Holiday

Washington – Hikes and Ferry Rides

March 9, 2016

Washington

One of the best parts about where my parents live here in Washington are the countless trailheads just minutes from their home. The damp, mossy forests are a welcome change to the dry Utah climate we’re used to. We took Kiko out on a few hikes and she could not even contain herself. I don’t blame her.

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The fun continued with a trip downtown, swinging by Pike Place and hopping on a ferry out to Bainbridge. Read More

Washington + Ultrasound

March 7, 2016

Blogging catch up. Let’s do this.

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Washington

Washington

We took a road trip up north to Washington to see my family and have an ultrasound (!!!). Read More

Farewell to Winter (maybe)

April 1, 2015

I’m still holding out for one more good snow storm. Utah is known for crazy weather in the changing months of spring. Just as you settle in to the calm, 70-degree weather, Utah will smack you upside the head with a healthy dose of snow. Also, I usually ski my last day of the season on my birthday. And that’s in May. Here’s to some wishful thinking.

In the mean time, here are a few scans I had developed from this winter. I’ll be honest, exposing film in snowy conditions is a different beast. Most of the photos from this roll are not post-worthy. Here are a few that I don’t hate. But it was a more frustrating batch of film.

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valentine shmalentine – Activity Ideas for Valentine’s Day

February 11, 2015

JSDipticThese photos are from our first Valentine’s together while we were dating. I took him home to Seattle. AW. CUTE.

This minimalism trend that’s happening all over the Interwebs has hit me, and I’ve been trying to rid our home of non-necessities. De-junking is a constant process, and accumulating things is just so dang easy. When we came home after the Christmas holidays, I went straight to the closet and loaded up a dozen bags with things to donate. And with Valentine’s Day coming up, I’ve been keeping an eye out for activities to do together, rather than things to buy. No need to accumulate more stuff. Unless that stuff is chocolate. Because it doesn’t stick around long, anyway. I’m a woman and I love chocolate and I am cliche.

AND like I’ve said before, my Valentine’s Day mantra is that it doesn’t have to be a day about romantic love. But just love in general. Love for your family, your friends, your weird hobby/pet.

I’ll admit it’s not my favorite holiday. It’s basically a day that commercializes something that is special and personal. Which further supports this Time > Things idea. So here are some ideas for things to do this holiday. It’s over a three-day weekend, after all!

// Make your own pasta! I’ve never made it myself, but it looks super easy. And fun. And delicious.

// Go on a hike! Or if you’re feeling more adventurous (and have some snow to play in), try snowshoeing or cross-country skiing!

// Rock climbing! Jordan and I have really gotten into indoor climbing this past year, and we love it. Not to mention, it’s a good way to build up a relationship a bit by helping each other out as you try different climbing problems. You’ll be problem solving experts!

// Go take photo booth pictures. I found this site that lists locations of photo booths in your area. Or make your own! There is something fun and nostalgic about photo booth pictures. Jordan and I have done a few throughout our years together, and for whatever reason, those simple black and white photographs are super special to me.

As for us, we are going to head up to Brighton for a ski day. Winter in Utah has been weirdly warm (70 degrees in FEBRUARY. WHAT!) and I’m not amused. So I would appreciate if the East Coast would send a snow storm our way. Pretty please and thank you.

Holiday Break 2014

January 9, 2015

We are back! Jordan and I spent the holidays with his family in a nice and cozy cabin tucked away in the mountains. We got snowed in on Christmas day, and had plenty of much-needed aunt and uncle time with our nieces and nephew. Plus! No one got sick! At least not the throw-upy kind. Only a few sore throats and a lot of runny noses. But that breaks my 2-year curse of throwing up right after Christmas! Yay. It was a solid holiday! (Massive photo dump about to commence).

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Aaaand just a little bit of snow, there.

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We had to dust off the Subie so we could head out to the mountains for an AMAZING ski day.

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We did a bit of exploring around the cabin, and a ton of sledding. I only brought out my film camera for that, so I’ll post those shots later.

It dropped below zero around New Years, so we headed out to Park City with Jordan’s parents for a bite to see if it was any warmer down the mountain. It wasn’t. We were going to walk main street and shop a bit, but it was just too dang cold.

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Holidays were good to us. 2014, thanks for being a solid year. A blurry selfie to take us out.

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Downtown Seattle on Film

January 2, 2015

Before I dive into photos from the holiday break, I wanted to share some film scans I just got developed from our Thanksgiving trip up north in Seattle.

Have I mentioned lately that I love this city?

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Things I am happy about from this batch of film:

\\ Tack sharp focus. Aside from the blurry interior shot below Pike Place, each shot is just so crisp. I also recently upgraded my scans to premium with the film lab I use (The Find Lab), and it is so incredibly worth it.

\\ Exposure. I barely even touched the scans in post (I usually do a little editing in Photoshop). I’m honing in on a certain look with my photographs, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the accurate readings for the in-camera light meter on the Pentax 645N. For wider, landscape shots, I still think I would benefit from an off-camera meter.

\\ THAT LAST PHOTO. I didn’t even realize that girl was looking at me when I snapped the shot. It was like a secret my camera kept from me while I waited for the film to be developed. I’m just proud of that photo.

You can view the photos in a larger format by clicking on them. It will direct you to my Flickr account. I recommend it!

All shots taken with the Pentax 645N, on Kodak Portra 400

christmas tree

December 12, 2014

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He’s not picking his nose. He had some crushed pine needles between his fingers. Nothing like a fresh pine tree smell to get ya in the spirit.

So. It was my intention on finding a bit more of a scraggly tree this year. I may have gotten a bit carried away. I was hopeful that all it needed was a ‘little love,’ but I gotta admit. It’s pretty sparse.

I still love it.

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I mean, is it even possible to not love a Christmas tree? Even the tackiest of trees can make my heart swell with Christmas joy.

Speaking of tacky, I’m just gonna leave this here…

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holiday inspiration

November 20, 2014

If someone were to ask me right now what my favorite color was, it would be that green. That cozy, foresty green. It’s been a while since I could last pin down a favorite color (besides gray), and for some reason, that makes me feel like I have accomplished something. I did it, guys. I picked out a favorite color. Finally.

So yeah, just wanted to share some holiday inspiration from my holiday Pinterest board. I really love the black and white Christmas decor, with a hint of gold/silver. And geometric ornaments are a solid win in my book.

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Weekend Review – HALLOWEEN Edition

November 2, 2014

I’m typing this up with only a couple fingers on account of a giant bowl of marshmallow popcorn next to me. I missed out on Halloween candy this weekend, for whatever reason (maybe being an adult has something to do with it?) Anyhow, figure i better get my sugar fix in before the weekend is over. This stuff is WAY better than any Halloween candy I’ve ever had anyway.

Friday was Halloween and it was great. Saturday was the day after Halloween and we did NOTHING. Which was also great.

We happened to go trick or treating right at dusk. And lately, I’ve been loving the moody tones of shooting at dusk. It forces me to bump the ISO a bit higher than I usually shoot, but there isn’t as much noise in the photos as I woulda thought. Jo and I were Fantastic Mr. and Mrs. Fox:

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We made those name tags to hopefully prevent people from asking us what the fox says. Didn’t really stop them. Also, that was some real last minute makeup, but not bad for googling ‘Fox makeup’ and just slapping it on. Jordo was a bit too scared to put on any eyeliner. But he looked pretty cute in those whiskers!

And now for the costume of the year:

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Remember this video? My nephew’s love for toothbrushes runs deep. And he was the cutest little toothbrush I ever did see.

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He also LOVES Halloween. He was more excited with each house’s spooky decor than the prospect of free candy. We’d have to pull him away from a fake skeleton or jack-o-lantern display and remind him to go and get his candy already. He’s a riot.

Jordo revisited his own childhood for a moment when he was invited to grab some candy for himself. He was dressed up, after all. He snagged an Almond Joy and ate it before I even saw the proof.

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That’s one happy fox.

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As with most weekends, this one has come to an end all too quickly. We ended it with a bang, and had pancakes and bacon for dinner. Bring it on, Monday!

Happy FANTASTIC Halloween!

October 31, 2014

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Hope everyone has a fantastic halloween!!

(And no, we don’t know what the fox says. So don’t ask.)

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