Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Greenbrier

The Greenbrier is a National Historic Landmark and resort that has been welcoming guests since 1778, although I believe it was built to what we see today around the 1930s. This place was pretty insane. It was decorated in bold colors, stripes, and florals, just, over the top, everywhere. It was really beautiful. There was a dress code and we were the youngest there by quite a ways. On top of that, there was a steep gratuity and historical preservation fee on everything we did which made it a little rough by the end, but besides that, we had a lovely 3 days there.

We ate a lot of yummy food (Kyle had to borrow a jacket and Joey had to borrow a tie!), we took a tour of the grounds and later took a tour of an old secret government bunker.  That was definitely a cool highlight.  The boys golfed, Cali and I went to the spa, we all went swimming, we picked different foyers and different rooms to read books in... haha.  We played shuffle board, toured the chapel, ate high tea while listening to a woman play the Downton Abbey song on the piano... haha Kyle loved that part.  We played checkers and a dice game called 4,3,1.  It was a really unique experience, like we had traveled in time, just, old school luxury and charm.

Our flight back to DC was pretty funny.  The airport was so small and quaint.  We got checked in and they didn't even open up security until our plane was there and we were walking out, as if it were a one man show.  Kyle and I picked the back of the plane so Kyle could have ultimate leg room.  It was really fun.  


Monday, September 19, 2016


After staying with the Boice's and going to their ward, we picked up the Emig's and drove to the airport. (Well, after stopping at the Francis's for a quick back adjustment. Kyle really tweaked his back on Friday morning just before our trip!) We flew to Baltimore, Maryland and got there late at night. We stayed at a really charming hotel with brick in our room, right on the wharf. They had a delicious breakfast the next morning and then ubered into Washington DC. We basically had about half of a day before we were to fly out of Dulles airport to Lewiston, West Virginia. So we decided to go to the Holocaust Museum. We were there for a few hours and could've spent even longer there. I've always been fascinated with WW2 and especially the Holocaust, and it was a beautiful, sad, inspiring tribute to all those who lived through it. I'm glad we were able to go.

 Next we (foolishly) stopped at Good Stuff Eatery.  They had a crazy roasted marshmallow milk shake that was crazy good- but it made us late getting to the airport.  Luckily we got the best uber driver on the planet and he was pulling out all kinds of crazy moves and got us to the airport in time.  Barely.

We flew a small little plane into Lewiston, West Virginia where we were going to be staying at The Greenbrier for 3 days.  It was a cute, small little airport and unfortunately the boys golf clubs didn't make the trip!  They came in on the flight the next day so not all was lost, but it was a little disappointing for the boys.  Next up- all things Greenbrier!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Back to Utah

One week later, Kathy and Terry came BACK to Roseburg (poor guys!) to watch our kids while Kyle and I took a little trip!  We started in Utah for the BYU vs. UCLA home opener.  We got in early and we stopped and had breakfast with Emily Dyer Barker and family.  I got to meet her baby Ada and it was a fun morning of belly laughs.  Then Kyle and I ran all around town running errands.  We ate lunch at Cubby's with Ty and he gave us our BYU tickets.  We went to Cali's and visited with mom and dad and in the evening headed to the BYU game!  Kyle bought tickets that got us into the hospitality tent before the game, so that was super fun!  After eating dinner, we went to our seats to find free pom poms and a white BYU shirt!  It was actually a pretty boring game (aka- not much to cheer about) and we lost in the end.  It was pretty disappointing but still really fun being in the stadium with perfect weather and my main squeeze.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

A birthday and a new calling

Well, after 6 years as the Elder's Quorum President in our ward, Kyle finally got released! The celebration was short lived as within the same breath he got a new calling, to join the High Council. We went home and called Kyle's parents to see if Terry could come up to ordain Kyle to the office of High Priest. They were able to fly up for a short 2 day stay, so that was really special.

On top of that, sweet Lincoln turned 1 that same weekend! So it was extra special.  Lincoln has jumped up in his growth charts from consistently being in the 50% for height and weight to the 75% for height and weight. He's a pretty good little baby, and it's so fun watching him learn more and more every day. He's actually nodding his head yes at us, like he understands us! When did this happen?? He's not walking yet but he sure cruises around our furniture pretty quickly. He hates getting his diaper changed and I can never feed him enough food. He loves sharing bowls of cereal with me and playing with his siblings. He wants to be where ever the action is. He's pretty opinionated already but that just means he fits right in with all of our kids. We love him so much and we all celebrate his advances together. He's the star of the show.  If he's sad, it usually means he's hungry or tired.  When music comes on, or even if I just start clapping, he is moving along to the beat.

For his birthday he got a set of car keys and clothes from Grammy and poppa, money from his other grandparents, bubbles, a ball, and a dump truck with balls.  We put him in front of his own cake and he was very polite and tentative about it.  Then Kyle handed him a fork and he dove right in.  Upon further reflection, that may have been because I've never really given him a fork to feed himself before!  haha