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Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas, I love you...

We have had an eventful past couple of days. I absolutely love the holidays. I love spending time with family and friends, I love the Spirit of Christ, I love all the service and giving, and I absolutely love the food! :) 

We had an action packed week, we headed down to Temple Square on Tuesday with my sister and her cute family, as well as with my mom and my dad's mom Grandma Phyllis (she's 90! what a trooper!) I didn't get any pictures because A)it was too cold and B)I have 50,000 pictures of us at Temple Square already. :)

Andrew finished his last final Thursday morning and I took the day off work and we headed up to Deer Valley for a day of skiing (my work has free skiing as an awesome employee perk). We had the greatest time EVER and enjoyed the fresh powder. By the end of the day we were SOOOO tired, seriously my legs were jello. Aside from me getting carsick on the way up and puking (am I 12, really?) it was a fabulous day and we were in heaven! 
Friday night was a  blast. My high school friends all gathered for a Christmas party at my friend Hailey's house. It was so great visiting with my friends, we always laugh our heads off and have such a blast. We went with the ugly sweater theme and Andrew and I had a blast rockin' our festive attire. (excuse the low quality iPhone pictures) 
^^Isn't Andrew's family's tree GORGEOUS?^^
I really love all my friends. We turn into crazies whenever we are together and it is always a good time. (Andrew fits right in as you can see) Not sure why he looks like such a crazy large giant in these pictures, but he's definitely adorbs. I've never loved such a maniac more. 
^^^I am SO lucky to have a best friend like Courtney.^^^

The older I'm getting the more I recognize how blessed I have been to have her as my best friend since the 3rd grade. I really don't know what I would do without her, she is just fabulous. Here we are re-enacting our 5th grade back to back picture. (In the original we had sponge curlers in our hair and we were both holding our gameboys. Oh and we were posing dead serious, not trying to be funny.) We are pretty awesome that's for sure.

On Saturday we had a fun filled day of parties! Haley and Dan hosted the cutest 1st birthday party for Owen. It was a Polar Express theme and she had it decorated so cute. I can't believe a)that Owen is already ONE, and b) how much I love that little kid. We headed over there with our family as well as Danny's family(they out number us just a little bit) and we all had fun eating yummy food and watching all the cute kiddos run all over the place. Apparently Andrew and I were the only ones who got the memo to wear pajamas because we were the ONLY adults (aside from Haley) dressed up. Yes I had one onesies with feet in them, and Andrew wore a robe. We are way cool. Anyways, I'm so proud of Hay and Dan and their cute house and family - they are such great parents!

After Owen's party we headed over to Andrew's parents house for a "Grinch" party. We all dressed up like Who-ville Whos and it was such a fun night! Karen goes all out for family parties and I absolutely love it. She had everything from "Who-Hash" to "Roast-Beast" and even had a special surprise appearance from the dog "Max" and the Grinch himself! 
^^Getting ready. I did "Cindy-Lou-Who" hair and Andrew rocked the middle part.^^
^^Josh's green hair was dope. We kept saying he looked like Dennis Rodman.^^
^^All the yummy treats^^
^^We played a fun Christmas creation game. Ashlee makes such a pretty tree! ^^
^^Seriously, doesn't get much cuter than this...^^
Like I said the Grinch made a special surprise appearance. Aaden about lost his mind he was so scared. After a while we told him it was "just Josh" and he couldn't make up his mind between crying hysterically and laughing. Even after we showed him it was just a mask and Sy put it on, he kept having breakdowns. It was equally hilarious and sad at the same time. 
"Max" was a huge hit. Seriously he was adorable with his cute ears, he was a perfect addition to our party!
^^I love this picture of "the Grinch" (Aaden) watching the Grinch movie.^^
Overall it was a fun, festive day filled with lots of parties, family, and food (boo-ya). I love fun, silly parties where we all get together and have a good laugh.

Go Christmas! 

xoxo
steph




























Sunday, December 15, 2013

Gobble Gobble!

I have been meaning to post about our Thanksgiving shenanigans for a while not but haven't made the time and now here we are and it's December 15th. This is embarrassing, I am ashamed of myself. Oh well...better late than never. 

We had a great Thanksgiving this year! It was so relaxing and fun and I loved every minute of it. Andrew and I kicked off the holiday early by heading up to Alta for the day on Wednesday. Really, skiing is our favorite thing to do together. The smell of pine, the snow, the mountains. Sigh. I die for Utah's beauty. We always say we are so blessed to live in such a pretty place and I'm glad we take advantage of it.

Some of our greatest memories are up in the mountains skiing, it's kind of our escape from craziness and I hope we always make it a priority. We got new skis this year and had a blast trying them out. (Andrew freakkksss me out because he goes speedy but what can ya do? I strap a helmet on him say my prayers.) 

The next day was fabulous. We slept in, drank hot chocolate and spent the morning getting our house ready for Andrew's family to come over for  dessert that night. It was fabulous being able to sleep in and just relax on Thanksgiving! 

We headed up to Murray in the afternoon to eat dinner with our family friends, the Thomas's, and had a blast stuffing ourselves with food. Turkey is my favorite food hands down, so naturally Thanksgiving is a favorite. Yummmmmm.

My nephew Owen is the best. Seriously I can't believe how much I love that little dude. He saw dogs for the first time at Thomas's and was on the ground chasing them all over the house. He has the best personality I love it. Notice Haley rockin' the melt? She's the cutest. 
These were the only 2 pics I took at Thomas's! We had fun visiting with family and friends at Thomas's and missed my dad a lot as always. 

We headed up to our house to have dessert with Andrew's side of the family that evening. It was a lot of fun to have visitors in our new house! The kids loved the playroom and we all loved the yummy treats. It was like my dream come true to have my home filled with love and laughter and lots of food. :) I'm in love with our new home and love having people over (by this point I remembered to take pictures so there are a few more here)

^^Josh loves smiling for the camera^^
^^Andrew and Grandma Cow^^
^^Ashlee and Grandma Fonny^^

^^Yummy treats and a darling Kate. Doesn't get much better than that.^^
^^Gerry and Sy were accidental twinners^^
^^Like I said the playroom was a huge hit^^
^^Aaden and Kate looked awesome in their Xmas jammies. They are the cutest.^^

By the end of the night we were all pretty pooped (^^obviously^^) I'd definitely say the day was a success!

The next day Andrew got up early and went and got a new phone and some other awesome Black Friday deals for us and this is what I did...

(slept in and ate 4 cookies. whoops)

I did end up going shopping a little bit later with my mom for the day and we had a good time, but you couldn't pay me to get up at the butt-crack of dawn and wait in those lines. Crowds give me anxiety. :)

We also spent the weekend putting up Christmas decorations! (We are such huge Thanksgiving lovers we refuse to decorate until after Thanksgiving) We listened to Christmas music, had the fire going, and decorated just  the two of us. It was pretty magical and was better than I imagined. (I always imagine situations going a certain way in my head and when they go better its like the best.thing.ever.) Andrew thinks I'm weird.


Gahhh I love the holidays. They make me giddy.

Merry Christmas!

xoxo
steph















Thursday, December 5, 2013

We Moved!

It's official - we are all moved into our house in Saratoga Springs and we are loving it. We closed on our house a couple of weeks ago and have been getting all our stuff (seriously I can't believe how much crap we have) settled in. We were equally nervous and excited to go sign on our house - but then we saw this sweet VIP Parking with our names on it and a table full of cookies and all our nerves disappeared magically. :)  (...seriously, I am not mature enough to have bought a house)
Once we signed the papers we jumped right into moving! We were lucky to have a lot of our stuff delivered and thanks to the help of our fabulous families we had an extremely smooth moving day! We are now all settled and looking forward to this next new stage of our lives! 
Here's to being a grown up!

xoxo
steph

Monday, December 2, 2013

Fall Family Pics

A few weeks ago we were able to get some family pictures done with my side of the fam. It was weird not having my dad there and we missed him a lot, but I think he would be happy to see us together as a family, in the beautiful fall leaves capturing some memories together. We met at Memory Grove downtown and had a grand old time...
Andrew is seriously the most photogenic person I know. I equally hate him and love him for it. 
Owen is usually the cheeriest baby and always has a smile on for the camera. He wasn't having it today though, I think he knew we all wanted him to smile and so he decided he'd be a rebel and pull the "dazed" face for a good chunk of the time. At least he wasn't crying though, and he is a stud smiles or not.
^^Isn't my mom's hair fab? And don't even get me started on Owen...^^
Haley and Dan have such a cute little family! I love seeing them raise Owen - they have so much fun with him and are great parents!
^^Those cheeks...I die...^^
^^Love my seester^^

 I sure do love this family of mine. We're a pretty solid bunch if I do say so myself. :) 



 Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo
steph









Sunday, October 20, 2013

Do I Even Blog?

Seriously, I have been awful. I am one of those hit-and-miss type people just in general and that's not a surprise to most people who know me, but really? I expect more from myself. When Andrew and I were married I swore to myself I would keep a regular journal/blog so we can look back when we are old and wrinkled and remember some of our happiest times together. I was doing pretty good there for a while until I got distracted with life. It's crazy how things keep going faster and faster. I looked at the calendar the other day and my jaw dropped. It's almost November? Are you kidding me? I'm 24 whaaa? I swear it was just 2002.

We have now been living with my mom in her basement for 10 months. TEN months! Moving home again has been an adventure and something we will never forget, and we are FOREVER grateful for my mom and her hospitality and compassion to us helpless little children of hers. :) We have been able to save for our house and school and could not be in the position we are without her being such a gem. With Andrew around we've had many laughs, yummy meals, and lots of practical jokes. My mom and I have shared many laughs, tears and long night chats. It has been a very special time for me and we've grown closer to my mom and grandma, mourning the loss of my dad together, and getting through the daily grind under one roof. We appreciate her more than words can say. (Plus, she does awesome french braids...I know, I am a child.)
With that said - we are almost out of her house (she will def not miss our messes!) As fun as it has been, we are ready for this next adventure together! Our house is a few weeks away from completion and we've had fun seeing it progress. (Seriously I am a crazy person and go out to our lot like every day.) 

In addition to being busy with house planning, Andrew has been working his cute little bum off in law school and is really enjoying what he's studying. He puts in long hours but we have some party time watching sports and HGTV in the evenings and we try and spend every minute together on the weekends. As for me, I've been hard at work at CLEARLINK and am enjoying my job very much. Life truly is good and we are so blessed. 

Here are a few pictures with some things we've been up to over the past little while.
Andrew's Bachelor Degree came! So proud of this little cutie.
Summer was good to us. We were able to do some fun hikes (left-dog lake with Brutus @Millcreek. right - Mt.Biking with one of my besties Laura @Deer Valley). Being in the mountains gets me giddy! 
We also had a fun break for a few days up in Park City with Andrew's family. We had some fun shopping and enjoyed some much needed R&R.
 I am SO glad we remembered to take pics of our lot before it was built. These pictures are so fun already because our house is now right where we were standing. (More pics on the house to be continued in a few weeks when we move)
I love this man of mine.

 I was also SO happy to see some of my amazing basketball teammtates from college. One of my teammates got married and another went away on a mission and it was so fun to reunite with some of these amazing ladies! 
Sniagrab got the best of us this year. Before going in we promised we were "just looking", but once inside we lost all control and took advantage of some insane deals. Needless to say we are counting the days until Alta opens (...its 27 days in case you were wondering.)
  
 Oh and also...this happened. #yikesyikesyikes. I had a freaky allergic reaction while baking cookies (weird and random and they still don't know what it was) but my eyes swelled almost closed. No, my husband doesn't beat me. I'm just a freak of nature. 
 
 We are weird and we know. Andrew is getting his second degree from BYU and I graduated from SUU. Yet we have season tickets (thanks to Andrew's family) to U of U, and we cheer for them religiously. We have had such a blast going to games with Andrew and his family this year, and being at Rice Eccles Stadium is always sentimental for me because I have some very happy times up there with my dad. This pic was taken right after we beat Stanford. We were on the verge of tears. Good times. My work also has a tailgate slot which has been sweet so we stock up on yummy deliciousness before the game and head over to the stadium. We love fall!
I was so happy to see one of my favorite people in the world last week. Stephany Pentz (now Crossley) is my soulmate and I am convinced we were best friends in heaven. We met in college and became roomies and best friends. We moved to Jackson Hole for a summer together and spent 4 months living in a tent and working for a white water rafting company. We just have way too much fun. She is now married and has the most perfect little baby Rexton. Her and my sister and I had a fun little get together the other day and had fun catching up and letting the babes have some male bonding time.  
 We were also lucky to go to a Jazz game a couple of weeks ago. My work hooked us up with front row tickets to the Jazz pre-season opener and I was crushing on Gordon Hayward all night (Andrew was too so it was fine). We really spend a lot of our free time, most of our free time actually, watching sports. It works for us. Go Jazz!
Finally, we went and got some family pictures this past weekend. It was hard and weird not having my dad there. But I was so glad to have Andrew and Owen as new additions to our family since the last time we got family pictures. I think my dad would be happy to see us spending time together and enjoying the people we love. We did the pictures at Memory Grove Park downtown. It was fitting to do them there because anywhere downtown reminds me of my dad, and the fall time also is my dad's favorite time of year because it's football season. We had a blast and I seriously couldn't get over how awesome me nephew looked. Gahhhh I love him. I'll post the official pictures when we get them but here are a few I snapped during the shoot.
Haley is such an awesome mama. I am seriously impressed with both her and Dan as parents. She is so fun and makes Owen laugh - this picture is so fabulous.
 We also had fun holding and playing with Owen. The leaves were GORGEOUS and I was so happy to be outside. It was a fun day. (Plus our photographer told me I look like Britney Spears so naturally I felt unstoppable) 
Looking at this picture makes me so happy. I have a pretty awesome husband and lots of great family and friends. Life is wonderful and I know God has blessed us more than we deserve. I will do my best to get back to blogging so I can slow down and smell the roses a little. 

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo
steph