How is November already almost over?! End of year goals.

How is it November 28th? Christmas is in four weeks and 2018 is only five weeks away. This month completely flew by for me.

Things around here haven’t been too exciting so I’m ready to liven things up. I really want to embrace these last few weeks of 2017. To help myself along I thought I’d set some goals. Some Christmas related and some not. I guess a mix of holiday cheer and self love.

  • Decorate the house.
  • Decorate my office.
  • Bake cookies to share with the office.
  • Start gathering items for L’s stocking.
  • Purchase a dress for the annual office party.
  • Try to skip blow drying my hair two to three times a week. Last night was night one.
  • Work out at least three to four days a week. I really need to get back into a routine.
  • Drink half my weight in water (ounces) everyday.
  • Post here at least twice a week.
  • Go see The Orient Express. Looks so good!

I know this isn’t the most adventurous list but I truly feel this will help me stay motivated, in the holiday spirit and give myself a little love.

Last year I had hard time getting in the spirit and really embracing the season. This year has been completely different so far. I’m still having a hard time accepting Grandpa isn’t with us and our traditional Christmas Eve gathering is going to look completely different.

I just need to remember to embrace the season. Let myself feel the joy.

Merry Christmas!


So I started this post then needed to step away. Well I didn’t save it so I’m starting from scratch…

I’m in disbelief it’s Thanksgiving. Where has this year gone?! Every year goes by faster and faster. The days are long but the years are short is a very true statement. So given the season I thought I would write down all the little things I’m grateful for.

  • L. I don’t even know how to put into words how grateful I am for him and our marriage. It’s not perfect and it’s messy and we bicker but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
  • Grandpa. I love him so very much. I’m still having a hard time accepting he isn’t with us this holiday season. He loved the holidays and the only way the tree had enough tinsel is if you wrapped it in tinfoil.
  • Nicole. She just gets me. We just get each other. Even though she lives far away we can communicate with a simple text. It helps her not feel so far away.
  • Mom and Sissie. Three musketeers for life.
  • My fur babies. There is nothing better than snuggling their fuzzy faces every night. Walking in the door after a long rough day is the best only because of the excitement the dogs have.
  • L’s family. They are amazing. Each in their own way and I love it.
  • My job. Because of my job I’m able to contribute to our little life.
  • My cars seat warmers. Highly needed. Especially since it’s been 40 degrees every morning.
  • Coffee with vanilla almond milk. My day cannot begin without it.
  • My health. So far i haven’t had an medical emergencies and I’m very grateful.
  • My body. Also because the above my body is able to do some amazing things. I can workout if I want without pain (as long as I have proper form).
  • The snow. It looks like it’s going to be another great ski season. Just hope the snow stays in the mountains.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family. If you do participate in shopping today, tomorrow, or any point this weekend please remember the sales associates are human too. They have families too. Not all of them are choosing to work today.

Sturgis – Part Two

If you missed part one.

Once pulling off the freeway we pulled onto the main drive through the city of Sturgis and let me tell you it was grid lock. Bumper to bumper bikes! And I may have been a wide eyed kid.

Night one was really relaxed. Everyone unpacked then we headed down to the concert area to see everything the Buffalo Chip had to offer. It was great being able to ride around the camp ground instead of walking. Seriously way to big of a camp ground to walk everywhere.

The next day we rode to Mount Rushmore. Leading up to this trip I was really excited to see Mount Rushmore but once we got there I was kind of disappointed. Its a lot smaller than you think.

Mount Rushmore

After the disappointment that was Mount Rushmore we rode to Rapid City. Walking around Rapid City was really fun. While we were wondering around we stumbled upon Art Alley. I could have taken so many more photos.

While wondering we found a cute little hole in the wall bar to stop for a quick drink. The weather was so great we decided to sit out on the back patio. To our surprise it was part/connected to Art Alley.

The rest of the evening was spent relaxing and enjoying camp. After the long day of riding it was really nice to just relax.

Tuesday was spent just riding. We rode through the Black Hills then over to Custer State Park. We rode through the wild life loop and saw some Buffalo.

Wednesday we decided to stick around town. We rode into Sturgis and just wondered around all day. Eating, drinking, and meeting people. I learned one interesting fact. The waitresses/bartenders in Sturgis, South Dakota wear little to nothing but they are required to wear tights and if they sit on the bar they have to have a “stripper license”. Little tip from me to you.

Before heading back to camp we rode to Full Throttle Saloon. The new saloon is great but I wish I could have seen the original before it burned down. But we did get to see a lot of ladies in little to nothing. I wish I had some of that confidence.

Thursday was another full day of riding. We rode around the Blacks Hills, Hill City, and basically anywhere the rode took us. It was great to be out on the open road and just riding.

Friday was our last and final day in Sturgis. We only did one short ride and I think it was the best ride of the entire trip. We rode to Deadwood. There is so much history here. Well everywhere we went but I really wish we could have taken the historical tour in Deadwood.

The rest of Friday was spent at camp packing then off to another concert. This trip was a lot of work but also worth it. I didn’t even know what Sturgis was until I met L. Stepping outside my comfort zone made this trip happen. We’re already counting down to our return trip in 2020.

Sturgis 2017 – Part One

Back in August L and I loaded up our car with camping gear, our bike was loaded on our friends trailer, and we drove to Sturgis, South Dakota for the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Now I wouldn’t consider us the “typical biker” but this was an experience I knew would be once in a lifetime. And it was way more than I could have prepared for.

The drive from Portland to Sturgis is about 20 hours so we split it up into two 10 hour days. I am not a road tripper and this was hard on me. I survived and lived to tell the tale.


The car all loaded up.


Driving through the Gorge/bored.


More driving. More boredom. But look real close and you can see our bike way up there.

We drove through Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and finally called it a day in Missoula, Montana. Montana was a fun drive especially when we had to drive through an active forest fire. There were signs along the freeway stating “no stopping for any reason, active fire” and “caution flames and smoke”. You can’t see the flames in the photo’s below but we were extremely close and just happy to get to our stopping point for that day.

We pulled into the C’mon Inn and had to find the nearest food/beer. Let me just say if you ever find yourself in Missoula PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE stay at the C’mon Inn. Just look at the photos below.


Bear cubs climbing.


Lovely water feature in the lobby and what’s that next to it? A FREAKING HOT TUB IN THE LOBBY!


That’s right, they offer hot tubs in the lobby.

The next morning we woke up bright and early. We hit the road at a lovely 5:30am… This second day of driving was rough. 90% of the drive was just through Montana and let me tell you Montana is HUGE. And once you’re past Missoula its pretty flat and just desert. I will say I was pretty upset at one point of this drive because we kept seeing signs for Little Big Horn. I kept mentioning to L on the way home we have to make time to stop. When the hell are we ever going to be out this way again we HAVE to go. I love history, good and bad, so this really got my gears excited.


Montana sunrise.


Pretty Montana.


After hours of great plains driving we finally saw a “hill”. The Black Hills must be getting close!


Pulling off the freeway to Sturgis!

Well I didn’t plan on breaking this up into multiple post but I have a lot more to share. I’ll be back Monday with the remainder of the trip. I feel bad break this up but I hate reading extremely longs posts but I also hate reading a vacation post that is broken up over a week… But here I am doing just that.

FYI I have been listening to Christmas music while writing this post. Last year I had no spirit and this year I can’t get enough Christmas. That may be a post coming your way as well.

Happy Friday!




Memory lane

Happy November 1st! I hate to say it’s officially the holidays but woah! Thanksgiving is only four weeks away. Hope everyone had a happy and safe Halloween.

I’ve been meaning to get this post up all week but work and life have been busy.

My mom and sister came over Sunday morning for a little walk down memory lane. We spent a few hours together going through old family photos. It was emotional but also so good. I think we needed this to really appreciate the lives we’ve been given and the memories attached.

Here are a few photos from our walk down memory lane. Enjoy!

Me being me.


Family trip to Seaside.

Me, mom, Smokey, and my nephew Bryant.

Nicole feeding one month old Bryant.

My cousin Ryan feeding baby Bryant.

Granpda Tony and Nicole.

Nicole, me, and our cousin Dawn.


The very first photo of the three muskateers. Mom, me, and sissie.

I still make this face when I’m upset/not getting my way.

Gosh we were super cute 80’s kids!

Me and grandpa enjoying Seaside.