2 trips to St. George, UT with a baby child

23 Apr

Okay, so remember that one time when I said I was going to travel all of the time with a baby. Turns out it’s a tiny bit harder to get up and go than one would expect. Don’t get me wrong. We travel. For instance, we have made some serious trips to the following amazing places:

  • Thanksgiving Point
  • Living Planet Aquarium
  • The Library
  • Grandma & Grandpa’s House

You know, the essentials. While that may seem super lame to some of you, I submit that it’s a gigantic task for a new mom. In short, I rock at life.

Anyway, I have managed to make a couple sweet trips to Saint George, UT.

Here are my main takeaways for road tripping with a baby:

  1. Travel at night just before the baby goes to bed — There is nothing like a sleeping baby on a 4 hour car ride. Seriously. There is also nothing quite like a crying baby in a car, especially when you’ve committed to drive longer than…say…10 minutes. Our baby goes to sleep at 7, so we packed up at 6:45, gave the sweet thang a bottle, and she slept like…well…a baby. It was awesome. I’m dreading the day when something goes wrong and she fails to fall asleep for the entire way there and the way back.
  2. Bring someone with you to help (preferably that likes your kid) — We lucked out, because my 15-year old baby whisperer of a SIL came with us on the trip. Any time the baby got bored, someone besides me was there to save the day.
  3. Pack extra baby clothes — Something about traveling makes kids poop. A lot. All over. Seriously. One day my baby pooped all over everything, and there was more poop than clothes, so I had to throw her outfit away (sad), and tote her around in a diaper like a homeless child, until I was able to buy her a new onesie. Luckily, we were at the outlets, we only had to look like a white trash family for like 5 minutes. Okay, I think I’ve used the word poop enough for one article. Moving on.
  4. Get travel clothes right — Okay, this has nothing to do with traveling with a baby, but I think I’m onto something that could be big. Travel outfits. That’s right…something cute on the top, and something either pant-less, or practically pant-less on the bottom. It could be like the mullet of travel outfits. Business up top, party on the bottom. Hmmm…not sure that analogy actually works, but you get my drift. Nothing like lookin’ good and being comfy all at once.

Well, here are some fun pics from our trip. We have the baby in a disguise (this is the only pic I have from our first trip to Saint George), and then some pics of us hiking in Zion National Park. Best. Place. Ever.

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Who is this? I can’t even tell with the disguise on. How did she get on my blog?

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First family hike in Zion National Park.

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Zion National Park in Utah rocks. Go there.

 

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Utah Band Booking Agency Spotlight

30 Dec

Here’s the deal. I’ve mentioned this a few times, but Utah is seriously getting cool. There are a lot of different reasons to visit Utah including skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling…and other non-snow related events like hiking, biking, jeeping, boating, and more. Not only does Utah have a great outdoor scene, but Utah also has a cool music scene. There are a lot of cool bands coming out of Provo and Salt Lake these days, but Utah is also a great place to find a band for your corporate event, wedding, or party. Check out the following band booking agency if you’re looking for some quality entertainment in Utah, or from Utah (they travel!).

Both Utah Live Bands and Dancebands.com offer the following:

  • Party Bands
  • Jazz Bands
  • Country Bands
  • Event Entertainment

Additionally, they offer some of the nations most popular party bands including:

  • Groove Merchants
  • Amplify
  • Dance Doctors
  • The Salamanders
  • TIYB
  • Chance McKinney

Whether or not you’ve heard of these bands, you may have heard of some of the singers that perform with these bands including:

  • Chris Crabb (big time musical crush on this guy), and
  • Amy Whitcomb (big time girl crush and musical crush on this girl)

Anyway, all I’m saying is that if you’re looking for some fun in Utah, or some crazy local talent, you may want to connect with this guy to get your event sorted out.

 

Provo, Utah is Getting Cool!

24 Oct

I know this might sound crazy, but Provo, UT is actually starting to get cool. I know this, because A) I’m extremely cool, duh, and B) I’ve lived here a long time, and it didn’t used to be cool. Before you think I’m crazy, let me elaborate.

Rockin’ Music Scene – In case you didn’t notice, some pretty popular bands are coming out of Provo these days. Some Utah musicians have hit it hugely huge including the Imagine Dragons, Neon Trees, Kaskade, and Lindsey Stirling, to name a few. Others are on the up and up like Ryan Innes, Polytype, and Scott & Brendo. With all the great music coming out of Provo, UT, it feels a bit like a mini Nashville, and it’s fun and cool. On top of all the great musicians, there are a bundle of fun places to attend a concert including Velour, Muse, and the Rooftop Concert Series. Music here is fun.

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Food — Once upon a time, Provo was confined to such boring restaurants as Applebee’s and Chilies. Nowadays, there are a bunch of hip places that are nomnomnommy. Check out Mountain West Burrito, the Tortilla Bar, Community, and be on the lookout for food trucks like Rocco’s, Sweet Burrito, and Waffle Love.

Google Fiber — If I have to explain to you why Google is cool, then we’re in big trouble. Provo is all hooked up and ready to go for Google Fiber and that is rad.

Not only is the music in Provo awesome, the food delicious, and not only are we capturing the attention of Google, but apparently, we have the hottest people here. Come to Utah for a weekend, and put Provo on your list of places to go. Go hiking, skiing, and find a pretty girl/guy to take on a date to a great concert. You won’t regret it.

Я́сная Поля́на — Check out Yasnaya Polyana in Fall

21 Oct

In celebration of Fall, I gotta say one of the best places on earth to experience this joyous season is Yasnaya Polyana, just outside of Tula, Russia. Yasnaya Polyana is the estate of Leo Tolstoy and one of the most peaceful places on earth. While it takes about 2 hours to get to Yasnaya Polyana from Moscow, it’s definitely worth the trip.

Quick Tip: The cheapest way to get to Tula from Moscow is to take the green metro line to “Tsaritsino.” Once you come out of the metro, you will walk across the street and you will see a few route taxis (“marshrutki”) parked outside of a small convenience store. It’s not the most comfortable of rides, but it’s certainly the best price. This will take you all the way to the bus station in Tula where you can get another route taxi to Yasnaya Polyana.

Check it out!

This is the path leading up to the estate.

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This is Tolstoy’s house. You have to put these little shoes on in order to go in to the home. The home has a great library and Tolstoy even has a Book of Mormon in his library.

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Here is the pond near the estate.

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One of the many paths where you can stroll.

 

 

 

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Larisa and I playing in the leaves. Sorry to whoever raked them into such a nice pile that we so gleefully destroyed.

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“One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature shall not be broken.” –Leo Tolstoy

English/Engrish

10 Oct

When it comes right down to it, I’m a bit of a grammar snob. In fact, when in doubt, I use Grammarly’s plagiarism checker just to make sure I don’t sound like I was raised alone in the jungle by bears–bears that don’t know the difference between there, their, and they’re. After all, English is my precious language and I want to get it right.

While I’m a big fan of making sure I use my language correctly, I get a huge kick out of traveling to other countries and finding the most hilarious Engrish out there. Here are some of my favorites from my travels.

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Seen at a temple in Thailand. Everyone in my family loved this one.

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Brought to you by my friend, Ekitzel, who lives in China. She is the best at flushing!

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Lovin’ the use of contractions here!

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This one is not THAT weird, but who says “get free?” I guess punks in Lithuania do.

 

These are just a few of the awesome uses of English I’ve seen across the world. What about you? What are some of your favorites? I would love an explanation or a link in the comments!

 

 

Where have you been, Ashley?

7 Oct

So, I haven’t posted an adventure in quite some time. Why, you ask? Well, I was busy growing and birthing this little darling:

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Yes, she IS the cutest thing you’ve ever seen!

Anyway, this does not put an end to my traveling. This just means I will be blogging about what travel is like for both of us. Well, all three of us (mom, dad and baby girl).

In fact, this 2 month old already had a trip up to the Wasatch Mountains to learn about Fall.

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Anyway, we’re never too young, too old, too poor, or too rich to travel! Let’s do this!

Walden and Antarctica

20 Sep
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“I went into the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life and see if I could not learn what I had to teach, and not, when I came time to die, discover that I had not lived.” -Thoreau
 
I think I’m going through my Thoreau stage of life. I mean…I don’t necessarily want to take off to Walden Pond and live in a shack, but I reflect often about the meat and bones of life and what practices really yield true happiness and true growth, and then I think about everything else. It seems like there are so many “everything else” type distractions from “the essential facts of life” and often time and energy is squandered on fluff that just does not matter. I get tired of the bright colored time wasters and want to spend my time on fruitful life-giving activities.
 
When I went to the University of Utah, I had the honor of being in a poetry class taught by Utah’s Poet Laureate, Katharine Coles. I think she encompassed this Thoreau-ism nicely. She talked about how she once had long, beautiful, flowing hair and would spend hours upon hours fussing about her hair until finally she realized all the time that was being wasted on her hair and she shaved it off. She’s had a shaved head ever since.
 
I’m not saying the solution to really living is shaving our heads, but the metaphor is beautiful—each person can search to identify what distracts their energy, focus and time from really living and cut it off to spend time on practices that make life joyful. This can be different for each person. Katharine Coles recently spent time in Antarctica writing poetry and learning about the sciences.
 
 
I think I’ll spend some more time thinking about what my Walden Pond or Antarctica really is and report back, but for starters, I simply want to slow down.
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