Roadtrip to Texas!

1,468 miles, 41 hours of driving, 7 days, and 4 hotels.
Every minute spent was absolutely worth it.
This Thanksgiving, we traveled down to Texas for a family reunion. It was the longest road trip we have ever taken, and it definitely wasn’t easy with a 4 month old. But, whether it was driving extremely long distances, or taking time off work or school, we all made sacrifices to be there. That sacrifice made our time together that much more special. 
We first drove to Dallas to stay with Curtis’ parents before heading down to Hunt. Once we got to this tiny, secluded little town in the hill country of Texas, we stayed a few days enjoying a river side resort. We canoed, swam, hiked, and explored. The kids all roamed free around the hotel grounds and they reveled in the freedom! We explored this fun hiking area where all 6 families, and 23 grand kids, made a long, arduous, 5 mile hike up and down a mountain. It was so difficult, but I think very rewarding.
After our time by the Guadalupe river, we traveled to San Antonia to see the Alamo and some of the sites downtown. We ate at a hole in the wall taco joint (which was delicious), and explored a city market full of Mexican goods! 
It was truly a magical trip. The boys only get to see their cousins about once a year, but when together, they play as if no time has passed. My favorite part about this trip was watching the friendships and love grow between all of the children. I can’t help but feel blessed that we have such a large family, with so many wonderful examples of genuine, kind, righteous people for my children to look up to. I just can’t even imagine a better childhood for my boys (and Lucy too). 

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Our Busch Gardens Adventure

My dad had a big birthday this week and all he really wanted for a gift was to spend time with our entire family, doing something fun! We decided to head up to Busch Gardens in Virginia! It was the first amusement park that we’ve ever taken the kids to, and they loved it! I have always loved roller coasters, so I was a little bummed that I couldn’t ride anything with my 27 week baby bump. But it turned out being almost as fun to watch my own little adrenaline junkies living it up on the kid rides!

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What we wear:
The boy’s comfy t-shirts were from Target
My swing dress is on sale now! at Old Navy

our trip to colorado and new mexico

A few weeks ago we traveled to New Mexico, and then Colorado, to visit Curtis’ family. I had a lot of stress and worries about the trip before we left. Ande was missing his second week of first grade and I kept thinking that he would come back to school and feel like the “new kid.” Luckily, once we were on our way, all those worries were replaced with excitement. I was excited to watch Milo take his first flight on an airplane and we were all excited to see family that we dearly missed!

Our first flight went off without a hitch. The boys were behaved and happy. The flight crew for our second flight was running late and as we finally got in line to board, I realized the man standing behind me had the same boarding number as I did. I thought that was a little odd and then I noticed that they kept mentioning that our flight was heading to Providence, RI. I quickly realized that we had been waiting for the wrong flight! Curtis and I grabbed the confused kids and ran, movie style, through the airport. We were frantically searching for our gate! We finally found it and were running towards it as they closed the door to the gate! We were out of breath, Owen was crying because he didn’t want to throw up on the plane, and some ladies told me they had been paging us over the intercom for a while! It was all very dramatic but we were so relieved when they opened up the door and let us on the plane. After that, it truly was smooth sailing as all three boys fell fast asleep in our laps.

Once we got there, we got to spend an incredible afternoon in the Albuquerque LDS Temple followed by a beautiful and scenic drive up into the mountains of southern Colorado. The rest of the week was spent enjoying the gorgeous scenery and all of the amazing moments with family. The boys are so lucky to have so many cousins (21!) that are instant best friends, no matter how much time passes between each meeting.

When it was time to come home, it was definitely bittersweet. It’s always nice to come home to our comfortable house after a long trip, but we missed being with our huge, loving family! And as crazy as it sounds, I am still really missing having Milo share a bed with Curtis and I! He was so proud to get to sleep in a “big boy bed” the entire trip, and I just loved snuggling up to him every night.

And now that we are finally home, getting back into the regular swing of life, we are preparing for yet another trip! This time to the beach! Our summer has been so busy and full and we are just soaking up all of the adventure!