Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Weekend in Provo

We've had some crazy travel plans, as you know. We drove our Santa Fe from Ohio to Montana, then to Oregon, then to Bear Lake, then to Provo. Then we bought a Honda Civic off of Parker's brother while in Provo. We drove the Civic to North Carolina and left the Santa Fe in Provo while we were out east. When it was time to come west again, we put the Civic in storage and flew to Utah to pick up the Santa Fe. This meant we got to spend a weekend in Provo before driving to Denver and boy was it ever fun! I didn't realize how much I'd missed Utah and our old stomping grounds at BYU. We mostly based our weekend around the food. Here are a few of our favorite places:

+ The BYU Creamery - get the kids meal. It's $5 and you get a burger, fries, a small (but refillable) drink, and a small ice cream. If you don't get the Graham Canyon ice cream, you aren't living. It's the main reason I was excited to visit our alma mater... ok, there are a few other reasons but this is a big one. 

+ Cafe Rio - Having not had Cafe Rio in Ohio we had it twice this weekend. Always hits the spot. 

+ Tucanos - super expensive but the pineapple may just make up for it alone. It was actually supposed to be a 'boys only' lunch but I weaseled my way in there and the other wives did, too. Worth it. 

+ Sodalicious - I want to franchise this place and just have it in my own house. Parker got The National Parks and I got Key Lime (Caffeine free Diet Coke with fresh lime and cheesecake). Cheesecake and pop?????? Are you kidding me????? It was amazeballs.

+ Marinara's - We stayed with Jared (Parker's brother) and Marin, and they fed us breakfast everyday. Every time it was incredible. Marin wants to own a restaurant someday and whenever she gets that up and going it'll be a raving success, I have no doubt! 

We connected with friends from our time at BYU by going on a double date with Carson and Taelyn Crosby. We went to Boondocks and somehow our 250 tickets turned into 1500 tickets. We may have inadvertently stolen some child's summer's worth of tickets... or the lady was just really, really bad at math. Either way, it was a blast and we made ourselves sick off of the candy we bought with our earnings. 

Parker and I got to see my bestie, Tessa, and her family while we were in town, too, which was a treat! Catching up with best friends that you haven't actually seen in so long is so, so fun. We played code names and Parker and I dethroned the reigning champs. Sorry if this rubs salt in the wound, Tess ;). Also, Tessa and David Wilde have the cutest child ever, ever, ever. Well done, you two!

We happened to be in town the weekend of a BYU football game which was a blast! I may or may not have gotten chills during the fight song once or twice... It was so nostalgic!! And I still wish I was as cool as the Cougarettes. 

Hanging out with Bailey (Parker's sister) was so fun, too! She lives at Liberty Square, which Parker and I both lived at one point during our undergrad careers so it was fun to visit there, too. I loved hearing about her freshman year adventures and the boys she's having to fend off already. Not surprising at all.

We wish we could have seen everyone and done everything in the area. The things we did get to do were so fun and I was really sad to leave. 

Thanks for a great weekend, Provo! You will be missed!

xoxo, Chelan

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Friday Five: Fall Favorites

Helloooooo everybody! I bring you another Friday Five. I had every intention of doing this every week but then missed last week because of the craziness of going to Ohio for the weekend last minute and it got away from me. But I am here with a new Friday Five today featuring my Fall Favorites since it is technically the first day of Fall today.

Let me start with a little disclaimer. I don't like Fall... I am a summer girl, through and through. I don't love pumpkins. I don't love oversized sweaters. I don't love the browns and oranges and mustard yellow colors. I don't love Halloween. I don't like the cold weather. I can hear you all gasping from here. But I can respect those of you that do love those things and I am happy for you that it is fall because I know how much joy my favorite season, summer, brings to me. One thing I do love about fall is that with fall comes the anticipation of the holidays. It is taking everything in me to not start pinning Christmas decor too soon. Must. Not. Peak. Too. Soon. With that being said, I wanted to share some of my favorite fashion finds for fall that I think you will love:

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5 Sweaters: I'm loving puff sleeves like this and I'm loving the speckled trend right now!
5 Skirts: I'm loving the windowpane plaid patterns and this style and color is so classy!
5 Pairs of Shoes: I need a pair of black booties and I've got a crush on these!
All of these beautiful fall finds are on sale for 40% off now through Sunday so buy yo'self somethin' nice! What trends are you loving for fall? My mom is predicting velour sweat suits are coming back and I'm like PLEASE NO!! Can we all make a pact to never let that happen ever again?

xoxo, Chelan

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Airbnb Round 3!

If you've been following our dramatic saga of Airbnb mishaps, you already know that we were kicked out of our first reservation days before Hurricane Florence hit the Carolinas. It was all super dramatic and unnecessary but it happened, nonetheless. You also know that we fled to Ohio to spend the weekend with family and that was a treat, as always. What you may have missed is that when we got back to NC and settled into our new Airbnb for the week, we got to stay there just one night before we were kicked out again! Why? Because it flooded... Queue the worst Monday ever.

When we left our Airbnb in the morning it was still raining but the house was dry. We ran into a few washed out roads and had to navigate around them to get to the clinic. After dropping Parker off at about 8 AM, I had a couple of errands to run before I headed home. Whilst running errands (and going to 4 different stores to find what I needed bc everything was sooooo picked over in preparation for the storm) I had a mishap with Aunt Flo that I will spare you the details of but I will say that I was highly emotional and it was not the best way to start out my day. Once that was taken care of and I finally found what I was looking for all over the Triangle, I headed back to the Airbnb at about 9:30 AM. It had stopped raining and the sun was starting to shine through the clouds so it looked like my day was going to turn around, right? Wrong.

I opened the door to our room and noticed that the carpet was a little splotchy and it hadn't been before. I took my first step into the room and *squish*. Water. Everywhere. All of our suitcases were on the floor and open so the tops and bottoms were wet. No one else was home. Parker wasn't answering his phone because he was in the clinic. I was panicked! Not to mention that Aunt Flo makes me a crazy person. I Facetimed my dad because what else do you do in a crisis? But he was on his way to work, not to mention in Canada so he couldn't do much to help me other than to tell me that it would be alright (which really was very helpful, by the way. Thanks, Dad!).

Luckily, the lady we were staying with actually was home and she happened to wake up shortly after that so I let her know about what was happening. She was MUCH more helpful and apologetic than the last Airbnb owner which was a nice change. She offered to put us up in a hotel or help us find a new Airbnb. We ended up simply getting a refund from her and then I packed up our stuff again and headed to the library to find us a new place to stay.

I'm happy to report that we have spent two nights, incident free, at our new place and it is warm AND DRY! The owner is nice, this place is beautiful, and I am ready to move on to the next rotation.

Someone shared this quote on their Instagram story recently and it was exactly what I needed to hear. Monday morning I had a moment where I thought, “I don’t know how much more of this I can take,” as I sat there and cried. Lots of bad things have happened in the last month. But lots of good things have happened, too, and I’m trying my hardest to focus on those good things otherwise I’ll surely lose my mind. What’s something happy that has happened to you recently? I need some happy news!

And a huge thank you to all of you who have prayed for us and offered to help in some way when we were nervous about the hurricane turned bad rainstorm. It's been a beautiful reminder of all of the amazing people in our lives and we are oh so grateful. 

xoxo, Chelan

Monday, September 17, 2018

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My laundry regimen consists of three products:

Gain flings!™ laundry pods 
These are the easiest lil things you ever did see! You simply toss one in before your clothes (add another for larger loads) and you are on your way to delicious smelling clothes. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, the scent will rub off onto your hands and you’ll get little whiffs after you put the laundry in and it’s like a little sniff of heaven while you’re waiting for the laundry to finish ;).

Gain fireworks!™ in-wash scent booster

These may be my favorite product out of the three… simply because they give the laundry that extra boost of scent. It means I can go into my workouts confident that my gear smells good and I can leave knowing my clothes STILL smell good!

Gain Liquid Fabric Enhancer/Softener

I chose this third product because not only does it, again, smell amazing, but it fights static and leaves your clothes feeling softer than before. Static drives me nuts and I'm all about comfortable clothes these days so this one was a no-brainer.

Be sure to pick up some of these incredible Gain products from Dollar General so you can have great smelling clothes no matter how active (or not) you are. The more products you combine, the better your clothes, gym/dance bag, and home will smell!

Happy laundering! ;)

xoxo, Chelan

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Homeless in a Hurricane

As you probably have all heard by now, hurricane Florence is making its way to the Carolinas. Parker and I are currently in North Carolina while he's doing a rotation at UNC in Chapel Hill. At first, we didn't really think it was a big deal because we are about 3 hours from the coast and we heard that the most we had to worry about was lots of wind and rain with possible power outages here and there. The bigger the hurricane became the more frantic people around us became and the longer the lines at the grocery stores and gas stations became. The first moment I realized that this may be a bigger deal than I originally thought was when I was at Walmart and people were going nuts. There was no water available and the shelves were super picked over. So many people scrambling to prepare for the worst.

Last night we got an email from Airbnb saying that our itinerary for our current reservation had changed. We were being refunded for the rest of our stay and our new check out date/time was the next morning at 11 am. Not even 24 hours notice. We are literally homeless in a hurricane.

This morning after dropping Parker off at the hospital, I packed up all of our belongings and loaded the car. The girl we were staying with didn't say anything to us about any of this. She and I were in the same room for much of the morning while I was getting ready to go and she didn't even acknowledge my existence. The way it's been handled has been so unprofessional. I may or may not have closed the door a little forcefully on my way out.... whoops?

With nowhere to go today, I'm spending my time at the local library where I can blog, watch some shows, read, and apply to some more jobs (because the job search never ends...). We are hopeful that Parker will be able to get the rest of the week off as the rest of the students do so we can flee to the safety of Ohio to stay with family. Luckily, we have lined up a place to stay next week for the rest of this rotation and then we can move on to the next one. Hopefully, this new place doesn't flood or get blown away in the storm!
I wanted to share a few more of the details here just so I can get this all written out. It's been a pretty crazy few days and I'm sure we'll laugh about this someday down the road. I kind of already am because I'm so shocked! But we appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers! If you are in the Carolinas or Virginia, stay safe <3.

xoxo, Chelan

Monday, September 10, 2018

Currently Reading: The Visions of Ransom Lake by Marcia Lynn McClure

Happy Monday, everyone! I swear my social media feeds were blowing up this weekend with posts about how everywhere in this country had dropped in temperature and that it was feeling like fall for the first time this year. And it happened here, too. It was foggy and raining all weekend long and the fog still hasn't lifted. It's kind of eery to be honest. But it made for the perfect weekend to curl up with one of my all-time favorite books that actually puts me in the mood for fall.

I'm a re-reader of books. I have a terrible memory so even if I've read a book once or twice or even five times, I can still read it again and fall completely in love with it all over again. I forget the little details that make it so exciting when the heroine and her oh so handsome love interest fall in love. Their dreamy little tryst in an abandoned house during a snowstorm where they can't possibly make it back to safety or propriety alive so they have to wait it out in each other's arms to keep warm (while doing nothing further than impassioned kissing, of course. I like my novels clean ;)). The super frustrating parts where you know they belong together but one or both characters are being utterly and completely stubborn and not professing their love. This particular book is one of those I've-read-it-so-many-times-I've-lost-count books yet it still makes me giddy every time I read it. Every. Single. Time. 

I give you The Visions of Ransom Lake by Marcia Lynn McClure. She's been my favorite author since I was introduced to her novels in junior high as I mentioned in this post. Marcia's favorite season is fall and she does an incredible job of making it actually seem like a desirable season (I'm a summer girl, as you all know) and it truly does help me get in the mood for fall every year.

Please note... the cover is different now. This was the cover when I originally read this book for the first time so I have a special place in my heart for it <3. 

If you need a good fall romance novel with relatable, humorous, darling characters that will make you fall in love with them, their love story, and love in general, be sure to check this one out! It'll have you wearing flannels and scarves, sparkin' with your lover on the front porch, and baking pumpkin cookies in no time!

xoxo, Chelan

Friday, September 7, 2018

Friday Five

Happy Friday, everyone! I've seen several bloggers do some version of a "Friday Five" post before and they always look fun. So today, I'm sharing 5 things about me that you may not know:

1. I had snaggle teeth once upon a time. We're talking like shark teeth that grew in over top of my baby teeth bc my baby teeth wouldn't fall out no matter how much I tried to wiggle them.

2. Marco Polo is my current favorite app. My friend's and I have kind of reconnected on Marco Polo within the last couple of months and chatting with them every day has been SO FUN!

3. I stuffed my training bra in grade 6 one time. I grabbed a bunch of my mom's swimsuit padding things and put them in my sparkly purple training bra. Then I wore the biggest hoodie I could find over top of my shirt because I was soooo nervous about my new 'boobs' and I ended up not taking the hoodie off at all that day because I was too scared.

4. When we went to Bald Head Island last weekend I cooked a few real meals for the first time in over 3 months and I liked it. Did you read that right? I LIKED COOKING!

5. When I got married, I became very, very insecure. I expected the opposite would happen bc you know, you don't have to impress anybody anymore. But for some reason, and through no fault of Parker's, I lost a lot of self-confidence that I had had up until that point. I've come a long way since then and I'm still learning but I'm not exactly where I want to be yet. I'm also not sure why that happened and I'm still trying to figure out exactly what changed but I've talked to a few girlfriends about it and apparently they encountered the same thing. If you're married, did you experience this, too? And if so, why do you think that is?

Have a fabulous weekend, friends!

xoxo, Chelan

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Weekend Getaway to Cannon Beach

After I arrived in Portland, we took off to the coast for my birthday weekend. Parker and I knew that Cannon Beach was somewhere we wanted to visit while in Oregon and what better weekend to visit than my birthday, right? We packed up our camping gear and were on our way.

I was so surprised by how cute everything was! So many shaker siding clad beach houses, hotels, and restaurants. The little touristy town was absolutely adorable! We, of course, went to the actual Cannon Beach and saw the infamous Haystack Rock. We ate some good food, did a beautiful hike, and watched the sunset. The Tillamook cheese factory paled in comparison to the Amish country cheese chalet we love in Ohio but we'll do anything for some free cheese. We had our tiny two-man tent that was bursting at the seams because our oversized air mattress that I insisted on using (#glamping) was a little too big for it. Here are a few photos of our fun little birthday weekend getaway!

Can you handle the cuteness of this house??? I want to move in. 

Thanks for the birthday weekend adventure, Parker! And thank you, everyone else, for all of the birthday love that weekend. I felt so loved and I'm grateful for so many amazing people in my life!

xoxo, Chelan

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Our Love Story: Part 15 | When I Knew

"Here's the thing about this love story of ours. It's long. And drawn out. And mushy-gushy. And even a bit cheesy. But it's true. And I've decided to take my time writing it, capturing all the special details of those moments I never want to forget. So if mushy-gushy, cheesy love stories aren't your thing, I totally get that. Just know that I'm writing this as a gift - to my family, and my children, and their future children - and also, for [Parker] and me - so that on those days when the kids are screaming, the laundry is overflowing and the bills are rolling in...on those days when it all just seems so hard, we'll have this to remind us of those first moments when we fell in love. And if sappy, detail ridden love stories are your thing, well then you've come to the right place." -Ashley Stock

To read the beginning of Our Love Story, click here.

Parker and I Skyped and texted and Facebook messaged some more before we both went back to BYU. It was a long month of uncertainty and confusion but I knew that when we got back to school, we owed it to each other to figure out what we wanted.