Sunday, September 21, 2014


Better late than never...we went to Maui for the week of 4th of July and pretty much relaxed ourselves into a Hawaiin coma. When we went to Kauai last year we did and saw every little thing we could, and this time we did and saw mayyybee one thing a day. I was 13 weeks along and the nausea was starting to fade (praise the Hawaiin gods) but the exhaustion definitely had not. We spent our time napping and lounging mixed with a little sight seeing here and there. 

We stayed at the Hyatt Regency and loved it! View from our hotel room:
 Breakfast every morning, along with swans and every bird that lives in the state of Hawaii:
 Upset with me taking his picture:
 Upset with how long it takes him to take a picture. I was pretty sure my bump was huge at this point, hillllarious compared to now:
Waiting for our car. I was obsessed with those noodles. An exhausted pregnant lady's dream.
Snorkeling at Kapalua Bay beach, SO FUN! We swam right next to a turtle and it took all my might to not just give him a kiss. I have an underwater camera that I still need to get developed.
SPF 100 keeping us nice and pasty! 
 More of the pool:

Drums of the Pacific Luau where I ALMOST didn't make it without puking...but survived. Victory.

Breakfast at The Gazebo. Napili Bay was beauuutiful.
 Checking out the Nakalele Blowhold from a safe/wimpy distance: 

Despite my face below...I was so happy to be spending the 4th of July in Hawaii! It's my favorite holiday and if we couldn't be in Utah, this felt like the next best place. It was so magical watching fireworks on the beach and was definitely the highlight of the week. 

A must for Ryan:

We had booked a trip to go snorkeling at the Molokini Crater and decided the morning of it sounded like a great idea to NOT get up at 4:00am to go sit on a boat. I was finally done with throwing up all day every day and wanted to enjoy that a little longer, plus you know...we were tired. We spent the majority of the day trying to get our money back (success!) and watching Fixer Upper on HGTV...IT'S SO GOOD! You know, things you can only do in Maui.

We don't have any other trips planned before bebe comes so I guess you could call this our "babymoon." Just like on every vacation, my favorite part is always the inside jokes and crying from laughing, and now those memories feel extra special knowing it was our last big hoorah as a family of 2. So if you want recommendations on what to do in Maui don't ask us, but if you want to hear what it sounds like when Ryan gets attacked by a dinosaur, please do call.

Sunday, August 24, 2014


My little bro got married to his High School GF Brittany back in May, and I just love them both so much!


It was so fun being back at Sleepy Ridge where we had our reception! They did it outside on the patio, and the summer weather was amazing.

Since we had just found out a few days earlier that I was pregnant, we held on to the secret to tell our families in person. We slipped it into conversation non-nonchalantly to Jaclyn and Bryson in the car on the way to the temple, told my entire family one night at dinner, and Ryan's parents at their house late one night. Everyone's excitement made us feel more and more excited. It couldn't have worked out better to be able to tell them face to face and I'm so glad we could! We texted Jesse and Brittany as they were sitting on the plane about to leave for Hawaii for their honeymoon, but didn't want to tell them before to steal the thunder of their weekend. (The One with Monica's Thunder, anyone?)

Love these peeps who are much greater examples to me as younger sibs than I'll ever be to them.