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Flashback Friday: Thankful

Happy Day after Thanksgiving! I'm having the best time with my family up in Portland! I think we're all still stuffed from our amazing dinner last night. 

While I'm busy soaking up family time, I thought I'd share a list of things I'm thankful for this holiday season.....

I'm thankful for Andrew & our life in the city!

I'm thankful for Louis - I don't know how I spent my whole life without a dog!

I'm thankful for my family. Those I've spent time with these past couple days, as well as those who aren't here with us. 

I'm thankful for tradition. I LOVE tradition and am looking forward to creating new traditions with Andrew.

I am thankful for my job. Both of them. I'm having so much fun styling at Stich Fix, the feedback has been so rewarding and it's so fun creating a box of amazing clothes for other woman with a personalized note! 

I'm thankful for my health!

I'm thankful for my friends. A lot of whom have moved out of the city recently, which will be a huge adjustment for me. I loved having so many girlfriends down the street to hang out with! But near and far, my friendships are something I hold very close to my heart!

I'm thankful for blogging. It's such a fun, creative outlet for me. And best of all I've met some amazing people that I'm lucky to call friends. 

I'm a lucky girl :) 

As you know, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, so I also linked to some of my favorite posts from the past few years. In case you needed some light holiday reading :) Stay tuned for a 2014 Thanksgiving post next week! I hope you all are having an amazing time spending the holiday weekend with Family & Friends! 

// Friendsgiving //

Flashback Friday Link Up - You can link anything you want: favorite old posts, or share a story or event from the past. Maybe something from before you started blogging or that you just haven't had a chance to post yet. This will be a weekly linkup, at least through the end of the year. 


Thanksgiving Style

Thanksgiving Style

Thanksgiving Style by fromfoothillstofog featuring leather shoulder handbags

I always like being a little bit dressy for Thanksgiving. Some years I'll wear a dress and tights, while others I'll find a blouse or sweater. And as much as I love dressing up for the holiday, comfort matters! I mean, you're essentially eating and drinking all day! Lately I've been obsessed with burgundy, I want to wear it everyday! And I finally found a classic burgundy blouse that will be perfect for Thanksgiving. I plan to wear it with black skinny jeans (mine are I soooo comfy) simple gold jewelry & black booties. Super comfy, but still cute and festive! 

What's your go-to holiday outfit? Or do you have one?

We're currently en-route to Portland, I can't wait to see my family! I hope you all have a wonderful Holiday tomorrow with your loved ones. Thank you so much for reading! I'm thankful for each and every one of you!


24 Days of Togetherness - 2014

Every year I always love reading about Tina and Mal's 24 Days of Togetherness. I think it's such a fun idea, and a unique way to celebrate the holidays with loved ones. So this year, I thought Andrew and I would participate! After all, that's what the holiday's are all about. Spending time with family and appreciating our many blessings in life. Even though this list is just a few small & silly things to do together, come Christmas morning we'll have created fun new memories. And maybe even a new Christmas Tradition. Andrew has no idea we're going to do this, but I think it's something he'll have fun with too!
  1. Take Louis on a long walk & look at Christmas lights
  2. Write Haikus about one another 
  3. Buy a Christmas ornament together
  4. Watch a Christmas Movie
  5. Bake cookies
  6. Go out for a cocktail
  7. Make a Top 10 list about our relationship
  8. Top 10 list of places we want to travel together
  9. Go for a walk in the Presidio
  10. Wrap presents and drink wine
  11. Share a favorite Christmas memory
  12. Take a family photo
  13. Drink hot chocolate or cider
  14. Order take out & watch a movie
  15. Share 3 things you love about the other person
  16. Buy Louis a Christmas toy
  17. Buy each other a $10 gift
  18. Play cards 
  19. Listen to Christmas music
  20. Choose pictures for our 2015 calendar
  21. Do an anonymous good deed
  22. Play 2 Truths and a Lie
  23. By a Christmas wreath
  24. Make a Christmas Drawing on the chalkboard 
I also thought this would be a really fun thing for my sister and Josh to do with Phillip. I think it will be really fun and get him excited for a visit from Santa! He's almost 2 so I think this Christmas is going to be really magical this year! I'm planning to bring some supplies with us to Portland so we can create a jar for the Martin family to participate in 24 Days of Togetherness this year, too! Hopefully my sister is on board :) 

Here are a few ideas I had for my sisters jar, can you think of anything that would be fun with kiddos? I bet my sister has great ideas, too! 
  1. Read a Christmas Story
  2. Make Cookies
  3. Put an ornament on the tree
  4. Give treats to Sumo and Hank (their dogs)
  5. Color a picture for Santa
  6. Watch Rudolph
  7. Make MiMi a gift
  8. Make Papa a gift
  9. Wear new Christmas PJ's
  10. Send Aunti a Christmas video text
  11. Sing a Christmas Song
  12. Make Mamaw (Josh's Mom) a present
  13. Watch Frosty The Snowman
  14. Donate a toy to someone in need
  15. Make a hand print wreath

At the end of the month I'll be sure to do a re-cap post and share more about our activities over the 24 days. If you'd like to participate Tina created the hashtag #24DaysofTogetherness to share on Instagram

Question of the Day -

Are you a Carrots 'n Cake fan? Have you participated in the 24 Days of Togetherness?

What is your favorite thing to do during the Holiday's?


Flashback Friday: Tuolumne Meadows 2014 - Unicorn Peak

I realized that I still hadn't shared one of my favorite weekends of the year with you! Our annual trip to Tuolumne Meadows is something Andrew and I look forward to year-round. It's such a beautiful place and we have so much fun hiking and spending time with family.

As I was going through all our pictures for this post, I realized I have entirely too many so I'll need to break it up a bit. I decided to start by sharing a hike we did that I had been on my list for many years. Unicorn Peak is one of the more prominent peaks you see when standing in the meadows. When we're on top of Lembert Dome I always look over at it and think about climbing it. Although it's technically Class 4 and can be done without a rope, my Dad brought gear for us to use (knowing I would have chickened out without having the peace of mind the rope and harness gave me). My parents did it without a rope when they were about my age (my Dad has multiple times) and I think they're nuts! I am really uneasy with drop-offs, not heights really, but when there is a sheer cliff on both sides. And that is exactly what this was like. But, I'm so happy we did it! It was a great feeling reaching the summit, and felt like a big accomplishment for me facing my fears.

We did this hike on Saturday, and during the week we had been experiencing thunderstorms in the afternoon, so we knew we needed to get an early start. After we said our goodbye to my sister, Phillip and Josh, we started our hike (about an hour later than planned). It was a beautiful day when we hit the trail, warm and sunny.

The hike takes you up to Elizabeth Lake, which is a beautiful and easy hike that my Mom had done a couple days prior with my sister, Phillip and Josh. From the lake, you start up the ridge towards Unicorn Peak. The official trail kind of ends at the tree line, but we just let my Dad lead the way. The views were beautiful as we climbed higher, and we could see a thunderstorm brewing in the distance.

Once we reached the base of the climb, we put on our harnesses and my Dad figured out a system of how to tie us together. My cousin decided not to do the climb, so it was just my Mom, Andrew, Dad and I. My Dad went first and would belay us; I was second, then my Mom, and Andrew would go last and take out the gear.

Let me tell you, I was nervous and considered hanging back with my cousin. But I knew I could do it and that I would regret not reaching the summit after hiking all that way. So I just focused and kept telling myself there was no way my Dad would let me fall and even if I did the rope would stop me. These pictures don't do it justice, but there was a sheer drop right below my feet. At some points you had to reach around and find a hold without being able to see where your hands were, and there was one little overhang you had to haul yourself over. But, I did it!! It was a huge rush when I got to my Dad. And then I immediately clipped in and hugged the rock! ha

Andrew and my Mom were next, and as they climbed, I watched the thunderheads roll in and the rain falling in the distance. At nearly 11,000ft elevation, it's not the ideal spot to hang out in a thunderstorm! Once we were all on the summit, we did a quick "summit selfie" as I like to call it, and quickly repelled down. It was quite nerve wracking watching the lightning in the not-so-far distance as my Dad was trying to collect his gear before repelling himself. But luckily, we all made it down safely.

We didn't even make it to the treeline before it started pouring down rain. We basically ran to find cover under the tree canopy (thankfully we were prepared with rain jackets) and stopped for a quick bite to eat until it let up a bit. Which it didn't, so after a quick PB&J, we were hiking again. Before long, the storm passed us and we just had a light drizzle for the remainder of the hike. Even though we made it back to camp soaking wet, it was such a fun afternoon. Since we made it back safely, the thunderstorm just makes the memory even more exciting now.

Instead of sitting in camp in the rain, we decided to head to Tenaya Lake so the boys could swim. They couldn't let a little rain break the tradition of diving in every day!

It was such a great day. I love going on adventures like this with my family! Stay tuned next week for more stories of our time in Yosemite this July!

Amazing views from the summit!
I was yelling, "Dad get down, leave the gear!"
Because behind me was thunder & lighting getting closer and closer!  
I took this panorama to show how nice it is at one end of the lake and dark and cloudy it was at the other!

Flashback Friday Link Up - You can link anything you want: favorite old posts, or share a story or event from the past. Maybe something from before you started blogging or that you just haven't had a chance to post yet. This will be a weekly linkup, at least through the end of the year. 

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