Friday, March 27, 2015

Babymoon 2015 - New Zealand & Tahiti

Ryan found killer flight deals to New Zealand that included a flight to Tahiti with a three-nights stay.. so we knew we had to jump on the opportunity to take one last big trip before baby Cope comes in May!  I am telling you, my husband needs to be a professional travel hacker!! He knows how to get the most flight points/miles for your buck, and find the best deals on travel. Maybe someday I will have him do a guest post and share all of his secrets :)

After the loooonnngg flights to New Zealand from Utah, (4 consecutive flights just to get there) we picked up our rental camper van and hit the road for 4 hours to get to our first destination. We started on the South Island of New Zealand, trying to hit every scenic spot that we had researched. We were only in New Zealand for less than a WEEK.. and we hit BOTH islands. Other tourists thought we were absolutely nuts when we told them that... and we knew we were ;) But we didn't want to leave Ellie at home for too long, and we also couldn't take off too much work. So knowing that it would be a quick trip, we just buckled up and spent a lot of the trip driving, sleeping in our van, and cramming everything into our limited days. We ended up hiking a total of about 40 miles in 4 days, and driving 1,600 miles in less than a week. Go big or go home! Let's just say that this preggo momma was in heaven when we got to Tahiti and were able to relax and do nothing for 3 days. :)

Some super quick recaps of where we went: 
South Island: Hiked some of the Routeburn track, hiked the last few miles of the Milford Sound track, Kayaked in the Milford Sound.. with dolphins and seals!, cliff jumping at a hidden oasis near the Milford Sound, hung out in Queenstown and ate the best burger of our lives (Fergburger), Ryan Bungie jumped over the Kawarau River, and we did the breathtaking hike to see Mt. Cook.
North Island: Visited Hobbiton (naturally), hiked the 12.5 mile hike to "Mount Doom" (Tongariro Crossing), went to the cutest little beach town in Hahei..where we hung out at the beautiful Cathedral Cove, and tubed down the Waitomo Glowworm caves (Unreal). 

We took a TON of pictures and videos...  so I decided to make a video of our trip, rather than posting a billion pictures. But you can check out some pictures that we took on my Instagram and Ryan's Instagram

If anyone is thinking about going to New Zealand... just DO IT! It was absolutely amazing. Such breathtaking scenery and rad vibes there. If you have any questions or want some recommendations, just leave a comment below and I will get back to you! 

P.S. Make sure to click the "HD" button below on the video and watch it full screen :)

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

UPS boy

This is completely random and doesn't have to do with anything.. but I just had to share it.  I was having a not-so-good morning and I watched this and it put a big smile on my face. Cutest video Ever. Do you agree??

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

It's A.......

This picture of Ellie kills me! She really is excited, I promise ;)
We are thrilled that we will have a little Mr. Cope in our family! 

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Monday, December 1, 2014

The Hanging Tree cover

Have you seen the new Hunger Games movie, Mockingjay? 
Check out this rad cover that Static Waves did on "The Hanging Tree" song. I'm obsessed.
You're welcome.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

We are..... expecting a BABY!

We couldn't be more excited about the arrival of baby Cope! 

Now that I am out of my first trimester, I am starting to feel like myself again. I am back to practicing more yoga, and not feeling as nauseous! 
We feel so blessed and can't wait for our lives to change for the better :)

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