Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Utah, Metah, We All Tah for Utah

Toto, we're not in Naples anymore.

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So, I'm pretty sure I'm going to wake up Friday morning, completely bewildered. And I'll swear it was a dream. A good dream. A crazy dream. A dream where, in the middle of a nutty month, I somehow wormholed my way to the snowy crags of Utah.

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And just like that dream where I'm trucking down I-75 in a riding lawn mower, singing patriotic tunes with my old Sunday School teacher, my hair dresser and my Uncle Dale, I'll remember all the crazy details...ones I'll rattle off to Brett because, if I don't, I might forget.

I'm going to tell him about the icicles.

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And Vivian Park.

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And getting lost in a maze of hallways at a T.V. studio at Brigham Young University where I met amazing people who were kind and funny and good.

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Random enough for a crazy dream?

I am thankful for opportunities this year.
Opportunities that have allowed me to deepen my belief in the fact that the world is full of so many people who make meaningful efforts to live fully. I am thankful that Nella's birth has brought many of these opportunities but that even without them...we'd still have Nella. And that is more than enough.

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I was hesitant at first when BYU's Fresh Take T.V. inquired about being part of a series of inspiring stories they wanted to film in the middle of December. I knew travel would be challenging that time of year, and I wasn't crazy about being away from my family right before the holidays. But then I checked them out. And I smiled reading through their mission...to see the good in the world. To be the good. To push people to be more. And I was sold. It didn't hurt that a free trip to this place was part of the deal...

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I met some pretty cool life-lovers today.

So, back to this dream.

My friend Nadya was in it too.

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And the dream revealed great truth as good dreams so often do. It revealed that Chicago has just been trumped. As in my new most favorite place on the face of the earth..evah.

Behold...the magic of Sundance.

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It belongs on your Bucket List...just trust me on this one.

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It's unreal. I tried to express my amazement of the place today, but every good word I thought of seemed to cheapen the beauty...so I used naughty words instead, because they're already cheap.

So there was a lot of "Holy-what-have-yous."

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And after about the fifteenth picture I texted to Brett, he calls me and said, "So I take it you're gonna wanna go back?"

Dude, you think? You walk in the ski lodge restaurant and they seat you with their standard question of "Picture window or Fireside?"...as if it's booth or bar. I'll have both, thank you.

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Holy what-have-you.

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Real life will awaken us soon when we head back to reality and laundry piles.

But for right now, there is snow. And I am happy.

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Bucket List, Baby.

And speaking of buckets, how's about one for you? Our new sponsor, Heal My Sole, features homemade body products made with all natural ingredients. A holiday bucket filled with an assortment of sample goodies will go to a random commenter on this post! And right now, there's free shipping for orders over $35 (unfortunately, no overseas shipping).

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My travelin' girl awaits. (and I miss Lainey, but she stayed with Daddy making the arrival home all the sweeter)

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Helen said...

Seriously...I want to steal your baby.

Don't worry, I *won't*. Plus, I'm in New Zealand, so there's minimal risk of stalking. But...she is kinda delicious.

Just a bit. ;)

Alli said...

Wow! Looks like fun. XOXO

Sher said...

Shiver me timbers! That looks cold but BEAUTIFUL!

Have a wonderful time with baby snow bunny aka Cheesecake.

It's raining in L.A....and my feet are freezing.

AllTheKingsBlessings said...

Thank you for being such a wonderful inspiration of joyfulness to me! I love your family, I love your pictures, I love reading what you have to say!! What a neat opportunity for you and Nella to go on this awesome trip!! Merry Christmas!

Claire @ Scissors Paper Rock said...

Oh wow....this place looks so friggen amazing!
Here in Australia, we're right in the brunt of a super hot summer & as I type this, we're experiencing a MAMMOTH thunder storm which is so humid & sticky.....so seeing these snowy, icey photos, just melts my heart & makes me smile!! So magical & pretty!
Add to my bucket list ~ TICK!
And Oh Miss Nella, I could eat you up....she is so so SO gorgeous!
xo

jessica said...

I can't believe you guys are here, in Utah!

It's so amazing to me that you find it so "holy what have you" I'm so used to it that I think the bare trees and dirty snow are the worst.

Florida is so green and warm! Beaches and palm trees! No need for puffy coats, leather gloves and ear warmers just to run to the grocery store!

The grass is always greener, right?

Someday I will appreciate this place.

Lafleche said...

Oh wow, that is breath-taking! I want to go to Sundance someday. So cute. You look great, by the way. And of course, Nella is adorable as usual.

Kathy said...

Love your blog, but don't comment much. I had to say how fun it is to see you in Utah! I went to BYU and my parents live in Salt Lake City. Glad you are loving it and it will be fun to see your story when it airs. Beautiful pictures, as always!

bluybellepixie13 said...

BEAUTIFUL! beautiful baby, beautiful place, beautiful story!blubellepixie@yahoo.com

haveFaith said...

Holy-what-have-you that is one winter wonderland! We're just getting flurries here, and I was cursing them a bit because I'm new to driving and I'm a tad scared to be driving in that but...bring on the snow, baby! If it'll look anything like THAT place, I want all the works!

I love how happy Nella looks to be just hanging with mama, checking out snow, wearing her adorably huge coat, and rocking the cold-red-cheeks look. Freakin adorable!

I would say this was a great dream, one that you shall have to have again. Brett should be worried, he might not see his wife OR his youngest cutie pie ever again...you guys might just want to stay there, sipping hot coco by the fireplace, with the amazing view.

And good for you that you got the opportunity to do this TV thing. I think your story, while equally scary and heartbreaking has become this beautiful wonderful thing. Because when I look at nella all I see is happiness and beauty and I may not know you personally, and I certainly don't know your sweet little Nella, even I am happy she is in this world. Because this world is shaped by those in it, and I am so glad she will grow and prosper to be a kind, giving, unique soul who will no doubt bring so many smiles and much happiness to those she meets.

Christi said...

Aahhh! You have found my neck of the woods. Well I am a bit more north. Aren't the mountains here divine? I heart them. I am glad we finally got some new snow for your stay. I hope you have an amazing time.

haveFaith said...

Oops, I had waited all day to post on your blog on your new update because I wanted to say thank you, but I clear forgot in all that typing I did!

Thank you very very much for commenting on my blog post. It meant the world to me, and that's a HUGE understatement. Just...I really appreciated it. (:

Roksalanna said...

Kelle,
Wow! Utah looks beautiful!
And Nella is just so gorgeous in her snow outfit!
xxoo

Kolleen said...

Wow! Totally adding that place to my bucket list! Thanks so much for sharing!

Mimi said...

HI!!
SO GLAD you made that trip!!!Nothing like SNOW in December, although cold it warms the soul!!!!I MUST see SNOW at least once per year and I am an AZ girl!!!The pics are beautiful!!!!
UTAH, yes I have been but not in the winter, so I must go there!!
Hugs,
jamie

Rik said...

Oh, my heart is full. This little baby who so quietly entered our lives, who wrapped her little fingers around mine, who seemed to say..."You have no idea where we're going", this little girl who bumped this blog around the world and is loved in Norway, Dubais, New Zealand, Australia and so many other wonderful places is still grinning into new hearts and telling them of hidden delights under disappointment, the wholeness found through brokenness and the true perception of perfection. Yes, my heart is full...of her.

Emily said...

That looks like SUCH a lovely place, I'm adding it to the bucket list immediately. We're anxiously awaiting some snow tonight, so hopefully there will be a winter wonderland in VA in the morning :) Safe travels!

JGeary said...

Stunning - Sundance, you and your girl!

Sheryl said...

Beautiful. It's added to the bucket list! Glad you and Nella got to enjoy some snow.
Nella is beautiful as usual.

Emma R said...

So I've been reading for a while now but haven't commented until now, Christmas seems as good a time as any :) Just wanted to let you know how much you have impacted me this year. When I read your blog I then get up and am a better Mummy to my girls who are 5 and 1, I see so much of them in your 2. Your writing is beautiful, on so many occassions you've bought me to tears, some of sadness, so many of joy. And your photos are just beyond words. My husband will see me giggling away and he'll ask me what Lainey and Nella are up to now! While I think they are both just so precious, I must say that Nella has captured a little piece of my heart. So Merry Christmas Kelle, and thanks for sharing so much of yourself to have such an impact on so many. Emma xo (from all the way in Melbourne Australia.)

ginmae85 said...

I love all of your pictures. it looks like you are having a great trip.

Sarah said...

Man I have to agree with what someone else said, FL sounds better to me than any cold, snowy place. I lived in Orlando one winter and I loved it. I'm sure if I lived there for a few years I may miss the cold and snow, but I would welcome the chance tp miss it. Love all the Nella pics, she looks like such a content little girl!

marybeth said...

Kelle--You and Nella are just soaking in the snow and seasonal joy! We can feel it as we read your post!!!! Love it!!!

Thanks for sharing the joy!!

xoxoxox
Beth

Bobi said...

absolutely breathtaking! I love how peaceful and beautiful snow is! Hope you are having a fabulous time :)

Cryssi said...

Utah looks gorgeous!

Jessie said...

Looks like you are having a great time. I bet Lainey is missing you like crazy!

Jessie said...

Looks like you are having a great time. I bet Lainey is missing you like crazy!

Ingrid said...

I remember when I went to Utah to visit some dear friends. They drove us around to see the sights in their van. I sat on the floor between the bucket seats and kept saying "wow"...not even realizing that I was doing it until they burst into laughter....after my 100th WOW! So happy you are getting a taste of it. Merry Christmas beautiful Kelle.

Sasha said...

I'm thinking I need some snow in my life, a trip to the mountains is officially on the todo list.

Lola said...

So beautiful....short of words.
Love seeing you sooo happy with your baby. Where's Lainey? Miss seeing her in the pics.
Do you realize that you and Nella are famous by now? :)
Enjoy the snow!!!!

Monica said...

Wow, that place IS breathtaking! I want to go NOW! And I'm already sitting in the middle of snow~N~ice~filled~Michigan. Somehow, that place looks better!

Brandi said...

What a winter wonderland you're getting to enjoy! Beautiful place and beautiful baby!

Mommy2Vin said...

Kelle-love your blog and the way u write! Your simply amazing!!!

JenniH said...

I love love LOVE waking up to find a new post from you! My daughter (*almost* 1!) and I sit together, and I read while she giggles at Baby Nella!

Enjoy Sundance - we'er planning on heading there in the next year or two and I.CANNOT.WAIT.

Cheers!
J.

cathy said...

Holy what-have-yous....Amazing, enjoy the snow, people & mostly your little delicious Nella...I've learned through life that good, real good comes out of things we thought were "not so good" We grow, learn & appreciate the important things in life.....
xoxo

Sarah said...

I love reading your blog! I'd also love to win a Heal My Sole bucket!!
:)

Emily said...

Beautiful. That girl has seen more of these great states in her first 11 months than I have in 32 years! And she seems to be a very pleasant travel companion (not to mention gorgeous model)! Thank you for sharing your trip with us.

paixjoie said...

Thank you. I needed that.

Amy said...

I swear every year I forget how beautiful snow is until we have the first snow of the year (I'm in MI). Looks like a great trip!

Rhonda said...

You get around sister..in the best of ways, of course!!

Looks like a great adventure!!!

Kimberly said...

I always love your pictures! Enjoy!

Tina said...

It looks like you're having a lovely time in Utah! What fun to escape the craziness of December for a short while. That's so exciting!

How did little Nella react to the snow? We just got our first dumping on where I live in Canada, my 10 month old was right into the snow without hesitation. :)

Go ahead and Heal My Sole! ;)

ChanaBanana said...

I am so jealous of all this snow everywhere!

~Mandy~ said...

I recently moved to Ohio from Utah for my hubby to go to grad school. Oh how I miss Utah, good ol' 'tah. I can't wait to return, of all the places Ive lived (and there is alot of them) Utah is my home and one of the most amazing places. I can't believe you were there!!Oh 'Tah!
The Heal my sole stuff is just what this momma of a 2 y/o and 6 week old needs...

ADE ACE Mom said...

I anxiously await new posts from you. They make me feel better about life & inspire.

Thank you Kelle for you devotion to this blog & for the inspiration it brings to me, one reader.

Queen of pink in a house of blue said...

I'm a Louisiana girl and i'm not very fond of the cold, but i have visited places that snows, while it was snowing and it's GORGEOUS....as are the beautiful scenes you have captured!!

Gage said...

I am so freaking jealous. I am from Utah and I haven't been back in Winter for 4 years and I miss it. I also miss my family around the Holidays but that goes without saying right? Glad you enjoyed it.

lillies & lattes said...

what absolutely gorgeous photos (and baby Nella!)

i love learning of new places to visit.

Jessa R.

Jessica said...

What a beautiful place that Utah! I have only seen snow once and that was in a quick trip to Denver, CO where my husband had to travel and work for almost a year it sucked him not being home with the baby and I but we do what we have to do sometimes. But it was beautiful the snow that is. And now that my baby is 4.5 she is so eager to see snow, she brings me the map and wants to know where we are and where is the snow because she has plans for us to drive and see snow.

So until we can be there and take time from our jobs there is only the dreams of this beautiful place you and your sweet baby Nella have been.

Thanks for the great post!

Christine said...

Totally breathtaking. And all we got was ICE last night!

Sarah said...

Looks like a beautiful trip!! I love the snow too!!! And Nella looks adorable as always!
I have been looking for a new all natural product to try. I will have to check them out!

Valley Girl said...

Thanks for sharing Kelle!

I wanna kiss that baby...she is a peach♥

Merry Christmas!!

Michelle said...

Well, now I wanna go there! :) Those mountains.... gorgeous. Chicago is my favorite place too. You are a Michigan girl and I am an Indiana girl and if we both love Chicago then I'm sure I'd love Sundance too.... just like you!

Added to my list!

Just another bloggin mama said...

oh my bucket list grows every single day... on the tippy top, go to Italy!

Lea said...

Beautiful post, beautiful location, beautiful girls. You're amazing. And now Sundance IS definitely on my bucket list!

Sandryte said...

Kelle, you have some magic. Up to the point I saw your pictures of winter, I was blaming EVERYDAY of its coldness, and darkness, those 3 sweaters I have to wear.. But now I can really see the beauty. I should kick my ass right now, I have everything and it is still not enough... Shame on me!

k.chap said...

Looks like a beautiful trip!

greekmom said...

Kelle Hampton!!! Always perfect!!! I love you, my dear!!!

Babyglu2u said...

Holy-what-have-you! Metah wants to go to Utah! I've never been in winter. It was an amazing shade of green when I went in summer.(many many moons ago.)

Sarah said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!! I'm so happy for you and Nella.....and for them getting to meet you and NElla.

Hanna said...

Beautiful place!!! I might actually listen to you and add this to my bucket list of amazing places to explore.
You look happy! and Nella smiles so pretty when she sees your smile... You are always a reminder of the power of love and the power of great actions.
Merry X-mas Kelle! xoxo

booksNyarn said...

What a beautiful trip!

Jennifer from NJ said...

wow!! Utah looks amazing. i never thought of going there but now i just may have to. Nella looks adorable with her little scarf sitting fireside. is the show only showing in Utah?? will we get to see it????? have fun!

For the Love of Naps - Sarah said...

Glad you got a little snow in your holiday month. It sure does make things a little more magical! We got 18 inches last Saturday here in MN and a few more this morning. Enough!

Oh, and my bucket list just got longer!

Brandy said...

Looks really pretty. But awfully cold! lol

Joy: said...

I love how your ordinary days look like sweet sugary goodness and love and fun in pictures. I swear it makes me want to climb in with and give that sweet Nella a squeeze and pull up a chair in that Lodge and swoon over a latte. It would be so fun.

Joy Kinard in SC

Meg said...

You would also love Vermont!!!!! Check out Stowe sometime.

Lisa said...

Really puts you in the holiday mood!

dfan4 said...

I would love to see snow. Never seen it before. ENJOY!

dance247 said...

Breckenridge is also beautiful! It's such a cute ski town :)

Sarah RDH said...

Oh I trust you honey- Utah is def. on my bucket list. Not even my bucket list- my in the next 7 years list we need to go to Park City, Disney TWICE in that time frame...now if only I could find someone to give me a free trip!!! lol Our time will come, it will. I am so glad you got to have this special trip with your Nella bean; you got some great pics & made some awesome memories!!

Tammy said...

Ooooh, so beautiful! I'm in Mass and we've been waiting very (NOT) patiently for the snow to come. Fingers crossed!

mamakass said...

I was lucky enough to grow up in Park City. I miss it especially this time of year.
Safe travel!

Jessica said...

WOW! What a beautiful place you are in and Nella is just gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your journey.

Alzbeta said...

I have to admit jealousy at the snow... I live in Colorado for goodness sakes and have yet to see more than a dusting. The mild winter has been a blessing for my little one's first... but I'm still ready for one good blizzard before Christmas!

What a fun giveaway :).

Autumn said...

Beautiful!! Maybe you will see Robert Redford...That would be icing on an already beautiful cake!!

Carrie said...

I've been out in my backyard taking pictures of the snow piled up on the chicken coop and puppy footprints in the snow. It's a whole new kind of beautiful, no?

When will your story be up on their website?

Brandi said...

Beautiful pictures! I want that chandelier with the berries in my home. Happy travels!

Callie said...

I'm officially an addict--I just love your outlook and genuine cheer. Oh and those cutiepies of yours don't hurt either. In fact, I'm awake on a NC snow! delay checking your website b/c I hadn't had my fix since your monday post and you rewarded my clicking. So glad you got to see Utah, I've only been there once but it is one of my favorites and I want to go back. Keep us posted on when BYU's bit will be available on this great connecting intraweb. And perhaps, if they're hosting lovelies like you and Nella, then I'll poke around their website a bit more too to see what other smiles it brings me.

Maggie said...

Amazing pictures as usual! :-) Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful life with us!

Blessings,
Maggie
www.foreverfindingmybliss.blogspot.com

HollyMarie said...

Nice! :) We've got lots of snow here in Northern Michigan right now... My hubby will be hitting the slopes tomorrow.

The Birds said...

So glad you girls enjoyed Utah, I also love it! Bron and raised a Cali girl, but have lived in Utah for the past nine years! You should come vist more often, fall is also gorgeous!

Sara said...

Well we've got the snow, but not all of the coolness as Sundance! Enjoy your bit of winter before you head back to sunny Florida!

Lauren said...

All that snow must have been a fun (and shocking!!) change for Nella. :)

Time after time when i read your blog i'm always amazed at how your hair looks...you rock those straight bangs amazingly!! (i'm kinda jealous)

Dad's Dementia Decline said...

I live in the North - isn't the snow marvellous! I really love your shot of the hot chocolate and the fireplace in the background. Makes me want to nestle in front of the fireplace with my own mug, with a little added irish creme, and enjoy it too! Love your blog!

Mama Bree said...

Honestly - I can't believe how much cuter your little Nella gets e.v.e.r.y. single day. I can't stand it!! Such a little love bug! Give her one more big squeeze from her great on-line admirer!

A day in the Life... said...

WOW that place looks amazing!! I want to go there!

Hannelene said...

How wonderful for you! Your blog and your pictures are such an inspiration to enjoy every day - thank you.

liannad120 said...

This is where my husband and I honeymooned a year and a half ago! Our sweet baby girl was born nine months later :) Utah will always hold a special place in our hearts. Your blog is truly inspiring.

kris said...

Looks awesome! I have always wanted to go to Utah!!!

The Martha Complex said...

Beautiful pictures as always!

Marisa said...

Beautiful (you, Nella, and Sundance... all of it)! Adding Sundance to my list...

Kathleen said...

I'm happy that you're getting to experience snow and all things wintery this year. Looks like a beautiful place. Enjoy every moment... oh wait, look who I'm talking to! Of course you will!!!!

Kelly said...

I wish we had snow like that here! Perfect for a soft blanket and warm tea!

kelly tucker said...

Utah looks absolutely amazing! Definitely on my bucket list of places to visit for some skiing!! Love the pics of beautiful Miss Nella enjoying the snowy mountains :)

Ryan said...

Thank you for inspiring me to get outside and capture the snowy craziness we have in our own little town!! ... Also I have been dreaming of visiting a ski-hill-all-snowed-in-lodge for quite some time and I think you may have found one that will fulfill my log cabin dreams. Enjoy!!

Sandy said...

Gorgeous! I'm adding it to my bucket list. Right. Now. :)

belle black said...

You were at my alma mater! Isn't the BYU campus beautiful? And aren't the people so kind? (My brother and my mother-in-law are both professors there :) Sundance is just magical. You'll definitely have to go back in the fall when those gorgeous mountains are covered in shades of red, orange, and yellow. We're flying from D.C. to Salt Lake City today and your post got me doubly excited!!

cathy said...

kelle,
im laughing.
i was just thinkin when nella gets old eneough to read your blog shes going to say she is surprised she is still here, cause when i was a little baby "everyone" wanted to eat me!
shes simply yummy!

Danielle said...

loveeeee the post :)

Mia said...

I'm hoping for snow like that at Christmas. I've missed the seasons for as long as I've lived in AZ. Luckily my in-laws live in the mountains of northern AZ. The area up there is generally blessed with a white Christmas, and I can't wait to go get my car stuck this year :D

Stacy said...

I love everything about your blog...i love your writing, i love your pics...i love your kids...great blog!

Lacey said...

Wow, never had Utah on my travel list before, but it just got added. I don't know if it's really that beautiful, or if you are just a master with your camera. I'm thinking both! ;)

Gaining Grace said...

When I read your blog I find myself a little sad. Sad because I didn't know enough the first time I had little kids to stop and find the wonderment of it all. But then I'm reminded to stop feeling sad so I don't miss the opportunity to find it now.
Nella is surely one of God's greatest creations. So beautiful and that smile UGH, she makes me melt. Looks like she loved it too. :)

Thanks for a good start to my morning.
Deana

Katherine said...

Beautiful! I have yet go out West at all, but will definitely add it to the list for when I do! We are getting our first real snow of the season here in Virginia today. Holed up at home with my two little men, loving that we'll be in our pajamas all day! :)

Jeannett said...

ahhhhhhh...so THAT's what you are doing in Utah! :)

Gorgeous. My husband said that Utah is one of the most beautiful places he's ever seen. But I'm high maintenance. Snow seems awful cold. And wet. Hmmmm...

aprilanecdotes said...

Beautiful pictures of a beautiful Nella and gorgeous place. You are experiencing what I call....The Gift of Glee! I posted about that on my blog today. Enjoy another gleeful day in Utah! susan

Cassie said...

I love that you can find the beauty in life no matter where you go! I'm sure some people were grumbling about the cold and snow, but it's so inpsiring that you can see the good!

Julie H. Schaal said...

I heart UT. Seriously one of the most gorgeous places ever. Glad you got to go on another adventure :)

Daisy Danielle said...

Ok.. I totally laughed, smiled and even shed a tear. That place is magical.I laughed at your comment on reality and laundry. How True (at least for me, ugh!) I also laughed at the pic of your cocoa mug and the beutiful scenery. My friends are always seeing me with my camera and I thought.. HEY she takes pics all the time too!!!! And the fact that you went on your trip with one on one time with your daughter. That is special. I only have two kids and always worry about spreading my love and quality time with each child. I commend you! It looks like it was a grand time and I love the pics.

Corky said...

OK, so I want to visit and experience the "Holy-what-have-you" splendor of Vivian Park...really I do...Calgon, take me away into that dream world of snow and ice and sparkle and joy!

Carol Ann said...

Even in the deep South, we've had bitter cold the past few days....but nothing as cold as Sundance looks!
Beautiful photos!

Janis Maz said...

Living in Atlantic Canada, I sometimes forget that there are people in the world who actually appreciate snow and it's prettiness. It has reminded me to "stop and smell the roses"...well, stop and look at the icicles at least. Sometimes I forget about that when I am shovelling off my deck for the umpteenth time already before January. So...thanks for that!

Ali's Mom said...

It looks so cold but your huge warm smile makes it look like such a great time. That Nella bean sure is a good traveler. Enjoy!

nsblanchard said...

I shamelessly in love with how in love you are with life. :)

You inspire me.

Meagan said...

Wow, what a beautiful spot. Great opportunity - can't wait to see what 2011 holds for you and your family.

L.Staiger said...

Your pictures make me wish it would snow so I could play with my little guy and gaze at that magical look on his face as he throws fistfuls high in the air.

Tracey said...

Every post makes me smile. That's all.

JD said...

My husband and I took a trip to Utah a few winters ago- our engagement honeymoon we called it. The snow was amazing and we're from Western NY so we're not lacking in the snow experiences! I'm glad you had a nice trip! Nella looks like she enjoyed it too!

Candice said...

Nella is such a happy girl!!!

Lindsey said...

Loving the photos and wishing it would really snow here in Georgia instead of just dusting us and then turning to sleet. Also just want to let you know that I'm loving your playlist. Sometimes I put your website up in the background as if it were itunes. haha. Have very safe travels and a very merry Christmas

keri said...

Kelle - BREATHTAKING pictures!!! Enjoy your time!

Karen said...

Looks like a great place. I was hoping for snow for Christmas up here in NH, but nothing yet. Just 0 degree weather. Either way, the holidays will be merry :)

Happy Holidays

Karen

Lisa said...

Woohoo!!! Have fun, you two!! :)

thejennytree said...

Ohh I just adore Nella's sweet little smile!! I'm from Canada and just LOVE the snow at this time of year (and many other times of year up north here as well, of course! Hahaha)

Love your blog so much... happy holidays and Merry Christmas from Jennie in Canada!!!

J Scheppl said...

Looks like a BLAST! Have FUN!

Nicki said...

Oh my goodness! What a beautiful place!

Have a wonderful time on your trip. :)

Charla said...

I love a post filled with smiling Nella pics! A great way to start my Thursday :-)

eleanor said...

Wow. What a beautiful place to spend time with your daughter! Enjoy!

Kindergarten Team said...

Sign me up for that snow adventure! Love the looks on Nella's eyes in some of these pictures...looks like she enjoyed herself too!!

Kait Galto said...

Love the sweet pictures of your lil Nella!!! Such a love!!!

Your making me want to go to Utah now too! I love the snow... esp snow covered mountains! We just got back from Colorado. We went for our 1 year Anniversary!! Whoot Whoot!

Jada said...

Makes me wish that we had snow and not just the cold here in Kansas!

Megan and Sean said...

Ah, Sundance...I may or may not have kissed a few boys up there in college. You'll have to bring Brett there, it's too beautiful to kiss the one you love on a ski lift at night. Huddling so close to keep warm.

This is my first comment I'm a big fan!

stephanie said...

It looks absolutely magical and makes me yearn for snow in our West Texas town.

Jilly said...

Sundance looks stunning. It's definitely going on my bucket list.

Kelley said...

I'm a Florida girl too so that looks like too much snow for me, but it is really beautiful!

Dana Jack said...

So gorgeous! My husband and I lived in Utah for a couple of years. It was so beautiful...the winters are just magical.

Lucy said...

Gorgeous pictures, as always. I love how well you capture Nella's beauty. She's adorable!

j210209 said...

Wow.. You have done some travelling this year!! New York, Montana, Utah! Where next, maybe come see us all here in England!!

Loving the snowy photos. Nella looks like she is having so much fun with her Mama!

Merry Christmas! xxx

Momza said...

oh you're in our neck of the Rockies!
I'm a Florida native, but my heart belongs to the Rockies and BYU!
Glad they treated you well!
Can't wait to see the production!
You are an inspiration, Kelle--thanks for sharing your warmth even when there's snow on the ground!
much love to your sidekick, Nella.

Carrie said...

I love your Uncle Dale! Top 5 sweetest guys that I know. And as far as him singing patriotic tunes down I-75, I totally can see that happening. But maybe on a bike or the back of a fluffy float instead of a ridiing lawn mower. But who knows. stranger things have happened, right? :o) Happy Thursday, Kelle. Keep smiling!

loveMYgirls said...

Bucket list just got longer:) thanks!

Mandy said...

What a beautiful place to visit. Nella looks right at home! Even though the up's and downs it's still been a good year. Thanks for sharing your inspiring stories!

Karisa said...

Nella looks so happy in all the pictures - she's lovin' it! So glad you got to take an impromptu trip - they are fun!

Maria said...

Kelle~So excited for you! Your life is getting bigger & bigger every day as beautiful Nella grows big & strong & happy. She is a treasure. Utah looks lovely. Makes me want to go out & photograph icicles when I'd rather be sitting on a beach somewhere.
Enjoy everything & safe trip home.
Maria

RunDiRun said...

Just beautiful! What more is there to say, really?

Adam & Suzanne Greeley said...

Love the snow! i'm in Eastern Canada and all we've been getting is rain :(

McEngland like the McCountry said...

Nella is so beautiful it makes my heart ache. I love your writing and your photography. It's Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

Christy said...

Wow! Beautiful pictures! Utah has been duly added to the Bucket List!!

cathy said...

Wow this place really looks amazing, I would have had a tough time choosing between picture window and fireside! As always the pictures are beautiful.

karaco said...

Soooooo pretty Kelle!! Seriously stunnning....not to mention lil' Nella is adorable as ever. I'll definetly have to check out Sundance at some point....looks amazing. Safe travels home you two!

Amy said...

Oh my gosh, that place looks amazing.

And cooooooold.

Helena Giordano said...

Ella is such a happy girl-I think she might be a future snow bunny!

Tricia @ Mama Marchand's said...

Nella is so adorable! And that mug of cappucino in front of the fire? I so want to be there RIGHT NOW.

Tanya said...

Looks like another wonderful adventure west with your littlest! I know how you long for snow, and as a fellow Michigan gal (Go Blue!) I know how a little white stuff this time of year feels a bit magical!

Love the buckets :) Would be happy to give one as a gift to my mama who has opened her home to us and will take in our first baby too when she arrives this spring! (or maybe I'd keep it for my own pregnant self...)

Jami said...

I never thought of Utah being a must travel spot. It looks beautiful! I'm glad you are having a blast and getting your snow on. :) Nella is a snow bunny this week. So adorable!

Bonnie said...

What a beautiful place! It's totally being added to my bucket list. Isn't it great that Nella's birth has inspired so many to see the good in life and want to do good and share it with others. Enjoy the snow Kelle, I'm looking forward to coming to Florida this spring for some warm weather. It's currently 10 degrees here :)

Babygirl said...

So beautiful!!! My lovely KY is covered in snow and ice right now, and it is beautiful! Not used to all this snow in KY, and especially not in December. I'm hoping for a white Christmas...keeping my fingers crossed.

Kathleen said...

I've never been to Utah, but I might have to add it to my bucket list. Beautiful!

Honey said...

Here I was crossing my finger that the temps might get above freezing (so the road might thaw and we can escape our snowy icy prison) but after those pictures...well...maybe I'll uncross them and see if snows some more. Beautiful! Glad you got to have some December snow.

Heather said...

Oh my goodness, it looks wonderful there! I live in Southern WI (near trumped Chicago :-) ) It is TOO COLD right now, we can't even enjoy the snow. Nella is absolutely adorable! I'm glad you had a great trip!

Shelley said...

Amazing post - I so love your blog what an inspiration you are. And that little precious Nella, she is just the most adorable baby ever!

Beautiful snowy pics, nice to come back to Florida!

Shelley from FL

Kindyll said...

I love how just one thing can change your whole life. You have seen your change and flowed with it. I love your blog, reading about your days and your family. I think my husband gets tired of me talking about it. When he is nearby and I am reading it, I holler, come look at Nella and Lainey, they look so cute today! Its funny he knows who I am talking about right away! :) Glad you and nella bug had a great time in the snow. Stay warm and safe!

Katie said...

Adding it to the list- thanks for sharing!

Noah, Whitney, Izabel and Tanner Ketchledge said...

Salt Lake City is beautiful any time of year, but obviously you picked the right time to go!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our family to yours!

alishka babushka said...

I'm from Utah and I love it here! I am so glad you got a chance to visit! I can't wait to see your little video with BYU TV. :o) I'm a fan.

Heather said...

That place looks absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! As always your pics are great :) Nella is a just a sweet doll baby! Hope you all have a blessed Christmas :)

Bryna said...

The power of Nella...she makes me smile...every single time.

Kristine said...

utah is one of a kind! and i'm sure it was nice to see the snow once again; although, the weather was cold enough to get some snow in FL this week! crazy!

Jenn said...

Looks wonderful...would love to sit fireside with you and baby Nella!

Watch Calder Grow! said...

What an amazing trip! I'd love to make it there someday...

Anne said...

beautiful pictures! Have so much fun in Utah!

Christina said...

ooh, Sundance snow looks much more enchanting than Detroit snow...which I'm knee-deep right now!!

Lisa Hewlett said...

Nella is the spitting image of her sister in that first picture. And I've always heard Sundance is great!

The Thebeaus said...

I want to be in Utah...and I want nice feet!

Kyleigh said...

I found your blog a month or two ago, Elisa Lou blogged a link to Nellas Birth Story.

Oh my. I am 39 weeks pregnant and when I read that I baaaaaallllllled my eyes out. It was raw and honest and very very moving. Especially the complete upturn at the end, when you just *know* everything is gonna be ok. Wow you are an incredible writer and I've been following your blog ever since.

Little Nella is seriously the cutest little pumpkin in the world. So much so, would it be awful to steal Nella's name should my little one be a girl? Due Christmas Eve, it'll be my 3rd. So blessed.

Thanks again for sharing your life and your AWESOME photography. You are a beautiful family and I'm sending you lots of love across the water from the UK.

heather said...

Looks like fun and beautiful . Laundry piles are so worth the wait !!!!!!



love and blessings the doughtys

Courtney Williams said...

Beautiful... all of it; Sundance, the Mountains, the fire, Nella, and the blog. :)

themarquezfam said...

I was so excited to see that you were in Utah!! I live here and love it too!! The holidays are such a fun time here! I hope you have a wonderful time enjoying the rest of your trip and meeting new and wonderful people!

shaneandjenna said...

Beautiful pics as always!

Where did you get the beautiful quilt that keeps reappearing in all your photos? I am totally obsessed with beautiful comfy quilts, but am having a hard time finding them.

Marti said...

Ahhhhhh-mazing! That snow is so beautiful! And so is your soul...that's why you are able to touch so many people and are given these opportunities! Keep it up!

lbfoster said...

Beautiful! A little pre-Christmas snow for Nella, and she looks so very content.

To know your family through this blog truly warms my heart. And all these adventures you could have NEVER imagined that first night, now almost one year ago with a whirl of emotions. I know how you felt, and maybe that's why I am moved so deeply every time I visit. It surely is a wonderful world.

Safe travels home, and Merry Christmas, Kelle.

Kerrie said...

Snow has a way of making everything magical, and so do your pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Stevie Leigh said...

Love it! I've always wanted to visit Utah. You've convinced me.

Also, that babe of yours? Too precious for words.

Benay said...

It looks like Nella loved it as much as you did! Such a beautiful smile. And I'm glad you got your snow! We're still waiting for ours in Boston...

Michele said...

Wow! Utah is be-U-tiful! Never been there but. . wow.

Monte8750 said...

Hello Snow Goddesses,

Loved the photos of you and Nella shining bright before a snowy picturesque background. Some of the backgrounds look so beautiful that I found myself questioning, is this place really real? But I know it is because I can feel it is and God is the coolest artist eva! Happy to hear about your getaway... and you got snow, baby!!! Real snow! During the part of the year where it is most desired! Thank you for your blog, your fresh perspective, and sharing the beauty of your two beauties...and Merry Merry Christmas!!!

Much Love, Val-Marie :)

AJH said...

Looks like a beautiful place this time of year! Only been to Utah in the fall...and Nella is adorable!

Juls10 said...

Kelle,
Your blog makes me so happy! And although like you, I had the shock of my life this year, I am so proud to have a baby with Down syndrome!!!!
Merry Christams!
Julie

TwolittleN's said...

I love how Nella looks at you so adoringly...she is just a doll!

Mands said...

I had no idea Utah was so beautiful. Thank you for sharing. You make me want to go!

ebeck said...

Wish I could have seen what Nella thought of the snow :) Hope you have a great time on your trip!

lindsey said...

oh snow! i am so jealous. so glad you got to enjoy an awesome trip with nella!!

Lana said...

That is Christmas for me! I used to live in British Columbia- at Whistler/Blackcomb and everywhere looked like this. It is truly gorgeous. Our Ottawa winter hasn't had its usual amount of snow yet, but it will come- I have no fear.
Looks like you had an incredible trip! GORGEOUS!

Jill Marie said...

First... I love that you are a traveling mommy! You don't let it keep you from seeing the world! I love to look at your pics and put myself in them!

Have a very merry christmas!

Kristi said...

LOVE this post! And what a gorgeous place! The profile pic of nella by the fireplace with that adorable scarf on is precious!!! And her quilt, LOVE IT! My little yummy has a quilt just like it!
Oh and PERFECT song to go with this post! you have a gift for that! You should be doing soundtracks for movies!!
XOXO

gkey said...

dear FullBucket,

Again, your pictures amaze me!
I have been to Utah a few times, but suffice it to say, I don't have any photos like this. (Granted it WAS years ago, before I even owned a decent camera anyway). But still.
So glad you went with your Nella-bean to do this...for her, for you, for us, for SO many others out there.

love,

Seeing it all through new eyes
in
NE

Paige said...

I love that you came to Utah. I'm a native who goes to BYU. This post made me really happy. Sometimes, because of school, I forget about the beauty that is just 15 minutes up the canyon. Thank you!

Sandy said...

The picture of Nella in the big poofy jacket with the big poofy shoes just brightened my day tenfold--and it was bright already! She is just so sweet. I'm glad you're getting to see some snow, and I hope the travel back is easy.

Laura said...

I lived in Utah when i was a little girl-loved it!

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