april 2018

another fun filled month. it appears from this month’s photo round up that i was obsessed with flowers, because that is basically all that is on my camera roll. i think i was just tired of winter.

at the beginning of the month it was conference. i watched one session while tyler took a nap. we are exemplary mormons. and yeah, here come the flowers at the capitol. cherry blossoms forever! cassidy, tyler’s sister went to the temple for the first time pre-wedding, so the whole family got together in provo for her endowment. here is the happy couple looking a little spooky i guess.

kourt and linds came to visit. we got pizza. it was the best. chips and salsa at work! i work at my old job about once a week, and let’s just say getting a new job really teaches you that maybe your old job wasn’t so bad. because we have a lot of free food and i have good coworkers who put together plates of food for me when i’m too busy to do it myself. and! this weirdo annoying hand shot to document the best manicure of my life at the grand america. it was a birthday present from tyler. my fingers will never again look so regal.

more flowers. this time in the grand america courtyard. utah is good at tulips. and one saturday we got out the bikes from storage and took them on their maiden voyage. it felt good to ride again. and then some gelato from dolcetti because after all those hills, we deserved it.

a sunday afternoon spent frolfing in hobble creek canyon. tyler was good. i was awful. my brother got a phone on his mission and this is a selfie i got from him one day. six month’s down! also hey jesus!

tyler’s sister got married so we went to california. we spent a day in san diego scoping out the area and looking for somewhere to live, since we planned on moving to the area in the fall. the only problem is that homes are so expensive we were basically slum hopping through the areas we could afford… where homes still are NOT cheap. it was depressing. but! there were lots of bougainvillea, which is my brand. and we stayed at a cute airbnb in escondido, which i loved. and my parents, who were also in town for a wedding, stopped by! we took them out on the town for authentic mariscos.

aaaand the wedding! i’d never been the the los angeles temple, so that was fun. it’s big. and cassidy looked amazing and daniel is just lucky to be married to a kimball 🙂 here are all the orginal kimballs. and here’s tyler and me waiting during photos. and cassidy and rosie, who took her job as most elegant flower girl and resident wedding baby very seriously.

for cassidy’s reception, our job was to put together the charcuterie. soooo much cheese. it was really fun to put together. if anyone would like to pay me to do this as a job… i mean i would not complain. and then after the wedding we spent time doing the best thing in california, going to the beach and eating fish tacos… oh, my heart.

unpictured less fun things: working a lot and going to day shift! which meant going to bed at like, 9:30 every night. woo hoo! also waiting for my california nursing license to come and doing our taxes. womp womp. if anyone knows a good tax accountant for next year… send them my way.


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!!!

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!


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.


and so continues my attempt to blog.

hey there. remember me? today is the first day of my third semester of nursing school. THIRD! THIRD! THIRD! this means i am over halfway done and i shall be a nurse by december. (fanfare, drums, applause, encores, kissing babies, etc etc etc)

it is safe to say that the last three months were probably most mentally draining and challenging of my life. nursing school is no joke. i would say these memes sum it up quite nicely.

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can i say i’m glad the madness of winter term is over? anyway. contrary to popular belief, i did stuff last semester amidst the crazy. here’s evidence. in fact, more and more i think this blog is just evidence that i do stuff. IMG_1977we ran a half marathon! well, i ran the half, these cooler ladies did the full. it rained the whole time but i PRed and looked like a mess doing it, which is the right way to do things, no?

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there was a lot of snow weirdness that happened this spring. it was incessant. but, sometimes, pretty enough.

one of my favorite nursing school coping mechanisms when i get stressed out is taking really repulsive photos of myself because it is hilarious to look back at when times are all good and dandy. this is me studying, marginally wanting to just end it alllll.

we redid our hole we call an apartment by adding **twinkle lights** and it is still ugly but at least a little bit less… dim? idk. again, just here to document the ridiculous life i live.

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again, snow. eliza and i on our winter trudge. like, LOOK AT THAT SNOW. i believe this was march but idk. i’m really just trying to block it all out and close that chapter of life, LET’S BE HONEST!


best place to study in the district. i think i’ve said it before. all the hot dads take their babies to the terrace and the conglomerate of them plus the million year old art curators conversing and drinking cheap wine from the gift shop it is really adorable

IMG_4966my study set up. look how organized i am. (lol this lasted one minute) the real star of this photo though is the nalgene bottle that looks like you should be peeing in it and those vanilla mints back there. seriously, best impulse trader joe’s buy. if you like vanilla and mints and happiness, get some.

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Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetcasually passing time in a grocery store, waiting for the bus. this is how we live life.

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lol just kidding it was actually a joint birthday party and only half the banner fit in the frame but seriously, these are the best friends a girl could have. they planned a party and made me a playlist and somebody brought me a hot pretzel filled with nutella. i mean, honestly.

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Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetand it sufficeth me to say that all the people i really like came.

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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetthis is hell’s bottom, the trendy barbershop i pass by every day feeling a little spooky at night. this is where i come and gawk at the bearded beauties cutting each other’s hair in shaw.

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why i cannot seem to land a boyfriend is lost on me given my affinity for fashion when riding to and from work/school/crossfit.


more running fun times to check out the cherry blossoms before the crowds took over with their ipads

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the pretzel bakery on capitol hill where you can buy aforementioned pretzels filled with nutella and other delectables. the joy on our faces here is REAL!

flowers outside my school. beauty like this in the face of such stress makes things a little more bearable.

my roommates were twins and they didn’t even know it. also, please take note of the wonderful lighting in this apartment, we are really blessed to be honest. (Lol)

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the views of adams morgan and georgetown respectively on bike rides to and from who knows where.

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hailey had a birthday!!! she is the best and please take note of the multicolored candles because they cost me AN ARM AND A LEG.

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a one year anniversary trip to teddy roosevelt island one morning. folks, i have lived in this district for one whole year, you better believe it!

flower petals but i am pretending it is confetti for getting through another day of school.

big bear cafe patio is open and you can find me there, not ordering anything and stealing the free wifi. hehhhhh

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favorite ivy covered house on 5th street and kolby’s birthday that wasn’t actually a birthday but just an excuse to celebrate something.

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food pics because who do you think i am?? best bagel sandwich from big bear cafe pre-pharmacology final. I NEEDED THIS! I EARNED THIS! I chanted to myself with every single bite. (not a lot of bites did it take, i inhale food)

post-finals celebration dinner at zaytinya. one of the more meh DC meals i’ve had, but good nonetheless. good try, andrés.


bento box from teaism, which is my new favorite restaurant in dupont. GET THE SALTY OAT COOKIE DON’T ASK QUESTIONS, MAYBE GET TWO.

this is my face on easter after working like fourteen hours at founding farmers or something ridiculous. he is risen! people are getting smashed! IMG_5173this is probably my favorite photo i have ever taken of babies in dc. they ride by in their daycare cars oh so coyly as if to just say, “you can’t sit with us” in true mean girls fashion.

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pretty spring trees! me hating life in my half marathon! tim taking me out to mexican food for dinner at el centro! i’m sick of typing! can you tell?

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pretty golden hour views. empty buses are really creepy. say hello to me and my nursing shoe/leggings combo!

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prettiest trees for spring in ledroit park. and YOURS TRULY WITNESSING BIRTHS! that is right, folks, this is me after watching birth via forceps, i know that you’re JEALOUS!