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

Summer is here! Hooray! There is nothing I love more than being able to be outside on warm summer nights. It brings a whole new meaning to the word happy. This summer is a crazy one filled with summer school, working, trips, family events and so much more. It’s going to go by much faster than I would like so I’m soaking up every minute I can. Trent and I have been able to go up Big Cottonwood canyon and do some climbing with his family and it’s been wonderful to sit in the gorgeous canyon and enjoy Utah. Don’t get me wrong, I love climbing, but I’m still getting used to being up so high and the feeling of imminent death…so, this last time we went climbing I just watched. It was so much fun to hang out with Trent and his brother and watch all the other climbers going up and down. Climbing is an art and I feel like I gain a greater appreciation for it every time I’m around it. The night was perfect and I felt so blessed to be surrounded by such beauty.

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Trent and I are gearing up to move this week and although there are a lot of decisions to make and it can be a bit stressful, I’m so grateful I’m going through it all with him. We’ve been married for almost a year now and I can’t believe how fast time has gone by. It’s amazing to look back and think of all the things we done, all the bumps in the road we’ve worked through, and all the wonderful, joyous times we’ve experienced together. Everyday isn’t perfect but I’m grateful that I have someone that will never give up on me. I love you T.

Here’s to a summer full of warm nights, numerous adventures, and memories in the making.

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