Destination Denver: Part 1

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I haven’t been to Denver since I was kid; however, I was able to meet up with my mom and sister for a mini vacation there this weekend! It was so much fun and we saw so many breath-taking, gorgeous sights!

Day One: I flew in from Phoenix, and my mom and sister flew in from Indiana. As soon as we  met up at the gate we started our Denver adventure. Stop one: the Red Rock Amphitheater. The Red Rock Amphitheater is a stunning location for musical events and other festivities.

 

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Red Rocks at the Amphitheater

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Red Rocks at the Amphitheater with my mom and sister!

 

From the Amphitheater we drove to the mountainside viewpoint. We soaked up the view as much as we could until we were surprised with hail! We then followed a sign for Buffalo Bill’s grave. In all honesty, we had no idea who Buffalo Bill was, but figured why not?! It was a gorgeous grave and was located near a beautiful view of Denver. While at the gravesite, we decided to head into the nearby shop and get some root beer floats. Well, lets just say, I would not recommend root beer floats here. When we received the floats they were completely overflowing, sticky, and most of the root beer was gone because of the fizz. We were very disappointed, but it made for one funny story!

 

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My sister broke the rules!!

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Our new Colorado Style!

 

After Buffalo Bill, we decided to drive around and see what views we could find on our own. It had been so long since I’d been in Denver so we wanted to see what beauty it had for us. As time flew by and our mileage counter climbed we still  couldn’t find anything (plus, we were getting pretty far away from where we were staying). We then made the decision to get off at the next exit, which was Golden off 70. We were surprised to find a gorgeous river right off the interstate, so we decided, “Well, lets go look at the river and get some pretty pictures!”

 

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My mom and I by the gorgeous river during a hailstorm!

 

We found the perfect turn-off spot where the river continued to flow between two mountains. It was just an absolutely stunning view! The river was part of Clear Creek Park. It was so gorgeous; The road winds around the mountains and you can’t go wrong taking some time to go and see this river and this view.

 

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Where JoJo and Chase went on their date in Denver 🙂

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I love these two so much 🙂

 

After this, we drove back to Denver, got some Qdoba (my mom’s favorite) and then crashed at our family friends’ house. She was so sweet and was willing to host us the entire time we were in town. She took us out and we went shopping around the local boutiques, too, because my mom, sister, and I have to go shopping when we are together. Plus, my sister is a total fashion inspiration- she always has the cutest, unique style! (more on that to come later 😉 )

Stay tuned to Destination Denver: Day 2 because we had so much fun that day, and had some fun visitors!

 

 

 

 

 

 

24 Things Before 24!

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I don’t know much in life, but here are 24 things I’ve learned in honor of my 24th Birthday! (Along with some fun throwback pictures for you!)

1.      JOY: Jesus. Others. You.

2.      Place God first even when it’s hard.

3.   We cannot serve the Lord without a heart of forgiveness.

4.    Don’t believe you must follow the patterns of the world.

5.      Call your family all the time. While I can’t call everyone 24/7, I really try to make sure they know that I love and miss them. It’s so important that they know what’s going on in your life, and you know what’s going on in theirs. 

6.  “Don’t be an Eeyore, Be a Tigger” – My parents 

7.   Find a group of people in the same walk of life as you. It helps to have someone to share life with. 

8.      I have almost 2 years of marriage under my belt! It is difficult at times, but so worth every moment!

9.      Moving is hard, but it can be extremely beneficial to both yourself and your marriage. Leaving forces you to figure things out together and you don’t have as much family influence so you rely on each other for help. Moving forces you to grow up together and grow up quickly.

10.  Med school is rough on both the spouse and the student, so if you choose this path rely on each other and the Lord you will need it.

11.   Try NOT to take work home with you. It is not fair to your spouse.

12.  It’s okay to have kids now, but it’s also okay to wait.

13.       I have one life to live-instead of doing things I don’t enjoy I am going to focus on my passions and things that I love. 

14.      Quit worrying! I worry a lot… probably more than most people; however, I am learning that worrying doesn’t add anything to my life. Worrying actually takes away the joy in my life. (I always say that worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair… you feel like you’re moving but you don’t go anywhere)

15.      It’s never too late to change your mind. If you decide you made a wrong decision you can change it and focus on what makes you happy.

16.   Don’t let negative people try to control your life. 

17.   Everything is a season. This too shall pass!

18.   Give to others whenever possible. My husband and I don’t have a lot, but even with a little giving it can go a long way.

19.   Even if you have to make sacrifices, you need to follow what you love. The sacrifices will be well worth it in the end.

20.  People first: Money last. “Money greases the wheels of life, but you can’t take it with you.” (A quote from my dad, but absolutely true)

21.   Laugh through it all!

22.   Make your bucket list of what you want to accomplish

23.   Try to mark one item off your bucket list a year.

24.      Adventure is out there! Have adventures with your spouse and friends. Do something different, try a new idea out. Adventure is what keeps you alive!