Saturday, October 23, 2010

Family Trip 2010

Yes, I called it a trip, not a vacation. A friend of mine said she had a friend who called it that when she had young kids, and its definitely more fitting. :) It was fun, for sure. And nice to not be in the daily grind and rush, but taking 3 kids out of their home and routine for 8 days is an adventure! Luckily it got better as the days went by, cause after day 1 we were ready to come home!

Day 1:
We drove. And drove. And drove some more. Our destination for day 1 was Primm, Nevada, just outside the California border. The kids had done surprisingly well in the car, we got to the hotel, checked in, got some dinner and went to settle down for the evening. Kate would NOT sleep in her the portacrib, and basically wouldn't sleep at all. Ryan spent hours walking her around the parking lot cause the halls were too smokey until she fell asleep. Then she had to sleep in bed with me, leaving no room for Ryan, so he tried to sleep on the floor. Just when we thought sleep might be possible, James fell out of bed waking everyone up. So I went to sleep next to James (I had about 3 whole inches to sleep on) and Ryan took over my spot next to the baby. Once James was finally sound asleep and we'd rigged some cushion in case he fell again, Ryan and I squeezed onto our bed and started to doze off (this is about 3am at this point). Just when all was calm again James sat up and threw up all over himself, the bed and his poor sister sharing a bed with him. The whole family was wide awake now and we undertook the clean up, calling house keeping for bedding and washing down the kids. eew. We discussed going home at this point, but decided we had to give California a chance. We turned on the tv to let the kids settle down and make sure James was ok and we finally all fell asleep around 4:30 and slept until about 7:30. So tired!

Day 2:
We tried to do some outlet shopping but the kids melted down about every 3 seconds because they were so tired, so we gave up and headed out on the 4 1/2 hour drive to our final destination Indio, California. The kids slept most of the way, thank heavens, and we made it to the condo without incident. The condo was AWESOME! This is the view from our back balcony...

It had a full kitchen, and two bedrooms so the big kids shared one, Ryan and I had our own bed, and we set up Kate's camp in the living room. We got a little swimming in before bed and then everyone slept pretty well. Kate woke up at least once every night of the trip, but she at least would sleep in the crib.

Day 3:
We hung out at the pools (there were two more besides what you see in the picture, plus a lazy river and a bunch of hot tubs) and wandered the resort and did not step foot in the car. It was great!

Day 4:
We took it easy all morning and then after lunch headed off to the coast (about another 2 hour drive) to see my brother David. I get to see him maybe once a year so it was really nice to get to see his house and have dinner with his family. His kids rock!

Day 5:
This was another take it easy day. We swam and did crafts with the kids and then had a big barbecue with all our friends that went with us on the trip. We were using our friends the Brumfield's time share and the Aune's came along too. It made it fun for the kids to have all their friends along! The girls all got a few minutes to head over to the spa and got a hand treatment and mini-massage. Fabulous!

Day 6:
The whole trip we had been debating whether we should go to an amusement park. we really didn't have the money, but all our friends were going and we felt like we had to take the chance since we are so rarely in California, and since it was almost Beth's birthday, so we ponied up a lot of money and took the kids to Disneyland! Of course, Owen luck kicked in and it rained. And rained. And Poured! My brother said maybe 7-10 days of the last 4 1/2 years have rained like that. We bought ponchos the second we walked in the park, but we were already soaked from our walk to the tram from the parking lot. Seriously drenched. The one upside to rain at Disneyland? Much shorter lines! But, some rides were closed and the kids were freezing most of the time, but we tried to make the most of it. It did clear up for a couple hours in the middle in the afternoon, so that was nice. The kids had a good time, Ryan and I felt a little bummed cause we didn't get to go on any of our favorite rides, but it was still a good time.

The rain! Disney made a fortune on overpriced ponchos that day!

Day 7:
We packed up and drove to Vegas to check into another condo. I might have even liked this one a little better, though it was basically the same as the first. The weather wasn't stellar but the pools were warm so we still took advantage!

Day 8:
We went down to "The Strip" and walked, and walked, and walked! We saw the Lions at MGM, and saw the M&M store, ate lunch at a fancy place in the Palazzo, then saw the gondolas in the Venician and rode the monorail. Then back to the condo for more swimming!

That night, thanks to the Brumfields, Ryan and I actually got to go on a date! It was the most fun date we've been on in a long time! We headed back down to the strip and went on the rollercoaster at the New York, New York. Then we walked down to the Bellagio and watched the fountain show, then had dinner at Serendipity and ice cream at Ghirardelli! Other than the smut peddlers all over the streets, it was a fantastic evening!

The next morning we packed up and headed home. All told we spent about 33 hours in the car. Yikes! And poor Kate spent more time than that in her carseat in the stroller. No wonder she was so clingy whenever she was out of it! Everyone was ecstatic to be home and we all slept like logs in our own beds. Fun trip, lots of adventure, but I think it'll be a while before we go on a family trip again! haha! Now if I could get a vacation to recover!

Saturday, October 9, 2010


We've been undergoing a lot of transformations around here. First, lets talk about the floors!

Our carpet has always bugged us, its scratchy and always looks bad, even when freshly shampooed or vacuumed, then some bumps started to form in it. James loved those bumps so his cars had hills to drive on, but to say they drove Ryan crazy is an understatement. So we contacted a carpet guy we know through Ryan's company, and had him come to see if he could fix the carpet, then of course we decided to have him bid some improvements. Once we did that there was no going back!

Before. Doesn't look too bad in the picture, but trust me.

Part of the carpet torn out, and then original entry way, I actually liked the tile, but it had to go to make way for bigger things. :)

The tearing out efforts.

What happens when you don't listen to your mommy and you step on tackless barefoot.

New entry and hallway! And all the carpet in the living room torn out.

And new carpet! This carpet is super plush and soft and fabulous. We lay on it because it feels so darn good! Plus, I love the color it was a last minute change and I'm so happy we picked it. Now if only we could afford to replace the rest of the carpet in the house with this beautiful stuff...

Our house feels like new and I totally love it! You'll have to come see and feel it to truly appreciate it! :)

Next transformation? Me! Okay, so you all know I've been on the lose weight bandwagon for sometime now. I stopped doing my weekly posts because I was stuck and frustrated and going insane. I finally realized that until I got my head in the right place nothing was going to change. I was too stressed and emotional about the whole process, which it turns out was working against me, go figure. So a week or two ago I decided to surrender. Not give up. I'm not gonna give up til I win. I just had to surrender to the process. I read a book called "The Gabriel Method." Its a little out there, but the philosophy and ideas in it were just what I needed to hear. Basically it says that until we learn to talk to our bodies so they understand what we want, they are going to hold on to fat. And, its not about depriving yourself. Its about enjoying your life, finding your passion and believing that you can do and be whatever it is you want to. As far as eating goes his philosophy is that your body wants nutrients, and its not about calories as much as nutrients so as long as you begin to add those things in, your body will realize its not starving (because it is when you eat empty calories, even if you eat 5000 of them) and let go of the fat its hanging on to. So I can eat what I want and crave as long as I also include the nutrients it needs, and over time my body will realize what it likes and start to change my cravings. But, no more "bad days" or "good days" just feeding my body and enjoying it. That's what I had been trying to do, but feeling guilty about it, so now I feel like i'm backed up on this idea and that I can do it. Its also all about mind over body and imagining what you want and knowing you can attain it. I seriously feel better already, because I believe I will get there. I've stopped beating myself up and freaking out because I'm not where I want to be right now, whether its in my weight or other aspects of my life. I've stopped looking at all the parts of me I don't like and dwelling on them, I just think about what they will look like someday and move on. I'm not perfect and its not fool-proof, but its working for me. I'm not going to stress over a scale, I'm just going to do what I think is best for me and get on with my life! First step? I ran the Wasatch Woman "Love Your Body" 6k this morning. It was a good experience. I felt healthy and carried by all the women out there (1800 of them!) who all have body issues and who just want to love themselves. So, here's to loving myself and moving on and worrying about more important things like my family.

So, here's to transformations! May they keep coming and may I keep growing (or shrinking as the case may be :) )!