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

Tips for stress & another new habit

Wow, I think August has been the longest month of my entire life. I think back to the things I was doing at the beginning of this month, and it feels like 10 years ago. I have been so extremely busy. To update you all,  I am helping plan a wedding that is on September 16, I am trying to finish school, I’ve been spending a lot of time with my family, and I am working 40-55 a week at the moment. My boss at each job had a baby, so they’ve been on maternity leave, we are understaffed at both of my jobs, and just about every one around me looks as if they’re running around with their heads cut off.

There has been days that when my alarm goes off, I want to cry. I want to escape reality just a little longer. I don’t want to have any more to do lists or places to be. But there are also days where I wake up and think “I am going to kill today, and it’s going to be great.” And it is. I know that all of my hard work will pay off, that there will be a light at the end of the tunnel, and in a couple months, I will look back and laugh at all of this stress I’ve had. I don’t take a single day for granted even if they are horrible ones.

Through all of this stress, I still made a new habit. It wasn’t an everyday habit, like I have done in the pass. But it was a healthy choice, and it’s something that will eventually make me a better person. I’ve made it a habit to wake up earlier. Like 6:30-7:00 earlier. (Compared to my 8:30-9:00) and I finally got a gym membership!! My days now start at 6:30 most of the time. I try to make it to the gym every single morning, but obviously, sometimes that doesn’t happen. Derek and I go together, and it is slowly becoming my favorite way to start the day. I have felt so much better through out the day, and waking up earlier has actually gave me more energy (and time) to get the things done that I need to do for the day.
I know that I handle stress differently than most people. I let it bottle up inside of me until I can’t take it anymore and then I either break down, or make myself sick. I know I have been so stressed, but I don’t let it affect my every day attitude or mood. I have also been working on things that help with my stress. Here’s a few tips that I have learned that personally help.

      1. Make time for yourself, and get away from the reality of that long to do list. Take a hot bath, go on a walk, turn your phone off for an hour, read a book, watch a few netflix episodes. Just distract yourself for a hour or 2.
      2. Spend time with the people who motivate you, compliment your hard work, and give you space. It is okay to tell people no, if they don’t understand, well that’s their own problem. The last thing you need to do is cater to everyone else’s needs when you already have enough on your own plate.
      3. Get away for the weekend. I took a short trip with my mom to go visit my nieces and sister in Salt Lake last weekend. It was so nice to have a change of scenery and refresh for the next week.

        4.Talk to people who care. Call your parents or grandparents, go to lunch with your best friend, cry to your spouse. They genuinely care about what you’re going through and sometimes venting or talking about stress is the best way to relieve it

5. Get outside. I had an extra hour to spend last week before work. Instead of browsing on my phone and waiting for time to pass, I took the long way to work and took in the beautiful view and fresh air of Snow Canyon Stare Pakr for a half hour. Derek and I also try to take Harvey to the dog park every night for about a hour. Being surrounded by happy dogs while watching the sunset every night helps me!

6.If you can afford it, have a little retail therapy. When we were in Salt Lake, we took a trip to IKEA. Buying furniture and home decor has always been something that makes me extremely happy, so I pulled out the credit card and did just that. I’ve been working so hard lately, so I deserve to spoil myself. And you do to!

7. Exercise! I know I know, you just don’t have time for that. I don’t run a mile every day, and I don’t even exercise every single day. But I do stretch every morning, and most of the time I make it to the gym. Get your body moving, even if it’s a short walk. Your brain needs those endorphins!

8.Make time for the people that matter. Take your grandma to lunch, go on a date night with your spouse, take 20 minutes to call your best friend to catch up. Let them know that you’re busy, but you’re thinking about them. I am a big believer that you get what you give. If you show them love and support, they will do the same, and sometimes that’s all you need.

I know that with the month changing, not many things will change in my every day life. I know that I will still be stressed in September, but I have learned to work with it.Waking up early is just another new habit that has helped me towards my goals, and stress is something that just comes with growing up and working hard towards being that person I’ve always wanted to be. Don’t take a single day for granted, stay happy, and remember to put yourself first. You all deserve it!

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

Dursteler Abode Renovation

The other day I got frustrated because my furniture wasn’t doing what I wanted it to do. I got a little upset and I was in the mood to throw everything away, and start over. Poor Derek comes home almost every week to a rearranged, reorganized, re-designed house.

I  took a little break from my weekly re-designing mood to sit down and finish this video. My whole mind set instantly changed. Our home may not have everything I want it to have, and I am starting to accept that it will most likely never feel complete, but that’s okay. Every time I walk into a room, I see how much work we’ve done, how many memories we’ve made in these past four months, and how far we have came with our renovations.

I am constantly getting compliments on our home from strangers, and I appreciate it so much. I just want you all to know that it is not finished, and it is no where near “oh my gosh your house is perfect!” Our bathrooms are still under renovation and I have a long wish list of new furniture I need to make all of my visions come to life, but that is the fun that comes along with owning a house!

I love our Dursteler Abode, and I am so happy I have this video to remind me how much I love it, and how much TLC we’ve put into it. Also, I want to say thank you to everyone who helped us with our remodeling and renovations, whether you’re in this video or not, you know who you are and we appreciate it and love you so much!

Thanks for watching, Enjoy!


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

7th New Habit

I can’t get over the fact that July is already over. This year has been so exciting for us, especially the last couple of months. But I am so ready for fall time, and for this heat to go away!

Since we were traveling most of the month of July, I had to choose a new habit that I could do at home, and on the days that we were away from home. I decided to pick one of my hobbies, and make it a habit to do it every day. I kept journals from elementary school to high school, but eventually I got tired of writing down the things I did every single day. I got bored with it, and would just write down things just because I felt like I needed to, not because I wanted to. That’s when I resorted to blogging instead. I liked the idea of being able to share my experiences with the world, and include all of the pictures I take.

I got two new journal prompt books as gifts. One of them is a five year memory book and one is another one that I only write one line every day. Some times I write the things I did that day, some times I write about my feelings, and other days I just write about simple things, like the weather.


I love this book because I can easily look back to last year and compare how much has changed, and how much I have grown in the past year. I have made it a habit to write in this book every night before bed, so that I don’t have to look back at my calendar and play catch up.

The second book is a journal, but instead of just writing about the things I did that day, each page has a writing prompt on it, so I always know exactly what to write about. I don’t write in this one every day, but I love to pick it up when i get my writing urge, or need some extra inspiration that day.


Writing has always been my favorite escape. I’m so thankful to have such easy access to it, whether it’s typing about my life on my computer, or writing in my journals. One day I will look back on all of it, and laugh, smile, and maybe even cry. I know that one day I will be so happy that I documented my whole life, and that I will eventually be able to share it with my children, and grandchildren. Happy writing friends!

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