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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?!

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 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.

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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.

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


Monday, July 06, 2015

Things that are Remembering Family...

A while ago I was out on my 8 mile run on the Saturday before Memorial Day. As I ran past Orem Cemetery, I kept thinking about my Grandparents, and how I missed them. I didn't ever get the chance to meet the Grandma that I'm named after, Theodora.

During my run I kept wishing that I could have been able to go to their grave and take pictures with their grave on Memorial Day. I've been there several times before, but I really wanted to be at the grave and show my love to them. I know they know that I love them, but I just felt like that would be the closest that I could get to them.

I'm not sure where my mom's parents are buried. My dad's parents, Granddaddy Alexx and Grandma Ted are buried in Arlington Cemetery. The last time I was able to see their grave was with Chase in 2008, he had never been to Arlington Cemetery before. I was excited for him to see their graves and to experience Arlington - because it is so peaceful.

It's always very humbling there. I can't believe how many have died for our country, and I'm so thankful for them, and those that are still serving for all of us to be able to live in a free country.

Thousands of graves in Arlington

Since both my grandparents chose to be cremated, this is all that there is for their grave. 

As I have gotten older I have enjoyed learning about my families history and hearing funny stories from their time. I think the best one is called "The Spite Fence" that my great Aunt enacted for us while we were visiting family at the beach 2 years ago.

I only have a few pictures of my Grandmother - she was very pretty! I think all the Higgins' women were dolls! :)

The Higgins' Family

My Grandparents on their Wedding Day. 

Anyways, enough of my ramblings I just wanted to say that I'm so thankful for my family and all that they have done for me, my cousins, parents and siblings. I seriously love learning about my family and can't wait to learn more!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Things that are Disneyland Vacation 2014 Part 2

Tuesday:

Chase and I drove to Oceanside, CA. It was super windy and cold!


We walked out to the Pier to eat at Ruby's Diner. I wasn't too hungry so we got a shake and split it. After sharing a shake, watching the surfers and people fishing on the pier we drove to Newport Beach to go to the temple, and do a session.



Wednesday Morning we woke up bright and early (even staying in a hotel we can still hear the people above us), and walked through Downtown Disney to get to the park. We stood in line for a little while and then got right into California Adventure! I was SO excited to be back at Disneyland!
We first got fast pass tickets to the World of Color - which was pretty freaking awesome!


I rode on what I thought was the scariest ride on the planet! And guess what!? I conquered my fear of falling! Well sort of... I only rode this ride once (I don't think Chase liked it that much either - maybe he's afraid of falling too?)


It was so much fun seeing all the Halloween decorations up!


Hello Mickey!
We HAD to go see Iron Man! It was a must! Wish I could've jumped in one of those suits!

We got to meet Captain America. It was kind of awkward... I think meeting characters is weird and I never know what to say to them or ask them - am I the only one?!
 
Then we got soaking wet going on Splash Mountain... Uh that ride terrifies me EVERY time! I despise that drop, but love the ride. Makes sense right?!

That night we got in line for World of Color
 
I loved how they had tons of Disney songs play during the water show.


Thursday:

First thing we did was go on Splash Mountain... We got SOAKED! I'm not even kidding you! I was SO cold!
Later we did my favorite ride - which was Toy Story Midway Mania (which I sucked at shooting, but it was a lot of fun!)
Loved the big Pumpkin Mickey!

Friday:

One of our favorite rides was the Cars Land ride - Radiator Springs Racers. We went on it a total of 4 times!


I have to tell you this little girl (who was so so cute) dressed up as Elsa, and went to meet Thor! She wanted to show him her magical powers (and she was SO into it too!)! He was impressed!
My meet and greet with Thor went a lot better than with Captain America. He definitely made me feel like a princess! :)


Friday night: Chase and I did the Mickey's Halloween Party!
There were new decorations up and it was fun to see some Villain's - though I would have liked to have known where they were.. Didn't find out until we were leaving.

We got an up close shot with Sleeping Beauty's Castle and NO ONE was behind us! I was so so happy! These were our costumes for the night. Any guesses on what Chase was?!
The Haunted Mansion was another favorite for me! We loved it! I was happy they had it all decked out for Halloween!
We finished our California adventure with The Haunted Mickey Clan! Plus we had LOTS of candy!

Our top favorite rides for Disneyland:
Splash Mountain
Buzzlight Year Astro Blaster
Star Tours (loved how updated they made it!)
Thunder Mountain
Peter Pan
Innoventions (not a ride) - Where Iron man, Thor, and Captain America are
Indiana Jones
Pirates (if it's just the two of us we got front row both times we went on it!)
Haunted Mansion (holiday)

Top rides for California Adventure:
World of color (yeah I know, not a ride)
Radiator Springs Racers
California Screamin'
Turtle talk with Crush (not a ride, but fun- especially if you ask "What does the Fox say")
Grizzly River Run
Toy Story Midway Mania

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I can't believe it's only been 4 months since we were there! It was a lot of fun and I still have lots of memories from it!