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September 2, 2011

Peaceful Morning

by Ashley

My alarm was set for 6:45 this morning, but my body decided it wanted to wake up at 6:10 this morning.  I have no idea why, but I was okay with it considering I always appreciate some extra peace and quiet in the morning.  I eased out of bed, fed the pups, brewed some coffee, and enjoyed my “oats in a mug“. 

As I was eating my breakfast and sipping my coffee, I enjoyed watching the sun come up over the mountain peaks.  We have a pretty good view of one of the largest mountains in Utah right outside our front door, and it always amazes me to see the sun rise and set over it.  God sure did paint a beautiful earth!

I had already decided last night that I was going to go on a long walk this morning rather than my usual run.  My body needed a break, and I know it appreciated it.  After my devotion time and some blogging, I headed out the door with Ryan and Molly.  I think Molly was especially excited to tag along this morning because usually I only take Ryan.  (Molly is a little older and has a hard time keeping up on runs.)

It was such a perfect, peaceful morning.  There was an autumn chill in the air, the sun was still rising, and it was still and quiet.  Initially I wasn’t thrilled to only walk this morning, but I realized that I notice so much more when I am walking rather than running.  The details of the scenery and sounds around me are that much more apparent and real to me.  I decided that I need to take more time to take early morning walks this fall.  The stillness and the beauty of an early morning is such a marvelous thing. 


  • Do you like early mornings?
  • If you do like what early mornings, what is it that you appreciate most about them?
September 1, 2011

Summer Favorites

by Ashley

Hey all, I apologize for the late(r) post this morning.  I’ve been having some issues with my comments on other blogs going to spam, so I was trying to figure that out.  Make sure my comments aren’t hiding in your spam folder!

Can you believe it is September 1st already?!  Oh my… I cannot believe how quickly this summer has flown by.  I have mixed feelings about it.  I absolutely love fall and everything about it, but you know what fall means… We’re that much closer to winter, and winter is just not my friend.  Don’t get me wrong, the holidays are wonderful, but the shorter days, driving in the snow, cold temps, and ugly skies are not my thing.  (I’m from Arizona, people!)   

I decided rather than thinking about what the colder months bring, I am going to reminisce about some of my favorite things from this summer.  Here it goes!

Summer Barbecues

There’s nothing better than hanging outside with great friends and good food over the grill!

Smoothies for Almost Every Meal

I love smoothies and could easily have them for almost every meal during the summer months.  Easy, healthy, refreshing, delicious=perfect!

  Camping Trips

I love camping and being out in nature.  We get one more mini camping trip this weekend!  Yay!

Evening walks

I love going on evening walks with the hubby and pups at 8pm during the summer months, and it still being light outside and not freezing cold. 

Outdoor House Projects

I’ve really enjoyed our Saturday outdoor projects this summer!  We got a lot accomplished: fence painted, flagstone laid, trees planted, weeds in backyard cleaned out, front flowerbeds planted.  I guess I just need to find some indoor house projects for this winter!  (I’m thinking decorating more and painting! 😉 ) 

Running Outdoors with Ryan (one of our labs…yes, I know he has a human name)

I love running in the early, peaceful, sunny mornings during the summer.  I know some of you out there are crazy enough to go running in 15 degree weather, but I am from Arizona and can barely stand 15 degree weather, let alone run in it.  That being said, I keep my outdoor runs for the warmer months.   

While I do have many favorites about the summer, I’m sure I’ll begin to remember all of the things I love about the colder months when they start coming too.  I just need to keep thinking of hot chocolate, decorating for the holidays, sledding, Christmas shopping, holiday meals, scarves and hats, and visiting my family. 🙂

P.S.  I used “” to choose the two winners for the Nutty Granola giveaway.  The winners are Janae at The Hungry Runner Girl and Lisa at A Little Tete-A-Tete.  Please email me with your address at so I can mail you your very own batch of Nutty Granola!


  • What are some of your favorite things about summer?
  • What’s your favorite season?  Why?
  • What do you look forward to during the colder months? 
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