A Girl Should Be Two Things: Classy & Fabulous. - Coco Chanel


Monday, July 18, 2016

Cecret Lake - Little Cottonwood Canyon

I have been to Cecret lake so many times now that I can't keep track. I know the wildflowers are in bloom this time of year, so I was dying to get up there again. Kyle had never been, plus he is my adventure buddy, so I asked him if he wanted to go with me. He said yes and brought his friend Jaylene.

I don't know why I am always unsure of new people at first. I wasn't sure if I would like Jaylene all that much or not. Probably because she is beautiful and I was intimidated by her. However, we hit it off and became instant besties. In fact, on the way home Kyle let her sit in the front seat so we could chat. Ha ha. I'm hoping for more adventures with this girl. She is awesome. Kyle took this awesome picture of us bonding with the view of the lake in front of us. We are hard to see because we are small and in the corner, but I love that shot.

Kyle was hardcore and even brought his paddle board. His is inflatable, but it is still an extra 50+ pounds to carry on his back. Cool though because nobody else was paddle boarding. He took turns paddling us across the lake.

Of course I had to hammock too. It's my jam. I found the best spot!

We left in the morning and thought we would be back by 2pm. We didn't get back home until after 7pm. We just had so much fun exploring and playing all day. Such a great day!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Where Do You Drive?

Kyle and I both love photography. We are both always thinking of new and creative ways to capture life and the beauty of it. So I came up with this new photo opt idea....

See, I LOVE my new car. I call it my adventure car because it is perfect for all of my adventures. It's the perfect size for me. I can through my paddle board on top and I can throw all of my camping gear or whatever else in the back. It fits all my friends and it has the best sound system so I can pump up the jams when I drive. I am a music lover after all.

I thought of a new use for my car... which inspired the photo shoot series "Where Do You Drive?". When you put the back seats down in my car... there is quite a bit of room in the back. I have been dying to make it into a comfy bed and drive somewhere beautiful and camp in the car with some twinkle lights. I haven't done that yet... but regardless if I sleep in there or not, it is a great hang out space.

So on Friday night, Kyle and I drove up Rock Canyon to watch the sunset. We both love sunsets. We opened up the trunk of my car and hung twinkle lights. The temperature was perfect with a slight breeze. Everything about it made me happy. So this is definitely happening again. Of course in different locations with a slightly different set up. That is why it is going to be a series of pictures we do. I love it though. Another reason to love my car. It was the perfect summer evening. Can't wait to do it again.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Work Luau

This is the first time that my work has had a luau. Well, maybe there have been others, but this is the first one that I have been invited to. Not the entire company was invited. I'm not sure who was invited, but whoever threw the party is friends with my manager... so our department was invited.

They gave me two tickets... in hopes that I would find a date. I mean... I could have brought a date, but I didn't want to bring a first or second date to a work party. My co-workers would ask questions and it would be awkward and I didn't even want to see any of my co-workers. So I brought my friend Kyle. He is always down for hanging out with I love and he is chill. So I brought him. I expected to just eat and leave. We were actually getting there as most of my co-workers were leaving (not sad) because I worked out with my personal trainer before. Anyway... Kyle and I ended up having a lot of fun and stayed until the end.

The food was great. It would be a pretty disappointing luau if the food wasn't great. They even had fresh coconut that you could cut and drink out of if you wanted. It always looks so good, but I don't like coconut, so I didn't go for it.

They also had a bar. Kyle and I both got Virgin Mango Daiquiris. They were SO good. Plus we got to keep our cups and leis. We wanted some of the other cups as well, so we took some of the ones we wanted that people had left behind. ha ha.

The ended the luau with dancers. It's not a luau without them. I even got up and danced with them when they asked for volunteers.

I wasn't going to go because I couldn't find anyone to go with me. So glad Kyle could go with me last minute. He was the perfect one to take.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Confessions of a Brunette on the Internet 332

Summer is going by WAY TO FAST!!! I like it because it means I am having fun, but I hate it because I don't want it to end. I wait all year long for summer and then it passes by in a flash.

I already blogged about my hike to Lisa Falls with my cousin Lisa and some of her family. Love spending time with her. Always have. After we got done with our hike, we drove back to Provo Canyon to meet up with the rest of her family for a picnic at the park. So my Aunt Brenda & Uncle Carl were there, cousin Dave and his family were there and cousin Steve and his family were there. I got to hold both Lisa's and Steve's babies. Both adorable. I do love babies. We were at the park eating and chatting and the kids were playing in the water until dark. Then Lisa and family and Dave and family and I all went to Sodalicious. We have to. Lisa looks forward to it whenever she comes to Utah. It's a cousin tradition. So much fun with the cousins. Love them.

Saturday I didn't do much besides errands and cleaning. Nothing fun outside like I normally like to do. Although, at midnight, I was watching a movie that I rented.... and I got a text from my friend Becky. She said, hey... you want to try sleeping in a hammock in the park to see if we want to sleep in hammock's at Havasupai? I text back, sure. ha ha. Why not? And she also text our friend Stephan. He also said sure, why not. So the 3 of us went to the park at almost 1am.... waiting for the sprinklers to turn off, then we set up our hammocks at the back of the park in our usual spot. We talked for an hour or so... then went to sleep. I was surprised how comfortable I slept in the hammock all night. Usually the thing that stinks when you are camping, is that you are on the ground. Even with a sleeping pad, you wake up stiff and switch sleeping positions until the next one gets stiff and you do it again. Sleeping in the hammock, I never got stiff. It really was quite comfortable. The only thing that felt a little different was I felt more exposed, more vulnerable. I don't know why. I was still next to my friends... but we were were not directly next to each other... just hanging by ourselves, which feels a little vulnerable to sleep like that. In a tent, you have an enclosed space. Anyway... not sure why I felt that way since we were just at the park next to our house. Anyway... we slept great and decided that is how we were going to camp at havasupai... which is great, because it is less to pack. It was also fun. A hammock sleep over at the park. Who knows.... we might do it again just for fun. Invite more people. I do have 4 hammocks after all.

Sunday I got to meet my new nephew, Lincoln. Oh... I love him so much. There is nothing like new babies. I blogged about this already as well, but I loved rocking him to sleep and holding a sleeping baby is pretty much the best thing ever. I'm sure I will be doing a photoshoot of him within the next week.

Monday I worked out with Josh earlier in the day because I had a hair appointment with my friend Nicole. I didn't take a picture of my hair because it isn't different. We decided to keep it she same, she just gave me a trim and redid some of the color to make it look rich again. I always look forward to getting my hair done, not only because it is great to get your hair done, but I love catching up with Nicole. We have been friends for like 8 or 9 years now I think. She is great.

Tuesday I also worked out early with Josh because after work I had to drive up to Salt Lake to get my lashes done from my friend Ali. She is also the greatest. Visiting with her is fun as well. And I LOVE having full lashes.

Wednesday I again worked out with Josh earlier in the day because I had my friends Liz & Ben over for dinner before they move to Hawaii next week for a year. I know, so much going on. I already blogged about them too, but I am so thankful we have stayed good friends and that they made time to hang out with me right before they move even though they are so so busy. They are the best. Love them.

Guess that brings me to today. Today I worked out with Josh after work. Thursday is my least favorite work out day. I hate cardio day. I got it done though and after the work out I went home and quickly changed and picked up my friend Kyle to go to my work Luau with me. I'm so glad he went with me because otherwise it would have been lame. I didn't want to hang out with any of my co-workers. I know... I'm terrible. Because I went later, most of my co-workers were leaving as I was getting there, so I wasn't mad about that. Anyway... Kyle and I had fun. It was nice we got there when everyone was pretty much done eating but there was still tons of food, so we didn't have to deal with the crowd. So we ate yummy food, then just as we got done eating, the dancers started. I even participated in the dancing... because I'm cool like that. Ha ha. So glad none of my co-workers were there for that. Anyway.... I will blog more about that later. I was with Kyle so we took lots of pictures because that is what Kyle and I do together. That is one of the reasons I love hanging out with Kyle. He is like me in the fact that he is always down for fun and loves to document life. So we had a great time.

So that is it. That was my week. Busy... but good. Starting to make my packing list of Havasupai and gather a few things. Want to be extra prepared for long backpacking trips. My friends are all excited and I think it is going to be a fun trip. Anyway... until next week!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Lisa Falls

Since the beginning of this year, my cousin Lisa has been texting me every time she sees my Instagram pictures saying she can't wait to adventure with me when she comes. Well... she came and it was time! We are pretty limited because she has her kids with her, and she wanted to go somewhere that I had never been before so we could both experience it for the first time together. So we found a hike, that was very appropriate. Lisa Falls! I mean, we had to go right? The waterfall was named after her. ;)

So Friday I left work early and went to my trainer and then after met up with Lisa and Brett and a few of their kids. Most of the kids stayed back at the cabin with their grandparents. We drove up to Little Cottonwood Canyon and did the short little hike to Lisa Falls. It's a pretty waterfall and I'm not sure why I have not been there before since it is so easy to get to.

We had fun hanging out and taking pictures and being out in nature together. I also taught Lisa and Brett my secret of how I edit pictures for Instagram since they are a couple of my biggest fans. They are so nice. But seriously, Lisa is so fun. She is one of my favorite people to be around and talk to. I always looked up to her when I was little and wished I could be like her. I still do, but now we are like best friends. There usually isn't a week that goes by that we haven't talked. She is someone I can always turn to for anything and is always there to support me and make me laugh. She is the best. So glad I got to spend time with her! Love you Lisa!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Goodbye Baily's

My good friends Liz & Ben... who I was friends with both individually in the ward before they fell in love and got married... are moving to Hawaii next week. Sad day. Except that it is an excuse for me to visit Hawaii and have a place to stay. Anyway... they had me over for dinner the last couple times we got together, so it was time that I had them over for dinner before they left. I felt special that they made time for me in their crazy schedule right before they moved. They really are the best and I love them both and glad I got to see them before they left.