where we: end wedding season

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we’ve been to a whole lot of weddings this summer — but on friday we went to the last one on our calendar! i was sad because i looove weddings, and david was sad because he likes the free meal and tasty treats, ha.

the wedding on friday was of my friend jelissa. they had their reception at log haven restaurant up milcreek canyon and it was so very magical. i loved this venue and thought it would be a great spot for a wedding redo — even though i loved where we had ours, i always think about what dress i would wear if we could relive our wedding day, what flowers i would want, etc.

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i also love weddings cause you get to see so many friends all together in one spot — a rare occurrence these days, with friends moving here and there and always being busy. at this wedding we got some quality time with the freis and baby morris. he’s the cutest, even though he doesn’t give me enough eye contact to make me feel like we’re having quality time. he’s a little over a month old, so i’ll give him a break. by 2 months i hope he’s gotten that mastered.

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david’s still learning what to do with babies.

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but he always knows what to do with a super fancy buffet table. seconds and thirds, please.

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so i forgot to get a shot of the bride and groom, whoops. they were in high demand all night. but congrats, jelissa and kevin!

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where: we climb rock canyon

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hanalei and austin were in town from SF this weekend and we didnt know if we’d get to see each other, but we switched around our schedule to meet up with them to go climbing in provo on saturday night. we’ve been climbing with them in the winter at the quarry climbing gym, and ever since then we’ve been talking about outdoor climbing together…but then they moved away! all of our climbing friends moved out of state and we never reached our full climbing potential!

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but the genes hooked us up with all the gear we needed. david loves climbing up random rock formations everywhere we go, so naturally he loved it. and im not too afraid of heights so i did pretty good, as long as i didn’t psych myself out for TOO long by thinking, “seriously, THERE IS NOOOO WHERE TO PUT MY FOOT right now!!” luckily austin was a patient, good teacher.

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now that our other climber friends tanner and brynne are living in SLC again, we’re ready for another trip! what do you say brynne? i think baby morris is ready.

 

where: we get antsy for summer

it’s happened about three times and we should definitely know better by now, but when warm weather rolls around it makes perfect sense in my mind to get a-hikin in the mountains. but it turns out the snow takes a looong time to melt. so i get excited, pick a hike, we get there and realize it will be a tedious trip in the hard-packed snow. it really probably won’t be nice and dry in the higher areas of the canyons until july. mental note for 2014!

on monday we were going to hike mt. olympus, but then woke up late. then we wanted to do a hike to three lakes called mary, martha catherine. but we got up near brighton ski resort and realized that hike was a no-go. so we improvised and picked a random hike on our way back down big cottonwood canyon, ending up on a 7-mile trail run/hike to desolation lake. it’s nice to get out and exercise in different settings.

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the trail was mostly snow-free. hooray!

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but then we came upon the snow.

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but why can’t we swim??

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oh, that’s why. maybe we’ll come back in the summer and break the no-swim rule. (even though i don’t like getting wet.)

it was an oh-so-lovely day that even ended with a super fancy car wash that the owner gave us for FREE for no reason! if he only knew how much it made the super-tight-budgeting newlyweds’ day.

and yes, it was real tough to go back to work on tuesday :-/. thanks for the memories, memorial day!

where we: once were born

as i said in the last post, david and i have birthday’s just 2 days apart, so we get an action-packed three days of celebrations every year as we celebrate his birthday on may 10th, have a co-bday celebration on the 11th and celebrate my birthday on it’s own on the 12th. and this year my birthday fell on mother’s day! i’m not mad. happy to share the day with the lovely shelley brown.

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david planned a picnic for sunday afternoon, so we packed up super tasty gourmet things like pugliese bread, brie, raspberries, cherry preserves, pesto, apples and sharp cheddar. yep, high class. then he took to me to a secret not-so-secret spot in the hills of the upper avenues where we live. magical! he knows my taste.

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we spent a good couple hours there, laying in the shade of a blossoming tree, soaking up the sun and taking bad self-timer pictures, opening presents, and trying to decide if pesto + sharp cheddar on apples was the best combo, or if it was raspberries + brie on bread. or if it was actually just bread with fancy cherry jam. after trying each combo about 5 times, we were too full to remember.

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where we: embrace the sun

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we wanted to go to zion’s or bryce canyon to celebrate our birthday weekend (david’s birthday is may 10th and mine is may 12 — presh, isn’t it?), but we couldn’t get away for more than one night, so we decided to hit up our own backyard for some quality time with our pal mother nature.

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the beauty of living in salt lake city is that we really could drive 20-30 minutes in any direction and be setting up camp. but for this trip we headed north to the trails around snowbasin. we “backpacked in” — all of 3/4 of a mile — and then we scoped out a nice ‘lil spot with a view of the mountain sunset, baked some sweet potatoes and feasted on smores until we got sleepy.

after breakfast in the morn’ we took off on a three-hour hike with a beautiful view of pineview reservoir. we took our sweet time and it was oh so lovely.

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