7.31.2014

Toasters and the Utah State Capital



Yesterday Reagan and I met up with Kara in Salt Lake for lunch at Toasters (I recently discovered this list, and if you know me at all, probably know that now I kind of want to try all of them). The food was delicious. Kara and I both got the House Sandwich which was divine (my favorite part was probably the balsamic... Mmmm!). I set Reagan down for a second to order my food and she wandered over to a table and made quick friends with one of the guys sitting there. I was happy to notice that the one particular guy she made friends with just so happened to be one of Jordan's friends from college! Small world. He had never met Reagan before and was surprised to learn it was Jordan's daughter.



After lunch we headed over to the State Capital, to go on a tour. They do tours every hour from 9-5 Monday-Friday. I've been wanting to do one for a while, so I was happy we were able to go. One minor detail though, and total mom FAIL, I forgot Reagan's stroller. I thought it was in my trunk, but it wasn't! Sooooo sad. Reagan is really heavy, especially squirmy, and very independent, so that made our trip a bit difficult. We started the guided tour, but quickly bailed and opted for a self-guided tour instead, and I'm really glad we did.



The sky was threatening us with it's dark gray storm clouds. It even rained (poured) on our drive down there, but luckily it didn't rain on us while we were there.



^^Tiny baby, huge wall and building, at the capital of her state of birth.



^^An attempted photo of the three of us, moments after Reagan crawled through the mud, resulting in muddy shoes, and knees and then mud on my pants as a result of picking her up. And this was all after she almost threw my camera on the cement. Twice. That whole no stroller thing was a super bummer!



It was super beautiful though. That's for sure. I have a thing lately for Rotundas I guess. I just can't stay away.



Reagan pretty much got to do whatever she wanted, as long as she wasn't screaming. Ha. She looked extra tiny in such a HUGE room.



^^Who can do a better strut? B.Y. or R.J.? I think it's a pretty fair battle...



^^I really loved all of the seagulls in the top of the Rotunda.^^



The art in this building was amazing. Everywhere we looked there were beautiful murals or sculptures. And the architecture was also gorgeous.

Below are a few pictures from the Senate Chamber:



^^I also really loved this mural of (I think) Monument Valley, but it could easily be Canyonlands, or even Arches (ha!).^^



^^And this is the Supreme Court. One bummer was that they are remodeling the House Chamber so we didn't get to see that part of the capital. But overall it was a fun, (and slightly chaotic) outing! Thanks for joining us Kara! Let's get together again soon!

7.29.2014

My Favorites in a Box | GIVEAWAY



Because I finally got the url for my blog changed to something more permanent, and because I have a fresh new blog design, and because I'm so dang thankful you keep reading along, I wanted to do a fun little giveaway of some of my favorite things. Here is what I'm giving away...



A colorful notebook with a 4-color Bic pen....



Some of my favorite candy...Who can resist Swedish Fish?



My newest chapstick obsession....



A large and a small Anthropologie Bowl....



And a 5X7 print of my "Never Suppress a Generous Thought" graphic....



There will be 3 lucky winners, who will all receive something like this....



In a fun and bright box, like this....



This giveaway will be open for one week and is only open to U.S. residents (Sorry! But I'm paying for the shipping out of my own pocket...). Thanks for reading my blog. It means a lot! Good Luck!

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7.27.2014

Camping in the Uintas



This weekend, we packed up our tiny Honda Civic, full to the brim, and drove up to the Unitas. We found a fun little secluded campsite and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves for the night. It was so fun to have Dylan and Logan with us and to be away for even just a night. In the morning Reagan slept in a little bit, we packed up camp and headed over to Trial Lake so Jordan could do a little bit of fishing.

I wanted to try something new for this camping trip. So above you will see 780 pictures in a three and a half minute movie. I like how it turned out! And I'm definitely interested in making more like it. And just for fun, a few of my favorite snapshots from the movie are below.