Sunday, October 26, 2014

Jaker's Pumpkin Patch

I've never been to a legitimate pumpkin patch before. I have always wanted to but while growing up in Missouri, I never really knew of one in the area and now that I'm in Utah I guess I just failed to make it to one because I was too lazy or something...?

But this year, I knew that I wanted to go. So Friday I bolted from work at 5pm and rushed home so that I could pick up Ryan and we could head down to Jaker's Pumpkin Patch in Springville before it closed at 7pm. I came equipped with a camera so that I could take lovely sunset photos of the pumpkins and our exploration as we found the best pumpkin around.

As usual, I cut back on the original number of pictures. I couldn't stop taking pictures of this place and the pictures don't do it justice: this place was spacious! The front end was already pretty sparse but we ventured pretty far back where the pumpkins were still on the vine and had a great time wandering around and looking at all the wide varieties.






This particular pumpkin stem was HUGE!
There were also tiny gourds, squash and tiny pumpkins there as well.

Tiny pumpkins! So cute :)


And white pumpkins too! I think they're really cool.

Smashing Pumpkins. (Not smashed by us)


I kept this tiny pumpkin/squash/thing because it was just too perfect and too cute. It's sitting on my desk as I type this.

Selfie time!


This was the pumpkin we chose. Too bad I was too focused on taking a good pic of my hubby otherwise I would've included the WHOLE pumpkin in the shot, ha! He has distractingly good looks.

The pumpkin patch had attractions for the kiddos. It was a very cute and fun destination!

Bright sunset over the patch (and lots of people)

I loved the color of these pumpkins!

It looks like a plush cushion.

Delectable winter squash for sale.



This place had a petting zoo. Fluffy geese!

A super scrawny turkey that might not be delicious enough by Thanksgiving time.

A BABY KANGAROO! So cute!



This pig was monstrous. It took 15 minutes for the poor girl to get on her feet.

Normal-sized children for scale. HUGE pig, I tells ya.
The trip was short (We were only there for maybe 40 minutes or so) but it was a lot of fun and we will DEFINITELY be going back and for a longer visit. They also had some nights where they screened movies (yesterday's movie screening was "Watcher in the Woods"! Ha!) and they had food trucks there and some nights they invited live music to be there...it's definitely a place worth going every autumn. Plus, it's FREE, except the pumpkins which you paid for of course.

Next week is Halloween. For the first time in a while, I'm actually pretty excited since we have costumes planned and a couple of activities leading up to the day. Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Changes

This week, I went out and did something I haven't really done in a few years: I decided that my long hairstyle was not working for me and chopped off 4-5 inches of my hair.


In general, shorter hair is just SO MUCH EASIER to manage. And this length is perfect because it's long enough to still put in a ponytail on my lazy/bad hair days and yet short enough that when left naturally curly it looks more sassy than sad.



Allow me this week to be a little vain. I tried my hardest to narrow down the pictures but couldn't do it. Ryan wasn't a help either. If he had it his way, he'd have at least 3-4 more pictures than I am allowing. But I told him that no one wanted to see copious amounts of my face. So I only included pictures that added variety. Like this beauty.


But in all seriousness, getting a haircut or any significant style change does something to me. It boosts my confidence, makes me feel cute and spunky and new. It's a change not only to my outward appearance, but to who I feel I am inside. Many times, in films and TV shows, when a character cuts their hair it is a symbolism of the change that has occurred in the character. Buffy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer gets a huge hair chop in season 6 after a traumatizing thing has happened and signifies her emotional change. Mulan chops her hair off both to physically fit in as a man in the army and to show she's no longer the weak girl she once was. Topanga in Boy Meets World also cuts her hair off to demonstrate that a girl is more than her beauty (though that instance kind of backfired and she freaked out for a bit).

For me it's more of a physical change than an emotional one. I haven't just overcome something challenging, just living life. But it's amazing what physical change can do to your emotional state.


Along with the change comes the adjustments. A day or two after a haircut, my hair never behaves well. It always acts out in rebellion. But after that time, it goes back to being manageable and cute. But who/what in the world reacts well to change in the first moments after it has happened? I am TERRIBLE at accepting change. But you can't fight the inevitable.


So to mark the occasion, I'll provide a list of things I love about myself and some things I would like to change.

What I Love
-My relationship with my husband. It could always improve, but right now I feel like we have a solid relationship and I love the time we spend together each day.
-I'm working in a field that interests me
-My hair :)
-The color of my eyes
-My optimism and outlook on life and my future
-My physicality and desire to continue working on myself and pushing myself
-My sense of humor
-How I'm able to listen and empathize with people
-My open-mindedness and the way I can explore ideas that I may disagree with
-My relationship with my Heavenly Father and my love for the gospel

Things I would like to change
-My commitment to fitness. I love sleeping in TOO dang much.
-My habits after work. All that time could be applied to more edifying activities and not watching Sherlock or Gilmore Girls.
-The amount of my ambition. I'm too comfortable at my job and I feel I need to be seeking more things to improve upon my skill-set.
-My eyebrows. I'm constantly battling with myself on how I want them to look. Oof.
-My hair color. I'm toying with the thought of tinting it reddish violet.
-How much time I'm dedicating to my spiritual well-being. Much of my time is spent at work and the rest of it is spent looking after my husband and my apartment. Very little is spent on myself and my spirit. This needs to change.

That's it for now. I could go on and on, but I want to remind my future self of the person I was at this point in time and who I wanted to become. Maybe in the future, I'll have improved enough to set a new set of goals and things I want to change. Maybe. I can only hope.

Oh look, I have a visitor!


He love the haircut too!


He's also a little camera shy. I don't know why, he's extremely photogenic :)


Well, that's all I have for this week. It was a slow week and not entirely exciting. This hair cut was the most exciting my week got, which I'm definitely grateful for. I've had way too many exciting weeks recently. Time for something boring.

I hope that next week will be a better blog. I am tentatively planning on going to a local pumpkin patch to get some pumpkins, so I'm hoping that will happen, and thus pretty outdoor pumpkin pictures will happen. For now, happy Sunday night!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

It's Autumn-time!

Yesterday evening, at my request and when all of our chores were sufficiently completed, Ryan and I went driving up the canyon in search of autumn colors. We didn't have a destination in mind, I thought that maybe going up to the Sundance resort could be nice, but we instead opted for Nun's Park, which we both forgot lead to Bridal Veil falls.

The trails leading up the falls were gorgeous and the weather was perfect and all in all it was an amazing, completely unplanned activity. Here are some shots I managed to get while up on the trail. I couldn't stop taking pictures, the colors were AMAZING, and I tried being conservative for the blog, but there are still lots of pictures. This is partly because Ryan felt compelled to use this time to compare his iPhone 6 plus camera with my GH2. So some of the pictures will look similar, and you be the judge if the iPhone compares at all (I think it does in some ways!). The lens I used for most of the time gets a little tighter of a shot compared to his phone, so that was a big difference between the two. Anyways, check it out!

Taken with GH2
Ryan's version


Taken with GH2

Ryan's version


Taken with GH2

Ryan's version
Taken with GH2

Ryan's version

Taken with GH2

Ryan's version

Taken with GH2

Ryan's version

Taken with GH2

Ryan's version




Taken with GH2

Ryan's version






Taken with GH2

Ryan's version











Finally, a selfie taken with Ryan's phone
Yesterday evening was perhaps the best evening we've had in a long time. It was well-deserved after the week we both had to endure: his being a week full of a vicious cold, mine being the most insane week I've had to endure so far at this job, including the week I was in Las Vegas. We capped off the evening by eating at the newly opened Bruges Waffles and Frites restaurant. It was delectable! The first restaurant is in Salt Lake City, which is where I fell in love with it, and now they have this location that is mere blocks away from where I live. Very dangerous to my physique ha!

Happy Autumn, everyone! I hope the colors are bright wherever you are :)