Thursday, February 27, 2014

February Sayings

I didn't record many Ellie quotes this month, but here are a few that I did. 
Ellie continues to be spunky and full of love these days! 
- coming up on 4  1/2 years old. . . wwhhhatt?

Ellie: "What is a Honeymoon?'
Me: "It is where you go on a fun trip after you get married."
Ellie: "Oh. Who do you go with? a honey bear?"

Ellie told me to "Drive faster!" while in the car and I told her that we couldn't because there was a car in front of us and we would hit it if we went faster. Ellie said "Oh....and then the policeman will give a ticket and throw us in the dungeon??"

Ellie was mad at me for putting her in time out and she yelled to me, "I don't want a mommy anymore!! I want my mommy UNDONE!"

"Daddy, you're so great and beautiful and precious"

Ellie was really getting the hang of riding her bike one day, and she yelled while peddling, " I'm learning how to be 5!!!"

Ellie: "Mommies make LOTS of rules."
Me: "Yep. Because without rules, things would get out of hand, huh!"
Ellie: "Ya, and we would drive all the mommies CRAZY!!"

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Our Weekend in Pictures

This last weekend was a blast! 
Ryan and some of his guy friends joined the Utah Climbing Club, which takes them to various amazing climbing spots in Utah, as well as the surrounding states. They will also do some ice climbing, and hike some famous large mountains such as; Mt. Rainier, Mt. Whitney, and also at the end of the year hike Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina!  I am slightly jealous..... but luckily, me and the wives of these guys are close friends so we have already planned a couple of the trips to tag-a-long to. :) This being one of them. 
Ibex is a place west of Delta, Utah. Middle of nowhere! But boy, do they have some good climbing. 
We got there after dark, but the guys just had to get some bouldering in. 
I love this shot that Ryan got.

Leave it to the guys to make breakfast! They made yummy breakfast burritos for everyone. There is something about making breakfast while camping. So fun, and waaay better tasting than it would taste at home, for some reason. ;)

Taryn, Jason, Steve, Carly, Dane, Kelsey, and Ryan.  The dream team.

I like to secretly snap pictures of my husband.... he could easily be a Jesus actor/model.. haha

Dane and Steve

Ry-Guy tearing it up

I finally did my first lead climb outside! woo! It was amazing. Never goin' back.

The coolest rocks! The texture was definitely an adjustment for climbing, but it was a fun factor to add to the challenge.

Jason topping out 


The land next to all of the climbing was just completely barren and flat. It almost resembled the salt flats! It was the craziest thing. So naturally, we had to take some handstand and jumping pictures :)

I love these crazy people! So glad they are in my life.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Our weekend in Pictures- Company Cruise

Friday (Valentine's Day) was Ryan's Birthday!!! He finally caught up to my same age. ;)
For his birthday, Ellie and I threw a party for him when he got home from work, that started with a Nerf Gun fight :)

Then he opened our presents... a Goal Zero solar panel charger, camping chair, some camping stuff for cooking, a new headlamp, but I think the best thing of all was the Oreo O's. Remember that amazing cereal that they stopped selling forever ago?! Well.... Ryan always talks about it, so I found out that Korea is the only place that still makes Oreo O's! haha So I found some on Ebay and bought them for Ryan. I love the Korean text on the cereal box. Ryan was so surprised! (I love that he gets so excited over cereal)

On that same day, our company left for our annual company spouse trip! This year was a cruise to Ensenada Mexico out of California. Luckiest employees!

I realized that I am not a huge cruise person myself, but it was still a blast. I just tend to like being outside to be able to explore, rather than on a boat for a few days. Although, maybe me getting motion sickness easily is the reason... or that I lost $45 my first time gambling. UGH!  But it was still a blast. and it was safe to say that we had soft serve ice cream cones at LEAST 3 times a day... (still going through withdrawals at home without it) and karaoke stole most of our time on the cruise ship- we spent hours there every night! Our company filled most of the room and we all kept taking turns singing the most ridiculous songs. Sooo funny.

Me and my love at Karaoke night!

It was nice to finally get off the cruise ship and walk around Mexico. I love this candid pic of my friend and co-worker, Annie and my mother-in-law. Such beautiful ladies!!

These tacos were heavenly.... I still dream about them fortnightly.

The three ladies of Acumen Learning! What would they do without us..... I love these two!

Night #2 of Karaoke... all of the men got up there and sang a song for the ladies!

Ryan and I can get a little crazy sometimes. 
Let's just say this: What is classier than singing karaoke on a cruise ship to "Let's Make Love" by Tim McGraw & Faith Hill in front of your co-workers, boss, and in-laws?  
Oh, and yes. We were completely sober. 

The whole Acumen Learning crew! 
I am so blessed to be able to work with such a fun group of people. 

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Free Printable Valentine's Day tags!

Need a last minute Valentine's idea? 

I saw these ADORABLE free printable tags by Kelli Murray and thought they were perfect to put on Ellie's teacher's Valentines! These saved me from my usual procrastination flops. 
Go to 100 Layer Cakelet to print off your own tags!

You're welcome.

Here is how I used the tags for Ellie's Valentines- 
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Our Weekend in.... ICELAND!

On our honeymoon two years ago, Ryan and I made a bucket list. Seeing the Northern Lights was on there. Fast forward to a few months ago..... Ryan found a killer deal online for tickets to Iceland including hotel. So... why not?!?! Ryan's parents usually give us money for Christmas, and we all decided that instead of them giving us money, we would all go to Iceland. Heck yes! Iceland and the Northern Lights are also on my in-Laws bucket list, so we made it happen!! 

Let the fun begin.....  
we are so good looking.

Arriving at the airport in Reykjavik after a long flight, getting there at 6:30AM to start our day. I have never been so sleep deprived in my life!

We just started driving and almost immediately after leaving the city, we found this church on the hill with nothing surrounding it. We loved the look of it and made a stop! P.S. The wind in Iceland was CRAZY! We read online that it got up to 100 mph while we were there. I believe it.

Ryan's brother, Spencer

Embracing the cold!

Ice gliding, of course

Here are some of us walking around in Thingvellier National Park

The whole Cope fam! Minus Conner (we miss you!), Noelle, The twins, and Ellie

me & my man

We saw a huge geyser!

We visited the Sullfoss waterfall. Beautiful! It was so incredibly windy there! I literally got blown to the ground a couple of times!

The guys decided to cross the "do not cross" sign and walk down closer to the waterfall. In the Summer, they have this path open, but in the winter it gets way too icy. 
But the guys did it anyways. :)

We visited the Kerid crater. HUGE!

One of my favorite cars... LR Defenders were everywhere! 

We heard that Fermented Shark was a delicacy in Iceland, so at one of our gas station stops, we saw a tiny container with fermented shark in it. I took one small smell and it was game over for me. But these brave souls tried it- they all agreed it was DISGUSTING! 
haha just look at their faces.  

Here is Seljalandsfoss waterfall. This was my favorite!

Oh hi there

Beautiful, right?? There was a little pathway that you could walk right behind the waterfall. I was surprised with how green it was there and how little snow there was in that area! 

Making out behind a waterfall in Iceland... yes please! 

Dance party  oh yeeahh

Ryan's playground

Switching gears... here is a photo that I took while eating my breakfast - pretty view of Reykjavik!

That night, we went to the Blue Lagoon.  (Geothermal spa)  When we got there, it got dark quickly! So we weren't able to get any pictures :( So I found these on Google Images to show you how rad it is. It was so relaxing swimming around in this giant geothermal spa! Plus, the Lagoon has minerals like silica and sulfer in it, that has been known to be really good for your skin. So they have a couple of these stations around the Lagoon that you can swim up to and get a scoop of the silica to put on your face like a mask!  There are directions telling you to keep it on your face for 15 minutes until it hardens, then wash it off. It was kind of funny swimming around and everyone had white masks on their faces. haha It was so fun though! 
Next time, I definitely want to go when it is lighter outside.

After we left the Blue Lagoon around 10pm, we went to various spot to try and see the Northern Lights.  Let me just paint a picture for you of our experience as we looked for the Northern Lights the whole trip: It sucked. ha I say this because we would drive around every night between 10PM and 3AM trying to find any glimpse in the sky of the Northern Lights, but it was just too cloudy. We were so bummed because when we booked this trip, we found out that during the time that we would be there, it would be the peak of the 10 year cycle. It was supposed to be the best time to see the Northern Lights, and our chances were super high. But then about a week before we were supposed to leave, we checked the Northern Light forecast and the weather forecast, and it looked like it would be super stormy the whole weekend that we were there. We still had hope though!  Anyways, it was exhausting because we were all off on our sleep schedule because of the 7 hour time change, the flight landing so early in the morning without getting any sleep, then going all day without sleep, only to stay up until 2AM to try and hunt for the Northern Lights. It definitely wasn't a relaxing trip by any means...  :) But after 2 nights of staying up late and hunting for the Northern Lights, on the third night we saw a little bit of green light through the clouds. We were willing to accept that that was as good as we were going to see them. We started driving back into town, but then saw a giant streak across the sky. We decided to turn around again and wait just a minute to see if we could see anything. Then suddenly, that streak turned bright green and a colorful light started dancing across the streak, going up and down. It was MAGICAL! It was honestly so so cool. It was short lived and unpredictable, so it made it even more magical. We were lucky to have been looking at that time! 
Below are some pictures that Ryan took of what we saw. SO RAD!  We also talked to some locals the next day and they said that we were super lucky to see them, and that the lights were pretty strong that night. We finally saw the Northern Lights!! It took many sleepless nights and lots of driving by my father-in-law, but we saw them. But it ended up being worth it. It was truly incredible.

Ready to go out for another day of adventures and to brave the cold!

The next waterfall that we saw was called Skogafoss. This was a big one! 

Me and my sister-in-law Brittany! 

My honey and I

It had a little steep staircase that led up to the top of the waterfall. We went up there and it was sooo windy! I once again got blown over. to the ground. It was CRAZY! This was the day where the winds got up to 111 mph. But it was a pretty spot!

Before we left, Ryan and Spencer made a run for an icy dip. Crazies!!

After that waterfall, it started snowing and it got extremely windy. I thought our car was going to get blown over! We were planning on going to the coast and seeing the Black Sand Beach, but the roads got too bad and we had to turn around. Next time we will go there!

The last day in Iceland consisted of exploring the city of Reykjavik. 
The Hallgrimskirkja church was so rad!

This is the view from inside the church, up on top. Pretty!

We visited the Harpa concert hall. Read more about it HERE. The architecture was so cool! I fell in love with it.  

Love our funky family photos - taken by Spencer

Good-bye Iceland! You will be missed! We will see you again. 

Bucket List. CHECK

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