Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Houston Trip - New Orleans and the Gulf Coast

Day 2 - New Orleans and the Gulf Coast - January 13, 2017

We started the day by hitting the French Quarter.

First stop was at the Cafe Du Monde for some beignets.

With lots of powdered sugar.

Next, we just strolled through the French Quarter.

We ate lunch at Cafe Carmo and the highlight were the pão de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread).  I've had these at Rodizio or other places and they've always been ok, but they were amazing.  I'm craving them just thinking about it.

It wouldn't be a true adventure if we didn't take a long drive just to check a few more states off the list for these girls.  We stopped at the beach in Biloxi, Mississippi on our way to Alabama.

Lyla didn't want to be in any pictures, so of course it was my personal challenge to catch her in a photo or two.

Caught her.

Crack kills.

Ada and Isaac.

We continued on our journey, but because it was going to be late before we would get to our dinner destination in Mobile, Alabama we stopped at The Shed for some BBQ snacks.  This was the type of legitimate southern BBQ place that you should probably avoid if you don't want to get sick.

We ate dinner at Zea Rotisserie and Grill.  It was good.

Poor Lyla, our picky eater.  She couldn't find anything that she would eat, and was having a bit of a freakout so she had to go in parking lot timeout.  This girl won't eat chicken nuggets, hamburgers, french fries, mac & cheese (unless it's cancerous Kraft), hot dogs (until tonight 7/24), corn dogs, etc.  She's a tough one sometimes.

Tomorrow: More New Orleans!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Houston - DEN-IAH

Day 1 - DEN-IAH - January 12, 2017

Technically, we're on day 2 already.  However, day 1 consisted of flying from Salt Lake City to Denver with an overnight layover in Denver.  Not our favorite way to travel, but even with the hotel our flights on Frontier Airlines (which is a terrible airline, but one that we've flown quite often) are cheap enough to make up the difference.

Kate didn't want any of her hotel breakfast to go to waste.

Riding the shuttle to the airport for our morning flight from Denver.

I love being up in the sky.

Our first stop was at Torchy's Tacos, which is my favorite taco joint on the planet.  Ever since we returned to Utah I've been on a mission searching for some tacos that are even in the same ballpark.  I've had some decent ones, but none that compare (yet).

Look at those beauts.

We had some time to kill, so we went to the girls favorite park in the Houston Heights.  They played for awhile, while Alison and I wasted time on our phones.

Me and Isaac.  This little guy has such a great personality.

We didn't get out of there as early as we had hoped, but we decided to road trip it to New Orleans.  We rented a suburban and the Marstons were willing to join us on our journey.

Tomorrow: we explore New Orleans!

Monday, May 15, 2017

2016 In Review

Wow. 2016 was a good year for the Squire family.  We were blessed beyond what we deserved.

Inspired by a good friend's annual video I made on of our one that includes 1 second from every day of our 2016 (well, nearly every day, but I won't tell you what days I cheated on).

Now, although it is May 2017, here's to a excellent 2017 for all of us!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Squires Down Under - AKL-->SYD-->LAX

Day 12 - Aukland to Sydney to Los Angeles to Disneyland - November 23, 2017

Today was literally the longest day of our lives.  Remember Sunday that went missing 10 days ago? Well we got those hours back today.

4:30 AM Auckland, New Zealand; 5th hour of the day: We got up early to catch our 7 AM flight to Sydney.  We paid extra to stay in the hotel right at the airport so that we could turn our rental car in the night before and just get up and go.

Breakfast on the plane.

8:30 AM Sydney, Australia; 11th hour of they day: We arrived in Sydney and we had to collect our bags and go through passport control and customs before re-checking our bags, going back through customs and security and boarding our flight to Los Angeles.

11:30 AM Sydney, Australia; 14th hour of the day: We depart from Sydney and make our way across the Pacific and the International Date Line.  On the plane, we ate, we watched movies and only slept a little bit on the long flight from Sydney to Los Angeles.

(Side note: the kids meals were way better than the adult meals on these flights).

6:00 AM Los Angeles, California; 27th hour of the day: Our plane actually landed about a 1/2 hour before 6:00 AM, but they couldn't let us off until US border patrol opened at 6:00 AM.  Even with being on one of the first flights to arrive we had a long wait.  It was the day before Thanksgiving and their computers for express entry were down, so everything was being done by hand.

8:00 AM Los Angeles, California; 29th hour of the day: Playing cards on the floor of the Avis Rental Car center.

9:00 AM Anaheim, California; 30th hour of the day: We didn't have any set plans for today, we wanted to see how we were all feeling before we committed to anything. We felt pretty good, so I was thinking Disneyland, but when we got close to Knott's Berry Farm that sounded fun too.

We decided on Knott's Berry Farm, but when we got there we found out that they wouldn't open until 11:00 AM.  We decided to just continue on to Disneyland.

Riding the tram to the park.

Sleeping Beauty's castle looks smaller every time I visit.  Maybe I'm just getting bigger.

Lyla's first time on Splash Mountain. Look at those screaming girls.

I love this picture of me and Lyla.

One with the whole crowd.

Small world.

Yeah, it was crowded.  It was expensive.  I'm not entirely sure why we were there.

Minnie's House.

Mickey Mouse's house.

Obligatory sword in the stone photos.

6:00 PM, Disneyland, USA; 38th hour of the day. We were done. Time to leave.

8:00 PM, Embassy Suites @ LAX; 40th hour of the day. Everybody crashed pretty quickly.  I don't remember driving back to the hotel from Disneyland, but somehow we made it.

Today was a long day.

Tomorrow -- Thanksgiving!