Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sleight European Adventures 2017: USA and Keflavik, Iceland

We flew out of Twin Falls, stopped in SLC, Utah and San Jose, California before boarding our plane to Iceland!

We stumbled across a yummy malaysian restaurant before we left the bay area! We tried this dish over coconut rice and so glad we did!

While we were waiting to catch the train I found Mr. Manchas, a zootopia character, in my raincoat pocket, so I decided to take pictures of him in every country we visited. First up California...because it's really like it's own country. :)

Ty said slept this way the entire 8 hour overnight flight. The two Dramamine I took may have caused a little more drowsiness than intended! LOL!


The AirBnb we stayed at in Keflavik was so cute! We loved it!

  

 And they even supplied you with a free dog to pet!


I loved the fridge and dishwasher!


We wandered around town and found this place to eat lunch!

And sure enough, a few people had heard of Idaho! 

 

 Just a little nutrition nerd moment! Bear with me...


Funnily enough, everything on the menu was called something Olsen. Skinku Olsen, Lamba Olsen, Beikon Olsen..."and Ols Olsen, he vas dare too"! 

The fish sandwich and fried egg bacon burger were good! 
 The owner of the house said this is the coldest and windiest day they have had in a long time.
Go Figure! 
But we still did our fair share of exploring.
The best chocolate we had the whole trip was from a cute little store in Keflavik.



Ty left his hat at the house so he rocked mine for the afternoon! Stylish! 



  
If the weather had been nicer, I could have enjoyed a good long workout overlooking the coast!
  


 In honor of my people!

We spend the evening at the local hot springs and ate at a local Thai place where the seafood was amazing!

The daylight here is so odd. After heading to bed at 9pm, I recall waking up at 12:45am and it still being light out. We set our alarms for 4am to catch our flight and it was light again then. So less than 3 hours of darkness in the entire day and it was still more than a month away from the summer solstice!

Apparently two hours early for the flight was about an hour too much. Surprisingly there were several others in line too!  

A fun mural in the KEF airport before we flew out!
 
 Off to Dublin!!
 


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Sleight European Adventures 2017: Prologue



When Ty's parents were called on an LDS mission back in 2015, we told them we would come visit them, where ever it was. Well, they got called to the Kiev, Ukraine Temple Mission so Ty and I booked our trip and planned to come see them after they finished. 

The next several posts detail the amazing time we spent galavanting across Europe for 18 days!
Enjoy! 😊



Welcome to Camp JoJo!

 Josie will turn 7 next week!! WOW! I know!
I can't believe it's been that long!


When we asked her what she wanted to do for her birthday she said take her friends camping! Although I adore that answer and would have loved to take a few of her friends camping in the south hills, I realized she's only 7. So we chose to do an backyard "camp-out" instead.  


Here are the invites...they turned out really fun!

Yesterday is was 86 degrees and beautiful, but it's Idaho, so you can't count on the weather!
Today of course it decided to blow like crazy and the temperature was 52 degrees and dropping when the party started.  But it all worked out! We set up the fire in the workshop and the kids still wanted to play outside for most of the evening!








 After roast hot dogs and eating they played in the dark upstairs with their glow flashlights and made more noise than I knew 6 kids were capable of!

A random close up of Rhett looking very stunning! Hahaha.

Next they wanted to do the outdoor scavenger hunt! I thought they'd want to stay inside to do it, but they were all for playing it up in the crazy weather!

Ty said to tell you the grass is in the process of coming in so withhold your judgement!

 




 Then it was time for presents and to warm up a little!



And pierced ears and 3 sets of fancy earrings from Mom and Dad.

"Are you excited?" She squealed, "YEAH! What do you think?"





After that they soaked in the tub and jumped on the tramp!
 




Just chillin'!

 Now it was time for the bonfire birthday cake!

Josie loves brownies so I came up with a Flamin' brownie cake with cookie dough filling!

  

 Since we were "camping" we used matches for candles and everyone thought that was fun, but we had to rush the end of the happy birthday song before the ganache melted and the cake caught fire! LOL! It didn't help that Dad used a blowtorch to light the matches!
😉

We finished it up with s'mores and called it a night!




It turned out great--regardless of the uncooperative weather--and everyone had soooo much fun! 

 The aftermath! Not too shabby!

  
And that's a wrap! One happy girl and one happy mama!

  


Josie we're so proud of you! You are so fun and kind and silly and so incredibly independent! I know seven will look good on you! We love you!