Newport Beach, California

I’m still trying to catch up on our summer trips and I can’t believe it’s October already. Where has the time gone! This week was busy, filled with Parent Teacher Conferences for me and tests for Trent but luckily with some days off, I was able to catch up on lots of things. Including this little space here.

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Newport Beach has become sort of a family tradition for Trent’s family. We’ve been coming here the past 4 years and every time has been a complete blast. It’s fun to have a vacation spot that feels like home after a while and we know so many of the good places to explore. This year was no different. We spent time relaxing on the beach, exploring different places and enjoying each others company. It was so much fun!

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We got some good family pictures this trip which is always a plus! I’m still figuring out this whole photography thing and the Wards were all so patient and kind. The beach is definitely a good spot for family pics. Trent probably didn’t know he’d be stuck taking so many photos when he first married me but he is always an excellent sport! I’m the luckiest!

elizajwardphoto (98 of 168)This year, Trent took spear fishing to a whole new level. Last year he tried it out and absolutely fell in love with it and this year he came prepared. He had his dive portable lungs, a spear and all his gear ready to go. He caught a lot of fish and it was fun to watch him do something he loves. He tried to take me with him once but I was a little too nervous, aka I had a complete panic attack out in the waves. Whoops. The ocean freaks me out sometimes. Maybe I’ll be better next year, maybe.

 

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We also gave surfing a try this year! Boy was it hard! We’re used to wakesurfing behind a boat, in fresh water and a lot smaller waves. I got tumbled multiple times but Trent did a really good job! I was super impressed. It’s fun to try something new, even if you fail over and over, haha. Props to all those amazing surfers out there. I gained a whole new appreciation for you. Surfing is tough!

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Love my Janela Bay suit! It’s one of my favorites! 

Sometimes your pictures don’t quite go as planned when this…

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ends up like this…

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Haha, I sure love this husband of mine. It was such a wonderful trip and I completely understand why people love Newport Beach. It is truly a magical place. What a wonderful summer it was.

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Summer Time

School is out for the summer and for some reason, life’s been just as busy as when I was teaching. It’s crazy to me how the days fill up so fast and I forget to take time to enjoy this break. Trent’s taking Chemistry this summer so that also adds to the busyness but luckily we still find time to do some fun things! We’ve loved hanging out with our families and exploring Utah. Trent and I talked about going on a big trip this summer but nothing perfect seemed to come around. elizaphoto (26 of 41)

Yesterday I got an email about cheap tickets to Cancun and on a whim, we booked them! Ah! I’m a little nervous about this last minute trip but I couldn’t be more excited to spend some quality time with T. Neither of us have been to Cancun so we need all the advice. Where are the best places to stay, fun things to do? Give us all the info!

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So grateful for this crazy, adventurous life we have!

Winter Day

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Since the snow looks like it MIGHT be officially gone for good, I thought it was about time I blogged this wintery day with my family. Trent’s family has a farm up in Midway and it is always a good time up there. I have countless stories and memories from this beautiful place and we’re so lucky to be able to go there so often. In the summer it’s perfect for four-wheeling and exploring and in the winter, nothing beats the sledding and snowmobiling. They have a lane that runs right through the middle of the fields which makes a perfect slope for sleds. Nothing beats flying down the lane at crazy speeds, until you crash…We love having a place to go to adventure and create wonderful memories.

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Our family had a free Saturday in February (which never happens) and decided to spend the day up at the farm. I am so lucky to have all of my siblings still living in Utah. We’re not sure how long that will last so we soak up all the family time we can!

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We spent the day adventuring around, getting cold and wet, and simply enjoying each others company. I feel so blessed to be surrounded by such amazing people and be able to call them family. We were missing Grace and Ben who were traveling this weekend. I’m so grateful for this incredible family of mine! Dad drove the suburban up and down the lane packed with people and sleds. We rallied the snowmobiles, had snowball fights and talked endlessly.

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I don’t know what my parents did to ensure that us siblings would be the best of friends, but it worked. My siblings are my greatest examples, lights, companions and cheerleaders. I definitely scored in the family department! Now on to more adventures and memories in the making!

Turks and Caicos

 

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Life has been crazy around here but I finally got around to blogging about our Turks and Caicos trip…thanks to a sick Saturday spent on the couch. Every picture I look at makes me want to go back so it’s probably a good thing it has taken me this long…I’m definitely ready for summer.

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We were invited to go on this trip by Trent’s sister and brother-in-law and boy are we glad that we said yes. It was AMAZING! The water was perfect, the weather was perfect, everything about this place is prefect. I don’t know if it was the time of year we went but there were very little bugs and I think I saw one mosquito. The food was amazing and I could definitely live the island life.

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Dean and Colby who invited us on the blessed trip!

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Goodness I love this boy. 

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We spent most of our time surfing with Wake to Wake and it was a blast. Working with Nat and Mark was amazing and we would definitely go back just to hang out with them. They offer prime wake surfing along with all other boating accommodations and sometimes their dolphin friend will tag along! You can wakeboard, ski, tube or simply have them take you to different islands near Turks and Caicos. Nat and Mark are both great teachers and they make you feel like family. If you are ever in Turks and Caicos, a day with Wake to Wake is definitely a must!

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Trent’s brother-in-law, Colby, has a company called Brigade Wakesurfing who specialize in state of the art surf boards. Wake to wake works with Brigade to give surfers the best quality of boards. It was so much fun to ride their different boards and try all of them out! The company also brought two pro surfers, Jake Caster and Cole Sorensen, to surf the boards. They were amazing! It was incredible to see the different tricks they could do on a surfboard and how easy they made it look. We were all so impressed!

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Even us amateurs had some serious fun! Trent’s sister, Dean, is getting REALLY good! I was trying to learn from her! Surfing is such a fun thing to do while boating. Not a lot of high stress because you’re not going too fast but you can still do lots of neat tricks and moves.

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I’m definitely still an newbie when it comes to surfing but Trent and I accomplished a major trick on this trip. We were pretty darn proud of ourselves 😉

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On the trip, we visited smaller islands, jumped off a shipwreck, night surfed and did so many other amazing things. It felt so good to relax on a boat, soak up some rays and recuperate from this crazy thing called life. It was truly an unforgettable trip and I can’t wait to go back!

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My favorite suit from the trip. Gotta love Ablion Fit

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Until next time!

To Mom:

All our lives our mom has supported us sisters with our instruments. She spent endless hours practicing with us at the piano, weekly early morning drives to lessons and countless performances to attend. There were tears and bouts of defiance, all handled with love, summer camps, different competitions and family events. I don’t know how she did it. She continued to encourage us even when she probably wanted to quit herself. So when she asked for a music video for her birthday this year, how in the world could we say no?

We planned, plotted and picked a song. Practiced, recorded and filmed. With the help of Dan Allen and his willingness to share is recording talents as well as Sam Featherstone and his amazing video skills, it all came together perfectly. It was an incredible experience and a video we will cherish forever.

Happy Birthday Mama. Thank you for everything.