Thursday, September 10, 2015

Things that are Alaska Family Vacation Day 1-2

So Chase and I bummed a vacation with Chase's aunt, Lora; his uncle Jason, and his parents (Mom and Raydad Palmer), up to Anchorage Alaska to visit his brother.

It was a late flight out there - we got there about 11:30pm Friday night. The first thing we saw was that it was still light outside! wtc!

Day 1 - Saturday:

The following morning the party of 5 left for Kenai to go river rafting. Chase and I have a goal to go to the temple to do a temple session where ever we go. So that was the one thing that I wanted to do. It was awesome! The temple is seriously so small - the stake center across the parking lot is bigger than the temple.

After the temple we changed and stopped at Tommy's Burger Stop for lunch. The wait was long, but it was definitely worth it.

After, Chase and I headed downtown to see the solstice celebration (they have it every year) and check out some gift shops.

Rod Perry was there with his sled and one of the Alaskan Malamutes.
 The dogs paw was as big as my hand! She was so nice and really friendly.
We saw this moose and Chase's first thought was he should be named Sven from the movie Frozen. 

Downtown Solstice!

We then went to Kencaid Park to find a geocache:
 The park is HUGE! And you have lots of chances of seeing moose.

 Lots of bushes and trees - I should have worn pants, because my legs got attacked by the brush.

 These two cute chipmunks just sat and starred at us. 

 This was the geocache - it was missing its eyes.

This is what its supposed to look like. This is from Chase's trip up to Alaska last May. 

On our way back to the BIL's house we saw this sign and had to stop and take a picture. Obviously the house is NOT haunted. awww... too bad!

Later that night we met back up with the group of 5 and went to watch Lonestar perform a free concert downtown. It was still light out after the concert. We also were all were amazed that there was no traffic after the concert.

 A cool train that Chase took a picture of. 

 This is the time and how light it was outside.

 You can see Lonestar rocking out!
 I was amazed at how light it was outside at 9:30pm!

Day 2 - Sunday:

Got up and got ready for church. We went shopping at Costco for food for the week, and I think it was definitely worse than going to Costco in Utah on a Saturday. I don't have a picture - but believe me when I say it's worse!

We had a BBQ and I tried my first ever Reindeer Sausage - not too bad.

Chase and I went on a hike near Campbell Airstrip. We were worried about bears (who isn't?!) and so I started singing songs, and then Chase had an idea to play music from his phone (duh!)
The air strip was pretty cool. It was pretty long, and it took us on quite the walk.

 We saw this sign - not sure if it's meant for just winter, or summer too?

 This is the trail we took to get back to our car.

 A selfie in the forest - and no bears sighted! phew!

We met up with the rest of the crew to go to Earthquake Park to watch the sun set:
 It was seriously so so pretty. 

 I was freezing - yet my little legs were not. 

 Chase took some pretty great pictures of the sunset, and I'm showing you the best ones!

 Panoramic of the sunset at Earthquake Park.

 I was able to put my feet in the water. It wasn't as cold as I was expecting, but it was pretty cold when it splashed up on my shorts. 

Stay tuned for the rest... 

Monday, August 31, 2015

Things that are "Hurley & Pepper's First Day of School"

Hurley and Pepper are on their way back to school! I was able to get a few pictures of them before they are in training! 8/29/2015:

Hurley is 7 and Pepper is 2, yes Pepper is a little too young for school, but she definitely needs more schooling. Can't wait to see what they learn this year! ;)

**Disclaimer: I was getting a little frustrated with all of the kid back-to-school photos my friends were posting. So I thought I would post a little bit about them going back to school! I also saw this on another's Facebook and thought it was pretty cute, so I had to copy! :)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Things that are Happy Birthday Chase!

So today marks Chase's 30th birthday. He probably won't admit to being 30, he'll probably say that he's only 25, and that is totally fine by me! I will probably admit to being 25 for a long time. ;)

I don't remember all the birthday's that we've shared together as being a couple, and some years I do more for him. You would have thought I would have done a big party for him. I'm just not like that. I know that sounds absolutely horrible, but I like to keep things simple for us.

In years past I've done a few different things for him:

One year I made him a yummy cake:

Another year I sent him on a geocacheing adventure to get him out of the house for his birthday!

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Which he loved and thought I was the greatest wife ever! (See proud wifey moment here)

This year was a little different... We aren't having a party or celebrating in that kind of way that we have in the past...

Instead of getting him a present we decided to do an IUI procedure. That's way more fun right?!

 Hopefully this will be the best present ever!? We're hopeful at least!

Happy Birthday to the love of my life! May you stay forever 25! ;)

Monday, July 20, 2015

Things that are Celebrating 8 years of Marriage!

Holy cow! Time has seriously flown by! It sometimes feels like just yesterday Chase and I got married!

Because our anniversary falls on a Sunday, so we celebrated on the 18th instead.

I started the morning with a run and then a temple trip with the Relief Society Presidency. What a wonderful experience, to be united as a presidency. It was definitely fun to go with them, and I am so lucky to live so close to temples.

When I got home from the Temple, Chase showed me that his mom had found our wedding knives:

Chase and I went and enjoyed lunch at Zupas in Orem. It's crazy how much our lifestyle has changed now that we are watching what we eat. I was super hungry... So I got a half salad and a panini. I ended up only being able to eat my half salad and then only ate half the sandwich.

We decided that we wanted to go kayaking out on Utah Lake. It is only $10 to rent a kayak for an hour (each additional hour is only $5) at the Lindon Marina. Chase had never been kayaking before and we ended up having a LOT of fun! While we were driving back home we saw this access point to get to the Beach of Utah Lake, and we saw a few dogs playing. So we HAD to go get our dogs!

 Using the oar as a "selfie stick"

You get a good shot of my leg!

We thought we should try taking the dogs to see if they would love the water more than they did last year when we took them to a dog park that had a little river and pool where the dogs could play. They did not like the water last year and were deathly afraid of it!

Chase made a video of our adventures at Utah Lake with us kayaking and the dogs playing in the water:

We got home and the dogs were exhausted!

Dearest Pepper! She definitely cracks us up

For dinner we went and got Sushi at a yummy place in American Fork. I haven't had it since Chase and I were in Toronto back in 2013.
Crystal Shrimp, Rock n' Roll, and California Crunch

We went and got Dole Pineapple whip like the ones in Disneyland. Oh my gosh! So good!

 I got a strawberries and cream shave ice with dole whip in the middle. So yummy!

 You can tell I was really excited for it. :)

Overall it was a fan-freakin-tastic day. I think we know how to have more fun now, then we did when we were first married. We definitely laugh a lot more, and try and find joy in the simple things in life. 

Here's to another year.

P.S. I will eventually get our Alaska Trip up on the blog.. but it may take some time.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Things that are Happy 8 Years!

Oh my my! I can't believe that it's been 8 years - I probably say that every year, but I have grown so much through these 8 years being married to Chase.

I think it's fun to reflect back on what we have done over the past 8 years...

Our 1st Anniversary we went to Park City, UT.

Our 2nd Anniversary we went to San Francisco, CA.

Our 3rd Anniversary we had a staycation here in good ol' Utah County.

Our 4th Anniversary we had another staycation in Salt Lake County.

Our 5th Anniversary we had a low key night to ourselves, but then went to Vegas with Friends who happen to share the same week as ours for Anniversaries.

Our 6th Anniversary we flew out of the country to London, England.

Our 7th Anniversary we celebrated at home in July by seeing wicked and going to the temple, but then in September celebrated together with a Disneyland trip.

Our 8th Anniversary we kind of forgot about celebrating with a trip or vacation. One downside of having a summer anniversary is dealing with crowds and people where ever you go. We usually trade off on who decides what for anniversary trips/activities etc. This year it's Chase's year to decide what to do.

I wanted to tell about our experience about the day of our wedding, because I haven't shared that...

It was a Thursday morning, and I woke up super early to have my friend Katie come over and style my hair before Chase and I were supposed to be at the temple (8:30am), and our sealing/marriage would be performed at 10am with family and friends waiting for us.

After I got all dressed and lookin' pretty (not in my wedding dress - a really pretty purple dress that I still have and wear often) I drove from my mom's house to Chase's parents house. We drove over to the temple together. 

Once we got there, we took care of paperwork with the temple and then waited what felt like a long time, to actually be married. During that time I reflected a lot and was SO nervous. I mean this was going to be life changing for both Chase and I, and I wanted to make sure I had made the right decision - I'm not sure why I waited until that moment, and why I didn't reflect on it earlier.

The sealer had to marry us 3 times, because he kept screwing up my name. :S It was a beautiful ceremony and I always try and remember it so it stays active in my mind.

Afterwards we went outside the temple and met up with those who could not join us for the ceremony. We took a lot of fun pictures, and it was such a beautiful sunny day. After we got all our pictures we met up with the same family and friends at Magleby's in Provo for a luncheon.

We ended up having a reception the next night at a friend's backyard, which turned out to be amazingly gorgeous. The cake was amazing!! The only really sad thing about the reception was that our photographer didn't show (I guess she had a family emergency come up and couldn't find the house where we were having the reception). Chase ended up getting his camera and having his uncle take pictures for us, but because his uncle is so tall we both look like midgets.

We did have a lot of fun - and I wish now that I had SHOVED cake into Chase's face instead of kindly letting him eat it. I think he would want to do the same now and shove cake in my face too.

After the reception Chase and I drove to St. George for the night, and then headed to Palm Desert, California to enjoy a nice relaxing honeymoon.


Happy 8th Anniversary! I pray we can have many more happy and enjoyable years together!