Traditionally you are supposed to send you worries an wishes off into the sky during a lantern festival, so that is exactly what I did.
While Ben and I were dating we had tickets to go to Chicago together, however we ended up breaking up (for a time) a week or so before ever going on that trip. So I’ve been waiting for him to make it up to me. And when his best friend and wife hinted that they may not live there much longer we quickly got our tickets. This was my first time to Chicago. It was short and mostly full of friend time, but it was perfect. Below are some of the highlights.
Ben pretending to be a dog owner
Picnic at Lake Michigan
We had church at an elementary school. The lockers were all painted with murals. This dim picture is my favorite because you can see Ben’s shirt is untucked. He has been chasing our friend’s daughter all around the halls to keep her entertained.
The infamous Bean
Architecture Boat Tour – Willis Tower
Ben took me to the Lincoln Park Zoo so I could make one of these wax animals in the mold-a-rama. The zoo was free and awesome!
Brandon Flowers – Between Me & You
Over two years ago I moved to SLC to work for ThomasARTS, an ad agency where I met my husband. Recently, I accepted a new position with a larger agency called MRM // McCann . This was a bittersweet experience for me as I so loved my time, experience, and friendships at TA. However, McCann has already shown me some great times. I hope to continue to learn more and I’m grateful for my opportunities. Thanks ThomasARTS for some good times, and thanks McCann for the new opportunities that lie ahead.
First Day at MRM//McCann SLC
So I kind of love the lake. My best friend growing up would take me to Lake Powell with her family every year and so this is where my love began (I mean who doesn’t love Lake Powell). For me, lake water completely beats out ocean water any day. I love to play in it which is not usually the case for the ocean. I love boating, jet skiing, wake boarding, etc. Essentially, all the lake entails makes me happy. So when I finally got to combine the lake and Ben together (thanks to Ben’s family vacation) I was thrilled. We went up to Jordanelle park (near Park City) and played in the cold lake for the day. It was a blast! Below are some of the pics we were able to take while living up our wildest lake adventures. Now I just need to get Ben to Lake Powell.
Ben & I have been on a lot of weekend vacations lately. I would say it has been AMAZING, but Ben got sick with bronchitis during the start of these trips, which found its way to me not long after. So at least one of us felt miserable during each of these weekend vacations. Nonetheless, they were fun enough trips that we have to share the highlights below via picture.
SAN DIEGO (Memorial Day weekend)
M first time at Hotel del Coronado
A usual scene at the table
Ben & the LDS temple
My first time inside the SD LDS Temple
The men in Frontier land showing their skills
First Disney Turkey Leg = terror
But I soon found some major love for it…
California Adventure Land
SEATLLE (My first time)
Pike Market Peonies
San Juan Islands – Friday Harbor
My husband is a babe
Ben feeding the Koi at the Japanese Tea Garden
Seattle LDS Temple
Home near the Safeco baseball stadium
The Seattle Troll
Alki beach + Top Pot donuts
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Tagged Disneyland, LDS Temples, peonies, Sand Diego, Seattle, Sick Trips, Weekend Vacations
Ben had a birthday, so we got to party. We started his birthday eating breakfast with my lovely brother and his family as they were staying with us on there way moving back to Las Vegas. It was a wonderful start to the day. Later, we ate at Valter Osteria’s, a real ritzy Italian restaurant. This place is classy beyond measure and they expect you to eat a 3-4 course meal which no one has a stomach for! Ben and I were not classy enough for this but we did order at least 2 courses each — that includes us each getting our own appetizer upon their request! Overall we were not too impressed with the pastas we ordered, BUT we loved the open, lit ambiance, the fact that the owner welcomed us and bid as farewell (as long as everyone else in the restaurant), the free bruschetta, the overwhelmingly delicious and never ending bread and olive oil/vinegar dip, the waiters preparing your pasta in front of you, and the complimentary appetizer’s everyone gets – bruschetta and a shot glass full of drinking chocolate. We took a picture outside on the way back to the car (like we did last year for his bday). In the process we stumbled upon an old classmate I had in my first ever communications class. It was fun to see her again so well.
After this I surprised Ben with a surprise birthday party. We had his friends over for ice cream cake (his favorite). Apparently Ben had never had a surprise birthday before and somehow I was sneaky enough for him not to find out so it turned out pretty good – plus Ben has some of the sweetest friends who made it such a blast. We are so lucky to have such wonderful and fun friends. All in all, Ben’s birthday was a blast – or at least it was for me. I’m so grateful he was born when he was and that I get to celebrate all the rest of his birthdays with him!