Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Christmas 2015

This year was the best Christmas ever! 

On Christmas Eve we kept to the tradition of going down to San Diego to feed the homeless. It was an awesome turnout! SO many people showed up to help and donate clothes, blankets, shoes, socks, etc. and there were a TON of homeless people lined up. This is one of my favorite traditions! Then we went to mum & papa's for their annual Christmas Eve dinner party.


My mom continued on her new tradition as of the last couple of years of having Santa give us matching Christmas jams on Christmas Eve. The guys are not fans of this tradition, but luckily my mom figured out last year that the only way she could get them to participate was to buy them basketball shorts as their pajamas ;)





Christmas day was dream...I have a few pictures that I will share in a future post coming soon!


Then the day after Christmas we celebrated my 24th (ew) birthday by going to my favorite sushi restaurant then had family and a few friends over for cake. We celebrate my birthday the exact same way every year and I love it! 





On Sunday morning, I opened my gifts then Daniel and I said our goodbyes to my fam and headed back to Utah. Best birthday present? After I had opened  my presents from Daniel (by the way, he did SO good - pants and a top from lulu, plus the cutest tunic, socks, and ring from anthro, PLUS a Nordstrom gift card just in case I didn't like any of the stuff he got, haha), he said there was one more present that "didn't come in time" and asked me to check my email. This is what I found...



And I freaked. He knows how much I love biebs but it didn't even cross my mind that he would get tickets. Best. Husband. Ever. Can't wait for April to come! 

Sunday, December 13, 2015

First Ski Day of the Year!

This past Friday night when we realized we had zero plans on Saturday, we decided last minute to go skiing! It was the best day, just Daniel and I, and hardly anyone else at the resort. Funniest quote from Daniel of the day when I asked him if we could afford lunch after buying our ski tickets: "We can afford lunch, but we can't afford a cookie." (insert cry laughing emoji). It's only funny if you know Daniel's sense of humor, and you know about Deer Valley cookies. 

Love that guy.





Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Merry Christmas 2015!

On Sunday after church I asked Daniel if he'd take a picture of me in my "Wanna Lazy Sunday With Me" sweatshirt so I could post it on Salty. And then I threw in...can we take it up at Sundance and can we also take a picture of us holding my Merry Christmas banner? He is the very best because, guess what? He did it! He was literally so angry while taking these photos because we were using the self timer on my camera, and I would set it, then start running over to him and right before the picture would take a car would drive by. Seriously people?! Surprisingly enough, out of the 7 pictures we took, about 5 of them turned out pretty good! I had to crop out a blurred tail end of a car in two of them, but you can't even tell ;)

I'm not sending out Christmas cards...I refuse to do that until we have kids because, let's be honest, no one cares about seeing another photo of Daniel and I on their refrigerator. But I'm glad I have these photos to have just for me.

P.S. Bad planning on my part wearing a beige coat with the gold letters...


It was so pretty up at Sundance that day...the temps were high 40s (warm for winter), it was sunny, and there was still some fresh snow on the ground.

He was seriously SO mad when I begged him to take a kissing picture (insert cry laughing emoji).


Merry Christmas from Daniel and I!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Road Trips & Family

Well...it's been over a month since my last post. No surprise there. Time flies by so fast these days it's crazy.  

Not a lot is new.  Last weekend we road-tripped down to San Diego to watch my brothers play in their high school football game for what might be our last time (hopefully not - they are in the playoffs and if they win their next game they'll have a game over Thanksgiving weekend!). It was a fun (and short) weekend. Sidney brought her boyfriend down so it was fun hanging out with him and giving everyone a chance to get to know him better. They were good friends before Sidney went on her mission, and he was on his mission during the same time! When they got back they started dating and are getting pretty dang serious. Anyways, we spent the weekend at the beach (it was in the 80s & we were stoked since temps have DROPPED here in Utah), making sure to get in all our favorite San Diego food stops (everyone can always count on me to make sure we don't miss out on Round table, Agrusa's, & Peterson's Doughnuts), watching my brothers win their football game, and just hanging with family. 

I'm so glad we decided to go down. Daniel and I were thinking about not going, because we were just down there not too long ago when we drove down for the BYU vs UCLA game, and we knew we'd be back down for Thanksgiving, but we are so glad we changed our mind. The 10 hour drive each way was totally worth it. Family is everything and I don't ever want to regret not spending time with the people I love. 

Then just this past weekend we made another road-trip to Vegas because my cousin Beau, who plays football at Hawaii had a game there against UNLV.  He just had a new baby and since they live in Hawaii, none of us had gotten to meet him yet. His cute wife came and brought little Jax and he is just the cutest, tiniest thing and my baby fever happened all over again. It was another long drive for only being able to spend less than 24 hours there, but again, so worth it to be able to spend time with family. 


In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I've been giving a lot of thought lately on how grateful I am for my husband, and my awesome family. These are the most important people in my life and I have the most fun when I'm with them. I love how great we all get along, and that my brothers and sisters are honestly my best friends - I love how our family is growing and how each new person adds to the fun!  I can't wait to see what happens in the next few years, and I'm especially excited to welcome my first nephew in to the family in just 2 more months!

And because I love pictures....
We babysat & had a sleepover with two of our favorites - Nelli & Shayn

Took Rio to the BYU game

Just random because I love this guy

Me & my bestie, Nells at the Jaguar game

San Diego love

Summie fell asleep in Daniel's arms at the Hawaii game & it was the cutest thing <3

Monday, September 28, 2015

DO YOU REMEMBER

If you know why I titled this post the above.... then we should probably be BFF's. 

This month FLEW by. September is probably my favorite time of the year to live in Utah. It's so PRETTY

Daniel and I haven't done our annual Alpine Loop drive yet this year, but we did drive up little cottonwood canyon this past weekend on our way up to Daniel's company retreat. Everything was looking SO colorful and fall-ish. 



Each year Daniel's company puts us up in a hotel at Snowbird Ski Resort for the weekend to relax in the gorgeous Utah mountains.  Daniel and I are like the only ones without kids, but it's fun because we have the freedom to go on hikes and just do whatever. 

This year his boss did something a little different that they've never done before. He picked two people from the company who have gone above and beyond and hit all their goals to send on a trip with their family! Daniel was one of them! His boss had us come up in front of everyone and announced that the company will be sending us on an all-expense paid trip to New York! It was so cool to see Daniel get recognized like that. I was so proud!

Kind of funny because I don't think his boss realized we just went to NY this summer, but it will be fun to go back again! I don't think the date is scheduled yet, but it sounds like the trip will be in the spring some time! 


OTHER HAPPENINGS IN SEPTEMBER...

We've been watching/attending lots of football games!


BYU has played in some exciting games lately (minus last week, lol). It's been so fun to watch! This game against Boise was seriously the most exciting college football game I've been to. When we got home after that game we were so excited we decided to plan a road trip down to SoCal to see them play UCLA the following weekend.  

Yep. We drove 9 hours Thursday after work, spent all day Friday at the beach, watched by brothers' high school football game, hung out all day Saturday, drove to LA to watch the 7:30pm BYU game at the Rose Bowl, then drove straight back to Utah. And slept all day at home on Sunday. Lol.


Earlier this month we also made a weekend trip down to St. George to check out Paige's in-laws' (who also treat Daniel and I like they're our in-laws) new place! It felt like summer still in that St. George HEAT.  


I also gained 5 pounds that weekend because....


Seriously the best donut I've ever eaten. Fractured Prune in St. George. GO if you're ever there or passing through. Trust me.


I haven't posted any house updates lately! Not much has happened. Our final plans are currently with the architect being drawn up.  We don't finalize our interior options until after we sign off on the structural stuff...and I'm pretty sure I'm driving our designer NUTS. You should see our email chain. I've gone back and forth about so many different options SO MANY TIMES and can't make up my mind. No doubt she thinks I'm cray.


It seems like not that much has happened lately, but I swear we've been so busy! I haven't pulled out a single fall decoration yet :(  It's on my list for this week!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

San Fransisco + 4 Years

Last weekend Daniel and I ventured out to Northern California to see my good friend Ruth get married. Like I mentioned before, this month is always a really busy time for me with work, so we knew we'd only be able to make it a quick weekend trip. Ruth's wedding weekend was also right around the same time as mine and Daniels 4 year anniversary, so we decided to celebrate by spending a day in the city after the wedding!

Daniel had never been to San Fransisco before (except for maybe when he was little), so we tried to squeeze as many things as possible into the one day we had there. And I think we did a pretty good job! We had so much fun and were exhausted by the end of the day. 

Ruth's wedding was in Lodi, which is about and hour and a half from SF, so we stayed there on Friday night at one of her now husbands relative's house, along with some of the other bridesmaids/groomsmen. The wedding was so perfect and the venue was GORGEOUS! It was in Tyler's grandma's lakefront backyard. SO pretty. Can't wait to see pictures and their wedding video that Sid actually filmed!

Ruth looked like a goddess



SO fun getting this crew back together

After the wedding on Saturday night we drove back to SF and stayed right by Union Square. Sunday morning we woke up, walked to the nearest cable car stop and took the cable cars to Fishermam's Wharf. The cable cars are so cute and fun! Daniel loved hanging on and standing up on the outside part. We then had brunch at the yummiest restaurant called Hollywood Cafe. SO good and well worth the 30 minute wait standing outside in the sun :)

After we ate we explored Fishermen's Wharf and then rented bikes and rode up to Golden Gate Bridge. We DEFINITELY were not prepared for all of the hills we had to ride up to get there. So cool though and such a pretty view! We ran out of time so we didn't get to walk across, but by the time we got there we were pretty exhausted anyways haha.

After biking we walked to Ghiradelli Square and got ourselves a treat, then rode the cable cars back to China Town and walked through there. We finished the day at the mall back by our hotel which had ALL the best stores, including a 6 story Nordstrom. Then got dinner and headed for the airport. A successful trip to SF in the books for sure. We've been so lucky to be able to travel so much this year, and to two of the most famous cities in the U.S.! NY & SF.



The prettiest fruit bowl I've ever seen! Between this and the fresh squeezed OJ, this place got 5 stars from me!







I love that we make an effort to celebrate our anniversary in a special way each year. It's such an important day and I love looking back on it and celebrating our marriage. I wrote in the card I gave Daniel that this year has been my favorite year yet! Isn't that how it's supposed to be? Love him more and more each year <3

Monday, August 10, 2015

House Update!

This last week has been BUSY to say the least. After our family trip, my family flew back to Utah with us and stayed here for a week. Last weekend we all went up to Paige's in-laws home in bear lake which was so fun! Then my fam went back to Cali and we've finally been trying to get caught up at work. 


P.S. Bear Lake REALLY is that blue! <3


We hit a few bumps in the road with our home building process. I won't get in to details, but basically a few things happened that made us second guess the builders and the area where we were building. We started looking in to building with Edge homes instead, and we LOVED the Canyon Hills location up in Lehi. After looking at some of the lots there we realized it was a little out of our price range though. We were kind of not sure what to do at that point, but then I had the idea to just drive through one other Edge community in Orem/Vineyard. We got there and figured out they had ONE lot left with the golf course view and walk out basement that we wanted. One day later and we were under contract on a DIFFERENT house! Luckily we were were able to get out of our other contract because of what happened AND get our full earnest money deposit back :) :) So much craziness up in here but we are so happy and both feel so much better about the switch we made! Now our move in date is pushed back even further to March/April, but we feel great about it. Below is a picture of the view we'll have from our living room. This was taken from the inside of the house right next to our lot. We literally have NO backyard (about 20 feet to be exact), but our yard will be open to the golf coarse which makes it seem a lot bigger.



And here's what our house will look like:

(only picture another house on either side of it, unfortunately. Ha!)

Today we had our first appointment with the architect to make any custom changes we want, and we'll have our design appointment in a couple of weeks! I'm going to do my best to update my blog through the whole process :)

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Summer Travels

 This summer we were lucky enough to be able to take off work for vacation with my family. My parents always try to make time for at least some kind of vacation with just our immediate family each year which I LOVE. This year they wanted to do something bigger because it was the first summer that our entire family has been together for two years. 

NEW YORK
The first part of our family trip was spent in New York. It was the first time my brothers had ever been there. Daniel and I had both been there once before separately, but it was fun to be there together. We spent three days there, which I think was the perfect amount of time. And we definitely made the most out of the time we had. We visited all of the famous and monumental sites, experienced the underground subway system (probably more times than we would have liked - it's so hot and muggy down there this time of year), ate at least one slice of NY pizza per day, did a LOT of walking, rode bikes through Central Park, and saw Wicked on Broadway. We stayed at the JW Marriott which was such a great hotel! The location was unbeatable - right across the street from Central Park, and just a few blocks away from Times Square. Our rooms had the most gorgeous view of Central Park and the New York cityscape (insert heart eyes!!). There was also a little French bakery right around the corner called Petrossian Cafe. My dad went over early every morning and brought back the yummiest croissants + fruit for us to eat - the chocolate, almond and apricot croissants were BOMB. And there was a 24 hour pizza joint on the other side of the hotel, which we were obviously all about. We definitely enjoyed New York. 

First day we got there we took the ferry out to see the Statue of Liberty and I snapped a pic of this amazing view!
Times Square
Empire State Building! Do you think my family waited in the hour+ long line?? NOPE.

On Sunday we went to church - I love going to church in new places!
Then got Italian food and gelato in Little Italy. YUM
Then visited the 9/11 Memorial. Unbelievable. 
View from mine and Daniel's room. O M G
Biked through Central Park and in to Times Square...
WICKED

Love this fam of mine <3

ST. THOMAS
From NY we flew to St. Thomas. My sisters and I had been on a Caribbean cruise before, but had never explored that island. It was amazing! We stayed at the Ritz Carlton resort (I know, how lucky are we?!) which was so perfect. We had a three bedroom house where we all stayed together that was basically right on the beach. I've mentioned this before on here, but I love being on vacation with my family because we eat like CRAP, but then my dad wakes us all up every morning to work out with him. He's 50 years old and still works out every day!! Then we'd usually come back to the house we were staying in and make breakfast. The resort had all kinds of water sports available to use, so we took advantage of that each day as well. Snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, wind surfing, and sailing. We also visited some amazing beaches that are famous for their snorkeling spots. Linguist Beach and Magens Bay were UNREAL. White sand. Turquoise blue water. Just so beautiful. Then on our last day we chartered a boat that took us to some of the best beaches and snorkeling areas on St. John. I think we all agreed that this was our favorite part of the trip. We went to Cinnamon Beach, and Trunk Bay which were both just so gorgeous. Then we finished off the day at Christmas Cove. We saw TONS of sea turtles here. Daniel and my dad kept swimming down to the bottom where they were hanging out and grabbing on to the back of their shells, then riding them to the surface. One of the coolest experiences ever. Sidney posted a couple video clips on her videography Insta she recently made. WARNING: you may see Dan's crack as he's swimming to the surface (LOL!!). Christmas Cove also has a dive up pizza boat where you can order pizza, then pull your boat up and eat it right out on the water. And it was delish! Such a cool idea. 

The Ritz

Linquist Beach




If you're ever in St. Thomas, eat at Iggies! Good food and such a cool atmosphere!
Finally Instagrammed our swimsuits that Triangl sent us forever ago!

Magens Bay!!
Daniel's idea...even though he looks like he's in pain! LOL
#nofilter ;) But really. It's THAT blue!



Our last morning before we flew out we had brunch at this gorgeous spot <3
So grateful that we got to come on this trip with my family. Sorry for the long post and SERIOUS picture overload (as per usual, lol). Hopefully this is helpful if you're ever visiting any of these places!