Happy New Years everyone!! Perhaps I'm a little late given that it's already the middle of January, but for this weeks blog post I decided to do a recap of 2018.
Some times it's easy to feel like all the years run together, or that nothing super special might've happened, but as I was sifting through my photos from last January through December I was reminded once again how important it actually is to take the time and reflect and even celebrate the moments in our life, even if they feel small because that is what all the big things are made of. A compilation of small moments that lead us to those magical monumental moments in life that become memories.
I'll try my best to do this in chronological order! These were taken in January during a visit to Chattanooga Tennessee to celebrate my 25th birthday.
By the way I grew up going to Chattanooga a lot, and it's still one of my favorite cities to go visit!
In early spring we went through Kansas City and got to stop for the day and explore downtown in the West Bottoms area, as well as spend quality time with some of my family that lives there.
The West Bottoms is really cool, it's basically just the old industrial side of town which makes it a perfect place to explore and take portraits.
As you can imagine life on the road is more tolerable when you get chances to visit with family! My sister took us out to the Thou Mayest coffee shop which is an awesome place with the best iced chai. If you want some excellent coffee shops with atmosphere as good as the beans, Kansas City has got you covered!
In May we had the chance to be in Wisconsin visiting our dear friends who were about to have their first baby! It's incredible how God would orchestrate our loads and take us places at the most perfect time. Because everyone knows you can't time your life around a baby being born!
But we got a load through the town where they live and were able to stay for when the little guy was born.
May/June we came home to Montana for a week. It was unfortunately quite chilly still and mostly cloudy, but that didn't stop us from having a blast and riding the motorcycle as much as possible!
There's nothing like fun summertime evenings spent with family and friends around a campfire, especially when the backyard is a stunning little field of daisies!
It might seem random or insignificant to others, but dying my hair lavender was actually a big personal achievement for myself! I've always loved color and creativity, and so dying my hair this color was a way for me to express that part of myself while at the same time overcoming fears and being brave to try something new and crazy!
A big highlight was getting to model biking gear and shoot video for a motorcycle company with our friend Jeriah Miller who owns his own media company.
In July we made it home again to Montana to celebrate the 4th which is one of our favorite holidays.
We spent many days at the lake swimming and grilling out, and the others were spent cruising through the mountains on the motorcycle.
Montana has some of the best roads in the country, with sweeping curves and magnificent views like this while most of the roads hardly have much traffic.
We worked very hard this year and even though we couldn't take time off in certain places, we still got to see some pretty sights along the way.
This is taken going down Wolf Creek Pass in Colorado. It's an absolutely beautiful drive but it's not for the faint of heart with it's steep grades and hairpin curves.
Left: Lake Michigan in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Right: Rapeseed fields in Saskatchewan Canada
We found this old abandoned church just south of Regina, Saskatchewan as we were taking an alternate route to avoid traffic.
Late summer there were so many vibrant sunflower fields along the highways in the midwest.
We took these photos just along the interstate in Fargo ND.
In early September we got a load going to Colorado. Up in the mountains it had already started to turn to fall. This photo is taken on top of Wolf Creek Pass where the Continental Divide trail crosses in this little valley.