Cheers to Fall

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Fall this year in Utah has been absolutely gorgeous! It’s been warm, sunny and the leaves are absolutely breathtaking. I’ve always loved Fall for the changes that it represents. The year moves along so fast when the leaves start to change and the weather cools down. It’s time to prepare for the winter, time to make wonderful memories and time for lots and lots of adventures.

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The Way of the Wards is officially a year old! How crazy is that? I was looking back through all my old posts and it’s fun to see how much we experienced last year and how much we continue to experience each and every day. Life is a glorious adventure.

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A couple weekends ago, Trent and I took off into the mountain on our little dirt bikes. I crashed, Trent rescued me, we rode together and simply enjoyed the beauty that surrounded us. We are so lucky. Of course there are good days and bad days, but the good days always seem to blur out the bad and each new day holds endless possibilities. Cheers to Fall, to adventures and to the beauty that surrounds each and every one of us.

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Its been a minute…

Hello there!

Like I said, it’s been a tad busy around here but I’m so glad to be able to find some time to jump on this space. It’s so much fun to interact with everyone and share a little bit about what’s going on in our little life.

This past summer was amazing and like summers usually do, it went by much too fast. We ended our summer with a trip to California with Trent’s family. This is the third year we’ve been back there with his family and it is such a wonderful trip. We rented a cute house on the beach and spent our days playing in the sun, swimming, exploring New Port Beach and spending time with Trent’s darling family. Trent was especially fond of this trip because he was able to go spear fishing. He already told me that our next big trip has to include a spear fishing adventure, he loves it.

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This Albion Fit suit was definitely a favorite from this summer

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After we got back from California, I jumped right into school. I am officially a 5th grade teacher, can you believe it!? My days are full of 29 kiddos that I absolutely adore and endless learning experiences. I am exhausted all the time but loving my job. Trent is going to school full time up at the University of Utah studying pre-med which also makes hime quite busy. He is taking Anatomy right now which is hard but he loves it! I’m so proud of all he’s doing and for the record he got an A on his last test πŸ˜‰ It’s my job to brag. It’s been hard adjusting to me working full time and Trent taking some harder classes. I’ve had my fair share of meltdowns and Trent’s been amazing during everything. Changes in the rhythm of life are sometimes tricky but I’ve also noticed that they are here to remind us of the things that matter most.

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We try to fill up any spare moments we have with each other and luckily we’ve still been able to go on our fair share of adventures since school began. We got to go to the Lady Antebellum concert with a co-worker of mine and it was the best concert I’ve ever been to. Nothing beats warm summer nights and dancing to country music. We were also able to spend a weekend up in Midway, go boating with my family and adventure out on a fun backpacking trip with my sisters and some friends. Trent and I pretty much froze to death in our hammocks but it was totally worth it…

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All in all, things are going great around here. Life is a complete adventure with its ups and downs and everything in between. We love each and every one of you and are so grateful for all of your support.

Love,

The Wards

Tradition

Goodness, it’s been a little over a month since I’ve posted. Life’s been crazy but I’m glad to be back here. I’ll post a little catch-up post soon but this is a summer adventure that deserved it’s own little post.

My mom’s dad, Grandpa Frank as his grandkids call him, is amazing. Growing up he could always be found gardening, hiking, supporting, and loving. He’s in better shape than most of his grandchildren…one year he beat us all in the plank challenge. Impressive, I know. Not only is he active physically but his endless wisdom ceases to amaze us as we ask him for advice, help on papers, answers to tough questions and any other thing we need help with. His example of love for his wife, Grandma Kate, is nothing short of beautiful and we all look up to him in every way. His life hasn’t been perfect, you should hear some of his stories πŸ˜‰ but he is a spectacular example of enjoying the journey and living life to the fullest.

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As long as I can remember, every 24th of July he leads us on the Alta to Brighton hike. Supposedly this tradition has existed longer than I’ve been alive and every year we look forward to this summer adventure. Our numbers are growing rapidly, but every year this hike happens and it’s one of our favorite traditions.

We start early in the morning with Grandpa at the lead and we hike from Alta to Lake Mary near Brighton. At Lake Mary, we pull out the snacks. Pepper jack cheese, salami, crackers and grapes are all staples with some trail mix thrown in there as well. We talk, laugh and simply enjoy one each others company in the beautiful mountains.

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After our lunch at Lake Mary we finished the hike down to Brighton Ski Resort.

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Siblings who we couldn’t live without, cousins who are more like best friends, aunts and uncles who have raised us right alongside our parents. Family is truly what makes life so meaningful. How grateful I am for the traditions of life and for wonderful Grandpa’s, Grandma’s, parents, leaders and teachers who lead the way in this crazy journey we call life.

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We haven’t had a legit family vacation in about 2 years and this vacation was nothing short of amazing! Not only did we have 4 new brother-in-laws to add to the fun but everything about it was perfect! We went up to a darling home in Victor Idaho and explored nature at it’s finest. The first day we got there, I came down with a terrible cold, so the family went and explored Jackson Hole and Trent took excellent care of me. Luckily I was MUCH better the next day!

All of these pictures were taken by my INCREDIBLE brother-in-law, Sam Featherstone. He has some serious skill! Go check out more of his work here!

Day two was spent rafting the Snake River and it was a total blast! Emma’s husband, Sam Featherstone, is amazing at a lot of things but he is also an excellent river guide. None of us died along the way although I’m sure some of us felt like we might.

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Day three took us to Grand Teton National Park. We rode our bikes, swam in Jackson Lake and played all day. As we were swimming in the lake, Faith looked down and had a leech on her! We got it off but we were all a little freaked out after that, haha. The scenery up there is absolutely breathtaking and we loved every minute of it!

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I’m so lucky to be apart of such a darling family! We get along so well and I can’t help but feel so blessed to be surrounded by such amazing people. I look up to each and every one of them!

 

 

Opportunities

Sometimes social media can be a negative thing but on the other hand, social media can also create so many opportunities for creativity and collaboration. Back in February, Trent and I won a shoot with Shutter Lush Photography. We got to meet and take pictures with the wonderful Paige Jackman and we’ve been able to stay in touch through the months. Here is that blog post.

Β In June she texted and asked if we wanted to shoot again and I jumped at the opportunity. Trent couldn’t make this one but Paige was willing to just take me πŸ™‚ Not only is she an amazing photographer but she has a serious sense of style and this shoot was nothing short of fantastic! We were going for a more boho vibe and I thought the clothes she picked were perfect. Antelope Island was absolutely gorgeous that morning and we couldn’t have picked a better spot. We were both amazed that we could drive two minutes down the road and find a completely different backdrop. It was so much fun and we were both giddy wandering around such a beautiful place! Although we were eaten alive by bugs that morning, I couldn’t be more grateful for a darling friend made through social media and the many opportunities this life presents us.

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Also, huge shout out to Bailey Schiess for hair and makeup. She is absolutly amazing at what she does! Find her on Instagram @schiessstyless.