Friday, February 16, 2018

Chasing Winter

This year Elko completely skipped winter.  We went from a fairly brisk fall with a few flurries straight into a chilly early spring with a bit of frost.  Honestly, where's the snow?

Eli and Porter were so anxious to play in the snow (and Zach was so anxious to prove that his manly truck was more than ornamental) that we decided to drive up the canyon until we found what we were looking for.

And find it we did.  After driving 45 minutes and gearing up for another 10 the kids only lasted about 30 minutes before their wee bum bums were frozen, but it was a magical 30 minutes.

I often don't give Elko and the surrounding area the props it deserves for natural beauty, but it does have some breathtaking spots.  Thanks for the taste of winter!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Not Pictured: Christmas

Somehow it transpired that I took very few relevant pictures in December, especially around Christmas.  You could say that instead of living behind my phone I was in the moment and had no time for pictures, but I think I was mostly distracted and forgetful.  It's tragic, yes.  But it does make my (now trademark) highlight reel production of the month all the easier!

 It snowed a grand total of two times in December (weird winter, right?) but we were ON IT.  We pulled out the sleds that very morning and were pleasantly surprised by both kids willingness to go down the hills all by themselves.

 Parties!  We thoroughly enjoyed our ward Christmas party and hosting the annual Smiths Pharmacy holiday palooza again.

 As always, we were sure to attend the annual Magleby Family Little America/Christmas Carol outing in Salt Lake, but this year we enjoyed the challenge of having a very sick kid with us.  I have now had the pleasure of being the mother of the kid that threw up in the pool, and I NEVER WANT TO EXPERIENCE IT AGAIN.  My knight in shining armor took Porter to the Urgent Care, leaving me and Eli to see the lights on Temple Square in a much smaller family group.  Different, but it still felt like Christmas.

We spent Christmas Eve with a few friends and had the traditional dinner and nativity.  We missed our families, but it was really nice to be home at the same time.  

Christmas morning passed in a blur of toys and treats.  When the sugar coma started to wear off we packed up the car and headed to Utah!

NOT PICTURED: Christmas Day at the Maglebys
NOT PICTURED: Boxing Day at the Judkins
NOT PICTURED: Star Wars with the Judkins
NOT PICTURED: Dinner with Tawny and Justin.  Happy birthday Justin!
NOT PICTURED: Swimming with the Rogers
NOT PICTURED: An evening at the Riverwoods
NOT PICTURED: Dinner with Gordy and Jill.  I love Tucanos.

Pictured here: a day at the park with our cutie cousins.  

Also pictured: Chanel's homecoming talk.  Mom and I were completely matchy-matchy with zero planning.  We must be related.

Finally, New Years Eve with the Haights.  Those people really know how to party!

In case you can't get enough of us

and if you were wondering how we look when all our clothes and faces are clean and presentable at the same time, then I present to you the work of the talented Randy entitled Judkins Family Pictures 2017.  

Please enjoy.

And you're welcome.

So Very Thankful

The month of November saw us thankful for many things:

Huge Piles of leaves

This view of my favorite person raking the leaves up

Thankful trees

The chance to run a 5k with my main man Thanksgiving morning

Thanksgiving food


and Chanel coming home!

Thanks November!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Cool in California

For my birthday this year Zach and I decided we could be cool. We could just plan a trip to California with the kids and it would be just like the good old days of carefree eating and exploring.  We were so confident that we could rediscover our coolness that we invited the coolest people we know, Gabe and Jerica, to go with us.

Porter shattered our cool, carefree illusions.

We had not even made it to Reno before Porter peed out of his diaper and pants, which we didn't discover until we were in Hash-House-A-Go-Go due to the confusion about whether all the moisture might have been from the water bottle he'd been squirting into his lap.

So, yeah, that was my kid running around half naked through the casino. 
Don't worry, we changed him.
Hash House A-Go-Go is always amazing!
We arrived at our beautiful Airbnb in Orinda, where we spent the night listening to Porter wallow his way off the mattress, transferring him back onto the mattress, and repeating.  We were tired in the morning, but the house and view were lovely!

We tried to make up for the coolness lost the day before by hitting up a super trendy place for brunch.  Our hip waitress was beyond patient as Porter dropped every single piece of cutlery (and my cutlery) and his glass, and whatever food he didn't want on the floor all while managing to smear his entire body with syrup.  Yeah, we were cool.

On the way to the Redwoods Porter dumped his entire water bottle onto himself.  Don't worry, we changed him. Since the woods were quite chilly, this necessitated the purchase of a new shirt from the gift shop before we went hiking.

From the Redwoods we drove into San Francisco for dinner.  Porter slept for the drive and woke up cranky and had completely pooped through his diaper, pants, shirt and onto the car seat.  Don't worry, we changed him: right on the side of a crowded little street in SanFran with cars slowing down every three seconds because they were hoping for our parking spot.  At this point we were completely out of extra clothes for him, so we hit up the local Gap.
Funnily enough, we weren't alone.  There was another couple in the Gap with a little girl in the exact same predicament!
 The tacos and ice cream were totally worth it, and the atmosphere made us feel cool, even if we spent half the time wiping kids faces.

The next day we hit the beaches.  At the Fitzgerald Marine deserve we saw some fun tide pools, built sand castles, and, with two dozen Asian tourists taking pictures, Porter ran fully dressed into the water.  Don't worry, we changed him.

Next we went to a beach-beach.  Now, I remembered the beaches in the Bay Area as really really cold, so I didn't even think to pack swim suits.  Did that stop my children?  Nope, they both charged into the water (again) fully dressed.  Don't worry, we changed them.  It left a bucket of sand in our car, but at least they were dry.

Dinner on my birthday eve was sushi in Sacramento.  You could tell we were the cool table because everyone was playing with chopsticks and we kept yelling things like, "Don't eat that!  It's yuck-yuck after it falls on the floor!" and "Please don't pull your pants down until we get to the potty!".

After a wild night watching old "Fresh Prince" episodes (because we're cool) Gabe and Jerica started the long drive back to Utah.  Words cannot express how grateful we are to them for putting up with our exhausting children and their schedule.  We missed them when they left- it was much harder to feel cool without them.

We spent the day in Sacramento visiting the Railroad Museum and stocking up at Trader Joe's.

This museum was AWESOME.  I did it for the kids, but I think I had just as much fun as they did and learned a ton.  If you're ever in Sacramento be sure to stop by!

Speed train simulator
There was an entire FLOOR of play trains and model trains.  Very kid friendly.
We were an hour away from home when Eli declared his need for a pit stop.  Porter, who is sporadically enthusiastic about potty training, somehow managed to pee on himself and in the toilet AT THE SAME TIME.  We did not change him.  We were completely out clothes- extras, pajamas, and recently purchased.  He rode the rest of the way home in his diaper.

Exhausted, I went to bed that night at 10 pm, because I'm cool like that.