Price Family { South Carolina }

To continue with birthday adventures, Joel and I flew to South Carolina to visit our friends and meet their new baby, Nova.  

Seeing Jess, my best friend, was so needed.  We had spent a many days sitting in her old home drinking tea and eating brownies while chatting about life.  I miss that so much!  I absolutely love her & her family.

It was so nice to spend time with old friends, just relax, and let the day(s) come as they will.   Trip was low key and sadly flew by too quickly!  But I am thankful for the time we did get to catch up and relax with our very good friends.

 We spent the last few hours at this beautiful park where I took advantage of the scenery and this beautiful family by getting some family portraits.

This is the Price Family~

Thanks to Ryan, I have a few images with Joel and the kids too.  Back in Milwaukee I would see Stella often, and was a part of her childhood- It does sadden me that I will be missing that with Nova, but I am so happy we had this chance to meet her, and see Stella, make new memories and enjoy the Price Family.  They are much missed since we do not live in the same city anymore.  Coming back to the house, we finished packing up and enjoyed the patio…of course I snuck a few more photo’s in there too.Till next time… You will all be missed. Love you guys

7 wonders of Oregon {bday adventures}

The start of my day.                                                                                                            The end of my day.

My 32nd birthday was celebrated in various places in Oregon.  It sounds funny, but those commercials encouraging people to explore The 7 Wonders of Oregon inspired me to do jus that! So, my husband did some planning  and we narrowed down where in Oregon we were gonna stay – and we ended up in Mt Hood & The Columbia River Gorge area.

Day 1


 After we nearly hiked 3miles we realized the path didn’t seem so clear anymore. We were hopeful that the path would show back up again, and then decided to throw  in the towel  and head back to the car.  Once doing so we noticed a sign saying that the bridge was down and we could not cross the river to get to the waterfalls we were attempting to hike to.  Opps! Ha.  It just made the next hike even more rewarding:-)

Made a pit stop at the local bar for food…and then it was on to location no.2Tamanawas Falls

Day 2 : Painted Hills

After spending some time in the hills, we grabbed some food in town and headed back to enjoy a fire in our cabin.

Day 3 : Bday gifts and more sightseeing awaits:)Smith Rock

Tumalo Falls

Day 4 :Home

The drive home-  Just as beautiful as the drive here.  We did make a pit stop in Portland, which was a nice addition before going home.   All in all, my birthday celebration was filled with love, adventure, excitement, joy, fresh air, new discoveries, and new memories with my wee little family.  Felt very blessed!

Jovey {road trip}

It was so nice to get the opportunity to take the drive from Seattle to WI to meet our new niece, Jovey.  We were a tad worried due to driving in February, but we remained safe and lucky.  Our family thought we were flying in, but we wanted to surprise them and bring Leland (whom grew up with them being around, and meet the new pup!).  The drive ended up going by pretty quickly considering that it was 31hrs, and the views were beautiful.   Here is a quick summary of our lovely trip, and photo’s of our beautiful new niece!

One of the best parts about long drives is seeing the terrain change. Going from mountain passes, to some sun shine and flat lands, to just white space for miles upon miles. It keeps the drive interesting!    Most people (including myself) can get so lost in daily routines, stresses, worries, & responsibilities…and these drives make me slow down.  Look around and appreciate the world we live in.  It is therapeutic to me.Nothing is better then being rewarded with a colorful sunrise after being on the road for nearly 24hrs.  It is so refreshing.
Arrived!

To freezing, freezing weather- but nonetheless, we made it!

Before our trip was over we decided to drive to The Bluff (which we try to do every visit home).  And our visits here have become more and more adventurous as winter goes on.  Joel and I got stuck in the snow when we came out during christmas time, and then again, during this trip.  But, we keep making the haul during crappy weather to visit his Dad.  This time around, we had the help of his Mom and Sister.  Could be pretty bad, as no one really goes to this location during this season, but we have embraced the challenges and come home with great stories!Then it was back to the road home….

Best Restaurants {april issue}

Once again its time for the Best Restaurants plus: 6 Hot new openings!  I loved getting assigned these larger projects.  This month the restaurants were split up between me and a fellow shooter at the magazine.  It is fun to look through the article and see how our styles differ and are alike.   Together we provided an overview of Seattle Magazine’s ‘Best Restaurants‘.  Here are the restaurants I had the opportunity to showcase.  Enjoy:-)

Vif

Juicebox

Il Corvo

Turkuaz

Bar Del Corso

The Whale Wins

Poppy

Madison Kitchen

Westward

Kaffaklatsch

Barnacle

Anchovies & Olives

Le Pichet

Shanik

Hwy 101 {road trip}

Due to this time of year, I have not given my blog as much attention as I should, or need to.  So, I am sorry for the slight procrastination on my end but very excited to finally show images from my adventures on highway 101.

This trip has been on my bucket list for some time now, and I am very happy that my wee-little family and I got to do this.  Unfortunately, the first few days were beyond foggy and rainy, but we were rewarded towards the end of our trip.  Either way, we made the best of it, explored, and drove on the edge of the world!  Relive the adventure with me by checking this post out:-)

Some of the areas we explored (especially with the way the weather was) reminded us of Iceland.  It was such a nice and familiar feeling- I could of spent hours here!

Meyers Creek Beach

Committing to a week long road trip with pets in the car, rain or shine, we had to stop to let the little guys play.  Sand dunes ended up being our go to pit stops.  What was amazing about the dunes this time of year was that no one was around.  We had the beaches to ourselves.  And the pups loved it, just as much as we did!

The redwoods have such an incredible spiritual feeling when you just stop and look up.  Soak it all in.  These trees are remarkable!  Could of spent days there.As the sun started to set we headed to a nearby cabin in the redwoods to rest.  It was so charming and incredible to wake up amongst the largest of trees.

Avenue of the Giants


As we slowly approached Cali the weather improved- allowing more time to be outside and explore the area.  This made us decide to add more time on to our journey just drive through San Fran to see Big Sur.  So, that is just what we did.

So, we watched the sun set over the bridge then drove a bit further on the coast and found a sweet little cabin for the night.  Turned on the fire, had some wine and pizza and slept the night away till the morning .Big Sur blew our minds.  We only had a day to see the ‘edge of the world’ before heading back to San Fran (where we had a hotel reserved for two nights) but it was so worth the extra driving.  We just look forward to returning with more time on our hands next time.Time to turn around….

We saw this really amazing cafe/gallery place on the drive along Big Sur and decided it would be the perfect place to stop and grab food and coffee before driving back to the city.  As we waited for our food, we enjoyed the views and some ice cream.  It was the perfect rest stop.
San Francisco!Because we didn’t have more time in San Fran, we made sure to jam pack our days with adventure.  The weather was perfect and the city was alive!
No shock that we would be on the hunt to find ourselves some good coffee on our stay…

And we did at Blue Bottle!

Last night exploring!Then the morning came. We had to pack up the car, check-out at the hotel, grab food & coffee, and start our long drive home.  BUT we made one last stop.

The Beach!  (and a nude one at that)

then we said goodbye