Wisconsin Family Vacation

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…

ZB7A7246ZB7A7271ZB7A7274ZB7A7281ZB7A7315ZB7A7339ZB7A7345ZB7A7350

ZB7A7462

ZB7A8007ZB7A8080ZB7A8083ZB7A8110ZB7A8112ZB7A8113ZB7A8117ZB7A8122ZB7A8123

ZB7A8225ZB7A8227

ZB7A8238

ZB7A8276ZB7A8277ZB7A8280

Pennsylvania

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.

ZB7A6772

ZB7A6820ZB7A6833ZB7A6836ZB7A6847ZB7A6854ZB7A6861

ZB7A6923ZB7A6933ZB7A7045ZB7A7080ZB7A7092ZB7A6994

Grand Teton and Yellowstone

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:

ZB7A0665

ZB7A0705ZB7A0714ZB7A0718ZB7A0723

ZB7A0739

ZB7A0769ZB7A0772ZB7A0774

ZB7A0788

ZB7A0810

ZB7A0817ZB7A0818ZB7A0858

ZB7A0882

ZB7A0905

ZB7A0959

ZB7A0979ZB7A0981ZB7A1031ZB7A1040ZB7A1047ZB7A1048ZB7A1082ZB7A1098ZB7A1101ZB7A1103ZB7A1128

ZB7A1285ZB7A1239ZB7A1262

ZB7A1290ZB7A1293ZB7A1296ZB7A1308ZB7A1324ZB7A1339

ZB7A1346ZB7A1367ZB7A1397ZB7A1929ZB7A1950ZB7A1993ZB7A1995ZB7A2007

 

Yellowstone National Park:

ZB7A1483ZB7A1491ZB7A1505

ZB7A1556ZB7A1535

ZB7A1651ZB7A1652ZB7A1657ZB7A1662ZB7A1674ZB7A1681ZB7A1727ZB7A1738ZB7A1756ZB7A1770ZB7A1775

Mother’s Day 2019

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.ZB7A1904

ZB7A1923ZB7A2003

ZB7A2051