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Our time in Brazil

Posted by on December 13, 2015 in Blog, Family, Home Page Recent Posts, Travel | 8 comments

Our time in Brazil

A couple of weeks ago we went and visited Dave and Bianca (Matt’s parent’s) in Salvador Brazil, where they are serving as missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The time that we spent there with them was beyond precious. The last time we saw Dave had been 2 years ago and Venice wasn’t even born yet, so being reunited was so special. This trip will always have a special place in our hearts. So I thought I would list the good moments and the funny ones that we want to remember. Good Moments: Nonna singing Stocky to sleep every night and him looking into her eyes like they were in a movie love scene. Nonna has a great voice and he was so captivated. Watching NCIS like the old days with Matt’s parents and eating popsicles. Waiting to see the monkeys eat the bananas from Dave and Bianca’s windows every morning. Stockton performing and singing songs about 4Life and Nonna and Nonno on the piano. Eating the best ceviche of my life and then eating a second plate of it all in the same meal. Watching Stockton play in the water with Nonna and laughing his head off. Watching Matt eat acai bowls until he couldn’t eat anymore. Eating Bianca’s famous grilled cheese sandwiches. (I think they are the best because she makes them with love) Realizing how much Matt is a little Dave in so many ways. Walking into Dave’s office and seeing all the missionaries they tend to on a daily basis and feeling overwhelmed by the spirit. Getting fathers blessings and feeling renewed to become even better and work harder spiritually. Matt and I Touring Old Town Salvador with Dave. Also trying the best limeade concoction ever from a street vendor that Dave introduced us to. He thought Dave was a tour guide because of his missionary tag. We had a good laugh about that. Watching Dave and Bianca hold hands with stocky while walking. Seeing Dave and Venice meet for the very first time. Funny Moments: When Stocky peed his pants on our last flight and he went around pantless all over the mall in just a pull up. Watching Stocky and Matt ride a mechanical lion that they drove around the Mall. Dave bribing Stocky with a quarter if he would sleep in the car. He did. He’s become very motivated by money now. Stocky using his quarter to buy a turtle at the aquarium but then asking for it back. Not really understanding the concept of money yet. Dave and Bianca both lifting up stocky in the air so he could touch the sting ray. Stocky’s face pure joy! When Stocky tried to speak portuguese but all that came out of his mouth were mumblings of sounds and noises. I have no idea what he thought he was saying. Riding in the glass elevator jammed packed with people in the mall a couple of times up and down, Stocky thought it was so much fun. Hearing little Stockton’s voice and footsteps in the hall after bedtime, he was spying on us while watching a movie. Telling Stocky we were going to the beach a day before going to the beach, and everywhere we went all he asked was about going...

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Goodbye Malaysia

Posted by on August 29, 2014 in Blog, Home Page Recent Posts, Journal, Travel | 1 comment

Goodbye Malaysia

Well this is our last day in Malaysia. It’s been such a humbling yet incredible adventure. Thank you all so much for the love and support you have given us through out this experience. I’m not sure if I will continue blogging publicly after this but it’s been an amazing outlet for me to meet incredible people from around the world that have shared similar experiences. Just feeling overwhelmed with love and joy from what these past 9 months have brought to us. We love you Malaysia you will always be in our hearts forever. Hope you enjoy this film, I’ve been working on it for a while now, some of the highlights of our adventure from the past 9...

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Bangkok Thailand

Posted by on August 6, 2014 in Blog, Home Page Recent Posts, Travel | 0 comments

Bangkok Thailand

We just touched down back in KL after being in Bangkok, Thailand for the week. My heart hurts a little bit because of the love I have for Thailand. There is something about that place, that has been so magical for me. I tried to really savor every moment I had there because I didn’t want to forget anything about it. It seems once you leave a vacation you catch amnesia and it all feels like a dream. Which as I’m typing this I’m thinking ‘did that all really happen?’ One thing is for sure when I get to heaven someday, I’m asking for replays of Thailand so that I can live it all over again. Matt had business in Bangkok and so I begged him to tag along. Matt seriously is amazing you guys, he will always usually take me along, as long as he’s not going anywhere he thinks would be dangerous for us. There are some sacrifices involved, I know he needs to go to meetings during the day and get the things done he came for, but he always leaves me an extra day or two to take me around. So usually during the time before the adventure we hang out in the room, watch movies, order room service,  chill by the pool, and Matt joins us for dinner and then we go and do some exploring. We really had only a couple of days of exploring Bangkok, but Matt and I just love to go go go on trips. So naturally that’s what we did this time as well. We always laugh because I think we catch amnesia with how hard traveling with Stockton can be sometimes. For example every time we go somewhere we never have a car seat and trying to get a toddler to sit still in a moving car is nearly impossible. So let me just give a shout out to my boy Steve Jobs for creating the iPad because without it folks living in a foreign country would be near impossible. However, no matter how hard it may be at times Matt and I have always made a promise that having kids wouldn’t stop us from exploring the world together and going on many adventures and we have done just that. We hit up The Grand Palace first. This place was insane. Every thing coated in gold color, it was so shiny your eyes felt like you were looking at the sun. The detail that went into making this place was incredible. I’m talking like 1 inch small tiles making a pattern on a wall or on a statue that alone took months and months to create. I kept telling Matt we are in an imaginary world because how does a place like this exist?! Everywhere you turned was a photo op. However this time I didn’t take many pictures, I just wanted to live more in the moment and take it all in. It was magical. We also stopped by the Wat Pho temple. Which holds a 150ft long statue of Buddha laying down. This is where Stockton discovered he could say Buddha and he literally said it all day. All the Thai people were so impressed by him and loved that he was recognizing there God. Guess...

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Palawan Philippines

Posted by on July 13, 2014 in Blog, Home Page Recent Posts, Travel | 2 comments

Palawan Philippines

I’m still dreaming of our anniversary trip we took with Matt’s sister Jenna. It was beyond magical, words cannot even express the magic of it all. Matt had been planning on a surprise anniversary trip for some time now, due to the fact he would be working in Indonesia on our anniversary. I am usually pretty good about figuring out where he is taking me, but this time it really was a shock. After the 4Life convention was over Matt had us take a small plane ride to an island, where we than took a little boat for 45 minutes to an island. As we were on the boat, I’m literally looking at these enormous mountains of greenery in the middle of the ocean and the blue water thinking, “Where on earth are we going?” As we started rolling up closer to the resort Matt pointed out our resort. I looked and there were these little cabana huts on a little private island literally in the middle of the ocean. I started to cry. I just felt so overwhelmed of my blessings, the fact that I could be in such a beautiful place with the people I loved overwhelmed me. I just couldn’t help but to think, how do I deserve this? Our week activities there involved snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, sunset crusing, island hoping, and caving. It was not always easy-going on all of these adventures with our toddler but he was a trooper. Taking naps on the boats seemed to help out a bit, it would generally rock him right to sleep. His love for the beach however concurred his desire for anything else, he didn’t even want to eat if he was on the beach, he just wanted to throw rocks, splash in the water, and dig holes. He particularly loved swinging in the hammock. The waters were so clear I could look down from the Kayak and literally name the fish I was looking at and the sand was so fine and white it felt like powder. It was so nice to just be embodied in nature. We also loved having aunt Jenna with us. I love her adventurous spirit and how she’s always up for a good time. She made the trip that much more fun. I have to say the highlight of the whole trip was when Jenna watched Stockton for a little bit and we took a kayak out right before sunset. We just paddled out into the middle of the ocean and we felt all alone and just listened to the sound of the silence and breathed in the fresh air. We talked about our blessings and just laughed and smiled together. I literally love being with Matt so much I never get sick of him. As we paddled back to the island we watched the sun creep behind the clouds as the sun slowly set, it was magical. Later that night we got a couples massage and I dosed into sleep with the sounds of the waves and the sounds of the night life. It was magical, and also a treat to be away from the city for a while. I will never forget our time in Palawan Philippines. I hope you enjoy the pictures and little movie I out together...

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My families adventure

Posted by on June 28, 2014 in Blog, Family, Home Page Recent Posts, Travel | 0 comments

My families adventure

It was so much fun to be able to spend an adventure with my family. I’ve been really sad but every time that I look at this video from our trip it makes me smiles. Feel free to check it out. I think that it puts more emotion into what I’m...

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spending the day with an elephant

Posted by on June 19, 2014 in Blog, Home Page Recent Posts, Travel | 1 comment

spending the day with an elephant

One of my favorite places in the world has to be Chiang Mai, Thailand. The friendliest people you’ll meet, the amazing culture, food, and the atmosphere of being in the mountains is beyond compare to so many places I’ve been. Yesterday I got the opportunity to spend the day with an elephant and I think this made me love Thailand even more. In the morning time we learned what makes an elephant healthy vs. unhealthy. We learned elephants show emotions just like humans. We fed the elephants, talked with them, and bonded with them. We took them down to a waterfall where we proceeded to get on top of the elephant and bath them. We scrubbed and splashed around with them. My elephants name was Boon. He is 13 years old and I got so attached to him I didn’t want to say goodbye. It was so amazing how we were able to connect over the day. When we were in the water I kept talking to him and he was looking me straight in the eye and It was like I knew he understood me. We had such a special connection. I then proceeded to give him a big hug and continued bathing him, when all of a sudden he pulled me back with his trunk to give him another hug. The trainers were laughing because they couldn’t believe how much Boon loved me, but trust me the feeling was mutual. When it came to riding Boon it was nerve racking at first because I didn’t want to hurt him. This being an elephant sanctuary I knew he was very loved and so I decided ride him. He was so far above the ground and occasionally we would stop by the side of the trail for his snack of bamboo. It was crazy to realize how strong his trunk was as he ripped the bamboo from the tree.  You could hear it crushing like a bone in his mouth as he chomped away. There was a moment while riding bonn that I was taken away in thought as I looked around at the unreal scenery of the jungle of Thailand. I felt so tall and yet felt no fear. I looked down below me as this incredible creature carried me up into the mountains and just felt the blessing and the beauty of life that God has given me. This was a dream, not only riding Boon but looking in front of me to see all my family having this experience with me. Tears filled my eyes a bit as I’ve always dreamed to take them to the parts of the world I have experience alongside me. Life is a beautiful thing, adventures, everyday life, motherhood, but nothing is more important or more significant than family....

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When animals attack

Posted by on May 31, 2014 in Blog, Home Page Recent Posts, Travel | 0 comments

When animals attack

Caution! What I’m about to expose about our paradise trip may not be suitable for people with animal phobias. Where do I begin…..? It was a beautiful day in paradise, we were hanging out all alone on a private island surrounded by beautiful scenery and soaking in the relaxation. Life couldn’t have been better at the moment. We decided before heading back to our resort to take a kayak ride around the island and explore. This for sure would be the perfect ending of our day. Well of course being the overly cautious, protective parents we are, we threw a life jacket on our son and decided to set sail on an adventure as a family with a little kayak in the middle of the ocean. It was great at first, there were lots of ‘wows’ and ‘look you see’ from Stockton. I was even in awe of the beautiful surroundings. We were surrounded by massive cliffs of greenery with water so blue you could see directly below you and name the fish you see. We could take a full circle look around us and we were completely alone embodied in nature. We continued for a long while and realized we had gone pretty far as I looked back to Matt, I asked him if he thought we should turn around now emphasizing we had gone far. My concern was for Matt, the solo paddler being so worn out because my job was holding Stockton. However Matt was determined to get just around the corner of the cliff to see what other beauties lay ahead so we kept going. As we went a little further we noticed some beautiful white birds flying above us, we were in awe of their beauty. Stockton was so excited seeing the birds flying he just watched them in awe. We kept paddling and noticed they began to circle us. That awe feeling left pretty fast when they started making screeching noises and swooping down literally inches from our faces. I felt like we were in a game of darts but our faces were the targets. They were swooping down one at a time taking turns trying to hit us. Stockton began screaming and the kayak was rocking. I thought for sure we were going to tip which was not good considering there were huge jelly fish all around us, and when I say big I mean bigger than Stockton. I was very afraid as I heard fear in Matt’s voice saying “Take care of Stocky Kay do everything you can  to not fall in.” At this point I realized I had to protect Stockton Because Matt was doing everything he could paddling as hard as he could to keep us safe. So I immediately turned Stockton’s face to my chest to hide his face from the birds getting so close and literally said so many prayers that we wouldn’t fall into the water and get stung by the jelly’s or get our eyes picked out by birds… okay maybe eyes picked out is a little dramatic I know, but those were my exact thoughts in the moment. I could hear Matt huff and puff, I felt bad I couldn’t help him paddle. I knew he was already so tired from going so far,...

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Penang island and cameron highlands

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Blog, Home Page Recent Posts, Travel | 0 comments

Penang island and cameron highlands

Matt had to give a little presentation in Penang, Malyasia and so we decided to tag along. The drive there was breath taking. The mountains were beyond green and covered in trees. I could not believe how green it was, even Stockton was saying wow. Even though it was a 4 hour drive I really enjoyed every bit of it. We stayed the first night on Penang island at the Hard Rock Hotel. This Hotel was super family friendly. When we arrived Stockton was so eager to run around he immediately ran towards the water, reached down and picked up the sand. When he finally looked up to me he gave me this  little chuckle and smile and said “beach”! I was already swoon at his love for the beach I almost just let him get in with his clothes on. We finally had to reason with him to leave so we could go get his swim suit on. The rest of the day we spent swimming, throwing sand, collecting leaves, and finding bugs. We also saw a local riding a horse and he let Stockton pet him. Stockton has always been an animal lover. Along with the horse there were stray dogs along the beach as well, so we had to steer the animal lover clear of those “puppies” as he thinks all dogs are puppies. We were only able to spend a day at the beach before we had to head to the mainland for Matthew to give his speech. The highlight of that was Stockton started chanting ‘ya’ with everyone in the crowd when Matt asked questions. What can I say he is such a daddy fan and so is mama! It was a short trip but on the way back Stockton had a little cold so we decided to go into the Cameron Highlands and stay the night to help cut the trip in half. We didn’t plan this and it was totally spontaneous, but that’s how our relationship is. We just get up and do things! The drive was filled with tea plantations, strawberry fields, and lavender fields. We found a little bed and breakfast nestled in the middle of it all. Matthew and I kept saying we didn’t feel like we were in Malaysia but rather Switzerland. The cottage was very swedish and cozy. It was pouring rain when we got there but we didn’t even care, we walked outside and just enjoyed the beauty and the fresh air was a much-needed break from the city. Stocky kept splashing in the puddles and looking for bugs everywhere. There were flowers all over the property that overlooked a lake, it just felt so cozy! It was a little chilly up there at night and so when we went to have dinner they built a fire for us! You guys a fire!!! I have not sat by a fire since I have been in Malaysia and it made me so giddy inside. I know I keep saying it was cozy but can I say one more time how cozy it was?! I felt like I was back home in Utah at the family cabin. However it didn’t make me homesick just happy. Do you every get those feelings sometimes where you feel like God is just...

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Indonesia Convention

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Blog, Home Page Recent Posts, Travel | 0 comments

Indonesia Convention

We took a quick trip to Jakarta, Indonesia for a convention for 4life Research with Matt. It was such a fun trip especially because Jenna, Matt’s sister works for the company too and we got to see her. We love spending time with her. She has been the only family we’ve really seen while being here in KL. The trip was short and sweet but I put together just a little list of things that I wanted to remember below. 1. Stockton running around on stage during convention rehearsals, he wanted to be just like his daddy up there talking to people. 2. The way when we first walked in and Stockton saw the big screens and was so excited to see the 4Life logo and because he can’t say four he kept saying life. Made me smile. 3. Stockton being so well-behaved, although he was literally stuck in his stroller for 5 hours straight watching the iPad. Angles were truly there helping us get through such a busy time. 4. The way the Hotel brought up a little gift for Stockton, a teddy bear, bubble bath, and slippers. Also him demanding a bubble bath every time he saw the bath. 5. The way Stockton ran into the crowd and starting blowing kisses and giving high fives. 6. To see Matt and Jenna on stage together, they both did such a beautiful job on their presentations. 7. Just being together as a family, hanging out in the hotel room and eating room service and the way Stockton would demand for pizza. 8. Being in a new country and getting to travel with my little family. I love them so much. It was such a short visit but truly such a little piece of heaven that we needed. I feel so thankful everyday for Matt’s Job with 4Life, they have given us everything and we are so blessed to be a part of such a great...

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Monkey business

Posted by on April 12, 2014 in Blog, Family, Home Page Recent Posts, Travel | 0 comments

Monkey business

So while I’ve been in KL people have been telling me there are monkeys all over the place but I had yet to see any since I’ve been in the city…a bit disappointing being here 3 months. However for a play date my friend Ginne gave me a call and asked me if I would like to go feed the monkeys with her, this was an easy yes. So we piled 3 kids into a car, got a bag of peanuts and headed to the golf course area where apparently the monkeys like to hang. When Ginne first got out of the car she laughed with surprise and told me there was a monkey right next to her. Sure enough I walked along the side of her and there it was, literally tugging at her arms. Kind of a weird sensation when your constantly around a little child because you expect it to be your little one but instead you look down and see a monkey. I was nervous at first as these monkeys were a lot bigger than ones I have interacted with before. At first I kept Stockton tight in my arms but he wiggled and begged to be let down so I caved in. The monkeys would literally open our fists filled with peanuts, and eat them from our hand–crazy!  Stockton and Ginne’s kids didn’t have any fear, they were just so excited to hang with the monkeys. At one point we left the keys on top of the car with the bag of peanuts and from the corner of my eye I saw the monkey jump onto the car and dart for the keys. I knew it was automatically a thrown down between the monkey and me. So I let my inner Chuck Norris out, leaped to grab the keys and bag of peanuts as fast I could possibly move and saved the day from us being stranded.  Let’s be honest, once that monkey had our keys, it would have turned into a Jumanji scene and we probably would have never seen the keys again. I did however have a few tug a wars with the monkeys and the bag of peanuts, they were very sneaky. When it was time to go, getting into the car was another story, they are known for jumping into your car. You can’t exactly just shew a monkey away when you have been feeding it. So we literally had to hold our ground. I was trying to get into the front seat and every time I made a move for it so did the monkey. I just made my move and jumped in. It may have made my heart beat a little but it was some good fun. Such a big thank you to Ginne for taking me...

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