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Weekend Trip to Tucson ☀

Over the weekend, I flew to Tucson to visit Kat and Walker. I was there for about two and a half days total, but we squeezed in as many activities as we could. I’ve decided that weekend trips are one of the greatest things ever because I know I don’t have time to waste going into them, so I make the most of every moment. It is something for me to look forward to before it happens and it keeps me going for awhile after it’s over.

We went downtown to The Hub for ice cream. Sprinkles are pretty much the only thing that can make me get ice cream that doesn’t have chocolate.


One of my favorite things we did was an eight and a half mile hike to Seven Falls! We were lucky because it rained everyday for about two weeks before I came to visit, so there was plenty of  water for us to swim and we got to walk through the river to cool off several times 🙂


You can see the waterfalls and the swimming holes in the background

Kat also took us to a cactus and succulent farm… one of her favorite discoveries since moving to Tucson.

The last time she was there, she did’t buy anything, but this time, she got a cactus for her living room and succulents for her kitchen table. There are not a lot of things that make her more excited…

They look like they’re straight out of Dr. Seuss and if I could’ve found a good way to bring one on the plane with me, I probably would’ve.

Kat and Walker (well mostly Kat…) wanted me to take some more engagement pictures for them. Walker cooperated (almost) the whole time and these are just some of my favorites 🙂

Thanks to a stranger for this beautiful front door that we borrowed…

Of course we had to get some pictures out by the cacti🌵

This is one of my favorite pictures… Have you ever seen two people look more excited??

It’s crazy that they’ve already been engaged for 8 months and that they’re getting married in less than a year!! We are so excited 🙂

I’m so happy I could go visit for a weekend. Kat and I always have the best time together… We literally wake up singing in the morning 🙂 I’m so thankful to fave a sister who is my best friend and who lives in a place where it is warm year round. Hopefully I can escape the cold and come visit sometime during the winter 🙂


Joseph comes to CO!!

On our way home from the East coast, we picked up Joey in Lincoln and brought him home with us for a week. I pretty much spent the whole summer thinking of things for us to do while he was here, so I was SO excited to finally do all of them. The night we got home, we went to the new park that opened while we were gone and played wiffle ball 🙂

The next day, we took Theo, Jeff, and Helen to the mountains for a night of camping. I really wanted to sleep in a tent because it has been so long since I have done that, but there was a chance of rain, so we got a tiny cabin with no electricity. We spent the day laying in hammocks, fishing, and exploring a little.

Here’s our little cabin 🙂 Joey made a fire for us and we made hot dogs and s’mores. Once it got dark, we set up all our flashlights in the cabin and played cards for a few hours

While we were making dinner, it looked like there were rain clouds coming, so we were trying to get the food done quickly in case it started raining… We had a cooler with food in the trunk and we kept going in and out to get stuff and at one point, Jeff mentioned that the battery was going to die if we kept going in and out like that. We closed the trunk and before we went inside for the night, we started the car to make sure the battery was okay. It started fine, but in the morning guess what happened… the car wouldn’t start. We found someone to help us jump it and he was “an electrical engineer at a high tech firm” so he sounded like he knew what he was doing… but guess who hooked up the jumper cables wrong and blew a fuse in our car… yes, our electrical engineer friend… So, we had to go to the checkin building to use their phone and call Mom and get a tow truck. Type 2 funny…

The next day, we took tubes to Palmer Lake and laid out and floated around

After floating around for a couple hours, we were starving, so we got hot food from Safeway and took it to a different lake that was close by and had a little picnic

We went home and then left with the rest of the family to go zip-lining in Manitou Springs. The whole ride there we could see thunderstorms building and moving over the mountains, so I was convinced that we were going to get rained out, but we got a couple hours in before the lightning got close enough for them to stop us, so it was perfect!

After we were done zip-lining, they made a fire and had s’mores supplies for us. Luckily there was a tent for us to sit under too because it was pouring, but a few people (not me…) went out in the rain to roast marshmallows for us 🙂

The next morning, I took Joey to Over Easy for breakfast and I think it is his new favorite breakfast place, too 🙂

In the afternoon, we went to Denver with my family for a Rockies game

After the game, we went met Aunt Jane and Jack for dinner at Cinzetti’s before they went to Fort Collins for Jack’s football camp

The next morning, Joey and I woke up really early and drove to hike to Devil’s Head Fire Lookout. When we got there, we were the only car in the parking area, so we had the whole trail to ourselves. It was a fun hike because the trail only gives you small glimpses of the view, but when you get to the end, there is a staircase to the lookout and you really can’t see the full view until you get to the top.

We saw on a sign that on a clear day, you can see 100 miles in every direction… that same sign also said there had been recent mountain lion activity in the area, so that was really comforting for me…

This is the only fire lookout that is still used in the state. At the bottom of the steps, there is a cabin that an 84 year old man lives in full-time and uses the lookout to check for fires.

We were glad we got up so early to go because even though there is nothing that could make this view unimpressive, it wouldn’t have been the same if we had to share it with a lot of other people. Also I think it should be a rule that if you grew up in Colorado, you should be automatically used to the altitude for the rest of your life… Joey thinks they should provide visitors with oxygen masks…

That night we went to the El Paso County fair and rodeo. This was Joey’s first rodeo and I honestly think watching his reactions was more entertaining than the actual rodeo…

Our favorite thing to say when we’re together is “THIS IS SO FUN!!” and this week was no different. I love all of the fun adventures we have, but I also love how we are able to make unfortunate circumstances, like being stuck in the mountains with no car and no phone service, or simple things, like playing games, fun. I can’t wait for our next our next adventures 🙂



June & July 2017

My family spent the end of June and most of July traveling. We spent one day in Colorado after moving Kat to Arizona before driving to Chicago. While we were in Chicago, we did a little sight seeing and went to a White Sox game because we have never been to that stadium before. Mom, Helen, and I were pretty much on the “Stadium Tour” to try food in all the different stadiums. 

After Chicago, we stopped in Cleveland to go to an Indians game since we had never been to a game there either.

This is where I decided to start photographing the stadiums and my food 🙂

After Cleveland, we went to Grandma and Papa’s house in New York for a couple of days. The day we got there, Dad and Papa helped the boys build a soccer net in the West lawn. We celebrated Theo and Jeff’s 14th birthday while we were there and I spent a lot of time working on homework for my summer classes…

After we left Grandma and Papa’s house, we went drove through Vermont and New Hampshire to go to Boston. This we the first time we have driven that way and I loved the drive. We stopped in a small town in Vermont for ice cream and we stopped in New Hampshire and had dinner at Roger’s Pizza with Dad’s relatives.

While we were in Boston, we went to a Red Sox game and did a little sight seeing.

After Boston, we headed to New York City for a night. No baseball teams were in town while we were there, but we went to a NYC FC soccer game in Yankee Stadium. It worked out perfectly because we have been to the Mets’ stadium and to Yankee’s games before and the soccer game was one of the best games we’ve been to.

We stopped at Shake Shack in Chicago and it was too good not to stop again in New York City!

After NYC won the game, there was a celebration in the street. The boys and Helen started out just watching, but it wasn’t long before they were in the middle of the crowd… This picture was taken before Theo and Jeff had their shirts off…

After New York City, we drove to Virginia to visit our grandparents and go to Holly and Russell’s wedding!

We love Mrs. East!! And Mr. East too

One of the days while we were there, we went to Arlington Cemetery and then went to Aunt Kim and Uncle Andy’s house and made homemade pizza’s on the grill!

After spending the 4th of July in Virginia, we drove back to New York. When we got back, Aunt Sherry, Kendall, Jackson, Aunt Jane, Jack, Owen, and Lucy were all there. We spent most of the week relaxing, hanging out, and eating ice cream. We also did another Amazing Race game for the 8 youngest cousins.

This picture isn’t the best quality, but the boys tried to shave lines in each others hair and when they didn’t turn out how they had hoped, they asked me to fix them…

Dad helped us make a volleyball “net”

I didn’t get many good pictures of the amazing race, so Mom sent me this picture of the teams doing the egg toss

Our trip this summer wasn’t as crazy as our trip last summer, but we got to spend most of our time enjoying simple things with family. Trips to Europe are fun, but this summer was a good reminder that very little is needed to make a happy life. All we really need is family… and ice cream 😉


August → June in Pictures



Sorry to the stranger whose child this is, but he just looks too cute looking at Memorial Stadium





Thanks to Taylor and the Skram family for Fall Break in Kansas


Joey would hate that this picture is on here, but he probably won’t ever know and I like it 🙂



First year living together ✓




Fake Patty’s Day at Kstate thanks to Taylor and friends





Spring Training in Arizona


Eric Church concert!!!


Easter at Notre Dame


Weekend in Chicago (while I was still smiling through the mono…)



Kat is officially a Notre Dame grad and 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force!!





Rilee and her sister came for a short visit



We just moved Kat to Tucson and they have these “be kind” reminders all around the city. Be kind. It’s not that hard.


East Coastin’

After 26 hours and several dance parties in the car, we made it to the east coast and have been here for over a week now! We got to spend time in New York and Virginia with our grandparents and cousins. We have done a lot in the last 10 days, but I will try my best to keep it short.

Britt, our favorite professional soccer player, is playing for the Western New York Flash and we got to go see one of her games! She even got to come to Grandma and Papa’s house for the weekend 🙂


We have really missed watching her play and having her live in our house.

One night, we went and got ice cream at Watts and then we went to Lake Ontario to watch the sunset. I brought my new camera and I am obsessed with it… Plus, how could anyone take a bad picture when the view looks like this???




It would seriously be impossible to take a bad picture.

We went to Letchworth State Park! We had never been before and it is so pretty and green. I am weirdly fascinated by how many trees there are here… They are just so different than in Colorado! I’m also super unamused with the amount of bugs and humidity on the east coast…


We made an “Amazing Race” game for the kids to play at Grandma and Papa’s house. We had them running through the fields, all around the property, writing poems, podding peas, and eating popsicles as fast as they could. Pure entertainment for the kids and for those of us who were watching 🙂


Oh yeah, and we had them eat a plate of whipped cream with no hands.


In this event they had to run five laps, but after every lap, they had to eat a popsicle. This was on the first lap, and Theo and Jeff are probably in the middle of yelling “anything for the W”…

We drove to Virginia, and let me tell you, 7 hours in the car feels like nothing these days. For the last few days we have been hanging out in the “penthouse”, watching tons of soccer, and pretty much living at Top Golf. We got to see all of Dad’s high school friends and we also got to see Holly and Russell. We miss them a lot, too. We need all these people we love to move closer to Colorado…


Top Golf is awesome, but it is a very public place for me to be swinging a golf club…

We celebrated Theo and Jeff’s 13th birthday… I officially have teenage brothers, so thats scary, but I sure do love them!


They love pictures…

Last thing. I promise. If you actually read this far, you deserve to hear this story. My brothers have long boards and they are super good. Sometimes, I think I want to learn how to ride/think that I have the coordination to ride… The boys were long boarding and everyone was outside watching them (literally everyone…)  and I asked Theo if I could try. He told me no, so obviously I tried it anyway… I was going super slow and it’s kind of hard to explain, but somehow I flew off. I landed on my butt and hit the ground so hard… I have a bruise, so that should be super comfortable every time I sit down for the next week… Oh and Theo didn’t even help me up… He laughed at me, took the board, and walked away. It was quite the reality check and karma… I apologize for not having a video to share.


We watched sunsets, had campfires, ate s’mores, told stories, rode bikes, played golf, saw old friends, and had a really simple and laid-back week with family. It is almost time for this part of our trip to come to an end and for us to go on our next adventure… This time by plane 🙂

Outdoor Adventuring Part 2

Last week, Hannah, Kira, Josh, Michael, and I went on our annual sunrise hike! When we got to the top of Eagle’s Peak, I was speechless for two reasons:

1. Because I had the worst cramp ever the entire way up. I felt like I was about to go into labor and give birth to a child. I don’t know what that feels like, but if I had to guess, that would be it… Kira was also having some struggles on the way up. We are not exactly sure what was wrong with her, but she is convinced that she died on the way up and is now living her second life

2. I have never seen a more amazing view in my life. Everything was glowing from the sunrise and it was absolutely beautiful. It was worth every minute of sleep we missed and every bit of pain I was in. That view had me speechless

If you ever want to have the best time of your life, take your four best friends, homemade muffins, a bottle of orange juice, and a speaker for country music (obviously), and hike a mountain at 3:30 in the morning. I promise you won’t regret it.


I could’ve stayed on top of that mountain forever. I would never get sick of it. Never.


Or the view. Or the people. I miss getting to see the mountains and their faces everyday.


I will get up at 3:30 in the morning every day for the rest of my life if I am guaranteed to have a day as perfect as this one was.

I got to go to my first W-League game of the year and one of my best friends, Beth, is on the team this year. She’s a stud. I have loved seeing her become so successful and happy. Plus it’s pretty cool having a famous friend and a reason to make obnoxious signs for the games 🙂


Not our best picture (also not our worst), but we had to wait five hours for a rain delay, so please give us a break.

Before I left to go out of town for the summer, I got to have lunch with my neighbor, Caroline. We have been neighbors and friends for ELEVEN years now! She is one of the sweetest, most hilarious people I know. Every time I leave from hanging out with her, my cheeks hurt from laughing and smiling. No joke.


I do realize that this doesn’t fit with the Outdoor Adventures title, but we did sit in the “outside” area at Panera, so it counts.

Total sidenote: Long story, but sometimes my friends tell me that I’m a boy… I saw a quiz on Facebook called “How Girly Are You?”, so naturally, I took it… because I was hoping that by taking an online quiz, I could prove my friends wrong… unfortunately, my result was “You’re basically one of the guys”. I guess there’s room for improvement, so at least I have that going for me, but I’m also low-key offended and I just felt like I needed to share that.

I have loved getting to see all of my friends from home this summer, and I have loved being home for the last month, but by the time I write my next post, I won’t be in Colorado anymore! Time flies.


Outdoor Adventuring Part 1

We went to Arizona to take Jeff to a soccer camp, so we made a mini vacation out of it. We stayed in a yurt, hiked part of the Grand Canyon in 120° heat, went to Horseshoe Bend, walked through Antelope Canyon, and boogie boarded at the Sand Dunes.


I’m blown away by this place every time I come back. Being in it is completely different from just looking at it. The walls are massive, and I think it is safe to say we all felt tiny in comparison. Next time I’m at the Grand Canyon, I want to hike the whole thing.


Antelope Canyon is one of the coolest places I’ve ever been. It is on Navajo land near Page, Arizona and you have to go in with a tour guide. It’s a pretty amazing landform and it’s total screensaver material.

Sydney, my best friend since we were ten, came to visit from Nebraska and came with us on all of the above adventures and more! She stayed for a week and a half and we had the best time. We always do. She is able to put up with our family for extended periods of time, which isn’t always easy, so I know that we will be friends forever. I still remember when we were ten and would walk to each others houses daily, watch Mama Mia at our weekly sleepovers, and make a mess from doing an art project every time we were together (actually, we still do this…). I would post a picture of us together when we were 10, because Lord knows we have plenty, but I think we would both agree that some things are better left unseen.

sar and syd

This is a lovely GoPro picture of Sydney and me, featuring our yurt and hammock.

When we got home, Kira and Sydney took me to the driving range for the first time ever. Let’s just say that I struggle with patience and hand-eye coordination… But I will say that I think there is potential for me to like it if I improve. A lot. In the future, I need to practice in a place where there are zero people (sorry to everyone at PC golf course who had to watch me learn to golf), and where no one can take videos of me trying to swing a golf club (@Kira).


Golf attire 10/10. Golf skills 0/10. I did not think it was this funny when I was actually trying to swing at a golf ball. Kira and Sydney did though.

There will be a second part to this post sometime in the near future. “Near future” is all relative, but it will definitely be soon! There were just too many things to put them all in one post.




First Blog Post…

This is my first blog post (in case you didn’t catch that in the title), so I guess this means I am officially a blogger… I’ve always said that a reality TV show could be made to document my life, but for now a blog will have to do! If you’ve spent any amount of time with me, you probably know that my life is almost always hectic, things hardly ever go the way I plan them, and I pretty much think that every second of it is hilarious. From crazy adventures with my friends, to traveling with my family, to my regular everyday life, I don’t want to forget any of it. This blog is going to be the place I come back to in the future to read about my best life experiences and all of the lovely people who have been a part of them. So… If you ever want to read about what is going on in my life or about any of the random thoughts that I have, this is the place to come. I hope you are as excited to read about my adventures as I am to share them… Thanks for reading!

– Sarah