Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Oklahoma City!

One of my high school friends lives in Oklahoma City and got engaged around Thanksgiving. I didn't think there was anyway I would be able to make the wedding with how crazy times are right now. So I just kind of put it on the back burner. Then, one of my girlfriends, Nikki from Sioux Falls asked me if I could make it work if we drove..... well yes! That was a possibility. 

So we planned to leave Sioux Falls on Friday and drive to Kansas City to stay with Noelle and pick up a few more girls and hit the road to Oklahoma. However, things change- especially when we live in the midwest in the winter. Sioux Falls was anticipating a blizzard to come in on Thursday evening and into Friday. So, we had to change our plans. 

We hit the road on Thursday and made it to Council Bluffs and stopped off at the casino for a night before driving the rest of the way on Friday. It was totally random and on a whim. It was quite the night. We stayed up way to late playing roulette and meeting a lot of random people. 

Friday morning came fast and we had to be in Kansas City by 1pm to pick Sarah up from the airport. Sonia met us in Kansas City and we stayed at Noelle's on Friday night. We went to dinner and went to bed early as we had to be up and on the road by 7am to OKC. 

The wedding was beautiful and it was so great seeing Beth so happy. It was a quick ceremony and reception- it started at 2 and ended at 5. We wished we could have spent more time with Beth. 

However, we happened to stumble upon the convention center to notice Florida Georgia Line was in town that evening. So on a whim we got tickets in the pit and had so much fun at the concert. So many fun memories from the weekend!

We were up and on the road by 8:30 on Sunday morning. Nikki and I rolled back into town around 7pm Sunday evening. 

a little roulette on a thursday night

with the bride.
sarah. sonia. beth. nikki. me. noelle

Noelle. Sarah. Nikki. Me. Sonia.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

fun in Utah

We just returned home from a great trip with Jeff's family to Utah. We met John, Linda, Jack, Patricia, Jaxson, Jace and Jordyn there during Presidents break. From the moment we landed and got to the mountain the kids were in for fun. They went tubing, skiing, ice skating, swimming, shopping, etc. There was a kids area at our hotel the boys hung out at quite a bit.

Anna did one day of ski school while Isaac skied with the guys. Another day I skied with Jeff, Anna and Isaac. It was a really fun day. It's so much fun watching the kids get better and better and have giant smiles on their faces. I know Jeff's loves every moment he has with them on the mountain sharing one of his favorite sports with his kids (and wife). 

We had so much fun spending time with Jack and Patricia's kids. We don't see each other often enough. But whenever the kids get together they just pick up right where they left off. Little Jordyn is 2 and was loving Anna so much. It was darling. Jace is growing up and wants to be with the big boys. And Jaxson and Isaac are the best of buddies. They truly have a special relationship. 

We had a great time spending time with John and Linda as well. We haven't seen them since last fall so it's fun to catch up and hang out. We are thankful for them to go to the efforts to get us all together since we are spread apart around the country. 

Our last day we stayed in Salt Lake City and took the kids to Temple Square. It was fun and educational. 

I love family time. 

There are a bunch of pictures below- in no particular order.... enjoy!

lunch break during our ski day

Ice skating with Anna

Isaac Jaxson and Anna after a day of skiing

my ice skating crew
Anna. Me. Jace. Isaac

Jeff and Anna on the chair lift

the whole crew
Me. Jeff. Anna. Linda. Jordyn. Isaac. John. Jaxson. Patricia. Jace. Jack

Sweetest cousins
Jaxson (9). Isaac (8). Jace (4). Jordyn (2). Anna (6)

sweet treat

more ice skating

Isaac and Jace

Isaac and Jaxson skiing

reading to Jordyn

Anna wearing her hair like the ski school teachers


Jeff and Anna


riding up the chair lift with my crew

my crew

drinks at the No Name bar

snow day!

Temple Square

Salt Lake City temple

Anna lost her tooth!

having fun togeher

on our flight home they wanted to sit together so jeff and I sat behind them.
no complaints. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

fun at great bear

Jeff took the kids to Great Bear a few times to brush up on their skiing skills. They had a great time. Full smiles from everyone. 

Anna made major strides with a couple of lessons. She went from the bunny hill to the big hill pretty quick. Isaac is getting better and better with more experience. 

kids skiing 


Anna skiing

Isaac skiing