Tuesday, October 21, 2014



this last weekend, jared and i decided to finally embrace the changing of the seasons and go for a beautiful autumn hike and tram ride. we've entered one of the most lovely times of the year here in slc, a tiny little window of warm sunny weather and yellowing leaves...before the snows come. these last few weeks of sandals and sunshine are always a little hard to say goodbye to because, as we all know, autumn is tinged with sadness. the ice and the inversion are lurking around the corner- and autumn is a fair weather friend. i'm totally not ready for the cold season but we are enjoying and embracing this lovely transition to fall.

we made our way up to snowbird, but first we stopped on a trail to wander through the lower aspens. 

after our little hike at the bottom of the canyon, we rode the snowbird tram to the mountain top and did a little bit more hiking. it was pretty nippy up there, with pockets of snow on the ground, but the views were just spectacular. golden valleys. blue skies. snow capped peaks. heck yes.

so it did feel pretty wintery up there. but once we got moving we warmed up pretty quickly.

i know i say it a whole lot, but we live in some incredibly beautiful country. i know lots of people think of utah as a "flyover state," but i must say- they are missing some of the best this country has to offer.

we hope you are all enjoying the beautiful harvest season! love ya lots, sharry & jared

Monday, October 13, 2014


between the art, the free music, and the insanely delicious food- san francisco has found a special place in our hearts. at about this time each year, we get the itch to hit the road, drive one billion miles across the dry nevada desert, and watch live music while wandering through one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

this year, we decided to visit the san francisco art institute for the first time. we went to see the huge mural by diego rivera, and eat at the vegetarian cafeteria which has rave reviews, but mostly we liked just wandering the halls, looking at the amazing art and views of the bay, and imaging what it would be like to take some art classes there. maybe someday.

next, we hit the park. one of the greatest things about this city is a free little festival at golden gate park called hardly strictly bluegrass. well, technically the festival is not "little" per say (actually about 1/2 million people attend each year), and technically the festival is not strictly bluegrass, but instead a great mix of folk, bluegrass, rock and roll, gospel, country, and punk. you might ask yourself, what do robert plant, social distortion, bright eyes, john prine, the aquabats, and emmylou harris have in common? the answer is hardly strictly bluegrass.

so, believe it or not, but it was actually hot and sunny throughout the entire festival- just glorious san francisco blue skies. it was beautiful in the mornings and evenings, but in the middle of the day we would start to bake. after turning red like a lobster the first day, we decided to spend the majority of our time in the shade.

which is why we started hanging out with these people- tree people. most of the stages are surrounded by forested rolling hills, so if you don't mind a few spiders and loads of pine needles in your bum, you can watch most the bands through the trees.

^^^jared enjoying some sweet sweet tunes.^^^

a gorgeous few days at the park.

this trip was some much needed r&r. coming back to the real world was really really hard...and we're still trying our best to keep that mellow california sun in our workdays. it was good to get away...and now i can't stop craving the amazing vegetarian chinese food we ate and the lazy days listening to music in the park. we'll miss you san francisco, hopefully we'll see you again soon.

Monday, October 6, 2014


^^^we're excited to introduce our new little niece, whitney! ok, so these pictures are a few months old (and she's already growing up so fast!) but i was just looking through some photos from the year, and I realized i hadn't shared these pictures of this cute little bundle of love^^^

^^^and here's my awesome sister and her happy little family. i'm so grateful to have these amazing folks in my life!^^^

^^^some of my favorite people.^^^

^^^ plus, she's already picked her favorite aunt and uncle. love her!^^^