Spiral Jetty

So I’ve lived in Utah awhile, and I’ve seen pictures and heard about this Spiral Jetty.  It’s at the Salt Lake, and it’s this big spiral that goes out into the water (when there is water that far up).  I honestly don’t know the history behind it – some artist did it. But I’ve thought it would be cool to see.  So on a recent Saturday, Reeve and I decided to have an adventure.  We had to go north that night for a wedding, so we decided we would check out Spiral Jetty during the day and stop by the wedding on the way back.

Turns out Spiral Jetty is really far away, and really in the middle of nowhere! It was a lot farther than we originally thought, but we decided to go for it anyway. It was a little over 2 hours away from us.  We left that morning and stopped in Ogden for lunch.  One of our favorite things is trying local restaurants we’ve never been to, so we just did a google search of restaurants and found this one that looked pretty good: The Lucky Slice. 0521161234

You can get pizza by the slice (or order a whole one), and it was great! We’ll definitely eat there again if we’re up in Ogden for anything.

Well then we got back to driving. We missed the exit (my bad) and added an extra 15 minutes driving through random tiny towns because of it haha.  It’s way out in the middle of nowhere.  It’s by the Golden Spike, which I’m not sure gets too much traffic either because of the location haha.

When we got to the Spiral Jetty, there were a lot more cars there than we expected.  It also was a bit smaller than I thought it’d be, and the water wasn’t up to it.  I don’t mean to sound negative, it was just not what we expected at all. Here it is though:0521161459a.jpg

We walked out to it then decided to walk out to the water.  It just looked so weird – you just see a big line of foam walking up to it. I grabbed a handful of the foam – big mistake! – and my hands were disgusting until we found a bathroom and sink to wash off in.  The foam just disintegrated into salt and dried my hands out and made them really gritty. But it was pretty cool, unlike anything I’ve ever seen.  Also, because there’s so much salt, the water line is basically just a huge thing of salt. I broke off a piece and dared Luke to lick it – he did, classic 12 year old boys. We ended up not staying too long though, because we both really had to use the bathroom (pregnancy problems haha), but I don’t think we missed out on anything there.

Overall, I’m glad we went! It was a fun adventure. I’m not sure we’ll ever be back, unless we for some odd reason are nearby!

Watercolor: Round 2

Round 2 went a LOT better than our first attempt, and the biggest reason is that we had the right kind of paper this time.  We had thick paper last time, but it wasn’t really for watercoloring.  Who knew that tools could make such a huge difference!?!?

Here are our paintings (Makenna, me, mom):0525161505-1

We definitely could still improve in some areas, but I was so much more satisfied this week! My favorites I did were the elephant, flamingo, and whale. It’s so cool how watercolors can look with different techniques!

Birthday Week

Reeve’s birthday is May 23, and mine is May 25, so between our own celebrations and our families, we have a pretty good few days each year!

This year, we had a joint birthday dinner with my family that Sunday, where we had homemade Cafe Rio – one of my faves! We got some fun party/barbecue things, so we’ll need to have barbecue now!

Monday was Reeve’s birthday, and 2 of his favorite things are movies and meat. So, he left campus early and we headed to see Captain America: Civil War. We had a great tender mercy while we were at the theater! So, I have a dilemma with movies at a movie theater: it’s great to see movies at the theater, but it’s so expensive, so I prefer matinees, BUT, I hate the feeling that I wasted my day, and we would see movies on Tuesdays ($5 tickets all day), but we have church responsibilities (which honestly are probably a blessing – we would probably see a lot of movies on Tuesdays). Anyway! We were going to pay for our tickets, and a man came up to us.  He had 2 tickets because his son was supposed to see it with him, but couldn’t make it.  So he gave us his 2 tickets, and we bought him 1 ticket in return! We both got to see the movie for the price of one matinee ticket! Tender mercies.

After the movie (which we thought was pretty great), we went to Rodizio Grill.  Reeve served his LDS mission in Brazil, so he loves churrascos, but they’re expensive. So we go during May when we can get one free birthday meal. We’ve been to Tucano’s a few times but hadn’t tried this one.  In the end, we decided Tucano’s has better salads/sides and is cheaper, but Rodizio had the better meat.

We ended the night with cake and ice cream with his family, and they gave us a great combined gift.  We got a hiking baby carrier! It will be fun to get out and use it once our girl’s big enough for it.

For my birthday, I like trying random things/adventures, and it’s the best when they’re free! So, I heard about this idea from other places, but I did some research and rounded up as many absolutely FREE (none of the buy 1 get 1 free) birthday meals/food, and we took it to a park for a picnic.  It seriously was so so much food! We were stuffed and even had leftovers, and we didn’t even pick up all of the free food I had on my list.

All of that food was free!!!

So, here’s the list (some are Utah specific). And a lot you have to sign up for before hand and they’ll send you an email or something.  I signed up for most of these 2 weeks before, and it all worked out. Here it is starting with real meals and going down to desserts:

  • Firehouse Subs – Free medium sandwich with app (the Turkey Bacon Ranch is DELICIOUS)
  • Honey Baked Ham – Free ham sandwich with email signup (for signing up, I got some other coupons with it, so we actually got 3 free sandwiches!)
  • PF Changs – Free appetizer when you sign up for their special program (you won’t get an email/notification, but you just give them your phone number and it’s linked to your account. Also, the chicken lettuce wraps are great!)
  • Noodles and Company – Free entree (I didn’t actually try this one because we had so much food, and I hadn’t gotten any coupon. I may have signed up too late for this one. BUT, if you get it, the Penne Rosa is my favorite!)
  • Rubio’s – Free entree of choice with email signup (You also get a free taco coupon for signing up)
  • Red Robin – Free burger and fries with email signup (it seems they’ve gotten rid of it at some locations though? Check first. We skipped this one.)
  • Zaxby’s – Free Nibbler when you sign up – you’ll receive a postcard, so you have to signup early enough (Note: the nibbler is fairly small, but delicious)
  • Denny’s – Free Grand Slam breakfast, no sign up required, just ID (you get to choose 4 breakfast items for your meal)
  • IHop – Free stack of pancakes on your birthday with email signup (there are a lot of different kinds included, so check your options first! And the butter pecan syrup is always a good idea)
  • Kneaders – Free pastry, no sign up (we didn’t try this one because we already had so much food, but I love their chocolate dome and fruit tart)
  • Krispy Kreme – Free donut and drink with email signup
  • Del Taco – Free milkshake with email signup
  • Baskin Robbins – Free child scoop on your birthday with email signup
  • Rita’s Italian Ice – Free Italian ice with email signup (we didn’t actually do this one because neither of us are huge fans of Italian ice and we had a lot of other dessert options)

Life Lately

Everyday life can get busy, and looking back through my pictures and at my calendar, there have been a lot of memorable moments, so here’s a recap.

The Hildreth’s always give the best birthday gifts. Paisley just has great, creative ideas haha.  For a long time, she wanted to get Dallin a cane.  For Makenna’s birthday, she insisted on getting her a mermaid tail and a crown:0401161920

I made a chocolate chip cookie trifle for a young women’s activity. I just kind of made it up, combining a few trifle recipes, and it was delicious! Layers of homemade chocolate chip cookies, chocolate pudding mixed with whipped cream, and whipped cream!0419161448a

Dakota, Addie, and I helped with Jake’s wedding. We were in charge of pizza pickup for the luncheon.  We can just say, we got a lot of looks walking out of Costco haha0416161234

We did an Amazing Race/Survivor mutual, and this is my favorite picture from it! The challenge was one teammate had to wear a shower cap covered in shaving cream while the rest of the team tried to make as many Cheetos stick to it0503162005a

Josh got married! Never thought he’d settle down, but he did, and his wife seems great! [I was having a hard time coming up with a good wedding gift that wasn’t boring, and it was like I had a light bulb go off. My whole college major was about creating experiences for people, so what better gift than an experience gift.  Basically, I think Groupon will be my go to for gifts now.  Josh and his wife are adventurous, so I got them a pass to go paintballing.  Then a while later for Olivia’s bridal shower, I got her a certificate for a manicure. So many people have plenty of THINGS, so I think giving people experiences is so great!]

Oh and that’s Josh, me, Trevor. Reeve had class and couldn’t make it to the sealing.0506161439d

It’s mine and Reeve’s birthday month, so we took advantage of our free Tucano’s meal (it’s a shame it’s a buy one get one free, otherwise we could both eat free in May!) Reeve loves all the meat, but I personally am a bigger fan of the sides, grilled pineapple, and grilled veggies!0511161916

It’s so fun having the Hildreth’s around so often, and I’m excited for our kids to be around their grandparents too. I mean, how adorable is this?! Just hanging with Papa Vinnie!0401162059a

I’ve also been so blessed to have 2 baby showers, but I don’t have pictures from them yet, so I’ll get around to that later. It is incredible how supportive and generous people are though!

Here are a few videos from the last little bit, mostly of Paisley and Riley. There’s also a clip in there of my prego belly – it goes into a mountain shape when I lean back haha

Life Lately

Watercolor 101 – FAIL

I decided for my Knowledge project for Personal Progress, I would improve my watercolor skills, and my mom and Makenna decided to join me!  We’re all pretty artsy, and it doesn’t look terribly hard…boy were we mistaken haha. So we have a couple watercolor books, and we figured the best way to learn is probably trial and error.

We had our first “lesson” this week, and we pretty much just laughed the whole time at how terrible our paintings were turning out! It was a good time.  Honestly, I think theirs turned out pretty well, but I just kept changing what I was doing and trying new things on the same page, and it now looks like an elementary school collage kind of thing haha. We decided to keep our first paintings though so that we can compare later on and hopefully see some improvement!

Here’s attempt #1 from all of us

Beehive Bazaar

So Provo has a pretty cool little market they hold a few times a year, full of vendors of different handmade items. There are a few around Utah County, but the one I’m talking about is the Beehive Bazaar.  I’ve been to it in the past and thought it was pretty rad, so this year, now that I have an Etsy shop, I decided to venture out and apply to be a part of it.  I had a table at it for one weekend, and that experience has made me want to be a part of many more markets/shows!

[here was my table – it surprised me how stressful it was to try to display everything in a good way]

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The great thing about the Beehive Bazaar was that it was 3 full days, but I didn’t have to be there for any of it technically! The people in charge run a cash register basically for all of the vendors, and you just walk through a building (The Startup Building) lined with tables for different shops. It’s great because as a vendor, you don’t have to spend three full days at a table, and even better for the shopper in my opinion, because you don’t have to deal with the owner watching you look at their stuff or being pushy about trying to sell things to you!

The downside, though, is that because a few people are there all the time at the register, The Beehive Bazaar got a portion of every sale. 20% to be exact, which is really quite a bit.  So it was a dilemma trying to figure out a fair price for the buyer that would still make a profit for myself after the 20% was taken out.  But overall, it went really well! I was terrified nobody would actually like my items enough to buy anything, but I was relieved when I checked on things the first night and a couple quilts were already bought!

Anyways, I have the best, most supportive family. My mom came and set everything up with me, many family members went to the Beehive Bazaar to see it and check out other booths, and a few more family members helped me take it all down. I’m blessed.

Also, a few things I learned:

-Having a physical place to shop, especially when there are other vendors too, will make you a lot more profit in a short amount of time than selling online will.  If it’s there and you don’t have to pay shipping, I’m more likely to purchase something. I was thrilled with the profit I was able to make, especially as we’re stressing out financially with a new baby on the way and Reeve’s change of plans for school (now we have to pay for some online classes – not cheap!).

-Presentation makes a huge difference.  I didn’t sell any blanket carriers – which I did a major stock up on – and I think it’s because of how they were displayed.  Next time, I will definitely make it more obvious what they are, even though there was a sign. Also on that same note, next time I’ll change the way my stamped swaddle blankets are displayed so that it’s easier to tell the difference between plain colors and the patterns on the stamped ones.

-A lot more people buy the inexpensive items.  I’m glad I decided at the last minute to add burp cloths and pacifier clips, because those were my most bought items by far. It makes sense – it’s easier to pay $5 for something you like than $30, even if it is that much more valuable. I think I’ll be adding those to the shop.

-Baby items sold so much better than adult items. I think it’s because it’s easier to justify buying something for someone else than for ourselves.

Well those are my thoughts on it all. In the meantime, I’m planning on signing up to be a vendor at the Highland Fling in August, and I’m going to keep my eye out for other opportunities 🙂

Here are some pictures of some of the new items I offered at the Beehive Bazaar: