California Weekend

Two weeks ago Anthony and I flew out to San Diego to spend time with family and attend his uncles wedding. It was a short trip, but much needed!! We stayed at my parents house, went for walks on the beach, spent time with my nephews, and ate lots of good food.

One of the many highlights was going to the fair (obviously) that I grew up going to every summer and that Anthony and I went to almost every night when we were dating. It has been at least 3 years since we last went so it was good to be back among the sketchy rides, greasy food, and best people watching in San Diego!

Most (ok, pretty much all) of these photos are from the fair since we were busy just enjoying time with our families the rest of the weekend!

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early-ish walk to/on the beach one day

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maple bacon doughnut the size of your face

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Can’t even express how excited I was that Dan + Shay were performing FOR FREE the night we happened to be there.

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no trip to the fair is complete without an ice cream cone
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pretty much the only photo we have from the wedding on Saturday

Thanks for stopping by (and making it all the way to the bottom of my random fair photo post)!

xo

Paige

 

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I am so excited that MY blog is now a part of such a fun website, if you go check it out, let me know what you think!

“Are you making one of those in an adult size?”

One of our dear friends is having baby boy #2 this month and I am so excited to meet this new babe! She had her baby shower yesterday and it was really fun spending the morning celebrating their growing family.

I decided that I wanted to give them something that could grow with their little guy well into toddler-hood and this cozy little blanket was the first thing that came to mind. This was only my second time making one of these blankets (the first time was 4 years ago haha) so I would not call myself a pro at all…trust me, there are plenty of lines that are not super straight, I had to redo things a couple of times, and I even called my mom at 10:30 one night because I could not figure out what was wrong with my sewing machine (the thread was getting all sorts of messed up while sewing and I had to rip the stitches out 3 times). But I still found the whole process fun, frustrations and all. Overall, this is a pretty easy project, it just takes patience (especially when you are still a beginner).

Also, I never (ever) in a million years thought I would enjoy sewing baby blankets for fun, but here I am!

If you want the directions for how to make this, I used this link for the first part and this link for the edges. Let me know if you decide to give it a shot! I would love to see how yours turns out!

P.S. Anthony kept coming over the whole time I was sewing to touch it and ask if I was making an adult size blanket for him because the fabric was so soft hahaha. Hence the title of this blog πŸ˜‰

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

 

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Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Someone asked me this a few weeks ago and it really made me stop and think. In ten years I will be 36. That seems old to me since I don’t feel 26 at all. I am still surprised sometimes when I have to tell someone my age or write it down. I feel like I’m still 19. But does that ever really change?!

Anyway, that one question led to this post…and if you want to know where I would like to be in ten years, just keep reading.

Growing up, I always wanted to live in a city; there’s so much to do and see, it’s fun for people to come visit you, and you are close to everything. My dad used to tell me that I was going to live in Colorado out in the country with lots of animals and kids. hahaha. I used to roll my eyes and say “yeah right, that sounds horrible.”

Well, I guess it’s true that things change as you get older because I tell Anthony 3 times a week that I want to live in the south (it’s not Colorado, buuut same idea), out in the country with lots of animals and kids. All I want to hear are the sounds of nature coming in through the windows. I want a porch swing, open fields, and a garden. I want a quiet life, away from the hustle and bustle of the city I always thought I would live in. I want to hear laughter throughout our home and watch my kids grow up exploring, appreciating, and enjoying nature.

I know that life won’t be as wonderful as that daydream sounds. There will be arguments, kids whining/crying/fighting, messes to clean, animals escaping, and all sorts of things that life may throw at us. But that is ok. Life isn’t perfect and that’s how we learn and grow. It is still fun to think/talk about together and make (tentative) plans for the future.

Also, don’t worry, we aren’t moving anytime soon. I just thought I would share some of my thoughts that stemmed from that seemingly simple question. Once Anthony gets closer to finishing school then we can seriously consider moving πŸ˜‰

 

What about you?? What dreams do you have for your future? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Vander Hoek Reception

 

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I have never doneΒ wedding photos (and I only did the reception for my sister), but I kind of loved it! Our wedding and reception photos are some of my favorites to look back on, so I was excited to capture moments/details that they would love looking back on as well. It was such a beautiful day, everything went so smoothly, and Harper looked absolutely gorgeous! My mom was a champ at pulling everything together (planning a wedding in another state is no joke – thank goodness for amazing mothers) and making all of Harper’s ideas come to life. I just love weddings (I probably told Anthony that 15 times throughout the day) and it was so much fun having everyone together – I can’t wait for the next one in the fam πŸ˜‰

(^ I am definitely going to get crap for that comment hahaha)

I hope everyone is having a safe and relaxing weekend!

xo,

Paige

 

Full Capacity

I had never shot a gun before last weekend and was actually pretty scared of them. I would get sweaty hands and my heart would race whenever I was around a gun, loaded or not. I always knew (being married to a big second amendment guy) that I would have to learn how to shoot one at some point, but I always found myself putting it off.

I’ve never had a traumatic experience with a gun, so I can’t speak from that standpoint. But I had a fear of guns because everything I thought I knew about them made me uncomfortable.

We all have assumptions about what something will be like, or maybe that’s just me, and if those assumptions scare us or intimidate us we tend to back away and go a different route. I could make a list of all the times I’ve done this in my life, but I’m afraid it would be 10 pages long! I have found that my assumptions typically feed my fears. For example, I assume something will be awkward so I allow my fear of said awkwardness to keep me from going/participating. When in reality it may not have been awkward at all! Or maybe I assume something will be dangerous, and I allow my fear of getting hurt keep me from participating in a fun and perfectly safe activity…or maybe I assume that because I can’t surf I definitely won’t be able to snowboard, so I never even give it a try because I don’t want to fail at it.

Instead of putting these assumptions and fears aside it is so much easier to stay within our safe little comfort zones. Unfortunately, we don’t do a lot of growing and stretching within that comfort zone. We grow as individuals when we push ourselves – when we test our limits and discover how much we are really capable of, both mentally and physically.

I am not perfect at this, by any means, but it’s something I am always pushing myself to be better at and some days it’s hard! Actually, most days I don’t want to leave the comfort of my little bubble. Then there are some days when I just need a little encouragement from my husband, friends or family. But I am always so excited and happy when I do stretch myself and learn a new skill, find a new favorite food or activity, or reach a personal goal I never thought I could. 

But I want to hear from you! What have you accomplished by venturing out of your comfort zone?! Or what are some goals you have that will require leaving your comfort zone??

We made it to Silver Lake!

I am finally getting these photos up from when we camped and did the whole Silver Lake hike last month. I know, took me long enough!

The last time we went to do the Silver Lake hike, we didn’t plan very well and ended up not going very far (we thought we went halfway…wrong) before heading back to the car. So we planned this little camping trip with our same friends in order to do the whole hike. Friday we hurried home from work to pack and get up American Fork canyon before the sun set so we could get all settled in for the night. Once we found a good spot, the boys set up camp while the girls got the fire and dinner started. We didn’t go to a “traditional” campground since most of them are booked in advance. Instead, in certain areas, they have designated camping areas with fire pits spread out along a mountain and it’s more of a first come first serve deal. But you aren’t all right next to each other which is nice. It was so peaceful and relaxing, until about 10 pm when a bunch of college kids (I know I sound like an old lady) came up the road and decided to camp right next to us with their music blasting…. (insert eye-roll emoji)

Besides our loud neighbors, it was a pretty good spot to camp. Next time we will be bringing better pads, maybe even cots though. It’s been so long since I camped, I forgot how hard the ground is when you are trying to sleep!! Anthony had his hammock…which he set up and got all ready, but ended up not even sleeping in. Lets just say, our camping spot didn’t have very good trees to hang a hammock on. He chose one solid tree and one….not so solid tree. Within twenty minutes of getting in his hammock, his back was on the ground. Now, I normally would have laughed at this, but at the time it was not funny because he came in the tent and woke me up after I had just fallen asleep (he ended up trying the hammock for a second time later in the night, only to end up in the tent again). It’s hilarious now, but that’s because it’s been awhile…

We woke up pretty early the next day and packed everything up before heading out on our hike. It turned out to be a warm day but it wasn’t terrible since we were up on a mountain. The hike was definitely harder than I thought it was going to be, but in the moment I was too distracted by how beautiful it was to think about anything else. It’s only 4 something miles round trip, but it is pretty steep the whole way there. I am not sure there is anything better than working up a good sweat while enjoying the great outdoors though! As for the lake, I can’t even explain how beautiful it was, so I will let my pictures speak for themselves!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Silver Lake

If you haven’t been up any of the canyons in Utah, then you are missing out. They are incredibly beautiful in the summer time (winter too, but hiking in snow is not really my thing…pretty much anything in snow isn’t my thing). After this hike we did, I completely understand why people love summer and hiking here.

Yesterday we hiked the Silver Lake trail, up American Fork Canyon, with some of our favorite people. We didn’t hike the whole thing since it was 4.5 miles one way and we unfortunately weren’t prepared with enough water. So we went a little over half way and it was beautiful! Our original plan was to hike the Tibble Fork Reservoir loop (which was supposed to be fairly moderate in skill level) but we got to the canyon only to find out it has been closed since June 1st for construction. I am really glad we found another hike to do though, instead of turning around to leave.

Getting to the trail was pretty easy, but the last few miles were up the side of a mountain on an unpaved, bumpy, dirt road. Luckily it wasn’t too bad for us since our truck has 4WD. Also, I am definitely scared of heights. We were on the side of the mountain and when I looked down my palms immediately started to sweat. They are actually sweating right now as I write this/think about it. I guess I have never known how scared I really am of heights. Now we know.

Once we got to the reservoir where the trail started, we parked and started going up a road that Anthony swore would turn into the trail…you can guess where this is going. Long story short, it didn’t turn into the trail and after asking someone where we went wrong we turned around.Β Once we got to the actual trailhead, it was great!! It was seriously so beautiful. I cannot say that enough. I am sad it took us half the summer to actually get out and do something like this!! Now we know to get our butts out the door and go sooner! But for now, I cannot wait to get out to camp and hike away the rest of summer!

Here’s the highlight real from the 171 pictures I actually took…. Also, a BIG thank you to Autumn and Brad (Fitz too!!) for being such good looking models and letting me take photos of them.

I think they love the truck more than we do!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She secretly loves dogs πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fist pump for standing like a big kid!

 

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Ok Utah, I guess you are pretty beautiful…

 

Looking real focused…

 

A Very Special California Trip

I am finally getting around to this post, almost a week late…whoops!
We took a little road trip down to California about a week and a half ago and (not only was it much needed) it was a special little trip because my parents were finally returning home after living in Mexico for THREE years. They were there doing missionary work for the LDS church (they were assigned a certain geographical area of missionaries to lead and watch over) and were constantly on the go and working, so they were pretty tired when they got home but I know they met people and made memories that they will never forget.
Overall, it was a whirlwind of a trip, and I wish we could have stayed another week. Having everyone together again after 3 years was a blast and we had a lot of fun just spending time together. It’s funny how things change when you and your siblings grow up. ha. Everything isn’t quite so chaotic and you actually enjoy each others company!
aaaaand here Β are some of the pics I took, there were over 200 so I narrowed it down for this post πŸ˜‰

 

Side note: Anthony and I went for a walk, just the two of us, on our last night there and I told him that sometimes I hate going back to visit California because I always get so depressed when it’s time to leave. And then I cried all the way back to Utah! Hahaha. I really do love our life here, it’s just not fun ending a great trip that wasn’t quite long enough.

Rain Is A Good Thing

Every time it rains I think of the Luke Bryan song, “Rain Is A Good Thing”.

It’s been raining on and off all day which has been kind of nice since its been in the 90’s and hot all week. But I am not complaining because it’s a million times better than the snow!

Anyway, we decided to go out in the rain and explore close to home today with the dogs since we have a neighborhood chili cook off to attend tonight. Anthony and I like to spend as much time as we can with the dogs during the weekend since they spend a lot of time during the week inside. We ended up going out to an empty field nearby where there were lots of trails we could walk on while the pups ran wild and free. Since they love water and freedom, they were in heaven! I took advantage of this opportunity to play around with my camera (Anthony wanted to play with it too, hence some of the pics below..) but since it was raining and I didn’t have a lot of protection for my camera, I didn’t get too many photos. Oh well! Still a good time practicing on my favorite furry subjects!