Winter Break

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First up on our winter break, Sun Valley, Idaho with the Georges!

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It isn’t a stay at Sun Valley Resort if you don’t walk around all the shops, the toy store and candy store are my favorite.

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This kid has got perfect taste in candy. I appreciate that.

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Jelly Beans!  We bought the jelly belly beanboozled pack and played it as a game in our hotel room.  It is the funnest and worst thing all at the same time.  It has a bunch of colors of jelly beans each color has a good flavor and a bad flavor like, caramel corn or rotten egg, black licorice or stinky skunk.  The bad ones literally make your tongue want to fall off.

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Richie is all about the Chocolate Foundry.

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It was so cold walking around so we had to stop at starbucks for some hot cocoa. #basicwhitegirl

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We found the funnest store.  Full of trinkets and gifts.

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We wanted to eat at the Pioneer Saloon but the wait was about 3 hours longs so we just voted for a picture.

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Wanted to play Big Buck Hunter in this bar, too bad i’m underaged.

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Richie taught a couple of us who didn’t know how to play poker how to play.  We didn’t have chips so we used cheerios. With our brand new Idaho animal cards too.Sun Valley-33

Most of the trip consisted of skiing! Baldy and Dollar Mountain are a blast.  Plus it’s nice being about five seconds away from your hotel room.10917395_10152935424351250_6039725846999948160_n

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Next up, Pocatello, Idaho for Christmas Eve.

Nate & Kate had an amazing breakfast for dinner.  Kate also had some hilarious and fun kid games ready like the rudolph nose game.  She applied vaseline to the kids noses and they had to try and get the pom pom onto their noses.  It was darling!

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Next game, Reindeer antlers.  Blow up balloons and put them in nylons.  First one to get it on their head won.

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Wrapping Paper Christmas tree.  Had to balance 12 ornaments on the tree made of wrapping paper and a ruler.Sun Valley-42

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We even had a Red Solo Cup (you’re probably singing the song right now huh?) Tree making race.
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Hay Hay singing the NO L song. (To the tune of The First Noel)

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To spell Santa’s name is easy to do
You write S A N T and another A, too
But no L, no L, Santa’s name has no L
And he won’t be too pleased if you don’t learn to spell

Jack and Jill went up a hill to fetch water from a well
But when neither one could find it, Jill started to yell
No well, no well, can’t believe there’s no well
We walked all the way here and I’m mad, can’t you tell?

Captain Ahab took his crew, his harpoon and set sail
And he called out to ships, ‘Have you seen the white whale?’
No whale, no whale, we ain’t seen no whale
Saw a couple of dolphins, and a big yellow tail

If you’ve listened to this tune, then you probably can tell
That you’ve heard it before, it’s a song you know well
Know well, know well, it’s a song you know well
And we’ve ruined it completely, so we all say ‘Oh well’

Oh well, oh well, We’ll just say ‘Fare thee well’
Merry Christmas to you, and a Joyous Noel

 

What is a family party without Jeopardy?  If you wanna play next year, here are the categories and questions I used for this year’s game. I do just a basic trivia game it’s called jeopardy just for fun, you don’t have to answer with a question.  In between every four questions I do a Challenge to kind of keep the game exciting. Hope you enjoy.

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Away in a Manger- Religious Christmas Trivia

100 In what city was Jesus born? Bethlehem

200 Where did Mary & Joseph try and stay before going to the stable. Inn

300 What does the Wreath symbolize? Everlasting Life

400 What are the assumed names of the 3 wisemen? Gaspar Balthasar &

Melchior

Quizmas- Holiday Christmas Trivia

100 Name one other name for Santa Claus Saint Nicholas Kris Kringle etc.

200 What English author wrote A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens

300 Name one of the two states that has a town called Christmas. AL FL

400 What country gives England it’s Christmas tree each year since the end of WWII

as a token of their gratitude Norway

Merry Movies- Christmas Movie Trivia

100 According to Buddy the Elf what is the best way to spread Christmas cheer

Singing loud for all to hear

200 What did Kevin McCallister steal from the store in Home Alone Toothbrush

300 The Grinch stole the last can of _______ in the Grinch who stole Christmas ******

400 Name one of the names that the children thought to name Frosty the Snowman

Oatmeal, Bruce, Christopher Columbus

Name that Jingle- Christmas Song Trivia

100 What is this song?

200 Fill in the Blank… On the 9th day of Christmas my true love gave to me__ 9

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300 what Christmas classic is this line from? Dolls that will talk and go for a walk

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400 What are the first two lines of the third verse of White Christmas I’m

dreaming of a white Christmas, with every Christmas card I write.

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1. Scattegories… Christmas themed.. Each team has one minute to right as many Christmas words that start with whatever letter you choose.  If each team has the same word it gets crossed off.  Whichever team has the most words at the end wins.

2. Get ready for that christmas partay…  Each team sends up two volunteers.  One of the volunteers from each team is blindfolded and has one minute to get their team member ready for a Christmas party.  They put on a hat, sweater, scarf, lipstick, make up etc.

3. Charades-  Have a bowl of Christmas Charades ready.  Each team chooses one person to be their designated Charade actor.  Each team has one minute to get through as many charades as possible.  Whichever team gets the most wins.

4. Dance off- Choose a song that each team must dance to.  Each team gets five minutes to prepare a choreographed dance using all their team members.  This year we did All I want for Christmas is You.

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Next, Rigby, Idaho for Christmas morning.

Christmas morning we started off at 11 am doing Insanity… which was yes, insane.  Then an amazing breakfast made by Sally.

Sally got Richard this darling paperweight in SV.
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We saw Unbroken Christmas day… I have to say the book is about 1000000000000000x better.  If you have not read it go read it NOW.Sun Valley-70

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We then headed home to Salt Lake City to hang with the Egans.

The Egan Fam Christmas Partay was a blast as usual.  Full of Pizza and Dodgeball.  *side note* Chris hit me in the face with a dodgeball so hard my Jaw is still messed up.10882205_10152935428686250_5781784258739976906_n

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The traditional Cousin sleepover followed with Karaoke, Sev Run, and Cheetah Girls 2.

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New Years Eve was spent up at my Parent’s cabin in Midway.  We drank sodas, watched football, played nerts and old school nintendo.  Solid Night.

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Also there was an absurd amount of deer as we were leaving.

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does 2014 have to end?

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Cheers to the funnest, hardest, most rewarding year of my life so far.  2014.

Here are some of the highlights. . .

 

January – Married my sweetheart, Christopher Ryan George

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February – Had a paragraph written about us in TIME Magazine!

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March – Chris turned 27!

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April – We spent April exploring the our Downtown Neighborhood.

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May – Road tripped to Island Park with the George Family.

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June –  I finally turned 20!!! And in Lake Powell of all places!

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July – Oceanside with the Egans, Obviously.

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August – Asia & Zeke’s Wedding

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September – Assisting for Tessa Barton at some weddings was awesome!

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October – Moving to the compound.

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November –  Thanksgiving at the Georges & the Turkey Bowl.

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December – Sun Valley with the George Fam

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What an amazing year it has been. CANNOT wait to see what 2015 holds.

5 Days

Chris was in LA for 5 days at Nickelodeon for work.  It is torture when your spouse gets to go somewhere cool WITHOUT YOU.  It brought back the sentimental yet horrible memories of Chris living in Chicago for 5 MONTHS while I was here in Salt Lake.  The hours spent face timing was incalculable and the amount of time we spent together during those months can basically be added up to barely two weeks.  Chris and I haven’t spent too much time apart since we’ve been married…  Which was a much needed break after the long distance dating.  I missed Chris the whole week while I went to school, cleaned, played words with friends, ate chick fil a, watched netflix, played casino with grandma, taught dance, edited. (watched more netflix.) I was super productive hahahaha. FINALLY, Chris came home Friday with Flowers from Jolley’s in hand and said “Can I take you out tonight?” Love that kid.

We got drinks at shivers. YUM. Then Chris decided he really wanted to go bowling.  I agreed and we headed to Olympus Hills Bowling Alley.  The reason we go to Oly hills besides the fact it is a great time is because they have our favorite arcade game: Big Buck Hunter SAFARI.  We arrive at the bowling alley excited to start the night with Big Buck Hunter.  WE LOOK EVERYWHERE.  They got rid of it.  Holding back tears Chris decided we would go to a different bowling alley.  This time we head to Sue & Rich’s.  Guess What? The coolest, most ghetto, cheap bowling alley is CLOSED. CLOOOOOSED for good! *wipes away tear* On to the next alley.  Fat Cats on 900 E. It is always packed on the weekends but the plus side… It has tons of arcade games.  We waited in line to buy a round of bowling and get our shoes for about 15 minutes.  When we got to the front of the line we both looked at each other and Chris said “Do we really wanna bowl?”  Got right out of line and headed to the arcade.  Unfortunately, they didn’t have the Safari version of Big Buck Hunter but the regular one did just fine.  We played a couple of games and headed home.  Quite the date night right?  I love that I can do anything with Chris and still laugh and have a good time.  That’s what your spouse should be for you.  A safe place, someone who can make any situation better.  Chris is that and more for me.

At least we got some good pictures.  Chris had my camera all week in LA and I had been craving it!!!! Here is what we got!


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MAX Adventure Zip Line

Here’s the thing.  I wished I loved hiking… I really do.  I haven’t found my love for it… yet.  Hopefully, I will soon or eventually.  Luckily, there are some outdoor things to do besides that for now. For example:

MAX Adventure Zip Line    in Provo Canyon

Directions

The guides were helpful and the lines were fun and fast. They use a great braking system and participants go on 5 zip lines from start to finish. You can get some great deals if you schedule a spot with several people! So get a group of 7 or 8 and go for $20 cheaper. I recommend going earlier in the morning so you aren’t in the scorching heat.  We went at 9AM and it was perfect timing.  Little kids will have blast too!

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The last line is the longest and takes your right back where you parked your car.  BOOYA.

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Egans Take Oceanside

Oceanside as usual didn’t disappoint. Let me give you a few reasons why it is and forever will be my favorite trip.

it’s the perfect place for penny boarding and beach biking to the park.
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It’s where my cousins went from cousins to best friends and bridesmaids.

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MORNING ZUMBA / WERQ / TONING

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They are second to Utah for prettiest sunsets.

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You learn to prepare to be surprised.  (my poor dad)

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THE VIEW FROM THE BEACH HOUSE… (perfect for seal and dolphin sightings… which occur daily)

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Endless searching for sand crabs with Clara

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Daring strangers to make a cooler sandcastle than us.  (it’ll never happen.)

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The Girls pedicure outing to happiness salon.

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Mostly because it’s the place where some of my most cherished memories are.

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This year was even better because my best friend got to spend the whole week with me there.  We even got to celebrate our six months of marriage. (not too exciting but it’s crazy how time it flying!) and California is the only place where I will let Chris have a mustache.

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Random Elizabeth Egan concerts.
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You get to spend everyday laughing with Nate the Great.

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Because I spend several wonderful hours planning the Annual Oceanside Jeopardy game with Missy.

We even went digital this year.  Missy had all the questions and answers on her iPad.

The Categories this year:

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Sing- A -Long

Elite Eganomics

Beach Edition

and of course… Is That a Challenge????

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Thanks for another great trip! SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!!!!

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(Thanks to all of you whose instagrams I stole.. Love you.)

LP 2014

The George family takes a vacation to Lake Powell every summer.  This was my first time on the trip and I was introduced to long standing traditions.  I added a few of my own and we had the most amazing trip. Some of the traditions include: a midnight dip in the lake, catching lizards or mice (gross), braiding hair, just dance competitions and parties, sleeping on the top deck under the stars, eating lots of candy, etc.

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First things first.  A Seadoo ride to make yourself familiar with the area.  There are some sweet coves.DCIM100GOPRONext is a leisurely surf ride behind the boat.  SURFS UP RICHARD! DCIM100GOPROkick it up a notch with some heavyweights blob action.

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POWELL PRIZES 2014

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I’d love to hear some of your favorite things to do in LP! Please comment and let me know!Thanks for reading!!! #rightswiped

Road Trip | Island Park |

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Road Trips… 

a time of fun memories with loved ones OR a time of wanting to bang your head against the dashboard

What makes a good road trip you ask??????

1. Snacks – Don’t overlook the importance of good snacks.  Have balance of sweet and salty and healthy and junk.  LOTS OF WATER.
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3. A Good Audio Book – I absolutely hate reading in the car.  Headache central.  Listening to a book is a great alternative.  Unbroken is an amazing story and Chris and I have been absolutely captivated by it.  It’s a great book to listen to on a long road trip.
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5. LAUGHS – Pandora stand up comedy stations are THE BOMB. (yes I just said the bomb) Listen to Jim Gaffigan, Gary Gulman, Brian Regan, John Mulaney… Etc.  Good laughs with everyone the whole trip.

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Another adventure! I mean every trip to McDonald’s is an adventure!… Right?  When the children are in need of some happy time (occasionally) it’s off to Mickey Dees.  Never underestimate the power of a happy meal, cheap toy, and a PlayPlace.  Come equipped with wet wipes and hand sanitizer.  All smiles here!!!BVGVT0b45v1QJTF1M0olm7Ds5HG13CPSW4M00EuOL6JbEhpb-w5Q3OgShRksAYL0bg=w776-h530-1tvcSIMfabogi-MIuqWlrwgV1jCkKogstVKjkKRHkSIk9uv5XYsMFMbgsUAtJ7aOQ=w776-h530

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Watching kids day after day can become quite boring… Yes, boring, even with 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 year olds.  I’ve been trying to take the different kids I watch somewhere fun, cheap, and anywhere that isn’t their own house.  This week, a mini hike at ensign peak. (When I say hike it’s really just a walk and a place for the kids to look out and see the city)  Perfect for the outside obsessed youngens who want to let some energy out but don’t want to spend hours walking up hill.  166 Ensign Vista Drive is the start of the trail head.  If you are with a two year old, like I was, don’t worry about making it all the way up to Ensign Peak just go part way up to the amphitheater and other side spots.  Ella & Claire had a blast pointing out the capitol building, temple, and University of Utah.

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