Monday, November 13, 2017

Visiting the Coffeys in SoCal

Trying to fit in my birthday present from John this year of a 2 or 3-day trip per month has gotten tricky because we're still so busy as empty nesters--haha! We combined a couple of things I wanted to do this trip... try Allegiant Air from Ogden Airport to LAX and visit Hillary and Patrick to do a little birthday celebrating for Hillary's 26th birthday next week since we don't live nearby. Loved the wide aisles of Allegiant Air plane and easy parking literally in front of the Ogden Airport entrance for $3.50/day.

Loved our hotel in Costa Mesa, the view out back and the lovely walks we went on each morning around the South Coast Mall area.

We flew in on a Thursday night and Hillary picked us up bright and early Friday morning to stop at Sidecar doughnuts for the most AMAZING things I've ever tasted. We got 7 kinds and tasted each one... Huckleberry, Maple Bacon, Pumpkin, Butter & Salt, Carrot Cake, Apple Fritter and Cinnamon Crumble. There was a reason the line was out the door!

No worries about the donut calories because Hillary had a hike planned for us. We did Back Bay Loop and finished the whole 10+miles in 2-1/2 hours.

We met Patrick that evening in Newport Beach at Great Mex for dinner then took the Balboa Ferry over to Balboa Island for a stroll, Balboa bars and frozen banana and a ferris wheel ride.

Saturday morning we tried to eat at the Beachcomber Cafe but didn't want to wait an hour so we climbed the hill and ate at Ruby's Shake Shack and still had a great view of the ocean.

We went on a tour of the Queen Mary, saw a 4D movie and Titanic Exhibit and then headed to BJs in Laguna for Hillary's birthday dinner and pizookie dessert. We found another candy bin store and some sugar-free treats as well and cashed in another fun day!

We went on a beautiful morning hike with Hillary and Patrick at the Pacific Ridge Trailhead Sunday before church and then attended their meetings and headed to the airport for our flight home. Great 3-day trip all the way around!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Garrett turns 24!

We celebrated Garrett's 24th birthday at his favorite place--Buffalo Wild Wings. He ordered 17 of his favorite wings and sauces and got a birthday dessert to boot. He's such a great fun guy to be around and he deserves the wonderful things coming his way!!

October Festivities

Hailey, Julia and I went to a pie-making and soup class in Lehi with Si Foster (a Bountiful Kitchen). Very educational and the tasting at the end was delicious...

It's always a great day to find a photo of Elder Tebbs on Facebook posted by his companion's mom!

Halloween was fun and we all dressed up for our various parties. Cooper was his usual ice cream sundae and was "frozen" in place...

We had the kids, Michelle, Papa and Collin and Lacey up for chili, cornbread, caramel apple bar and pumpkin carving. They are great carvers!

The kids stayed and played a few games...

John and I attended the Passey's awesome Halloween bash they put on almost every year. This year's theme was the 80's and we pulled it off with John in his Miami Vice gear and I wore my 1988 wedding dress that surprisingly still fit! Our gang always goes all out for these costume parties and the food is amazing as well.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Hamilton in Chicago!

I've wanted to see Hamilton since it came out but tickets have been outrageous. Came across reasonably-priced orchestra tickets in Chicago I couldn't pass up--especially since we use points for flights and hotel. We were only gone a couple of days but still fit in lots of activities, good food and fun!

It rained the whole first day we were there but we each had our own umbrella and walked the city to have lunch at Frontera Grill, an afternoon at the SNL Experience and Broadcast Museum, dinner at RPM Italian, Garrett Popcorn and Hamilton that evening. Loved the show and hopefully will get to see it again...

Wednesday was gorgeous and we literally walked 8 miles down the Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, Millennium Park and the Lakefront Trail. Chicago is definitely a city I can keep coming back to.

They're Engaged!

It's officially official! Garrett and Julia got engaged Friday, October 20. They've known they wanted to get married for a couple of months and done preliminary planning. They even won a free engagement photo shoot which they used a loaner ring for a couple of days prior. The "surprise" was Julia thought he was waiting for the real ring the following week but Garrett kept the loaner ring (which looks identical to her real ring) and used the Questival race they were participating in that night and one of its tasks of hiking to the top of Ensign Peak as the perfect time to propose. Garrett had friends go up prior and get things set up so when he started pulling her toward the heart-shaped ring of candles, Julia told him they couldn't walk over there or they'd be in someone's proposal. Yes, THEIR proposal! We're excited for these two and their upcoming wedding in the Bountiful Temple December 21, 2017!