Showing posts with label travel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label travel. Show all posts

adventures in northern california




I finally got our travel video completed for our Northern California trip! This time around I wasn't as focused on filming everything, but I still managed to get about 8 minutes of content. Enjoy!


Craters of Moon National Monument and Idaho



Oh my goodness, it's been a full month since these pictures and trip were taken. Honestly my brain has been taken over by baby prep and work stress lately. The last month has been full of lots of work commitments and when I am home it's all family time and trying to remember everything I need to keep a baby alive. 

At the end of May, the girls and I took a trip to Idaho to visit my parents. Chris had to head out of town on a work trip (to France, poor guy), so I decided to take a week off also and see my parents. It was nice to relax for a week at my parents house and get to spend one on one time with them. Usually I see them during the holidays and all of my siblings are around (read: madhouse). I love to see all of my family together, but that many personalities in one house can sometimes be stressful.




This time around the girls got to run around outside, play in the dirt, pet sheep, and generally run free. My mother was worried she didn't have enough toys or activities, but luckily Chloe and Elinor are super good at making up their own games and adventures without much help. I'd like to take credit for some of that (very limited screen time and no computer games), but I think they are just generally good kids. 




My parents resting on the back porch. This image is grainy (it was taken through a screen door) and the composition is horrible, but they are my parents and I love them, so I had to document it.




One of the day trips we took while we were visiting was to Craters of the Moon National Monument. After visiting, it dawned on me why I ended up pursuing Geological Engineering in college. I was surrounded by such cool geologic features at a young age, and with a brain wired like mine, I would want to learn more about each and every one of them when I went to college. Nerd alert....







Unfortunately, it was pretty rainy spring day on the day we visited. Craters of the Moon is surrounded by a desert, but here we were, enjoying a unexpected wet spell.

We stopped in Arco to pick up some plastic bags, because of course, no one came prepared. I had packed rain jackets but failed to throw them in the car before we left home. Also, Chloe thought it would be a good idea to wear shorts. 






Eventually the rain did stop and we were able to hike a bit and explore the lava tubes. This was definitely the highlight of the trip. Any time caves are involved, I get super excited. Well, only large caves where you don't have to crawl through tight spaces. My fear of small spaces definitely outweighs my fascination with unique geologic features. 











If you are ever around eastern Idaho, I would recommend stopping by. It's also an International Dark Sky Park!

matching swimsuits



These photos are from a few weeks ago when we traveled to the northern California coast. I'm convinced everyone out there had to be from a colder state, because it wasn't exactly balmy, yet the beach was full of kids in swimsuits. We had driven past the coast and both of the girls really wanted to run into the ocean, so we made a quick detour to our AirBnB to grab their swimsuits. 

This was probably one of the highlights for them even though we were only out there for an hour. It's funny how the quick little detours can sometimes be the most fun. 

Also, how cute are their matching swimsuits? They are from Hannah Anderson. I am definitely going to have to get three pairs of matching swimsuits after baby girl shows up! 













massive trees and banana slugs



As I'm writing this, the snow is falling outside and the temperature has dropped down into the 20s. It seems so long ago that we were wandering around in the sunshine on the beach or the cool shade of massive trees. It's funny how when you come back from vacation you sometimes wonder if you ever really went on that trip. I guess that's why we take pictures to prove it!

It's been a couple weeks since we were exploring the northern California coast and driving among these massive trees. I would highly recommend northern California for a low key, relaxing family vacation. Our favorite part was going on daily hikes to check out these giants. It's about as different as Colorado forests as possible.




Banana slug!!













A little note about the picture below. You might notice that both girls are happily sucking on suckers. We call this Sucker Power. About halfway through this hike, in which we still had to go down half the mountain, they both started crying and whining. Whelp, that's why I pack some suckers in the bottom of my bag to give them a little extra motivation and energy to finish the hike. In all honesty, this pregnant lady could have used some sucker power, but we all made it down in one, happy piece.




Have a great weekend!

a travel vlog of a family of 12 visiting Europe



WAY back in 2017, our family went on a trip together to Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Bruges, Brussels, and London. We had a great time together sightseeing and enjoying each others company. I made a little video to remember our time in Europe. I hope you all enjoy it too!

Also, here are a few links to some of the sites we visited.

Amsterdam

Holland

Rotterdam

Dover

Bruges

Open Air Museum