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.



Dog Days 2013

Over the weekend Bella and I went to Thanksgiving Point for their second annual Dog Days. It was one of the most entertaining and hilarious things I’ve seen in such a long time. So many overzealous pet parents trying to give their canine children an unparalleled, stimulating experience. I’m absolutely not judging since I was just as eager to get Bella to the front of the line for the doggie obstacle course; but it was so wonderfully hilarious to see one pet parent scolding another or viciously protecting their baby from getting pinned down. 
All in all, the gardens were beautiful and the temperature was perfect. And best of all? I got countless precious pictures of my pretty pup!

Road Trippin’

Sweater: Tobi (similar here) || Leggings: Zella via Nordstrom

Our spontaneous road trip led us to Jackson, Yellowstone & the Tetons! It was such an adventure. We wanted somewhere cooler than 100 degrees and we found it! We saw the usual sights, including some exciting animal sightings. Husband was literally two feet away from a buffalo out the side of our car! Road trips are always about being comfortable, but that also means I get to be creative when it comes to my travel clothes! This slouchy sweater is amazingly comfortable and was easy to dress up for dinner in Jackson later that evening. And the leggings? Well, they’re leggings and Zella. You can’t really go wrong there!

Weekend Moments: The Holiday Weekend

The long holiday weekend was exactly what we needed! We were able to relax and spend a lot of time together. The heat kept us mostly indoors, but we were able to enjoy fireworks that evening. And by enjoy I mean we attempted to keep our pup from having a heart attack. The poor thing was having the most difficult night. She loved watching the fireworks, but the sounds were just too much!
We were extremely spontaneous on Friday and decided to take a mini road trip to Jackson and Yellowstone. We had been trying to think of nearby places that wouldn’t be over 100 degrees and Wyoming seemed perfect. We were able to get some fresh air, see some wildlife up close and check out Jackson. It was so relaxing and lovely. I highly recommend it as a weekend getaway. Have an awesome week!