Thursday, June 16, 2016

Yosemite in One Day



The other day we did a quick/day trip to Yosemite. It takes about three hours to get there and let me tell you it is well worth the drive. People think that we (my sister, Audrey and I) are crazy to take such a trip in one day but there isn't really any place to stay... everything is booked way in advanced. My sister and I think these types of trips are perfect and have no complaints driving the hours just to see some beautiful views. We once drove from the bay to Malibu just for the sunset and to eat at our favorite restaurant. It is super important to me to show Audrey all that I can and for her to appreciate all the beauty this world has to offer. I want her to be obsessed with the outdoors and making memories rather than being obsessed with the latest and greatest material things. 

So on Tuesday we left around eight in the morning with the car packed full of snacks and our water bottles and we were off.  We made one stop and that was for gas and a green smoothie for me. We got to the park a little after eleven and stayed till almost four. There is so much to see and do and the park is completely car friendly. You can park easily and drive the whole park without too much confusion or traffic. We saw most of the popular sights Glacier Point, El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridalveil Falls, and Yosemite Falls just to name a few.  I would like to one day soon go back and hike some of the trails. The John Muir Trail is something I would love to do... at least part of it. It was overall a really good day. We saw so many amazing and beautiful things. It was well worth the drive up and back. 

Summer is off to such a good start and this is just the beginning of some amazing adventures!


Monday, June 13, 2016

Summer

 

Summer is here and we could not be happier. Summer is a way for me to slow down, to appreciate, and to explore. We have so many things planned and have done so much already. Audrey is enjoying being home and enjoying all the little adventures we do. We have friends visiting, birthdays to celebrate, road trips, and even some plane trips. So grateful for this time and so excited to see where this summer takes us...

I plan on blogging more daily to not only share our adventures but as a way of remembering the moment. Feel free to follow along...

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Me Time...


Go. See. Do... is the words I try to live by. During the school year my days are packed and I am constantly trying to keep my head above water. I am always busy with work, chores, long commutes, keeping up with the Audrey and everything else I need to fit in between those things. So on the weekends when my errands and housework are caught up... I sneak away usually with my sister. 

The other weekend we went on a four hour hike to find a waterfall and it was so worth it. My husband always worries that I am making myself more tired by doing these hikes but actually is what gets me going. My sister and I get to talk and figure out this thing called life. We get to see new sights and experience things you wouldn't get to see if you were relaxing on the couch all day. I come back feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the long work week ahead. This being said... I do love my couch and do enjoy it from time to time but more often than not I choose adventure!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Art Party

 

Last weekend we celebrated Audrey's fifth birthday with an art party. We invited her closest friends and had a little fun. When planning the art party it was at first going to be a small party with a few arts and crafts but after my husband got involved... there was soon a jumpy house, face painter, and even a popcorn machine. It was ALL worth it in the end I suppose... the kids had a good time and were fully entertained. There was a point in the party where I thought no kid would even want to sit down and do art but eventually they all sat down and got to work. It was fun party with her little friends and Audrey really had so much fun. We decided every five years we can do bigger parties like this for her. We want to actually get a little outdoor theater set up in our backyard. I have a feeling sleepovers will start to happen more and more as she gets older and we want to prepared. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Exploregonian (Part Two)


 Exploring Portland was really cool. There are so many things to do and see. We tried to do as much as we could during the days we were there. We got to explore waterfalls, forests, the downtown area, and even a few places outside Portland. The one thing I wish we could have done more was explore all the good resturaunts. There just wasn't enough time in our days. The weather was absolutely beautiful as well. We were prepared for rain but it stayed in the seventies and sunny the whole time we were there. So most nights we would take our dinner down to the river front and watch the sunset. One night we got to watch the sunset on a roof top in downtown. I am super thankful for this little trip we took. It gave us time away from our busy schedule and allowed us to do what we do best...explore.

Part One...

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Exploregonian (Part One)


So we survived our road trip. We had such a good time and had such nice weather. We drove up North to Oregon and even drove into Washington. These pictures were taken right before we left for home. We decided to get up early and do one last hike. We heard there was a real suspension bridge at the end of the hike with beautiful views... so we couldn't pass it up. We packed some snacks and filled our water bottles and we were off. It was so worth it... afterwards we drove the 10+ hours home. Crazy... we know.

Audrey did so well on the road. We did a ton of driving each day and she rarely complained and always took her naps in the car. I could not have asked for better behavior from her. She got to see mountains, snow, waterfalls, forests, rivers, and so many beautiful views. She was in heaven and she can really hike...she can totally keep up. I am so thankful my sister and I could show her all this and spend some time together... just us girls. 


Road Trip Survival



We are heading up to Portland today (actually already on the road) and it is going to be a 10+ hour road trip with my sister and Audrey. We will be on the look out for good views, good waterfalls, and good food. Audrey has been road tripping since she was a baby and is used to being in the car for long periods of time. She is usually pretty good about being in the car but there are few things we need to survive on long road trips... 

Snacks and activities top the list. We love road trip snacks and even though there are only healthier options in the picture above... we have been known to get some junk along the way but we always do our best to keep it pretty healthy. Activities for Audrey are pretty important... we always have plenty of notebooks, crayons, and coloring books. We also do some books on cd and have some of her music playing. 

Things I also always have in the car...
Plenty of napkins and towels
First aid kit
Flashlights
Portable vacuum

Wish us luck on this 10+ hour drive...we are going to need it