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Genting Highlands, Malaysia

Posted by on March 28, 2014 in Blog, Journal, Travel | 0 comments

Genting Highlands, Malaysia

I have been craving some fresh air lately. It’s wonderful living in the city, don’t get me wrong, but there’s something about a less busy atmosphere and fresh air that my body just craves. So we decided to take the hour drive to Genting Highlands on our Saturday. It was a beautiful drive up, so green that there was no need for filters on editing, which makes me smile. People told us that it might be chilly up there, but I doubted anything could feel chilly in Malaysia, where I am use to taking a shower every time I come back inside my house. However I was wrong, it was very chilly and dare I say it, I needed a jacket, but didn’t bring one. I don’t even think I packed a jacket at all when we moved to Malaysia (haha)…guess something like that did not cross my mind. I’ll be honest, I was thrown off by the city itself that sat on a hill. When we went inside the hotels to explore, I felt like I was in Vegas walking through “fake lands”, casinos and all. It was kinda fun to me because it was something that felt familiar. Even though I have never gambled or drank alcohol in my life, I’m only referring to the ambiance of the place. There was an indoor theme park and of course we couldn’t resist some little kiddy rides for Stocky. After we got the theme park out of our system, we decided to do the more outdoor scenic view. On our way home we saw a sign for a Chinese temple and we couldn’t pass this up. The Chinese temples here amaze me. They are made completely without nails, bolts or screws, (they believe it is bad luck), but yet are magnificent buildings. Decorated in the most vibrant colors and tall above the earth so you can take in all the view. When we arrived it felt like we were alone so we climbed the 9 levels of stairs and reached the top.  It was silent, not even Stockton said a word. The view was beautiful and I found myself lost in nature. Afterwards we continued walking around the area looking at the statue idols and gardens that just made me smile. So much Beauty behind all the things they have created in this area. I didn’t mind the chill or the breeze, it was actually very refreshing to me. To be honest I didn’t want to go home, this place just made me feel happy inside and it felt so good to be away from the city and the hustle and bustle of it all. Also, for the first time it hit me– Malaysia finally felt like home and I’m okay with it. I hope you can feel the pure bliss these pictures give me, although they do not do justice....

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Batu caves

Posted by on March 17, 2014 in Blog, Family, Home Page Recent Posts, Travel | 0 comments

Batu caves

This week has been really foggy with smoke in the air due to a lot of fires burning in Indonesia so we have been coped up in our house from the bad air quality. We had planned on going to the Batu caves on Saturday and lucky us the smoke cleared up literally on that day and the next day it was smoky again, a little tender mercy might I say. So we packed our sling got some water and on we drove to go explore the Batu Caves. We were really excited because it was only about 25 mins from our house or so we thought… We only got a car a week ago and we really don’t know our way around so we rely very heavily on our GPS to tell us where the heck we need to go. Turns out our GPS had other plans for us and took us into some small village area where I was sure in my mind we were going to get mugged if we parked our car. luckily though after lots of missed turns a lot of frustration towards google maps we finally arrived at the caves 2 hours later. haha It was well worth the wait. The Batu caves is a Hindu shrine for worship and outside the caves is a huge gold statue called Murugan. Murugan is the Hindu God of war, victory, wisdom, and love. It was a magnificent its gold color shined so bright with the reflection of the sun. Even more spectacular was the view when you got to the top of the caves. However the climb was not an easy one. The steps were so steep I constantly had to pay attention to make sure I wouldn’t trip and there was not much depth to the steps either. When we got to the top the caves were spectacular. The cool breeze inside was a little teaser from the scorching sun outside and I enjoyed the little tunnels of light that leaked through it really was breath taking and pictures could not do it justice. After visiting the main cave there is another optional tour for the dark cave where you have to have flash lights. Its a 45 min tour but it was well worth it. We just carried stockton in the sling and he enjoyed it and did well for the mot part. As soon as you enter into the dark cave you can hear all the bats that are above you. Its kinda creepy but I enjoyed being completely out of my element. The tour continued and we saw spiders, centipedes, and some of the most amazing rock formations that literally blew me off my feet. The craziest part of the tour is when our guide had all of us turn off our lights. As soon as we did it was pitch black, so black I literally could not tell that my hand was in front of my face. Such a cool experience all...

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Melaka Malaysia

Posted by on March 15, 2014 in Blog, Home Page Recent Posts, Travel | 0 comments

Melaka Malaysia

Matt had a 4Life business meeting in Melaka, a town that’s about 2 hours from KL.  It’s known for it’s historic background and culture of Malaysia, I was really excited to tag along and do some exploring of the place. It was also Stockton’s first 4Life event and he loved dancing to the music and watching daddy on stage. He was quite the charmer to all the ladies as well. We went and visited a lot of historic sites and ate some American food at Hard Rock Cafe (we were really excited about this). Thank goodness for our amazing Rickshaw tour (or a bicycle ride), it saved us from dying of the heat. Our driver was 54 years old and had been doing his job for over 25 years. Don’t worry we gave him a good tip. I will be honest traveling with Stockton is fun but he knows that when we are in a hotel, he has more of an opportunity to sneak into bed with us. All he has to do is that little frown and Matt and I buckle at the knees. It’s a bittersweet situation. Matt and I love to cuddle and I guess Stockton took after that trait. He has to be right up against one of us, laying his head either on our necks or putting his little feet in our faces. We all don’t sleep very well, but the kisses and the hugs in the morning from him are like the payoffs for the night. So when we hit up the touring scene in the morning we we’re absolutely exhausted from the night. Not to mention it is always hot here. I was dripping sweat and it literally got in my eyes and stung. Aw the joy of heat and humidity combined. Here are some pics from our trip below.  ...

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Chiang Mai part 2

Posted by on February 20, 2014 in Blog, Home Page Recent Posts, Travel | 2 comments

Chiang Mai part 2

The last two days Matt surprised me for Valentines Day with a little get away up in the Mountians. I love the city don’t get me wrong but Matthew and I love being isolated in beautiful surroundings, after all we are each others best friends. Before we arrived to the resort we decided to do a couple of excursions on the way up. So we stopped by the Tiger Kingdom. This place was unreal guys.  Here are these huge creatures, in my opinion of mass destruction, and people are in the cage with them laying down by them and just touching there tail like they are Chuck Norris. Okay maybe not quite Chuck Norris because they were highly drugged (we think). I however wasn’t quite up to getting in the cage with a 500lb kitty cat. So we decided to take the route of playing with the baby tigers. We got to play with the 2 year old cubs and some 2 month old cubs. These little guys were full of energy just like Stockton. Yes, we did take stockton in and let him play with them but I promise you we asserted the situation and decided that it was safe. The little guys were so cute and a big part of me wanted to just take them home with me. We bought Stockton a stuffed little Tiger, I kid you not he slept with it and would just growl at random times, he loved it! The next thing we did that day was go to the Elephant Park. You guys this was literally amazing! We rode an elephant. I was a bit apprehensive at first as I stepped onto this huge creatures back. In my mind I was hoping I wasn’t hurting him. At first it was a little wabally but I guess how could it not be with such a huge creature, but honestly fear left right away and was placed with excitement. I couldn’t stop smiling and laughing. As I was looking all around me into the thai jungle as we climbed these huge hills. I loved looking down where I could see my feet resting on top of the elephants back and see his ears flopping in the breeze. I loved hearing Matthew laugh and seeing him smile at me. I loved hearing Stocky making elephant noises and saying wee. All at once I started to cry. I was overcome with love for God’s creations. Here I was in the far reaches of the earth with my eternal family. In that moment I just felt so thankful. When we arrived at the resort it was breathtaking, everywhere you looked it was a view. Matt had really outdone himself with this surprise and we decided that the last day we wanted to relax. The food was spectacular and so were all the poeple. The room had a hot tub out on the deck and after Stockton had fallen asleep Matthew and I snuck out and just relaxed. I still can feel the slight breeze on my skin and the sound of the water and crickets, the feeling of isolation and secludedness that surrounded us,  as it was just Matthew and me. We talked for so long about all of our many blessings. My favorite thing about...

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Chiang Mai part 1

Posted by on February 18, 2014 in Blog, Home Page Recent Posts, Travel | 2 comments

Chiang Mai part 1

I have always dreamed about going to Thialand my whole entire life and was so thankful I got to tag a long with Matt on his business trip. Although I knew he had to work all day I was glad to spend the nights with him and doing a little touring. The first thing we did was go to the night market. I really couldn’t believe how large this market was. It was so fun to walk around and see all of the laterns and entertainment. This is where we tried out the doctor fish. The doctor fish are these little fish that eat the dead skin off of your feet. Honestly it tickled so bad, Matthew and I laughed our heads off for the entire 15mins. I just love laughing with him and having fun. The next day a little further from the city we spent time exploring the beautiful Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Temple. Matt and I kept saying to each other that we felt like we were in the movie Kung Fu Panda. There was this long, steep staircase leading up to the temple. If I remember them telling us right, about 300 steps but honestly the steepest steps ever! When we arrived at the top there were big bells everywhere and Stockton was having a hay day ringing them and running around. We also got the chance to enter into the Temple. After removing our shoes we walked into the Temple, my eyes couldn’t believe the beauty of the place. Everything was painted in Gold tones and shined like the sun, the smell of natural oils in the air, the monks giving blessings to the people. It was all a very spiritual experience in a way, to just experience their culture to the fullest. The next activity after the Temple was the famous Long Necked Village. I honestly felt like I was taking a trip back in time to old Thailand.  You know when your walking down the side of the road and you see people just riding elephants, even texting on top of elephants, your not in the US anymore. The villagers were so nice. Stockton, we decided, has no grasp on what reality really is. He was just running around playing with the local village kids and loving it. The long neck ladies were so friendly and I couldn’t help but to marvel at how beautiful I thought the rings on their necks were. I think a big part of what makes life so beautiful is the differences that every culture and person has. To be unique is to be human. I still can’t believe we got to experience all of this.    ...

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Our fun friday

Posted by on February 2, 2014 in Blog, Home Page Recent Posts, Journal, Travel | 6 comments

Our fun friday

We got to take the company car for the weekend. Matt passed his driving test and they gave us the okay, he was good enough. They drive on the opposite side of the road here, I still always want to go sit down on the right side of the car. Matt and I always get a good laugh about it. So with having the car and all we decided to go on a little adventure. First we saw some famous Lion Dancing, it was amazing. My heart was racing for them as they jumped from pole to pole. After that we decided to take a drive to Look Out Point. Everyone was telling us there is the most incredible view of the city from there, so we decided to find the place. First off let me just tell you I am thankful everyday we have GPS because without it we would be a wreck. We still did get lost so we ended up finding some written directions on a website. Those helped out a lot. Problem was when we got out there we were starving. No worries, having learned from experience I come prepared, I packed a PB&J for both the boys one being my Matt. Soon though we realized that the sandwich alone was not going to cut it. So we set out to find some food. Matt saw a sign a few miles back that said Thai Restaurant. However we were in the middle of the jungle, you could say we were skeptical of the place. We gave it a go anyway and headed down this steep dirt path which opened up into a beautiful landscape of harvest fields. By now were thinking of the part from the movie Rat Race “…we should have bought a squirrel”,  however we saw a sign that said restaurant this way so we continued. Finally we arrived and Matt left us in the car to go scope things out. Once I heard the doors unlock and a motion to come on from Matt I knew this had to be a good place OR he was so hungry he didn’t care. So we went in and I have to say it was the most beautiful place. A lake of water filled with the most beautiful fish and turtles. Needless to say Stockton went crazy, he loved seeing all the fish so much. He even tried to play Marco Polo with them. Marco Polo is his new favorite game by the way. Anyway the food was excellent too. Stockton has always been a fan of coconut juice so we were naturally really excited to give him the real deal and boy did he love it! So did mom and dad! Best coco juice as stocky would call it ever! The night ended with us finally getting to the lookout point and watching the sunset. Really I must say that this little weekend adventure was magical. Check out this video below to see a more visual of our fun day!    ...

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The elephant sanctuary

Posted by on January 24, 2014 in Blog, Home Page Recent Posts, Journal, Travel | 6 comments

The elephant sanctuary

You guys my cool cat sister-in-law Jenna came in town for some business and whenever she’s around there is always bound to be an adventure around the corner. So when we heard about this elephant sanctuary that was only about an hours drive from us we just had to go! Also we were celebrating her Birthday! Happy Birthday Jenna we love you! When we arrived we were just amazeed by the beautiful area surrounding us. It was so beautiful to see one of Gods many magnificent creations up so close. The elephants were so majestic the water gleaming off their rough bump coats. Everything was all so magical but the best thing about the whole experience was living it through Stockton’s eyes. The way he lit up when he saw the elephants or the elle in his words. He had no fear just love. I was taken back when he begged to feed the elephants himself. He loved it so much and would clap afterwards he cried whenever we left their side. He was such a trooper and made the experience what it was. Although we may have been sketchy parents letting Stockton feed the elephants we were smart enough not to let him come bath them with us. So a good friend of ours stayed back and watched him. Stepping in the water at first felt like ice but i grew found of the cool feeling as it was relief from the hot air. I was a bit nervous but I always gain the courage I need with my best friend and sidekick by my side Mr.Lisonbee. I was very cautious in the water to keep as dry as possible but the tour guide and the elephant had a different idea. What the heck though I let it happen, how often do you have a water fight with an elephant? I was drenched but somehow still wore a smile and was basking in the moment and couldn’t help but to feel so lucky for an opportunity like this. As I bathed the elle i could help but to rub my hand against his back and feel the bottom of his feet. I just instantly felt love for this huge creature I just had to hug him and so I did! I still am in awe this experience happened. It will definitely be one that I will never forget.    ...

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The honeymoon stage in KL

Posted by on January 21, 2014 in Blog, Home Page Recent Posts, Journal, Travel | 2 comments

The honeymoon stage in KL

Living in a new place can be a very humbling experience, so I was told before I left. How humbling? Well I found that out very quickly. Getting here it was exciting and fun. I went everywhere with Mr.Lisonbee following him around like a little duckling. Getting new stuff for the apartment, going swimming, and breath taking views was covering up the reality that I was going to have to do this all alone once Matt started his job coming Monday. It was all very ‘honeymoon’ stage if you know what I mean. The panic started settling in Sunday night, when I knew work would come the next morning. I was giving pep talks in my head. “Girl you can do this, how bad could it be, haven’t you see house hunters international?” Now for the panic thoughts, “your going to starve yourself to death, you can’t live off of foreign candies forever. What the heck am I going to cook for dinner? You must stay awake, you must stay awake!” Okay now that you got inside my brain I continue my story…. The morning Matt left from work I had plenty to do around the house. Cleaning, organizing, and unpacking. However I needed to go to the store because Stockton was signing for food about every 5 seconds and it may be okay to starve myself but I knew I couldn’t take him down with me. So I became a big girl, held my breath, counted to five and walked out that door with a prayer in my heart that I could do this. I got to the food court in our complex and I looked around to find food, everything was so strange and unfamiliar. What could we eat… but wait I saw it from the corner of my eye, a pretzel stand and at that moment I was singing amazing grace in my head! As I began the walk to the pretzel stand I didn’t see the puddle that was right in front of me and I slipped and I fell hard. Just like a cartoon slipping on a banana, yup that was me. Everyone began to laugh, no one asked me if I was okay. I was mortified in my mind. I took the walk of shame to the pretzel place. This was going to be my happy place. Ordered my pretzel and was determined to turn around go back home and never leave the apartment again but than I saw something familiar to me, an ice-cream shop. I told myself I will get some ice-cream to make me happy and than I can go about my day like nothing happened. Well…. I tried to order ice-cream but couldn’t understand a word the person was saying, finally I just nodded my head to what she said, gave her my money and waited to see what kinda of ice-cream I would get. I got it and it was so gross I wanted to throw it away but for some odd reason stockton liked it so I gave it to him. I was now so bugged. Okay I’m for sure giving up now. That’s when I got into the elevator and was saying see ya later mall when I get to my floor and the elevator is...

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California

Posted by on January 4, 2014 in Blog, Home Page Recent Posts, Travel | 0 comments

California

I was a bit hesitant to go on this trip I must admit because I knew it would only give me one week when I got back home to finish all of my packing and getting ready for our big move to Malaysia, however I’m so glad I did! It was so fun to spend time with our family. My In-Laws will be serving an LDS (Mormon) mission to Salvador, Brazil for the next 3 years so this quality time meant a lot to us. (what is an LDS mission click here) Okay where do I even begin to express how magical and fun this little get away was. I had three top highlights for the whole trip: 1. Seeing Stockton’s love for the beach. Watching his little body in the wetsuit running towards the water, chasing the birds, licking toy shovels, and trying to kiss all the dogs that went by. One night at 3am he was wide awake ready to go play and would just cry out beach, beach, beach. I wish you all could hear his little voice say it. It would melt my heart every time. 2. Stockton discovered his new best friend was his cousin Leni who he would cry out for. They would hold hands on the beach, chase after each other, laugh hysterically, and even give kisses too. I’m really sad they have become such great friends and now will be so far apart from each other. When we got home Stockton was so sad looking for her everywhere that we had to facetime her to calm him down. love the cousin love. 3.  Just relaxing and sharing laughs with all the family. I didn’t feel the need to leave the beach house once while we were there. Everything you ever need is right there… good company, good food, and beautiful scenery. It gave me such a little peace that I needed to clear my head and have an enjoyable time. Family is so important in this life and so are relationships. I’m so thankful for this little week and will miss all the family so much, but I feel so grateful for the time that we spent together. Hope you all realize how important your loved ones are around...

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NYC

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

NYC

New York is a magical place in general, but something about being in NYC during Christmas time made it feel more like Christmas than it has ever felt before. First off just walking down the streets sparked a fire in me of ambitions and desires, it just made me want to be somebody, a better me. Is that weird or more cheesy? I don’t even care, thats exactly how I felt. It was such a fast trip but we sucked it up, got blisters on our toes and ran place to place. In these three little days you would be surprised that we saw the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Spider Man, Ground Zero, the LDS (Mormon) temple, and so much more! It was such a fun trip and what made it more fun was it was all girls! No kids just some mama’s looking to have a good time. I treasured this time I got to spend with all of Matt’s family because I knew it would be a long time before we did anything like this again. The things I will be dreaming about from New York for a while now will be, the view from the Empire State Building and how I loved thinking about how the world is so big and I am so small in it. Central Park, the ice skating rink, the view from the city and the little ducks that were slipping around on the frozen ice. The Rocketts, how talented and amazing they were but at the end of the show they brought the birth of Christ to life. Small talk, with all the girls catching up on life and laughing our heads off. The party van, when Dave surprised us with this pimped out van, we sang silver bells at the top of our lungs and when I got tired Matt’s mom tickled my back and made me feel so loved. Dave, my Father in Law escorted us around like we were all his little ducklings. Looking up, and seeing all the beautiful buildings and realizing how great God is. This trip meant so much to me and I was so thankful to have been able to do it. New York is magical but the people I was with made it that much...

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