Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Crepery in Utah

I wanted to share this little place that my sister took us to after we visited Hardware Ranch, because it reminded me so much of all the cute eclectic cafes in Okinawa. One of my favorite things in life is cute little places like this. So many times when I think of somewhere we have lived or visited, part of those happy memories usually involves finding somewhere adorable that we ate at ha. Food and cute decor leave a lasting impression on me!

The Crepery serves crepes, obviously, but also salads and drinks. This location is in Logan (thus the Utah State flag ruining the decor haha) but there is also a location in St. George. Looking forward to going there, since it's more likely I will be in St. George sooner than Logan again. 
^^they sure loved these chairs^^
^^origami cranes!^^
^^taken right before he fell off the chair and onto the cement floor yikes.^^

I didn't take pictures of the food, but it was really yummy! And there is a really great antique store next door. If by chance you ever journey to Logan, go check it out. Do you have any little places that you just love?? 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Fun in the Snow

Not quite as catchy as saying "fun in the sun" ha. But we still had a good time. After spending all the time getting allllll the snow gear ready for everyone, then putting alllll that snow gear on tiny bodies which is a major pain. And then you go through all that, and a boot or mitten comes off several times and you have to put them on again which is really tricky on tiny toddler hands. ANYWAY. Can you tell I prefer prepping for beach outings?? 

We spent one afternoon sledding at one of the golf courses I sledded at as a kid, and as expected, J LOVED it! I really wanted to take him to the sledding places where you go up on a tube lift and go down super long hills, but sadly, it's for ages three and older. So we just endured having to hike up the hills with little kids over and over again. Good workout?
^^that face of J! and Laila! Pure joy^^
^^Dom on the other hand wasn't as impressed with the snow. He never cried in all the times we were outside. But he just sat there with this straight face haha^^
^^He loves grandpa^^
^^He did venture to try and eat the snow^^
^^love this pic of Laila!^^

The next day, we headed up to Cottonwood Canyon and did some snowshoeing! It was so so beautiful up there. Snowshoeing didn't last long with the kids, but I don't regret taking them out and enjoying the mountains. 
On New Years Eve, we ventured up to Hardware Ranch, an elk reserve where wild elk come every winter. They take you out on a horse drawn "sleigh" aka a wagon with wheels ha. It was cold but the boys still loved it.
^^creeper Melanie ha!^^
^^cousins!! Harrison is missing because he hates the cold even more than Dominic ha^^
He never wants to leave the snow. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Merry Christmas!

 Merry Merry Christmas! We just got back from our winter break that we spent in Utah, and it feels good to be home. But as I look back at these pictures from our Christmas with my family, it's bringing back happy feelings.

On Christmas Eve we got to video chat with my baby brother Will who is serving his mission in Colombia. That was fun. After that, my mom made such a beautiful meal. It was so lovely. My contribution was homemade Lion House Rolls ha.
That night it snowed all night long and we woke up Christmas morning to the most beautiful snowfall! That sure was magical. I had forgotten about the beauty of snow. 

After church on Sunday, we got all geared up to play in the snow in the backyard. It was the first time for J and he loved it so much! My mom made us hot chocolate, and it just brought back so many repressed memories about snow days and coming inside to cozy and warm hot chocolate. I say repressed because I have been more than happy living in no-snow climates for the past 5 years now ha! But it was so nice. Besides being cold!
Ended the day with a beautiful winter sunset. Hope you all had a beautiful Christmas!!