Thursday, December 30, 2010

Cozying up to my new best friend

My ry-o bought me a kindle for Christmas. I have gift card money to load up a lot of books, but I'm just excited to read all of the free ones they offer. Lots of classics. I'm trying to be more cultured and "well read", hopefully these new books will help :)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Thanksgiving - Much much overdue post

My first time making pies from scratch

Apple crumb, coconut cream, and pumpkin chiffon
Newly pierced ears
Funniest kid on the planet

Our Dav-O
Seaport village, 80 degree Thanksgiving

Dog pile on Ry-O

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A seasoned marathoner

I just ran my first half marathon on Saturday! I feel so accomplished! I've been training with friends for the past three months, and all of those 5 AM runs weekdays and Saturdays finally paid off. A group of friends and I decided to run the Santa Barbara marathon, some ran the half and the brave ones ran the full. It was a good race, hard to keep a good pace amongst all of the people, but I was happy with my time. And the end of the race Ryan asked: "How did you feel crossing the finish line?" (expecting a very thoughtful or emotional response). I said "I was just happy to stop running." I guess that emotional and crying state will come after my actual marathon. I plan on continuing my training, and possibly gain another running mate with Ryan, and completing a marathon next year (possibly the Salt Lake marathon, but who knows?).

*not a good face in the picture, but you can tell I'm pretty tired.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

In need of some advice...

Hey everyone, I have a design dilemma! I've been having trouble trying to figure out what window treatments I want for our dining room. It's a bay window so it has an odd shape. I really like the blinds we have in the windows, but they just need some more life. I'm interested in putting up some drapes, but I'm not sure as to how/what kind. Any suggestions? I'd love some input. And yes, we haven't hung up those paintings yet, this room has been a challenge.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Orange Slices and Capri Suns

Cheering section
Future soccer star


This Saturday Ryan and I were able to go to our nephew's soccer game. Here are a few shots Ryan took while we were watching.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Learning in comfort

I saw this pillow on Apartment therapy, and I just love love love it. The designer, Elsie Dodds, created alphabet pillows, and each pillow has numerous pictures of things that begin with that letter. They're so beautiful, I love her creativity. Too bad they cost so much.

For our Lu.

I want to get this for our dog Lulu. She's basically a cat right? Maybe a Christmas gift for her? I know, lame dog owner.

Time for an update.

And so it began...

Gaudi in Barcelona


2nd most visited location in Europe, Gaudi's Sagrada Familia

Bike ride around Bacelona. It's the best way to see the city.

Train station in Nice, France

Eze village in Nice.

The glorioius "David." Simply stunning.

The Duomo in Florence

Vatican museum

Remnants of a pepto bismol tablet.

Train ride into Rome.

The Vatican. 100 degrees outside, you're pouring sweat, exhausted, and there's no sitting allowed. Anywhere.

Treve fountain.


Our swimming spot.

Gorgeous and delicious restaurant in Venice, we found it thanks to our good friend Anthony Bourdain.

wnadering the Doge's palace.

Reenacting our honeymoon photo.

Underground ruins of Split, Croatia.

Yes, it was hot.

Walking through Positano.

What a beauty.

So I've been a blog stalker lately. I've been reading all of my friend's blogs, but have been to lazy to update my life. So I figured it's time to post pictures about our summer (which sadly was 3 months ago), and what's been happening lately.

So this summer we went on a trip with Ryan's parents to the Mediterranean. We started in Barcelona, then headed to Nice, Florence, Rome, Dubrovnik, Venice, Split, and Amalfi. It was beautiful and such an awesome trip. There was a heat wave in Europe during our trip, so we had many stops with 100 degree weather and serious humidity. Our favorite places we visited were Dubrovnik and Positano. Dubrovnik was so beautiful and so picturesque, I'd love to stay there all summer! It's definitely a spot you should consider visiting. The water was so calm and clear, and the people were so friendly. I had no idea how beautiful Croatia is. Our second favorite spot was just North of Amalfi in Positano. It was definitely one of the most beautiful coastal cities I've been to. So much life, relaxation, delicious food, beautiful clothing, and art work. The water was so nice and warm because of the black rock. It was a wonderful trip, and we were so so lucky that our parents brought us along. They're amazing.

In August we went to Lake Powell and stayed on a house boat for a week. It was so relaxing, I always enjoy laying out in the hot sun, and swimming in the cool lake. I also got to practice my wake boarding skills, which was nice. We had such a good time, and remembering all of these trips makes me miss summer time. It's nice and hot out here, but it's just not the same when you're in school and working.

So now I'm back in school, my last semester, wahoo! I'm running 20+ miles a week training for a half marathon. It's been a great outlet for me, to get up early, run with friends, talk, and get in shape. I'm the YW secretary in our newly organized ward, and Ryan is the 2nd counselor in the YM's program. We're taking an BofM institute class together, and are enjoying reading the scriptures together. We are having so much fun right now, keeping busy with work, school, church, friends, and family. Enjoy the pictures! I'll update more I promise :)