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Goodbye Jackson Hole, we’ll miss you :(

12 Jun

Were Back!

          The trip was amazing, we truly could have not asked for a better week. Jackson Hole was gorgeous, and we miss it already. Luckily we have managed to unpack all of our bags, fumigate our bedrooms, have a nice homemade meal, and prep breakfast and lunch for tomorrow. We have work Sun.-Tues. and we close tomorrow, so better to have a more relaxed morning, than a hectic one. Now instead of giving you a day to day recap, Here are a ton of the pictures.

Get ready there are a lot…

 We all woke up at 4, and were out of the house by 5. Court and I brought our breakfast on the road. Cliff bars, PB apples, and Coffee. Simple.

-Car Ride adventures-

 There was magazine reading, sleeping, iPod listening, and of course complaining. It was a 10 hour trip of course.

Below- Here’s Ash sticking her head out the window, it was hot out!

 We got lost at one point, so our dad pulled over and had to Pull out Jane, AKA the GPS.

 Welcome to Jackson Hole Wyoming!

 We stayed in this little area called Teton Village. Which is a bunch of Condos, right next to the Tetons. We were literally steps away from the Ski lift and Tram.

Here was our bedroom… little twin beds side by side 

 And this was the family room area, where we watched Red box movies at night.

Our first morning there, we made Blueberry Hungry Jack Pancakes!!!

 Light, Fluffy, and perfection topped with Banana, syrup. And then paired with some White Chocolate mocha Dunkin Doughnuts coffee. All made in our condo Kitchen. The Dunkin Doughnuts coffee was really good, now I see what all the rave on the commercials is about.

Our parents came to Jackson Hole 22 years ago for their Honeymoon, so there was a lot of memories. We even drove by the motel they stayed in, and walked to all the places they visited, including this Antler Arch, which they have an old Picture under. With none of us even born yet. weird.  We rekindled the memory with a newer up to date picture.

 While at Yellowstone, we went to “Old Faithful”

 Then, we waited till the Geyser shot off. It was an awesome 2 min show. That took about an hour wait. lol

 Here’s mom and dad before the Whitewater rafting experience.

 My mom and I by the Upper and lower Falls in Yellowstone.

 PB&J Oats!

 Yeah, we found some Stunna Shades~

 Lol, our daddy is so cute in this Cowboy hat. 🙂

Jenny Lake had this beautiful View for our Hike.

While on the hike, we ended up seeing a bear in the first 10 minutes. Our mom is deathly afraid, so she ran back to the car, while the rest of us went on with the other people on the trail. We told her just to stay with the group but she didn’t listen. So she sat in the car for 4 hours while we hiked.  

The weather started out great, but then quickly turned to pouring rain. Which is not fun, when you’re in jeans or cotton like Ash and Court were. There was so much mud as we went on, if you look at my jeans, they were covered on the bottom.  

The Hidden Falls were awesome, and they were quite a Hike to get to.

After the whole Bear incident at Jenny Lake, this picture was priceless.

 Here is the bump that I almost died at. In Ashley’s words “Man Whit you totally just ate that.” Lol I watched the ground the rest of the day

They say Moose are the hardest animal to spot, but there was one right around our condo, so we hurried up and snapped a pic with them. (The mamma and babies).

Well your all caught up, it was a Candid week, and this photographer is tired.

Work is in the AM, but it’s Summer so F going to bed early. Lol. Talk to y’all later. Also, don’t forget you have until Monday to enter our Giveaway.

XOXO Court & Whit♥

Guest Post: Teenage Eating Disorders

9 Jun

Hi guys,

Today we went to Yellowstone and it was amazing! We saw so much wild life. Just a few miles away from our condo there is a family of moose hanging out down by the river. It was so awesome to see. When we stopped in at the visitors center the old guy working there said that moose are the hardest to spot, so I thought that was so cool that we were able to see some. We took tons of pictures today so I cannot wait to show you all. In the mean while, don’t forget to enter our 

 

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Also, this week we want to shed light on an important issue: eating disorders. This is a serious issue that affects many people, and Emily Lou from the pursuit of healthfulness has agreed to do a guest post for us and give her perspective. She is somebody who has dealt with an eating disorder herself and is overcoming it. I hope this story inspires many of you and that you really get something out of it.

Teenage Eating Disorders

Aside from my fear of flying in airplanes, my greatest fear while growing up was of becoming a statistic. I didn’t want to be simply average—I stopped at nothing less than my best when it came to school, activities and sports.

Ultimately, however, my attempt to avoid becoming a statistic, put me on a road to becoming exactly that: I am one of the eight million Americans who have an eating disorder.

For me, perfectionism spilled over from a healthy enthusiasm to do well with things such as school and into an unhealthy desire to maintain rigid control of my body. I became obsessed with everything I ate and how much I exercised. This led to an eventual weight loss of about 30 pounds from my already healthy body.

Fortunately, I was surrounded by a great system of people who were willing to stand by my side as I overcame my eating disorder.

Times weren’t always easy, even after I began recovery. My eating disorder was about more than calories—it was about a mental struggle to find control amidst a chaotic life. That was something that couldn’t be changed after a session or two with a nutritionists and counselors.

Keeping committed to recovery was worth it in the long run, and I am glad to say I am as happy and healthy as ever.

My experiences have reinforced my dedication to helping others avoid similar struggles.

But, this is a large task to take on.

Body dissatisfaction is deeply entrenched in our society. Everything from magazine covers to mannequins in a shopping mall serve to promote a singular image of beauty.

From a young age, girls subtly feed this Barbie-esque standard of beauty—and they are inevitably met with disappointment.

    

Consequentially, by the age of nine or ten, 40 percent of girls admitted to having dieted, according to a survey by the National Lung, Heart and Blood Institute. And the statistics only get worse from there: by the age of 17, 78 percent of girls report dissatisfaction with their bodies.

Eating disorders rest at the bottom of a slippery slope. They may start with the innocent dieting, then become skipping a meal or trying to purge, then they devolve into something beyond control.

So, what can be done?  First of all, it is important to recognize that eating disorders are about more than control, glamour or health. Instead, they are about the lack of these traits. They represent a complex and often personal struggle with other things in life.

Also, recognize that eating is a part of life, but it isn’t all of life. Go on with other interests. Try volunteering. Take the focus away from superficial characteristics and acknowledge beautiful internal traits.

However, one of the challenges of eating disorders and body dissatisfaction is the inevitable fact that we eat every single day. There is no avoiding it, so it is best to make eating a positive experience. Try to make and eat meals with friends and family and remember that food as fuel for life.

Finally, if you are seriously concerned with eating habits, talk to a nutritionist, counselor or doctor right away. The sooner you address worries about eating, the more likely you are to return to a happy, positive relationship with your body.

Always pursue healthfulness, but don’t allow it to pursue you.

Note: Emily Lou operates “Pursuit of Healthfulness,” a blog about balanced living. She is not a professional and cannot offer any medical advice. Her words are only influenced by her own experiences with overcoming an eating disorder.

 Before we go, we would like to think Emily! This is a sensitive issue to talk about, and we are very glad she opened up to us. For further reading, check out her blog:

http://pursuitofhealthfulness.wordpress.com/

xoxo Court & Whit