Lake to Lake Relay- Hartly, Branda, Ang, Jenny (Hartly's friend) and I ran the Lake to Lake relay. It was so so much fun! 50 miles from Gunlock Reservoir to Sand Hallow. We each ran about 10 miles split into 10 legs. It really was such a fun day. I am so happy Hartly and I have this in common and get to spend more time together. Running has done so much for me beyond just the sport. I have made so many friends, gotten closer to my brother and sister and Ang has quickly become my best friend as we have trained together. Ang bought us all superhero socks and we named ourselves the Caped Crusaders.
Spring break family vacation- Mexican Cruise
When I found out spring break was not over Easter this year and Chantry may have a chance of getting it off (he has a hard time getting days around holidays off) we decided to plan a quick family vacation. We were thinking Disneyland, but we have done that the last few years, so I started looking into cruises. There happened to be one that was 3 nights and went out during the week of spring break, so I hurried and booked it. As it got closer, I started getting nervous, thinking maybe we should have stuck to Disneyland. I was not sure how a cruise would be for kids. Well, it ended up being perfect. The kids loved it. It was so relaxing for Chantry and I too, not all the hustle and bustle that Disneyland usually brings.
We headed bright and early at 4:00 a.m. to Long Beach. The drive was great, the kids were so good and it went by quickly. We bought a new van that has the entertainment center in it and that helped.
We got there around 1:00 and checked into our motel. We had plenty of time to explore Long Beach. We headed over to see the Queen Mary and then to Shoreline Villages where we walked through the shops and rented a bike to ride around the beach.
Once we got on the ship the kids were in amazement. That was probably my favorite part of the whole trip. I don't think they knew just how big it would be. Their faces looked a lot like this the whole time...
The first night we got ready and went to dinner in the dining room. I gave the kids a Dramamine to prevent sea-sickness. I don't know if it was that, the motion of the boat or if they were just simply that exhausted but they all fell asleep during dinner. Everyone who would walk by got a kick out of it, especially the staff.
Randilyn insisted on carrying this backpack and it was bigger than her.
Friday was our day in Ensenada, Mexico. We docked early morning and decided to do an excursion tour. We did a tour that was called the topless bus. We rode in a topless bus around Ensenada and then they dropped us off to shop for a while and then brought us back to the ship. Ensenada was not near as scary as people had me thinking. I still held tight to my kids, but the kids actually really enjoyed seeing the culture there.
We got back on the ship just in time for a magic show to start and the boys both got called on stage to join the fun.
And did some more swimming.
They had the whole pool area decorated with towels.
We started with a Dr. Seuss breakfast. It was super cute. They had it decorated so cute. The characters came and you could take pictures with them and their menu was super fun. Chestyn had been looking forward to green eggs and ham the whole trip, so I was happy to see that on the menu. Randilyn was scared of the characters (glad we didn’t go to Disneyland lol).
We bribed her with ice cream.
And then the morning came way too quick and it was time to get off and go home :( We ordered breakfast in bed so we could quickly get off. Randi insisted on eating her happy face cookie from camp the night before.
March 17th-St. Patrick's Day
The kids woke up to green milk, lucky charms, pots of gold, green necklaces and shirts to wear.
Nothing to big-but they thought it was fun :)
Ang hosted a murder mystery party and it ended up being so much fun. She gave us all a character beforehand and we dressed our part and acted our part. We all put in money and then we won money if we guessed the murderer, best dressed, best acting, etc.
I was excited because I guessed correctly and won best acting. I was an actress and Chantry was a beach bum/surfer dude. It was at a beach resort setting. It really was so much fun and I hope we do more. We have such a fun group of friends, always up for something fun.
Easter was in March this year, which I do not love. Still too cold-But it was still a very fun weekend.
We got there Friday. The kids put together Easter basket jars that grandma brought for them. We stayed up and visited and the weather was wonderful.
Saturday, we woke up to extreme wind!! It was miserable, cannot walk outside wind. So we spent all morning in the trailer. It was still fun, because we were in good company. We finally decided to make a trip into St. George. Well of course, right when we did the weather got beautiful. So, we came back and enjoyed the rest of the day and the good weather. It even warmed up enough for the kids to play in the water for a bit. It was fun to have Ladd and Maria's bunch all camp. They bought a trailer and so hopefully we get to camp lots more with them. We stayed up late doing a little karaoke. Chantry even sang, which is a miracle- and he is really good. Him and Ladd sang a few songs together and I LOVED watching them. Even shed a few tears when they sang Brotherly Love.
We waited until Sunday to do the Easter egg hunt since the wind was so awful. Kids had a blast. Sunday was beautiful weather too, so we went for a long ride. The Orton's came and met up with us.
It was not long trip but we had a great time- We headed home Sunday evening and got to take baby Chaidyn home with us. He stayed the night while Laramy and Kaitlyn enjoyed some kid-free time and we loved him!
And a very cute picture I took of this amazing daddy!!!