Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Kell's cabin might be the most beautiful place to see the best of Autumn.
It was the perfect time to see all the Fall colors and to run
around pretending that we're still kids.
After all, friends don't let friends do silly things....
alone, that is.

I think you'll agree that Kell's autumn sweater is truly epic.
She's so great at celebrating all the seasons, no wonder she's going
to be the best teacher ever.

While at Kell's cabin, we had to try on her
Grandpa's fedora.
We took a walk down to the little lake.
And did some golf cart riding and talked about deep subjects.
That always happens when we get together.

Alyssa is now known as Sister Longmore.
She is now serving a mission in Manchester, England.
This was kind of our last hurrah before she left.

We seriously spent hours taking pictures for a highly anticipated
stop-motion video. I didn't realize how much work stop-motion videos
really are so that will be posted later when I can find hours to devote to it. Yay!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


A cruise to Mexico is just what we needed to end the summer! Even though we both missed a week of school, it was well worth it. It was ten times more fun because we had some awesome friends to hang out with - couples from the summer.

Here's some pics:
Going to dinner fancy-style
One of my favorite parts of the cruise was that we
got to try all sorts of different foods - lamb, alligator, shark, escargot, etc.
Sun Bathing
If you know me well you know that food makes me very happy.
So of course I was ecstatic to find out that all the room-service was free. mmmmm.
As always our signiture silly faces.
In Cabo San Lucas:
Beat it ese.....
Authentic Mexican cokes & Claire of course. Where there's a coke, there's a Claire.
The girls showing off our tans
This was hilarious. Our guide told us this is called Lover's Cave. You go
in as two, and come out as three! We steered clear of this place..

The water was so clear, we did some fun snorkeling with little boxes of cereal,
the fish would come swarming around us, it was so cool!
Lucky for us, we had a few Spanish speakers in our group who
got us good deals for hang gliding. It was terrifying at first, but then it was just like
hanging out in the sky. Awesome.

We couldn't leave Mexico without trying some authentic fish tacos...
They turned out a lot smaller than we were used to, but that's Americans for you right?

Chase and his love for big sombreros.

Puerto Vallarta!!!

We only had one day here, so we did some quick shopping.
And then went on the Extreme Canopy Excursion! It was one of the
funnest things we've ever done together! First we took a boat ride
to a small island, this is what it looked like:
Then we took one of those open-sided army jeeps up to the
excursion site. It was the bumpiest crazy ride I've had in my entire life,
and yet somehow Chase managed to fall asleep. Seriously?
We went on a ropes course that involved a ton of zip lines that were
hundreds of feet above the jungle and repelling down waterfalls. I almost peed my pants
on the first zip line, it was so high up! But after that, it was pure adrenaline and fun.
I surprised myself at how brave I am!

On the boat ride back to the cruise ship, our boat driver took us through a bunch of cool caves.

These awesome couples made our vacation so much fun - Our whole group was amazing, but somehow I didn't snap any pictures of everyone all together!

Brandon & Claudia
Russell & Claire Bear

Friday, July 22, 2011

California Update

A few exciting things have happened/ will happen. Get ready for it...

1. I got my first speeding ticket, no less than 15 minutes away from our apartment in Santa Maria. We were on our way back from Mesa, AZ, and apparently I got a little too excited to get home. There goes my perfect record.

2. I am giving a talk in church on Sunday. OK so this list really isn't that exciting.

3. Tomorrow we go to the Mid-State Fair. It's a big deal. I don't think I've ever been to a real fair before (not so sure that Draper Days counts?) Mostly I'm just excited for something to do with Chase that is out of the ordinary.

4. Chase and I finally sat down and made our California Bucket List. There are over 20 activities on the list, and about a month to do all of them... Hey at least we're trying :)

5. My family is driving out here to visit this week! Our plans include Hearst Castle, Solvang, the beach, and visiting family in Lemoore (about 3 1/2 hours away from here.)

6. I'M COMING BACK TO UTAH! I'm driving back to Utah to hang out for a week and a half. It's going to be fun! I've missed my friends, my family, my house, my clothes..... let's just say I'm pretty excited to be coming back for a while.

7. I took some pictures of my friend Tana. She's a newly wed. Taking pictures is like something to do when our men are off working all day.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Lilo Loves Hawaii

This was the sunset on our first night in Maui. Right outside the balcony.

This snorkeling trip fed us breakfast, lunch, and dessert!
We went to two different snorkeling sites, and then set sail
on our way back to the resort. We were so cold from being in the
chilly ocean so we laid on the top of the boat to dry and ate our cookies.

The second site we went to had so many sea turtles! We probably saw
about six. Three or four of which came so close to us. I would say it was
the highlight of the trip. I just wish we could've gotten a picture with the turtles.

i loike toirtles.

Very harry man from New York...

Virgin Pina Coladas are a must have.
What? This is MY pina colada.
The view was disgustingly amazing.
Silly faces with our totem pole friend.
Practicing some Adam & Eve
Stuffing our faces like fatties...

Bananas growing on the hike to Twin Falls.
Everything was so green and lush and beautiful!

The Girls...

The Boys...

The bunch of us...

It was so nice to just relax through most of the trip. We didn't
really plan anything, we just did whatever we felt. I highly
recommend it.