This and That


1. A few friends and I hiked Lone Peak last weekend. Lone Peak is one of the higher summits on the Wasatch Mountain range. We hiked 4 miles up and camped on Friday night. We woke up early and summited the south and north peaks of Lone Peak. Here are a few pictures of our trip.

2. I was lacing a pair of shoes after I had washed them and asked Maria if she wanted to lace the other one seeing that we were in somewhat of a rush. She laughed and said she doesn’t know how to lace shoes! She says she has never laced a pair shoes in her life. The things you learn about your spouse even after four years of marriage!


1. I made a trip to the library this week. I really hope to actually read the books I checked out this time. What are you reading?

2. Yes, that is season 3 of Friday Night Lights sitting on top of my stack of books. I’ve been working out on our elliptical every morning since I am injured and can’t run. There is no better motivation to workout than a little Tim Riggins:)

3. I kind of want to go back to school, just so I can get new school clothes. Those days were the best! Maybe I will just pretend. I am loving this fall outfit!

4. Swooning over this cake!

5. The word of the week is BELUGA! For some reason, I said Beluga (as in whale) and Caleb heard me. He started cracking up. So now, I yell-Beluga, Beluga, Beluga!!! He goes crazy! So if you need a good laugh this week, start saying BELUGA! It’s a fun word:)

6. I made a big batch of pesto this week to make Grilled Pesto Potatoes. I am thinking Pesto Straws need to happen with the rest of the pesto!

7. Oops, we did it again! We went cereal crazy! Kix was on sale for $1.49 a box, for the big box, so we stocked up! Kid Tested Mother Approved! ๐Ÿ™‚

8. We are in Oregon right now with Harry and David! Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for our trip updates!

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  1. You caught me with the tid-bit about Maria having never tied a shoelace! How is that possible!? It’s so true about surprises though – my husband is a never-ending source of surprises – it’s amazing how you can never know everything about someone, even the person that you know better than anyone. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a great time in Oregon!

  2. Have SO much fun on your trip! You should try baking something fun with the kix! That outfit is adorable.

    Josh- that hike looks amazing- how fun!

  3. If he likes Beluga then you must sing him “baby beluga in the big blue sea!” That was my daughter’s favorite song and we sang it every night at bedtime!

  4. I hope you took your wife with you on that hiking trip. My husband would never get out of taking me hiking, especially somewhere so beautiful!

    I lace shoes like a champ. When I was four, I decided I wanted to learn how to lace shoes; I couldn’t tie them, but man could I lace ’em!

  5. “Beluga!” (For Caleb) Hope your injury heals quickly, Maria. Enjoy your cereal guys. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Wow–KIX!! Definitely a childhood favorite. I just hit up the library as well. Why I always forget about libraries I will never know. That whole being free thing is just plain awesome.

  7. It’s so nice to follow a blogger from my area! You have inspired me to hike Lone Peak one of these days…not so easy with 2 young kiddos. And isn’t our library system fabulous?! Looks like you got some good reads ahead of you ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. If you’re looking for funny words, look up bulbous bouffant by the vestibules. I’ve never watched the video, but the soundtrack is awesome and hilarious on its own. It’s kind of slow to start though… BELUGA!

  9. Caleb laughing about the word “Beluga!” reminds me of when my friend’s daughter was a baby. I was holding my dog’s paw shaking at her and said “Periwinkle!” She thought it was hysterical. For about a month after she thought that was the funniest thing ever. Good memories!

  10. All of those books look like so much fun! I am currently reading Emily Giffin’s new one! Its so good, but I was at Michaels yesterday, and saw so many fun cookbooks. I really need to get into some of them ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great trip!

  11. Welcome to Oregon. Aka Orygun. Where will you visit? Medford for Harry and David’s? Bend is pretty awesome. Best weather in Oregon and gorgeous views. Have a wonderful time. Wave if you come to Bend. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. I love me a little Tim Riggins too, probably the main reason why I watched FNL. My husband watched it for the football stuff….I watched it for Tim. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the mention of my Snickers Cake! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Those hiking pictures are beautiful. I think you will have to figure out a way to bake with all those kik!