Sunday, August 30, 2015

Project 365, Days 232-238

232:365 My progress on my newest cross-stitching project. It's my favorite way to unwind from the day!

233:365 Gotta clean my lenses.

234:365 Dragonflies are one of the coolest bugs! 

235:365 I've been using Moleskine notebooks as my journal since I got married 4 years ago. The green one on top is my newest one and since I made the switch to Moleskine, I haven't looked back.

236:265 Sprinklers kind of look like water fireworks.

237:365 I'm on a black and white photography kick and my succulent looks really cool in black and white. Such beautiful lines and shadows!

238:365 This day was the last day I had this book checked out from the library (and the other 2 in the series) and I had only read about a a quarter of the book by this time. Thankfully work was slow and the book was gripping enough for me to binge-read the whole thing in time to return it in time. I highly recommend this series for YA fiction lovers!

So that's it for this week! Happy Sunday!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Trip to Hawaii: Shangri La and Manoa Falls

Some of the first sights we saw when we traveled to Hawaii were the Shangri La exhibit/house owned by Doris Duke when she was alive. She then donated it all to the Honolulu Museum of Art for all to enjoy. It was definitely an impressive home, filled with all sorts of Islamic art and architecture (that I wasn't able to photograph, so you'll just have to visit!).

Anyways, here were some of the outdoor highlights of the visit.

The guest house/pool

The view from the back balcony

I made a friend with one of the camels flanking the entrance.

The next day, we took a hike up to Manoa Falls. It wasn't a particularly long or difficult hike, but boy was it humid and a bit rainy! But the plant life was so amazing and nothing I'd ever seen before. I felt like I was in the TV show LOST all while I was on the hike ha!

The actual waterfall at the end, so serene!

Being an avid hiker, I was glad to have gone on this hike and seen all of the wild fauna that Hawaii has to offer. My only regret was that we weren't able to go on any more hikes like this while we were there. Next time, we will plan on doing more for sure!

Next up: Beach days and our drive up and around North Shore!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Project 365, Days 225-231

225:365 Cotton candy will never fail at being fun to eat, I don't care how much sugar is in it!

226:365 It was a new moon, so I took that opportunity to try my hand again at star photography. Not too shabby but I definitely want to get out and try some more!

227:365 This dreamy bridge was spotted on our crazy hike up Rock Canyon.

228:365 My in-laws' flower bed is looking particularly fantastic right now!

229:365 Sunrise behind Squaw Peak.

230:365 This tiny lighthouse streetlight is one of the most adorable things I've seen. It sits outside of one of the most spectacular houses in our neighborhood.

231:365 For the past week we've been smoky/hazy and it's really gross but you can't deny that it makes the mountains look pretty cool and mysterious (also, my lens was a little dirty apparently, whoops!)

I guess I was a bit obsessed with the mountains and nature this week. Definitely a fun week with some fun adventures! 

Happy Sunday!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Trip to Hawaii: Getting Settled

So, I wanted to do the Hawaii blog post in one go, but once I saw all the pictures I wanted to blog about, I felt it appropriate to spread this out over a few blog posts. I promise not to drag it out too much. So let's get started.

We left Utah on a 5am flight and had 2 layovers before landing in Honolulu: one at LAX and a short one on Maui, so technically we visited 2 islands of Hawaii, ha! Okay, not really. But someday I'd love to go to Maui for an extended stay.

We got to Honolulu in the afternoon and my lovely sister, Beckie, picked us up and had fresh leis ready for us. She drove us through the crazy rush hour traffic of Honolulu like a pro and brought us to her apartment where she generously gave us her room to stay while we were on Oahu. This amazing basket of Hawaiian goodies and necessities was sitting on the bed when we arrived. Seriously, guys, my sister is such a great hostess. Thanks for letting me brag.

Also, I dream about those Mauna Loa milk chocolate toffee macadamia nuts. HNNG, SO GOOD. I need them in my mouth right now.

Anyways, I digress. Her apartment was far enough removed from downtown that we could enjoy the calmer part of Hawaiian life but it was also close enough that when we wanted to experience the hustle and bustle of city life, it wasn't a long drive there.

The view from her apartment

The rest of these pictures are scenes around the apartment during our first couple days on Oahu.

I am so grateful for my sister's generosity and hospitality and spending time with her, Kyle and Micah was definitely a massive highlight of the whole trip. Not to mention Max (pictured above) and Luna, the precious poodles.

Next up: Shangri La and Manoa Falls!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Project 365, Days 218-224

218:365 Ryan got me my very own beautiful blue orchid for our wedding anniversary. I'm so excited to take care of it and have it brighten our apartment!

219:365 We had planned on going camping this particular weekend but unexpected rain storms ruined that. Here are the clouds coming in. Once we weren't worried about our camping trip, it was nice to enjoy the summer storm.

220:365 Splurged on some embroidery floss for my next cross-stitching project. This is my kind of bouquet!

221:365 We had a small photo shoot for our 4th wedding anniversary and this is one of my favorite outtakes, getting out our silliness so we were ready for some more formal photos.

222:365 Celebrated National S'mores Day by making our very own s'mores bites. Yum!

223:365 Got myself a head light and tail light so I can bike in the morning and not get hit by cars. Hooray for safety!

224:365 Apparently, orchids like ice cubes. This is one of the preferred methods of watering them and I find it rather hilarious!

Next up this week: Hawaii blog post, I promise!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Project 365, Days 211-217

211:365 An amazing sunset greeted us after our temple session.

212:365 Celebrating Harry Potter and Jo Rowling's birthday with a delicious "butter beer" (it's actually butterscotch beer, but close enough, right?).

213:365 Ryan and I got ready to play tennis but when we got to the courts they were full and the people occupying them weren't keen on leaving any time soon. The sky was reflecting the gloomy emotions I was feeling that night.

214:365 Look at all of these beautiful new nail colors I've acquired! So excited to play around with them :)

215:365 I've been itching to play my violin again recently, so taking it out and playing around on it felt really good!

216:365 I took a trip down memory lane (almost literally) on my morning bike ride. Good memories working at the Hinckley Center!

217:365 Happy anniversary to us! I sure do love this guy. We celebrated with dinner and a movie (though technically our Hawaii vacation was an early anniversary celebration as well) and it was a perfect way to celebrate 4 years of marriage.

Another week down, nothing fancy. Still can't believe I'm keeping up with this ha!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Project 365, Days 204-210

204:365 My jade succulent has been doing poorly since our trip to Hawaii so I checked to see if it was still green at the base and sure enough it was! So I am seeing if I can resurrect it. 

205:365 Nothing like reading and laying out on a quilt on a mild summer day.

206:365 Evening urban bike ride.

207:365 Playing cards on a Sunday night.

208:365 Ryan got a fun poster in the mail of a robot pirate fighting a zombie ninja riding a T-rex. He's such a boy ha!

209:365 A clean kitchen makes for a happy cook. I love how the colors of my kettle and spoon holder pop!

210:365 Sunflowers spotted at sunrise. Such a happy thing to see on my morning bike ride.

Seriously, guys, I really need to blog my Hawaii vacation. But it's so easy to be lazy, amiright? But anyways, another week down. Pretty standard week, if you ask me. Just business as usual :)