Friday, March 16, 2018

BNP Paribas Open - Indian Wells Masters

Went on a quick, fun-filled road trip with Lauretta to the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, CA March 11-14. We met up with Kristen who was already there with some friends and we joined them for the last few days of their week's stay at Worldmark Indio. Temperature was perfect and tennis was fantastic!

We arrived before they opened the gates every day so we'd get front row seats in our general admission stadiums. Kristen was in a suite in Stadium 1 so she switched back and forth depending on who was playing on which court. Lauretta and I borrowed some badges to get in to watch Venus play in Stadium 1 and a couple who was leaving for the day gave us their third row seats one evening. All in all, we saw great tennis and had the best views for all of it.

As we were driving out of Indio on our way home, we stopped at Shields Date Gardens where my parents took me every year growing up for the annual Date Festival and parade at the end of February. It brought back wonderful memories and I drank a date shake in my mom's honor as it was one of her favorite treats we'd get at Shields.

February Fun & a Little March Madness

Michelle and I have gone to lunch on Valentines Day with our parents for years. This is the 2nd Valentines Day where our mom hasn't been with us since she's been in her memory care facility but we're happy our dad wants to continue the tradition.

John sent a fun Valentine surprise and Cooper is the whole family's Valentine year-round :)

Our whole family went to St. George for President's Day weekend. The guys went motorcycling and shooting and the girls got massages and lots of yummy treats at Dutchman's Market. 

Each of the married couples were given a small budget to decorate their St. George bedrooms and they got off to a good start with getting some headboards. Hailey and Riley got their room 90% done and Cooper loves them all!

On my drive home from St. George, I stopped to have dinner and catch up with Cameron & Erin's family who came to visit their families in Vegas and Davis County and enjoy some skiing. Always fun to see the NY Kings!

March brought the winter snowstorms we missed this year. Church was canceled the first Sunday in March due to the 18 inches we received.

John and I were invited by one of his business associates to attend the BYU Presidential Leadership Council's bi-annual meeting in the Hinckley Center at BYU, lunch, touring the three BYU campus museums, elegant dinner and Chamber orchestra performance. We enjoyed the experience and the people we met, however the $1 million price tag to be a member is a little out of our budget--haha!!

Our annual St. Patrick's dinner at Mandarin :)

Monday, February 12, 2018

Kauai Valentine Trip - Day 4

Started off our Sunday morning with a beautiful walk around Princeville. Checked out of our hotel in time for brunch near the Kilauea Lighthouse at the Kilauea Bakery. 

Attended 1:00 church at the Kapaa 2nd Ward and I loved their announcement of a returning missionary so they could meet her at the airport and then a welcome home dinner supported by the ward. John enjoyed church as well...

Couldn't leave Hawaii without a meal at Duke's and a piece of the famous Hula Pie. Until next time Kauai... (which is hopefully an annual Valentine trip!!!)

Kauai Valentine Trip - Day 3

We checked out of the beautiful Sheraton Resort and headed north to our destination at the Westin Princeville Resort. We stopped in Kapaa on the way and rented beach cruisers for a couple hours to ride the 10-mile trail up and down the coast. We had a scary mishap when the car keys fell out of John's hat which was in the basket of his bike. We said multiple prayers and luckily found them in the grass a mile away from where we noticed they were missing. Prayers are answered and we needed that one for sure!

After checking into our hotel and upgraded to a gorgeous ocean-view villa complete with kitchen and washer and dryer which we took full advantage of, we stopped for lunch in Hanalei at some delicious food trucks and then made our way to the Na Pali Coast to hike the Kalalau 4-mile trail. Definitely muddy in places and a great workout but the views were worth it as was the fresh coconut at the end.

Kauai Valentine Trip - Day 2

 Started off our morning hiking the Maha'ulepo Heritage Trail in Poipu and saw a seal on the beach we hoped wasn't in distress. The weather has been incredibly perfect and temperatures ranging from 65-75 degrees every day.

Since we didn't schedule anything prior to arriving, we were lucky to find a couple of openings with the Kayak Wailua company for a 5-hour kayaking and hiking tour on the Wailua River. It's the first day they've been opened since the rain from last week flooded their trails and it was too muddy to hike. We had lots of mud but it was fun and easily washed off when we arrived at the falls. Another wonderful and active day in sunny Kauai...