BEGIN March 2014 | Corina's Corner

Relax and Rejoice


Last night, two of my cute cousins came over for dinner. After we ate, we got to watch an amazing broadcast. Among the messages I heard, the above quote stuck with me the most. "We just need to relax and rejoice in our divine differences." I love that. We are all different. On purpose.

After the broadcast we had some cheesecake, because it just so happened to my my cousin Bailey's birthday!

It was a great night! Happy birthday Bailey! (And Amanda too, in 3 days!)

Spring Training 2014


My family usually goes to Arizona for Spring Training during my brothers' Spring Break. This year, however, they decided not to go. I was a little bit sad they weren't going, but that wasn't going to stop us. As I mentioned yesterday, we started our trip with a stop at the Grand Canyon. From the Grand Canyon it's only a 3-4 hour drive to the Phoenix area. We had originally talked about going to a game on Friday, but the GC was just too interesting. We didn't leave in time to hit a game, so we just headed straight to my Aunt's house. Friday night we ordered some Oregano's, built a fire, and hung out. The weather was perfect. My dad's (and aunt's) cousin, and her family were headed to Arizona this weekend, for Spring Training as well, and they got there late Friday night.

Saturday, we had tickets to the Rockies Mariners game at Salt River Fields. Reagan was great at the games. She wore her hat like a champion, and was always clapping and cheering (seriously, lots of the cutest claps you've ever seen).

Before the game we had lunch at Cheba Hut. It was delicious. Probably the best sandwich place I've ever been to. Ever.

^^Dinger, the Rockies Mascot^^

^^She isn't a huge fan of the glasses, but she likes the flip flops and hats, so I'll take it.^^

Reagan was really good the whole game. We had lawn tickets, so we were in the sun. Reagan happily played in her stroller (aka the only shade around) for a while, and then let me walk her around the stadium until she fell asleep. The Rockies won 4-3! But Reagan (and the rest of us) got soooo hot, that we left in the 8th inning, and the Rockies scored in the 9th, so we missed that one. Oh well.

When we got home we decided to let Reagan show off her swimming skills, and take a dip in the pool. Even though it was pretty cold, Reagan loved it. I, however, enjoyed the hot tub.

^^Always clapping :) ^^

^^These beautiful yellow flowers were all around the Angels Stadium, and they smelled wonderful!^^

The next day we had tickets to see the Angels and Indians. Landan is a huge Angels fan so he was in Heaven! We got there really early and watched them warm up, and staked out a good spot on the lawn.

Reagan didn't want to be in her stroller as much during this game, which was unfortunate for this mama trying to keep her baby in the shade. We ended up sunscreening her about every 40 minutes. And just let the record show that we went to Arizona and my fare-skinned baby didn't get any sort of sunburn!

^^Clapping away. Whenever she sees anyone clapping, she claps. It is completely darling. She was clapping a lot at the games.^^

The Angels won 5-2, and we got to see all of their starters for a good 5 innings, so that was exciting. But again we got hot and left in the 8th, right before the Angels got a home run :( Oh well.

That night, Pam made a delicious dinner, including my great-great-Grandma's famous Orange Rolls. We thought it was fitting seeing as there were 8 of her descendants together. After dinner, we had a great time playing a little basketball. The three little boys (Max, Trenton, and Isaac) challenged the girls (me, Emmie, Pam, and Sarah). After we kicked their butts, we played some Knock Out. Scott dominated, and won all 3 games.

After basketball, we had ice cream sundaes and played the bowl game, which is one of my favorites. It's like a homemade version of Taboo, but with people.

Overall, it was a great trip. We enjoyed baseball, time with family, and some wonderful sunshine!

The Grand Canyon


Last Thursday we headed down to Arizona. We like to go to Arizona in the Spring to catch some Spring Training baseball games (see past trips here, here, and here). We usually leave in the afternoon and drive straight through, which makes for a really long day (11-12 hour drive). Everytime we go, we think, "hey, we should stop by the grand canyon," but we never do. So this time, we planned ahead, and booked a hotel. We drove the 8 hours to the Grand Canyon on Thursday night, got there at about 11pm, and stayed the night at the Maswik Lodge. This hotel was well worth the price considering it was a 5 minute walk from the most amazing views you've ever laid eyes on.

When we got there, we pretty much went straight to bed, because we wanted to wake up the next morning in time to watch the sunrise at 6:31. The next morning, we woke up and walked the 5 minutes to the rim, and waited for the bus to take us to Hopi Point, which I had heard would be a great place to watch the sunrise, because it juts out more than the other lookout points, enabling you to see very far east and west.

Before our trip I googled a bunch of stuff about how to take good Grand Canyon pictures, sunrise Grand Canyon pictures, good lookout points, etc... Lots of blogs I read said things about using ND filters, special lenses, going to great spots where there wont be other people, good times of day, how to watch the clouds, blah, blah, blah.

Now that I've been there, let me tell you the REAL tricks:

Step 1. Drive to the Grand Canyon.
Step 2. Get out of your car.
Step 3. Take picture.

Ta-Da! Seriously, this place was completely breathtaking. Just bring a camera, and take a picture. It's almost guaranteed to be one of the most amazing pictures you've ever taken in your life. It is that beautiful.

^^I love watching sunrises. And this one was pretty amazing. Also very freezing, but amazing none the less.^^

^^We brought breakfast and ate it at the lookout point. It was great. Oh, and Jordan's brother, Landan, came too! We loved having him with us. ^^

^^The moment the sun rose, everything turned from blues/purples/grays, to reds/pinks/oranges. It was amazing. Also, if you look closely, you can see the Colorado River.^^

^^Reagan was a little trooper. She did great waking up early. I think she was the only one who was actually warm though, so that probably helped a lot. She got to eat her breakfast at the lookout point too!^^

^^When the sun was actually in the sky, the clouds started to do this awesome wispy thing.^^

After we finished our breakfast, we decided to walk back to the hotel instead of riding the bus, so we could check out the views at the 3 lookouts along the way back. Each one was amazing. I'm pretty sure, the sunrise would have been great at any of them, not just Hopi.

^^Gah! Seriously. Go to the Grand Canyon. If this picture doesn't convince you, I'm not sure what will.^^

^^Can you see that crazy trail?! Holy cow! The people hiking way down there looked like tiny ants. We kept saying things like, "What would it be like to hike down the Grand Canyon?!" or "Man, that must be crazy!" And then we remembered we had already done it. Haha! And it was crazy. ^^

After we got back to the hotel, we packed up, headed over to the Visitor's Center for a few minutes, and then hit the road!

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