Road trippin’ to Yellowstone-Video

I wasn’t planning on making a video from our road trip to Yellowstone, but as I was going through my footage from this summer,  I realized I had a lot more videos from this trip than I thought I did. And I couldn’t help but want to relive it all. I mean, look at those beautiful views! (The best in laws in the whole world are jut a plus.)

We had so much fun on this trip enjoying each other’s company and making memories. I love this world, I love this country, and I love my Durstelers.

Thanks for watching!

ps- Summer video coming soon!!

Onto the next adventure, Wren

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Huntington Beach Circa 2018-Video

Well, I am finally finding time to go through all of my video footage from this summer, and let me just say…WOW. I am blown away by the last few months I’ve been living. The things I’ve experienced, the places I’ve been, the people who have been my side…I am blown away by it all.

Creating these videos just remind me how beautiful this life of mine is. They let me relive the special little moments and hold onto the good memories. And our Huntington Beach trip was filled with little moments and memories that I want to remember forever. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: I am constantly in awe of this little life I’m living, and I am so glad that I put in the time and effort to capture it all.

More videos coming soon. As always, thanks for watching!

 

Onto the next adventure, Wren

Happiest Place with my Happy People

IMG_0199IMG_0201Our friend Garrett attends the US surf open every year since it always falls on the same weekend as his birthday. Due to poor planning, Derek and I haven’t been able to join his birthday celebrations the last 5 years of our friendship with him. So, when we got invited this year, we were stoked!IMG_0293IMG_0114We went down with a group of our best friends, met up with our friend Dallin, who recently moved down there, and had one of the most unforgettable weekends together. It was filled with sunny 80 degree days, sun burnt skin and salty hair, so many laughs and inside jokes, and like always, many many dance parties.IMG_E0212IMG_0427IMG_E0406IMG_E0202We stayed in an AirBNB and out of all the places I’ve stayed away from home, this one was one of my absolute favorites. It was the perfect amount of space for 10 of us, it was decorated the same way my “dream beach house” would be, and it even had a pool to keep us all entertained! It was perfect.IMG_0422IMG_0426IMG_0425

IMG_E0424Like I’ve mentioned before, Orange county, and especially Huntington Beach is one of my all time favorite places. It’s where my family took all of our vacations growing up, it’s the first place I ever stepped foot in an ocean, and it holds a lot of my favorite memories. -Even more now.img_0414-e1534723569288.jpgIMG_0420

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39736386_1769834993069582_550780657509335040_nIMG_0402IMG_0421IMG_E0416I can’t wait to look back on these photos one day and think back to how crazy we once all were- running, skating, dancing down the streets of Huntington Beach, staying up way too late, laughing about how old we’re all getting, making fools of ourselves dancing in the clubs, creating the best memories together, and realizing that we’re truly living in the good ol’ days.IMG_E0415

IMG_E0198IMG_0403IMG_0423IMG_0194Visiting my happy place with my favorite people was the best ending to this perfect summer. I love each of these people with my whole heart, all for completely different reasons, and our weekend to Huntington Beach reminded me just how lucky I am to have them. We’re like one big dysfunctional, extremely happy family, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Onto the next adventure, Wren

Over a decade of Paramore, and my undying love for them

IMG_9757When I found out that Paramore was touring their 5th album this summer with Foster the People, I immediately signed up for the ticket list. I knew I was going to that concert before I even knew where I was attending it, or what date I as going on. MTTD5418URRC1554IMG_0316IMG_0317Luckily, the concert ended up being on the Monday that we were supposed to be returning home from Yellowstone. So, instead of driving all the way home from Idaho, we spent the night in Salt Lake City. We met up with Auston for lunch in Logan on our way, and caught up with Jess over coffee before the concert. Seeing them both made the day just THAT much better.IMG_9692IMG_9691This was my third time seeing Paramore, and like always, they did not disappoint. This concert made my happy, it made me nostalgic, it made me cry, and it made me dance. Like most concerts I attend, I was a little bit of an emotional wreck in a good way. Live music just does that to me, but I had my best friends by my side, who loved it (almost) as much as I did.

IMG_9758IMG_9756Paramore has been my number 1 band for as long as I can remember. Every single song, every single album, and every single concert I’ve attended means much more to me than music does to most people. Their music helped me through my middle school depression, I walked down the aisle to it on my wedding day, and it’s made me realize that it’s okay to not be happy all the time, but to smile anyways and get through whatever I’m going through.NHAG4435IMG_0318My love for Paramore, and especially Hayley Williams,  is to the point where they could make the crappiest music, or do the stupidest things, but I would still love it and support them. Her whole outlook on life inspires me on a daily basis, and it has for the last decade. I mean, look at her. She is an angel.IMG_0319AWUO4866Here’s to 11 years of loving the same band, here’s to best friends, here’s to screaming at the top of our lungs to live music that makes us both happy and sad. Here’s to the great times, the hard times, and all the times in between.

“Cry Hard, Dance Harder.”- Hayley Williams

 

Onto the next adventure, Wren

Road trippin’ to Yellowstone

IMG_98128Yellowstone is one of the few places that Derek and I had both been to, but had never been together. So we were so excited when Derek’s dad, Randy, decided that that’s what he wanted to do for his birthday weekend.41

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3We drove up to Yellowstone on a Friday morning,  and other then a quick stop in Salt Lake to grab lunch with Whitney, we drove the whole 10 hours from home. Whenever Derek and I go on a road trip, I think back to the time when we first road tripped together. That’s when I knew I wanted to marry him. I thought if I can spend this many hours in the car with him without getting annoyed or bored, I could easily spend the rest of my life with him.576We stayed in a cabin at a place near the park called Island Park. It was perfect! We met up with the Derek’s family, who drove up the day before, and had dinner at a cute little cafe. We also met Jake’s girlfriend, Hattie, for the first time. And even though we felt sorry for her having to deal with our craziness, it instantly felt like she was one of us. We spent that night hanging out at the cabin, enjoying the hot tub and the beautiful stars. It was the perfect ending to a long day spent in the car.

139101211We spent the next two days in the park, admiring the natural geysers, all of the pine trees, the wild life, and the cooler weather. It was so nice to spend some time in nature. We’ve been traveling a lot this summer, but we haven’t visited the mountains much, so this trip was much needed. In my option, the mountains are one of the few things that are always good for the soul.191817

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2021On Saturday, we all spent a total of 12 hours in the same car driving around the park, and even though that seems like a very very bad idea to put someone in a car that long with their in laws, it wasn’t. We laughed way too hard and enjoyed each others’ company. Like I always say, I lucked out in the in law department. And days like that one remind me just how lucky I really am.23221524

 

252726We spent Sunday morning in the park again and drove down to Idaho Sunday afternoon, to visit with and stay at Derek’s grandpa’s house. Derek’s family drove home Monday, but we stayed in in Salt Lake for the Paramore concert with Alyssa (which will be in a later post!)28313035IMG_9807It was such a fun little weekend getaway. We made some amazing memories, had much needed family time, enjoyed the beautiful park, and loved every second of it. IMG_9821IMG_9820Until next time Yellowstone!

Onto the next adventure, Wren

 

 

Newport, California Video

I have been quite the busy little lady lately. Between starting my new job position, and leaving town every other weekend- I have hardly had any time for my personal little hobbies. (Like making videos!)

I finally found some time today to finish this one I have been working on since I got home from California last month. And SURPRISE, I am going back there in just two weeks.

Capturing the memories and being able to look back on these moments with my family makes me so happy. Just like blogging, I am not a professional video maker, but I probably won’t ever stop recording and capturing this life I am proud to be living!

 

Thanks for watching!

Onto the next adventure, Wren

The Final Warped Tour

IMG_9152We all have those certain things that take us back to a certain day or a time in our life. Things that make us feel nostalgic, but extremely content at the same time. Things that connect our brain to the happiest memories, certain people, and the simpler, easy days before we grew up. I can name quite a few things that personally do this for me, and I am lucky to say that Derek shares similar things that personally do this for him.

One of them being: Emo music. 

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I know what you’re thinking, “Wow, wren you were one of those depressed emo kids who wore black skinny jeans in the middle of summer, listened to screamo music, used eyeliner and a flat iron way too often, and had an attraction to guys with facial piercings and dyed black hair??”

Surprise! Yes I was.

MPMW0037BHJM8763EJRL7418I was in middle school-freshman year when the “scene kid, emo phase” was big. I had 3,000 friends on Myspace and spent most of my free time finding the next best emo band to show my friends. (My few real ones, and my online ones of course.) In fact, Myspace is where I started talking to Derek. We had met in person, but didn’t talk much. One day, I accepted his friend request, we direct messaged for a while, started texting and hanging out, bonded over our shared love of the same music, and the rest is history. IMG_9159In 2009, we spent our first summer together driving around town blasting Taking Back Sunday, hung out with our friends while the Used played in the background, and when we decided to go to Warped Tour together, I realized that this bond we had was way more than just a “best friendship”. We basically fell in love over emo music, and had one of our first “we’re a couple, not friends” dates at Warped tour. Since then, Derek and I have both never loved a music genre as much as the “warped tour, myspace, emo” one. Maybe because it’s always held such a special place in our hearts and takes us back to the very beginning of our relationship.

QQDE2352PFOI4836 And so, with all of this history and memories, you can only imagine how bitter sweet it was attending the last Warped Tour together. We went to one other Warped tour since our first one together, but we stopped going when our favorite bands stopped going. We’ve attended multiple concerts together since including Mayday Parade, Dashboard Confessional, and Taking Back Sunday, but since this was the last Warped Tour, we felt like we just had to go.

Luckily, a few of our favorite bands felt the same way.

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NKXX4373ITBX1980We saw The Used (for the 2nd time together) Mayday Parade (for my 5th time, Derek’s 4th) We The Kings (for my 4th time) This Wild Life (for our 2nd time together) The Maine (for my 3rd time) And for our first time: Senses Fail, Simple Plan, Crown The Empire, Falling in Reverse, and multiple others.

We drove up to Salt Lake with our friends Amber, Ryan, and Erik late Friday night, stayed in a hotel, attended Warped tour all day Saturday, and drove home Sunday morning. We also met up with our friends Kayden and Auston, and saw many other friends from our home town.IMG_9175IMG_9130IMG_9144IMG_9174IMG_9120It was a quick trip, but it was worth it and we were so happy that we went. It was bittersweet seeing all of our favorite musicians older, and realizing that none of us are as young as we once were. But at the same time, it was so great to listen to those favorite songs live-for maybe the very last time. 

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MKWK7612So… Cheers to the final Warped tour, and to good music. Cheers to the good old days, and the good new days. Cheers to falling in love, and staying in love. Cheers to the end of era, and the beginning of so many new ones.

With so much love from my little emo heart, ( 😉 )

Onto the next adventure, Wren