Tuesday, June 20, 2017

camping





























I have just been itching to go camping lately.
And so we planned on going to a nearby campsite with toilets and tables so that if I started to feel too too sick, we would have resources to help me feel better.
BUT everyone and their mom loves to camp in Utah and of course, most places are first come first served.
So instead, we drove deep into the Uintahs, took a few wrong turns,  and pitched our tent near a river and some cow pies.
And for our 9 o clock dinner we ate.....wait for it.....
Salmon and asparagus tin foil dinners!!!
I nearly died, it was so quick and delicious.
I am honestly camping no other way from here on out.
And the sleeping wasn't too bad.
Bruce stood guard alllll night, we could hear the river running, and it just took me about ten minutes to flip my pregnant body over every couple hours....
It was a nature-lovin dream!
Next time we're just gonna try to get there before night fall.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

priorities

Lately I've been thinking about what's important to me.
What are my priorities?
What am I doing to honor those priorities?
And what am I choosing to spend my money on?
It's so easy to see what other people are doing or buying and to shift your focus to the lives of others.
But everyone is different and everyone values different things.
I need to focus on my family and where we are at and what we want.
Since Summer has started I wanted to continue making adventure and quality time important even though I've been so sick.
So I decided that even though I can't go on all the adventures I had been wanting to go on, I can make it work for me.
I looked up the easiest hikes around and have been slowly doing them so that I can still feel like my priorities are being honored.

































The first hike is The Grotto in Payson canyon.
This hike took quite the drive to get here so it's not one I will frequent often.
But it is PERFECT for children.
It's not steep, but has some river crossings.
And the ending has a nice waterfall, but there's not space at the top to sit and hang out.
Which is OK because it's only 1 mile, out and back, so you won't need to lunch at the top.

































Battle Creek Falls in Pleasant Grove was a little longer, at 1.5 miles out and back.
And holy cow it was STEEEEEP for this pregnant lady, but is still a good hike for all ages including kids.
And the waterfall at the end is a little more impressive with lots more space to hang out and eat a snack.

Both hikes are always pretty dang busy with packed parking lots so go into it prepared for that.
But don't let it deter you from these fun hikes.

So, priorities honored, no matter how modified.