Welcome home, hello September, and back to work! It was nice to take a little time off last week of filming, editing, and blogging (with the exception of vlogging for Vlogust on MHWL of course!), but I am excited to be back. You know you truly love something when you miss it! As much as I love Utah and am so grateful we were able to spend an entire month there this summer, coming home never felt so refreshing! It seems fitting to be jumping back into blogging with a WIR update and posting on YouTube with my August Favorites on TBBB. It’s almost fall and it’s time to get back in the swing of things! Before I do so, I want to take some time to share with you my reflections on the last two weeks of our stay at the family abode in Utah. If you’re confused as to what the deal is with us going to Utah, check out my last WIR post for an explanation.
My husband’s parents, Keith and Suzanne, joined us about ten days into our month-long stay in Utah. Don’s sister, Emily, her husband, Dave, and their 3-month old baby girl, Grace, came out for the last two weeks, and Aunt Julie joined in for the last week. It was so much fun to be able to live with the whole family for an extended period of time, especially with the newest addition to the brood. Grace is such a sweetheart! Literally every moment around her is cuteness overload. She can’t not be cute! It was a fun change for us to live with a baby in our midst. Our dog Winnie definitely adjusted, as well, and is no longer so mopey around her. I feel so lucky to have married into a family that I feel so at ease with, just as I do with my own kin. We ate good food, shared lots of laughter, and enjoyed the beautiful mountains together.
Since I was technically still working for the majority of our month-long visit, I found I wasn’t making the time to get out of the house much. I ultimately decided to take the last week off of the majority of my work to enjoy our remaining time in Utah with the family. This allowed for time to get out and do some fun things! My MIL Suzanne, Aunt Julie, and I made our annual trek to Deer Valley for a ride up the chair lift for lunch and breathtaking views on the mountain (left photo set). I was also fortunate to finally be able to make it to Swiss Days, an annual craft fair, at a local town. I love craft fairs for the opportunity to see people’s creativity and talents at work. We also made our usual pilgrimage up to Sundance for a hike around the grounds and a delicious lunch at The Foundry Grill. As often as we visit Utah, I never tire of these sights. You’d be surprised at all of the new discoveries you can make when you revisit your favorite places time and time again! There are so many other sights I have yet to experience, as well, which allows opportunities for future adventures.
The Beauty of the Great Outdoors
One of the things I love most about being at our family abode in Utah is the time I spend outside, in particular dawn, dusk, and nighttime. It is so quiet and still first thing in the morning. I like to sit out on the back patio with a cup of tea, my journal, and a book and steal a few moments of the total bliss that the mountain views and fresh air provides me. Dusk is another favorite of mine in particular because of the variety of sunsets that grace our view out back every day. There is so much space that it’s easy to see the sky and the beautiful clouds unobstructed by buildings or towers. Nighttime is all about the stars. We can see so much more of the night sky up at elevation without city and suburban lights interfering. Sitting around a campfire with loved ones is the most relaxing way for me to spend a beautiful summer evening under the stars.
I treasure every day I was able to spend in my slice of paradise this summer. I feel so blessed to be able to experience such a beautiful place and then come home to another one. I can’t wait to return again this fall for a little R&R and to set up for the annual family holiday visit in late December. Until then, I will keep the mountains fresh in my memory and enjoy all that my Chicago home has to offer. It’s almost time to welcome in fall and all of the hustle and bustle that goes into gearing up for the holidays. Life keeps moving just as the world keeps turning. I hope you’re enjoying the ride just as I am, including all of its ups and downs and inside out moments.