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

san diego

Over the weekend of July 24th (thank you Utah for celebrating Pioneer Day), we took a trip out to San Diego with the Wride’s and the Pack’s. I feel extremely lucky to have our friends so close and to all be in the same stage of life together! I think it’s rare for a group of college friends to end up in the same place, but I’m sooo glad it worked out that way. With Kaitlin and Abe’s baby number two on the way, we thought we better take advantage of the “only child” stage we’re all in and go on a family/friend vacay.

Thursday morning, Austin and I flew into San Diego with Kaitlin and Abe, grabbed our rental cars, and hit up Old Town to kick off the day. Jesse and Brittney went to visit her parents in Vegas the day before, so they arrived a little later and met up with us for dinner.

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unnamed^^And this is how the Mormon Battalion tour went with the bebes haha. They didn’t appreciate it as much as we did.

Friday was our zoo day. There’s a lot of hype around the San Diego Zoo so we were all looking forward to it. Unfortunately, we were there right in the middle of the day, it was super hot, and the animals were laaaazy. Most of the big exhibit animals that you go to the zoo to see weren’t even out, such a bust. Brittney and Jesse had been before and said that this time was definitely a let down compared to last. Oh well, what can ya do! At least on our way in, this nice family stopped me and Aust and asked if we had bought our tickets yet. We hadn’t, and they had two extras that they would sell us for $35 a piece. Great deal compared to the $50 we would have spent at the door! So after all was said and done we felt a little better about the slightly lame zoo day since we saved thirty bucks haha.

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At least the babies enjoyed some parts of it :) Next time we’ll go in the late afternoon/evening and hope for more active animals. Lesson learned!

Friday night after a little rest time at the hotel we decided to hit up the Mission Beach Boardwalk.

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Scarlett had no fear of the ocean. We found out she’s quite the beach babe.

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Saturday was our beach day.  After some deliberation and in an attempt to avoid parking chaos (impossible on a Saturday at a beach), we ended up at Cardiff beach per recommendation of a restaurant owner the day before. We rented some umbrellas and boogie boards and had a great time! Easily Scarlett’s favorite day.

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We’ve got quite the model on our hands.

On Sunday we spent the morning at the hotel until check out time. We had some time to kill before our flight that evening so we took a stroll around the San Diego temple grounds. Such a beautiful temple.

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And now that you’ve made it through a million and a half pictures, here’s an awesome video Jesse put together of the highlights.

Such a great trip with great people!

By |August 14th, 2015|Friends, Fun in the Sun, Sweet Summertime, Travel, Vacation|3 Comments

the fourth

To start off our Independence day celebrations, we took advantage of Aust’s day off on Friday and went to the Freedom Festival down in Provo with Kaitlin and Abe.  It was hot.  And kind of anti-climatic.  But we did get to see the real candy bomber fly his plane over the crowds and drop little parachutes of candy!  That was pretty cool.  And now I feel like a part of history or something :)

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Plus we got to see Scarlett as a colonial soldier.  Worth it!

On the 4th, we went over to Kaitlin and Abe’s house and spent the afternoon/evening with them.  Now for a picture overload…

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These babies kill me. Love them!

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How cool is that right in your backyard!  Scarlett was impressed.

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^^Supa cute picture of them.  Thennn it got windy…

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…and Scarlett was ticked. Haha such is life.

Before the kiddos got too tired we wanted to give them a little firework action.  Sparklers are perfect for babies, right? :)

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Probably should have given those another year or two haha.

After we got them to bed we had a little fire, roasted marshmallows, enjoyed the fireworks going on around us, and played with glow sticks and sparklers some more.

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It was a great holiday!

By |August 5th, 2015|Friends, Holiday, Sweet Summertime|1 Comment

a farewell

I need to stop even pretending that I’ll stay on top of this blog stuff one day, life never slows down! But better late than never.

Toward the end of June, Scarlett and I made the trek out to Colorado for Shilo’s mission farewell.  Aust had to stay home for work – such a hard working daddio! He’s the best.

We hitched a ride there with Taylor and Lynnea.  Scarlett did pretty good most the way, but around the time we got stuck in bad traffic was when she decided to lose her cool.  There weren’t any exits we could take for a loooong time so we just rode it out. I think Uncle Tay was feeling the tension, driving in slow traffic with a screaming baby is the worst.  After about 30-40 minutes she finally wore herself out and fell asleep. Hallelujah.

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Taylor and Lynnea were spending the first couple days with Lynnea’s family so we met up with my mom and the girls and caught the last hour of the ride home with them.  Scarlett was feeling rejuvenated after a little walk in the grass time so the rest of the drive went off without a hitch!

That night, my mom took me, Shi, and Mauri to see Wicked.  My dad gave up his seat so I could go and stayed home with little Scarlett lady.  Thank you thank you thank you papa! Even though she may not have loved it at the moment, the time spent with Grandpa Billy did wonders – a couple days into our visit she was willingly going to him and letting him hold her – quite a feat if you know our girl!

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^^We technically weren’t allowed to take pictures in there, but thought we could sneak one in before the show started. This is the best we got before getting chastised :)

Over the next few days we stayed busy shopping and helping Shilo get some of the things she needed, tie-dying shirts, welcoming more company, going to Mauri’s swim meet, eating good food, and enjoying our time together!

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Someone was feeling a little sleepy at the swim meet.

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^^We tried and tried to get Scarlett to take a picture with Shi. This is about as close as we got haha. Such a loving baby.

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She’s going to be an amazing missionary!

After church we had a delicious Father’s Day dinner, packed up and got ready for our flight back to Utah.  We didn’t want to leave our boy completely high and dry on Father’s day.

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^^Getting closer…haha.

We made it to the airport (a little bit behind schedule) and I was sooo happy to see that there was no security line.  Traveling alone with a baby is not my fave so that was one less stress.  After walking through the detector, they asked me to stay there so they could do the hand strip test thing.  But oh “there’s no one available to do it so you’ll need to wait”.  Great.  After about ten minutes a guy finally comes over, rubs the strip on my hand, and puts it in the machine.  Then the screen turns red.  I’ve got some sort of explosive on my hand?  Perfect.  That has never happened.  (And side note, I must look like a hard core person because they do all the extra hand tests and pat downs on me every time I go to the airport.  A mom alone with a small baby can be very intimidating, let me tell you.)  Since it turned red they needed to take me in a private room for a pat down.  But oh, “we need two females to do it, and there’s no one available so you’ll need to wait here.”  Sweeeet.  Not like I’m trying to catch a flight or anything.  Fifteen minutes later a couple ladies finally come over but oh, the room is being used.  Mmm loving all this.  Another good five minutes pass before we get in there.  Once in the room, they tell me I need to set Scarlett down which did not go over so well with the babe.  She screamed the whole time trying to get me to pick her up.  Yay.  Thanks for putting my baby in a great mood right before we get on a plane.  Ugh.  Anyway, not a great experience.  We were some of the last to board but at least we made it!  And Scarlett did pretty well during the flight so I’ll count my blessings.

The next week, Shilo came down to Utah to spend some time with friends before heading off.  We met up at Kneaders to squeeze a little extra time in with her.

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^^We’ll call that success!

Missing this girl!  She’s already rockin’ it in the field and I know she is going to be an inspiration to so many!  You can read about her experiences here.

Love you Lolo! See you in {less than} 1.5.

By |August 5th, 2015|Family, Sweet Summertime, Travel|1 Comment

california road trip

Last month we took Scarlett on her first road trip to California!  Austin was going out there for work so we decided to add on a few extra days, drive instead of fly, and make a vacation out of it!  I was a little nervous for the 10 hour car ride with the babe but she handled it like a champ.  On the way there I think we ended up stopping three times to give her a little break but on the way home we only stopped once!  She must have been extra worn out from our adventures.

We started the week off in Long Beach and spent a couple days there.  It was pretty overcast the whole time unfortunately, but the view from our hotel was beautiful!

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Living the dream!  This baby could get used to the hotel life.

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The first day we hit up the aquarium and Scarlett slept through the entire thing.  She was only six weeks old at the time so she probably wouldn’t have appreciated it anyway :)  Just being a good baby for mom and dad!

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They had an enclosed area where these birds were just flying free.  They kept swooping inches away from my face…made me a little nervous haha.

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The next day we headed to Los Angeles and went to the zoo.  It was huge.  And not like packed-with-animals huge, just walk-forever-in-between-exhibits huge.  They seriously could cut out like half the area if they just put stuff closer together.

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Scarlett was ready for her first zoo trip!

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Never seen so many flamingos in my life!

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Just catching a little shade under the garbage lid!  Monkeys are definitely my fave.

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We spent the most time watching these guys.  I always get so intrigued!  There were tons of chimps in there too, probably the most I’ve seen at a zoo.  At one point they all got into a huge brawl and were screaming and pounding everywhere.  It was nuts!

After walking miles at the zoo we headed over to the observatory.  We didn’t last there very long because our girl was so over being in the Bjorn.

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The “Hollywood” sign back there in the haze.

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That night we met up with Austin’s aunt and uncle for dinner at Parker’s lighthouse then headed to our hotel in L.A. closer to where Austin would be working.

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Scarlett was ready to sprawl out after her long day!

The rest of the week Austin worked during the day but we were able to get out and enjoy ourselves in the evening.  One night we headed over to the Santa Monica pier and introduced Scarlett to the beach!  She was lovin’ it.

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As the sun went down we transitioned Scarlett out of her hat…

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…and after a few pictures I decided we should put her headband on haha.  Hence the accessory change!

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She loves her dada!

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Loved our little getaway!

By |August 21st, 2014|Firsts, Sweet Summertime, Vacation|0 Comments

july 4th

will get caught up one of these days.  One post at a time :)

We had a great 4th of July this year!  My family was back in town for Scarlett’s blessing that weekend so we were able to enjoy the day with them.  We started the afternoon off with the Syddall side of the family for a nice, shady, picnic at the park.

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That evening we went over to Matt and Lia’s house for a barbecue and fireworks with the whole Goldsberry clan.

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There’s just something about the 4th of July.  Family, food, sunshine, fireworks.  What more can you ask for?!  Such a perfect day.

By |August 4th, 2014|Family, Holiday, Sweet Summertime|0 Comments

before the babe continued…

What a whirlwind the past few weeks have been!  We are loving having our sweet Scarlett here!  Before I jump into her whole birth story,  the week leading up to her arrival deserves some documentation.

Her scheduled due date was May 24th.  My family really really wanted to be here in Utah when she was born so they planned a trip out over Memorial day weekend in anticipation of her arrival.  Because of the progress I had made leading up to that point, on top of the fact that I had been having contractions off and on the entire week prior, we thought for sure that she would make it during their stay.  They made the eight hour trek out on Wednesday the 21st into the wee hours of the night just in case Scarlett made her appearance – we were so sure I was going to pop any second so they were doing all it took to maximize their chances of being here!

That entire weekend became filled with plans that included lots and lots of walking and other random labor inducing “strategies”.   A more detailed account with lots of pictures can be found on my mama’s blog here.  On Friday we spent the day up in Salt Lake shopping at City Creek and walking around Temple Square.  Lots of walking,still some contractions, but nada.

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On Saturday – the official due date – we started the day off with some bowling (there were a couple sites that had this listed as a labor inducing activity, couldn’t hurt!)

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Then we headed to Orem to have lunch at an authentic Mexican restaurant with some spicy foods.  Following our lunch break we went over to the Lehi outlets to do more walking shopping and topped the day off with some delicious Rita’s ice.

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The due date/40 week belly shot.

On Sunday Aust and I decided to go on a slightly more intensive hike after church to try to get things moving.  The contractions really started coming on during the hike so we were feeling accomplished!  We thought we had maybe done the trick…negative.

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That evening we went to dinner at my grandparents house where we enjoyed some more Mexican food, and took a nice family stroll to the park.  (Trust me, there were no breaks for that pregnant body of mine.  Even in my down time at home I was either climbing the stairs or bouncing on an exercise ball.  We even found that bumpy car rides made things a little more intense so we went on a few rocky back road drives :) Whatever it took to push our little girl along!)

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Aust was finding all sorts of ways to get me bouncing around so my water would break.  The wiggly bridge seemed to be the most successful at getting those contractions moving :)

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(Ignore my awkward faces – It was getting harder and harder to put on a real genuine smile at this point)

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That night came and went with no signs of baby which brought us to Memorial Day Monday.  My family had plans to head home later that day so I was praying that we could get something to happen!  To celebrate the holiday, we headed up AF Canyon to Cascade Springs for a little picnic and hike.  Little did I know it was a good hour long drive into the windy canyon to get there.  As we drove further and further in and up the mountain I started thinking that we could be in some trouble if I happened to go into labor, there was no quick and easy way down for an overdue pregnant lady.  But regardless, I was quite determined to do anything and everything to help get that babe here so that didn’t stop us!  Living on the wild side.

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We got a little taste of some wildlife!  Baby moose above, water snake below.

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Despite our efforts that day, the contractions had stayed pretty minimal and sparse.  Such a let down.  By this point my ankles were completely swollen from all our weekend activities and I was tired.  Since there weren’t any promising signs that she would come within the next day, it was decided that my mom would stick around for a bit longer but the rest of the family would head back home as planned.  Shilo was graduating that week, Mauri and Lexee were still in school, and my dad had work to attend to.   I was bummed that the timing wasn’t in our favor but we definitely had tried our best!  I had a doctor’s appointment scheduled for the following day so we threw in the towel for the evening, said our goodbyes, and looked forward to hearing how we had done.

Tuesday morning Aust and I headed in to my appointment hoping to hear that lots of progress had been made and that we’d be having a baby that day :)  At my appointment the week prior, I had asked my doctor about the possibility of being induced because I had family coming into town and because Austin was scheduled to be out of town the week of June 2nd (eek).  She was pretty hesitant and explained that the hospital is kind of a stickler when it comes to inducing first babies without a medical reason but would see what we could do the following week.  She even had me schedule an ultrasound so we could try to find a reason – something like low fluid levels, an aging placenta, or a slightly small baby could maybe do the trick in getting it approved.  So disappointing, I was ready to have that baby!  (Turns out that Austin’s trip got pushed back a week but we kept that to ourselves to up our chances of the induction :)  I was overdue, my mom was only in town for a couple more days, and I knew that our girl was close!)

We went and got the ultrasound first, everything looked perfectly normal.  That’s always so great to hear, and I really would never complain about that news, but it made me more anxious knowing that now it was all dependent upon how I was progressing.  The ultrasound tech did say she was on the smaller end but that was to be expected since Austin and I were both smaller babies.  Nothing induction worthy.  Dang.

We went and saw the doctor next.  The moment of truth!  I had been stuck at 1.5 cm dilated/80% effaced for almost an entire month at that point so I just wanted to hear something beyond that.  She checked and 2.5 cm dilated/90% effaced it was!  Still not near what I was hoping after our crazy weekend but it was progress.  She spent afewpainful minutes trying to loosen things up a little more (she was being generous with the 90% effaced mark, she was doing all she could to get the induction to go through), made note that the baby was a bit small, and told her nurse to call the hospital to see if they had room for an induction the following day.  YES. Best news ever.  The induction was scheduled for Wednesday the 28th.  It felt so good knowing that our baby was almost here!  We were told to call the hospital at 6am the next morning to find out what time to come in.  The nurse said they sometimes have openings right at six so to be ready to leave when we called and to not eat anything that morning.  We were ecstatic.  We left smiling from ear to ear and grabbed a bite to eat at Carl’s Jr. before taking Aust back to work.

That night to celebrate our very soon to be arrival we went to dinner with my mom and grandparents at Chuck-A-Rama.  Since I couldn’t eat the next day might as well go for an all out buffet, right? :)

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Delicious.  We headed home after a quick stop at Target and Wal-Mart to pick up a couple last minute things and tried to get some sleep.  We were beyond excited for the day to come!

By |June 27th, 2014|Baby in the Making, Family, Sweet Summertime|0 Comments

yellowstone

Over Labor Day weekend, Aust and I were able to take a trip up to Yellowstone with our favorite travel buddies, Kaitlin and Abe.  I have never been so I really didn’t know what to expect but I must say, I was thoroughly impressed.  Other than the rotten-egg-sulfur-mist that brought on the occasional gag, the diversity and immensity of the entire park was amazing.

We literally were pulling into the parking lot as Old Faithful went off.  So we had to hang around for another hour and a half to see it.  How lucky of us :)

The Grand Prismatic Springs – one of my favorites.  Apparently the rainbow of colors that you see are bacteria from the extremely hot temperatures.  Kinda nasty, but beautiful!

 Bubbling mud pots.  That is some hot mud.

 On day two, we decided that we should probably start switching up our poses to give our pictures some variety.  Obviously we were really great at coming up with ideas :)

 Night time adventures.

 This was called the “Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.”  It was spectacular.  Pictures definitely don’t do it justice.

Buffalo!  These guys were another one of my favorite things.  They are huge.  And you get so dang close to them which is super cool.  It did make me a little nervous at times because Aust was sure to show me all the youtube videos of people getting charged by them, at Yellowstone, before our trip.  How thoughtful of him huh?

 Just hanging out in the middle of the road.

We all had a great time!  It was nice being able to spend a full 3.5 days there because there’s so much to see.  If you haven’t been, it’s definitely one of those, “gotta do it at least once” sort of things.  Totally worth it.

By |September 16th, 2013|Friends, Sweet Summertime, Vacation|3 Comments

july 4th

Now that it has almost been a month, I think it’s time to jot down our 4th of July happenings.
To start off the day, we went hiking up to Stuart falls with Austin’s family and boy it was crowded.  I guess we weren’t the only ones with the great idea :) His parents brought up some yummy snacks and Jimmy John’s for lunch and we all had a really nice time, Conan included.  I was impressed by our little guy making it the entire three-something miles on his teeny stub legs.  That’s a whole lot of steps!

 As for our evening festivities, there’s no better way to celebrate than with some j.wride and fireworks.

Happy {very late} 4th of July!

By |August 1st, 2013|j.wride, Sweet Summertime|1 Comment