tyler

february 2018… basically just spain

as of february 10 we have been married one year. we decided to go to spain for our anniversary and planning the trip and anticipating showing tyler all my favorite things in spain made winter bearable.

we didn’t have much of a plan, but tyler was convinced he wanted to drive around the country and see as much as possible in nine days… and by the end, i think we were both wishing we had taken things a bit slower! we got home definitely needing a vacation from our vacation! but it was so awesome. i loved having my worlds collide by taking my husband to some of the places that had shaped me. and seeing him try to understand castillian spanish and figure out how to order food and what the hell a “bocadillo” was ended up being quite hilarious.

so! our trip. we started out in madrid. we flew in on a red eye, got wifi at the coveted mcdonald’s free wifi station, and walked around a bit. we were incredibly tired, so we got churros con chocolate from san gines, the BEST in spain, and headed out on our road trip. we spent the night halfway between madrid and barcelona and slept for about 15 hours.

the following day we drove north towards figureres, the home of dalí and his art. we stopped at montserrat, a monestary in the high spanish mountains. i wanted to see the view i had missed when i was there in 2010. it was beautiful. and by the time we were heading back the fog had rolled in and the rains come. we had made it just in time.

figueres was a town i had never been to, but ended up loving. we stayed right next to  a church in a cute apartment that overlooked el museo dalí. we spent our time there eating tapas, walking the city streets in search of coca light, and visiting the museum. it was a sensational delight, truly. i recommend it completely. here’s tyler’s “art outfit” and “art appreciation stance”

our time spent in barcelona was short and COLD. haha we made the best of things and walked around the parque guell for the view of the city, then down to city center for a tour of la sagrada familia. also, more great food and expensive parking. sagrada familia was fantastic, even better than i remembered. it is still not complete, but much different than 8 years ago when i was there. it is so beautiful and indescribable, you must go. and we will have to go again too because we accidentally watched the entire video in catalán instead of english or spanish, so we definitely missed some important parts.

our next day was a travel day in which we had to cover a lot of ground in our volkwagen polo, so we stopped in multiple cities along the way. valencia for orange juice (duh) and then alicante for the beach, sun, food, and people watching. it was actually warm there, so i was incredibly happy and my spirit renewed. and i got to take off my ugly black coat so i was happy. that night we stayed in granada and had a lovely dinner of paella for el dia de san valentín!

in the early AM the next day we piled our stuff back into the car and drove to el caminito del rey, which is a hike along sheer cliffs that tyler had wanted to do. it was scary. i like to try everything and heights usually don’t get to me, but this place took my breath away. it was beautiful country though. and tyler was happy, and we were outside, so overall good? besides the terror.

our next stop was ronda. favorite part of the trip for me! ronda is small town high in the mountains of andalucia. hemingway loved ronda, and wrote about it a lot. it is also the home of bullfighting. ronda is built up on a cliff, and there are multiple connecting bridges all around the city that are so lovely. below the city are farms and olive groves for as far as the eye can see. it was such a relaxing, beautiful stay. we explored the city by foot and by car for all the best sites. also, we found a grocery store where you could squeeze your own orange juice from the BEST oranges and i felt like i had won the lottery. from ronda we took one day trip to marbella, which is on the sea to the south. lots of boats, finery, and money clearly run the city. it was a fun trip to see how vacationing europeans live.

and on our last day in spain we drove to alcalá de henares to see my poveda familia!!! it was almost nerve wracking driving to see them! tyler said he felt like he was going home to meet my parents. haha being in alcalá was great and strange. seeing streets i had walked down a million times and places i had forgotten about was a real trip! and i only got us lost once.  🙂

we ate dinner with fernando, pilar, and the whole gang. they recently sold their house and renovated the store they owned into a house, so we spent time going through and seeing everything, right now to the closets’ interior. it was great. both their sons and their families came, so i got to see everyone and try to understand everyone’s accents. between tyler and i, we did ok. it was so great to see everyone again. they are completely the same, only fernando has a few less teeth. after dinner we went on a walk through the city, and tyler couldn’t believe the dining options we was having just then. i think he thought i was holding out on him. haha! guess we will need to take a trip back to alcalá soon.

the next morning it was back to the USA. such a great trip, i already want to go back.

 

 

january 2018

what a month. it felt more like spring than anything else, but little did we know, snow was coming.

at the beginning of the month we continued our yearly tradition of seeing temple square lights after christmas… like on the day they turn them off. we like to live on the edge. in regards to food, i’m still cooking it up in tiny kitchen. another day, another pizza experiment. if your new years resolution is to eat more salad then i recommend this. also trader joe’s pizza dough is the best around. aaaaand, new year, new glasses. considering that i need them to see and they fall on the ground of hospitals frequently, i needed a cheap upgrade.

one weekend we went snowshoeing with some friends up at alta. it was so beautiful and actually felt like winter, something that we appreciated indeed. they’re getting married in march so it was fun to listen to brit’s wedding planning all while knowing that i won’t ever go through that again. phew.

and, january meant sundance! one of the best parts about living in utah is volunteering during the film festival. there are lots of perks and i just really love park city. this year i was on a theatre crew at the library theatre. that meant i spent my time telling people to follow signs and scoot in to the middle because it was going to be a full house. very fun. adults cannot follow directions. i saw lots of great films and a few big names. aaand i got the coveted volunteer jacket that is a big deal to no one other than sundance volunteers but i still wear it proudly… along with my geeky credential, pictured above. also isn’t thins the most picturesque view out the bathroom window??

mom came for a visit! i love seeing her. we went to settebello and saw the greatest showman. she slept on my couch and every time she has to sleep on that dumb thing i am more motivated to get a bigger place with a real bed for my poor mother. also i helped throw a bridal shower for britni! and i spent way too much time crafting this backdrop and making a banner that i should have just bought but thought i could be the DIY queen for once. it says love at first swipe. don’t worry, no one else got it either. but they met on tinder so at least the party girl thought it was funny!!! and a saturday spent in provo. i feel like such a granny every time i go there and i am among thousands of bright eyed bushy tailed college students. we went to pizza factory and ate carbs on sticks. does it get any better! tyler is modeling said breadstick.

besides that, i worked a lot and got some big news!!!!!

BYU rejected me from their NP program. lol.

i took it hard for a couple days but then decided it just wasn’t in the cards and continuing to work will be good for me and my resume. better days ahead!

we will end with my two best january creations.

my awful rat’s nest hair after working all week and living the bun life right before a good washing, and totchos.

totchos, you ask? tater tots with layers of cheese, beans, and soyrizo. with sour cream and guac. because sometimes you gotta clean out your fridge. try it!!!!!

december 2017

the holiday season is such a blur, this year was no different. i mean, maybe it was a bit blurred because i went back to night shift halfway thorough the month…?

bi-annual haircut happened this month. haha thank you, lex. and! i got to hang out with the world’s current cutest baby with the best cheeks. hanukah this year was celebrated in style in the kimball household. lox and eggs on homemade latkes. good enough to turn you jewish! this next photo was the christmas tree at work. the place was decked out, and one of my coworkers even made a rubber glove tree. that there is dedication. tyler’s family came to visit for a weekend and brought a new chair for my niece. as soon as she opened it up, the first thing she did was pose on it. HA! and, of course this year we got our tree from harmons… because they are the cutest ones, and just barely too tall, which i find endearing. we promptly strung popcorn and it was the cutest tree, imo.

also, here’s a picture of a biscuit i ate and my biscuit date. the restaurant smelled so heavily of bacon that after we left, MY HAIR SMELLED LIKE BACON. vegetarian nightmare. also, i opened all my christmas gifts early from my parents. because that is what you do as an impulsive adult. here i am, smugly modeling my new hat and sweater to send to my mom. she was not impressed 🙂 AND this weird awkward foot photo is one of my favorites because it signifies that both tyler and i were home at the same time during the EVENING and those events are far and few between these days, thanks to very opposite schedules. sigh.

this year we spent christmas in santa barbara. my first california christmas! it was so nice to have no snow or cold. and sun! and beaches! december ravaged southern california with the thomas fire right up until christmas. in fact, tyler’s family was under mandatory evacuation until a few short days before we arrived. of course, they all acted like it was nothing? just a little ash on the cars and “THANK YOU FIREFIGHTERS!” signs everywhere. if it was me, i would have been a nervous wreck. guess that’s the california lifestyle? haha

christmas was great. have you seen that meme that is like, “december 1-26 you’re full of christmas spirit. december 27-january1 you’re full of cheese. thereafter you’re just fat”. we LIVED that meme. and we ate so much cheese. tyler and i put together a pretty great charcuterie on christmas, it was awesome. new traditions! i even got new cheese knives from my inlaws.

most of our time was spent hanging out together. here we have some mistletoe hanging, christmas morning action shots, tyler and his new tools (seriously spoiled by milwaukee santa), and my favorite shot of my child husband. isn’t he objectively the cutest?? also, this last photo is my sister in law and my father in law… the photo is of my father in law as a young man and his dad. so, ya know. four generations and the SAME JACKET!  i guess this just proves you should never throw away ANY clothing?

and then i made us go outside. christmas walk! and the beach at montecito. this is the area that was completely ravaged by the mud slides last week. it is the most beautiful area, we are so sad. 😦

and that’s it, folks. all of 2017 has been accounted for. thanks for reading and sorry for the foot photos.

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!

 

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!

🙂 🙂 🙂

engagement photos

this is just a selection of some of our engagement photos, i’m sure people are sick of seeing them. and if you want MORE go here

we went to a lot of cool locations for our photos, including the santa barbara courthouse, the mission, and the beach. and, of course, it rained the day we were scheduled to shoot. in santa barbara! where it rains like, maybe 7 days a year. i was a basket case of nerves with frizzy hair, but whatever, it worked.

35 days to go!

november 2016

we like to play a little game every day called, “there are x days until we are getting married, and this is what we were doing x days ago!” guys. those “this is what we were doing x days ago” things used to be a glimmer in the past, but now they are days that happened in november! and that means i am really behind!

anyway, without further ado. NOVEMBER! aka, …still engaged. feeling like we might be engaged forever.

lots of fun things happened this month. we joined a gym (lol). we go to planet fitness and gym-timidate everyone there, especially when we coordinate our outfits. i got my engagement ring, which i am pretty obsessed with, so good job, tyler. wow that was a lot of commas. tyler had my ring custom made off a photo he found on one of my pinterest boards i showed him one time during the summer. he is the best. it is perfect. for thanksgiving we went to santa barbara to see tyler’s family and take our engagement photos. it was really fun to be somewhere warm again, and santa barbara is a great place. we hiked and went to the beach, heck, i even came home with a new car. we came back to utah with the harsh reality of snow and work and real life… but had fun nonetheless.