Author: Alyssa

september 2017

this month. lol.

it felt like this. a BLURIMG_5412i did a lot of this (working at my regular job and working my seasonal flu clinics job… and clearly never ever wearing make up)

and tyler did a lot of this (he is in school and working his regular job and starting his own small business. lol!)IMG_5508so virtually we never saw each other for more that 2 hours at a time, tops, most days. what a fun relationship. and the time we did spent together was like this IMG_5601

with me refusing to let go of his hand or touch him at all times because i am like an addict who doesn’t really know when the next fix will be. here’s to hoping october slows down a little. (another lol.)

so this month all my photos were basically screen shots i would send to tyler or reminders or recipes etc etc etc. it wasn’t really that interesting.

but when all else fails, there is FOOD! here’s the remnants of my garden before i threw all my pots away. i hold in my hands the three most expensive bell peppers ever. garden they said! it will be fun! another lol. and then there’s me cooking said peppers. and then there are waffles with broken on chocolate on top because why not. and most importantly. APPLE SEASON!!! i got myself down to allred’s in provo and bought a giant box, then hit amazon for my apple slicer corer peeler. better than christmas!

aside from our weekend in seattle early in the month, i think there was one saturday we spent together. here’s tyler captured gracefully using both hands to tackle his apple fritter from banbury cross donuts… a fan favorite. and then 4/6 of the kimball kids got together and we went to sundance to peep the leaves and what do you know, it rained the whole time. and i am made out of sugar so it was a short jaunt! but hey at least we had a photo op and hung out with a cute dog.

not pictured: lots of open houses because we are on the hunt to buy a house. working overtime to somehow fund said house. studying for the GRE to apply to a master’s program. crying because i am scared i won’t get in to said master’s program.

oh, and most importantly, a lot of game of thrones. 🙂

 

 

 

road trip to seattle!

labor day weekend took us to seattle to visit tyler’s brother’s family. well, actually a crappy rental car took us there, but you know. IMG_5355

we had the best time! the weather was beautiful and, daresay, hot?? seattle?? it didn’t rain once. anyway, once we got there the festivities began almost immediately. ryan and annie were the best hosts. we hit all the spots! we kayaked on lake union, hit up downtown, gum wall, pike place, bainbridge island, and we ate all the food. it was great.

also, labor day weekend seattle was crowded, and i don’t know if you can see the disdain in tyler’s eyes for the quantity of people, but i can. and it makes me laugh every time i see this photo.

did i mention the best part of seattle? getting to hang out with our cute two year old niece. she is hilarious and has some serious pipes. she and tyler were fast friends.

after church sunday we went on a hike just outside of seattle…. with about every other visitor in the state! it was a beautiful hike, but having to pass through the hordes kind of took away from the beauty. oh well at least we were able to crop out all the people for the pics… ish.

and another great part about vacation? just relaxing outside. we took our relaxation to the next level if you can’t tell by that first pic. tyler’s bedhead is pretty notorious, but honestly rosie might give him a run for his money.

and the our last day 😦 we had breakfast at portage bay cafe, which was so good. i mean, look at the way tyler is eyeing my pancakes while he eats his assorted vegetables. the best part about that place? the fruit bar! dream come true for me.

and then just as quickly as we had come (not quickly… it took twelve hours from utah blah) it was time to drive home. the drive was pretty awful, thanks to the entire northwest being on fire, but tyler is a trooper and a good driver.

we had such a good time, and it was great to see my husband for five whole days!

see you next time, seattle!

Ball Hruby Wedding!

man, this one was a long time coming. IMG_5289

these two cute kids got married in august. it was so fun to see them get married, along with all the family and friends that showed up. here’s a crop of photos for posterity. because clearly paying a photographer isn’t enough and we just NEED all the iphone photos.

bff and wedding date. the man wears many hats and i love him.

first official family photo! ahh symmetry.

and then just like that it was the ball fam of 8. eight! happiness abounding.

August 2017

a month brim-full with good times. IMG_6376

family in town! tyler’s sibling were in town, we celebrated with ribs. … and when you’re married to a vegetarian, that means tyler got to eat the entire rack himself. we also hiked the living room trail with oakleigh in the middle of a thunder and lightning storm! my brightest idea yet. speaking of weather, THE ECLIPSE!! i didn’t have special glasses and i had worked the night before, so i set my alarm for 11:00 am and dazedly wandered into the sun, saw nothing, took a photo of the shadow on the road, and went back to sleep.

we went to boise! kourtni got married, i’ll post some photos in another post. here are some from our after party… family in town, featuring my voluptuous sibling booties,  my dad- the lord of the flies, and tyler and me getting ice cream at 11 am.

salt lake weekends! because #nurselife, i often work weekends but august was different! one saturday tyler and i took a tour of all the mormon things in salt lake! the beehive house, conference center, etc. it was pretty neat, i learned all sorts of useless facts about brigham young. that third photo is tyler and his kimball great great grandfather, so we are now fancy mormons. also that first picture is stained glass in our chapel. i cleaned the church and spent much of my time just staring at it.

august brought another pal to salt lake!!! amy moved to utah and we went hiking in little cottonwood, my favorite canyon round here.

other august things:

we have started our house hunting journey! also i watched a lot of bachelor in paradise, so now i refer to everything as a “journey”….

peaches and nectarines came into season, so you know exactly what i have been eating.

i forgot to cancel an free hbo subscription account, so i started watching game of thrones and quickly became completely utterly addicted. if you’ve watched it LET’S TALK and if not, well don’t watch it because it’s on hbo and probably really bad but at this point i have seen so many medieval folk get their throats slit, i have no moral compass. 🙂

 

july 2017

more hiking more travel more work!

and a bigger electricity bill thanks to the necessity of an a/c unit on nearly 24/7.

we started off the month with a trip to santa barbara for the 4th of july. we spent time with family at the beach, took the boat out on the high seas, hiked around, ate great food, and relished in the 70 degree temperatures.

like… can we move here?

when we got back, my off work days were spend hiking with my parents, friends, tyler… some conglomeration. anyone i can drag to the mountains with me, i will. like… are you sick of all these mountain vistas yet? this particular one was sunset peak near alta. and let me tell you… banana bread on a summit is hard to beat! so are the wildflowers.

food wise, i just have to brag about the PEPPER i grew. yes, one, singular. hoping for more. also we eat so much fake mexican food i’ve made up, it’s a good thing we like random conglomerations of beans, eggs, corn, avocado, and plantains. oh, and here’s a shoutout to kodiak cake mix and our waffle iron. best wedding money purchase!!!

another hike! this time to red pine lake. it was a toughie!

here’s some pics of us being zen and sweaty doing yoga at the capitol. please notice tyler’s immaculate form… and headband.

most weekends are spent trying to escape the heat. one sunday we went up to brighton and saw a couple moose! i live for those 60 degree summer night temps!

and kourtni’s bridal shower! she gets married in a couple weeks, and it was fun to see all her byu friends in one place. living in utah definitely has its perks AKA all the parties generally come to YOU.

and here’s a blurry pic of the one thing i was looking forward to all summer! portugal. the man in concert at red butte garden. it was good, but i was hoping it would be a sitting concert, and it wasn’t. i thought i could count on the people with the tommy bahama lounge chairs sitting in front of us to stay seated the whole time, but no such luck. does this make me old? that i want to sit at a concert?? probably.

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sheesh guys, i am all caught up! can you believe it? hope you enjoyed these blurry selfies! thanks for your time! catch ya later!

 

june 2017

IMG_4604june was busy! my cousin was coming home from a mission and my parents were planning a trip that coincided with my work vacation, so i invited myself and it was the best idea! we went to moab, glendale springs and hanging lake, and then on to aspen, breckenridge, and finally denver, where tyler met up with us. it was the best trip!!! colorado is so beautiful.

these were taken at the maroon bells in aspen. so beautiful! and we only got lost once…

hanging lake and more maroon bells.

pretty colorado scenes, a bike ride through breck, and the continental divide.

a hike to high mountain lakes with snow! and a trillion people.

i made us wear matching colorado shirts. it was everything! and welcome home, chandler!

the rest of june was great. we did some hiking in our own backyard, went to the strawberry days rodeo with friends and our favorite 2 year old, ate nachos outside, and had way too much fun with snapachat i guess.

lindsay and i also went up to albion basin to see the wildflowers…. only if you can’t tell, we went too early. ha! it was pretty nonetheless.

and! the most important part of the month, tyler and i went to see dead and company in concert. tyler’s grateful dead loving heart has never been happier. it was a great show, i just wish i had had worn more tie dye…

 

 

 

 

june 2017: mexico

when i married tyler i also married baja california off road races.

in all the months of our togetherness, i have learned more than i ever thought possible about trophy trucks. so, in order to be a kimball for real i had to be christened in the ways of the baja 500, an off road race around ensenada, mexico.

it was a cultural experience, for sure. please enjoy my outfit in the last photo, everyone was impressed with my BFG sweatshirt, i definitely played the part of bad ass pit girl… or something. maybe the lululemon leggings proved otherwise.

before the race started on saturday, we had a day to kill while our team’s truck was getting ready. we spent our time going to town to see contingency (mostly all the competing trucks parading through town while mexican children run amok, chiding drivers for “estickers! estickers!) riding motorcycles, and eating tacos. so many delicious tacos.

i’d never been to mexico, so driving across the border (and getting kicked out and having to try again at another border crossing, lol) was fun.

and tyler was 100% happy all weekend doing his thing, wearing his race shirts, chasing the trophy truck in a raptor, and using a radio. i was happy for most of it… until half way through the race when i was in the chase vehicle for nearly 24 hours and got verrrry carsick on a long, windy, bumpy back road. i am too weak for this type of excursion)

we had a great little trip to mexico, though! and now i see what all the fuss is about. … but i think next time i will enjoy the race from the comfort of my couch OR mexican beach resort via text updates from my husband thanks very much!

🙂 🙂 🙂