Monday, September 21, 2015

the salt flats.

the weekend before last we met up with my brother & sister and all piled in our 4runner and drove out to the Bonneville Salt Flats. it was miles and miles and miles of just salt, and definitely one of the coolest places I've ever been to. Utah's got it all, man!

also, this blog is overdue for a good GIF, wouldn't you say?... You should have heard the giggles.

Monday, September 14, 2015

go cougars!

Photos I took on my phone at the BYU vs. Boise State football game this past Saturday! This was Aaron & I's first time going to a BYU football game since we were students there, and actually our first time going to one together since we've been married, I think, so we were very excited. We were a little late getting to the game so we missed the first touchdown, but the 4th quarter really made up for it. BYU won and everyone rushed the field, so we went down too, obviously, and it was a BYU alumni's dream come true. SO FUN!! Now we are dying to go back to another long as BYU keeps up the good work. ;)

Thursday, September 10, 2015


I feel like this blog deserves a major life update on what's been going on over the past month or so. But to make a long story short....we moved to Utah at the end of July (!), and last week we hopped on a plane and flew out to Ohio to visit my parents and have a little family vacation—probably our last one as a family of 3, before our babies (!!) are born. We've been in Utah for over a month now, but we are living with family until we can move into our new house at the beginning of October. All of our things are in storage, unfortunately, so I didn't have my "real" camera to take with us to Ohio, which I was pretty bummed about. But we had such a wonderful time on our trip and I made sure to snap some pics with my iphone. I haven't blogged phone photos in years, but desperate time all for desperate measures....this trip had to be documented! iPhone pics it is!

Anyways, we started our visit with a trip out to Amish Country, which is always a tradition when we go home to Ohio. We hit up a furniture store, then went to the Ashery (spices and other snacks), Heini's (cheese factory), Lehman's (hardware and miscellaneous store), and enjoyed the beautiful scenery. We do the same thing every time and it just never gets old.

We also went to Szalay's, which is a corn farm and a little farmers market type of grocery store. We got fresh grilled corn on the cob and picked up some goodies at the market...

Photo with my Mom & Dad at a new restaurant we tried called The Rail. We are all suckers for sweet potato fries, and this place did not disappoint. It was delicious!

We went to Country Maid to get some ice cream, but ended up skipping the ice cream and going to the their orchard instead right next door. My mom picked up some apples and Wyatt almost got away with nibbling on a few in the store.  

And then there is Swensons! It's a drive-in diner type of place, and their Galley Boy burger is pretty fantastic. Just meat, cheese, and sauces—all the best parts of a burger. We ordered our burgers and potato teasers (cheese & jalapeno tater tots!) and gobbled them down in the car. Soo delicious. 

Tuesday night was our last night in town. We hung out outside for a little while, letting Wyatt run around in my parent's backyard (he was in heaven) and enjoying the beautiful summer evening. A couple nights we also made a fire and stayed up late talking and star gazing and making dutch oven peach & blueberry cobbler. My parent's backyard is some kind of dreamland. They've done a lot to it since I left home 10+ years ago (what!!), and usually when we go home to visit it's during the holidays and very, very cold, but this time we got to spend a lot of time outside enjoying it and it was just really wonderful.

There was a lot of other fun things that we did, but this is all I have photos of. My sister Staci and her husband Kraig also came out for a few days, which was a dream come true. Wyatt was having the time of his life with all the familiar faces he sees on FaceTime all the time. It was so fun seeing him interact with everyone, especially now that he's talking and communicating and being all-around incredibly adorable. He is the best. 

The photos below are from our travel day from Utah to Ohio last Wednesday, which surprisingly went sooo well. We flew Southwest and our flights were not fully booked so Wyatt got his own seat (game changer!!). He even fell asleep in my lap while we were staring out the window watching the clouds pass by, and I can't even remember the last time he fell asleep in my arms, so of course I was loving it. Our flights yesterday coming home unfortunately did not go quite as well. (Ha.) The flights were all completely booked, and it became very, painfully obvious that a 22-month old should never, ever, under any circumstance, still be allowed to pass as a "lap child"!! haha. (Especially when there's a pregnant-with-twins mama involved.) Aaron really saved the day though keeping him under semi-control, and luckily we all made it home in one piece!

Til next time, Ohio! <3

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

june & july | 2 0 1 5

Our family photo for June & July, as part of my Family Portrait Project! We were out of town the last weekend in June, which is usually when we take our pic (the last weekend of the month), and then the first weekend in July was a holiday weekend, so....... I'm just counting this for both months and patting myself on the back anyway! 

In June we celebrated my birthday, our anniversary, Father's Day, and took trips out to Joshua Tree and to Utah. Busy month! June is my favorite month of the year and I was sad to see it go by so quickly. July is shaping up nicely—lots of fun things happening soon for our family. Stay tuned. :)

happy independence day 2015!

the morning of july 4th was pancakes and a parade. we found our spot at the very end of the parade route, which we figured was the reason for the 15 minute breaks in between floats...but wyatt kept himself entertained with stealing our sunglasses, flirting with the girls next to us that were blowing bubbles, and trying to run off into the street. (typical wyatt.) when we got home there were naps and hamburgers and some spring/summer cleaning/organizing, and in the evening we set up camp at the park near our apartment to watch the fireworks. some people next to us gave wyatt a couple glow sticks. as far as i know this was his first time seeing a glow stick and while i think he was mildly amused by them, really all he wanted to do was run out into the street and watch the cars. (again, typical wyatt!) happy independence day!