Tag Archives: loving life

A Letter to a Person on Their First Day Here

Remember Missy’s post on Kid President last year? Here’s a new video, an open letter to babies on their first day on Earth. I love this kid and the SoulPancake creators.

“You’re made from love, to be love, to spread love. Love is always louder, no matter what. Even if hate has a bullhorn, love is LOUDER.”

Dedicated to Baby Girl Wegner and all the new little souls out there:

 

 

Lake Chelan

Lake Chelan

Lake Chelan

Several people who follow my Instagram account have commented on the summer we’ve had. Not only was it our last summer in the Pacific Northwest, I was also hell-bent on taking advantage of Nick’s free time (and weekends) while he was on an easier schedule at the VA, knowing that starting October, he will be working long hours and days again for the next five months doing his trauma rotation. We were warned ahead of time that chief year would be rough during trauma but figured if we survived 2nd year of residency, we’ll get through this, knowing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Check back on us in a couple months though to see if we’re still retaining our sanity!

OH boy, it’s been awhile since this trip in early July but wow did we have fun. I had planned a secret getaway to Lake Chelan and told Nick to keep the weekend available on his calendar. The Lake Chelan valley is about a 3 hour drive away, and is known for its 300 days of sun. It is also the perfect weekend escape with lots of small-town charm, recreational activities, dining and shopping options, and wineries to keep year-round visitors occupied.

1534

Morning coffee

Morning coffee

We reached our destination late Friday night so didn’t get to see the view until morning. I actually love doing this because it’s always a fun surprise when you open your curtains in the morning and see the view outside your window.  Luckily our room was right in front of the water! We spent Saturday in our swimsuits reading by the lake and swimming. When it got too hot, we went jet-skiing later in the afternoon, whizzing by beautiful lakefront homes and imagining the people who lived in them. In the evening, we strolled through the small downtown area window-shopping, and grabbing pizza and gelato before watching the sunset fireworks over the lake (this was the 4th of July weekend).

Ok, people come to Lake Chelan PREPARED- look at these floaties!

Ok, people come to Lake Chelan PREPARED- look at these floaties!

1553 1555

Waiting for fireworks

Waiting for fireworks

1585

On Sunday, after more lazing by the lake, we packed our things and visited this to-die-for hamburger stand with the most spectacular view of the water and surrounding mountains. After our gut-busting meal, we visited a beautiful hilltop winery where we fell in love with more views while sipping wine on the patio before heading home.

Now we know why the Seattle locals rave about Lake Chelan! I wish we could return more often!

Burgers and shakes by the lake

Burgers and shakes by the lake

Winery views

Winery views

1598 1611

Headed home!

Headed home!

Summer, I love you.

I’m terribly behind on posts. There have been a few recaps planned- to name a few: our Hawaii and Chicago trips, weekends in Port Townsend, evenings at Jazz Alley, I want to talk about all of these lovely experiences. But maybe on a rainy weekend.

Right now, we’re having way too much fun spending our time outside, enjoying our last summer here.

A few highlights of late:

Nick finished his 4th year of residency and is now a Chief Resident! A senior resident! The big cheese! Overnight, he acquired a whole lotta responsibility…which is both fun, and scary as sh*t.

Nick’s resident class- now the Chiefs! We love these guys, and they have become our Seattle family.

summer 2

So we all celebrated on Ted and Janelle’s houseboat on Portage Bay! Our favorite place to hang out during the summers…

Jumping off the houseboat rooftop

Jumping off the houseboat rooftop

Our friend's darling little houseboat

Our friend’s darling little houseboat

summer8

Pride also happened last weekend! Super fun, I was able to meet my good friend Jesse out in Capitol Hill for the annual Pride block party. We had a ball celebrating with everyone, especially after the recent momentous SCOTUS decision.

#loveislove

#loveislove

summer5

And lastly, we’ve been walking Miles after dinner during these beautiful summer evenings at dusk. It’s our favorite part of the day- mainly because we use the time catching up on each other’s days without the distraction of the TV/Ipads/phones that seem to be forever present. Note to self: it’s KINDA NICE.

My boys

My boys

Oh Vail

We are at a pretty interesting time in our lives. The fourth year of orthopedic residency is supposed to be low-key. I don’t know about that, but at least Nick’s not working around the clock as per usual! I’ve been grateful for the weekends Nick has been able to spend home, instead of at the hospital, but things have been picking up lately with fellowship interviews. We find out where we match April 2, and in July 2014, we will once again pack all of our belongings and move to a new city, this time for a year as Nick participates in a foot and ankle fellowship program. (We can live anywhere for a year, right?) Another adventure, and then hopefully we’ll settle down somewhere after!

I’m so proud of Nick. His hard work and diligence these past few years in residency has paid off and he’s procured interviews at several prestigious foot and ankle programs (in the East Coast and Midwest areas where most of them are located). He’s been flying all over the place these past couple months, but I was fortunate to tag along with him this past weekend for an interview at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, CO! Not a bad place to interview, babe!

We landed Thursday evening and drove the two hours to Vail from Denver. The hotel prices in the area were astronomical, and because we’ve been loving VRBO lately after a great vacation rental experience in Sayulita, Mexico, we decided to stay at a condo in West Vail this trip. It was a sweet, cozy space literally next to a creek, 2 mi. from Vail Village, and perfect for a weekend getaway. We gravitate towards boutique hotels generally but I like how vacation rentals give more of a “local” and personal experience when we travel. I highly recommend it! (Another vacation rental site I’ve been wanting to try is AirBNB. Next trip maybe??)

Here are a few photos from our quick weekend getaway- life has been so hectic lately, it was exactly what we needed to refresh from the daily grind and reconnect! Vail is just gorgeous. We may not end up here, but will certainly be returning, perhaps in the summer, which the locals say is even more beautiful than winter!

Reading material in the condo

Reading material in the condo

Gore Creek view from our front door

Gore Creek view from our front door

Vail Village

Vail Village

Cozy evenings in the Village

Cozy evenings in the Village

We didn't wear helmets when we skied growing up!

We didn’t wear helmets when we skied growing up!

Nick heads to the Riva Bahn Lift, it's powder time!

Nick heads to the Riva Bahn Lift, it’s powder time!

View of the Back Bowls

View of the Back Bowls

I love the sunlight in this one

I love the sunlight in this one. Let’s be honest, I just love the sun!

Aprés ski: my favorite part of ski days

Aprés ski: my favorite part of ski days

Snapped in the car driving back to the airport- bye Vail! Until next time.

Snapped in the car driving back to the airport- bye Vail! Until next time.

Tuesday Repeat?! Yes Please!

You ever have those days where you want to start over?  I have plenty of those, but yesterday was quite the opposite!  In fact, I’m cool with having yesterday repeat itself anytime.  Too often I don’t take the time to fully appreciate or be thankful when things go so well.  What made yesterday so great were these wonderful events:  beautiful weather on my walks with Nola, CJ having a great day at work, loving my pineapple tea from David’s Tea, homemade chicken noodle soup for dinner (I am obsessed w/ soup, like eat 4 bowls obsessed!!), CJ surprised me with treats from our local bakery, had a laughing session with Nola & got to watch the New Girl and Mindy Project w/ the hubs.  I am so spoiled with blessings and thankful to God!

nola treats