all that is december

Holy falling behind. Same old story every. time.

I’ve sat down to write this post a few times, but after a few minutes of not knowing how to start or what to say, I close it up and let it wait for another day. And now nearly six months later, I still really don’t have the words, but I don’t think many are needed. On November 30th, my Uncle Brian was killed in a car accident on his way to work. It was sudden, it was unexpected, and hit so close to home, especially being only weeks after my Aunt Jana’s death. He was such a good man and the greatest uncle, always there to share a good laugh with and talk deals (he and Austin bonded over that one, always on the hunt for a good deal). He left behind a beautiful wife and four sons.


Miss him. Love their family so, so much.

My mom always says things best, I love her post here.

I’m tempted to skip to more current events, but I feel like Christmas and New Years and just December events in general are too big of a things to miss documenting (mostly for Scarlett’s sake). Even if it’s almost half a year late. Here goes nothing.

The beginning of December brought Austin’s 28th birthday. Unfortunately, the only pictures I took that day were when we met up with him on his lunch break at In-and-Out. Scarlett was too tired to celebrate.




I promise we had cake and ice cream that night with his fam. Just no pictures to show for it! Happy birthday, bae ;)


^^Scarlett’s first week of nursery. She was not this happy once we actually made it in there haha. To this day…still not a nursery fan. Doesn’t help that there are nineteen kids in there with her in our new ward. And that’s only one of the nurseries. Needless to say, she will have a plethora of friends her age around here, that’s for sure! Maybe one day she’ll like them.


Cracking up at how she held pencils. She has since grown out of that grip haha.


Little hoodlum.



After living at Austin’s parents house for a couple months, Scarlett finally started to get comfortable with everybody. Aunt Rachelle came back home for the holidays and got in on her good side quick thankfully!




At some point that month we took Scarlett out for a little photo shoot to get some up to date pictures…




Obsessed with her.



Then this happened. (Good thing they’re already married now). Congrats to Mitch and Kenzie!


We were extra lucky this year and also had my family in town through Christmas. The Goldsberry clan did a progressive dinner and Scarlett enjoyed her time being Santa with grandpa Billy.




^^Her sweet little Christmas dress from Gigi. Not the greatest picture but all I remember is she was not having it that day…hence the one and only picture. Oh well, still the cutest little dress ever. Worth documenting!


Merry Christmas Eve!


Even though we spent Christmas with Austin’s fam this year my parents still included us in the Syddall Christmas pj’s tradition.


 Excuse the poor quality pic, it’s all I got. Go BYU!


Santa done good.



Getting ready to go see what Santa brought! Scarlett’s reaction when she saw her presents was the cutest. Here’s a little clip of it.

I can’t get over the hands on face after I set her down hahaha. She loves that car.










Loving the cute busy bag book she got from Grandma Judy. In for hours of entertainment! Scarlett is blessed with extremely talented and creative grandmas.



Seestor chat time! Miss that girl!








It was a great Christmas! It’s so fun having a kid who’s getting old enough to think it’s awesome too. Can’t wait for her birthday this weekend.

And since this post isn’t long enough already, here’s a few New Years pics for ya.


We started the night at Sam and Autumn’s house for a fun New Years party. We lasted til about 10:30 before miss Scarlett was done.


So, we headed back to Austin’s parents house, got her to bed, watched the ball drop and took our first 2016 selfie.


 I think these new years get more exciting every year ;) Happy New Year e’rybody. Hope the first half of it has treated you well!

By | 2018-01-28T22:07:19+00:00 May 24th, 2016|Christmas, Family, Holiday, New Year, Scarlett|0 Comments

colorado christmas

Phewww. We’re back in action. I apologize to anyone that was scared away by the weird “malware” stuff that’s been going on over here. The bright red screen that popped up one day definitely freaked me out. Stupid hackers. Luckily, none of my post content was lost…we just had to delete the entire site and build it from scratch. Such. A. Pain. Hence my major lack of motivation to blog. And the work in progress design. Here’s to hoping that never happens again!

So Christmas! It was perfect. We gathered in Colorado and the entire family was together for the first time (for Christmas that is) since years ago. Aust even had two whole weeks off work so we really got to enjoy the holiday. It slightly helped make up for the 100+ nights that he spent sleeping in a hotel room in 2014. Just like a sliver of slightly. That’s a whole lotta nights for our hard working daddy-o! Since I’m really behind the time with this one, a post of pictures will have to suffice for memory sake. I’ve considered skipping the catching up stuff altogether, but it was Scarlett’s first Christmas so I probably shouldn’t slack. My more put together mama has way more pictures and all the details documented here and here.

We made our way out to Colorado on December 20th and Scarlett did awesome. (Can’t say as much for the way home.) Loved the time we were able to spend with the whole fam before Christmas!

Christmas Eve









Love this Bronco loving family of mine :)


Christmas Day






This little lady came out with quite the haul.  I guess that’s what happens when you’ve got grandparents, parents, and aunts/an uncle to celebrate your first Christmas with.  Girl, you are loved!




The day after Christmas my wonderful parents treated us all to Cheesecake Factory. So so yummy. Then on the 27th, (I think) we went out to take family pictures. It was cold. Our desired picture taking spot was closed. The camera had a mini freak out. There was an icy slip and fall. And the baby was not very interested in the timed camera on a tripod. Despite things not going completely our way, we still came out with a few decent shots and some fond picture taking memories.




On the 31st, Austin was able to take Lexee and Jason’s engagement pictures. We went to scope out the area beforehand this time to avoid another stressful picture taking experience.




He did an awesome job.  And they are a hottie couple.



New Years Eve


^^Not a fan of the fan hat haha.


We determined this was our sixth New Years together.  So crazy.


Hello 2015!

On the 1st, we played dress up with Scarlett.  This little red dress was mine as a baby, made with love by my Great Grandma.

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This pink dress was my mom’s as a baby, made with love by her Grandma (my Great Grandma).




And we couldn’t resist… :) Scarlett won’t be too happy with us when she gets older.


Over the next couple days we just enjoyed the rest of our time! Did some sleepy shopping, ate some tasty burgers at Crave, and spent lots of quality time with the fam.  My mom was the picture queen in between so check back to her posts :) I will be more like her one day.



It was an amazing trip. We’ll all be back together again in a couple short weeks as Lexee’s wedding festivities commence! Can’t wait.

By | 2018-01-28T22:07:22+00:00 March 8th, 2015|Christmas, Family, Firsts, New Year, Scarlett, Vacation|2 Comments

family and festivities

Long time, no post!  I wrote this like three weeks ago but it took me some time to get around to putting the pictures in.  Life got back to its busy, normal self right after the holidays ended.

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind.  Austin and I spent some time in Colorado before Christmas which was a very nice change of pace.  While we were there, we attempted to put together the hardest puzzle ever (unsuccessfully).  Since that was a little too overwhelming for us, we taught my parents how to play a version of the game, Settlers of Catan and spent a lot of time playing that.  They loved it.  Aust also got to spend a lot of time shopping with the girls at all the beauty supply stores :)  He was such a good sport.  On Christmas Eve we went over to the Billat’s house for a fun little get together with the family.  Then we opened up the traditional Christmas PJ’s and enjoyed some quality family time watching Elf.  I’m pretty sure that everyone fell asleep about thirty minutes in.  None of Santa’s secret potion, aka Benadryl needed :)  Unfortunately, we didn’t have our camera so I don’t have any pictures from the trip.  I always forget that the camera on my phone is good enough to suffice.  Maybe next time!

Christmas evening, we flew back to Utah so that Aust could be to work the next day.  A few days later my family came out to Utah to spend New Years with everyone and to take Lexee up to school at BYU-I.  While they were here, we went to the Salt Lake temple with my parents and Taylor and Lynnea and ran into L. Tom Perry!  It was awesome to shake his hand and talk to him for a minute.  Such a cute old man :)
One of the days I was able to go out shopping with the girls.  These were our favorite finds…
So attractive huh?
Another day, some of the boys were able to go out shooting.
Check out them guns!  It was negative temperatures the whole time so props to them.  Us girls spent the time watching a movie in the comfort of a warm home :)

We spent New Year’s Eve at my Goldsberry grandparents house with the Feil cousins.  There was a whole lot of yummy food and aggravation playing that evening.  I took a nice little nap between 10 and 11, midnight was pushing it for me ;)  More pictures can be found on my mom’s blog here.  She is much better at remembering to take pictures of these things!

What’s crazy for me to think about is that it was mine and Austin’s fourth New Year’s together.  Seriously?!  Where has the time gone!  It was our first married New Year’s though so that counts for something.  We can’t wait to see what this year has in store.
A couple weeks ago, I started my last semester of school ever.  Greatest feeling in the world!  I can already tell that it’s going to be a long one though…I’m just too anxious to be done.  I’m quickly discovering that I have had a major drop in motivation from last semester to now.  Hopefully I can get past that soon.

And lastly, since today is the day I am finally posting this, I should mention that it is our first anniversary!!  I can’t believe that it has already been a year.  Boy does time fly.  More details to come next time…this post has aged a bit and I don’t want to drag it out any further :)  Stay tuned.
By | 2018-01-28T22:07:24+00:00 February 4th, 2013|Anniversary, Christmas, Family, New Year, Vacation|1 Comment

park city

Can I just say that I am so glad that last week is over.  Finals were a beast.  I had six finals total and I ended up taking four of them in one day.  Definitely not my smartest move.  Here’s how that day went…my first final was scheduled for 7am so I headed off to school at 6:30 that morning.  That final took an hour and a half so I finished by about 8:30.  I went straight to the testing center to take my next final which took three and a half hours.  It was ridiculous.  By the time I finished that one, it was 12pm and I went straight to the Wilk to study for my next final.  I studied until one, took it, and finished by two.  Then I went back to the testing center, studied until 3:30 for the next one and was finally done taking it at 5:30pm.  It was killer.  By the end of the day my hand had the worst writing cramps ever and even started bleeding along the side that rests on the paper.  It was a long day!
Following that not so lovely week, we were able to relax and celebrate in Park City for our friend, Abe’s birthday.  He turned 30 so it was a big one.  We headed up on Friday night, went to dinner, then went bowling at a chic, 21 and older only, bowling alley.  It was the first time since I’ve turned 21 that I actually had to use my ID for something, I felt so special :)
The boys got a little frisky…
After bowling until midnight, we headed over to the resort we were staying at.  Me and Aust gave Abe the coveted aggravation board as a gift so we played that well into the night.  
We followed up with a few rounds of Great Dalmuti and at 4:30am decided to sneak out onto the roof hot tub.  I guess when you turn 30 you have to stay up all night to keep yourself young ;)  We came back in a little after 5 and finally went to bed.  Saturday morning we checked out and went to Cracker Barrel for breakfast.  It was delicious.
Saturday evening, our friends Matt and Amanda came over to decorate gingerbread houses (more like graham cracker houses).  Here’s a little preview of how that turned out.
They had a little trouble getting theirs to stay standing, hence the frosting everywhere.  I thought that it ended up looking like a nice church building with the steeple on top and all.  We’ll just say that’s what they were going for :) 
 It was a fun but exhausting weekend!  Tomorrow morning we’re flying out to Colorado to spend Christmas with the fam.  Can’t wait!
By | 2018-01-28T22:07:25+00:00 December 20th, 2012|Christmas, Friends, Party, School, Vacation|1 Comment