Sports and Sunshine






Hi! It’s been quite some time—I know! I’ve been such a blogging failure. We recently returned from an extremely fun trip to California, so there were lots of opportunities for photos! Hopefully, you don’t mind getting snapshots of our favorite moments over the next few days. We left after work and went as far as Vegas (our normal pitstop). Although we’ve driven all the way to California in one day, we definitely prefer stopping for a bit of pool time and of course, Grimaldi’s! It makes the arrival in California substantially more exciting when you’re not fighting to stay awake or recovering from stiff legs and tired eyes.

As usual, when our delicious pepperoni and mushroom pizza arrived, the conversation ceased immediately and we got down to business. We definitely didn’t even realize that we stop speaking for about five solid minutes as we get through our first pieces! We sure to love Grimaldi’s! We wanted to get a good night’s sleep in order to leave early the next morning, so we were kind of Vegas losers. We fell asleep around 10. I’m pretty sure that makes us official adults.

We stopped in Baker at The Mad Greek, which is such a fun sight in the middle of the desert. I was completely taken with the colors of the building. So simple and clean (love). It was a marvelous photo subject. The next hour or so of driving was filled with impersonations, karaoke and travel anecdotes. If you want a good laugh, find my husband and request an impersonation of anyone. The man is hilarious.

Our arrival in Orange County couldn’t have come sooner for little B. We drove directly to the nearest dog beach and just let her run! She was such a champ in the car and she deserved the hour of splashing and digging (don’t worry – we refilled the holes as we were leaving!). We were pretty worried about how she’d handle the ocean and sand—her first encounter at 2 months old was filled with whining and diving into my purse. We were so proud! She definitely loved it. Her happy disposition was just a preview of all the fun that was to come! We can’t wait to share. Stay tuned!

If you want to see what we did, check it out on Instagram: @rachealjade.



Splendid Sundance

Ready for a cliche? Sometimes I forget how beautiful Utah actually is. I definitely see the mountains every single day, but it’s usually rushing out the door to work or to make some appointment. One of our all-time favorite activities is exploring around Sundance with our active pup. This past weekend was no different. It was wonderful! It was partly cloudy and we only required sweatshirts. We meandered around and threw snowballs in the air for Bella to catch. I wish we could do this all day every day.

Weekend Moments

Print image courtesy of Sugar Paper LA

Obviously, the highlight of our weekend was our major cross-city bike ride. It didn’t seem very far at first, but wow. Just wow. We were completely sore the rest of the weekend. We started out completely confident, but about eight miles in, we were ready for a break. Luckily, it came in the form of a massive, public swing attached to a rather large tree. The surrounding area beautiful and we were able to laugh and be completely  carefree for a few minutes. Two miles later, we were rewarded by free entry to the state park and the unbelievable sunset over the lake.
Sunday was relaxing as ever and just what we needed for our sore legs. As usual, Miss B took a two-hour snooze on the couch on her recently usurped Restoration Hardware blanket. Who is this dog? Not like we bought them for us or anything. The other Bella highlight was bath time. The usual struggle ensued. Running away. Hiding in dark rooms. I truly don’t understand why it seems like such torture for her. Anyone? Insights?
Finally, we were on Royal Baby Watch throughout the weekend. What is taking so long? Why no update? The world needs answers.

Isn’t that quote lovely? Such wise words. Have a splendid week!