We’ve been having a crazy time around here and I’m barely keeping up!

Friday of last week Randy and I spent a little bit of time with Alexon, then went to get some Mexican food at Su Casa. It was pretty good, not our very favorite, but not too shabby!

We went to Kaysville to spend the weekend with family, which was a blast! We played games on Friday night, then spent the day Saturday shopping, hanging out with our niece and nephew, and seeing Randy’s parents after they got back from their Japan trip (jealousss)

Randy is seriously WHOOPED by our niece and nephew, and they are pretty obsessed with him. It’s the cutest thing to see!

Saturday we went to Mikado and had teppanyaki which was really tasty!

Sunday was the blessing day! We had some family come in and my brother gave Thomas a really wonderful blessing. We had tons of brunch food and SO many people at our house to see the baby and also celebrate my brother graduating law school! He’s actually off sitting for the California bar today – so good luck to him! That night we went and visited the grave of one of our pioneer ancestors Thomas Grover, and spent some time thinking about our pioneer family.

We enjoyed being with family all day on Sunday, and decided to stay in Kaysville for Pioneer Day as well! We watched the parade, played with the babies, and visited with my family. It was a much needed relaxing day! We said goodbye to one of my cousins who is headed to Canada on his mission (Good luck TJ!) and then went and did some grocery shopping and clothes shopping. All in all, it was an amazing weekend.

My sister just got back from the pioneer trek for church right before Pioneer Day, which was fitting. The talks in church that day were all about the trek, and I couldn’t help but tear up thinking about my experiences, and my gratitude for the pioneers. We really are incredibly lucky. I think all the time about what I would have done if I had learned about the gospel back then. Would I have left my family, home, and friends? Would I have been strong enough to endure the persecution, to walk across the plains, to have that much faith? I look up to them and the legacy of faith they left for me in so many ways. They trusted more than I have ever had to. And they were so blessed, and so am I.

Weekend Update

Our weekend was busy and crazy as always!

Friday, Randy went to spend time with his brothers since his parents are out of town in Japan (I’m SO jealous!)

We had dinner with my family and played with our darling niece, who absolutely adores Randy. It’s the sweetest.

Saturday we woke up early to do a photo shoot with one of my clients and I’m so happy with how they turned out!

We then went to the SLC Farmer’s Market and had a blast with Courtney and Tommy. We just love spending time with them, eating good food and enjoying!

After lunch, we headed back to Randy’s parent’s house to see his brothers. Then it was to my house for pizza, and the Mormon Tabernacle Pioneer Day Concert!

The concert was absolutely amazing, Alex Boye did an amazing job and had me in tears! Music is so important and it was so fun to spend time with my family, listening to such beautiful stuff.

After the concert we ran to Cheesecake Factory for some treats, and then it was home. Randy had been feeling sick so our Sunday consisted of me waking up early to make some cupcakes for my Sunday School class, and then us having a very lazy Sunday trying to get Randy to feel better.

Our life has me so content right now. And I’m so excited about the adventures we have ahead!

Last Weekend

Last weekend found Randy and I running around, busy busy busy, as always!

We spent Friday visiting some neighbors who just had a baby, making treats, and watching a movie.
Saturday we went to Kaysville to hang out with our darling niece and nephew, and spend time with Randy’s family!

Saturday night we got to meet up with our Musical Productions friends at the park and we had a BLAST! We loved visiting and catching up.

Sunday we taught class and enjoyed church, then went back to Farmington to visit Randy’s parents before they headed off to Japan! I’m SUPER jealous that they get to go, and I’m wishing we could go back with them!

We’re having an amazing summer, living the dream and just happy as clams!

4th of July

We had an amazing 4th of July, celebrating with family! We woke up and ate some breakfast, laughing and hanging out with family, and then were off to the parade! We went with Candace and Thomas, our niece and nephew, and they had an absolute BLAST. Well, Thomas was asleep nearly the whole time, but Candace was just enchanted by all the floats and people! She was so quiet and just had really wide eyes, taking it all in! She loved eating an Otter Pop that got thrown her way, and was DOWNING kettle corn as fast as she could, in between giving us all a piece or two. We saw my sister in the parade with her lacrosse team, and it was fun!

Once the parade was over we went back to my parents house for some delicious food! We had corn on the cob and steak and bread, and of course, tabouli! Gotta add some international flair to American classic, that’s what makes America awesome!

After dinner we headed over to Randy’s parents house for some Mario Kart and time with our other niece, Charlotte! We had a blast talking and laughing for a few hours. Then it was back to my parents house to see Candace swim in the kiddie pool! She was cracking us all up, splashing and pouring water from one bottle to another, it was the best.

That night we headed up to the Davis High Fireworks, which was awesome. I absolutely love spending the 4th in my hometown, I personally think it’s the best place in the world. We played card games and ate popcorn and peanut butter M&M’s and then our friends joined my family to watch the show! After the show ended we hustled to our car to get home.

It really was one of the best 4th of July’s ever!

Six years ago on the 4th, Randy and I went on a date to the fireworks. It was just a month later that we would start dating. In some ways, it was the beginning of a lot of things for us. I thought Randy would hold my hand that night. He didn’t, but there was something there on that date that made me realize how crazy I was about him. For a few weeks before that, and then for the rest of the summer, we spent a ton of time together. Running to Wendy’s before he went to work and after I got off, him visiting me at Cherry Hill, with friends at first, and then more and more often he would come alone. There’s a lot of little things about the 4th of July that make me so happy, and those memories are a few reasons why!

Another thing I love about the 4th is spending time in my hometown. Some people really hate the place they grew up in, and while Kaysville/Farmington weren’t perfect, the older I get, the more I absolutely love it there. I have a million memories with my family and with Randy, the people are wonderful, and there’s just something amazing about that small little town that’s getting bigger every year. I absolutely adore it!

The last thing I love about the 4th, is that tug I feel at my heart about the country where I get to live. I’ve spent a bit of time traveling outside the US and I loved my time traveling, but I will never, ever forget the feeling of walking back through customs to get my passport checked, and having the officer look at me and say “Welcome to the United States of America, miss. Welcome home.” It brought me to tears.

I feel like right now it’s really cool to point out all the horrible things about where we live, and yes, America isn’t perfect. Because the people here aren’t perfect. And that’s OK. It’s great to always want to improve. But I love the chance I get to think about this country and all the absolutely wonderful things about it. I am so grateful for all the people who give their time, and their lives, to defend my freedom. I am so grateful for men and women hundreds of years ago who lived their lives in the pursuit of something amazing. I am so thankful that I get to go to school, that nobody tells me who I have to marry, and that I have people who spend their careers working to uphold laws and keep me and my family safe. We are so blessed. So, so, so blessed. And we need to remember that!

Hopefully you all had a happy and safe 4th of July! God bless America!

Weekend Update

Last weekend was a BLAST full of lots of awesome, fun things.

First, puppies showed up at my office! Cutest little golden-doodle puppies and I was in LOVE with them! It was a great way to kick off the weekend.

Friday night we went to Get Out Games with our friends and had a great time! We did the “Zombie On A Chain” game where an actor dressed as a zombie is chasing you around the whole time while you’re trying to figure out the clues. It was CRAZY fun and we were exhausted by the end!

Saturday we spent time with our families before heading out to the Stadium of Fire! Our parents were so nice and bought us tickets for Easter (I mean, the Easter Bunny brought them) and we had SO much fun! We ate kettle corn, listened to Hunter Hayes (who was awesome!) laughed with Brian Regan, and then JAMMED to Little Big Town! The fireworks show at the end was amazing, really long, but amazing!

Sunday we went and watched our darling niece Charlotte get blessed, it was wonderful to be with family and celebrate her.

Monday (not the weekend but still) we went to work and school, and then started off the Fourth of July by going to a Bees baseball game with our good friends Corinne and Kade! We were in the outfield and chatted, ate some treats, and watched the Bees win! We then saw their incredible fireworks show, which was awesome.

We are having an amazing summer, loving every second, even though it’s so hot we’ve had to move our mattress into the living room so we can get some air from our window AC. But still, I wouldn’t change a thing.