Friday, April 22, 2016

Summer Bucket List 2016

Hi friends! I had a great idea a few weeks ago to do a "Summer Bucket List," I feel like the summer always gets away from me before I even have time to get everything planned. Well, that is not going to happen this year. I'm a planning machine. I want to do all sorts of things this summer. If only we had longer weekends...fingers crossed that we can check most of these off our list! 

1. Camping with the Mackey's - Lake Wenatchee State 
This one is already booked :) we had so much fun last year that we decided to make it an annual thing!

2. Mariners Games
I hope we can go to a bunch this year! Even if we are horrible. 

3. Crater Lake 
Okay, so I lived in Oregon for 10 years and I never went. That is so bad! I have heard how beautiful it is so we are hoping to make it there sometime this summer. This one will probably be the furthest we would have to drive, so we will see if it actually ends up happening.

4. Vancouver BC or Victoria BC
Justin hasn't ever been to Canada and since we are so close now, I figure, why not?

5. Lake Chelan with the Family
I'm not 100% sure that we will be able to find a weekend for this one. But I really really want to do it! I haven't been there since I was a kid and everyone always talks about it. I would love to spend a weekend there this summer!

6. Lost Lake - Hike in Mount Hood
Justin's favorite place is Lost Lake. If we were to stay in Portland for a weekend we could do both of these things in a day trip, which would be ideal. There is also this hike near Multnomah Falls where you have to swim across the stream. We really wanted to do it last year, but we never got around to it. Hoping we can make it this year. 

7. Lavender Fields in Sequim with Dave and Julie
Last year we were going to go to the Lavender farm at Mt Hood, but the weather was over 100 degrees on that day so we opted for AC instead. I would love to see the pretty lavender farms in Sequim this year. 

8. Suncadia 
My friend's mom has a place here ;) and I'm really hoping that we can go there for a weekend too!

9. Snoqualmie Falls
I was just talking to my mom about how I have never seen this. I don't know how that is possible. 

10. Rattlesnake Hike
Last time I tried to do this it was very icy and kind of scary. Also, Justin's back was out so he couldn't go. I have heard that it is so beautiful so I'm hoping we can make it up there. It is pretty close do I think we will. 

Phew, we will have no problem coming up with things to do this summer. I have ideas galore. I wonder how many we will actually end up checking off the list. I have to post this so I stop adding to it every day ;) Stay tuned!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

La Connor and Deception Pass

After the Tulip Festival (see my last post for details) we headed over to La Connor for lunch. La Connor is a cute little town that gets an insane amount of traffic during the tulip festival. It is on the water and has a bunch of cute little restaurants. It was exactly what I expected out of a little town like that!
We went to a little brewery for lunch while there was a Tulip Festival Parade going on outside. We all hung out and got to know each other a bit. Because we know how to be friends with people and do not #seattlefreeze them, right Julie??! ;)
As you can see, we found a few of these throughout the day. I don't know why but these always make me laugh! We stopped for some delicious ice cream before heading out of town to our next stop.  
 Next up, we went to Deception Pass to check out the view. What a perfect day for it, huh? Lots of other people thought so too. It was busy place to be. But so worth the view!
I also discovered panoramic pics on this day :) which might be one of my new favorite things. I think I did a pretty good job of capturing the scenery on this one!

After this, we finally headed home for the day. Oh my goodness was I tired. I think I came home and hit the bed for the night!
Linking up with Holly for Waiting on Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Too Many Tulips

Last weekend (not this past one, but 2 weekends ago) we went to the Tulip Festival with Dave and Julie and some of their friends. I hadn't been since I was a little kid. It was funny that I remember it being so huge and crazy, but really it is just a pretty patch of tulips...not TOO huge. 
The ride up to Tulip Town was a long one. We had to stop and get some sweetarts to make the drive better. There is a lot of traffic to get up there because it is such a popular place. It was also spring break and we were also going on a Saturday morning. But luckily, we piled in a car with Dave, Julie, and Gretchen for the ride up so we got to spend time chatting. 
We finally arrived! There are people cut out of almost all of these photos. It was seriously packed, so there were people everywhere. I think most people were having a hard time getting photos of just themselves and not a bunch of others.
 Tulips for days!
Dave and Julie always take jumping pics, so we decided to do a girls one and got it on the first try (good job, Dave!). I need to work on my jumping picture poses though. 
 With my love in front of my favorite pink flowers :) The sun was so pretty that day. In fact, I actually got sunburned. 
 This is my favorite picture from the day. I just think Washington is so pretty. The trees, the sky, the mountains, the flowers, etc. Can't beat it!
These views were just out of control.
The whole group!

It was a fun day. Come back tomorrow for the rest ;)

Linking up with Jessica for Tuesday Talk!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Bookworm Wednesday - March Reads

Hi all! As usual, I'm so sorry I have been MIA for so long. I'm really struggling with time management and getting back into this whole blogging thing. Ugh! So I'm WAY behind on my reading too. Are you surprised? I'm only reading book #7 of the year, how crazy is that? Last year I had finished like 15 by now. Don't forget to check out Molly's reads for March :)

#5 I Said Yes by Emily Maynard Johnson
Hey bachelor fans, I'm at it again reading another memoir (thanks Julie, that is all your fault!). I think it is interesting to read these books and see how their lives turned out after they were done being on tv and in the public eye 24/7. I was happy to hear that Emily is so happy and has created such a happy life for herself. If you are looking for bachelor/bachelorette details though, you won't find much here. I did learn a few things, but if you want major behind the scenes details I would suggest Courtney's book. I have had this feeling lately that things are happening for a reason and this book really made me think about that even more. It seems like that is something that Emily believes in too. It was great to see how she got to where she is today. It was an easy read and I did enjoy it!

#6 All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

Last month I read my first Jennifer Weiner book. I don't know how I have gone so long without picking up one of her books. It was an intense topic, pain pill addiction. It also didn't help that I read it after I had surgery and was on pain meds. Scared the daylights out of me and I couldn't take the meds anymore out of fear that I could end up like the character in this book. Speaking of characters, I loved them. This book brought up a really good point that drug addictions can affect anyone no matter how "normal" you think your life is. I like books that are wrapped up in a neat little bow at the end. This one was great for that. I knew exactly what happened and was happy with it!

You should be my friend on Goodreads so you can keep up with what I'm reading all the time ;)