This weekend I was spontaneous. I'd been thinking about the 30 Strangers Exhibit all week + really wanted to attend. It's a long drive from here to Utah (think 10-hours-long-drive) and everyone was telling me it was crazy to go. 

But then I thought about Abby. I thought about how many times in your life your photo is in a real art exhibit. I thought about the fun we would have. On Wednesday I decided. On Thursday we hit the road. 

The drive was lovely. There weren't any crying babies or diapers to change. There wasn't any "He's touching me!" or "I'm hungry!" There was just me. And Abby. Some Twizzlers, the open road + 20 hours of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows to listen to. Dreamy, right?

We snapped self portraits,

and ate In-N-Out.

We saw one of my favorite people,

and marveled at the beauty of those mountains. Again.

Other highlights: Meeting Justin's wife Amy (she's so kind!), IKEA, Carina's motherhood essay (I wish she could read it to you, it was magic), and uninterrupted time with my oldest daughter. Nothing better than that.


  1. I love reading things like this. I love being spontaneous! So glad you were too this weekend. How fun for you and Abby. That will be remembered FOREVER!!

  2. What a stunning weekend! I need some of that :)

  3. Sounds like a dream weekend! What a fun memory to make with your daughter!

  4. oh how fun! amy hackworth is a doll. yay for spontaneity!

  5. oh my gosh I can't believe you downed a hamburger!!

  6. sound like we all did the utah drive the same week:)

  7. How fun! Mom and Daughter time is most definitely time cherished. I've heard this exhibit is beautiful. Justin is an amazing photographer. Looks like you had a wonderful time.

  8. I am so not spontaneous. At all. I need to take a page out of your book- looks like the perfect weekend!

  9. I'm so glad you went and had a great time. I don't think it was one bit crazy for you and Abby to go see yourselves in an art exhibit!

  10. You are so great. Thank you so much for being part of this year's 30 Strangers project, and for making the great effort to come to the exhibit. Am am very grateful. It is a real honor to know you and to no longer be strangers.

  11. what fun a spontaneous road trip with your daughter must've been!! surely an unforgettable experience for her. (along with the amazing craft camp you hosted.. oh my gosh. am dying over your craftivites!)

    p.s. next time you're in utah, let me know.

  12. What a special weekend - something that I bet Abby will remember for a long, long time... you inspire me to create many memories like these with my girls! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Random weekends away are AWESOME! And I can't think of a better way to spend that many hours in a car...the HP audio series are my favorite. :)

  14. It was great to meet you at Justin's exhibit (I'm Justin's sis). I was blown away when you told us you had traveled from Wash to attend. After reading your blog post, I can see what a great decision that was! I love your adventurous spirit. How special for you and your daughter.

    PS: Next time you come to Utah, try the french fries at 5 Guys Burgers and Fries.

    PPS: I could listen to Jim Dale everyday. Isn't he A.MAZ.ING!!

  15. I'm so glad you went and created sweet memories with your daughter.

  16. I was so surprised to see you! And thanks for the kind words, I'm filing them in my permanent pocket.

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