may 2018

this was a really good month.

one night as we were falling asleep earlier this spring i turned to tyler and said, “i’m going to dc. i miss my friends!” and so some of my friends who live in utah now all planned a trip back to eat all the foods, see all the sights, etc etc etc. it was so fun! we went at the perfect time of year so it wasn’t too sweaty and tourism wasn’t in full force yet. here i am riding my beloved metro and it brought back all the memories! and eating the mushroom burger at shake shack. we all went to maryland to stay at kaile’s house for a proper sleepover, ate bagels and went to great falls.

then the most important parts of dc!!! meeting eliza’s baby and eating ice cream from jeni’s. OMG best ice cream. i beg of you to go to jeni’s if you have one in your city. it is next level delicious. we had an outdoor nacho party which was delicious and so sticky sweaty, in true DC fashion.

i had new objectives on this trip, but going to the african american museum was one of them. and since i have a friend who works for the smithsonian, she just got me right in! friends in high places! another important goal was eating eating cava, (which is the most delicious salad ever.) feels good to accomplish, goals, ya know?! also i was in DC on mother’s day, so after a nice 1 hour of church we went to pancake house for mother’s day brunch! and then i got to get on the phone with my own mother and actually my entire family. we got to talk to mr. elder payton ball and it was great.

one weekend at the end of may we went to boise to see my family. we went on a drive up above bogus basin, hiked to the top of table rock as per tradition, and just hung out together. it was really fun to have everyone together sans the washington missionary.

and then a couple other things of note, like these very important smoked salmon rice bowls with pickled veggies and avocado!!! and i planted flowers and i feel like usually doing this just means that i am going to break my own heart later in the season when they don’t grow, but! i am hopeful this year.

also, lindsay moved to salt lake for the summer so i have been taking full advantage of having a sister close by. as depicted below, we have eaten lots of food. also the middle pics are from the first hike we found of the season, and it totally down poured on us while we were still 2 miles out! the bottom one is our take on “your mom and dad take a selfie together” we are perfecting it!





cherry blossoms are my sports

DSC_6521since it is probably our last spring living in the capitol hill area of salt lake, i decided to wax nostalgic and get some photos of the two of us in the blossoms that surround the capitol building. maybe it came secondary to living in dc for awhile, but when i moved to salt lake i became pretty crazy about these trees during spring, and it has just gotten worse every year… ask tyler. it’s like my sports. for weeks building up to peak bloom time, i frequently go up to check the status of the trees, look at bloom reports online… it’s my march madness, honestly.

so anyway, a few weeks ago on facebook one of my old college roommates posted about doing some mini sessions, and i knew it was the perfect time for our photoshoot. say what you want about mark zuckerberg but honestly i just want to tell him thank you for being the catalyst to sparking this ex-roommate reconnection and making this photo shoot possible 🙂

i felt like SUCH a dweeb in the moment. in fact i still feel like a dweeb. but i will be glad these were taken someday.

also honestly i just needed an excuse to wear this jumpsuit.

and thanks to my husband for putting up with my hair brained ideas and being such a good sport when we have to do all sorts of prom poses. i love you!!!

monterey and big sur

i am not so good at giving gifts. they stress me out. it’s just not my love language. for example, poor tyler got three shirts for his birthday, two of which were just…. gray t-shirts.

since he was turning 30 this year, i had to redeem myself somehow, so i did what i do best. i planned a surprise trip! i told him to get a friday off work and not to scheduleanything for the weekend. he tried to guess where we were going all month long, but i wouldn’t give any clues. i’m a jerk, what can i say.

we packed some bags, i was completely vague on what he should bring, we loaded up the car early friday morning and i drove west… totally throwing him off the trail of where we were going until we pulled into a park n jet! at airport security i gave him his boarding pass right before we had to hand them to security. i had toyed with the idea of blindfolding him and making him wear headphones the entire flight, but figured TSA would not be so keen on my charade.

so anyway, we ended up in san francisco! but that wasn’t our destination. once we got there we loaded up a rental car and proceeded down the coast to one of my favorite places in california- monterey. DSC_0218we spent the long weekend exploring monterey and big sur. it is the most beautiful country. there’s greenery and crashing waves on the beaches and tide pools and oak trees. and seafood and sunsets. my perfect vacation.

neither of us had ever been to big sur, so we drove that stretch of the pacific 1 that morning and saw all the beautiful vistas, climbed trees, and hiked around for more views. it was amazing! i took a lot of photos and tried to narrow them down, it clearly didn’t work. so here are a bunch of them

here are two of the great views- the first one is the most photographed spot in big sur with a waterfall going directly into the ocean, and the other is the view from the 17 mile drive.

a couple more on the ocean at 17 mile drive, and a photo i took of the coastline from high up in a tree.

point lobos state park is a great stop on the big sur circuit. lots of easy hiking around and pretty overlooks. and! you can’t forget the lone cyprus, which we are pictured with above… even if it is just a kind of overrated tree being held up by stilts and wires so it doesn’t fall over and die.

sunset in carmel, two goons freezing during said sunset on the beach, and more point lobos park.


we had a great trip! up until tyler almost made us miss our flight home because he drove the wrong way over the bay bridge instead of towards the airport because he was too excited to play a song he knew that mentioned the bay bridge instead of watching the navigation. it’s cool. i mean what’s a good trip without a little drama?

EDIT TO ADD: after reading this post, tyler informed me that i didn’t add enough detail to the bay bridge debacle. for instance, the song was called, “jungle” by andre nickatina. and he was feeling the music so much that he was completely oblivious to the fact that we were going the wrong way until our time to destination had doubled. and we had to wait in traffic for 45 minutes in order to pay a toll to cross the bridge again, this time going in the right direction. and we hemmed and hawed about whether or not we should just make a break for it and go through the auto toll lane and get fined instead of waiting in line… and how when we finally got the car back to the rental place, the gas tank was completely empty and we basically threw the keys at the rental car guy, grabbed our bags, and ran to the gate. thanks for jogging my memory, tyler.

march 2018

and i think a couple pics from february, too.

like these ones. i feel like i didn’t even get around to looking at my photos from spain until march, so here’s a couple more.

here are two pics that really encompass february and march fun times!!!!! me shoveling snow in my pajamas and tyler and i brushing our teeth in our matching shirts. our bathroom isn’t big enough for both of us to brush standing side by side, so maybe i had one foot in the bathtub in this pic or something. who knows.

contrary to popular belief, i still have a couple friends! here we are at the wedding of the century!! britni and clayton got married in march, and it was great. brit is one of my oldest and best friends and i am so happy for her. we both met our now-husbands on tinder the same summer (lol) so i have been invested in this relationship from the get-go. tyler is happy that i finally have a friend who is married to someone with a dirtbike.

aaaaand nurse friends going to see matinees on weekdays! haha. honestly the best friends a nurse can have are other nurse friends with the same whacked out schedule. we both use the same nurse scheduling app so we can see when each other are off and i live for the afternoons when i get the “what are you doing i’m bored” texts.

oh look, we are eating things. my mom sent theeee best peanut butter cookies from boise in our birthday package, and here we are sampling them… i don’t know. i find some pretty strange photos on my phone. the second is us and a nutella ice cream cone…. so good… if you’re in salt lake looking to upgrade from your mcdonald’s soft serve, normal ice cream in trolley square will do it for you. and then next we have toast. hummus, hard boiled egg, caper. toast is the best food. try it.

work. i’m still a nurse. here i am hiding in the bathroom away from my crazy patients and the call lights. with bunny ears because i am festive and it was easter sunday. aaaand guess what? i am finally on day shift! i will sort of miss these sunrises greeting me after a complete crap shift. they always gave me some semblance of hope.

and then march meant one thing- birthdays! i turned 27 and tyler turned the big 3-0. we didn’t take a single photo together but i did get some pics of him eating, so i guess that’s something. we went to hamachi for his birthday and provisions for mine. i spent my day not working (!!! woo hoo) and just going to the gym and catching up with friends. for tyler’s birthday i concocted a birthday surprise trip i will talk about in another post. the best birthday gift though for me was a letter from elder ball!

and that was march. looking forward to spring’s actual debut, getting outside, and sleeping normal hours.

may 2017

in may i was really feeling the spring spirit so i did everything i could to plant things and grow my own garden. it…. kind of worked? lindsay helped me pick things out and plant em, then it was my job to kill about 1/3 of them… one day it will work! also that last one of tyler just made me laugh really hard.

speaking of tyler, he finally found his calling in life! i know this because he comes home and lays on the ground and falls asleep before he can take off his boots. also here’s a picture of a pizza. lavash pizzas forever!! they look fancy and they take 10 minutes. my freshman roommate friends got together with all the babies. holy crap they have a lot of kids. cute ones, too. aaaaaand tyler was just really proud of the top knot he had crafted, so we had to snap a pic for our progeny. twinners!

one weekend i went home with britni while tyler went on a biking trip with his brothers. it was great to be in boise in the spring! llamas and hiking in the GREEN foothills was so great.

aaaaand a cool storm from my hike at ensign peak and some hammock time on a sunday afternoon. after a long winter of too much snow it was just nice to be outside. also this photo of tyler looking real uncomfortable in his hammock makes me laugh so hard but idk maybe it’s because i am writing this at 4 am.

and! here’s a couple pics from our saturday trip to red butte garden and a couple other utah museums. the flowers were pretty but the best part was just walking around with tyler and actually feeling the SUN!!!!! ps don’t let my pale skin blind you.

april 2017

april was great. my family came to visit for my cousin’s wedding, and kourtni got engaged to grant. it’s always great to see them, even if its just for an afternoon.

i did my best all month to try to will spring, but alas… it snowed. there were some gloomy outdoor runs, but seeing the green made me hopeful!!! also how pretty is city creek canyon in the spring?? so green, i feel lucky to live so close by. another thing i feel thankful for? anita and spitz!!! so happy to have my food buddy in town for an afternoon

tyler and i celebrated our one year of being together! time flies. we went to get gelato at the same place as our first date, dolcetti gelato. what a year it has been. i convinced tyler to buy a bike, so we rode all around town… and up a lot of hills. that’s what we get for living on capitol HILL i guess. the name doesn’t lie.

tyler also spent a lot of time wishing he had a garage. after two months of sleeping on a full size bed and waking up with numb extremities, we finally upgraded to a queen size bed and tyler built us a frame. look how soundly tyler is sleeping in the big bed! 😉 he also worked a lot on a motorcycle that ended up getting stolen from our yard. sigh… the joys of garage-less city living. speaking of garages, we ate lunch at the garage and WOW the funeral potatoes were unbelievable!! and double fisted diet cokes!

for easter, we went to boise to see my family. hiking, sightseeing, and fish and chips were apparently the highlights. we also we conned a primary child into taking our photo outside of church with my mom. good job, kid!


kelsey’s wedding


one of the coolest parts about college has been seeing my friends meet their significant other and end up getting married to them. witnessing the whole shebang is pretty satisfying. gotta love love! kelsey, one of my best friends and old roommate for 3/4 of my years at byu, and mark got married on april 27. the whole day was perfect. the bride was drop dead gorgeous, the food was pretty wonderful, and i got the chance to whip out my new lens 🙂

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congrats, you two! you’re perfect.