Live Life and Explore

“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams!”

If you know anything about me, you will know that I love to travel, explore and spend time with those I love.

I am writing today’s blog post from a hotel in the Sognesfjord in Norway after spending 2 days in Bergen and a short time in London.  I planned a surprise birthday trip for Brandon to visit the Fjords, explore Viking country and then bounce over to the Highlands of Scotland.  He has always been so romantic and always planned amazing surprises for me throughout our almost 18 years of marriage, so I figured it was time for me to do something for him!  He has always been fascinated with Norway, the beautiful landscapes, the weather and of course the fjords.  I can honestly tell you that to this point there is not one thing that has disappointed us.

 

After landing in London and rushing into the city to spend a hot and sunny day eating fish and chips, walking through some shopping areas (including Harrods of course), and Carnaby street.   It has been around 14 years since I have been to London so I really enjoyed speaking a little more English than usual 😉

 

 

We then took an evening flight to Bergen to explore that city.  We visited a Viking Castle, took a funicular to the top of the mountain and enjoyed amazing views after walking through some lovely lush forest.  The Bryggen along the dock, which are the brightly painted buildings that Bergen is famous for, were the perfect backdrop for a couple of the pictures I have already posted.

 

 

Then it was a 4 hour cruise up the Sognesfjord to a little town (I guess you could call it a town, although there was very little to do) called Leikanger.  We spent time riding bikes, visited a church and graveyard, and then on to a Viking obelisk monument.   Of course what do you do when you are in a fjord and you are with your husband, you take a picture of him jumping into the freezing cold glacier water.  I guess he’ll have no regrets about saying he actually swam in a fjord – as for me, I think I’m better as a photographer – teehee!

We will set sail again tomorrow to a town called Flam that is a little more populated, and we will stay another night there. So many more adventures and pictures to come…stay tuned!!

 

 

Recharge and Have Fun

“I have found that if you love life, life will love you right back!”

I honestly thought that when my kids were little was so challenging, but as they grow older, what i’m finding is that I spend so much more energy now running kids all over the place, worrying about what they’re doing – because I just seem to have so much less control.

Working full time, writing a blog, managing my family relationships, client relationships and friendships all require energy as well, and while I wouldn’t change any of it…I do sometimes need to recharge.  My idea of recharging may not be the same as yours – I kind of like spending a weekend just shopping, walking, exploring and eating – to me, that’s how I recharge.  In the picture above we are having ourselves a little treat of a cookie shot filled with Tahitian vanilla milk – ridiculously amazing!

Spending time with friends for me gives me energy too…having that time to laugh, talk things through, seek advice and just share stories really makes me feel like I can make it – in the midst of mini catastrophes (if you’re a mum you know what I mean)!

 

I spent this last weekend in L.A. doing just that.  We found some amazing restaurants on Yelp! and a couple in particular stood out:  Broken Mouth (Hawaiian Homestyle cooking) which is close to the Fashion District downtown and Faith & Flower, again downtown.  It’s a good thing we did plenty of walking because we certainly ate plenty because the food was so good.

It can be hard to find time to take a trip away like I did, so here are some other ideas to help you recharge and renew:

  1. Dinner of coffee with a great friend…laughter really can be the best medicine, but even just the company of someone that knows you and what you’re going through is huge.
  2. Soaking in a hot bath – at the end of every day this is my ritual.  It almost helps me to wash away the day and forget about whatever has been ailing me.
  3. Read a good book – it’s easy to over-think things that are happening in your life so distracting yourself with something that causes you to concentrate on something else is good.  That’s why books tend to be so much more relaxing that watching TV which requires little or no imagination at all.
  4. Get a massage or facial – I have found that one of the only times I actually meditate is when my eyes are forced to be closed when I’m having a massage or facial.  It helps me to really “zone out” and not think.
  5. A hug – sounds corny, but some days I force my boys (including Brandon) to hug me (for a minimum of 20 seconds) and I can feel the energy flowing right back into me.  It really does work like a charm.

Whenever I return from a trip I am always ready to plan my next one…so stay tuned for what we’re going to be doing over spring break 😉

 

Planning for your Vacation

“Fill your life with adventures, not things.  Have stories to tell, not stuff to show!”

This time of year definitely has me wishing I was on a beach, relaxing and soaking up the sun.  Thank goodness I have a trip planned and I leave in exactly 2 weeks for Hawaii.  This time, we are going to the big island because I haven’t been there before.  February is the month of my birthday and it’s become a tradition that we go somewhere for my birthday but also so that I can replenish my Vitamin D so I can make it through the rest of the winter (although this winter so far has been really, really mild!)

Sunshine, beach and warm weather just seem to make me feel like smiling more 🙂

Now when I talk about relaxation, bear in mind that while I will relax, this time we are taking our kids, so the relaxing may take on a different perspective than when it’s just Brandon and I.  We have some really fun excursions planned:  Whale watching, snorkeling at night with Manta Rays, hiking to the volcano, and I really want to do some sea kayaking and paddle boarding.  I have a rule that I like to have a beach day after an activity day, just so I can read my book and just generally sit down and decompress.  I may be the only one in my family that likes to do that so I have to make sure we are keeping everyone happy (quite a task with 6 very different personalities).

 

 

So when I’m planning my trips, I have always been a little more “fly by the seat of your pants” kind of girl, but Brandon likes to have an idea of what we’re doing.  So, here’s the compromise, we plan around 4 activities that we know we’ll all want to do, leave a few days open for whatever, and then set aside my beach days.  That way, we are not scrambling with the Concierge trying to book things and end up missing out on some good stuff, and also I don’t feel like I am rushed and scheduled to the hilt (which is pretty much like work to me).

The most important things I consider when I am planning my trips and what I am going to take are:

  1. Packing list – before I travel I always write down the “essentials” that I know I don’t want to forget.  Have you ever arrived at the airport or your destination and almost broken out in a cold sweat about something you need but forgot.  I remember once when we were packing for the kids and turned up with extra pairs of shorts for the boys but only 1 T-shirt each.  Not the end of the world, but if money is tight or even if you don’t want the hassle of shopping, a packing list could have prevented this.  Or, even worse, if you’re traveling abroad, have you ever arrived without the necessary visas or your passport?  Talk about ruining a trip!
  2. The weather – not that any of us can control this (trust me I have fought with the weather before because I would get frustrated and upset when it wasn’t what I wanted it to be – I realize that is the craziest thing ever).  It’s better to be prepared than frustrated…I always take some things such as raincoat, sweaters and other layers just in case.
  3. Suitcase size – over the past few years I have organized my travel in such a way that I am able to take just a carry on suitcase and so has everyone else in my family.  The reason why I love this – because there’s no waiting when you get off the plane, everyone is responsible for their own stuff (I would say we started this when Reiken was 8, so kids can handle it too!)
  4. Toiletries – I use different beauty regimens and they don’t all come in the 3oz containers that you need to bring if you are not checking a bag (according to TSA guidelines).  So, I always make sure for essentials like my masks, toners, etc, I buy some of the bottles that they sell at Target and other stores where I can put in my own toiletries just for travel purposes.  That way I don’t have to risk taking something that is too large and having it confiscated.
  5. Planned activities – if we are going hiking (which is something I love to do anywhere I go), I always make sure that I have sneakers and I’m not just taking flip flops or sandals.  I hate to limit myself and my activities by not being prepared.
  6. Plans to eat out? – I have always been someone that likes to dress up when I go out to eat…so if we are planning on eating dinners out, I like to have something to change into that’s a little more dressy than a swimsuit and coverall.
  7. The right shoes – and we are not just talking sneakers here.  I have certain outfits that look best with certain shoes, so I like to make sure I have a variety of shoes to choose from.  I hate having a dress to wear or a great jumpsuit without the RIGHT pair of shoes.  I’m not looking for perfection but I do feel better when I feel good about my outfit and my shoes are major piece in that puzzle.
  8. Workout time? – I always have to squeeze in some workout time when I’m on vacation.  Not that I am running any marathons, but just a short run, long walk, gym time or even yoga are something I like to fit into the trip so I don’t have to feel guilty about eating all the amazing foods there are available.
  9. Beach/Pool time – I don’t like to wear the same swimsuit every day (even if I have a condo with a washing machine).  Swimsuits don’t take up much room, so it’s really easy to fit in quite a few to add some variety.
  10. Use a Tote – I think all airlines allow you to have 2 carry on items, and one of those items is your purse or bag.  I used to just take a smaller handbag but couldn’t quite fit everything I needed in it. Now, I pack a tote with my Nook, snacks, iPad, headphones,  a lightweight jacket in case I get cold, a pillow, etc. and leave a little extra room for my bag/purse so that if I get called out on having too many things as carry on, I can just slip the bag/purse into my tote.

Whether you have a trip already coming up on your horizon, all of these tips will prove useful, no matter where you’re going or what you’re doing.  I realize that not everyone goes on planes, and very often there are amazing road trips that create the best memories.  Our family road trips have been amazing (although I will admit they were probably easier when the kids were younger), put on a movie, give the kids some treats and they’re happy. As they grow to be teens, there are many more opinions, arguments and disagreements, but that journey and life’s journey is truly what we make it.   I no longer have expectations that everything will go smoothly…that the boys will always get a long – so I have found that if I don’t hold onto those expectations, I don’t have to feel frustrated when it doesn’t workout like I think it should (because you know it won’t 😉

Happy travels in 2018 and I hope you find my tips and tricks useful!

 


Back to Reality

 

 

“One small crack does not mean that you are broken.  It means you were put to the test and did not fall apart!”

I had the most amazing Thanksgiving with my family up in Midway, so much so that when we came back down to our house and started getting ready to go back to work and school today, it seemed almost depressing.  When I woke my 2 younger boys up this morning, one said he had stomach ache and the other said he had so much fun with us this last week that he didn’t want to go to school but would rather hang out with us.  I have to admit that when my alarm went off I had similar thoughts and even went to a place of thinking what could I do to rearrange some things so I could just stay home.

 

Needless to say, I got up, got dressed in a great power outfit, and went to work anyway.  It makes our family time so much more precious when I realize that my boys loved it as much as I did, and that even though part of their stomach issues and sadness this morning was more about not wanting to go to school, I’ll take it 🙂

 

So how do we beat the blues when we have to come back to reality after a vacation, the holidays or even sometimes just a weekend.  I have found that the only way that works for me is to think about the things that I do love about what I’m doing and what I am doing them for.  For example, while I do love sales and having great relationships with my clients, I go to work so that I can buy the things I want, live in a nice home, travel a lot and not have to worry about whether I can buy something that I like.  I also focus on meeting with my clients (who are also my friends) and let that drive me more than the monotony that I have to go through with paperwork, etc.

 

It is hard to explain this kind of thinking to younger kids, but I do believe that my boys are starting to get it at least a little bit and realize that by going to school it means that they can get a good education, which will translate into a good job and great pay (obviously with work to get them there).  I definitely have to remind them quite often, especially since they can hardly remember to brush their teeth sometimes, but it’s worth it, and only the best habits are formed by repetition and determination.

 

We enjoyed the most amazing temperatures and weather this past weekend, but last night the winds came in and now the rain is here, which I know is soon going to turn to snow.  We truly will be in our Winter Wonderland here in Utah in no time…which is perfect for Christmas and the Holidays (see, I am being positive 😉 ).

 

 

As you probably have already heard me say before, rain is my least favorite weather so I have to work really hard at not letting it get me down.  The prospect of a lovely warm fire, hot chocolate, and snuggling under a blanket with the boys is what gets me through.  I am a firm believer in energy…I believe that there is always a transfer of energy between people, and if you surround yourself with negativity or positivity that will eventually rub off on you.  A trick that helps me when I have had a bad day is to hug my husband or kids for a minimum of 20 seconds, until I feel that transfer of energy and love which will erase most bad feelings from the day.  Admittedly I sometimes have to hold them there for that long (20 seconds seems like eternity for a 10 year old), but they are mostly accommodating to their crazy mum!

 

What tricks do you have to help you through days when you just don’t want to be doing what you have to, or those days when things just seem to go all wrong?  I would willingly try anything new to help me, and maybe some of mine will work for you!

 

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Don’t Ruin Your Travels With These Mistakes

“Traveling in the company of those we love, is HOME in motion!”

Not that this topic is ever far from my mind, but certainly as the weather starts to become colder I look for ways to get myself and my family into a warmer climate and plan some trips.  As I start planning there are always some things I make sure I have considered, so here are some tips to help make any traveling you choose to do be less stressful and more fun!

 

Traveling should always be fun, it gives you the chance to explore the world, or at least your own country. There are so many different places to see and cultures to learn about, whether you’re going on a road trip or taking a cruise. While things don’t always go entirely to plan, you should still return from your trip having enjoyed yourself. You should be careful, though, or silly mistakes could ruin your travels. If you don’t pay attention when you’re planning your trip, things might not go well. Some mistakes might even mean you don’t get to go on your trip at all. So watch out for these big mistakes if you want to have a good time.

 

Not Getting Your Travel Documents in Order

One of the worst things that could happen is that you go abroad and you’re not even allowed into the country. Or you end up starting your trip with a big fine because you didn’t pay attention to the customs rules. The first thing you need to do is sort out your passport, which you’ll need to make sure is valid. If you need a new passport for the first time or you need to replace a lost or stolen one, you will need to meet with a passport acceptance agent. You can find out more about that here. For some countries, your passport might need to be valid for at least six months when you travel. You might also need a visa or visa waiver, and you will often need to fill out a customs card, which you are often given during travel. Make sure you tell the truth on all documents.

 

 

Neglecting to Research How to Stay Safe

Staying safe when you’re traveling is an interesting thing to consider. No one can ever be 100% sure of their safety, but there are still ways to try to stay safe and be aware of the most likely dangers. For example, women and minorities might check what sort of attitudes they might come across. Everyone should check information about common crimes, especially violent crime, as well as the political situation in any of their destinations. A safe trip is a more enjoyable one.

 

Being Unaware of Cultural Differences and Local Laws

Every country is different, and even various regions within a country have their differences. That’s why it’s important to understand some of the most important customs and laws when you visit a country. Is it unacceptable to show too much skin? How do people greet each other? What are the laws about bringing in fruits and vegetables, carrying drugs and medication, or even showing affection to other people in public?

 

 

Racking Up Hidden Expenses

Make sure you don’t have to cut your trip short because your money is running out. Some hidden costs can give you a nasty surprise if you’re not careful. You could end up paying huge data roaming charges on your phone if you don’t turn roaming off. You might incur large fees from your credit card, so check how much they charge for using it in a foreign country. Check your bank balance and other finances to make sure you’re not spending too much.

 

Don’t let silly mistakes ruin your trip. Be prepared, and you’ll have a much better time, no matter where you go.


 

Simple Tricks To Take The Hassle Out Of Traveling

 

“And then I realized adventure was the best way to learn!”

 

Going on vacation can be the highlight of the year for most people. Getting away from the stresses of modern life and spending the week

relaxing in luxury somewhere is the perfect way to recharge your batteries. If only it wasn’t such a pain to get there in the first place. Getting to the airport, checking all of your luggage, and getting through airport security is an absolute nightmare. When you get to the other end, you’ll have to do the whole thing again. It’s almost enough to put you off traveling altogether, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Just try these simple tricks to make the whole process a lot smoother.

 

Ship Luggage

 

 

I must admit this has never been something I’ve tried, but I have heard that if you want to take a little more with you when you’re traveling, it’s a great way to save you time and hassle…

Checking in your bags and then waiting for them at the other end takes ages but you can skip all of that if you just ship the bulk of your luggage ahead of time and pick it up when you get to the hotel. Just take one small piece of luggage on the plane with you that has all of the essentials and send the rest separately. You can also cut down the time you spend getting your bag checked if you learn how to use a packing cube to separate all of your toiletries and anything else that needs to be examined. That’ll make it far easier for security to check through your bag and you can get onto the plane a lot quicker.

 

Book Ahead

Sorting everything out well ahead of time will take the last minute stress out of your trip and it can save you money as well. Experts advise that you book flights at least 6 weeks before you plan to go. It’s also advisable to book any other transport links you’ll need when you get there. Landing in a country that you’ve never been to and trying to find a taxi to take you to the hotel can be a struggle. Most airport transfers have a website where you can book so it’s all sorted as soon as you arrive.

 

Download Travel Apps

There are so many great travel apps available for download that can take a lot of stresses out of your traveling experience. Citymapper is a great one that can help you to navigate the public transport systems when you’re abroad. It’s likely that it’ll be a completely different system and this great app can help you get to grips with it. Gate Guru is a similar app for navigating airports which is always difficult if you’ve never been there before.

 

Once you’re there and you’re looking for somewhere great to eat, download The Fork. It lists over 30,000 restaurants with reviews so you should be able to find something on there to suit your tastes.

 

If you’re looking for a more authentic, local experience when you’re abroad try looking at Spotted By Locals. As the name suggests, it’s a travel guide that’s based on advice from locals that live in the city. They charge a small fee for each guide but it’s definitely worth the money to get good tips from local writers and photographers, updated regularly.

 

Traveling doesn’t have to be hard if you follow these simple tips to the hassle out of the whole experience.

I don’t know about you, but I definitely live to travel, so anything that can save me time AND stress, I’m all over it!  I hope you found this post useful…remember “not all who travel are lost!”

 

Living In Luxury: The Dream Holiday

 

“I travel because each time I discover a new place, I discover myself again!”

As the weather starts to become colder, I always seem to start thinking about where and when I can plan my next vacation…so as I do that, I thought I would share some thoughts I have about choosing the right location, things to consider and how important taking a holiday is to me!

Everyone has probably had countless dreams about their ultimate holiday location, experience, and accommodation. The dream may be to find love with an exotic stranger, to explore untraced lands… or maybe just to sit on the beach with sangria. Everyone’s taste is different, and we all want different things for our lives, but what we can agree on is that one day we aim to live those dreams. There are a few different things to think about when dreaming of your perfect holiday, and maybe even if you decide to plan it…

 

The Location

Whether you decide to travel to an exotic, secluded spot such as Bora Bora, or you prefer the hustle and bustle of New York: there are thousands of amazing locations to visit in the world. Each will offer you a totally different experience, culture, and way of life.  I absolutely love the Hawaiian islands, but there are so many other places to explore in the World…in fact, if I were to choose a different place that I want to visit every year for the rest of my life, I still don’t think I would come close to seeing everywhere that I want!  I a always drawn more to beaches but I have also loved times that I have spent in many cities that have amazing history…I believe in being open to trying new things and places, because how else do we find out about ourselves?

 

The Accommodation

People have very different opinions on what constitutes as the perfect accommodation. For many it would be a 5-star hotel which provides everything you could possibly need, as well as spa facilities, which is a great option. However, if you prefer to be alone and have your own space, a private villa in a secluded spot with an infinity pool could be the best thing since sliced bread. There are tons of different types of accommodation you can book, check out some of them here: https://www.luxurylet.com/posts/view/the-ultimate-guide-to-holiday-accommodation-24-types/

 

The Transport

Hiring a limousine is a great way to get your holiday spirit underway and feel like a celebrity. Be able to enjoy a glass of champagne as you listen to music and have fun with your family or friends. You could also embrace the open sea and get a boat to travel in style over the water. If you are worried about the money, boatfinancing.co can put your mind at ease and allow you to truly enjoy the soft lull of the open water.

 

Activities

Aurora Borealis also known as the northern lights, is one of the most stunning natural phenomena you will ever see in your lifetime. Iceland is the best place to view the lights, and many book their stay near the blue lagoon and enjoy a romantic getaway in cold temperatures. On the other end of the scale, the Haleakala volcano in Maui is one of the biggest tourist attractions on the islands, with many marveling at the sheer size and scale of the mountain. Whatever it is that you want to see, you should check the time of year which is best and what to bring with you. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Wine And Dine In Style

If the perfect location and accommodation weren’t enough, we all love to eat amazing foods now and again. You could opt for a classic Italian restaurant in the center of Rome, or maybe you could be more adventure and have your dinner while floating amongst the clouds. It would certainly be a new experience!

 

Whatever you’re looking for in your travel, the climate, the food, the experiences, no matter the time of year, there is always an amazing place you can find.  I believe that the most important thing we can do in life is live it to the fullest and create amazing memories.  The most memorable times of my childhood are those adventures that my family and I went on…I will never forget them, so that’s what I do for my kids!  We spend time together, we travel, we explore, we try new things, and we create new traditions.  After all…if we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots not feet!  Happy Travels!


Securing and Protecting Your Valuable Purchases When You Venture Abroad

 

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page!”

I thought after returning from my trip to England, now would be a great time to talk about how important it is to be careful when you travel, but especially so when you travel abroad.  I don’t know if you’re like me and sometimes forget to do some things before I leave.  I quite frequently forget to let my bank know, so I always get a call asking if there has been fraudulent activity on my card.

We all deserve a break away from the strife of nine to five jobs and day to day living. It’s not surprising that most of us will pack up our belongings and jet off to foreign, beautiful lands every so often. The mere thought of the relaxation and recuperation inherent in lounging on a beautiful sandy beach with a coconut in hand can bring a smile to the most stressed faces. But to ensure a perfect, stress-free trip away, you need to do a little planning and preparation first. One of the main things you need to make sure is sorted before you head away? Securing and protecting your valuables. Here’s a quick checklist to make sure that everything will be as safe and sound as possible during your journeys.

 

Do Your Research Before Booking

When choosing somewhere to head away to, bear in mind that certain countries or cities may be associated with certain risks. Popular and busy tourist areas are renowned for pickpockets, while certain suburbs or areas of places you may consider visiting may be known to have higher than average levels of crime. So be cautious and read recommendations and reviews before booking to head anywhere in the first place.

 

Travel Insurance

Chances are that you’ll be taking some prize possessions away with you. After all, what better time do you have than a vacation to flaunt those expensive sunglasses you bought as a statement piece? Then there may be other items such as engagement rings or wedding bands, which you intend to wear at all times. You need to ensure that expensive items are completely covered by travel insurance. This means that if the worst is to happen and items are lost, broken or stolen, you will have a replacement sent out or be reimbursed with the products’ worth. However, you don’t need to take on the first offer you come across. Find the best deal to suit your needs at GoBear.com.

 

Home Insurance

Ensure that your property is protected while you are away. Vacant homes and vehicles can easily become a prime target for thieves and burglars. But not to worry, there are ways to put them off. First, you could consider installing CCTV cameras around your property and motion sensor lights that turn on when there is movement around your property at night. Thieves will be reluctant to commit a crime on camera where they may be easily identified. Next, invest in an alarm system. The loud noise emitted from these kinds of systems will generally see the most brazen of criminals scarper. Finally, avoid sharing information that you are away on open social media sites. This could negatively affect any home insurance companies’ willingness to pay out. This will give burglars less chance of knowing that you are away from your property for an extended period of time.

I remember going on vacation when I was younger for 3 weeks (it’s my goal to travel for long periods of time like that again with my family)…while we were gone our water heater burst which wouldn’t have been too much of a problem other than the fact that the water heater was located in the attic which happened to be right above my bed.  So, needless to say that when our family returned home, everyone except me managed to have a great night’s sleep in their own beds except me who had a soggy mattress and gaping hole in the ceiling.  You never know when you are going to need to have the right insurance 🙂

By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your holiday or vacation and its aftermath are as stress free and pleasant as possible!  Because, after all, it wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.  You never know what is around the corner…

Family Weekend

I know they are going to kill me for posting this…but how cute are they?

Amazing scenery on our way up to the top of the slide

It’s hard when the sun in shining in your eyes and your mum tells you to look at her to take a picture 😉

Getting ready to jump on the slide 🙂

 

“There’s only one thing more precious than our time, and that’s who we spend it with!”

We are still up in Midway after spending a relaxing few days,  but now we are getting ready to head back down later this afternoon. Still have a little time left to hang by the pool before we start cleaning up the house.

My Sunday best is not exactly what it would normally be, so here are a few shots from our fun-filled weekend up here. We missed having Dalton with us, but we did get to spend some fun, quality time together.

What is your favorite thing to do on a Sunday?  Do you prefer to just relax after a long week, or are you determined to fit in some fun things that you normally don’t have time for?  I have to admit, I like to do a little of both.  I love hiking or doing some other fun activity with my family, but I also love just sitting and reading, perhaps watching a little TV (preferably when one of my sports teams is on), but ultimately my goal is to recharge my batteries for the upcoming week.

This upcoming week we have another fun trip planned to Up State New York for a baseball tournament for my 3rd son, Jack…we have done this tournament before with my 16 year old, Canyon, so we know how amazingly fun it is.  Stay tuned for details and lots and lots of baseball 🙂

Riding the Alpine slide last night and having dinner at the Ski Resort was so fun…my only complaint is that you wait for so long to ride the slide and then it’s over before you know it.  Of course, I do have a love for speed, so I went as fast as I could and some of the turns were a little hairy LOL!

What are some family activities that you love to do? We opted to ride the slide last night instead of going to a movie because it was such a wonderful night and we wanted to enjoy being outdoors and loving the scenery.

I am headed out to spend time with my family again – have a wonderful Sunday…

 

Live a Life of Adventure

“Shouldn’t life be our favorite adventure?!”

Growing up in England we had plenty of outdoor adventures but most of them didn’t happen in England.  Especially adventures like the one that has been our family tradition for 17+ years.  River rafting wasn’t something I had tried before I met Brandon, but I can tell you I am definitely hooked.

There are so many reasons that I love it and the least of them is the chance that I get to spend it with my boys.  We were missing Dalton this year (now he’s older and has a real job, he has to consider that before taking time off work).  We have been here for 5 days so far and had some great adventures.  There is some amazing white water, scenery, friends and family that we get to share this week with, so here are just a few pictures that show us going through one of our favorite rapids “Howard’s Plunge”.

The Payette river is a great place to come because there are multiple stretches of river that you can run so that you are not seeing the same things every day.  I especially love the Cabarton run because it has the rapid in this picture, but also because it feels really secluded and peaceful.  We have seen a lot of wildlife and it is always an adventure.  We travel with a  big group of people (this year there were 7 different rafts filled with people), and there is always something that happens that makes it entertaining.  This year, one of the rafts went through the rapid sideways and someone fell but only into the boat…we have seen rafts flip and lots of people “swim” in the river (thankfully that hasn’t happened to me!)

I do love the seclusion but I also miss the connection to the outside world a little…it has been an adjustment, because even though we are staying at a cabin, there is spotty wifi and I don’t have cell service unless I walk around holding my phone up!

I think there must be someone telling me I need to relax a little 🙂