the drain pipe down there? It's now covered up with gravel and dirt.

David and Dad working on the drain.
Eva and Grandma inspecting the quality of the step.

Tyler, Douglas, Grandma and Tina working on the corn.



Jamison looking for any extra food within reach.

As great as it was for me, being able to spend all this time with family. The BIG HIGHLIGHT of the day was when our next door neighbor used his tractor to haul the sand up to the top of the driveway from the street.

The boys were mesmerized.

Eva tried it out for a while but the girl in her won out and she came back inside.


video 

I'm not sure if this video will work but it does a good job showing how excited  they would get.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Testing

I have been having problems with my blog app so I am trying this out to see if this works!






Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Soccer City

Ok since those last pictures turned out OK, I'll try another post.

On our first day we were supposed to take a bike tour of Soweto, however, it was raining so we had to reschedule and we ended up going on a bus tour of Johannesburg. That bus tour took us out to Soccer City which is the stadium where they were going to play the opening and closing games of the World Cup. It's a pretty historical stadium.
Driving up to the stadium



Cool tower in the stadium parking lot

Taking pictures outside when we didn't think we'd be able to get in
And we're in!

Getting as close to the 'pitch' as we could
I wish someone would have told me my hat was crooked


These work the same way as cattle grates - they're to deter the fans from rushing the field and if they do rush the field then these 'fences' will be sure to slow them up

View of the field from the players' tunnel

Squeezing in on of the player's lockers
One of the players' locker rooms


That's the players' tunnel right below me

Yes, there are supposed to be holes in the walls - it's for proper ventilation.
View from the top of the stadium