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. 🙂


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!

🙂 🙂 🙂

oh wait- i went to LA

so before the impending radio silence that comes with school starting, i give you one final trip of the summer.

los angeles!

one of my good friends from the byu days is now a super cool photo assistant (almost main personal assistant! boss lady!) for a photographer in LA, and i guess as she now knows, and so all of you for the future living in cool places know, when you tell me to “come visit anytime!” i take you up on your offers. (also a hat tip to allegiant for having 40$ fares to LA from boise- i mean, you never know if you’re actually going to make it with that airline, but hey, when it goes off without a hitch, you forget about all the horror stories!) 

i arrived on a thursday, and in true good hostess brooke fashion, we had a full weekend of things planned. she had made lists and agendas and schedules with variations, heavy on the vegan restaurants and NOT VEGAN dessert places (she knows me). she also chartered me a ride from the airport by one of her friends who works from home, and she conned him into hanging out with me for hours while she was on a shoot. bless them all, really.

so we toured around and saw the cool parts of the city; the tar pits and the iconic lamp posts (pictured here) at the LACMA, hollywood, beverly hills, etc. we also went to the hollywood bowl for a really amazing concert by the LA philharmonic (right??) where there wasn’t a bad seat in the house, and i was in heaven eating my takeout pad thai under the stars, enjoying everything from bach to bluegrass. (no i didn’t think that up, that was the name of the show. it was a little heavy on the bach and lacking in the bluegrass though, IMO. more banjos! more mandolins!).

also that ice cream? salt and straw creamery; they are based out of portland, but they have a few locations in LA now and it was wonderful. they have quirky flavors, like this avocado and strawberry. it was so good.  

i don’t care where it is, if there are palm trees, i am way into it.

the venice canals. in previous LA trips, i’ve only ever gone to the venice beach boardwalk, which is kind of filthy and mostly just medical marajuana shops, so going inland to the neighborhood to see the canals was so juxtaposed! new life goals include a house off dell ave!

LA is just so…. LA. this is us on hollywood blvd eating froyo that is actually pressed juice masquerading as froyo? it is some weird health-crazed inception. some of it tasted like the aftertaste of vomit, but you do that kind of stuff because healthy and trendy. also, we ate it next to a soulcycle studio where there was a dog outside drinking out of a five dollar water bottle. also, a sign above our heads warned us that sitting on the bench meant we could be filmed without consent for a new series called, “sweat in the city”. have i checked off all the LA stereotypes yet??

so i had the bright idea of hiking up the hollywood sign, because HELLO hiking. i brought a heat wave to the city, so we did this hike in 104 degree weather, so if you were wondering why we are holding our water bottles like they’re academy awards, well it is because we managed to forget water, and the park rangers saved us with these free water bottles. bless you.

behind the LA sign! guys it is pretty up there, but a million degrees and hello smog city.

brunch at TOAST. even if the food ended up just being a bit “meh”, i’m a sucker for a good stuffed bananas foster french toast. and crispy potatoes.

hi hollywood, again. 

a few more photos from the venice beach boardwalk, contemplating getting a medical marijuana consultation or some undies that say “brian’s b*tch” … hehhhhh

oh! left lower- that line we are standing in? upright citizens’ brigade. for those not familiar, this is a comedy show with a troupe of hilarious people, some you might know if you’re into the likes of amy poehler. no, she wasn’t there the night we went, but the guy from baby mama who plays the husband in the gay couple who cries and says, “it’s just gonna be me and two fatties!!” definitely was, and he was hilarious. and if you’re wondering about that obscure reference, well, i do not apologize. the show was hilarious. improv forever!

we went to the getty villa, which is a fancy house museum on a hill. it was pretty and i was obsessed with the pictured floor, mosaic, architecture, and groping. i mean, hey when the sign says PLEASE TOUCH and there are exposed breasts, i mean what are we supposed to do? 

mo getty, mo groping. 

and then we went to the beach! santa monica, to be precise. geez there are a lot of people down there. i guess they all know something we don’t- oh! that CALIFORNIA IS AMAZING. also, the pacific highway is the real deal. 

we brought a cooler of fruit and sandwiches from bay cities, a deli near the beach touting a million cool foods and a million crazy shoppers. my sandwich was pretty good, but the favorite for me was the sign above the line for pick up sandwiches warning customers, “DO NOT ASK WHEN YOUR SANDWICH WILL BE READY. IT WILL BE DONE WHEN IT IS ON THIS SHELF”. fair enough. before my red eye flight back to dc, we hit up the getty museum just in time for sunset. geez, that place! it lovely and modern with clean lines and class. basically, it is everything that i am not. also, there was a big pink moon we got to watch rise up over the city and let me tell you, it was really something.

two of my favorite works; jesus coming into brussels, which i am pretty sure was supposed to be satire, but whatever i like the colors. also, van gogh. ANYTHING van gogh. this one was of lillies he painted in the courtyard of his rehab center. he didn’t intend for this to a work, but more of a sketch. ARTISTS, I TELL YA!

one more of getty at sunset. this one didn’t really bring in the instagram likes. WOMP WOMP WOMP 😉

anyway, believe it or not, all this stuff and all this food was eaten in less than about fifty hours, and all made possible thanks to brooke and her big blow up mattress.

now…. who am i coming to visit next?

wild wild west

i went to utah & idaho, and all i have to show for it is about ten pounds and these photos.

do you know how funny it was for me to tell people i was going “out west” for my summer vacation? my classmates and coworkers would look at me in awe, like i was lewis and clark, wondering if i would get cholera or diphtheria on the trail or something…. or if i would come back at all. and honestly, it was a little weird for me, too. being away from a place for a year+ some change just does something to you. here’s some pics to gawk at if you so desire. my first order of business touching down in utah after dropping off my suitcase was making a bee line to allred orchards for some of their best bruised produce. nine dollars for half a bushel? i’ll take it! i am the “seconds” biggest fan! i am like the lady liberty of reject nectarines. give me your bruised! your misshapen! your overripe and borderline moldy!!

the sad part about living far away from utah is the handful of friends and family i had to leave behind and only see on instagram these days. thankfully, i was able to see a lot of them, and some were even kind enough to drag me along on a camping trip. this is us making fondue over an open fire in the wasatch somewhere. and i mean, it was wonderful and classy and cheesy. seriously, all fun and games until one friend was whittling in the dark and accidentally machete’d himself in the leg and i had to play nurse and tell everyone we needed to whisk him down to the ER. good times! (all’s well, ok). 

the stupid thing about utah is that everyone thinks getting married is a good idea and i don’t get to go to their weddings, but hey at least this gives a lot of subject matter for our hikes! also honorable mention goes to shawn for bringing me sushi. no matter where i go happy sumo sushi will always be the best trashy sushi ever and so i guess i will have to go to utah always.

speaking of marriage, my little sister got engaged when i was over there. check out that rock! good job, oliver. sorry you’re going to have to put up with me for the rest of eternity.

so many good reunions happened in utah with family i haven’t seen for a long time, like the original three cousins all finally got together! and a photo to prove it! go us! we have come a long way from big bows and glamour shots at jc penney.. or maybe not. 

also, BABIES! on a detour through idaho falls i met my cousin’s baby for the first time and she was adorable, but, as evidence above, you don’t need me to tell you that.

after my mother got over the shock that i was actually coming home she quickly booked up some family pictures for us. (groan yay). they actually went pretty well though, i guess family pictures get easier once everyone gets over the “cries when hungry, tired, etc” stage. (even though i wanted to cry when i saw some of them. yiiiiiikes). here’s some of the ones i took that might not make it on your refrigerator come december. also my sister’s fiance in the one above makes it look like a sasquatch sighting and i love it.   

yeah, i took it upon myself to photograph the new couple. alyssa ball photography! now available for engagements, weddings, bat mitzvahs.
lindsay and i hiked up table rock one day, and it killed me. i blame the crappy air quality. and not the fact that i didn’t work out for a month? oops.

my little brother is not so little anymore- like he looks like an abercrombie model and he is taller than me? what? i mean that isn’t hard to do, but it is jarring because he will always be four years old to me and i would like to have a word with whoever thought this was a good idea. also, i have no photos to prove it, but he taught me how to shoot his bow (yep) and i liked it? what does this say about me? also, he is cool and shoots a bow because “guns are too easy”. his words verbatim. all i know is when the zombie apocalypse happens, i am hanging out with payton.

more peaches. i made a crispy cobbler situation. i also ate most of it. cuz fruit.

lindsay leaping at table rock

me leaping at table rock. i know i know i am so weirdly into gifs right now but google photos just makes it too easy.. in fact, google photos makes the for me, so i can’t be blamed. also i just think this one is too funny, like it shows my hesitation of thinking this is a bad idea, and thankfully lindsay didn’t take pics of the whole ordeal because i definitely ate it on the way down and my coccyx will never be the same, honestly.

oh that’s all my pictures? weird. not pictured but done most often: laying in bed. not changing my clothes. watching season upon season of portlandia. stressing over financial aid. eating boxes of cinnamon toast crunch (while writing these GD blog posts.) getting my nails done for twelve dollars (i love idaho!!). not studying for nursing. filming a lot of snapchat stories of my dog.

anyway, good times in the west. shout out to my parents for putting up with me and my antics for a whole week, and  my brother for being my personal chauffeur. you da real mvp.

summer wind-down

believe it or not, things happened all summer! going through these photos was pretty fun. some of them seem like yesterday, others feel like they were legitimately a lifetime ago? how does that work, huh?  

so, let’s start things off with a picture of me and my main… you see, this summer i dated a boy with a really awesome camera. so, i guess even though things didn’t work out between us, i made it out with this shot of me looking pretty badass. so thanks for that! also, thanks for all the froyo- i think we hit every spot in this city, and, pro tip, i can safely say that it mostly all tastes the  s a m e.

it was a really busy & sweaty summer, and between studying, working, and clinicals, i had a lot of fun. i vacationed to north carolina and northern maryland. i got caught in a monsoon nearly every week… which spurred flooding in the bomb shelter that occurred nearly as often. i laughed a lot. i cried a lot. i didn’t sleep hardly at all. but most importantly, i discovered the best hummus in the city is from perfect pita and you can buy it at safeway. (!!!!)

so most of these photos are backwards, so this is starting in august! yeah!my cousin’s baby is seriously the sweetest and the cutest… and she was skeptical of me to say the least. //hailey and i went to see once at the kennedy center. it was fantastic and maybe one day i will learn not to wear cut offs to broadway shows. (maybe) // customs at the houston airport is so fancy- they take your picture and make you turn it it in? what kind of sorcery is this? you know how they say a picture is worth a thousand words? well…. the look on my face speaks volumes. // ok this is way out of sequence but i went to north carolina. more on that later. for blythe’s birthday we did all sorts of things that started with b, naturally! we went on a bike ride, and how cute are we in these super grainy pics??// meridian hills park; what a treasure. // hailey and amy are my figurative ride or dies, my bike is my literal ride or die. (over the course of the year i got in three different bike accidents… more on that later).
thomas sweet is the best ice cream in the city. bible. (it is so good that i just quoted keeping up with the kardashians and i am not even apologizing, it is that good). // so we moved! and this is eliza and blythe eating whatever weird stuff we had in the pantry after church. aka cereal (ok not weird because eliza is on top of things and went grocery shopping) tortilla chips and salsa. crackers. popcorn. it was okay though because do you see these WINDOWS?? // LOOK! look at my big bed!! i decided that, after sleeping on an ikea bed that really was just a board with foam on it for a year, i deserved an upgrade. and i am very happy with my decision. // moving! i equate the feelings of happiness of getting out of the bomb shelter with how amish kids feel about getting to go on that amish vacation where they’re free to wear jeans and experiment with drugs etc etc because the POSSIBILITIES AND FREEDOM! fourth of july hangs. it was hot and sweaty but i guess that is what the founding fathers fought for- our right to sweat and eat copious amounts of french fries. also, for my right to eat a piece of cold pizza while writing this post at 3 am, but that is beside the point!// BLYTHE IS QUEEN! happy birthday blythe! // i got my hair cut and was feeling like a boy, so i obviously had a photoshoot with the most feminine thing i could find in order to counteract the short hair boy vibes. idk // remember how i kept getting in bike crashes? well, because i believe in safety first, obviously, i got a new one. between recounting experiences of watching “hoarders” and “intervention” on acid, my cracked out coworker told me i should name her judy, and so i did. she’s lovely.
my sisters sent me this pic during a particularly crappy day in mid-july. look at how cute they are. wish they didn’t live two time zones away! // me fetching things for surgery and what not, mostly here for proof i did some kind of school // eliza turned 25 and we ushered the festivities with CHEESE! i am so happy to be friends with someone who loves cheese, daresay it, maybe even more than me. // sunsets on the mall.apartment hunting! it occupied much of our time for much of the summer, but in the end, we came out on top thanks to the sleuthing of these ladies // murals near howard on my way home from the hospital. // pool hangs when i should have been studying for my peds midterm // r street is the best street for coveting walk ups.
one weekend we went to a farm in northern maryland with some friends, and it was real splendid. // inside filthy lucre, which is a riff off peacock room exhibit in dc. really amazing! if you’re in the area, definitely check it out. // i spent a week of the summer not studying enough and reading aziz ansari’s book instead. it was good. i basically walked away from it pretty sure i will never be any good at dating. // 2amy’s pizza with mario and luigi?pretty city walk ups. // blythe and hydrangeas. my favorite! i didn’t pick any of these, but truuuuust me, many days of summer were spent stealing hydrangeas from my neighbors for my coffee table. oops // 1st street in bloomingdale will always hold some fine fresh memories // me and ashley, not pictured: blueberry buckwheat pancakes from market lunch at eastern market that we stood in line for for at least 45 minutes. ha! dc people!
 more from maryland… anything for the best shot!// up at a waterfall with 500 of our closest friends! // just a bunch of friends bonding over good stories and guacamole. // pals
so at the beginning of the summer we went to north carolina for duck beach… aka mormon spring break. i could write a novel about the weirdness… but we had a good time and we took some good pics, and here are a few for the books! at the beach// at a lighthouse// laying on the beach// eating popsicles in a hot tub. life doesn’t get better! banana, for the win!!  contrary to what this post might make you think, i did a ton of studying this summer. school was no joke! my favorite place to study was definitely big bear cafe. // remember how i said i ate a lot of froyo this summer? photographic evidence. moving on // just a half-selfie to document letting my hair go completely brown due to a lack of funding and mostly apathy. also, i am wearing my overalls. (remember the overalls??) // books at capitol hill books. how can a bookstore be so equally comforting and anxiety inducing??
this is not just a picture of a sandwich! it is a photographic representation of eliza and my pilgrimmage to get the best sandwich ever, and how our travails forced us to walk through downpouring rain and get splashed by all kinds of cars in the process. whatever. it was that good. // ha! this is such a cryptic picture but let’s just say if you’re going to go to the wharf for seafood after church in your sunday best, you’re definitely going to stick out. // more of the wharf, one of the best places in dc, bourdain agrees. // don’t be fooled by the inviting nature of this campy lake scene! this water was disgusting!

oh look, a fancy photo of me looking pensive at national harbor. (again, thank you boys with fancy cameras.) also, have you been there yet? you should go. they play music that makes you feel like you’re in disneyland, and they have got all the state flags on display for your quizzing pleasure. (not that i’m into that or anything… oh wait i totally am!)

anyway, thanks for stopping by, summer 2015. as evidence above, there were a lot of good times that i really enjoyed living inside, even if some ended up being a bit more raw than others. i mean, geez it isn’t even quite over and i’m already waxing nostalgic about the fleeting nature of these sweaty months…  (wait, sam smith, are you out there? you want the rights to some of this content? we’d make a great team!!)

catch ya when the leaves change.