Friday, May 19, 2017

Ghost Town

KC and Jordan got married on a Friday, and since we traveled all the way to Arizona we decided to spend the day Saturday exploring and spending more time with family.
Saturday we were hoping to find a farmers market to get some freshly picked oranges, but we were unsuccessful. Instead, we went to a world wide market store where they had all these crazy snacks and knick-knacks. Mom, Dad, Jud, Grandma and Grandpa had to go back home on Saturday so we said our goodbyes after we bought our treats.

Kim had a friend that lives in Arizona so we went with them to a shopping mall to meet up with them. While they caught up, Kaleb and I roamed around at the different stores and tried to figure something to do later in the day. 

After much googling, thank goodness for smart phones, we found a GHOST TOWN! What!? How cool right?! It was just a short drive away, it was a perfect plan!


We definitely had to take a picture next to this awesome cacti! It was HUGE!!


All of the buildings were so old, but extremely awesome! It defintely felt like we were back in the Wild Wild West!


When we arrived, they were just finishing up with their skit. We knew that we would be able to watch it again later. I think they do it 2-3 times a day.


Of course, can't leave out the picture of the awesome rock formation! Obviously it does not give it justice!


All the props were super awesome to look around and see.


I told Tyler I needed a picture of him. He's having the time of his life!! Hopefully.....


I told them to pose, I take what I can get.


Aren't they the cutest little family!!


The only thing that would make this picture better is if Kaleb was in a top hat!


They even had the cutest little train that you could take around the mines.


Yes, that is a cactus needle in his shirt.....


We thought it was the coolest thing.... your fortune told by Pappy! What?!


Everyone meet Pappy!


I loved this little church? There was even a wedding that went on while we were there. I probably wouldn't get married here.... but the pictures would be super cool!


I kept telling Kim and Tyler I wanted to take a picture of them, she said she didn't want to get Landon out of the stroller. I told her she could just take one with Tyler. She didn't want to take a family photo without Landon! I love how much she loves her baby!


I may have gotten a little ridiculous with taking photos....


So I made Kim take a ridiculous one too.


Look at that handsome guy!


The bee wanted to try some of our Prickly Pear Lemonade. The lemonade was definetly an odd taste but at least refreshing.


We had a perfect view of the second showing. The only thing that I remember was the acting was spot on. They definitely took it super serious and was quite hilarious to watch!


That house though! I would live there, maybe with a few updates though... like indoor plumbing.


We had to be extra careful around the dinamite!


Kaleb and Tyler were the only brave ones to go into the cemetary.


I thought the outhouse was the cutest thing! (side note, why I think an outhouse is cute.... I do not know) I just had to take a picture with it.... except I about had to use the outhouse after I opened the door. The dang dummy scared the crap out of me!!!


But I still went back for my picture.


I have no idea what Tyler is doing in this picture.... but I couldn't leave it out.


Goldfield Ghost Town is the name, and we had such a blast! Thanks Kim and Tyler for coming with us!

November 21, 2015

Monday, May 15, 2017

KC and Jordan's Wedding Day!

We love weddings!! We had two in 2015, Kody and Kailey's and then KC and Jordan's. 
KC and Jordan were getting married in Arizon where Jordan grew up. I had never really been to Arizona before, just driven threw it going back and forth from Utah to California... but that doesn't really count right?! I was pretty excited to go!

The night before the wedding we went to dinner at a BBQ joint. The food was delightful! And then I ended it with a delicious GIANT rootbeer float!! YUM!


Brittany had rented a house for her family and invited us to stay with them. Luckily we don't take up that much room!

This is our second wedding this year, which means two good looking photos of us for our kids! Lucky them!


Kim had baby Landon in October so it was my first time meeting him! I was super excited to hold him! He was so so tiny!!


Kimberlee, Tyler and Landon all dressed up! Don't they look HOT!! They hold together really nicely considering they have a 1 month old.


Brittany's father-in-law, Richard, took these next two photos! They make us look good so thanks Richard!

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I LOVED playing Aunt Taya all weekend!

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But I got so busy playing Aunt Taya that I completely forgot to take pictures of the bride and groom..... *face palm*. Thank goodness for modern technology and the fact that we all have a phone in our pocket so we have plenty of photos of them! Take a look at KC's shoes! Wowza!

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Their reception was at a beautiful home with an orange orchard in the backyard. It smelled so incredible!


My mom is super talented at arranging flowers, she always does a great job right?!


At their reception they had hot chocolate and..... THE WAFFLE LOVE TRUCK!!!! SAY WHAT!?
If you have never had a Waffle Love waffle, stop what you are doing and go to Utah or Arizona right now and try one. So delicious and so worth the $500 plane ticket!!


 I think I have been putting this post off for a long time becuase this is the last time that I saw Judson. I had no idea at the time, of course. There were many times that weekend that I raised my voice at him and wish I could take it back. I've been trying to put my focus on the excitement he had when he saw me, I can still hear him yelling "Taya" and giving me a great big bear hug that almost knocked me over. And how he wanted to ride in our car because he knew we had treats. I'll definitely do another post dedicated to him another time. But I am so glad that I at least got to see him that weekend.

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Congratulations to Jordan and KC. Hopefully your marriage is as rocking as your wedding! 
November 2015

Monday, March 6, 2017

Arberitum

One day when we were on our way to the Westfield Shopping Mall in Santa Anita, we passed by the Arberitum. It looked like a gorgeous giant park and knew that we would have to go and visit. 

The day we went was a perfect California day! Super nice weather and the sun was shining.

We entered the park with our map and began exploring!


There was art everywhere, super cool designs and it gave us big dreams to have a huge garden of our own one day!


The far left trea is a Eucalyptus tree, it is definitely my favorite! The colors on it are unreal!


Do you remember how cool it was to count the rings on a tree to find out how old it was? We had so much patience back then! I started counting this one's rings and gave up once I reached 20.


All the plants were labeled so you would know the names since there were a lot of exotic plants. I told Kaleb I wanted to bring my dad here so that I could tell him the name of each and every plant and not fail like I usually do when he asks the name of a plant.

The one below is "White Silk-Floss Tree". It was a very bizzare spikey tree......


This next one is called "Fried Egg Tree". It looks nothing like a fried egg... I thought that it would maybe smell like a fried egg... but it did not, which I am actually very grateful it did not!
 
 

There were lots of ducks, geese, and peacocks! In fact, there is a sign on the road outside the park that says peacocks crossing. They must roam around a lot.


I told Kaleb to walk over in the trees and act like a monkey.... he said no, so then I made him take a picture of me acting like a monkey. Someone had to!


I felt like a panda bear.... and then I felt like I was in Jurassic Park.


I had to behave some of the time as well.


My animal behavior must have wore off on him! Yes!


Since California was in a drought, a couple of little ponds were dried up, but they still surprisingly had some that still had water and were beautiful!



I spy with my little eye..... A T-Rex!!!

Just kidding it's just Kaleb. Can you see him?!


Somewhere in this crazy huge park there was a house and barn! The details were insane! Very beautiful!


Here are the stables


They occassionally film movies here... I didn't recognize any of them though.


Inside of the house, we couldn't actually go in, but they had windows we could peak in that's why there is a glare.


And here is our dream back porch!! The top is from the porch looking out. The bottom picture is from the other side of the pond looking towards the house.


This sat right outside the cottage, apparently it is Queen Anne's Cottage. And a super huge oyster shell!


Awesome stairs that I had to take a picture of!


The views were amazing once we climbed to the top.


We spent most of the day in the park because it was so big and lots to see. We want to go back now that it has rained so everything will be more green. We also have had several people tell us to go to Hunnington Library. We will make it there one day.... I hope!

November 2015