Thursday, November 14, 2019

Okinawa Trip: Day 1


This past weekend we traveled to Okinawa for a little get-away before the baby comes and to visit Riley's mission. We have had Okinawa on the bucketlist since moving to Japan-- and finally made it happen! Riley spent 7 months of his mission on Northern Okinawa and was so good returning for him. Okinawa is compared to the "Hawaii" of Japan and is seriously so dreamy. It had the best parts of Hawaii and the best parts of Japan in my opinion. The perfect baby-moon place! I took a million pictures so just going to divide these post up by days!

So here is DAY 1: Saturday
(We technically arrived Friday night, but nothing eventful happened unless you count Riley's first time driving on the opposite side of the road in the dark #sketchy).

Woke up in Nago and first thing we did was hike Mount Katsudake. It was the prettiest hike and the top of the mountain you could see all of Nago (Riley's mission area). 









Then we took off for the beach and drove across the bridge to a little separate island and went to "Sesoku Beach." The water was insanely clear and the wind was strong. We didn't end up staying/swimming here because it was pretty chilly, but enjoyed the sand and view.



After the quick beach session, we decided to hike more and went to Fukuyawa Falls! It was a quick, scenic hike and we had the falls all to ourself. 








Then we headed back to our Airbnb and went to the beach across the street to watch the sunset. 

Luke was excited for another "beach party!"
Luke and Riley got in and played in the water as the sun went down. I actually ended up getting in (fully dressed) too, more like rolling-in attempting to save Luke who was off to get dad in the deeper water ha! It was pretty hilarious. 





Ended the night with A&W curly fries and burgers. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Avery & Meg's Wedding!!

 10/19/2019: Avery and Meg got married!! They were soo dang cute together and so in love! I loved Meg's wide open smile and laugh and how happy they both were and excited to be together. The wedding day seemed flawless and the reception's venue was really neat and Riley especially liked the menu even more: fancy pizzas and coldstone icecream!







Utah Trip Memories

Besides hiking, there was a lot of great Utah memories. We stayed majority of the time at the Kirton’s house and loved it! Lots of yummy food (homemade crunch-wraps was one memorable example) and fun watching Luke and Olivia play together. We also stayed at Riley's grandpas place which is right in the heart of Salt Lake City and walking distance to the temple. It had a sauna and hot tub which Riley took advantage of in the evening with the boyz. 

One night, Ethan watched the kids and we went on a double date with Natalie and TJ and saw "Peanut Butter Falcon" which was super good movie. We never make it to the theater in Japan so was a great evening out. Another day, we went to Provo and visited BYU and stopped at the famous Jdawgs and visited Nicole and saw her new school stomping grounds and cute apartment.

Luke got spoiled by grandparents and actually so did we-- so grateful for this time together with family and chance to be reunited. Riley was able to go to his grandpa's funeral this trip and we all celebrate Avery and Meg's wedding too. 

Quin did laps on laps around the neighborhood with these two:


Also, had the chance to sneak away and see my Grandma's place (which was completely redone since I was there last) but thankfully the tramp still was indoors. I also went out with all my aunts for dinner and was great and not near long enough. . . wish i took a picture! 

Another evening, post-wedding the grandparents watched Luke and we did a latenight run to Buffalo Wild Wings and hangout with Ethan and his girlfriend! The BYU/Boise State game was on too! Which was fun to watch there. . . Boise lost!
Early morning "Music and the Spoken Word" Crew
The pre-wedding night toast and hot tub run followed by sleepover.