From Sun Up to Sun Down

DSC_0838“From the rising of the sun
To the going down of the same
The name of the Lord is to be praised”

Yesterday was a fun filled day of hikes and water activities. I’ve been wanting to do a sunrise hike all summer long but we’ve been really busy. The last time we planned to go, the weather forecast didn’t look so great so we decided to save it for another time. Since Tiff leaves to go back to Houston on Thursday, we had to cram this hike in on Saturday and invited our parents to come along. I was quite impressed that they did and it ended up being some great family time! We left the house around 3:30 AM Saturday morning and arrived at the Rattlesnake Ledge trailhead around 4:30-4:45 to begin our upward ascent.

Rattlesnake Ledge is the perfect sunrise hike because it provides a wonderful view of the sunrise and isn’t too long or rigorous of a hike. As we set out in complete darkness using flashlight to guide our path, the sky began to lighten as the morning came about and we reached the top around 5:30. The sun itself didn’t make it’s glorious appearance until almost 6:10 but it was really nice to eat breakfast and just hang out up top. Turns out, it’s a really popular sunrise hike so we were joined by many other groups of hikers.

 

IMG_5711Once the sun was fully risen, we had to rush back down the mountain because Tiff and I had an outing with our church group and needed to make it back in time to catch the Kingston ferry with them. We spent the rest of the day in the Olympic National Park starting in Crescent Lake to eat lunch and hang out at the Lake. IMG_5736

Some people rented some kayaks and canoes to paddle out to the Lake while the rest of us spent our time swimming and skipping rocks. The weather was absolutely perfect for our activities and allowed us to dry off after we swam. We ended up spending almost four hours at the Lake.10525961_10152136619047504_8710145616228639955_n

From there, we drove to another portion of the park to do a quick hike before we had to head back to the ferry docks and grab burgers  from The Grub Hut (which isn’t’ bad actually:  The Grub Hut) along the way. On the ferry ride back, we also were able to see the sunset on the waters as we arrived back in Edmonds around 9 PM.IMG_5802

Even though it was such an active day, it was so great to be able to see both the sunrise and sunset while enjoying God’s beautiful creation all around with brothers and sisters. Summer sure has been a wonderful

Catching Sun Rays and Waves {Lake Tahoe, CA}

After the conference, we headed back up north to Lake Tahoe with a few other family friends for a couple of days. This might be a long post with lots of pictures because we just had so much fun during out time! The last time I had been to Lake Tahoe was just with my family for a few days of vacation about 4 or 5  years ago. I remembered having a really great time and the water being amazingly blue. Although the weather forecast wasn’t supposed to be as clear this time, we still managed to catch quite some sun while out on the lake. We rented a house nearby and spent some time hiking, jet skiing, and  boating.

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The first two morning, we made breakfast in the house. All the kids were in charge of breakfast for day 2 and I have to say, we cameup with a pretty good meal. Breakfast consisted of berry pancakes, banana chocolate chip pancakes, chicken apple sausages, yogurt berry/cereal parfaits, ham/egg wheat bread sandwiches, scrambled eggs, and an assortment of fruit.

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My family decided to go on a walk in the evening and as we were strolling around the neighborhood, a kitten came out of nowhere and followed us home. We tried calling the number on its tag but since it was pretty late, no one picked up. It stayed at around our house for the rest of the evening and through the next day as well until we received a phone call back from its owners. Even though I’m allergic to cats, I couldn’t resist his charm. He was quite the adorable little kitten and seemed so lost.

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We rented out a boat for the last full day we spent at Tahoe and did some inner tubing. Thunderstorms were supposed to be rolling in for the afternoon so we made sure to head out early and catch the sun rays. The water was pretty calm and the weather turned out to be perfect for boating.

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Tubing took a lot of energy out of us so we headed back to the house to clean  up and rest. A lot of us ended up napping for a bit and sure enough the clouds rolled in as the thunderstorms came. It cleared up enough for us to drive up to Inspiration Lookout to take a look at the view and take a few photos.

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DSC_0601Before leaving our time at Tahoe, my family stopped for lunch at The Red Hut. Their burgers were really filling and just as delicious. It’s a must location to eat if you’re in the area and of course, don’t forget to order a shake!

 

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Old Fashioned Ice Cream Soda

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Chicken strips, Two avocado cheeseburgers, and a cheeseburger

If your family is ever looking for a place with some sunshine and water activities, I really would suggest going to Lake Tahoe. Even though we don’t have a dog anymore, this location would be the prime spot for vacationing with pets. There were happy dogs everywhere we went. With content stomachs, we left Tahoe with full and happy hearts looking forward to the next time we would be able to come again.

Quick and Refreshing Cucumber Pasta Salad

photo 2 (6)During finals week, I was eating really unhealthy, skipping  meals and lacking some fruits and veggies. Halfway through the week, I decided I needed to start taking care of my body by actually eating some things that would be good for it. I made a quick trip to Trader Joe’s and since I was still pressured on time with more studying to be done, I decided I’d quickly whip together a cucumber salad. But upon realizing how hungry I really was, I cooked some shell pasta and mixed it together making a pasta salad instead.

Ingredients:
3 diced Persian cucumbers
1.5 cup halved grape tomatoes
1.5 cup halved grapes
1/2 diced yellow peppers
1.5 cup small cooked shell pasta

Dressing: (mostly estimated to taste)
2/3 cup Olive Oil
1.5 tbs Honey Mustard
1 tbs lemon juice Sugar to taste


This recipe is pretty straight-forward. Chop up all your veggies and fruits, cook the pasta and let it cool, and then combine them all in a large bowl. The dressing just consists of all the ingredients mixed together well, especially the mustard. Once mixed, toss the dressing with the salad and you’ll have a deliciously quick pasta salad to eat!

Sunshine and Rompers

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I’ve never been a huge fan of rompers as they’ve become more and more popular lately. The usual and most common rompers are too flowery for my taste and way too short for my body type. I don’t feel comfortable in one because I usually feel like my butt is hanging out. However, when I found this particular romper at Forever 21 the other day, I fell in love.

I love the length of this piece, it’s longer than most rompers and so much more classy. The top is a drape front and the bottom are patterned prints. Drape front tops are one of my favorite style trends lately because they’re so simple yet elegant. Paired with a simple pair of black heels and simple jewelry, this look has easily become one of my favorites and I’m excited to wear it again!

Summer 2014 Bucket List

 

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In no particular order….

1. Go hiking. A lot.
It’s been too long since I’ve had time to go out and enjoy all that the PNW has to offer. There’s a list of hikes I want to hit this summer.

2. Hike a short backpacking trip.
I’ve wanted to do this for so long but I’ve finally met some people would be willing to go with me!

3. Make  a meal from the farmer’s market.
Show up at one of the  many local farmer’s markets and start piecing together a meal.

4. Maybe, maybeee go on an outdoor climb
Like the backpacking trip, I met people who take people out to climb pretty often so I’m hoping to get chance.

6. Find my abs again.
It’s been too long, time to find my friends again…

7. Go on a road trip.
I’m going down towards San Francisco this summer with family and friends so we’re hoping to drive down and make it a road trip.

8. Find a summer anthem.
Something to make my theme song for the summer of 2014.

10. Paint a new picture with  my oils.
I’ve really missed painting so I want to pull out my oils and create something.

11. Go on a sunrise hike.
Separate from the backpacking trip  and the other general hikes, it’s about time to hike through the dark to see the sunrise.

12. Craft a ton.
Being home and having no school means plenty of time for DIY! 

13. Bake new recipes.
It’s so much easier baking at home with the Kitchen-aid mixer and my mother’s plethora of baking supplies.

14. Have an outdoor movie night.
Because, why not?

15. And of course, blog blog blog!