Lake Twenty Two Hike

You guys summer in Washington is amazing. Like beyond my wildest dreams. Prettier than I could have imagined. It’s one thing to see pictures of beautiful places and a whole other thing to actually be there in person. And you know pictures can never fully do justice.

A few months ago we did this hike with our friends and we were only able to see up to the snow line because of all the fog. We had no idea we were missing SO much of the mountains. This time we went it was sunny and so clear.

One of our good friends Ryan from Chicago, came to visit us in early June (his first time in Seattle!) and we took him on this hike.

Here we are in front of the lake. And while this picture is nice, it really bothers me that people take pictures of our feet and the rock in front of us and not the majestic mountains behind us.

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It’s just so pretty. The greenery, the clear water, the sunshine, the snow all in June! Just everything.

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Greenland or Washington?🙂

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Can you tell how happy we were? IMG_6715.JPG

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And this is just one of the many, many gorgeous hikes in Washington.We are fully taking advantage of living here and loving every minute.

Summer in Seattle 2016

I wasn’t sure how my blogging would change once we moved to Seattle last fall. (Can’t believe it’s almost been a year already!) But I basically went exploring and stopped blogging completely. But once you see what I’ve been up to, hopefully you’ll understand. I thought it’d be easiest if I just did a recap of my summer and go from there. This has been one of the busiest and best summers of my life. So much beautiful scenery and so many visitors.

June

On my Getting Out More Often post I mentioned that I had signed up for a yoga class at the Chihuly Glass Museum and it was so pretty. It was my first time to the museum and I can’t wait to go back.

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In early June one of our best friends from Chicago, Ryan came to town and we went on a gorgeous hike called Lake Twenty Two.

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I went to California two weekends in a row to visit my family and old roommates. IMG_6795.JPG

Gretchen, one of my good friends from home, who now lives in Seattle too, we went to my first Mariners game. And yes of course I wore my Chicago Cubs shirt!😉

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Vi (the other half of Say Yes to Happy) and my real life bestie and her fiancé Jacob came to Seattle for their first time and they loved it. We are trying our best to convince them to move here!🙂 Can you blame us?

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July

We spent July 4th on a boat in South Lake Union with some of our best friends. We are beyond lucky to have so many good friends here.

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Kathleen and Greg drove through Seattle on a road trip and we all went to dinner together. It’s been years since we have all been in the same city.

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We went camping on Second Beach on the Western coast of Washington with our friends Kate and Hayes.

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We went to the lavender fields in Sequim, which smelled so good.

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Took Gretchen and Kristina camping for their first time ever at the beautiful Diablo Lake. Yes the water really is that color!

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August

My mom and sister came to visit for a few days and we did some sight seeing.

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Dave and I flew home to Chicago to surprise one of my best friends,  Melissa for her birthday. Vi and I spent the day being tourists in our own city and it was so much fun!

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We hung out on the Chicago River near the Marina towers and it was a beautiful Chicago summer day. These are my people and I love them. Melissa and Vi are my 2 best friends and I can’t tell you how happy it makes me that we were all together.

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One weekend we’re in the Chicago and the next weekend we were camping at Rainier National Park. Isn’t life grand?

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Another thing on my bucket list for the summer was to go to a Sounder game. It was my first professional soccer game and it was great! So much energy and so many enthusiastic fans.

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One of my favorite weekends of the entire summer was getting a cabin near Mount Baker. We played games, laughed so hard we cried, hiked, saw huge mountains and a beautiful lake with a side of pizza and bacon.

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September

This past Labor Day weekend we went to the East Coast in Maryland for our friends’ wedding. We used to live in Washington DC and Los Angeles at the same time as them.

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Dave and I drove down to DC for a few hours and visited our old apartment, and walked part of the National Mall. Can you tell how happy I was?🙂 DC was the first place we moved outside of Chicago and it holds a lot of wonderful memories for us.

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Our life is full of friends, family, adventures, and travels and we couldn’t be happier and we wouldn’t have it any other way!

I want to try and start blogging again but my track record the last few months hasn’t really been too promising, so I won’t get ahead of myself. I’ll just do what I can.

My New Glasses!

So a few weeks ago Katie told me about this awesome company called GlassesShop.com. They offer both prescription glasses and sunglasses. I checked out their website and found so many cute, affordable, cheap glasses.We all know how expensive glasses can be at the eye doctor. I recently went to the eye doctor and ended up paying $500 for a pair of glasses and prescription sunglasses with insurance! It’s frustrating that they don’t have price tags on frames. So it was really exciting to see affordable frames for glasses online.
And one of the best parts of the website, in my opinion, was you could upload a picture to virtually try on frames. It’s such a good idea and really helps to see what glasses look like on your face. Because I know I was a little worried about not being able to physically try them on.
This was my first time ordering frames without actually trying them on and I love them! They’re very lightweight, my prescription was exactly right, they fit my face, and I love that they match everything because they’re black and basic but oh-so-cute!
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I haven’t blogged in so long that they two times I took picture in my glasses for this post, my hair length is totally different. I donated 8 inches to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths after growing out my hair for 2 years. I’m proud to say this is my third time donating in the last 6 years.   IMG_6945.JPG
I highly recommend this website if you’re in the market for some new glasses or sunglasses! And they were kind enough to include a code for my readers! Type in GSHOT50 at checkout to get 50% off on eyeglasses and sunglasses with free lenses (excluding sale frames). Happy Shopping! 

Friday Favorites-Seattle Edition

Look at me, blogging three days this week after blogging once a month lately. Haha, whoops!

This weekend I’m heading to California to see my brother and mom (and my sister is visiting for the month there.) It’ll be a nice little reunion. I haven’t been back since we moved to Seattle in October.  I’m excited to see the old roomies, get some California sunshine in, and be with my family.

Here are a few of my favorite Seattle things lately:

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One of our best friends came to town last week to visit us. He also visited us when we lived in Santa Monica. Getting to explore our new city with an old friend was really fun and it was his first time in Seattle. We’re grateful to have good Chicago friends who come see us and we’re so happy Washington has so many incredible hikes to take them on like this one! (Lake Twenty Two which I’ll blog about another day.)

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THE NEW YOU(1)

Because Washington is so far up North, in the summer months the sun doesn’t set til like 10pm. Here we were watching the sun set over the Pugent Sound around 9:30. The other day I was in bed around 9:30 and had to pull the curtains because it was still sort of light out! It makes the days really long and I love it!

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When I think of Seattle, I think of the Space Needle. Every time I catch a glimpse of it or drive by it, I am reminded of where I live and what a cool city it is. IMG_6659.JPGIMG_6504.JPG
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One of my favorite things about going Pike Place Market is getting to see all the gorgeous flowers that are in season. Right now it’s peonies and they’re amazing!

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Being in a new city I love looking at those tourist magazines suggesting fun spots to check out in and around the city. Having had so many visitors lately and going to a lot of the same spots, it was fun to check out this new one called Hat ‘n Boots. It’s a little South of Seattle and is in a random park.

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Happy Friday friends!

Linking up today with : Erika,

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What I’ve Been Up To Lately

I am so far behind with blogging it’s ridiculous. I don’t even know where to begin. I thought I’d just do a summary of some of the highlights from the past few months. I promise one of these days I will catch up but for now I’m just going to do my best and blog when I can.

SO much has happened:

Flowers bloomed.

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My best friend came to town!

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Dave and I went to a suspension bridge in Vancouver.

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We went sailing.IMG_5532[2].JPG

We got to see a bazillion tulips!IMG_5612[2].JPG

We went to Glacier National Park. IMG_5877[2].JPG

One of my oldest friends came to visit.

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We rented a cabin with our friends and hiked.

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We hiked Lake Twenty Two.IMG_6311[3].JPG

Dave’s parents came to town. IMG_6456[1].JPG

And we found our new favorite hike: Lake Serene.IMG_6552[2].JPG

Washington is a gorgeous state and every time we have these amazing adventures I’m reminded why we chose to live here.

As you can see, we’ve been so busy and that’s the reason I’ve been slacking so much with blogging. Eventually I’ll find my groove again but for now I hope you enjoy my mini recap.

GOMO (Going Out More Often)

So we’ve all heard of FOMO (fear of missing out.) With all the social media going on these days it’s easy to get jealous of what others are doing and to feel like you’re not doing enough or are missing out. Well this summer I think we should all change that and our mindsets. Let’s move the conversation from FOMO to GOMO (going out more often!) It’s such a simple concept but makes so much sense.

Having just moved to Seattle this past fall my list of things I want to do and see at this point is pretty long. There are so many hikes that I want to conquer in and around Seattle such as Ebey’s Landing in Whidbey Island, Oyster Dome near Bellingham, Colchuck Lake and Perfection Lake in the North Cascades, and Lake Louise in Banff National Park. I don’t know that I’ll get to all those hikes this summer, but I can sure try!

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Ebey’s Landing

 

 

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Colchuck Lake
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Lake Louise

I’ve also signed up for yoga at the Chuhily Glass Museum, next to the Space Needle. I haven’t been to that museum yet but I’ve heard so many great things about it already.

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Every summer camping is always high on our list. Some friends of mine are starting to plan a camping trip for July either in Bend, Oregon or somewhere along the Washington Coast, possibly Second Beach.

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As you can probably tell I really love the outdoors and it was a major reason why my boyfriend and I moved out to Seattle. The amount of outdoor adventures you can have is truly amazing. And in addition to the outdoorsy things I love to do, I like to check out Eventbrite to see other events that are going on in and around Seattle. They have a free event planning software where anyone can create events for free and even sell tickets and track registrations. It’s a great way to spread the word about fun events going on.

So let’s all commit to Getting Out More Often and making the most of this summer! I will do my best to blog my summer adventures and can’t wait to hear what you are all up to too!

 

Cable Line Hike

So once again I’ve fallen off on my blogging schedule. Between moving to Seattle last fall, house hunting, being in a new job (that doesn’t allow me to blog at work-oh the horror!;)) I’ve really struggled to keep a steady blogging schedule. I miss the community, comments and reading other people’s blogs. I keep telling myself that one of these days I will get it together but I don’t know when that day will come. Hah! For now I’m just going to do the best I can and hope that you’ll all bear with me.

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A few weeks back on Saturday March 19th, we went on a morning hike with some friends, the Cable Line Hike on Tiger Mountain. I believe it’s 2,000 feet of elevation, mostly straight up, with no switchbacks. It’s a workout to say the least. I’m definitely not in marathon running shape anymore these days, but I took more breaks than I thought I would. It’s a real leg burner.

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You can kind of tell in this picture how steep it was at times.

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Here we are at the top of the hike. There wasn’t much of a view, but it was nice to have gotten through the hard part. Our friend Hayes, surprised us all and brought us each a donut that we had at the top. Was it a little counter intuitive?  Yea maybe, but was it delicious? Yes! If he told us earlier in the hike we probably would have gone up  lot faster😉 But what a (literally) sweet and thoughtful gesture. Hey, whatever it takes to finish a hike right? IMG_5216[1].JPG

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Dave and I have been trying to do Saturday morning hikes. It may not always be easy to get out of bed, but we are always so happy that that we force ourselves to do these hikes (there are SO many here in Washington) and get out and get some exercise. It’s especially awesome when I get my 10,000 steps in before noon, makes me feel so accomplished!