Did you get lost in Amsterdam?

On the way to India I arranged to fly with a fellow HELP volunteer.  Unfortunately, a week before we were supposed to leave she found out that her Indian visa would not arrive in time.  So there I was… about to fly to Amsterdam and spend two days there all by myself.  I tried to find a different flight and tried to come up with another way to get to India.  Nothing.  Luckily, I have THE most generous parents in the world who thought it might be fun to have my sister-in-law, Asia, come to Amsterdam with me for only basically a day and a half.  Needless to say she jumped at the opportunity and we had a blast.

We stayed in an adorable Airbnb in the perfect location and our host was awesome.  Asia and I wanted to avoid the famous red light district which we did. Kind of.  On the way to the cutest little brunch spot we took a short cut and found ourselves cutting through the red light district at 10 am.  Still closed my eyes the majority of the way.

Here is one of my favorite songs for you to jam to before scrolling through the photos… Amsterdam

A for Asia.Amsterdam-6

or… Asia in Europe

Amsterdam-11Amsterdam-16 Amsterdam-17Amsterdam-19 Amsterdam-20 Amsterdam-21Amsterdam-25 Legit laughing… How did I get here?Amsterdam-27 Amsterdam-28 Not sure what the statue is behind us but we tried to copy it.Amsterdam-29 Amsterdam-30 Just a couple of dutch bunnies exploring Amsterdam.Amsterdam-31

All about a good stroopwafel.Amsterdam-32Amsterdam-34Van Gogh musuem. Van Gogh is my mom’s absolute favorite artist and it was really cool to see all the paintings I have grown up loving.
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Vondel Park was Vonderful.  It was pretty fun to see hundreds of people enjoying a baguette and some wine for lunch in the park.  Not only that but watching tons of people smoking weed together in public.  Had never seen that before.Amsterdam-48Amsterdam-53Amsterdam-55 Amsterdam-56Amsterdam-58 Amsterdam-59 Amsterdam-60Amsterdam-62Amsterdam-67Amsterdam-69 Amsterdam-72 The waiters at every restaurant were so surprised to find out that Asia and I weren’t dutch. Maybe we didn’t look like tourists. SUCH GOOD FOOD.Amsterdam-73 Amsterdam-74 Amsterdam-75 Amsterdam-77
Amsterdam-79 Loling that Abercrombie and Fitch was bumpin in Amsterdam.Amsterdam-80

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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You get to wear swim suits every where you go and bare feet.IMG_3183.jpg


You can make new friends with the chillest of people.  (or animals)IMG_3282.jpg

They are second to Utah for prettiest sunsets.



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.





Random Elizabeth Egan concerts.

You get to spend everyday laughing with Nate the Great.


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:

Ocean Sider

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!!!!


(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.


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.

LP1.jpgLP2.jpgLP3.jpgLP4.jpgLP5.jpgLP6.jpgTake a jump off the top of the house boat.  (If 4 year old Cora can do it… So can you!)LP35.jpgTake all the grandkids to cheer on Uncle Freddy (chris) as he wake boards IMG_1548IMG_1533IMG_1508Throw Mimi in to the LakeIMG_1592*New tradition* Paddle Board runningIMG_1670IMG_1639IMG_1710LP40.jpgIf you’re lucky BIRTHDAY’S can be on vacations! Happy first bday to Dawson and 20th to me! (hopefully that trip will land on our bdays each year! *fingers crossed*)LP37.jpgLP36LP20.jpgLP11.jpgGo adventuring with your best friends. LP25.jpgLP26.jpgTube with your nieces and nephews on the “TUBE OF TERROR”DCIM100GOPRODCIM100GOPRODCIM100GOPROTake family pictures each year! LP12.jpgLP13.jpgLP14.jpgLP15.jpgLP41.jpgLP16.jpgLP24.jpgLP23.jpgLP21.jpgLP22.jpgLP17.jpgLP18.jpgHave funny face contests LP32.jpgSmile lots.LP29.jpgLet the little ones play with sparklers ( with adult supervision of course)IMG_1446IMG_1447IMG_1452

Have matching swim suits. LP7Snuggle with SophieLP8.jpgPlay ball with DawsonLP10Watch the NBA finals with Crew boo.  (OBSESSED HEAT FAN) #teambeatheatLP33.jpgListen to beach boys the entire trip (courtesy of bumpa) LP39.jpgAdmire Dawson’s good looksLP34.jpg LP30.jpg LP31.jpgLP38.jpgHave a Squirt Gun fightLP28.jpgGame playing.. Nerts, scattegories, golf, mexican train, scum, etc.LP27.jpgPlay Girls vs. Boys King of the tube with smash.LP9.jpg*new tradition* Give out awards…


Cutest Hair: Rae RaeIMG_1841 Way Chill Surfer Bra: BumpaIMG_1839Beach Babe: Mimi IMG_1837 Best Bday Suit: BlakeIMG_1835 Will Do Anything for otter pops: FreddyIMG_1832 Michael Phelps award: Cha ChaIMG_1831 Just Dance Queen: BrynIMG_1829 Best Battle Wound: TiffyIMG_1825 NOOB: JanieIMG_1822 Book Worm: KateIMG_1821 Fear Facer: HaydenIMG_1818Minion mimicer: Lil’ D IMG_1815“I’m Fine” award: Sophie Mae IMG_1810 Sassy Pants: (WHO ELSE?) RubyIMG_1808 Freddy Jr. : CrewIMG_1806 Best Dressed: Coco beanIMG_1804 Best Fat Sack: DaveIMG_1799 Best defender of the Boys tube: Cashy SmashyIMG_1797 Tube of Terror: RemiIMG_1791


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

the SMOKY mountains

today was my family’s first full day in Sun Valley. Unfortunately, due to the bear creek fire in Idaho my sister was unable to fly directly here.  Smoke was everywhere from the fire prevention efforts and it seemed like it was gonna be an indoor day.  My sweet mom drove two hours to go get her.  While my tired kin took what seemed to be the longest naps of their lives, my brother, Zeke, and I were too interested in the beautiful scenery to sleep and were not content to just stay inside and twiddle our thumbs.  I had my camera with me and it was settled.  We were going to explore.
Drove for about an hour until we decided to head northwest and into the smoke filled mountains of Idaho.  Pulled over to find a quiet stream and a sight I would never forget.  The mountains covered with smoke created a beautiful backdrop that seemed almost eerie.  It felt like a layer of thick dust over an old landscape painting.  Yet, it left me speechless.
ignore the herd and go explore.