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We Need a Little Christmas, Right This Very Minute

Christmas was so 2 weeks ago, but I wanted to post a few pictures and write down some memories before I forgot them entirely! Also, Tij and I got new cell phones (yay!) but in the shuffle I think some of the photos I took are gone now. I’ve got to save the ones I do have!

Tij and I had a great Christmas. We flew up to (cold) Idaho to spend it with my family. My sister and I got to spend Christmas together for the first time in 4 years! Christmas Eve we snacked on Auntie’s special cheese fondue and me, the sister, and the cousins spent a couple hours playing Monopoly (which is a secret favorite of mine) with the fireplace going. Magic! And the best part? I got a white Christmas! I’ve already posted about how sappy and sentimental I get about Christmas, and this dusting of snow was truly the cherry on top

Christmas morning festivities just continued the general feeling of perfection and contentedness. Imagine the tree all lit up, everyone in their pajamas and eating chocolate for breakfast, and the anticipation of giving and getting gifts. We all take turns opening gifts, and since there was 11 of us, it took allllll morning – my favorite.


One afternoon my sister and my cousin and I went to a vintage store. It was charming and they had a great selection! My sister and I used to go to this great vintage store in Montana when we in high school. It’s closed down now, but hunting for treasures in Idaho took me back a few years. (I splurged on a couple rings and a cheesy Hawaiian shirt for Tij.) We met up with yet another cousin for dinner downtown after that. Talk about a killer evening! I love spending time with my sister and cousins. Sometimes I wished we lived closer, (and maybe someday we will,) but for now I console myself by enjoying them as much as I can when we’re all together.


Before I flew back to Vegas, my sister and I walked through “Garden Aglow” at the Botanical Gardens. They cover all the trees and trellises in lights and it’s beautiful! We drank hot chocolate and indulged in fresh doughnuts. It even started snowing on our way out – talk about perfection! We got to chat about life and got in some much needed sister-therapy. Sisters are the best, aren’t they?


I hope all of you had a magical Christmas too. I was in a bit of a post-holiday slump last week, but I’m getting really excited about all the possibilities that 2015 could have in store for our family. And there’s only 351 days until Christmas is here again!

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Home Again, Home Again

We are back from San Diego and it’s like Vegas decided to jump straight from almost-fall to winter over the weekend. It was 44 degrees out when we pulled up Sunday night! (I know I’ve been harping on the weather a lot lately, but I am just so tired of being constantly hot and uncomfortable and planning my day and wardrobe around the heat. I suppose it’s just something I’ve yet to fully adjust to…) San Diego was beautiful. Tij and I went there for vacation once 5 years ago and it was so much fun! Now that my mom lives in San Diego we’ll probably be back more often than once every 5 years – lucky us!

My cousins and I wandered down to the beach one evening to watch the sunset and boy, did I get some killer photos! There’s nothing like the sun going down over the ocean.


The wedding festivities were over Saturday night so Sunday Tij and I did some sight-seeing with our family before driving home. We checked out a few museums and ate at this divine Italian restaurant where I had the best raviolis. (I’m a sucker for stuffed pasta.) I can see why people love southern California. I think Tij and I would want to live there too if it wasn’t for the insane cost of living and the traffic!

At the Maritime Museum I walked through a B-39 Soviet sub (talk about cramped!) and stood on a sailing vessel they used in one of The Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

The NAT (Natural History Museum) was hosting a King Tut exhibit which was really well done. The curators set it up to make you feel like you were discovering the tomb right along with Howard Carter and the original excavators. There was gold, gold, and more gold! I’ve always found ancient Egypt fascinating.


aboard “The Star of India” a 151 year-old immigration vessel

This is all I’ll say about the wedding: the ceremony on the beach was beautiful and Tij and I are happy to be home now. We are looking forward to a quiet week of catching up on sleep and household chores.

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Fabulous Fall


autumn in Boise

It’s faaaaaaaaaaall! And I am so thrilled. Today it is only 60 degrees here in Vegas and I am loving it.

I took a quick trip up to Boise last week to bring down…a new car!!! At least new to us. My mom very kindly gave us her vehicle as she will be shortly starting her new life (along with new car) this month. Tij and I are so excited to be a two-car family for the first time in our whole marriage! I got to spend a few days in Idaho hanging out with my family and going through boxes of memorabilia to take back to Vegas with me. My sister and I went out for brunch one morning and then took a walk along the Boise River to admire the fall colors. I miss watching the distinct change that marks the seasons. It’s just not that noticeable here in Vegas. It is slowly cooling off, and the trees that aren’t palm trees are losing their leaves, but it’s not the same as ***FALL***! Thankfully, I got my fill in this weekend!

After a few days I drove down to Salt Lake and hung out with some friends and family on Sunday and Monday before heading home. Driving by myself was a little nerve-wracking as I’ve never done a trip like that all by myself but it ended up being fine. Long, but fine. Now, I’m just so happy to be home with Tij and zee babies and I’m looking forward to life with my own set of wheels!


I took the picture on the left from a swing


the Boise River

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Girl’s Weekend in St. George

I have been lucky to make such wonderful friends here in Las Vegas. There is a little group of us who get together every week and I so look forward to those evenings where we get to hang out and be goofy and just be ourselves. A few weeks ago we decided to plan a girl’s getaway. And where do you go to “getaway” when you live in Las Vegas? St. George, Utah of course! Haha. St. George may be much smaller than Vegas but it is definitely different and has some attractions of its own.

To start things off right we went to see Thriller at Tuachan theater. (Tuachan is an incredible outdoor theater. I have never experienced a performance in perfect evening weather, under the stars, with the majestic red rock of the desert all around me. Seriously so cool.) Thriller is 2 hours of dance with just a hint of the creepy macabre thrown in: zombies, would-be chainsaw assassins, Chucky dolls, etc.


creepy zombie dancers greeted us as we headed to our seats

Next morning, we ate brunch at this hidden gem of a restaurant called Xetava. It’s in this designer community (Keyanta) where all the houses are adobe and low to the ground and blend in with the natural desert all around. Then we hiked up a trail behind Tuacahn. I’m really glad we went back in the daytime – there was so much I couldn’t see when it was dark. And surprise! Our hike looked a lot like Red Rock. Mother Nature did not disappoint, as usual.


Later we got pedicures, did a little shopping, ate delicious doughnuts, and got tasty Mexican food. It was a short trip but it was the perfect blend of relaxation and getting out and exploring. And of course, getting to spend time with my friends and feel their love and support was the best. (We travel well together! Everyone was chill and we just had a good time enjoying each other’s company.) I came back just feeling so happy and content with the world!

Sunday was our ward Primary Children’s Program. I have been looking forward to this all month! My Sunbeams have been practicing their little hearts out and I was so proud! They all had their parts memorized and they were about as reverent and quiet up on the stand as 3-4 year-olds can be. Later, Tij and I had the opportunity to go to a musical fireside put on by the missionaries in our area and it gave me goosebumps. It was just one of those magical Sundays where there was peace in my heart and a smile on my face.

Life is good. We are so blessed.

Happy Monday everyone! This is going to be a good week!


here’s a cute picture of zee babies to help you get through your day

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A Wedding Attended, A Crisis Averted, And A Vacation Completed

I now share my wedding anniversary with my good friend, Ashlee, who got hitched this past Friday. Since the wedding was in Salt Lake City, Tij and I had to spend our anniversary apart, but I got to reminisce a lot. Watching Ashlee get married for time and all eternity and remembering how I felt about Tij on the same day 5 years ago was a great way to spend our day. The happy couple was very happy indeed. As a bridesmaid, I did Ashlee’s hair, held up her train in between photos, and ate lots of good food at the reception. Basically, Ashlee was the chillest bride ever and I basically just showed up and enjoyed myself. Thanks for showing me a good time Ash! Congratulations lovebirds. You have a lot to look forward to!


the hair & the happy couple

After all the wedding festivities were over I spent the weekend with my friend Amber, her husband, and their adorable new baby girl. Seeing them again reminded me of what we’ve left behind in Utah. To top things off, Spring was still in full tilt and it was so green and beautiful. I actually started pining for the historic neighborhoods, the mountains, the fresh air…Tij and I know that moving to Las Vegas was the right choice for us right now, but that doesn’t mean I can’t occasionally get nostalgic, right? I never want to go back to our old life in Utah, but sometimes I wonder what it would be like if we were there with a good job, moving on with our lives. I think what I really miss is the people. But that’s what texting is for, right?


Everything was going smoothly on my trip until Tij called me frantic Saturday night. Somehow our little Bianca had got her finger stuck in between the cage bars and broke off her finger from the knuckle down! My brave, resourceful husband had to perform rat first aid on our baby. Between google, our breeder, and some trial and error, he managed to get the bleeding to stop and sterilized her wound. We figure she’ll have to re-learn how to climb with only 7.5 fingers, but she can walk and eat and preen just fine. We now occasionally refer to Bianca as “Scabbers” or “The Nubbins”. (Since she ended up being okay I had to find a way to laugh about it or else I would just cry about it.) My poor baby!


I loved my time in Utah, but I am glad to be home with Tij and my girls. It was 105 degrees when I stepped off the plane, but I didn’t even care – I was home! Until next time, Beehive State!

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