Wednesday, July 9, 2014

the 4th in our small town.

Sun Valley has quickly become our destination for the 4th. 
I love everything about that little valley on the 4th. 
A small town, full of happy people, tucked up in the mountains is the perfect place to celebrate America's freedom. 
I think it is inherent in Americans to love the simplicity of  small towns, simple living, easy pleasures, and happy dispositions. And Sun Valley provides all of that and more. 

This year was, as always, the best year yet. Leaving the dry 100 degree heat of SLC, for sunny, pleasant 80 degree Sun Valley was the first step to the perfect weekend. 
When we pulled into our drive my mom had not one, not two, but 24 American flags strewn about my house. Step two to a perfect American weekend. 
And step three to making it a truly great Schneider American weekend was to do all our favorite things. Which we did. We did them all.

On Friday we took the dogs on a walk, we scootered our hearts out, we flew (or at least attempted to fly) my dad's new remote control plane, I read Harry Potter in my backyard, we watched a lot of Wimbledon, and ended the night with Mexican Train. 
On the blessed 4th of July, a day I love more than my own birthday, we threw on every ounce of freedom gear we own and paraded through the streets. I lived out my dream of scootering down the street with an American flag tied around my neck like some sort of Freedom hero. 
We also played tennis, played volleyball, had a BBQ, and went to the famous Sun Valley ice show and ended the night with fireworks. 
Oh, America, how I love you. 

The rest of the weekend was filled with a 40 mile bike ride, more reading, more scootering, a Beatles concert (ok, well Beatles impersonators), an anxiety attack as I pleaded with Federer to win Wimbledon on Sunday morning (he did not), more walks with the dogs, and just enjoying that small town I love so much with my dear, wonderful, hilarious family. 

I'm already counting down until July 4th, 2015, Sun Valley. Thanks for making it so wonderful.

(kacey.ism 347)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Dear UPS Man...

Dear UPS Man,
Thank you for making my Monday afternoon feel like Christmas morning.
I had been waiting and waiting for that Madewell package.
Every day I longingly looked out my window waiting for you to walk up my path.
Yesterday, when I had finally given up hope, you finally came!
That brown package you delivered held my favorite Summer purchase...overalls!
Yes, overalls. I'll be wearing them consistently for the next several months. 
It's all thanks to you, UPS man. You're the greatest.

Sincerely,
Kacey

(kacey.ism 346)

Sunday, June 15, 2014

June knows how to have fun.



All in all, I'd say June has been a pretty good month.
And the best part? It's only halfway over. 
I've always loved June. Everyday is a bluebird day full of dips in the pool, tanned shoulders, spending 90% of the day outside, sunsets that have me gasping for breath, and an overall happy ambiance. 

June 2014 has been particularly active. 
Last week, after three years of missing it, I finally made it to the Little Red bike ride. Sadie and I, and our moms were proud 50 mile finishers. 
Ann and I like to chase the sunsets. The other night we picked up our vanilla cones from McD's, and found the perfect vantage point. 
This weekend was full of boating, biking to the top of Emigration Canyon, celebrating Flag Day in my most festive gear, and tennis with the dream team. 

Like I said, June is hitting it out of the park. 

(kacey.ism 345)

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Lake Powelling

 
Every year, for the past 20 years, my family has spent Memorial Day weekend in Lake Powell with our 2nd family, the Mulcocks.
I look forward to this weekend all year. Lake Powell over Memorial Day means summer, tan lines, waterskiing season, boating, music, sunny days, and happiness. 
Seeing the lake for the first time of the year never gets old. I seriously get giddy every time it comes into view. 
This year was no different. The weather was beautiful, the lake was pretty refreshing, and the company was the best of the best. 
We played a lot of games, did some waterskiing, had an epic paddle ball tournament, and ate like kings. 
Lake Powell is one of the happiest places in the world for me. Sitting on a boat and enjoying a morning ski is pure joy. 
Welcome Summer. It's wonderful to see you. 

(kacey.ism 341)

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mom.

One of the few things I know for certain in life is that my mom is always there.
She always has been, she always will be, and nothing will ever change that.
Our happiness is her happiness, our struggles her struggles, and our victories her victories. 
She's the first person I call with good news, and the first hug I seek when I'm sad. 
I look up to here as a woman, a wife, a friend, and of course, a mom.
I love you mom. Every day is a day to celebrate you. 
xoxo

(kacey.ism 340)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Fun Valley


Miracles happen! This past weekend I finally got this crew up to Sun Valley. 
Back story: I've been trying to get Ann up there for at least 3 years, so to say I felt accomplished was an understatement. 
I talk about Sun Valley a lot, so it's important to me that people actually get to experience the magic of it themselves. I think they finally understand my obsession. 
The trip was pretty fantastic. It was filled with scooter rides--lots of scooter rides, tennis, sunflower seeds, sunburns, swimming, new friends, eating, strolling through town, ping pong, naps, chats, and a lot of laughing. 
There was also a continuous stream of 80s music flowing through the house that led to many a spontaneous dance party. 
These friends of mine really are some of the best. They never cease to find new (and creative) ways to make me laugh pretty hard. 
Sun Valley, you have done it again. See you sooner rather than later. xo

(kacey.ism 339)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Easter Elephants


Easter Sunday was a particularly lovely day.
The weather definitely had a something to do with it. There's nothing like a sunshiney, blue sky, bird chirping Easter.
Wearing my Easter elephant dress also had a little something to do with it. I have this unexplainable love (obsession?) for elephants lately. I think they are the most beautiful creatures, thus anything with an elephant on it, I must have.
I found that dress at Anthropologie and deemed elephants the new mascot of Easter (because who likes rabbits anyways?).
Most importantly, however, Easter was wonderful because of the true meaning behind it.
It is a day to reflect on my Savior. I thought a lot about Jesus Christ on Sunday. I thought about his birth, his life, his crucifixion, but most importantly I thought about His resurrection.
He died for all of us so that we can live again. It sounds so simple, but it is the most incredible act of love this world will ever witness.
Because of Him every single person has the opportunity to live in His presence for eternity.
When I think about that I feel so hopeful for the world and so grateful for my Savior's love.
So, thank you Easter. Thank you for giving me a day to truly ponder the miracle of the atonement.

(kacey.ism 338)