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Over the summer, Joey and I decided it would be fun to spend a weekend in Kansas City together to go to a Royals game… so we did! And it was so fun! We have officially been in 10 states together. My only complaint about the weekend was that it went by too quickly.

This is a picture of Joey reading me all of the health benefits of drinking coffee because he is convinced that I am going to become a coffee drinker 🙄 It has been tempting a few times this semester…

We asked someone to take a picture of us and it really isn’t the best, but I still like it 🙂

Funny story… While we were looking at this view, the weather was perfect, but there was one gust of wind and it lifted up my whole dress and I pretty much flashed everyone in Kansas City… so that’s lovely. About 5 minutes after that, Joey climbed on one of the walls to sit on it and he got yelled at over the loud speaker by security… so we are pretty lucky they didn’t just kick us out of the city right then.

It usually takes this kid so long to agree to take a nice picture, but I’ve learned that if I offer him food or dessert, it speeds up the process 🙂

We had to walk a little farther than I expected to get to this wall, but I was determined to find it


 My first Royals game!

Insomnia Cookies=Best Place Ever

When Joey was about to take this picture, I fixed my hair and he said, “Your hair looks fine. This picture really isn’t about you anyway. It’s mostly about the cookie!” Also if it looks like I’m too excited, it’s because I was 😂


        Weekends go by too fast… especially the ones that are the most fun. It was such a fun weekend and I can’t wait to go back. Unfortunately, on Sunday morning, I woke up sick and I did not feel well the whole car ride home. I was so sad because when we went to Chicago, I got sick too. When we got back I took a nap and when I woke up I felt even worse. Joey came and brought me these cough drops, Emergen-C, a bottle of orange juice, and flowers.  It was a good reminder that people who care even when life isn’t the most fun are the people who I want to keep around because they are the ones I want to spend the fun parts with 🙂

•simple things•

I have a heart that wants to be going somewhere new or doing something exciting all the time… It’s just the way I am. There are days when I cannot focus on anything besides places I want to go and new things I want to add to my bucket list and I love that… but, I also love the people I’m with and the time I have right now to appreciate less extravagant things, so I need to work on doing that, too. I started reading the book Present Over Perfect while we were in Hawaii and I really love it. It has helped me to focus on simple things again and be genuinely amazed by them. I think I have been doing a good job because Joey says I am like a kid on Christmas morning about little things all the time these days. This post is mostly just for me, so I can see the little things I have been able to appreciate over the last month.

This picture makes me the happiest. I wish they lived closer to me so I could have them here all the time.


I guess I just really apprecate food…

 I met these three boys at the very beginning of our Freshman year… I am so grateful for each of them.

We decided it is still acceptable to spend days at the lake even after school has started 🙂

Everyone should have a roommate who makes homemade Chipotle and shares it with you. I love Chip (I’m trying to make Chip a thing, so please join me), but Sam’s honestly might be better than the real thing. She also makes the BEST pumpkin chocolate chip muffins… She is the greatest roommate and I absolutely love living with her.

I saw this picture recently and I just really loved it. I have been spending three days a week in a kindergarten classroom and it makes me wish that I could see the world the way 5 year olds do. They really believe that there is no such thing as an inconvenient time for a hug. I can always count on AT LEAST one hug everyday that I am there and they don’t let the love they have to give go to waste. They believe in “trying their best” all the time. They believe that their stories are worth sharing… even if it in the middle of a lesson. They believe in walking through the halls with their arms around each other, helping others without being asked, and they believe that everyone deserves to be treated with kindness… and we should, too. But… that’s just my opinion and like the picture says, the world will only be changed by our example, not by our opinions, so I plan on acting like a kindergartener starting now 🙂 Hopefully I will be able to tie my own shoes and not pick my nose in public though 😉


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 🙂



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.


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.


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