Steamboat Rock Hike & Dry Falls

So, I’ve been using the Washington Trails Association App called Trailblazer, and have been loving it! You can pull up a map of the area you want to explore and find a hike that interests you. Its been great as we usually have an idea of how far we want to drive based on the time we have. The app gives a great description of the hike as well as how to get there! So when we wanted to go to the Grand Coulee area, we (ahem… Dan) found the Steamboat Rock hike! I thought the hike was called this based on the shape of the rock, but a co-worker told me the wind actually will bellow between the rocks and create a steamboat horn sound, unfortunately we didn’t get to hear this while we were there.


The drive took about 2 hours. We headed West from Spokane on Highway 2 and continued through Reardan and Davenport, then we took the exit at Wilbur and continued to Electric City to the trailhead (directions are easy to find online).


It was a very vertical rocky hike to the top, but the views were worth it!



This guy made it look easy!




The views were amazing at the top, there was an insane cliff on every side, you can hardly tell in the photos where the cliff ends and the ground at the bottom begins.

img_2708The geological history of the area is intriguing to say the least. The Ice Age floods thousands of years ago carved out this canyon when a huge ice dam broke. I had to rent the movie on these floods at the library, so interesting to me! Steamboat rock is made of basalt, and there is a huge granite rock at the top. Its crazy to think about the amount of water and how powerful a force there must have been to transport this huge rock here!



Here are a few more photos, just because it was THAT beautiful!






Dry Falls

About 20 minutes further on the same road was Dry Falls. Dan had been there and wanted to show me! Although there is no water there flowing over the cliffs, at one point this waterfall was bigger than Niagra Falls. It is about 3 and 1/2 miles long and was once the largest waterfall on earth! Now its a cool view right off the side of the highway with a visitor center and an ice cream shop 🙂






Well worth the 20 minutes of extra driving to get there!

Snowshoeing Rainier! 2018


Dan’s birthday was approaching, and after researching TONS of hot springs with not many left to choose from within a 3-4 hour drive radius that we haven’t been to, Dan suggested Rainier, and I’m all about that life, so we booked it! We decided to take the southern route, stay a night in Yakima, then drive to our destination the next day. The drive through White Pass was gorgeous!


We tried to get in at the Ohanapecosh entrance, but the road to Paradise was closed from there. So we kept around to the entrance at Longmire through the Southwest corner of the park, which was super convenient since our hotel was in Ashford! So glad we got there a day early, because Saturday was a clear sunny day and we got to see Rainier!



The name of the hotel we stayed at was Whittaker’s Bunkhouse, this hotel was adorable and they had a rental shop, thank God, because the park requires chains to be in your vehicle November through May, so we rented them there for $15. Next door to that is Whittaker’s Mountaineering, sort of a mini REI 🙂

(Took this one from the web)




This hotel was nothing fancy, our room didn’t even have a t.v. which was actually really nice– there’s nothing worse than staying up all night when you plan a hike at the crack– The cool thing about this hotel is that it is a family run business, started by the Whittaker family. Jim Whittaker was the first American to summit Mt. Everest back in May 1963, and has climbed to the summit of Rainier 80+ times! He and his brother Lou did more climbing excursions than they can probably count, and Jim’s son Leif Whittaker went on to climb Everest twice! The coffee shop at the hotel was not only adorable, but they carry books written by Jim and Leif!



So of course we had to get the books! Well, I miiiigggghhhttt have had to talk Dan into buying the hardbacks over getting the electronic version for his Nuk 😉 I’m kind of old fashioned like that, also, then we can swap 🙂



The next morning we had to wake up super early in order to give us enough time to snowshoe and drive home. Honestly I love mornings though! So we started our journey!


On the drive in we passed Christine Falls! So of course, had to stop and get a pic for my Mom, Christine! It’s hard to see, but there is a little waterfall back in there.


First stop was the Longmire visitor’s center, we wanted to check conditions and ask the ranger’s about the best route for our skill level and time allotment. So we decided to go with the route to Reflection Lake. They had this HUGE Douglas Fir tree that had been cut down back in the early 1900’s, by a local paper company. All the logging in the area was actually kind of sad. Some of the trees we saw reminded me of driving through the sequoia forest! Soooo Big!



The lodge at the Paradise trailhead was beautiful!


This was our planned route, but we ended up taking a little longer route up and around, but the scenery was way worth it! Our hike ended up being about 6 miles!



We hiked through this avalanche zone! OMG! I could not stop imagining the exact steps I would take in case of an avalanche!






Once we got to Reflection Lake, we stopped to have lunch. I was hoping for some pic-nic tables or something, but nope! So we just sat on some snow haha I know we weren’t really backpacking or camping overnight, but we did want to test out an MRE, just for future knowledge 😉 And since we LOVE Thailand, we got some Thai food.

img_2172Dan had the set up, and it worked out great because a hot meal was way better than packing a sandwich at that moment!


Chef Danny


Then, of course, you have to have a couple Rainier beers when you’re at Rainier!


The way back was so much harder! It was all uphill! Dan kept telling me “We’re almost there,” but no matter where we were at on the hike, it felt to me like a race spectator telling you “You’re almost there,” when you have already run 12 and you still have a full mile to go! So I told him to stop saying that, in a super sweet way 😉 That was a really tough hike! Hills kill me sometimes! But God, it was so much fun! Sometimes it takes something great to remind you how small you really are in this world ❤


Here are some other random things from our trip…

There were a few art studios in Ashford.

One was legit…  A high school teacher owns it.


One was novelty, an older couple runs it and have a story for every piece inside…


This crazy thing is actually a deer’s rear end upside down with eyes and a snout??? ummmm…


And the third one was strange. An elderly lady runs it, who is big into beading and cats… with the smell inside to prove it! I didn’t even get a photo of the $4,500 beaded Mona Lisa, sheesh!

There was a cute restaurant called the Copper Creek Inn where we had dinner. Really good food!



Overall, such a fun trip!!  And, even though we had no luck this time, we will get you your “Yakima Nation” hat next time we’re there babe! haha



Have a great week everyone ❤

San Diego Weekend

So, my BFF called saying she had some buddy passes that were expiring, and if we could use them that following weekend, we could have them! So duh! We decided to go somewhere warm and beautiful, that we could find a gorgeous hike, and San Diego did not disappoint!  So here we go! I love last minute spontaneous trips!

Day 1 we decided to walk around and enjoy some of the city at Balboa Park.

Apparently renting segways is a thing now

We stopped at the coffee shop which was conveniently named Daniel’s, so of course I made Dan pose for a pic

I thought it was really cool that they’re making a musical based on the movie Benny and Joon, that movie is near and dear to my heart, not only because it was filmed here in Spokane, but because my most favorite Uncle Eddy has a part in it, I miss him so much!

We also walked around the piers and got a photo with the famous kissing statue! Dan’s idea for the pose, he’s such a romantic!

We also checked out the Midway, but on the way there, there was a ship in the harbor literally on fire! It was a little scary!

We decided to go to the Little Italy district for dinner at a restaurant that was recommended to us, Bon Apetit, which was completely random, but turned out to be the same restaurant Shivaughn and I carb loaded at when we did the San Diego Half Marathon in 2010!

Such good food! Ended up getting the swordfish! And we followed that up by a stop at 7-11 for some ice cream to take back to the hotel, along with hiking snacks for tomorrow’s 10 miler!

This Twinkies ice cream was barf!! Seriously so bad!

So, the next morning was an early one. We decided to take the train/ bus ALLLL the way up to Torrey Pines and hike down to La Jolla. Here at the start we passed the Torrey Pines golf course!

Here is the trail head at the start, there was also a rangers station where we should have used some of the sunscreen they had available, ugh lesson learned!

It was almost a maze through cliffs and steep stairs…

But alas…. we made it to the Pacific!

And unbeknownst to us, we discovered Black Beach, a beauty you ask? Ummm not exactly, turns out it’s a nude beach, and there were quite a few naked people running around

The rock formations were by far my fave ❤️

This was definitely one of my fave hikes ever, so much beauty

Not sure why I always look so awkward in these kissy photos haha

Dan living on the edge

The hike continued down through the UCSD campus, seriously why did I not go to college here out of high school?! It looked like fun if I were 20 again! It was right by the pier.

As we got to mile 7 or 8 ish, there were so many seals at seal rock, and the hiking trails lead right to them, I’ve never been so close! Even the kayakers were boating very close to them!

You can see the seal behind me!

And ended this with some gelato on the pier

Such a fun weekend adventure ❤️❤️❤️

My Engagement Story ❤

Dan and I had our first date January 31, 2016. And it has been pure bliss ever since. I’ve had a rough patch of dating all the wrong people, but this time was different. We see eye to eye on so many aspects of life, we both have a laid back free spirit type of personality that just meshes so well. He is always thoughtful and goes out of his way to make me feel appreciated, special, and important daily. I have so much respect for him as a father, a friend to Makenna, and a  teacher, the way he impacts his students and mentors them even well after graduation melts my heart. 

So we decided to travel to Thailand together. The first 4 days we were in Bangkok,  interesting city, very busy, and far from romantic! Later Dan told me he was getting nervous because it wasn’t what he’d had in mind.  Then we flew to Phuket. Beautiful white sand beaches, a tropical rainforest. We get to our hotel and the rooms aren’t ready. No biggie, so we decide to enjoy a cocktail while we wait for it. A few other people we were traveling with told me to go to the window and get a photo of my drink with the beach and resort as the background (little did I know they were distracting me) 

Then, out of nowhere, it’s starts pouring down rain. And Dan knows I have always had a fantasy for kissing in the rain, so he asks me “do you want to go kiss on the beach?” And obvi… YES! So we head down, take off our shoes and start kissing, it was beautiful ❤ I tell him, let’s go into the water! So I turn to him reaching out for his hand, and he is down on one knee, he tells me that I’ve made him the happiest boyfriend in the world, and asks me to make him the happiest husband in the world❤YES, so many yesses!!! 

I couldn’t have had a better story. It was perfect, just us all alone on this beautiful beach half way across the world. 

Dan, ever since you have come into my life, I have been nothing but happy. You are my soul mate, and the one who truly understands me, and I understand you ❤

You have made me believe again, in true love, you inspire me to be better. I have loved every one of our adventures, and I can’t wait for many many more! I love you and all of your sweet little girls!

 I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you, I can’t wait to be your wife, and a second mommy to all of your girls ❤

Best trip ever ❤

St. Paddy’s Five Miler and Some Randoms

This weekend was one of those weekends you know you will look back on and smile about someday 🙂 Lots of family fun! We decided Saturday we would check out the St. Patrick’s Day Parade with all the kids.

I’m pretty sure their favorite part was the candy! 

My P.I.C.

And my fave girl, who I wish I got to see more of!

And of course her babe, with Jon photo bombing in the back haha

Saturday night, I bartended, and another one of my faves stopped by to see me for the St. Paddys party. My bro!

Sunday we set out to run five miles, the weather was beautiful. The race is always at Spokane Community College, so snapped a pic with the mascot.

Right before the start…

After the start, look at all the green!

Fresh strawberry banana protein shakes for after! I used frozen strawberries instead of ice, so good!

And sadly, my phone died after this and I got no photos of my nephews birthday party at the skating rink 😦 All the kids were so cute, and Makenna is getting so good on skates!

Here are some randoms I haven’t gotten around to posting!

We did a seafood night which was much needed, I had been craving seafood bad!

I saw this vintage tee at Garageland that I wanted bad, it was $100 and I’m still contemplating going back…

These dark chocolate bars with sea salt are to die for

These two cuties at the mall ❤

Sometimes it’s hard not to give money to panhandlers, this guy says not to. What do you think?

Pad Thai from the restaurant Phontip Thai, you guys, their food is amazing, go there if you haven’t already!

Makenna liked the Thai iced tea! And has the tongue to prove it!

My recent obsession from Starbucks! Sous vide egg bites, the bacon ones! And a green tea latte with soy, so good!

These nut butter filled Clif bars. Ummm for all the rage I’ve been hearing about them, I wasn’t impressed. The nut butter inside was on the dry side.

This photo makes me happy ❤ My Mom and Dan love doing this!

I know these flavored tuna pouches seem weird, but they’re actually really good, especially on salad! And tons of protein!

It’s a kitty condo in the back lol Just because I have a cat, doesn’t make me a crazy cat lady! It doesn’t, it doesn’t!!!!

2.8 miles :))

This was on the media reader at the gym. You guys, this could be really bad news for me haha McDonald’s is for sure my guilty pleasure!

Anyways! I hope you all have a beautiful rest of your week ❤ I’m praying for sunshine over here ! 

Peace✌ and Love ❤


Trip to Ainsworth Hot Springs and Some Treadmill Running

Recent Workouts

You guys, I ran 2 miles on the treadmill at a 9:13 pace. I know, most of you are thinking, sooooooo??? But for me this is a huge deal! Last year my miles were creeping up to the 11-12 minute mile range. I have started running faster in very very small increments, and am finally up to 2 miles at this pace! Today’s workout: .5 miles at 3.5mph, .5 miles at 4.0mph, 2 miles at 6.5 (9:13 minute miles), and 1 mile at 4.0 mph. I have also been doing spin class at EWU 2x per week, and GRIT class, which is a HIIT (high intensity interval training) 2x per week, which has contributed tons!


Also, recovery is huge, especially when doing weight training. I have been trying to add in a protein shake after most workouts. I love the Orgain Organic Protein you can find at Costco, it’s fairly inexpensive and tastes great! I bring the powder in a shaker bottle with me, then after my workout, I just add water. BOOM!


Also have been trying to squeeze in yoga when I can. I love stretching, it’s my favorite ❤


Ainsworth Hot Springs, Nelson, and Kaslo British Columbia

We set out last Saturday for a trip to B.C. for Dan’s birthday! Since Dan just got his passport, we decided to put it to use and check out Canada! I love road tripping with this guy! You know, you can always tell if a relationship is going to last but how well you travel together!


First stop was Nelson. We were starving and stopped at the first restaurant we found called Finley’s. A cute little bar and grill.


OMG had probably one of the best burgers I’ve had in years. It was called the Wise Cheddar Truffle Cherry Burger. It had pacific rock cheese, cherry jam, truffle aioli, pickled red onion, lettuce tomato and a ciabatta bun. So.Good. Even the side salad was loaded with veggies.


We also did some thrifting and walking around downtown, look how cute their City Hall is (they also had a big modern one next door). They have some awesome hippy shops downtown too!


Next stop was Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort. The drive was gorgeous by the way, after you pass Nelson, you take the road along Kootenai Lake, which is surrounded by the Rockies. Breathtaking. We decided to check in , take a silly picture, and hit the hot springs right away.



The coolest thing about the hot springs here are the caves. It’s a horseshoe shaped cave. Very hot and dark inside but they have a few small lights similar to garden lights that give a romantic ambiance… ooohhh la la… It was too dark, so I stole a couple pictures from the net. I loved it here, but what struck me as odd was that the water was odorless. When we went to Quinn Hot Springs, the water smelled like rotten eggs. Call me weird, but I loved it, it made me feel like there was a very high mineral content and my body was being healed, well not really but you get my drift. You could tell the water felt different at Ainsworth, but it just wasn’t as strong.


This is not me… haha


The view was insane!!


Next stop, Kaslo, which is another 20 minutes or so North of Ainsworth.

wp-1488835198307.jpgWe stopped at the most quaint little cafe called Bluebelle Bistro. It was adorable and even had an old wood stove inside.


Can’t go wrong when you have coffee with the one you love ❤


Normally not a pastry person, but this butter tarte was to die for


View from the edge of town…



One last stop on the way home. Brilliant Bridge.





This handsome devil


Road trips are the best! Well any trips are the best really ❤


Has anyone tried these chips, it’s a Canadian thing… I’m not really a fan, but when in Rome…



Hope you have a great weekend y’all!! Anyone else doing the St. Paddy’s 5 miler on Sunday? If so, hit me up, I’m doing it and don’t have a running buddy yet!









Happy Valentine’s Day, Benefits of Bone Broth, and What We’ve Been Up To

Today is one of those holidays I always find cliche, but yet when they come around I’m happy to celebrate! Thank God Dan gets this and came through 😉

Also, gotta show the fam some love. Makenna wanted special heart hair for her valentines party, so here we are.


Anyways, in running news, ITS RUNNING SEASON! Always my first race of the year is the Partners in Pain 5K. I love this race because not only does it get me back in the running spirit, but it reminds me that running is HARD! It’s not something that you just always have (at least for me), but it is something you have to constantly work at, like so many other things in life. And once you let it slide, its harder to get back to where you once were with it ❤

But you just keep doing it…

Here is Angie and I at the start, it was super bright out


The course is gorgeous with views of the Spokane River, it is near Kendall Yards


It was a fun out and back run! But I must say, I always love seeing the finish line!


Here’s me after…. ugh I was not as prepared as I should have been, but are we really ever???


So, I’m back out at EWU and there is a little section with a few food trucks (which PS, I love!)


I found this little gem, if you see this out and about, it’s a must try!


They had a Thai wrap that is AMAZING! I don’t know their secret, but the peanut sauce was insanely good. I approve!



I’m obsessed with coconut ANYTHING! Hence one of the reasons I think I may have been born into the wrong climate, but anywhoo. So I had to try this yummy coconut antioxidant drink, only 10 calories per bottle. If you love suntan lotion like I do, you will love it 😉


Bone Broth

So, one of the latest food trends is bone broth. I am a self confessed pho addict (which is made of a bone broth base), therefore this is my cup of tea, or um, bone broth haha bad joke!


I’m not gonna lie, this is about double the price of regular chicken or beef stock, but the nutrients definitely make it more valuable than the latter.

Here are a few reasons to try bone broth:

  1. Its good for your bones and joints. It naturally contains glucosamine, chondroiten sulfate for joints and calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium to make those bones strong and help prevent osteoarthritis.
  2. Immune support. Mark Sisson, author of The Primal Blueprint, actually calls bone broth a “superfood” thanks to the high concentration of minerals. He says that the bone marrow can help strengthen your immune system. (Something that won’t surprise your grandma who always made you her famous chicken soup when you got sick!) A Harvard study even showed that some people with auto-immune disorders experienced a relief of symptoms when drinking bone broth, with some achieving a complete remission. (
  3. It can heal your gut due to the gelatin, and fights inflammation in the intestinal tract.
  4. Boosts immunity
  5. Builds muscle, have you seen the protein content?? I was amazed!wp-1487108533948.jpgYes, you read that right, 9g of protein per cup! WHAAAAA????

And it tastes good, I mean, I had to add a little salt to mine since I got the low sodium version, but it was really good!

Here is a little random fun we’ve been having!

So, this combo hardly seems right, snow and running shoes, but hey, gotta get er done!


Mak at the Dr.’s office, Kisses!


Sky High trampoline hair!


Because sometimes you gotta wear your snowshoes in the backyard…


These 2 monkeys at Chuck E Cheese’s


Gotta get the Chucky’s photo


I made the chicken cauliflowered fried “rice.” This recipe is all over Pinterest, and its amazing, even leftover. I recommend!!


I’m LOVING this YETI coffee to-go cup Dan’s Dad Dave and Brenda got us, It no joke keeps my coffee warm for 4 hours!!


Also loving these new running pants, TJ Maxx $16.99!


Sled Party @ Jake and Beth’s!

Makenna with her Uncle Ray for a snowmobile ride!


Ridin dirty down the driveway to get to the other cars! Not sure we could have fit anyone else in there!


Lastly, just wanted to share this mantra with you, I keep it on my desk and read it weekly. It always gives me a little boost when I need it!


Have a beautiful rest of your week everyone! Hope you have an amazing V Day 2017 ❤

School, Snow, Sickness, Ski, Snowshoeing and Spaghetti Squash!

So apparently I love words that start with the letter “S.” I mean my name iiiissss Samantha, so there’s that. Anywhoo, I have lots to share about whats been going on lately, life has been super busy. I’m happy to announce that I am back in school! If you know me, you know that I have my BA in psychology, and if you know psychology, you know that you can’t do much in the field without at least a Masters degree. So here I am, beginning my journey to get my masters in school counseling! I’m taking a few classes at Eastern. It’s been an adjustment, but I’m trying to keep my eye on the prize! I am taking a couple workout classes as well, which I have been loving, EWU has a new rec center that is nothing short of amazing, ice rink and all! I’m taking some group fitness classes as well as just working out in the gym there. It’s very nice!


Not my best photography skills below oops…



In other news, Makenna has been taking ski lessons with one of her besties, Londyn. They are the cutest things ever! It amazes me how fast they learn, they went to the top of the mountain on the third lesson! Daredevils!





She also got some ski time in with her cousin Reagan who was also up taking lessons



She was exhausted!


So, I normally snowboard, but this Saturday I’m going to attempt to ski with my babe…. wish me luck!

Guys, I have been so sick the last two weeks, hence why I haven’t been posting much. But this sickness kicked my ass! I know its going around but it got the best of me. Here is a snap of what I’ve been eating


And I’m only half kidding. I’m finally feeling better and NEEDED to get outside and get some fresh air. So when Angie invited me for some snowshoeing, I thought I’d dig them out and head to Mt. Spokane with her, and her friends Dawn and Stephanie. We had a blast, it is so beautiful up there.


I lost those sunglasses too grrrr



Look how deep the snow is up there (on top of this outhouse) probably close to 4 ft


Warming shelter


Heres recovering sick me, obviously overheated and lacking oxygen haha


They had a sign in sheet at the cabin, it was really fun to look and see where the poaple are from who have signed in


Awwwww ❤



I had such an amazing time, love these girls!

So, I wanted to share with you all how I cook my spaghetti squash. I’ve heard of and tried a lot of ways. I DESPISE cutting the spaghetti squash raw, it’s a workout in itself. It’s basically carving a small pumpkin. For me the easiest way is to take the spaghetti squash and simply stab a couple holes in it ( so it won’t explode/let out the steam).


Next, I bake it at 400 degrees for 45 minutes. You may have to adjust the time depending on the size. Then I carefully remove it, cut it in half the long way, it’s soft now so the knife just slides on through. Open it up  and while holding the half with a hand towel, I scrape out the seeds, this is also easier now as the inside is much softer. Then fork out the “noodles” and enjoy however you like! Easy peasy!

Loving this kombucha right now ❤


And this guy ❤


And these two loves, they put on a fashion show for us



And this quote from one of my faves


And homemade low carb protein muffins. Once I get a healthy recipe down, I’ll share it 🙂 They’re still a little on the dry side, so I have some experimenting to do!


Still one of my fave pre-workout breakfasts. Stick to what you know right!


Loving walnuts in my yogurt too


And kinda sorta addicted to these new bacon gruyere egg bites at Starbucks. You guys, they’re amazing. The texture is like nothing you’re ever tasted!


I CAN NOT for the life of me find a copycat recipe. So I did look up the sous vide cooking technique, where you basically cook things in a vacuum sealed plastic baggie at low heat for a long time (6 hours or so). So, I took a stab at it…

First I melted the goat cheese so it was soft and easy to work with


Next I added the eggs and cream and beat until blended


Then put it in a ziplock and cooked slowly for about 45 minutes, who really has the patience for 6 hours 😉


Next I put in cupcake pan, topped with bacon and baked at 350 for about 15 minutes.


Turned out really yummy!



I hope you all have an amazing rest of your week! Share your snow activities with me! I’m getting bored and need some ideas on what to do outside for fun!

Peace & Love ~Sami


Trip to the Canadian Border & Jax Juice

Crystal Falls

Dan, Mojo and I had a weekend sans kids, so we decided to take a quick road trip up to the Canadian border and stop and see some sights along the way.

Doesn’t this pic look like we’re about to sing a duet to the Frozen theme song haha …Maybe it’s the matching Goonies shirts #sorryimnotsorry #relationshipgoals


Mojo looking comfy in the back



Until this happened… Not quite sure what he’s doing but he crammed his booty here almost the entire drive… no judgement though Moj, we love ya!


So, Jackie posted some pics of this place and I thought, how beautiful! It’s up past Colville just right off the road. We expected more of a challenge as far as getting to the falls, but it was pretty to hike a bit along the river. You can find directions on how to get there –> here.




Overall, very beautiful and peaceful. I love the sound of natural running water.

We found a random thrift store along the way so thought we would have some pre halloween fun. I’m not gonna lie, I wanted everything in there! Well everything except the “dog bed” that was really just an old couch cushion haha


Ok Ok, back to the trip. Our next stop was the Box Canyon Dam. The view was gorgeous, but I can only imagine how much prettier it would have been without that dam there.



The train tracks were sure pretty though! This is the train ride that goes from Ione to Metaline Falls. 2016 is the last year they are doing this 😦 I logged in to their site as we wanted to get tickets, however, the rides are sold out for the rest of the year. We decided to stop by the train station to see if there was any way to still find tickets and to get to the bottom of why they are closing down. The lady there was very nice and gave us the run down on why. Turns out they would have to have an inspection of the bridges that would cost $130,000. On top of that, they would have to fix whatever came back insufficient on the inspection, this could lead to millions of dollars, which they just don’t have. You can read more below, excuse the wrinkles and footprint on the sheet. Road trip problems.




This was by far THE most beautiful drive I have ever taken. I couldn’t help but snap a ton of pics. Enjoy.





Creepy abandoned looking park, eeeek



We headed farther North in hopes to see Gardner cave, but it was closed for the season when we finally got there. Next time!



Jax Juice & Randomness

We checked out Jax Juice on Market and Wellesley, AKA Give It a Shot Espresso. He makes fresh vegetable juices, alkaline water, apple pie, and more! He knows Dan and is trying to get him to be a part of a program he trying to get started.  Buddy Ball, where you team up and play baseball with a child that is disabled. Dan works with kids that have disabilities and personally I think it would be a great fit! When we got there he told us he attended his first City Council meeting and that he brought juice samples for everyone there. He got up to speak, and told everyone there that the juice samples are not why he was there. He was there because  they are putting in a new baseball diamond at Mission Park. He is an advocate for children with disabilities and is hoping for a playground that will accommodate as well. He was there to say thank you <3.

This is Jack


This is Jax Juice.



Mak giving Mojo some love


Slight obsession with roasted sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts right now


Makenna and Lila have this cute love/hate thing going on! They argue, but then they miss each other/have each other’s backs if anyone is messing with the other. It’s super cute really!

Getting cozy at storytime haha


And at dinner ❤


Makenna’s braiding skills are on point! She’s been practicing a lot


It wouldn’t be my blog without at least one running selfie. You win some. ya lose some haha


Dan’s friend Dave had a bonfire for his 40th birthday, which was a blast! Kaylynn got the girls together for this!





I hope you all are enjoying the fall so far! Have a blessed week ❤






Spokane Half Marathon Recap & Moose Chili

Last Sunday October 9th, I set out to complete the Spokane Half Marathon in honor of a friend from high school, Tasha Buckles. I signed up for the race with Steph and Chana, who were much closer to Tasha than I was, Steph thought we should honor her life and her family by running for her, and we all agreed. I didn’t know this, but she had a thing for tall socks! The Tasha that I know was always positive, outspoken, beautiful and had a passion for her family and friends. You will be greatly missed by many TJB!

Chana is awesome and had some pretty sweet shirts made for us.

These in pink


And these long sleeves, in gray


The weather was perfect for running! We even lucked out with no rain!



I love Spokane this time of year, and this course was no exception!




Got to see a couple of my FAVE cheerleaders along the way! My Mom and Daughter ❤


And these Bagpipers and dancers!



Finish line photos! I look really happy to be done, because I WAS! That was a tough course, sooo many hills!



Found myself a finish line buddy ❤



These girls stole my medal and my heart ❤


Guess what this is…

Get your mind out if the gutter!!! It’s the race medal!

Our finish pic!


I just want to give a shout out to my Mom for bring Makenna down to watch me finish, Dan and Lila, and Ray and Nicholle, you guys made crossing the finish line so special for me ❤ Love you guys! And Mom for lunch and beer at the Elk!

Also, it was so good seeing so many friends along the course! Steph and Chana, Sara, Nancy and Kaylee!! Good job guys!


Tristan’s 7th Birthday Party @ Triple Play!

So, we started out the day getting our family photos taken, which I will share later! So we had to haul ass from Deer Park allllll the way out to Coeur d’Alene, we were a little late but didn’t miss the good stuff!

Pit stop to Starbucks, they’re representing our Hawks!


The girls getting ready for battle


Here’s Makenna killing the ropes course in wedges haha




Lila looking so cute and tiny in the laser tag get up


Mak and Kylee!


Randy Ray made it too!


The kids had a great time, there were just so many more people here I didn’t get to see much of! That is the only thing that I find hard about these parties, they are a blast but its hard to get everyone together!

Moose Chili

Dan had some moose burger so with fall officially here we decided to whip up some chili! I personally love the copycat Wendy’s chili recipe


If I were to make it again, I would modify it by only using 1/2 the can of tomato sauce. It was a little tomatoey for my taste, I like my chili a little more hearty. But shoot add some cheese and saltines and it toned it down and made it perfect!  I like moose burger even better than beef hamburger! So if anyone has some they want to give me…. 😉


A Little Randomness…

My cat as Chewy! Here’s a tidbit for you. Did you know George Lucas though this character resembled chewing tobacco, hence the name Chewbacca!


Makenna found this at our photo shoot!


We’ve been getting pretty creative lately with her hair!


This pretty much happens everyday ❤ ❤ ❤ It melts my heart ❤


Have a great rest of your week everyone, Dan and I are going to do some exploring over the weekend so I’ll share that next time!!

I am working on constantly honoring my own soul, but for now it is still a work in progress, I’ve come so far but still have a long way to go ❤