My Labor & Delivery Plan

It’s getting closer to Baby S’s arrival time, and I’m feeling more and more ready! I’ve loved reading about techniques used in Hypnobabies! The method is really similar to what I’ve learned for techniques to help reduce chronic pain, so it’s...

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Eating Raw Feels Good!

 Kiara, Karen, Keiko and I got together and made a raw food dinner. We had a lot of fun and felt great eating raw fruits and veggies together! Our raw-some feast! Some of the dishes include Karen’s phenomenal fruit soup, sensational salsa and zucchini...

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Snowy Day in March?!

 We flew to SLC from a trip to AZ to find our car covered in 6 inches of snow! It’s a snowy March day in Utah! Spring or Winter? You never know in...

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Puerto Rico

              Ready to ride! We are getting all geared up to take the zipline through the Puerto Rican canopy!   Kyle, showing his zipping skills!     High atop one of the platforms. Everything is bigger in the jungle!...

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Kendra, You’re An Ironman!

In May, our friend, Kendra Gofredo, raced in the Ironman in St. George and invited us to watch and cheer her on. We stopped in Zion National Park on the way to her race and hiked Angel’s Landing. It was kinda scary to get up there, and also had gorgeous views...

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Disneyland!

  Us and Mickey! In February, Kyle and I had the opportunity to go to Disneyland for a day! Kyle was in AZ and drove over to CA and I flew in from SLC. It was a truly magical day! We love Disneyland!!  In motion on the Jungle Cruise. Disneyland is fun for...

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Finding Humor In Everyday Life

Now this is something you don’t see every day! I looked up from what I was doing and was surprised to see a pigeon staring at me from the fireplace! My sister-in-law and I started laughing, and didn’t stop laughing for a good 10 minutes! He wasn’t...

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We Love Our Backyard!

 We love fall in the canyons! We took a nice afternoon drive with Grandpa Welby to see some gorgeous fall colors and beautiful views. The sky was vibrantly blue above us and the turning fall colors were stunning. This beautiful canyon is just a short drive from our...

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Bahamas Cruise!

Happy Anniversary celebration! Kyle surprised me by taking me on a cruise to celebrate 4 blissful years of marriage. It was my first cruise and I really enjoyed it! It was relaxing and entertaining. We got a reputation as being the “dancing couple” as we...

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Our Second Humanitarian Trip

We decided to go back to Belize this year! We went with HELP International last year where Kyle was the country director and had a life-changing experience!  We decided to go back again this year to further some projects we worked on last year and work with the people...

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Beach Time!

Every year Kyle’s family and many family friends gather in Carlsbad, CA to camp at the state beach. It’s a running tradition of over 20 years now, and we love to join in on the fun! We think spending quality time with family and friends is so important,...

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Sweet Grandpa Welby

 We’ve lived with Grandpa Welby for 4 years now and we truly love the experience. We know his personality pretty well by now and as he ages and the Alzheimer’s progresses, we sometimes chuckle at some of the quirks. Grandpa likes to have his shed locked at...

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Sun Valley Anniversary Inn

  During a doTerra conference, we stayed at this fun hotel where all the rooms have elaborate themes. This one is a cabin getaway and has a cabin built inside the room. It was a blast and really does make you lose a sense of where you are. We had a great stay!...

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Do What You Love

 We love to rock climb! Sometimes we do what we call a “Power Hour” just to get out and get on the rock! We may not have an entire day or even an afternoon to dedicate to climbing, but it’s important to us to do things we love, even when we’re...

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April AZ Trip

This is me at the top of what is called a “mountain” in AZ. It’s one of my favorite hikes to do in the area. Thunderbird Mountain is just a couple minutes drive from Robyn and Torrye’s, gives beautiful views from the top and takes only about 30...

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We Climb Rocks!

There may still be snow on the ground, but it’s warm enough to climb! Yippee!! Jake belays Kyle on the inaugural climb of the 2012 season in Utah. We love to climb and we especially love to climb with friends – like our dear friends, the Heaps!            ...

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

 Happy Valentine’s Day! We love to celebrate our love for each other every day of the year, not just on this holiday! We ate at 2 different restaurants tonight, as I was hungry for a full meal and Kyle wanted crepes. It was a little unconventional, nothing fancy...

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Being Outdoors Heals Me

We’re having the most mild January I’ve seen in Utah in years and years. This was a beautiful warm day up in Midway, Utah and I was able to hike around this lake on a trail that is usually covered in snow at this time of year. It was a stunning afternoon....

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Caring For Sweet Children

Wes and Camryn (our niece and nephew) were with us during the first week of January this year. We had a blast with them, tubing, cross-country skiing, building a snowman and enjoying sushi! We love the chance we have to be with our nieces and nephews. Since we...

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Our Last Project in Belize

September 2, 2011 The Eleventh Hour: Signs in Succotz This project was really done at the last moments of the team’s stay in Belize. We finished this project the day before they left town. It was a mad dash to the finish, but we made it! This is yet another...

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Time to Say Goodbye

Me and Melissa – good luck in finishing school, my friend! You’ll make it! Goodbyes are never easy for me and I’ve cried my fair share of tears over saying goodbye to Belize. The people are wonderful, the experiences have been priceless, the...

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Soilet

Katie, an aspiring engineer, has thrown her heart into a project known as the Soilet. A Soilet is a toilet that requires no septic or other disposal as it uses worms in a special box outside the house to decompose waste, as well as a filtration process to purify...

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Karaoke Night

Who doesn’t love a great karaoke night?! We do!! It was fun to have a team building activity at a karaoke bar, most especially because we’ve got several fantastic singers on our team! Ken woos the ladies with “Unchained Melody” – go...

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Sunrise From My Rooftop

5 am…one of the most peaceful times of day. No, I don’t get up at that hour! But sometimes I wake up and can’t help going to the roof to watch a gorgeous sunrise. This is the prettiest one I’ve seen. I think. Anyway, isn’t it...

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Peace Camp

Peace Camp is a camp run by one of Belize’s most solid and established NGO’s, the George Price Center. Located in the capitol city of Belmopan, the George Price Center houses an exhibit featuring Belize’s peaceful movement toward independence (in...

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Succotz Summer Camp

This camp was a project that was completed during the month of July. It was a summer camp headed by Andrea and was held for the elementary age children in the village of Succotz. It lasted one week and went from 9 am-12 pm each day. Activities educating about...

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Natalie’s Girls

Here are three of our favorite little girls in Belize! We do lots of work in the village of Succotz and the work will continue right up to our last days in Belize. Jewel’s taking a break in a pint-sized hammock here. Adorable! We have a special place in our...

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We live in the Jungle!

We went to the Equestrian Trails Resort to check out a rabbit, chicken, worm ecosystem we want to implement at a boy’s school near us and got some great pictures while we were there. We live in Central America! This purple tree is amazing!     A wee,...

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Our Last Wave is Here!

We can hardly believe the time is flying so fast, we are on our last 6 week stretch here. Where has the time gone? As I think about it, it’s gone to projects and people and learning all about a country called Belize in Central America. What a sweet experience we...

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Our Friend, Francisco

 Francisco is an old man that lives near us. His crippled body stands a proud 5’2”. He tells stories to the neighborhood kids who gather on his doorstep after school. When he walks, it’s really slow and uneven – it takes him about an hour to...

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A little inactive

You may have noticed I haven’t been all that active on here for over a week. I’m working on a video project right now, a compilation of all the projects in the hopes it will benefit prospective funders of HELP, future participants and current participants....

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English Classes Anyone?

Part of planning classes in Belize occasionally involves some disappointment if no one shows up. Kayla, Leah and Erica stay positive even when they don’t have anyone to share their hard-planned lessons with. It’s pretty normal for people in Belize to...

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Square Foot Gardens

Remember the square foot garden plot just a few weeks ago? Well, HELP has been hard at work at Sacred Heart College (primary school through 2 years of college) and here are the results! The dirt arrived and is ready to put into smaller piles. Michelle points out to...

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Our House in Central America

This is where we live! It’s a 5-story guest house and we rent out the top 3 floors. Two floors are bedrooms, kitchen and large patio and the 5th floor is a rooftop patio. It’s beautiful and most importantly, it’s home! Busman Arnold is the name of...

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ESL Classes

ESL Classes in Belize? Although it’s the official language, the melting pot of Belize sustains a need for citizens to learn English. This if the Cornerstone Foundation, an established non-profit organization just up the street from us. They offer various classes...

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Up Go The Chimmneys

Adobe Stoves #1 and #2 are coming right along! The white maul takes several days to completely harden. While they harden, we are getting the chimneys and other metal coverings prepared so the stoves can be used as soon as possible. This is Kyle stepping out of the...

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Waterfalls!

Waterfalls! We took our Saturday to travel to some waterfalls a couple hours from our home. We went to Big Rock and Rio on Pools and WOW, it was amazing! Waterfalls in Central America – I highly recommend it! To get to this spot on the rocks, you have to swim...

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Village Waste

Welcome to Succotz Village!  We partnered with Succotz last year with HELP INTERNATIONAL and this year we are back!  We love the people here!  They are so real, so humble. Our first project with the Village was to help them make dog-proof garbage cans.  Dogs wander...

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What We’re Doing Here Saves Lives

One of the things we love most about helping natives in Belize is that we feel we’re really making a true difference in people’s lives. It’s wonderful to work with the Belizeans and really get to know what their needs are so we can help them make...

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