Casey, Ashley, Chase & Jimmy

Friday, July 26, 2013


Last weekend Chase and I were able to go with Casey to Seattle on a business trip. It was almost a free trip besides my flight (we used points!) and the extra night in a hotel. We realized that we want to take advantage of just having one baby right now and take as many mini trips as possible. Because when number 2 comes along we won't be accompanying Casey on any business trips :( 
While in Seattle we charged pretty hard. We pretty much wanted to see/do/eat everything we could do in 2.5 days and we did just that!

We arrived later than expected because our flight was delayed
Checked into the hotel and headed down to Pike's Place Market just a short walk from the hotel
Everyone was packing up but we were able to get Mac n Cheese from Beechers! So good
Then we went down to the waterfront and had dinner
Ice Cream for dessert and headed back to the hotel

Casey had this work meeting in the morning
Chase and I headed back down to Pike's for mini donuts!
Then we went shopping at the first Nordstroms
Casey met up with us and we took the monorail to the Seattle Center to see the Space Needle
They just happened to have a Food Festival too!
After that we headed over the Ballard Locks and watched the ships go through the canal
That evening we stayed in Bellevue--it's a dream! 
We had dinner on the lake at this sweet park
Perfect ending to our busy day!

We had TopPot donuts for breakfast. They were average (I'm a pretty tough donut critic)
Then headed up to Kirkland ten minutes up the road
We took a tour of Lake Washington and saw the coolest lake front home including Bill Gates
After we ate lunch at the food trucks in the park
We were going to go to some waterfalls on the way to the airport but ran out of time so we ended up just going to check out the Seattle LDS Temple. 
It was so pretty with all the greenery around it!

That concludes our trip to Seattle! We loved every minute of it. 
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Hiking in Utah

Utah is definitely a state known for its outdoor activities. In the past couple of years I have trying my best to make the most of the seasons and what they have to offer. Summer is all about being outside whether on a bike ride up the canyon, an evening walk, a day at the pool, boating on Utah Lake OR going on a HIKE
Since Chase has joined us it makes it a bit harder to plan our hikes. Luckily we invested in an awesome baby carrier (Ergobaby) which makes it a lot easier. Here are a few of my favorite hikes that we have gone on lately. I have not attempted hiking the Y yet with a baby (it's pretty steep and grueling). Hopefully soon we can do the Y and Stewart Falls! 

location: Pleasant Grove, UT
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This hike is a little over a mile there and back. Super easy and just a little bit steep on the way up. It ends with a waterfall which is always nice and a really pretty view!

location: Provo Canyon turn at Vivian park and drive all the way up to the last park (Big Springs)
This is an out and back trail with a small loop at the end. Its 3.5 miles total. We did not make it all the way :( 

location: Provo, UT behing the temple drive straight up the road till it ends at the trailhead parking lot
This is an out and back trail that goes 5 miles. There is also a trail that goes off the Rock Canyon trail to Squaw Peak. This isn't my favorite hike just cause there is no waterfall or cool ending. It is really pretty though if you just want a casual walk up a canyon.

location: starts that the mouth of the Provo Canyon next to the gas station. The trail however does keep going on University Ave in Provo. When we walk this path we usually start at Nunns Park just south of Bridal Veil Falls.
This isn't really a hike because it is a paved path. I used to bike it more than I walked it but now that I have a baby things have changed. It's nice because I can just take the stroller and Chase usually sleeps. Provo Canyon is seriously so beautiful! Every time I walk this path I always wonder why I don't do it more!