Sunday Adventures and Another New Habit

I want to start this post by saying, I am so glad September is over. The month flew by so fast, but I was so so so busy.  I worked 40 plus hours every week.  I worked 3 jobs, and did hair on the side. I got sick, Derek got sick, and Harvey even got sick. But on top of all of that, I finished my school course, Derek started his new job, and I started my new job as a wedding assistant. So many changes, so much stress (cold sores and all) but so many new exciting things coming our way!

I definitely know I overworked myself. There were days where all I wanted to do was lay on my couch and not even shower, and I did just that. I hardly made it to the gym, and I slept a lot. Instead of focusing on making a certain new habit, I focused on my mind, my body, and myself. I did everything I could to make myself feel better, and not stress myself out. I told people no, I didn’t cover shifts, I didn’t do a lot of hair, I even turned my phone off for a couple hours on a few days. I made time for myself. I took baths, I went to sleep very early, and I made time to take drives to clear my head. I know life gets crazy, life gets busy, but you have to keep it beautiful. Do what you feel you need to do to make yourself a little better than you were yesterday. So I guess in a sense, I made a new habit. I reminded myself every single day that putting other’s first is okay, but every once in a while, it is okay to put myself first.

Let’s just say, this month will be different. I am finished at (one of my jobs) this week, and I am counting down the days until I have extra time in my schedule. I finally see the light at the end of the tunnel! I am so excited to get back into my usual routine, and to focus on my new habit for this month.

With all of the crazy (but beautiful) things last month brought us, Derek and I decided we needed to get away and see a change of scenery last Sunday. We drove up to Derek’s favorite place, Cedar Mountain to enjoy the colder weather, and see the beautiful leaves. (Since we don’t have much here in the desert) We drove all over the mountain, went on a little hike, and got pizza at Plazano’s Pizza in Brian Head resort.

We listened to our favorite music, rolled the windows down, talked about our future plans and past memories, and enjoyed each other’s company. (And Harvey’s of course) Harvey loved it to. I think he loves being able to run around and not die of heat stroke, and he is getting a little better about car rides. Practice makes perfect I guess. 😉

So here’s a friendly reminder: stress will happen, and there are days that you won’t want to get out of bed because you won’t want to deal with reality. But you have to work through it, because the end result will pay off, and you will feel as if you can get through anything. Make time for yourself, get away for a few hours, keep your head up, and keep life beautiful.

Onto the next adventure, Wren


Harvey’s first trip to Cedar Mountain

Hunting season is in full swing, and I am going on weekend 3 out of 4 without having Derek home. I am such a baby when it comes to being without him. I admire people who have long distance relationships, spouses who are in the miliatary, etc. because I can barely get through the three days out of the week that he doesn’t have phone service. (hahaha)

14202696_1079416458778109_7170606480336696166_n_zpsjcofjdow14265014_1079416472111441_1896606801260531028_n_zpsh0j5veevSince we haven’t taken Harvey camping yet, I decided to take him up last Friday and spend the night in the woods on Cedar Mountain with him and Derek. (And my father in law, Randy, brother in laws Jake, and Axel, and family friend, Craig) it was nice to get away for the night and not have to stress about work or my crazy, busy life. Harvey had a lot of fun! He loved the cooler weather and squirrels. He even helped Derek scout out some deer, but barked at them, so they ran away. I am glad they were just does, or else I’d have a very upset husband. 😉

On Saturday morning, Derek took us to a new look out point that I haven’t been to yet. It was 75 degrees, there wasn’t anything in sight besides pine trees and Zion National park. And no one else was there besides Derek, Harvey, and I. It was one of my favorite moments. I wish every morning started that way. I will never take the beauty of this world for granted.
We headed back to camp to cook breakfast, and Shara and Michele were arriving with Duke. He was not very fond of Harvey. I think he was jealous, but hey if our dogs are the only ones who fight in our family, all is okay. Harvey and I came home Saturday afternoon since I had to help with wedding planning that night. We are currently both anxious to have Derek back home tonight! Happy Labor Day friends, I hope you’ve all had a wonderful holiday!Onto the next adventure, Wren

Less Than 24 Hours in San Francisco

Derek and I were almost tired of traveling by the time we arrived in San Francisco. By then, we had been on our road trip for a whole week, and we had spent about 35 hours in the car.

We checked into our hotel, and couldn’t help but laugh when we saw our room. I booked one of the cheapest hotels I could find in downtown San Francisco, and you definitely get what you pay for!It was pretty much a hostel. We even had to share the shower and toilet with our whole floor. I had it booked for two nights, but we woke up in the morning, decided we couldn’t stay there any longer, and checked out early. It’s definitely a funny story to tell, but I learned my lesson. (1 star hotels really mean 1 star hotels!)

Since we only had less than 24 hours to see this beautiful city, we made the most of it and saw all of the things we really wanted to see. We went to the beach, Fisherman’s Wharf, and China town. We saw the golden gate bridge, the painted ladies, and the full house house. I am sad that we were rushed, tired, and just wanted our own bed (and shower) while we were there,  but it gives us an excuse to go back. (For a longer amount of time in a better hotel.)

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to see the golden gate bridge. I couldn’t believe that I was actually seeing it with my own eyes. I almost cried when we drove under it. I love the feeling of crossing things off my bucket list, and especially having someone who constantly wants to do it with me.

I love this foggy, beautiful charming city. We will be back San Francisco!

Onto the next adventure, Wren

Keep Portland Weird

Just like most of our stops on our road trip, we didn’t have much time in Portland, but we made the best of it! We arrived in Portland in the afternoon, and we decided to go straight to Multnomah Falls. For those of you who don’t know, Multnomah is the second tallest waterfall in the U.S. and the tallest in the state of Oregon.

I have seen plenty of pictures of this beautiful place, and have always wanted to see it for myself. It was amazing! We only stayed in Portland one night and two “half-days”, but we made it to Voodoo Donuts, Powell’s Books, The Rose Garden, a few breweries, and plenty of amazing restaurants.

Portland was filled with incredible architecture, fresh flowers, book stores, coffee shops, the most friendly people, and the best food Derek and I have ever ate. In the short 24 hours that we spent in this beautiful city, we fell in love with it.

Until next time, Portland!

Onto the next adventure, Wren

Hello, Seattle

We’ve been home from our 8 day road trip for a week now, and I am finally making time to share our pictures. (If you know me, you know that there’s A LOT.)  I decided to do a post for each city, instead of bombarding you all with all of them at once.

We started our west coast road trip in Salt Lake City, and then we were off to Seattle! We stopped in La Grande, OR on the way and spent a night there since it was half way from Salt Lake to Seattle.
Fun fact: I’ve been wanting to visit the city of Seattle since I was fourteen years old.

For some reason, I had a feeling that I loved the city of Seattle before I ever went there. Let me just say, that it did not disappoint. Derek and I both fell in love with it. We only had two days in Seattle, but we had so much fun!  There were fresh fruit markets, and fresh flowers everywhere. The weather was perfect, there was dogs everywhere we went, and the people were all so nice. We stayed with our friends Kenzie and Joe. It was so good to catch up with them, and see their cute apartment.

This pizza was 14 inches long and only $5.99! ^^^

I love you Seattle, we will definitely be back!

Onto the next adventure, Wren


1st Anniversary in Moab

Hi guys! I have figured out how to use my new video editing software. I am still learning and messing around with it, so be patient with me. 😉  I finally made time out of my crazy schedule to finish this video. We’re going on vacation this week, but as soon as I find the time again, I will be finishing and posting more videos! (Including our home renovation.)

Thanks for watching!

Onto the next adventure, Wren



For our first Anniversary, Derek and I decided that we would rather get away for the weekend than spend money on gifts for each other. I had never been to Moab, and Derek hadn’t been since he was a kid, so we decided that it would be the perfect place to get away for the weekend.

I couldn’t believe how beautiful that little town and the surrounding areas were. It reminded me of home a lot, but it was so beautiful in its own way.

We drove to Moab on Friday. It took us about 5 hours to get there from home. We checked into our cheap little motel, and went out to dinner at a authentic mexican restaurant. On Saturday, we woke up early (to beat the heat) and hiked to the arch.

The arch has been something I’ve wanted to see since as long as I can remember. I never felt like a true Utahn since I hadn’t seen it. It did not disappoint!

We stayed at the arch for about a hour, people watching and taking in the beautiful view. Once it started getting too crowded, we hiked back down to our car. The next few hours were filled coffee shops, local jewelry and rock stores, and an afternoon nap. (because what’s a vacation without a nap?)


When we woke up, Derek decided that he wanted to show me Dead Horse Point. The view was incredible! It reminded me a lot of the Grand Canyon on a smaller scale.

After Dead Horse Point, we went to dinner at Pasta Jay’s, and then took a three hour sunset jeeping adventure.

We had a lot of fun, and the sunset was breathtaking. I am a sucker for desert skies, especially when they are bright pink.

We drove back to our home on Sunday, which was our anniversary. We picked Harvey up from my mom’s, made steaks for dinner, and indulged in our wedding cake. It was just as tasty as I remember!

I am so thankful for my healthy marriage, my husband, our home, and our adventures. Life is great with him by my side, and it just keeps getting better! One year down, forever to go.

Onto the next adventure, Wren