Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Fall, my Fave

Fall is the best. It's quickly becoming my favorite season. October flew by and was filled with everything I imagine fall to be. I did the whole pumpkin painting shenanigans, leaf exploring, watched LDS conference, attended my fair share of football games, busted out my favorite scarves, leather jackets, and boots, and had so much fun handing out candy to all the cute kiddos in our neighborhood on Halloween night. I made chili, pumpkin bread, and even decorated our house with cobwebs (totally tacky, I know...but I've always wanted cobwebs...)I was able to head back east for work and had such a fun time exploring Boston and New York in the fall. It was all so beautiful! Andrew and I have kicked our fireplace back on and enjoy cuddling up to watch anxiously as NBA season kicks into gear while drinking hot chocolate in big wool socks. 

With Thanksgiving fast approaching I can't help but slow down and document a few of the things we've been up to the last few weeks. Enjoy!
Headed up AF Canyon for a cookout & some exploring!
Sat through the freezing rain...then lost the game. Booo.
Conference weekend is the best weekend...
Pumpkin painting with my favorite ladies!
I am seriously obsessed with my little nephew, Owen! I never knew I could love a little person so much. He is the funniest and smartest little boy I've ever met. He talks full sentences and says the most hilarious things, like "Stephy poopy". He brings so much joy into our lives. Spending time with him is my favorite.
I was able to go to San Francisco for an event we did this month. It was at the Exploratorium on Pier 15 and was too beautiful not to share a picture. We were right on the pier so that is the ocean in the background. It was amazing! 
I was able to fly straight from San Francisco to St. George for the annual Christensen girls getaway! It was so much fun soaking up the last drops of summer and spending time with Andrew's mom and sisters. I loved the quality one-on-one time I got with my niece and nephew! They are so hilarious! We really just relaxed, shopped, swam, ate wayyy too much crap and saw two Tuacahn plays. We went to a park and I learned I have more fun at parks than most 5 year olds. I was totally the old creepy girl testing out all the fun stuff. I'm sure I'm everything my mother-in-law dreamt for her son. Yikes. Anyways, it was such a great trip and we had a lot of fun!
Beautiful view on my morning run! 

Switching gears. My very best friend in the world, Courtney Richards, gave birth to a beautiful baby boy! His name is Rhett and he is unusually good looking for a brand new baby. I cried at least 3 times the first time I met him. I really didn't know little tiny babies could be so perfect and I can't believe how much I love him already. 
In other news (this post is all over the place but whatevs) I chopped my hair. It was bugging and I needed a change. I wasn't planning on cutting it, but my great friend Amanda cuts it and while she was trimming I kept saying "more, more, more" and next thing I knew I had cut about 5 inches. It's rejuvenating and a much needed change!
 I mentioned I was able to go to New York and Boston as well, it was such a cool trip and I was able to do some fun things while I was there! I'll do a separate post about my experiences there but for now here's one of Grand Central, which was attached to the hotel I stayed at in Manhattan. More to come on this trip.

Finally, I had to post this gem of a picture...
They say "there's no place like home" and this is so true. I can go to all of the coolest places in the world, but there really is no place like home. My favorite place is in this family room with my favorite person spending time together. On this particular evening Andrew was watching baseball so decided to practice his swing. This weirdo is my whole world and brings so much happiness and fun into my life! Building a home together, making it our own, and creating happy memories in it has given me more joy than I ever thought possible. I love his crazy face!

So there you have it. October in a nutshell. It was busy and crazy and so much fun. I can't wait for the holidays!

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, October 13, 2014

Back at it...

I've fallen off the radar.

This I know, and this I regret. We played way too much and I haven't slowed down to record any of it. I hate social brags, so I don't want this post to come off that way, but it's my blog and if I have fun I can post about it! This has been the best year of my life. It has been filled with more love, passion, adventure, and just plain fun than ever before. I've decided I better chill out for a second and write some of these moments down or I'll forget them and be sad.

I know marriage is a whirlwind of never-ending "figuring it out" and learning lessons from each other, but if we've ever had a time that we've "figured it out" this would probably be the closest we've ever come. Life is not even close to always rainbows and butterflies, but for some reason, especially recently, we've had a blast and Heavenly Father's blessed us with the ability to just have lots fun together. We've had a blast making our home a house, putting in a yard, spending quality time together, traveling, and growing in our love. I'm (slowly) learning to develop the patience and deep never-ending consistent love that Andrew has, and although I have a long way to go, it's been just lovely. Marriage is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me, and I'm not quite sure how I convinced Andrew to be mine but I'll take it. 

We've had a great summer, here are a few highlights:

1.We put in a yard! This was crazy and so freaking hard. Andrew and I figured it out by watching YouTube videos and had a blast spending our Labor Day weekend installing a full sprinkler system (with the help of Andrew's awesome family). We also poured concrete for our basketball court and it was so beautiful when it was done, I cried. Seriously, I cried. Show me another wife who cries over a basketball court and I'll pay you fifty bucks. We planted seed and our grass is coming in nicely. I'll post an updated of the grass when it's ready. 
We thought it'd be cool to do a flagstone firepitarea. We LOVE it now but had no idea how big of a project it would be. It was SO much work and I'm about 15% sure it was worth it.
2. We played every (single) day - Andrew started a job at Vivint Solar this summer which coincidentally was in the same parking lot as my job at Qualtrics. We ended up carpooling most days and had a blast spending breaks riding my company golf carts and eating lunch together most days. We knew this was a rare luxury and soaked up every moment we could. 

3. We spent quality time with the fam - We headed up to Bear Lake with my side and down to Las Vegas with his side. It's always so fun to be with our nieces and nephews and siblings, in-laws and parents. We also spent many summer nights on the moped and in bare feet with snow cones, which is really all I need to be happy in this life.
^^Don't mind my sexy running short tan lines^^
I get along WAY too well with 5 year olds...

4. I loved my job (and still do!) - I have been at Qualtrics for about 6 months now and I am so happy with my job. It's just in line with what I've been wanting to get into and is a great company. I do Event Marketing there and have learned SO much. I have now been to San Francisco 3 times, New York, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Seattle, DC, and Chicago! It's been so much traveling all over the world. I've come to decide my favorite city so far is New York, with Washington DC in a close second. I will say though, that going to all these places makes me really appreciate my lifestyle, my friends and family, and my home. It's been such an adventure and I'm really loving it. 
Central Park in New York 
Driving across a bridge in Pittsburgh - I loved this city! 
I judge pie-eating contests for a living...
A view from my hotel in LA.
During an event at the Seattle Space Needle 
The sunset while walking the streets in Georgetown, DC. This is my second favorite city. They had adorable cobble stone streets and flower hanging plants everywhere, it was fabulous and the food was amaze!  
Walking Times Square with my colleague after an event. 
Fulfilled a dream and met Coach K after an event at the Grand America in SLC. So scary but amazing! 

5-We ran lots!And did the AF half marathon. We were set to run a full marathon in September then we...just stopped running...and didn't do it...wish I had a better excuse.

6-We had a good time with friends! I had a friend move to Tonga so naturally we had to throw her a going away party. Also my very best friend is having a baby in a few weeks and we threw her a shower. We've had lots of friends over at our house and it is a dream. I love having friends and family over and showing them a good time. All I've really wanted in my life is to have a home where people can come together and laugh and have a fun time and to see that happening is a blast. Andrew loves entertaining as well and is 10 times a better cook than I am. 
Check out my limbo skills^^

Overall, really solid Summer with people I love. Life is good!