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!

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!