Did you get lost in Amsterdam?

On the way to India I arranged to fly with a fellow HELP volunteer.  Unfortunately, a week before we were supposed to leave she found out that her Indian visa would not arrive in time.  So there I was… about to fly to Amsterdam and spend two days there all by myself.  I tried to find a different flight and tried to come up with another way to get to India.  Nothing.  Luckily, I have THE most generous parents in the world who thought it might be fun to have my sister-in-law, Asia, come to Amsterdam with me for only basically a day and a half.  Needless to say she jumped at the opportunity and we had a blast.

We stayed in an adorable Airbnb in the perfect location and our host was awesome.  Asia and I wanted to avoid the famous red light district which we did. Kind of.  On the way to the cutest little brunch spot we took a short cut and found ourselves cutting through the red light district at 10 am.  Still closed my eyes the majority of the way.

Here is one of my favorite songs for you to jam to before scrolling through the photos… Amsterdam

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or… Asia in Europe

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Vondel Park was Vonderful.  It was pretty fun to see hundreds of people enjoying a baguette and some wine for lunch in the park.  Not only that but watching tons of people smoking weed together in public.  Had never seen that before.Amsterdam-48Amsterdam-53Amsterdam-55 Amsterdam-56Amsterdam-58 Amsterdam-59 Amsterdam-60Amsterdam-62Amsterdam-67Amsterdam-69 Amsterdam-72 The waiters at every restaurant were so surprised to find out that Asia and I weren’t dutch. Maybe we didn’t look like tourists. SUCH GOOD FOOD.Amsterdam-73 Amsterdam-74 Amsterdam-75 Amsterdam-77
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India… wow. India is the most beautiful, strange, difficult, and powerful place.  India is the reason I haven’t blogged for two months.  I saw on Instagram a post about an opportunity to go to India and photograph a developmental project. I didn’t think it was something I could do or if it was something I even wanted to do.  Later that day my husband texted me saying “Do you want to go to India?”… Now how cool is that??? In some ways I felt that when I got married I wouldn’t be able to do anything adventurous by myself. Boy was I wrong.  I’m pretty lucky to have a supportive husband who pushes me to do crazy things.

FIRST DAY IN INDIA! First off the Indian clothes are freaking adorable. It is crazy how much traveling makes you exhausted.  On the way from Delhi to Hyderabad I made a friend named Sri.  Sri is a doctor and was super helpful in a new place.  It was also fun because I was able to share some small parts of the gospel with him.  Side note… India in June is BLAZING hot.  Seriously it is 115 degrees everyday and super humid.  I definitely was embarrassed at first at how much I wanted my American comforts.  It took a few days for our apartment to be equipped with WiFi.  In Hyderabad running water worked only from 6am to 9am.  So we had to fill buckets up and shower with that.  I said lots of prayers those few weeks.  Prayers for safety, and of love, and gratitude.


These drawings are in front of every door and temple and business in India.  Kolams. Such a fun Welcome.

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Church in India was amazing!  I got to go to the ward where my brother James first served his mission.  Sailesh on the right was his first baptism!  Sailesh is now married to Jaya and have a new baby!  Everyone was so excited to meet Elder Egan’s sister.  I was pretty honored. 11295707_10153278967866250_6423411486857120929_n11295618_10153279460146250_8605047795431196230_n11247804_10153279460366250_2783930236289891726_n10501790_10153279460221250_8646334245302256665_n

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These cute little sisters would wave to us every morning as we caught an auto to go to work.India-5 India-6

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The necklace I’m wearing is a symbol in South Eastern India for marriage.  The black beads in particular.  No one looks for a wedding ring just that necklace.  Everyone thought I was married to and Indian man but they were pleasantly surprised by the photos I would show them of Chris and I.
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One night we were so hot and so we decided to go to a Indian movie!! The workers at the theatre were so confused because their movies don’t have English subtitles so we wouldn’t be able to understand what was going on.  But who doesn’t love crazy sound effects, dancing, singing, and an air conditioned theatre in 100 degree weather.  It was a BLAST.17096_10153277739821250_2038848787043067281_n

Spurti is the all boys school and they all have my heart.
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On the way home from Spurti Christy, Courtney, and I took an auto home by ourselves.  On that auto ride home we got hit by another auto.  Never have I laughed so hard at two grown men yelling very quickly in Telugu to each other.10955639_10153304703736250_737341777349050323_n

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Another family but this time I’m in Bangalore!  The Isaacs are a family my brother taught and baptized in India.  They are so cool!  Nicole one of the daughters goes to BYU Idaho and so we have her over on holidays to hang out!  It was so fun to meet the rest of the Isaac family.  Carol took my for a crazy scooter ride… I love how much Carol was concerned about me, she made sure I had fun and was safe the whole time.11261595_10153580834316250_7975641157837435883_n 11987002_10153580834321250_1726627219898953528_n 11988600_10153580834311250_5900963716988477700_n

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Best day when Chris came to India!!! I seriously was over the moon.  Mysore Palace is pretty dope.Chrisjanieindia-3 Chrisjanieindia-10 Chrisjanieindia-12

Next, we went to Chennai India to meet Minni! Chris and I did not have a cell phone so trying to find Minni in a huge crowd at the airport was crazy.  All of a sudden after fifteen minutes of looking Minni runs up and gives me a hug! So grateful we found her!11351300_10153336357531250_7747388428999876594_n
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Chris wanted the monkey to give him all knowing wisdom.
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We got to attend a birthday party. Not sure how we all fit but we made it.  It was amazing.11406978_10153336357671250_1836880551472427188_n11390122_10153336357781250_8550570530271677535_n

Delhi.  There is no place quite like it.  The Kataka family was nice enough to house us for the days we were there.  Jantar Mantar is this ginormous astrology device.  It always knows what time it is by the sun.  We had a self appointed tour guide there that just started talking to us then asked for 500 rupees. It was unfortunate that he was super difficult to understand.
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Lodi Gardens is beautiful.  Had fun taking a nap and lounging around in there.Chrisjanieindia-105 Chrisjanieindia-106 Chrisjanieindia-109 Chrisjanieindia-110 Chrisjanieindia-115 Chrisjanieindia-121

Humayun’s Tomb.  One of the coolest buildings in India. Chrisjanieindia-127 Chrisjanieindia-128 Chrisjanieindia-131 Chrisjanieindia-134 Chrisjanieindia-142 Chrisjanieindia-144 Chrisjanieindia-14810430489_10153580834736250_5167169859046241269_nGate of India11917488_10153580834751250_1737984408198364629_n11059392_10153580834746250_1592363461027687013_n12003420_10153580834741250_6451320186437678490_n

Ravi Gupta is THE MAN! One of my brother’s best friends in India.  They made the best dinner for us.

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Old Delhi is THE COOLEST.  Spice market as well… you roll up and literally your nose is on fire by all the different spices.Chrisjanieindia-169 Chrisjanieindia-170 Chrisjanieindia-171We rode on an a bike rickshaw… The way they fit through the tiny alley ways is nuts.11951519_10153580834731250_8137583375208422698_o

Red fort… we took so many photos here with other Indians.  Not mad.Chrisjanieindia-173 Chrisjanieindia-176 Chrisjanieindia-177 Chrisjanieindia-178 Chrisjanieindia-180 Chrisjanieindia-181 Chrisjanieindia-182 Chrisjanieindia-184

Seeing Friday prayer day at the biggest mosque in India was SO COOL. Jama Masjid.
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Learning how to play cricket.
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McDonalds and Limca saved my life when India food wasn’t cutting it.

Best traditional Mughal food.  Karim’s is a long line of chefs who cooked for the royal family.  Delicious food.


I hope to see you soon India and hope to see my Indian friends here in Utah sometime!!!

Winter Break

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First up on our winter break, Sun Valley, Idaho with the Georges!

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It isn’t a stay at Sun Valley Resort if you don’t walk around all the shops, the toy store and candy store are my favorite.

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This kid has got perfect taste in candy. I appreciate that.

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Jelly Beans!  We bought the jelly belly beanboozled pack and played it as a game in our hotel room.  It is the funnest and worst thing all at the same time.  It has a bunch of colors of jelly beans each color has a good flavor and a bad flavor like, caramel corn or rotten egg, black licorice or stinky skunk.  The bad ones literally make your tongue want to fall off.

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Richie is all about the Chocolate Foundry.

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It was so cold walking around so we had to stop at starbucks for some hot cocoa. #basicwhitegirl

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We found the funnest store.  Full of trinkets and gifts.

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We wanted to eat at the Pioneer Saloon but the wait was about 3 hours longs so we just voted for a picture.

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Wanted to play Big Buck Hunter in this bar, too bad i’m underaged.

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Richie taught a couple of us who didn’t know how to play poker how to play.  We didn’t have chips so we used cheerios. With our brand new Idaho animal cards too.Sun Valley-33

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Next up, Pocatello, Idaho for Christmas Eve.

Nate & Kate had an amazing breakfast for dinner.  Kate also had some hilarious and fun kid games ready like the rudolph nose game.  She applied vaseline to the kids noses and they had to try and get the pom pom onto their noses.  It was darling!

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Next game, Reindeer antlers.  Blow up balloons and put them in nylons.  First one to get it on their head won.

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Wrapping Paper Christmas tree.  Had to balance 12 ornaments on the tree made of wrapping paper and a ruler.Sun Valley-42

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We even had a Red Solo Cup (you’re probably singing the song right now huh?) Tree making race.
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Hay Hay singing the NO L song. (To the tune of The First Noel)

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To spell Santa’s name is easy to do
You write S A N T and another A, too
But no L, no L, Santa’s name has no L
And he won’t be too pleased if you don’t learn to spell

Jack and Jill went up a hill to fetch water from a well
But when neither one could find it, Jill started to yell
No well, no well, can’t believe there’s no well
We walked all the way here and I’m mad, can’t you tell?

Captain Ahab took his crew, his harpoon and set sail
And he called out to ships, ‘Have you seen the white whale?’
No whale, no whale, we ain’t seen no whale
Saw a couple of dolphins, and a big yellow tail

If you’ve listened to this tune, then you probably can tell
That you’ve heard it before, it’s a song you know well
Know well, know well, it’s a song you know well
And we’ve ruined it completely, so we all say ‘Oh well’

Oh well, oh well, We’ll just say ‘Fare thee well’
Merry Christmas to you, and a Joyous Noel


What is a family party without Jeopardy?  If you wanna play next year, here are the categories and questions I used for this year’s game. I do just a basic trivia game it’s called jeopardy just for fun, you don’t have to answer with a question.  In between every four questions I do a Challenge to kind of keep the game exciting. Hope you enjoy.

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Away in a Manger- Religious Christmas Trivia

100 In what city was Jesus born? Bethlehem

200 Where did Mary & Joseph try and stay before going to the stable. Inn

300 What does the Wreath symbolize? Everlasting Life

400 What are the assumed names of the 3 wisemen? Gaspar Balthasar &


Quizmas- Holiday Christmas Trivia

100 Name one other name for Santa Claus Saint Nicholas Kris Kringle etc.

200 What English author wrote A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens

300 Name one of the two states that has a town called Christmas. AL FL

400 What country gives England it’s Christmas tree each year since the end of WWII

as a token of their gratitude Norway

Merry Movies- Christmas Movie Trivia

100 According to Buddy the Elf what is the best way to spread Christmas cheer

Singing loud for all to hear

200 What did Kevin McCallister steal from the store in Home Alone Toothbrush

300 The Grinch stole the last can of _______ in the Grinch who stole Christmas ******

400 Name one of the names that the children thought to name Frosty the Snowman

Oatmeal, Bruce, Christopher Columbus

Name that Jingle- Christmas Song Trivia

100 What is this song?

200 Fill in the Blank… On the 9th day of Christmas my true love gave to me__ 9

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300 what Christmas classic is this line from? Dolls that will talk and go for a walk

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas ********

400 What are the first two lines of the third verse of White Christmas I’m

dreaming of a white Christmas, with every Christmas card I write.

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1. Scattegories… Christmas themed.. Each team has one minute to right as many Christmas words that start with whatever letter you choose.  If each team has the same word it gets crossed off.  Whichever team has the most words at the end wins.

2. Get ready for that christmas partay…  Each team sends up two volunteers.  One of the volunteers from each team is blindfolded and has one minute to get their team member ready for a Christmas party.  They put on a hat, sweater, scarf, lipstick, make up etc.

3. Charades-  Have a bowl of Christmas Charades ready.  Each team chooses one person to be their designated Charade actor.  Each team has one minute to get through as many charades as possible.  Whichever team gets the most wins.

4. Dance off- Choose a song that each team must dance to.  Each team gets five minutes to prepare a choreographed dance using all their team members.  This year we did All I want for Christmas is You.

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Next, Rigby, Idaho for Christmas morning.

Christmas morning we started off at 11 am doing Insanity… which was yes, insane.  Then an amazing breakfast made by Sally.

Sally got Richard this darling paperweight in SV.
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We then headed home to Salt Lake City to hang with the Egans.

The Egan Fam Christmas Partay was a blast as usual.  Full of Pizza and Dodgeball.  *side note* Chris hit me in the face with a dodgeball so hard my Jaw is still messed up.10882205_10152935428686250_5781784258739976906_n



The traditional Cousin sleepover followed with Karaoke, Sev Run, and Cheetah Girls 2.


New Years Eve was spent up at my Parent’s cabin in Midway.  We drank sodas, watched football, played nerts and old school nintendo.  Solid Night.

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Also there was an absurd amount of deer as we were leaving.

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Egans Take Oceanside

Oceanside as usual didn’t disappoint. Let me give you a few reasons why it is and forever will be my favorite trip.

it’s the perfect place for penny boarding and beach biking to the park.



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It’s where my cousins went from cousins to best friends and bridesmaids.








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They are second to Utah for prettiest sunsets.



You learn to prepare to be surprised.  (my poor dad)

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THE VIEW FROM THE BEACH HOUSE… (perfect for seal and dolphin sightings… which occur daily)

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Endless searching for sand crabs with Clara

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Daring strangers to make a cooler sandcastle than us.  (it’ll never happen.)

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The Girls pedicure outing to happiness salon.

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Mostly because it’s the place where some of my most cherished memories are.

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This year was even better because my best friend got to spend the whole week with me there.  We even got to celebrate our six months of marriage. (not too exciting but it’s crazy how time it flying!) and California is the only place where I will let Chris have a mustache.





Random Elizabeth Egan concerts.

You get to spend everyday laughing with Nate the Great.


Because I spend several wonderful hours planning the Annual Oceanside Jeopardy game with Missy.

We even went digital this year.  Missy had all the questions and answers on her iPad.

The Categories this year:

Ocean Sider

Sing- A -Long

Elite Eganomics

Beach Edition

and of course… Is That a Challenge????

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Thanks for another great trip! SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!!!!


(Thanks to all of you whose instagrams I stole.. Love you.)

Sawtooth Adventure Co.

My family vacation continues with…
The Sawtooth Adventure Company
sounds amazing. I know.
An hour or so North of Sun Valley is the small town of Stanley Idaho.  Year round residency of 60 people.  The winters there are known to be the toughest around.  The people who live there have to be some hearty individuals to handle being alone for that long.  Okay, enough with the sadness.
The summer.
My entire family of Seven kayaked the Salmon River together.  With our handy dandy guide, Rob, of the Sawtooth Adventure Co.  The Sawtooth National Forest is a sight to see.  Yet, getting to experience it with my whole family while on a quiet river was indescribable. There is something about Idaho… living close to the Earth and getting in touch with where things come from.  There is a great feeling that comes with visiting there if you pay close attention.  So far Idaho hasn’t disappointed.

the SMOKY mountains

today was my family’s first full day in Sun Valley. Unfortunately, due to the bear creek fire in Idaho my sister was unable to fly directly here.  Smoke was everywhere from the fire prevention efforts and it seemed like it was gonna be an indoor day.  My sweet mom drove two hours to go get her.  While my tired kin took what seemed to be the longest naps of their lives, my brother, Zeke, and I were too interested in the beautiful scenery to sleep and were not content to just stay inside and twiddle our thumbs.  I had my camera with me and it was settled.  We were going to explore.
Drove for about an hour until we decided to head northwest and into the smoke filled mountains of Idaho.  Pulled over to find a quiet stream and a sight I would never forget.  The mountains covered with smoke created a beautiful backdrop that seemed almost eerie.  It felt like a layer of thick dust over an old landscape painting.  Yet, it left me speechless.
ignore the herd and go explore.
my cute boyfriend, Chris George, is currently doing an internship at a prestigious advertisement agency, Leo Burnett.  Luckily he had two days of work off for the Fourth of July! The perfect time for me to visit.  It’s a beautiful city and I learned many new things about myself and about Chris.  Five days was not enough time with him however, it gave me the extra boost I needed to go another couple of weeks without him.
 As a preface to the pictures enjoy Sufjan Stevens hit, “Chicago”