2014 Google Plus Year in Photos

Google+ uses its nifty “auto-awesome” photo and video enhancement features to automagically produce a “Year in Photos” video for users. Below is the resulting 2014 Year in Photos video for us, which turned out pretty dang good for an auto-generated video!

Of course, if I would have hand-picked all of the 2014 photos going into this, I would’ve selected some different ones, but considering that I had to do zero work on this whatsoever, Google does a great job.

Photos/video featured, in order of appearance:

  • Tera and Ashton on the historic Heber Valley railroad. We had a great time on a little weekend getaway up in the mountains, visiting Heber, riding the railroad, and staying in Midway.
  • Wes and Ashton in Springdale, on our weekend trip to Zion National Park.
  • Dylan and Ashton, lounging in Springdale.
  • Ashton and Dylan (with froggy & monkey backpacks) on a hike in Zion National Park.
  • Chillin on a rock in Zion.
  • Driving a shopping cart car at Smith’s marketplace in Bountiful.
  • Ashton feeding Dylan some rice at Mikado.
  • Dylan snoozin.
  • Trampolin’in.
  • Momma with the boys, floating in the hot tub at our hotel, in Park City, UT.
  • Aviator Ashton and Dylan taking to the skies in Park City.
  • Playing at the sandy beach at Bear Lake, Idaho.
  • Dylan in the grass at the South Davis Rec Center. I remember this photo distinctly because I was chasing Dylan all over the lawn trying to snap a photo, all while he was laughing joyfully and playing the “avoid the photo” game.
  • Summer time pool fun, our back yard.
  • Pineview lake sandy beaches, this past summer. Great times with Papa and Nana.
  • Wes, Ava, Eric, Jason group photo while standing in the Great Salt Lake (while also being attacked by disgusting, biting brine flies).
  • My Mom, Antelope island.
  • Ashton & Dylan with cousin Ava.
  • Water toys at Discovery Gateway.
  • Play-doh apple tree activity at Discovery Gateway.
  • Ashton at the Rose park playground.
  • The boys with their first candy canes, while dad shopped at Lowe’s.
  • The play grocery store at Discovery Gateway.
  • Our first snow man!
  • Ashton deep in concentration, throwing snowballs.

Vibrant turquoise waters of Bear Lake

This past weekend we made the drive up north to visit Bear Lake. Sliced just about symmetrically by the Utah/Idaho border, the lake is nestled in the mountains, offering up sandy beaches, gorgeous views and unbelievably bright blue-green aqua water.

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The photo above does not accurately capture the brilliance, beauty and vibrant colors of the lake water.

We stayed in a dinky, miniature cabin (and I use that term loosely), at the KOA camp grounds at Bear Lake.

The place was wayyy too small for 2 adults and 2 toddlers. Sardine life FTL! Tera guesstimated it at about 200 square feet.

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Thankfully the KOA grounds do offer many family friendly amenities such as a jumping pillow, a playground, pools, etc. We got settled in on Friday and then hung out at the playground and pool whilst sipping on a few brewskis. The boys thoroughly enjoyed the pool while wearing their life jackets. The boys enjoyed floating, bobbing, spinning, swimming, splashing and playing with us.

Day 2

On our second day, we drove up to the North beach area to meet our friends who were RV’ing it up.

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It was a cold, windy, drizzly day, but we still had a good time hanging with friends by the campfire, letting the boys play at the beach with Jozie and spending some time in the hot springs pool, directly adjacent to our friends’ camp site.

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The camper door and mini sliding window was a hit with the boys

After hanging at the camp for a bit, we were off to the beach for some play time!

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The boys found a sand castle and immediately stomped down the towers. We built a couple more towers, which were then promptly destroyed, naturally. After that, wet sand balls were harvested and tossed into the puddles for a half hour of fun.

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If you couldn’t tell, I was thoroughly impressed by the beauty of Bear lake and I would like to return when it’s warmer, and not stay at the KOA.

Thank you to LaDawn, Dave and family for inviting us out!

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