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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!

 

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.

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

 

the logistics of planning an international wedding and where we stayed.

SO. wedding. the LOGISTICS

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first off, let me tell you, i never really thought about planning a wedding. hell, i never thought i was getting married! sure, i had a pinterest board with a couple dresses i’d liked, some color schemes i thought were cool, some way expensive rings that had caught my eye from 2010-2016, but honestly, not something i thought about a lot. i don’t really enjoy planning details, i dislike being in the spotlight, and i hate spending money. … so basically i was doomed from the beginning because GUESS WHAT that is what a WEDDING usually entails.

cue costa rica wedding.

lots of people ask me why we decided to do the deed in costa rica. so, here’s why. get some popcorn! the cheddar smart pop is real good!

one day in late may of last year, tyler and i were laying on my bed, killing time before he had to take me to the airport. i don’t know how exactly it came up, but slowly it came out that he wanted to marry me…. like, not right now, but sometime. and i agreed… like NOT right that moment, but sometime. i said fine, fine… but if we are doing this, we are doing it in costa rica. and he didn’t even ask any questions. from that moment, they were just facts. we were going to get married, and it was going to be a destination wedding. we toyed with the idea of elopement, but as tempting as it was, we wanted our families there. and SOMEHOW we had 31 people, including us, who wanted to go with! it was awesome! there were so many times during the week before our wedding that we just took a step back, looked at each other, and said, “can you believe 29 people like us enough that they came to costa rica for a week??” it was a really cool feeling. so if you were there, thank you.

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and next we have THE PLANNING.

ok this part was a pain. like i said, not a big fan of planning events, i would much rather just show up on vacation and wing it. however, when you’re planning accommodations for two families, meals, adventure, and a wedding sealing, “winging it” isn’t really a good option. so, about 150 bucks in international phone charges, dozens of email threads, and a lot of cursing (ask tyler. so much cursing) we were able to plan our accommodations, wedding dinner, civil ceremony, and temple ceremony. what went from “planning a fun destination wedding” turned into planning a vacation AND a wedding. i had to have a lot of faith and hope and back massages to believe things would work out. and they did!

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if you’re curious, we stayed in dominical, which is on the southwest side of the country, about 3 hours away from san jose. we rented this property, which was a good fit for our two large families staying together. it was big and beautiful, had a wonderful pool and a less than optimal wifi signal 😉 we also had catering through the house for our wedding dinner, and honestly it was the best meal we had the entire time in CR. i wish i had photos of it! it was UNREAL. rice and beans, ceviche, lemony fish and roasted chicken, salad with tamarind dressing everyone licked off the plates, grilled vegetables, plantains, and with coconut ice cream to finish. it was the best way to kick off wedding weekend.

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i have more photos here if you’d like to see more of where we stayed and the pre-wedding house festivities

 

january 2017

january… sheesh…

it was a good, long, draggy month filled with wedding countdown, throwing money every which way to pay for said wedding, and only a couple meltdowns on my part! it was kind of like clearing a huge hurdle some days, but i did some great things, as made evidence by the following!

here’s some highlights:

HOMESTEAD CRATER! for my sister’s birthday we went swimming in some thermal waters in midway. tyler refused to wear a snorkel but we had a good time! fun time with the sisters and my mom (who couldn’t get in the water because of dumb surgery. UGH next time)

SO MUCH SNOW! ok this isn’t really a highlight after christmas, like, let’s get honest it just gets in the way of life, but we survived it, and it made for a good trip to see the temple lights the night before they were taken down! yes, i live a 5 minute walk away from the lights… but it was actually a better idea because there were probably 10 people there. win.

BRIDAL SHOWER! some of my best friends from my years at byu threw me a great bridal shower. we ate, laughed, opened gifts, and played games. my friend kelsey recorded tyler answering a bunch of questions about our relationship, which was really cute and pretty funny.

TRIP OUT EAST! two weeks before our wedding, i went to see friends in DC and take a final trip to new york before becoming a mrs to see HAMILTON! tickets are generally difficult to snag, so we felt pretty dang lucky to snag these tickets for a saturday matinee last january! haha it seemed so far away when we purchased them! time flies

and now for the good posts! WEDDING TIMES!!!! stay tuned.

october 2016

honestly at this point the months run together and i am labelling everything until february 10 as just “engaged” because it is the longest, shortest, busiest-yet-not-sure-what-i’ve-accomplished time.

in october, we planned. venue, photographer, plane tickets, lodging, etc etc etc my brain kinda hurt but i only had one meltdown! it is worth it though. the short of it is we are getting married in costa rica! and we collectively racked up nearly 100 dollars of international charges on our phone bill! yay! save-the-date

october was a good time. fall in utah was really nice and mild this year, so we got outside a lot, i worked a lot, and my heater didn’t work at all! fun! i was finally put on a different schedule, meaning i didn’t have to work every weekend, so we finally go to go on some some trips. we spent conference weekend in scofield, utah and a friend’s cabin, then went to boise another weekend to see family. kourtni and i did a crossfit competition, i had to be a nurse for halloween (ugh night shift i tell ya) and really, it was just a nice pleasant month.

lhere’s some photos if you’re wanting to take a look. some real gems, in my opinion.

hope you are happy and healthy! and honestly, if you read this, thanks.