This is the third time we’ve camped up at Rampart Range since moving to Colorado and it is always one of my favorite times of the year. Noelle loved being outside and she even did amazingly well sleeping all night in the tent.
This year, we decided to do a family vacation with Nathan’s family to Door County, WI which is right on Lake Michigan. All of us (21 total!) shared a big Air BnB together. We visited the maritime museum, went cherry picking, did some hiking, visited some lighthouses and took a ferry to Washington Island where we visited a lavender farm. We all had a really fun time together, and I was really amazed at how pretty Wisonsin and Lake Michigan were! Here are some pictures from our trip…
At the end of July we flew out to Pennsylvania to spend time with my family. We stayed for about a week and a half which was so refreshing, compared to quick holiday time trips. I always love being home in the summer and enjoying the yard where I grew up in. Noelle loved Grandpa’s garden and he would frequently take her down there to pick berries and feed them to her. We took a day trip to the ocean while we were there and Noelle enjoyed playing in the sand. It kept her entertained for several hours haha. The rest of the time, we had our whole family together at home which is not a frequent occurrence, and it was so special.
This year for July 4th week, we took a road trip out to Texas, to visit my sister and brother and law and their boys while they were staying in College Station. Noelle had a blast with her cousins and we enjoyed a lot of family time, fireworks, swimming, fishing and visiting Waco (: Here are some pictures from our trip…
These two national parks have been on my wishlist for quite some time. We decided to do a road trip after finishing my first semester of school. We spent 3 days in Grand Teton National Park and 1 day in Yellowstone. Our first day there we visited Mormon Row which has a lot of old historic barns. We had driven through the night so we got there right at sunrise time which was so pretty. Grand Teton has a really majestic feel, and the mountains are a bit more jagged and rugged looking than in Colorado. We also explored Jenny Lake and did some hiking on the north side of it.
On our second day we visited Jackson Lake which is the largest lake at Grand Teton. We walked around Colter Bay and ate at the Ranch house restaurant there which had excellent food! Then we visited the Mentor Historic site which has some more old rustic looking buildings which were really pretty.
We spent day 3 in Yellowstone. We headed down towards the south end of the park to see some of the geysers, prismatic pools and Old Faithful. We could have spent several more days in Yellowstone as we only made it about 1/3 of the way around the park. Yellowstone doesn’t look impressive just driving around in the car (with the exception of seeing wildlife!) but it has some amazing features to see if you get out and walk around.
Our last day we went back to Grand Teton and hiked Paintbrush Canyon where we saw a moose! We also stopped at Oxbow Bend which has a great view of the water and mountains. Overall, the wildlife was saw was probably the coolest part. We saw bears, moose, bison, foxes, elk, deer and coyote. See some pictures below…
Grand Teton National Park:
Yellowstone National Park:
We took a really fun day trip to Denver this year for my birthday. We went to the zoo, the botanic gardens and some stores. Noelle thoroughly enjoyed the zoo, and loved finding and pointing to all the animals. The Botanic Gardens are really pretty this time of year… Noelle is just starting to walk so she liked walking up to all the flowers.
Mother’s Day feels more special this year, after being a mom to Noelle for a little over a year. I feel humbled and honored to be entrusted to raise this sweet little girl. Today, I’m thinking how blessed I am to have such a wonderful mother who demonstrates love and sacrifice to her children always. I’m also thinking about those women who desire to be mothers and for one reason or another have not been able to, or have lost their babies too soon. My heart goes out to all of you. It is a high calling to be a mother, and something I am only beginning to understand.