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a california birthday

To celebrate Austin’s last year as a 20-something-year-old, we planned a little getaway to California for a few days. This trip also came in replacement to the New York City vacation that we were supposed to go on in September that we had to cancel last minute, so it was nice to be able to sneak away for a bit kid free! (Huge thank you to Austin’s ma and pop for taking care of Scarlett for us!!) We hit up Universal Studios for a couple days and witnessed the all amazing Harry Potter land, drank butterbeer just so we knew what it was, went to the Getty Museum which was beautiful, strolled down Hollywood Blvd, ate tasty food, waited in line to meet the Grinch only so we could show the picture to Scarlett, stumbled upon a free Alessia Cara concert, and made a quick visit to a chilly beach to catch an ocean view before heading home. And because I’m so far behind and still talking about December when it’s already June…I’ll leave it at that. Such a fun trip with my birthday boy!

By |June 7th, 2017|Birthday, Travel, Vacation|0 Comments

the most wonderful time of the year

Moving right along.

Despite us spending the actual Christmas holiday in Colorado, I was quite determined to have Christmas lights up on our house for the holiday season. I mean, do it for the kids, right? ;) Austin was a good sport and obliged – which meant a lot of measuring and researching and calculating to figure out what kind of lights to get, how many lights we would need to fulfill all my wishes, etc. etc. Thankful for him!

Daddy done good! Not pictured are the trees in our front yard that he wrapped in lights so perfectly. I had multiple neighbors telling me that our trees looked like the ones at temple square haha. Professional status!

The day before Thanksgiving we took Scarlett to the movie theater to experience her first “weeeeally big show”. We saw Trolls which was (and still is) a big hit.  She lasted through the movie really well and thoroughly enjoyed herself [+the sour patch watermelons].

We spent Thanksgiving day with Austin’s family and ate lots of yummy food. I also experienced my first “solo” pie making (aka not at my mom’s house with her helping the whole time haha). I did, however, use my mom’s cream pie recipe and asked for some tips via text along the way after ruining the first store bought pie crust I tried baking haha. So maybe not a completely solo experience, buuut I’m still taking it. I think there was enough pie/cheesecake for every person to have their own if they really wanted haha. Now that’s my kind of selection!

 

Soon after Thanksgiving we pulled out the tree as part of our festive, we-won’t-even-be-at-our-house-for-Christmas efforts. Scarlett loved every minute of decorating that tree so it was totally worth it! Again, do it for the kids, right? :)

Plus those ornaments provided hours of entertainment as she carefully rearranged them each day. That kind of entertainment is priceless to a mama!

By |June 7th, 2017|Holiday, Thanksgiving|1 Comment

all fall

I’ve spent the last few months trying to decide the best way for me to document things…Keep blogging since I’m really great at staying on top of it? Blog and try and do some sort of online scrapbook that I could get printed every year? Go the chatbook route just to at least have something printed to look back on? Then the question is do I make one family book or an individual book for each kid? I just don’t know. I also feel like if I make any sort of book I would have to start back from when Scarlett was born which is overwhelming to me. Well guess what…she’s not getting any younger! The task is growing greater with each passing day haha. Just. Can’t. Decide. What I do know is I’ve spent a whole lot of time thinking and zero time doing. That’s not getting me anywhere so I’m catching up slightly on here. That is a start.

So Fall.

I feel like we actually experienced somewhat of a Fall season last year because we escaped October without snow! Always a nice bonus. We spent a good portion of our October month enjoying some of the staple, Utah Fall festivities. We hit up Cornbelly’s a couple different times, once with friends and once with dad. Scarlett was helping me look through these pictures and you would think she was reliving her glory days with the smile they brought to her face. Now she won’t stop talking about the horsey and popcorn pit and cow train.

Now that these pictures are eight months old, it’s so crazy to see how little Scarlett looks! Time is just disappearing before my eyes.

We also got family pictures taken by our friend Sam way back when.

Love my sweet fam.

And then for the Halloween fun!

My friend Whitney threw a cute little Halloween party for the kids. Scarlett thought it would be nice to throw a royal princess tantrum right as we were leaving for the party…and this is what that looked like.

She wasn’t up for the group photo after that ^^ one but I promise she was there.

Then for some first time pumpkin carving with dad.

The pumpkin guts were not her thing.

And then came Halloween! Love our beautiful Belle.

We went trick or treating with Sam and Autumn in their neighborhood which was lots of fun. Scarlett seriously lived for trick or treating. There’s just something about being handed candy when you knock on someone’s door haha. To say she’s already excited for Halloween this year would be an understatement; as of right now if you ask her what she wants to dress up as she’ll tell you Wonder Woman. And baby brother will be Batman, dad will be Spiderman, and mom will be Captain America. (She also reminds me that her friend Oliver will be Hulk, she’s got it all mapped out haha.) I’m actually really hoping she sticks to the idea because it wouldn’t be too bad to whip those costumes together, and I could keep it low key for mom and dad since we’re suuuuch big dress up fans. Time will tell!

Her stash. Girl did good!

And to wrap it up, just a couple more random pictures from around this time frame that make me smile.

^^Scarlett really likes to print things out on the computer. I always ask her what she wants her paper to say and this was her response on this particular day. She knows what she’s talking about!

Love this girl! Can’t believe how much she’s grown since then.

By |June 6th, 2017|Fall Festivities, Halloween, Scarlett|1 Comment

july fourth

One more oldie post because I just can’t even with some of these pictures.

This year we spent the fourth of July at the Duke’s lovely home and had such a good time. Nothing better than some barbecue, some bounce housin’, some sparklers, and a whole lotta fun with our sweet friends.

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Major heart eyes for this little crew ^^ best buds for life.

By |October 27th, 2016|Friends, Holiday, Sweet Summertime|1 Comment

a summer highlight

Staying up to date on this thing is definitely not my forte. I started this post months ago so I figured I might as well finish it off before moving on to current happenings. Oh all the memories I miss documenting haha. Thank goodness for google photos and the thousands and thousands and thousands of pictures we at least have stored all in one place there to look back on.

So, throwing it back to end of June/early July…the Syddall family campout. One of my all time favorite summer traditions! It was the first year we took Scarlett, and her first full blown camping trip, and to say she loved it would be an understatement. Tent sleeping was a little diffcult for our (not-great-at-adjusting-to-sleeping-anywhere-other-than-her-bed-in-her-room-with-her-bunny-and-white-noise-playing) girl. But after a few threats to put her in her pack n’ play and a few mickey mouse episodes later, she eventually caved to the zzzz’s and we survived. A little more tired than usual but so worth it seeing the joy the great outdoors brought to that girl.

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The four-wheelers were definitely an obsession. Anytime Scarlett spotted the little blue helmet she would carry it around or go sit on the little four wheeler until she could find someone that would take her on a ride. The way to her heart for sure.

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Her best bud. Lynnea is so sweet to let Scarlett drag her everywhere.

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Like daddy like daughter.

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On our way home and worn out. And check out that super white bunny, proof of a real good time.

By |October 26th, 2016|Family, Firsts, Sweet Summertime|1 Comment

two years old

My baby is two!

[and has been for over a month now but we won’t dwell on that].

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Love her.

Scarlett is the sweetest little girl. Still a mama’s girl through and through but she’s always talking my ear off about dada so that makes him pretty special too. She currently thinks my name is “nana”…really don’t know where that came from, but I can’t get her to call me mama for the life of me! I think she knows it bugs me too because she always gets this grin when she says it, little stinker. Looks like I’ll just need to take on a more grandmotherly role? haha.

One of my favorite things about two year old Scarlett is that she has this overwhelming enthusiasm for the simplest things. We always say that she wears her emotions on her sleeve because there’s no need to guess when it comes to how she’s feeling, she lets you know. The absolute best is when she’s happy or excited, she’ll just squeal in delight, hop around, cheer, and very loudly repeat, “woooooow” and “wheeeeeee” and “yaaaaaaay” over and over and over. I don’t even know how to describe it, it’s just like pure joy. The happiness radiating from her is literally tangible. Bubbles, swings, slides, her doggy Conan, rice and beans, seeing her friends, grandparents, birds, airplanes, Monsters inc./Toy Story 3/Cinderella/Frozen, her bunny, you name it! She’ll have you believing that everything she thinks is awesome is the greatest thing in the world at that moment.

Her birthday was no exception which made it so fun this year. In her mind, it was probably the best day of her life so far haha. Every little aspect of that day just made her happy.

We started the day with a balloon extravaganza waiting for her when she woke up.

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Having Gampa and Gigi there with us was definitely an added bonus. She loves them.

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Then we settled her in to get her very first haircut! Gigi gave her the royal treatment, suckers and all.

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After her haircut we got her all bathed and ready so we could surprise her with our present before heading to church. This girl l.o.v.e.s. helping mom cook so we thought a mini kitchen would be the perfect gift.

^Aunt Lynnea is her person.

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Safe to say she was very pleased haha.

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Then she got to open her presents from grandpa Billy and Gigi. Her faces are priceless.

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So so happy. That kitchen is good and stocked.

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That evening we had the family over to celebrate. Scarlett is obsessed with her bunny stuffed animals so we thought a bunny theme would be fitting.

2nd Birthday

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This little video gets me every time haha. Perfect example of that enthusiasm I was talking about.

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Thanks to everyone who helped make it such a special day!

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Happy 2nd birthday, baby girl.

We love you so much!

PS. I borrowed a couple of these photos from my mom’s post. More memories here.

 

By |July 7th, 2016|Birthday, Scarlett|1 Comment

all that is december

Holy falling behind. Same old story every. time.

I’ve sat down to write this post a few times, but after a few minutes of not knowing how to start or what to say, I close it up and let it wait for another day. And now nearly six months later, I still really don’t have the words, but I don’t think many are needed. On November 30th, my Uncle Brian was killed in a car accident on his way to work. It was sudden, it was unexpected, and hit so close to home, especially being only weeks after my Aunt Jana’s death. He was such a good man and the greatest uncle, always there to share a good laugh with and talk deals (he and Austin bonded over that one, always on the hunt for a good deal). He left behind a beautiful wife and four sons.
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Miss him. Love their family so, so much.

My mom always says things best, I love her post here.

I’m tempted to skip to more current events, but I feel like Christmas and New Years and just December events in general are too big of a things to miss documenting (mostly for Scarlett’s sake). Even if it’s almost half a year late. Here goes nothing.

The beginning of December brought Austin’s 28th birthday. Unfortunately, the only pictures I took that day were when we met up with him on his lunch break at In-and-Out. Scarlett was too tired to celebrate.

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I promise we had cake and ice cream that night with his fam. Just no pictures to show for it! Happy birthday, bae ;)

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^^Scarlett’s first week of nursery. She was not this happy once we actually made it in there haha. To this day…still not a nursery fan. Doesn’t help that there are nineteen kids in there with her in our new ward. And that’s only one of the nurseries. Needless to say, she will have a plethora of friends her age around here, that’s for sure! Maybe one day she’ll like them.

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Cracking up at how she held pencils. She has since grown out of that grip haha.

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Little hoodlum.

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After living at Austin’s parents house for a couple months, Scarlett finally started to get comfortable with everybody. Aunt Rachelle came back home for the holidays and got in on her good side quick thankfully!

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At some point that month we took Scarlett out for a little photo shoot to get some up to date pictures…

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Obsessed with her.

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Then this happened. (Good thing they’re already married now). Congrats to Mitch and Kenzie!

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We were extra lucky this year and also had my family in town through Christmas. The Goldsberry clan did a progressive dinner and Scarlett enjoyed her time being Santa with grandpa Billy.

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^^Her sweet little Christmas dress from Gigi. Not the greatest picture but all I remember is she was not having it that day…hence the one and only picture. Oh well, still the cutest little dress ever. Worth documenting!

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Merry Christmas Eve!

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Even though we spent Christmas with Austin’s fam this year my parents still included us in the Syddall Christmas pj’s tradition.

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 Excuse the poor quality pic, it’s all I got. Go BYU!

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Santa done good.

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Getting ready to go see what Santa brought! Scarlett’s reaction when she saw her presents was the cutest. Here’s a little clip of it.

I can’t get over the hands on face after I set her down hahaha. She loves that car.

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Loving the cute busy bag book she got from Grandma Judy. In for hours of entertainment! Scarlett is blessed with extremely talented and creative grandmas.

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Seestor chat time! Miss that girl!

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It was a great Christmas! It’s so fun having a kid who’s getting old enough to think it’s awesome too. Can’t wait for her birthday this weekend.

And since this post isn’t long enough already, here’s a few New Years pics for ya.

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We started the night at Sam and Autumn’s house for a fun New Years party. We lasted til about 10:30 before miss Scarlett was done.

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So, we headed back to Austin’s parents house, got her to bed, watched the ball drop and took our first 2016 selfie.

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 I think these new years get more exciting every year ;) Happy New Year e’rybody. Hope the first half of it has treated you well!

By |May 24th, 2016|Christmas, Family, Holiday, New Year, Scarlett|0 Comments

november in colorado

About halfway through November, I flew to Colorado with Scarlett to visit the family for a couple weeks before Thanksgiving. Austin stayed back to work, (we missed daddy those ten days!) but he was able to come out for the holiday weekend with Taylor and Lynnea.

 We played our hearts out at Gigi’s, lounged, chatted, got hairs did, play-dated with Lizzie and her nephew, shopped, baked, feasted, and played some more. A perfect visit!

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Scarlett {thankfully} really enjoyed the airport (her new Mickey D toy helped haha). Our flight didn’t leave til like 8:30 pm so I was nervous she would get tired and lose her cool but we made it break down free!

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Then she was so pumped to be there that she didn’t go to bed until 1:30 am that night. Let’s just say that started a little bit of a trend so the days and nights were loooong for this mama throughout that first week. Thankfully the good company made it very bearable!

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^^My mom had this cute puzzle waiting for Scarlett the morning after we arrived. Thank you, Gigi!

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^^Her new found love…Mr. Potatohead.

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Scarlett helped Gigi roll some dough and made this masterpiece…

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Then we enjoyed a little date night to Red Robin with Gigi and Grandpa Billy.

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^^And there was a whole lotta snow.

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^^Thanks for the new do mamita! Love love love it.

Thanksgiving day was supa great.

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Aust and I took on the cheese tray prep.

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Pretty fancy if I do say so myself. Lynnea’s family joined us around noon and we dined on some cheese and veggies while we waited for dinner to finish cooking. Scarlett must have been worn out because after eating probably a whole can of olives, she passed out.

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This might sound awful but I had hoped and hoped that she would nap through Thanksgiving dinner so I could eat in peace :) And boy did my girl come through! Not only did she nap through dinner, she slept for four hours. I got to eat, take a nice little nap, work on a puzzle, and play some games baby free. My lucky day. Once she finally woke up we got her settled in for her own little feast.

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Love our baby girl!

That weekend we snapped a few pictures for my parent’s Christmas card…

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…then went to Crave to really top our bellies off.

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^^That fried square on the burger was like half a block of cream cheese. No holding back! And mmm those fries. Sooooo good.

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On Sunday we hit the road and headed back to Utah.

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So thankful for the time I was able to spend there and so thankful for my family! Love them.

By |January 28th, 2016|Family, Thanksgiving, Vacation|1 Comment

halloween with a hula girl

I struggled to come up with costume ideas for Halloween this year (last year technically). I had intentions of trying to put something together before we left for Hawaii, but with all the other craziness going on it didn’t quite make the priority cut. I knew my time would be short after we got back from our trip but thankfully while we were there, we saw these adorable little coconut bra, hula girl outfits and Aust had the ingenious idea to get one for Scarlett for Halloween. Add a couple leis and Hawaiian shirts in the mix for ma and pa and there we had it! And it wasn’t even cheesy because we were legitimately in Hawaii right before :) we were authentic.

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PS, totally got our shirts at DI. The ones in Hawaii are expeeeensive! Not worth it for a one time wear, and these DI ones probably came from Hawaii at some point anyway haha. Plus they semi-matched! DI for the win.

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Cutest little hula girl I ever did see.

Halloween night I took Scarlett on her first trick or treat run! Austin had been working on a video with Jesse most of the day which ended up going really long so they missed the good stuff. Such a bummer for the daddios! I had spent the day with Brittney and Oliver so we headed over together to Jesse’s parents house to begin the festivities.

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Ignore the terrible filming haha. I was short a couple extra hands. Love that hula girl and that plump little tiger!

Happy [three month late] Halloween!

By |January 25th, 2016|Halloween, Holiday, Scarlett|1 Comment

aloha hawaii

Oh Hawaii, where to even begin! Three months late is where…

Thanks to Austin’s crazy amount of traveling in 2014 we were able to use up some points and take a sweet sweet, hotel and travel expenses paid, vacay to Hawaii! My mom and Mauri were kind enough to make the trip to Utah to spend the week with our Scarlett girl. You can read all about the week they had together here. I was definitely a stress case about leaving her for that long. I hadn’t ever been apart from her for more than eight hours since she was born, let alone overnight. And with her track record with other people I was nervous for my mama. But I knew she would be oh so loved and well taken care of whether she liked it or not!

The timing of it all ended up being a little bit crazy; when Aust and I initially planned the trip we had no idea that we would be moving. We scheduled the trip over Mauri’s fall break so she could come out with my mom. We thought it would be perfect for them to come stay at our house to keep Scarlett in her element, help make everything a little less painless. Buuut then we sold our house, had to move out two weeks before our trip, moved in with Austin’s parents, and turned Scarlett’s little world upside down. Just. In. Time. My mom was still excited to come spend time with her though and arranged to stay at my Grandma Goldsberry’s house with Scarlett for the week.

After we left things took a hard, unexpected turn. Scarlett actually ended up doing really well (I just need to venture off more often!), but my Aunt Jana had gotten a mastectomy the week prior and her health was declining rapidly. Looking back on the week it was a tender mercy that my mom was able to come spend some time with her dear little sister during the last days of her sister’s life, but a baby keeping her on her toes and not letting her get much sleep at night meant a draining and exhausting week on all levels for my beautiful mama! On Monday October 12th, my mom sent me a text letting me know that Aunt J had been in the ICU for a couple days and was being sent home with hospice care. Her gall bladder was full of infection and her liver and kidneys were hardly functioning. Later that evening, my sweet Aunt passed away. I’m grateful that my mom could be there, grateful that she could be with her parents through those tough days, and grateful that Scarlett may have helped provide a little happiness amidst the sorrow. I wish I could have been there to provide the baby chasing, sleep deprived, physical relief for my mom, but overall I think the timing of it all was a sweet miracle.

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Miss you everyday, Aunt J. 

From this beautiful post by my mom: “The Lord compensates the faithful for every loss. That which is taken away from those who love the Lord will be added unto them in His own way. While it may not come at the time we desire, the faithful will know that every tear today will eventually be returned a hundredfold with tears of rejoicing and gratitude.” (Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin)

To recount our week in Hawaii, I’ll try to keep the descriptions brief and let the pictures do the talking! Here comes an overload…

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Longest. Flight. Ever.

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The view from our room. The resort was beautiful!

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This beach was one of the secret gems we found while we were there. It was huge, so pretty and basically empty. We heard it’s the locals favorite spot because it takes a little off-roading and a four wheel drive car to get to, so it never gets overcrowded with tourists or anything. Easily our favorite beach we went to. We were warned that the tide was too high for swimming at this time of year, but I’m usually too scared to swim in the ocean anyway so no biggie haha. We just kicked back in the silky sand, dipped our toes in the ocean, saw some crazy surfers, and watched the sun go down. My kind of beach day!

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^^See that little snorkel? That’s my boy! We wanted to do quite a bit of snorkeling while we were there so we ended up buying a couple sets at the local Costco (we might have eaten the majority of our meals there too, can’t beat $1.50 hot dog combo). We hit up a few of the popular snorkeling spots throughout the week and saw a good variety of sea life! Funniest story…one day while we were snorkeling, Aust had kind of wandered away from me chasing some fish on our little action cam. I was just swimming along by myself and all of a sudden saw a massive sea turtle like three feet in front of my face. You seriously don’t realize how big those things are until they are right next to you. I didn’t know if they were dangerous (I know, I’m a little uninformed) so I immediately turn the other direction and frantically swim away as fast as I can. The adrenaline was in full swing people, I was kind of freaking out haha. Once I had made some distance I stood up to search for Austin so I could tell him.  Once I caught up to him and he informed me they aren’t dangerous, I was so bummed I didn’t stick around to appreciate seeing that dang turtle! After some searching we found it again and caught it on video. That time I thought it was super cool, slightly redeemed myself haha.

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One night while we were there, the resort put on a little Luau dinner and show. It was just served at their restaurant so it wasn’t completely authentic, but we wanted to do something semi cultured. And those pina coladas were da bomb.

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The weather was so sporadic. The picture above and below were taken pretty close together, just on different parts of the island. Blue skies to clouds! Luckily we only got rained on a couple times, and it was the warm, enjoyable type of rain. Oh so niiiice.

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Total Jurassic Park vibes.

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Ziplining was definitely one of my favorite things we did. We got to see the island from above the treetops and it was beautiful! Talk about green. Totally recommend it to anyone who ever goes there.

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A little night time long exposure on the beach.

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The Fantasy Island Falls. Way cooler in person.

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We had lunch at the resort before our flight home then hit up the movie theater to kill the last couple hours before heading to the airport. I know, sounds lame when you’re in such a beautiful place but we didn’t want to get sandy after we checked out of our room and it gets dark at like 7pm there. So it was the best option :) Then thanks to my traveling man…

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Boo yeah! That made for a nice overnight flight home.

Here is a short little video with a few of our adventures. We made it for a small contest thing (hence the royalty free soundtrack haha) which ended a week earlier than we thought so…might as well share it somewhere. Good memories :)

Kauai, you were amazing. Until next time Hawaii!

By |January 23rd, 2016|Fun in the Sun, Love, Travel, Vacation|1 Comment