All relationships have their ups and downs. ~raises hands~ We definitely do.
Sharing Michael’s parents first time visiting Hawaii! It made our hearts so happy to hear about their adventures and see their photos. We couldn’t help but share some of them. I seriously cannot get over all of the shades of blue coming off of the sky and the ocean water. It is just something else.
With Michael’s dad, Nick, having stage IV kidney cancer, seeing them take this bucket-list trip is heartwarming. They have gone on so many incredible trips in the last two years. Nick has a huge interest in war history, and he just came back from France visiting WWII sites. So having him get the chance to visit Pearl Harbor with his wife, Kim, was a pretty surreal moment. This trip to Hawaii may have been unexpected, but it turned out to be perfect timing.
I know they’re still exploring Hawaii, but we are so thankful they are still having a romantic trip together. These two have really taught us the value of making every moment count and making the best of any situation. Pretty sure Hawaii is on our travel list next year!
Look at these two cuties!
Could Michael and I just pick up our life and move to Costa Rica?! It sounds like a stretch, but we did look into jobs recently…
Layla was our nine year old boxer; the sweetest soul that gave us love in our lives in a way that we never knew we needed.
There is just something mysteriously magical about the ocean. Maybe it’s all of the brilliant shades of blues it can be, or maybe it’s the unpredictability of its storms, or even all of the life that is teeming underneath the surface. Whatever it is, whenever we visit the coast, there’s a sense of awe that just takes over us.
ft. Cody, Michael’s brother
(we forgot our self-timer was on in this photo)
This place in the Olympic National Park is still our favorite spot that we’ve ever camped at.
You either have it or know someone who does… or did.
Cervical. Kidney. Lung. Breast. Heart.
These particular ones affect or have affected
some of the most important people in our lives.
Mac Miller | My Favorite Part
Lets cue this ~feel good song~ because we just got our wedding photos back!!
On April 20th, we had some of our closest friends and family around us, incredible weather, a beautiful four string quartet, lovely flowers done by A&L, & one badass, amazing photographer, Lily Hayes.
Here are a few of our favorite moments, our vows, and photos below. ☺
ft. our neighborhood
This weekend we were planning to backpack up to a fire lookout in Mount Hood, Oregon. On the way there, we started noticing snow along the forest roads. I always get a little suspicious with road conditions once snow starts to appear, but Michael gets… a little ‘confident’ in his FJ when if comes to a lot road-wise. 😜
When we got to huge snow covering on the road, he pressed the gas and we plowed right through only to get us stuck in about 2-3 feet of snow. It took us an hour and a half to get out because all we had to use was a poop shovel, a skillet, and two hiking poles to plow all of the snow away from his truck. It was exhausting, but so hilarious after it was all done.
We obviously had to change our plans last minute, so we looked on google maps and found Timothy Lake was pretty close. There were also campsites you could backpack in!
It. Was. Beautiful.
We had absolutely no service with no one around us. After a stressful week of work and school, it was exactly what we needed to unwind.
Once we set up everything, we hiked about five-six miles around the lake. We got back to camp right in time to set up the hammock and catch the sunset. 🧡
When I was in college, I was obsessed with the food industry. I was just beginning to fall in love with cooking. I found myself reading endlessly about different styles of cooking from different chefs. When I found out Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert were visiting a nearby university for a speech, I couldn’t pass it up. I was at the edge of my seat hearing about their culinary stories and their friendship. What stood out to me most was when he was asked where was his favorite country to visit he said, “Vietnam.” He kept talking about how much he fell in love with the food, the people, the country, and the culture when he visited there and it made me fall in love more with my family’s history.
His passing stunned the both of us, especially me.
I’m in disbelief that someone so loved, inspiring, and unique struggled with such dark demons that he couldn’t imagine his place in this world anymore. After writing about all of the hidden secrets of the culinary world, we are left wondering about the unknown parts of his mind. I just hope so deeply that he somehow found the peace he was looking for. Our thoughts are always with the loved ones that people leave behind.
We previously have shared a lot about the negativity that we have been dealing with in our lives regarding harassment and online abuse. However, we want to refocus our blog moving forward!
We realize that toxic people will always find a way to continue being malignant in their own mind, which will only lead to their own eventual downfall.
They will try to take others down with them, but that’s not happening with us.
We want to start sharing about what’s important to us! Which is our love, our life, our friends/family, and our adventures.