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!

 

march 2017

what a month.

our first full month of being married! our first time celebrating our two-days-apart-birthdays, a trip to southern utah, a visit from family, a wedding open house, and some good weather. all around a good month!

once the weather started getting a little warmer, we decided to commence camping season, or as i like to put it, “camfire hair season”. we opted for a trip to goblin valley to do some slot canyon hiking for a couple days. i had never canyon hiked before, and it was a really great experience… beside some super scary descents i would have never been able to do without some spotting from tyler. we camped on the side of the road and i got to use my FUD (female urination device… yep, google it) for the first time since tyler got it for me for christmas. guys. can i just say that peeing standing up is super weird? another highlight of our trip? campfire nachos! honestly the best decision after a seven mile hike! it was a great trip. i can’t wait to get out and explore more of southern utah this summer.

and then the rest of everything else! some of the highlights were tyler starting a new job (see his excited selfie face a few rows down) as an electrician’s apprentice, the cherry blossoms at the capitol and just generally spring FINALLY coming, oh, and there’s a rare image of me in makeup with hair done. also here’s a few snapchat pics for good measure. in march we were OBSESSED with the OJ simpson trial series, hence the creepy tyler/oj mash up. (sorry for the pending nightmares.) we also ate a lot of good food dates… ie nielsen’s frozen custard and from scratch. their risotto cake is sooooo gooooooood.

oh, and you can’t forget our birthdays! since tyler and i are two days apart on the birthday front, we had a week of celebration (just kidding i totally worked on his birthday… real adult life womp womp). we went out for sushi for tyler’s 29th, and biked to greek food for mine… followed up with double fisting halo top ice cream, because we were pretty obsessed with it all spring.

costa rica wedding video!

psych!

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i guess i am not done, because i made this video finally and i am posting it here!

i felt like an idiot the whole time i was filming clips for a video of our whole wedding thing, and i am pretty sure tyler got sick of me shoving the camera in his face and saying, “it’s a video!” but all is well that ends well.

ok now i am never talking about my wedding again. carry on.

our honeymoon in a treehouse and getting assaulted by monkeys

after our wedding we spent one night in san jose, and then the real fun began!

a couple months before our wedding we were trying to figure our what we wanted to do for our honeymoon. we wanted to see the most of costa rica we could, but we also didn’t want to spend tons of time driving. we decided to do a sort of road trip through the country… which meant we ended up driving 4-5 hours every few days, but it was worth it to see so much of such a jaw-drop beautiful place.

our first destination was finca bellavista, a treehouse community high up in the western rainforest only accessible by four wheel drive. the place was amazing! totally worth it. basically, the place has 10-15 tree houses that have been built in a 3-5 mile area hooked by trails. we stayed in a remote cabin totally secluded from everything, private access to the river below, and surrounded by the deafening sounds of bugs, monkeys, and other animals i could never hope to identify! we spent our time hiking, picking vegetables and cooking our own food (beans and rice! what else!), exploring the various tree houses, swimming in the river, and mostly being in such bewilderment that the place we were in was real! if you’re looking for a remote, relaxing, fun-but-kinda-rugged vacation, this is the place.

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after our glamping experience, we drove across the country and spent the night at a bed and breakfast in cartago. cartage was beautiful and confusing… mostly because the pueblo we stayed in was overrun with costa ricans in neon workout gear running around? it was the funniest thing. i never pictured these people to be such avid runners, but that’s why you travel i guess!

the next day we continued on our journey to the caribbean side of the country. we passed lots of banana and pineapple plantations, causing us to become pretty obsessed with figuring out banana manufacturing and exportation (so romantic, right?). we made it to puerto viejo, where we stayed at an airbnb for the next few days… cocles, to be exact. we spent our time reading on the beach, playing in the ocean (and getting pummeled by waves if you’re me), snorkeling, eating all the seafood we could find, trying to find the sloths that lived in the trees outside our rental, and falling asleep by 7:30 pm (if you’re tyler). we were awoken most nights by monkeys shrieking and throwing things at our roof. one day we decided to go to panama and took a speed boat to boca del toro islands. all days were spent eating plantain chips and ice cream bars from the supermarkets. we would wake up with the sun hard decisions at hand, like should we go to the beach or breakfast? it was paradise. and then just like that it was over and we were turning in our beloved JIMNY car that took us over 13,000 km. sigh.IMG_3790

(and one more of my favorite sous chef working in our treehouse kitchen)

anyway, there you have it! two weeks in paradise! that’s all she wrote! (no really. i am not writing any more about this, it makes me too jealous of past alyssa.)

more photos  here 

 

 

wedding: our civil ceremony & sealing

because we are mormon, our wedding was a little different from traditional wedding-ness in the way that the most important part of the wedding, to us, is our temple sealing. in the states, a temple marriage is considered legitimate, but abroad it isn’t always, as is the case in costa rica, where you must be married by a lawyer or a catholic priest. after we had scheduled our temple ceremony, the temple was able to put us into contact with a lawyer who would be able to marry us at the chapel next to the temple a few hours before our temple sealing. she also offered to get me a bouquet, which was helpful, not not necessary when i realized just how many beautiful flowers one can forage for because COSTA RICA. anyway, it was great. i liked having a civil ceremony because our family and friends could all see us get married, which isn’t the case when you get married in the temple only. it was fun! and low key! here‘s more photos of our civil ceremony

between our wedding and sealing, we were able to get some photos of everyone together. there’s more here! i just have to give a shout out to my friends pictured below for coming all the way to costa rica from the east coast to celebrate with us. they are the best.

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and we will end on my favorite photo from our wedding. i love this one. 10820030

and then we had our temple sealing, and it was wonderful and beautiful and i am not stuck to this guy forever 😉

as soon as our ceremony was over we said our goodbyes and headed out on our honeymoon adventure! more on that later. let’s just say we are really glad we decided to forego a reception and wedding dinner and whatever else fluffy stuff happens at regular weddings 😉

it was the perfect wedding weekend. thanks to all who came/ cheered us on!

dominical, costa rica

honestly, every single post i write about costa rica starts out with me sighing because it was so fun and i wish that i was still there. best vacation ever.

before our wedding we had a few days in dominical to relax and spend time exploring costa rica with our families. while corralling 20+ family members, coordinating dinner plans, sleeping arrangements, etc was a little stressful at times, i wouldn’t have had it any other way. it was great to spend time with family in such a beautiful place.

before heading to costa rica we didn’t have much of an itinerary. i wanted everything to be low key, and honestly i was just sick of planning. but it all worked out and we found some great hikes, beaches, food, and wildlife.

we spent one morning hiking up to the nauyaca waterfalls, which were beautiful, and definitely worth the price. we made sure to get there early, so we mostly had the falls to ourselves for optimal wading and cliff jumping. around 11 am the tour groups started rolling in, and we took that as our cue to head out 🙂

another day, we spent time hanging around at ventanas beach, just south of uvita, near ballena. i already wrote about how much  i loved that beach, but yeah. it was so great. again, not a ton of people, lots of jungle-ness, good waves, expansive beach, rock formations, and a couple creepy cave formations that you can hike through when the tide is out.

when we weren’t out getting completely sun burned, we ate our weight in beans and rice and plantains, went on plenty of drives around the coast, and ate beans and rice. did i mention the beans and the rice? 😉

there are some more photos here