Saturday, December 26, 2009

White Elephant Christmas Party

I love planning parties and activities... I really do. This one we kept pretty simple
and so I actually enjoyed the party itself, not just planning it.

However, on the way there I managed to:
  • Slip on my way into Smith's (my feet flew out from under me, landing on my butt with an audience of customers and everything)
  • Shatter my serving plate for the fruit on the parking lot pavement
  • Shed a (little) tear of frustration when Josh wanted to put some snack bags of Fritos he found in the kitchen on my Cranberry Red and Deep Sage color-coordinated table. I'd put a lot of thought into how I wanted the table to look, and Fritos were not a part of my vision. Luckily, I got over the last little burst of stress and had a such a fun time.

We brought a cute pet mouse as our gift. Pretty funny :) we have more pictures and stories about our ward activities here: http://www.college19thward.blogspot.com/

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thanksgiving

My dad's side of the family had our reunion over thanksgiving. Technically it was Josh's holiday, so we were running back and forth- but it was so good to see everyone. We feel so lucky and blessed to have the family we do.
Josh's mom gave me this cute idea, and they were such a hit with our little cousins! I wasn't too happy to find that the stores skipped right to Christmas a little premature (for my liking), so the only candy corn I could find was red and geen.
BBT baby! Bean bag toss was one of our competitive events, as well as Battle of the Genders (when we called it by it's real name we had a few cute little cousins get nervous about it)
We (all 35 of us... sorry no pics of the whole group) hiked around the narrows. It was great to get some fresh air and exercise after consuming a few too many calories the day earlier.

My brother Chase and I ran down the canyon. It was so refreshing!

My dad took all of these photos on his work camera. I'm hoping to inherit one of them if one were to get outdated or something... He takes the coolest shots!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Boating in November?

Gotta love St. George!
The first group of these pictures are posted in memory of summer... (AND because it takes me about 2 months to get them on here...)Look at those cute farmer's tans...
Eye-Eye Captian! I half-begged Josh not to get the boat, but I'm so glad we have it.
It's already been worth it! (We're 3-way owners with his dad and brother)
And, yes, the rest of these were truly
taken at Sand Hallow in November.
We camped out on the lake!
Anyone up for boating/camping in December?
While the boys fished away (they caught apprx 18 fishees!)
We rocked it at SUDOKU!
sleepin' on the boat.
It was such a beautiful night with a huge full moon,
so the lake has a cool, twilight-y feel to it.

Friday, November 6, 2009

woodbury pumpkin patch

'Arry Potta! (aka Harry Potter)

Josh had the swine flu (so we think) and so we stayed in the whole weekend and carved a couple pumpkins. It was actually kinda fun to stay cooped in for a change.

Frankenstein

Josh turned 27! He has lots of gray hairs to show for it too, seriously! (He LOVES ketchup if you didn't already know, hence the gift.)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

The 2nd Annual Woodbury Reunion

Our immediate family had our reunion up in Kolob this past weekend.
Grandpa Woodbury actually built the cabin himself!

Josh and I rode on the same bike (yes, at the same time) down this beautiful road.

I was a 'yittle bit scared to go down the hills, but it was a blast.


We had 2 new additions (baby William and baby Jack) to our family this go-around and I was in heaven! They are all way too cute for me to handle.

I missed the first day and a half because I have mandatory training for my new job (that I love, by the way) but Josh told me how they made the smartest omelettes ever. You put all of your ingredients in a ziplosk bag (egg, cheese, veggies, whatev) and boil it! Easy clean-up and moist, delicious eggs that you can't burn!
As long as we're on the subject of family reunions... Here's a few pictures from our Hirschi reunion that I never got around to posting. Back in June we camped in Moab and these are pictures at the famous license plate arch....




Tuesday, September 22, 2009

I quit!

I'm downsizing my work load and it feels so good. I'm driving back to St. George right now with my very high-tech boss to interview some candidates for my marketing rep position. He has high-speed WiFi from Verizon in his car! I will be sad to return my awesome G1 phone that I have so deeply fell in love with.

I found a new manager to take over at Green Tea HP and it feels so good to shed that constant responsibility. I have really loved that job and I will miss it. I've met so many great friends there.

Hello Allconnect- I'm ready to take on something new! I start a "regular job" as a relocating specialist at the first of October!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Gunlock Reservoir

For our last ward activity we went boating at Gunlock. We had Jimmy John's sandwiches, shredded it on the wakeboard, and even caught little fishies (which we named Gunner and Lockey) with our bare hands! We were the pround parents of our first pets... and then they died about 20 minutes later. We'll just forget about the last hour or so when I got so sick that I lost my lunch :( It was quite a feat to set this canopy up, so I just had to take a picture.
Chase and Danita Williams... Some of our very best friends!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

1 year anniversary

Our first anniversary was on July 19th and we were up American Fork Canyon for a family reunion on my side... and josh's-- What're the chances! So, since I'm not much of picture-taker these days, I'll just post the rest of our wedding pics. Finally! All sorted through.


Alexa was my little shadow through the night

My little brother Parker and his friends had a blast making everyone italian sodas. It was fun watching them!
This makes me tear up! Apparently, my dad cried for a couple hours after we left for the hotel...









What a perfect day. We had a nice breeze for the dancing.
I hoped we could have dancing at our "mormon" wedding, and it worked!

So, originally when I posted this I didn't write about this picture, but it is kind of funny, so I should write it out. So Chase and his band of decorators sealed up our car so much with packing tape that we could not get in! It was really uncomfortable having everyone watch us while we slowly found a way to open the doors and drive off. I'd envisioned everyone lighting the sparklers like we'd planned for our exit- that didn't quite happen- and I felt badly about the amount of work and mess that was left for family and friends to have to clean up. Just before we got the doors open my dress caught a gust of wind and everyone saw a full-on shot of my new temple garments. I was so embarrassed and had such a fluster of emotions, and so I cried on our way to the hotel. Sad, but true! I felt like we were so blessed to have such a beautiful wedding with so much support, but let's be honest, weddings are stressful these days! It was the best day ever because we started our family as 2 people that shared a perfect love for one another. And we were sealed together for ever, and it doesn't get any better than that!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Alaska Trip

Ever since I can remember, my dad has always talked about how much he wanted to take our family back to Alaska. (I would always encourage the sandy beach trip instead when the subject came up). We finally got to take that trip just about one year ago (right before our wedding). It was just me and my dad and my little brother blake, but we joined tons of extended family up there.
I have the best cousins ever!


All of these pictures are taken at my great uncle Ray's property. We had such a good time biking all over the state. We watched this CRAZY mount marathon challenge for the 4th of July and got to see whales and icebergs on a sea tour. (On which, I vowed to never eat smoked salmon ever again...)


This is a wood-burining hot-tub! Rub a dub-dub :)


The view from the cabin's deck.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Half past bloggin' time, time to blog again

Even though I don't really have time to post anything, I just had to put something on top of "our new calling" because it's so not new anymore! This weekend we have our ward pool party, and hopefully our "experience" will shine through and it'll be a blast. Anyone that wants to swim and eat and play yard games is welcome to come! Seriously.

Soon to come: pictures from Arizona and Cali, and the final pictures from our wedding... Just in time for our 1st anniversary.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

...and our new calling is...

We recently were called to the activities committee in our college married ward and tonight was our first activity. We pulled it all together more "last-minute" than I would have liked it to be (i LOVE to plan out all the details, right down to who is going to bring the camera to document it all.) We decided to do a barbecue at Vernon Werthen Park with waterballoon volleyball, and a specialty dish competition. We divided it into 3 categories: best salad, best side-dish, and best dessert; with the winners getting a gift card to various restaurants- I'm jealous of the 25 Main winner...

It was such a success! A storm blew in and it was freezing earlier today and I was so afraid that no one would come, but the sun came out and the weather could not have been more perfect. The dishes were so much fun- (so different!) and I thoroughly enjoyed playing waterballoon volleyball and badmitten? Ok, spell-checker, help me out here... Badminton. We had a the perfect sized crowd and I am so grateful to everyone that helped out.

The only thing that could have been better is if I would have remembered that I'm the one I assigned to take the pictures. I brought the camera, but I was having so much fun that I forgot to document it.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Time-Tested Beauty Tips


Love this! This was a favorite quote of Audrey Hepburn, and one that I'm so glad I ran across!

Time-tested beauty tips:

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge you'll never walk alone ...

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived,reclaimed and redeemed and redeemed and redeemed. Never throw out anybody.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm. As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands.
One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.


Sam Levenson

Friday, February 27, 2009

Our little apartment

This random little post probably deserves an explanation. First of all, I have grown extremely attached to our home, and some day I'll enjoy looking back at our first apartment together. But the reason I'm posting it on my blog is because my cute Grandma Hobson (both of my grandmas are very cute) but she wanted to see how it turned out after we got all settled. Lastly- I love seeing everyone's home decor and have some funny/cool ideas I can share. So here it goes-- virtual tour of our little place!



We live upstairs in a 8-complex. You walk in, and you see our living room. Those couches I picked up off my aunt-- They used to be dirty, scratched up white leather! It took hours and hours to stain them, but they're softer and in much better condition now. Worth-while project for the most part.



Here's the opposite angle from the hall. Kathryn and I painted the coffee table in the middle of the room. ***Thank you to everyone (and especially my mom for finding killer deals on it all!) that helped buy furnishings for our wedding gifts.

Next is the dining area. (on the left when you walk in) I'm glad we were able to find a place big enough for a table so we can eat with company over!

I got the fresh tree branch idea from a new friend of mine (Madeline Anderson) in our college married ward. She got some tree branches outside that were just starting to bloom and just put them in a vase. I used to have an ivy star plant on this shelf, but it needed more sun, so I adopted her idea instead. PS- her apartment is so "anthropologie-chic."


From there, you see the kitchen.







Josh is getting used to my cooking ;)



Our laundry closet- complete with a paper reminder to change the lint screen on the dryer!


Down the hall is our bedroom. Thanks again to mom for finding all the furniture at RCWilley scratch and dent!
This pillow is a great tool for marital communication. Flip it over, and he knows that the mood is "not tonight" in cold black lettering. No discussion needed... OH IF IT WERE THAT SIMPLE :)



Josh can't wait until one day when he gets his own sink and drawers. No more sifting through 95% of my hair and skin products to find his 5%.



josh does most of the ironing. what a good boy...
When I first published this post, I didn't put pictures of the spare/office/den/guest/extra room because the pictures I took helped me realize how cluttery it was. I cleaned it up and now I'm finally posting it. Next job is to do something cute with our balcony.