Thursday, August 29, 2013

Seattle time

Our one day in Seattle happened to be on the prettiest day of the year.
The weather was gooorgeous so we hit up Pike Place market all day.

I love all the beautiful and colorful fruit stands!
This guy can get ANYONE to buy ANY fruit! He got Blake to buy 2 peaches... he's that good.

This kid loves his weird korean pork puff ball thingys.
I got the fortune cookies. Obvi.
Peppers peppers peppers!
We couldn't leave Seattle without my favorite Top Pot doughnuts!

We then drove down to Portland for Sara's graduation. It was a great weekend with the whole Behnke clan. Finally it was time to head home to DC! Thanks for a great tip fam!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Zions Extravaganza

After a few fun days in SLC, we packed into Amer's civic, affectionately known as Tybalt. We picked up our adopted little sis Miriam, big gulps and red vines and we were on our way! Us Fausts know how to road trip! Although at one point we did all fell asleep, leaving poor Blake to navigate the monotony of I-15 South. We made a pit stop in St. George to hit up Swig and visit my uncle and aunt.

Let's just say that the dirty diet coke, sugar cookies and homemade doughtnuts were everything they were cracked up to be. #delicious #sugarfest

My uncle and aunt live in Kayenta, a beautiful little artsy  community in the desert above St. George. The clouds were heavenly.

The next day we headed out to Zion and the DESERT PEARL! This is our favorite gem and I always love staying here. Even Blake, the hotel fanatic, was wowed by the high ceilings and exposed beams, he hasn't stopped talking about how beautiful this hotel was!
We hiked, swam and discussed the royal baby with the European hikers. Another big highlight was eating the best shave ice since we've had since Hawaii. Yum.

 Love these people.
 Thanks for a great vacay, fam! Nothing can beat Utah summers. 
Next stop on our summer tour, Seattle! 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Utah summer trip

I flew into Utah the night Blake finished the Bar. I love the feeling of landing in SLC and taking in the glorious dry heat. Nothing beats Utah summers. Our first second stop was meeting beautiful baby Elle! Our real first stop was Holiday Oil for a dirty diet coke and chocolate Dunford donut. Just take my word for it that this is the best donut in the world. Visiting Elle was so fun! This angel has been a long time coming and we are so happy for Lisa and Brett. They are the cutest parents and Elle is perfect. Her lips are to die for. It's crazy to realize L and I have been friends for going on 13 years now....
The baby party continued when we met my cousin Cori's little babe Nixon.
He so cute and looks just like his momma. Blake is the ultimate baby whisperer.
The next day we headed up to Park City to check out the Sky Coaster. Back in my day, we had to slide down the concrete tube of death called the Alpine Slide but now they have a fancy roller coaster track. It was awesome and Blake screamed like a girl.
After scoring some deals at the outlets, we hit up Neapolitan Pizzeria in Sugarhouse.
SLC is giving DC a run for its money in the foodie scene.
Gettin' some sugar :)
A trip home isn't complete without baking with mom. We whipped up a delicious fresh peach cobbler. I love Utah produce and this didn't disappoint. 
The biggest thing DC is lacking is SHAVE ICE.
We had to make lots of stops to satisfy my summer long craving.

Then we headed off for #zionsroadtrip2013 !

If you have to take the Bar...

Two weeks ago I sat for the Utah Bar Exam.  This two-day exam was the culmination of two and a half months of studying - that's 8+ hours a day, six days a week... brutal.  Luckily, I survived, and hopefully in a few months we will get the official notice that I passed as well.  Even though the actual test experience was pretty miserable, the week of the test was fantastic!

1.  I flew out to Salt Lake City on Saturday evening to give myself some time to adjust to the time change and get acclimated to the mountain air (which by the way IS FANTASTIC.  I did not miss the DC humidity one bit).  Best part?  Not only did I get a free upgrade to First Class for the direct flight, but my incredible Mother-in-law and sister-in-law took me out to Red Iguana after the flight - easily the best Mexican food in SLC!!! Delicious!

2.  After church on Sunday, I got to hang out with these goofballs!

These are JR's kids and they are a hoot.  I only got to see them that afternoon and evening, but it was such a treat to laugh with them - really helped me to relax before the test.  Not to mention we enjoyed a delicious chicken pesto dinner that Amy helped to prepare and homemade rolls from Barb!  Speaking of homemade rolls, Angie's mom is famous for making great ones and she sent some along with Angie - I rationed them out and ate one before each morning and afternoon section of the exam - talk about BRAIN FOOD!

3.  After Amy finished work on Monday we went to see The Internship at the dollar theatre in Sugarhouse.  Dollar theaters are one of my favorite things in the world, and this movie is so freaking funny.  It was the second time for both of us, and we laughed just as hard!  "Hey Gossip Girls!  The CW called... you're canceled!"

4.  That night, Barb made the most delicious lasagna, and I snacked on my home-made Muddy Buddies (part of an incredible care package that greeted me when I arrived in Holladay).  And Grandma had me covered with Crispix for both mornings of the exam!  Was I completely spoiled?  Yes - and I am so grateful!

5.  A few hours after I finished the Exam, I got to pick up Stefi from the airport.  We had a few days to catch up with friends and family in Holladay and then took an epic roadtrip down to Zion National Park (we'll have a whole post on that with some AWESOME pictures later).

It's kind of hard to believe that the exam is really over.  After three years of law school classes, and a LONG summer with Kaplan Bar Review, I'm finally done!  I have a few weeks to let that soak in before orientation starts at Georgetown for my Tax LLM program, so let me know if you have any books I should read before I bury myself in the Tax Code ;)