Wednesday, September 29

dear: photos

we've been too busy to blog lately, or anything else for that matter, but we are loving our crazy schedules and are blessed each and everyday. fall is anticipated greatly around here, halloween decorations will be up oct 1, and delicious fall meals will soon to be eaten. but for now, here are some of bridals.groomals , and here are some wedding pictures. thanks lindsey for taking such fabulous photos. just found out that our wedding was chosen to be a feature wedding in the next issue of utah bride, more to come!

Tuesday, September 21

dear: elease and joel

your day was beautiful, thank you for letting us be a part of it. we are so excited to explore this time of life with you. x's and o's

Sunday, September 19

dear: lion king, we loved you

Jake's wonderful parents took us to the Lion King broadway musical, while it was in Salt Lake. To say the least, we loved it. You could also say that Jake and I both were wide eyed little children again while we sat fascinated with the animals they have created. simply amazing. If you ever have the chance to see it, GO. I've been to New York multiples of times and never taken the time to go, but i'm so happy i've seen it now.

Tuesday, September 14

dear: treat for tuesday

sometimes nothings better then a fresh fruit treat. take my word on this one, it will not disappoint. this fresh blueberry peach (some of lovers and i's favorites) crumble found here is a perfect end of summer delight. and even though i'm so excited for fall, i couldn't have loved this summers evening more. the recipe is easy, and so worth it when done.

Monday, September 13

dear: dad's little surprises

for those of you who know my dad, he always has something up his sleeve. i love it, his surprises are always the best. last monday for fhe (family home evening) he took us to the miller race park to go kart. i was so nervous, jake was ecstatic, and in the end we had more fun then imagined. we are so lucky to a. have the best families in the world and b. have them so close to us. they make life what it is!

thanks dad, xo.

dear: little dreamer in me

over a year ago, 18 months to be exact, i created a list titled "my mt. ventoux" i stumbled across it and was pleasantly surprised to see that i've accomplished some since.

a famous historian once said: "today you can have the same view easily enough-there is a road and a restaurant at the peak-but that's not really the point. the point is to climb something you were afraid to climb and see something new. what is your mt. ventoux?"

i took this as a challenge to write down everything i one day wanted to achieve, whether it frightened me or just intrigued me. some are things i want to constantly achieve or be sure to do, others are once in a lifetime opportunities. it ended up becoming a bucket list of some sort but a little more meaningful. so here it is:

dress up and go to the symphony, ballet, and opera
go to libraries and old bookstores
read, often.
dance at the edge
dance at steps and broadway
tryout for a musical
take voice lessons again
sing often
talk for hours sincerely
never lose spontanaety
walk on university avenue
explore stanford university
take road trips
serve endlessly
love unconditionally
hold church callings
spend time in and at the ocean
take time to enjoy simplicity
be satisfied with only family
explore boston
live in NYC
drive PCH in a convertible from north to south
go to county fairs
listen to byu devotionals
listen to conference talks
go to museums
visit galleries...local
go to town meetings
weekly farmers market
visit quite places and write
walk through old towns
climb eiffel tower
spend time with children
become a homemaker
return to india
celebrate all holidays
create a picture book
learn my camera better
take classes, always
explore different cultures
visit the temple, often
anonymously take care of others
make new friends
spend time with old friends
attend presidential inauguration
learn money management
play golf with dad
achieve the sport of tennis
read the NYTimes and know current events
memorize great speeches
change someones life, for the better
picnics at the park
concerts at the park
take long drives to get small things like ice cream at bear lake
oil paint
get pedicures and facials with mom
plan events
provide a clean home and good enviornment
write hand written letters
leave voicemails
give gifts, thoughtful ones listen to podcasts
attend messiah sing a long
homemade gifts for friends
know local artists and support them
read for story time
african safari
attend poetry readings
sail on a boat
curl up by the fire with someone special
find my someone special, and know he is the one
create my dream wedding
visit havana and dance the streets
pyramids at sunset
salmon run in alaska
road trip across u.s.a.
ride camel in desert
kiss a stranger
live in italy
learn italian
sleep in an ice cave
visita a pub in ireland and kiss the blarney stone
little house by the sea
dance on beach of carribean sea
see ball drop in times square
spend semester at jerusalem center
cruise down the nile
see sunrise on the east and sunset on the west in the same day
run boston marathon
hike inca trail to machu pichu
visit the galapagos islands
scuba the great barrier reef
see the himalayas
ride in a hot air balloon
kiss at night at the eiffel tower
walk on the great wall of china
publish a book
surf in hawaii
love southern utah
hike the alps in switzerland
build a tree house with my kids
see a shuttle launch
ride bare back
dangle feet over monet's lilly pond
master excel haha
list 1001 things to be happy about
know isiah in the bible
memorize all the countries in the world
learn sign language
make my own time capsule
dance inaugural ball with the president elect
be part of a live t.v. show
become a beautiful interior decorator
identify constellations
know my family history
read all jane austin books
be famous for something
sit at the feet of the prophet
record a song i sing and write
fly international first class, how lovely
stay in a secluded cabin and write
spend all day in bed with husband on a rainy day
visit morocco casablanca style
visit stratford-upon-avon
hang glide
visit every temple
play all hymns, perfectly
make a quilt
throw a block party
PTA president
play director
give $100 to a beggar
wear an obnoxious hat to the kentucky derby
celebrate a perfect 4th of july
write thank you's to all my teachers
get my masters degree
own my own company
give something priceless and meaningful away
write a cookbook
become a beautiful cook
raise children righteously in the gospel
become an expert on etiquette
scuba dive in thailand
speak spanish, fluently
coach a team
sleep under a tin roof when pouring rain
learn to speed read
become a motivational speaker
join the u.n.
work for the olympics
swim with dolphins
shower under a waterfall
see a solar lunar eclipse
run to the top of the statue of liberty
make a hole in one
tell someone "i love you" and know they are the one
see a star shower
spend a week in the louvre
hear the "gloria" at st. peter's
heli ski
motorcycle trip
attend olympic opening ceremonies
fly in a private plane
eat a hot dog at coney island
attend world series game
fly a plane
sit front row at a fashion show
attend grammy awards
attend oscars, or just the red carpet
be acknowledged on red carpet
sew my kids clothing
take a trip, buy the ticket at the gate
bowl over 100
homeschool kids for one year while living abroad
ride a donkey in santorini, greece
master cosmetics
whale watch in new zealand
try out for mormon tabernacle choir
take my family to india
spend a day at each museum in d.c.
see earth from space
see the 7 wonders :
see the aurora borealis (northern lights)
grand canyon, donkey trip and raft ride
petra, in jordan
ride bike on the golden gate bridge at sunset
the colosseum in rome
hike havasupi with curtis cousins
go skinny dipping at 12 am in the south of england
be an extra in a film
learn how to take a compliment
plant a tree
learn to ballroom dance
fall deeply in love-helplessly, unconditionally
sit on supreme court jury
go to walden pond and read thoreau while in a canoe
spend a whole day reading a novel
drive the autobahn
put name on bench in a park for something
grow a garden
build and design my own house
serve a mission
spend christmas in paris
thanksgiving in new york
buy a bulldog with husband
attend bcs bowl game
marry in the temple
be a president of an organization
save someones life
be a good friend
wear beautiful ensembles
attend ny fashion week, or be the head coordinator
graduate college
adopt a child, maybe two

to be continued...

some of these i may never see in this life, but it's always good to have that little push behind you to get you going...even if you are somewhat afraid. because it's all about climbing to see something new, or become someone better.
but for now, one step at a time. because it's all about the climb you go through to get there that makes the moment entirely worth it.

what is your mt. ventoux?

Sunday, September 12

dear: weekend

hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. maybe took your lover to the state fair (if you live in sl, if you didn't you still have time) we're going tomorrow, can't wait. i spent the weekend in jackson away from lover but came home and it was a happy day. this is how i've felt lately, giggly of how head over heels in love i've become. most days i just want to stay at home and play house all day, but that's what the weekend is for...sad it's almost over. enjoy!

Wednesday, September 8

dear: husband

i love date nights. thank you for taking me to john mayer last week, i couldn't have enjoyed anything more. our summer nights are disappearing and fall is so soon around the corner, and while that makes me so sad...we have so much to look forward to this fall! xo you make me so happy.

Saturday, September 4

dear: lovers paradise

i have had millions (ok not literally) of people ask about our dream honeymoon. jake did it again, went above and beyond. many of you know where we went, but for those of you who dont...we went to the beautiful island of bora bora. yup, i'm the luckiest. many hours of preparation went into the planning process, and he was SO excited to tell me, i could tell as each day got closer. truth be told, i'm surprised he waited so long! here is the moment when he was telling me, during our first dance at the reception.
overload of pictures below.
on our way, so excited. but, did not know what we were in for. it was a loong travel, but definitely worth it. 9.5 hours on 2 planes, then another plane from the tahiti mainland to bora bora, 50 min, then a 30 minute boat ride from the airport to our hotel.
at the little airport, that was a island off of the island.
flying in, this was the view!
top of the island.
inside our room to feed the fish, we did it on an hourly basis.
tahitian sunsets. nothing compares.
this is a picture taken from our balcony.
our days consisted of exploring our little island, jet ski tour around the island (sadly no pictures because it was unreal), relaxing, snorkeling, feeding fish, eating the most gourmet meals, sleeping on hammocks, and just loving our first time together as mr. and mrs.
inside the pool.
beach boy lover.

my 13$ tutti frutti! the food was delicious but unbelievably pricy. only downfall of the entire trip. good thing we were too frazzled and in love to notice.
thank you husband for a dream trip. you are a babe. can't wait for our 5 year anniversary :)
and thank you hilton bora bora for treating us like celebrities, good thing carrie underwood didn't show up until the day after us, we would've been ignored.

dear: sweet little surprise

one of my favorite moments is when i was able to surprise jake in my wedding dress. it took me a while to decide if i was going to stick with tradition or if i was going to show him at my bridals. i finally decided that i wanted that special moment to be before the big day with all of the other distractions, and i'm so happy with my decision. and so is he. i was so nervous, anxious, and excited for him to see me in it. here are a few pictures that our wonderful photographer captured.
i love him.

my dress was something i had put so much time in deciding and designing. i've always known i wanted it made. Penny from Penelope's did such and amazing job in creating my dream dress.

my sweet mom made three bouquets for my bridals, all so different and beautiful. she is so talented. i was also lucky enough to borrow some remarkable jewelry from oc tanner, look at that bling! wish i could've kept it, jake said dream on!