Thanksgiving & Engagement Festivities

For Thanksgiving, Tyler and I went down to southern Louisiana to see my family! It’s always so good to be home. Tyler’s mom and step dad even came down from Virginia to join us and to meet all my family! We had our first Thanksgiving all together– brunch at my mom’s & dinner at my dad’s new house in the country which was very special. The land has been in our family for over 100 years so it is my favorite place! Tyler even killed his first deer there!! It was a 208 lbs 9 point buck, pretty dang good for a first deer. I’m so proud of him! We all went out on a search party at night to find the deer and it was so much fun. Props to my brother for finding it in the thicket of brush. My dad is getting all the meat processed into sausage and jerky and we are going to get the antlers mounted on some driftwood for our home! I think Tyler has the hunting bug now haha.

My sweet grandmother and aunts hosted a bridal shower for me the day after Thanksgiving and it was absolutely lovely. The food was delicious and it was so fun to get together just girls and open some fun gifts. Then the next evening, a bunch of my bridesmaids parents and other family friends threw a super fun engagement/announcement party for us! It was like a big reunion of all my friends from high school/home. It was definitely a busy and exhausting week but lots of unforgettable memories!

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Boreas Pass Camping Trip

Over the weekend we camped at the summit of Boreas Pass near Breckenridge in Summit County! We were all itching for an extended dose of mother nature so we packed our packs and hit the road. Spontaneous camping trips are so fun! It was not a far drive from the Boulder/Denver area at all and it was so incredibly beautiful! We camped pretty much right at tree line so around 11,000 ft. There were even still a few patches of pink (bacteria) snow on the mountains. We found the perfect camping spot nestled in the trees with a stunning panoramic view. There were tons of wild bluebells, indian paintbrushes, and purple daises all around. We ate completely paleo while camping- cashews, apples, sliced turkey, hard boiled eggs, and cracklins/pork rinds. It’s most efficient to bring protein rich foods backpacking and camping. I love unplugging and running around with Tyler and Waldo in the mountains!

home is wherever we are together
home is wherever we are together
view from our spot
view from our spot

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Recap of Aspen Vacay + Life Lately

I want to share some more pics from our Aspen vacation and from my Dad’s wedding on top of Aspen mountain! We had so much fun. It was great for our family to all be together in such a beautiful place. We ate lots of good food, drank lots of champagne & sparking rosé, enjoyed the Aspen farmer’s market, tubed the Roaring Fork river, some daredevils of the group (not me haha) cliff jumped at Devil’s bathtub, and just relaxed! The Roaring Fork valley is definitely a special and stunning place. I feel like it’s necessary for me to take a week off from work a few times a year just to unplug and get back in touch with myself and my family.

Tyler & I at the Little Nell after my Dad & Heather got married
Tyler & I at the Little Nell after my Dad & Heather got married
me, our grandmother Lele, and my cousin Katherine Ann on top of Aspen mountain!
me, our grandmother Lele, and my cousin Katherine Ann on top of Aspen mountain!

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Maroon Bells

The #1 thing we wanted to do while in Aspen was to hike the Maroon Bells! It’s the most photographed place in Colorado and for good reason. It’s been on my Colorado to do/bucket list for years now. I was seriously in awe the whole time just soaking up the vast beauty of the lush valley surrounded by 14,000 ft peaks and aspen groves.

My brother Robson, Tyler, and I parked at Aspen Highlands and took the local bus up to Maroon Lake. The bus comes every 15-20 minutes and they do this to limit the traffic that drives over the aspen groves root system. Not sure if this is really true or not haha because we saw a few RV’s and other cars driving up so I think they just do it to limit the number of people parking at the trail head. We were actually glad that Waldo was not with us on this hike because the bus was pretty crowded and standing room only by the time we got on.

Maroon Lake is stunningly beautiful! It’s turquoise blue-green and crystal clear. The wildflowers were blooming EVERYWHERE. Again, I am obsessed with Colorado’s wildflowers- we saw daisies, columbines, lupines, Indian paint brushes, blue & purple bells, berry patches, sunflowers, etc. It was a wildflower wonderland. I love fresh flowers but I am pretty conscious and respectful about not picking them so that everyone can enjoy them and so that I don’t disturb the natural habitat. The massive, snowy peaks behind Maroon Lake are breathtaking.

wildflowers approaching Maroon Lake
wildflowers approaching Maroon Lake
Maroon Lake
Maroon Lake

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Exploring the Grottos

Tyler and I recently arrived to Aspen for our family vacation/my dad’s wedding (which is today at The Little Nell up on the mountain- another post on that to come). The first full day here we hiked and explored the Grottos!! It was so freaking cool!! It’s up Independence Pass (probably the world’s most beautiful pass) a few miles from Aspen. When I was researching it, it honestly didn’t look that awesome but let me tell you, it’s underrated! It’s not a long trail but there’s a lot to see and do. The Roaring Fork River runs along the trail so there are tons of beautiful river spots to hang out at and foot bridges to cross and cascades that were literally roaring! Tons of wildflowers which are my favorite. The best part by far were the ice caves! You have to climb down in between some sketchy crevices to get to them but it’s so worth it! There are these huge glaciers down there. Highly recommend this hike for anyone in the Aspen area. Check out our pictures below! We have a bunch more adventures planned for while we are here so stay tuned!

us on top of Independence Pass!
us on top of Independence Pass!
when the cave drips on you haha
when the cave drips on you haha

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spring break getaway

Tyler & I just got back from a week in Longboat Key, Florida (aka paradise)!! I’m soo glad we missed the blizzard in Colorado. We stayed at his grandparents’ adorable beach bungalow. They are seriously the sweetest for having us! Their backyard is literally a tropical oasis full of palms, beautiful exotic flowers, and an awesome pool–where we spent a lot of time chilling. It’s also right down the street from the beach so we would ride bikes to and from every day, multiple times a day! We forgot how much we love riding bikes together so we are both going to get ours tuned up asap! I desperately needed some salt water therapy & vitamin D in my life and I got my fix! We were able to totally relax, let go, and be in an island state of mind for an entire week. One day we paddle boarded in the ocean which was so much fun! I even busted out a few yoga moves on the board which was challenging but so so cool. It’s probably the most relaxing thing ever to just lay on the paddle board with your eyes closed as the ocean rocks you. The weather really couldn’t have been any nicer! Every day was sunny and warm with a cooling ocean breeze. The beach is where I’m totally in my element. One night we went down to the beach with Tyler’s whole family with our drinks and played bocce ball as the sun set, it was wonderful. We really only had one overcast day and that happened to be the day after Ty dislocated his shoulder body surfing soo we caught up on Better Call Saul and laid out by the pool that day for him to recover. We had lots of fresh seafood and fruit–two of my favorite food groups! Tyler took me out for a date night just us two one night at this awesome restaurant on the water, conveniently across the street from his grandparents’ house. It was such a fabulous getaway! If you can’t tell by my pics, I’m obsessed with high necklines right now–dresses, tops, bikinis, etc.
On another note, I found out that I lost one of my greatest friends the day we left for Longboat Key. It’s been very hard but I am learning to turn my grief into gratitude. Rest in peace Tevis. You will never be forgotten.
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riding bikes to & from the beach
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my love & I

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NOLA wedding weekend

This past weekend (February 19-21) Tyler and I had the pleasure of flying down to New Orleans for my cousin Clay’s wedding. It was so much fun! We stayed at the Roosevelt Hotel which was awesome. Their lobby is beautiful and the Sazerac bar is located inside the hotel (where Heather asked me to be her bridesmaid!!!), as well as one of Chef John Besh’s restaurants, Domenica. The weather was amazing so we lounged at the rooftop pool and Tyler swam (unfortunately I forgot a swimsuit). As soon as we got there we headed to R’evolution, one of Chef John Folse’s restaurants, for a late lunch and drinks. I had some of the best gumbo of my life and Tyler ordered some fancy turtle soup. Of course we took our drinks to go!

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