Sunday, April 26, 2015


jared's parents were in town for the weekend, so we all met up at thanksgiving point for lunch and spring tulips. we had a great time walking through the gardens chatting, and watching jared's dad wear out the grandkids (i think he has more energy than the rest of us combined),

jen, looking lovely in the tulips.

these guys are all snacking on the kid's peanuts. yep. stealing peanuts from babies. as you can see, jared is still holding the evidence ;-)

can you believe laurie is already halfway through her pregnancy!?! they'll be having a little baby girl sometime in september and then are planning to ditch us all and move to a foreign country in october! not cool, jake & laurie. not cool. we'll miss em' but i'm sure they'll have lots of great adventures and maybe we'll come out and stay at their new digs. 

just hanging out with the fam

we had a great time exploring the gardens, and partying it up at jen's house afterwards. thanks for the good times and the crazy conversations. love ya lots!

Sunday, April 19, 2015


the last few weekends, jared and i have been spending lots of time at the park or out on the trails. sometimes sitting in an office all week gets a little dreary, so when the weekend comes it's nice to break away.

we've finally reached some amazing spring weather in slc (which i think is finally sticking around!), and the blossoms are all in's one of my favorite times of year.

this weekend we visited red butte for the bulbs and blooms festival. even though the entire garden was buried in snow 3 days ago, by saturday things had already warmed up to 70 degrees and 220,000+ daffodils were back to their golden radiance.

the children's garden has really blossomed- i love to see all of the cute and creative flowerbeds all in bloom. plus, it's fun to climb around and act like a kid again (notice jared in the little garden house).

we've made a few hikes up to the "living room" in the last few weeks (one of salt lake's busiest hikes) mostly because it's a lower elevation hike and isn't covered in snow, but also for the beautiful views of the valley and the lovely vibrant wildflowers.

-wildflowers along the trail-

our fellow hikers enjoying their rock chairs. gotta love meeting all of the other people and dogs on the trail. everyone is just happier and friendlier in the great outdoors. i wish we could bring lola out with of the benefits of having a dog instead of a cat.

plus, we're working on getting in shape before our 16 mile backpacking trip in Zion next month! it might kill us, but at least it'll be an adventure.

i hope you've having a wonderful spring and spending some time outside in this beautiful weather! love ya lots!

Sunday, April 5, 2015


i hope you've all had the loveliest easter weekend with lots of yummy food, and a little extra time spent with family and friends. we were planning a trip to southern utah to celebrate easter with our families, and watch my mom blow out candles on her birthday cake. but, after an unexpected hit-and-run in my work parking lot (which smashed up the front end of my car), we decided to stick around the salt lake area and celebrate with our salt lake city family. we were lucky enough to color eggs with my siblings, and watch a little easter sunday general conference with jared's siblings and grandparents. it was a relaxing easter weekend, and a wonderful excuse to celebrate family, life, spring - and remember the divinity all around us.

happy easter, my friends! eat some peeps and spread some love. love ya lots!