july fourth

One more oldie post because I just can’t even with some of these pictures.

This year we spent the fourth of July at the Duke’s lovely home and had such a good time. Nothing better than some barbecue, some bounce housin’, some sparklers, and a whole lotta fun with our sweet friends.

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Major heart eyes for this little crew ^^ best buds for life.

By |October 27th, 2016|Friends, Holiday, Sweet Summertime|1 Comment

a night at the pumpkin patch

A couple days before we left for Hawaii, Jesse and Brittney invited us to tag along to a pumpkin patch. Scarlett was in pumpkin patch/corn pit/huge slide/hay ride/petting zoo/tire swing heaven.

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Oliver liked seeing the view from up top.

Such a fun night with the kiddos!

By |November 5th, 2015|Fall Festivities, Friends, Scarlett|1 Comment

san diego

Over the weekend of July 24th (thank you Utah for celebrating Pioneer Day), we took a trip out to San Diego with the Wride’s and the Pack’s. I feel extremely lucky to have our friends so close and to all be in the same stage of life together! I think it’s rare for a group of college friends to end up in the same place, but I’m sooo glad it worked out that way. With Kaitlin and Abe’s baby number two on the way, we thought we better take advantage of the “only child” stage we’re all in and go on a family/friend vacay.

Thursday morning, Austin and I flew into San Diego with Kaitlin and Abe, grabbed our rental cars, and hit up Old Town to kick off the day. Jesse and Brittney went to visit her parents in Vegas the day before, so they arrived a little later and met up with us for dinner.

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unnamed^^And this is how the Mormon Battalion tour went with the bebes haha. They didn’t appreciate it as much as we did.

Friday was our zoo day. There’s a lot of hype around the San Diego Zoo so we were all looking forward to it. Unfortunately, we were there right in the middle of the day, it was super hot, and the animals were laaaazy. Most of the big exhibit animals that you go to the zoo to see weren’t even out, such a bust. Brittney and Jesse had been before and said that this time was definitely a let down compared to last. Oh well, what can ya do! At least on our way in, this nice family stopped me and Aust and asked if we had bought our tickets yet. We hadn’t, and they had two extras that they would sell us for $35 a piece. Great deal compared to the $50 we would have spent at the door! So after all was said and done we felt a little better about the slightly lame zoo day since we saved thirty bucks haha.

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At least the babies enjoyed some parts of it :) Next time we’ll go in the late afternoon/evening and hope for more active animals. Lesson learned!

Friday night after a little rest time at the hotel we decided to hit up the Mission Beach Boardwalk.

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Scarlett had no fear of the ocean. We found out she’s quite the beach babe.

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Saturday was our beach day.  After some deliberation and in an attempt to avoid parking chaos (impossible on a Saturday at a beach), we ended up at Cardiff beach per recommendation of a restaurant owner the day before. We rented some umbrellas and boogie boards and had a great time! Easily Scarlett’s favorite day.

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We’ve got quite the model on our hands.

On Sunday we spent the morning at the hotel until check out time. We had some time to kill before our flight that evening so we took a stroll around the San Diego temple grounds. Such a beautiful temple.

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And now that you’ve made it through a million and a half pictures, here’s an awesome video Jesse put together of the highlights.

Such a great trip with great people!

By |August 14th, 2015|Friends, Fun in the Sun, Sweet Summertime, Travel, Vacation|3 Comments

the fourth

To start off our Independence day celebrations, we took advantage of Aust’s day off on Friday and went to the Freedom Festival down in Provo with Kaitlin and Abe.  It was hot.  And kind of anti-climatic.  But we did get to see the real candy bomber fly his plane over the crowds and drop little parachutes of candy!  That was pretty cool.  And now I feel like a part of history or something :)

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Plus we got to see Scarlett as a colonial soldier.  Worth it!

On the 4th, we went over to Kaitlin and Abe’s house and spent the afternoon/evening with them.  Now for a picture overload…

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These babies kill me. Love them!

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How cool is that right in your backyard!  Scarlett was impressed.

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^^Supa cute picture of them.  Thennn it got windy…

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…and Scarlett was ticked. Haha such is life.

Before the kiddos got too tired we wanted to give them a little firework action.  Sparklers are perfect for babies, right? :)

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Probably should have given those another year or two haha.

After we got them to bed we had a little fire, roasted marshmallows, enjoyed the fireworks going on around us, and played with glow sticks and sparklers some more.

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It was a great holiday!

By |August 5th, 2015|Friends, Holiday, Sweet Summertime|1 Comment

the past month{s} in review

I’m behind, again.  Why do I always do this to myself.  Fair warning…this is going to be a long post with a whole lot crammed in.  I want to get all caught up before Scarlett turns one next week.  What in the world!

Scarlett is changing by the day I swear.  She’s in this stage where she’s just picking up on all these big milestones in a super short amount of time.  She finally started crawling on March 22nd, just shy of being ten months old.  Then a little over a week later, she took her first solo steps (not too surprising – walking has always been her preferred method of getting around).  My family was even in town to witness both of these life changers for her which was fun.  She’s the shyest girl I know, but she can turn it on for an audience.

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Mint M&M’s from Lexee’s bridal shower the night before did the trick.  Who woulda thought?

Then she became our little ten month old.

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^^This is what she really thought about it most the time haha

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Such a goofball.

Then we celebrated her first Easter.

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The week after that, Auntie Lex got married.

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You can see all the pictures and read about that here and here.

Then Scarlett started getting a little more confident with her steps and liked playing the walk-back-and-forth-between-mom-and-dad game.

We thought for sure that she would be walking everywhere within a few days of that but instead she got more and more cautious, to the point where she wouldn’t even take one step without my hand to hold.  She must not have been a fan of the occasional hard hit she was taking during her endeavors haha.  I was so disappointed because the end of my hunch over, walk-me-around-for-hours-mama, I’ll-throw-a-tantrum-til-you-do days seemed right at my fingertips!  Some may have called it naive, but I was 100 percent sure that my life would get so much easier when she started walking on her own. (And people, it has.  I’m in heaven with my walking girl.) For anyone that’s spent a decent amount of time around our sweet little Scarlett, you get me.  I just call it mama’s girl to the extreme.

On April 27th I took Scarlett for her first swim at the pool with Brittney and Ollie.  I was a little nervous about how she would react but she loved it (even though her face in most these pictures suggests otherwise).  It’s our new fave activity around here.

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And then she was our eleven month old.

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^^”Really, guys? This again?”

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^^”They call me tubby.”

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^^”Eh I guess this isn’t so bad.”

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^^”Wait, I’m eleven months old? Say whaaat!?”

Right there with you girl, right there with you.  Time flies unbelievably fast.

Then this past Friday, May 15th, she decided she was ready and started really walking!  I didn’t have to be there on the other end coercing her, her little hand wasn’t glued to mine every waking hour of the day, it. was. awesome.  She’s definitely still a little wobbly but her confidence is growing more and more everyday.  She still likes to hold my hand if I’m there to offer it to her, and you can see the nervous look on her face every time she’s walking an extra long stretch but it’s quickly fading away.  She’s especially cautious on the tile which is nice because I don’t have to worry as much that she’s gonna do something crazy.  It’s even gotten to the point this week where I don’t feel like I have to be right there to make sure she doesn’t hurt herself too badly, she’s getting the balance thing down pat and I am loving it.

This week we’ve just been prepping for her party and trying to wrap our minds around how it’s already been a year!

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While we were out shopping we naturally had to try a party hat on, she refuses to wear anything on her head so I wanted to see if it was at all possible.  To my surprise, she was pretty ok with it!  I think she felt beautiful.  Hopefully she’ll like it just as much next week.

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^^Then I couldn’t leave these out from earlier this week, I mean those babies!!  We still grocery shop with Kaitlin and Bennett pretty much weekly.  We love it.  And them.

And finally to wrap things up, Tuesday night we were able to go to the Payson Temple open house with some friends.  It is the prettiest temple, definitely a must see!

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So so thankful for temples and eternal families.  We are blessed!

By |May 21st, 2015|Blessings, Family, Firsts, Friends, Scarlett, Wedding|1 Comment

january

Soon after we got back home from Colorado, we took more family pictures with Austin’s family.  It’s that time of year!  It went much smoother this time around, definitely helps when it’s warmer than like ten degrees haha.

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Then Bennett got to show Scarlett his new ride.  Love that boy.

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Later that month we were able to go to a Jazz game with some friends.  (Thanks Brittney and Jesse for the tickets!) It was also the first time I left Scarlett for longer than an hour or two (her refusing to take a bottle has kept us glued at the hip).  I sure do love that girl, but it was awesome.

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Row 23 was the place to be!  During the game they did a competition between a few rows to see who could pass something around the stadium the fastest.  Our row won so we all got free hats!  It was the highlight of our night haha.  We wore those hats with pride!  Plus we got free cup things for going to the game.  And the Jazz won!  I’d call that a successful night.

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Then just some random pictures from the month that I love.  Scarlett will have lots of memories to look back on with the 20,000 pictures or so we’ve taken during her lifetime haha.

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Thankful for family, friends, and all their sweet babies.  I’ve loved watching them interact more as they’ve gotten older.  They’ll be running around and being little hooligans together in no time.

By |March 9th, 2015|Family, Friends, Scarlett|1 Comment

it’s a love story

This past week marked two years since Aust and I got engaged.  Love that boy to pieces!  There was a lot that went into us meeting (over four years ago now…what the…) and it’s really quite a story so I wanted to share.  I’ll start where it all began.

  1. Back in 2009, I got accepted to BYU for the Summer term. This meant heading off to school only a mere three weeks after graduating high school.  So not what I had in mind.  I had very mixed emotions when I found out.  I was beyond thrilled that I even got accepted to BYU, but nervous and upset that my time at home with friends and family was cut short.  In the end I got over it, cherished my three weeks, packed up, and headed off to Utah to start my college career.  If I wouldn’t have started summer term, I never would have met Austin.
  2. Once there, I attended an optional Freshman Orientation where they assigned us out into groups.  In my group was a kid named Matt, but after the two day orientation ended, we were off on our merry way, without having had exchanged numbers or anything.   Matt and I had chatted a couple times within our group but that was it. I didn’t really expect or think twice about coming across him again.  I mean, on a campus of 30,000+ students, it’s not very likely.  If I wouldn’t have gone to freshman orientation, I wouldn’t have met Matt, and never would have met Austin.
  3. On the first night of orientation, they had an activity for all the new Freshman.  As the night ended, I was waiting in line for my ice cream and I called my Dad to let him know that I was ready to be picked up.  He had kept my car for the day to get the oil changed so I wouldn’t have to deal with it on my own.  While talking to him and explaining where to come get me, a girl behind me overheard and said, “Oh you live in Wyview?  I do too, I can just give you a ride back if you want.”  That girl happened to be Brittney, and is now one of my closest friends.  She wasn’t in my ward or my orientation group so if it wasn’t for her sweet offer, and her offer to drive together to orientation the next day, we probably never would have become such close friends.  If my dad wouldn’t have had my car that day, I wouldn’t have met Brittney, and never would have met Austin.
  4. As school started, Brittney and I spent a lot of time with a couple girls in my ward and a few boys in her ward.  One night, we decided to go to some fields by campus to play soccer.  When we got there, guess who was playing with some friends on the same fields?  My boy Matt.  What are the chances, right?  I yelled him over and we were just so excited that we had run into each other again.  At that point, we joined our groups together to play, numbers were exchanged, and new friendship emerged.  If I woudn’t have met Brittney, I wouldn’t have gone to play soccer with the boys in her ward at that precise moment, I wouldn’t have run into Matt, and never would have met Austin.
  5. A few more weeks passed when Matt invited Brittney and I to go to a battle of the bands thing that his brother’s band was playing in.  And guess which band that happened to be? That’s right, j.wride.  If I wouldn’t have run into Matt, I wouldn’t have ever gone to this battle of the bands, and never would have met Austin.
  6. Now to make things clear, I didn’t actually meet Austin at the battle of the bands ordeal.  I saw him for the first time there (and he swears to this day he noticed me – highly doubt it) but after watching the show, Brittney and I were off on our merry way obsessing over how much we had enjoyed their music and decided that we would go to their next show which was a couple weeks later.  The weeks passed and after that second show came to a close we told Matt to tell his brother that we would like a  t-shirt.  He obliged and went up to Jesse instead and told him that “those girls want shirts.”  If Brittney and I wouldn’t have gone to the j.wride show and asked for shirts, I never would have met Austin.
  7. The following day we got texts that said something along the lines of, “Hey this is Jesse Wride.  I hear you want a shirt…” (Don’t quote me on that, I really can’t remember but that was the jist)  Long story short we decided that him and Austin would come over to Brittney’s apartment that night.  Now keep in mind that we still hadn’t technically met them yet.  So it’s safe to say that we were kinda freaking out haha.  If Matt wouldn’t have told Jesse that we wanted shirts, he never would have texted us, and I never would have met Austin.
  8. That evening came and Austin and Jesse arrived for what was probably a super awkward night looking back on it.  Like I said, we had never met them so it was like a, “oh hey, nice to talk to you.”  And they didn’t even bring the shirts – there went our conversation starter.  We invited them in, sat on the couch and who knows what we talked about.  All I really remember is that Jesse ended up in the bathroom for about an hour and we watched TV with Austin.  What a night huh?  After a couple hours passed they headed out and then shortly after Brittney got a call from Jesse asking if we wanted to go out with them later that week.  The rest is history.

So there we have it.  If I wouldn’t have started at BYU Summer term, and gone to Freshman Orientation, I wouldn’t have met Matt.  If my dad didn’t have my car that night, I wouldn’t have met Brittney, I never would have met those boys in her ward, I never would have gone to play soccer with them, and never would have crossed paths with Matt again.  If I never ran into Matt, I never would have gone to a j.wride concert, I never would have asked for shirts, I never would have received a text from Jesse inviting themselves over, and I never would have met Austin.

    This was the first picture we had together…Halloween 2009.  Yes this was in the middle of a guitar hero match and please ignore my awkward hands :) It tends to happen ALL the time.  Love love love love him.
    By |October 19th, 2013|Friends, j.wride, Love|1 Comment

    yellowstone

    Over Labor Day weekend, Aust and I were able to take a trip up to Yellowstone with our favorite travel buddies, Kaitlin and Abe.  I have never been so I really didn’t know what to expect but I must say, I was thoroughly impressed.  Other than the rotten-egg-sulfur-mist that brought on the occasional gag, the diversity and immensity of the entire park was amazing.

    We literally were pulling into the parking lot as Old Faithful went off.  So we had to hang around for another hour and a half to see it.  How lucky of us :)

    The Grand Prismatic Springs – one of my favorites.  Apparently the rainbow of colors that you see are bacteria from the extremely hot temperatures.  Kinda nasty, but beautiful!

     Bubbling mud pots.  That is some hot mud.

     On day two, we decided that we should probably start switching up our poses to give our pictures some variety.  Obviously we were really great at coming up with ideas :)

     Night time adventures.

     This was called the “Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.”  It was spectacular.  Pictures definitely don’t do it justice.

    Buffalo!  These guys were another one of my favorite things.  They are huge.  And you get so dang close to them which is super cool.  It did make me a little nervous at times because Aust was sure to show me all the youtube videos of people getting charged by them, at Yellowstone, before our trip.  How thoughtful of him huh?

     Just hanging out in the middle of the road.

    We all had a great time!  It was nice being able to spend a full 3.5 days there because there’s so much to see.  If you haven’t been, it’s definitely one of those, “gotta do it at least once” sort of things.  Totally worth it.

    By |September 16th, 2013|Friends, Sweet Summertime, Vacation|3 Comments

    lake powell

    So a couple weeks ago over Memorial Day weekend, Aust and I were able to head down to Lake Powell for a nice little getaway with some friends.  It is always so great to get out of town for a few days and enjoy some good company!  Jesse’s grandparents live near the lake on an awesome, basically middle-of-nowhere ranch.  We stayed at their house and loved the yummy food (fish galore, let me tell ya – you’ll see why in just a moment), fresh grape juice, roasting marshmallows around the fire each night, hot tubbing, hiking with his 80 year old grandma – she was a champ, swimming at the lake, fishing, shooting, and all that jazz.  It was a good time…

    The first day we were there, a few of the boys went fishing bright and early and the rest of us enjoyed our sleep and went on a hike.

    Grandma taking a shade breather.  It was hot.

    Then at some point, shooting happened.

    Abe and Austin with their shotguns.
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    This about sums up how great I am at shooting guns :) 

     

     Court and his {girl}friend Samarah rockin the pistol.

    On our way to swim at the lake…

     the girls,

     the boys (Jesse is killin that turban),

    and our sumo sand man!

    Abe was a great sport.  He had tons of sand on him and this masterpiece took probably an hour.  Totally worth it :)  It was a pretty intense workout for him to break free.

    We loved the fire and smores each night.  Pretty much my favorite summertime activity.

    In the morning before we headed back home, Kaitlin and I decided that we needed to experience this insane fishing that the boys were raving about from a couple days before.  Jesse’s grandpa does not joke around when it comes to fishing so we got up at the crack of dawn – 4am to be exact – and headed out to the lake so we could be the first ones on the water. 
    The sunrise was beautiful.

    McKay reelin’ one in.

    The net queens.

    This is me trying to kill the fish and beating Austin’s hand instead :)

    Those fish were coming in left and right.  It was crazy. Literally the second that a pole would go into the water, a fish would bite and Kaitlin and I had to run around like mad women to pull them out with the net.  That entire cooler was filled to the brim within 15 minutes (total they caught three coolers full – over a hundred fish, which explains the fish feasting everyday). I am not usually one to actually enjoy fishing but I must say, it was quite a thrill.  One that I will probably never have the chance of experiencing again haha.  I guess that’s what you get when you go with the professional gramps!
    After our boat ride/ultimate fishing trip we were on our way.  Thanks again to Jesse for bringing all of us and to his sweet grandparents for showing us a real good time.  We had a blast.
    By |June 16th, 2013|Friends, Sweet Summertime, Vacation|2 Comments

    my boy band

    I love j.wride. 
    If you haven’t heard them, you are seriously missing out. A couple weeks ago they had a show in Provo and it was awesome.

    A little pre-show love

    Oh hey there baby!

    On stage.  So good, I tell ya, so so good.

    Ashlyn and Hailey even got to come!  It’s been way fun having them close.

    Here’s a cover they did a little bit ago that I love.

    If you haven’t already, like them on facebook here and subscribe on youtube here.
    And P.S.
    Check out the drummer…he’s a total hottie.

    By |February 20th, 2013|Friends, j.wride|1 Comment