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6.19.2017

STRAWBERRY DAYS



I usually try to go to as many rodeos as I can during the summer, but every year my favorite is the Strawberry Days rodeo! You really can't beat those strawberries and cream! It's been a fun tradition to go with Cami and Kyle the past few years, and it was even better adding in my favorite man this year. ;) 

We started off the night with three spiny rides in a row, which was probably three too many, haha. By the end of the third one, I was definitely feelin' the motion sickness. But no worries, 'cause we calmed the nausea with some of the best rodeo burgers! As always, the rodeo was fun, the clown wasn't funny at all, and the fireworks were the perfect ending to a fun summer night. 

I'll also just add that I'm so thrilled to still be such good friends and so close with Cami and Kyle. They're comin' up on a year of marriage in September, and it hasn't put a dent in our friendship at all. Friendship can survive marriage if you want it to; don't listen to anyone who tells you otherwise!! 

Haha ok bye go enjoy some rodeos everybody

6.12.2017

DAD'S FUNERAL












My dad's funeral was hard, and I don't really wanna talk a lot about it. But I do just wanna say how overwhelmed I was, in the best way, by the many friends I had come support me at the funeral, even if they didn't know my dad well or at all. My family and I have felt so much love and support coming from every direction, and we are so grateful. 

WEEKEND IN MOAB



^^ Signature Jake face again! ;)



Some guys that Jake works with planned a weekend trip to Moab! We got to stay in a yurt (have you ever done that?! If not, you need to add it to your bucket list ASAP! So cool!), go river rafting down the Colorado River, do a little bit of a hike to some water holes, and made a bunch of new friends. Such a fun, needed getaway!



SUNDAY DINNER + CANYON VIEWS




Jake's parents invited me over today for Sunday dinner. I felt like this was so inspired, because as much as I love my family, I needed to get away from the whole situation for a little bit. His dad cooked the most delicious meal, and the weather was SO perfect, so we all ate outside. It was the best food, company, and view you could imagine. Jake makes my life so much better. I can't say it enough.

TWO DAYS LATER



Having Jake around has truly been a relief for everyone in the family. He's close to us, but removed just enough to lift our spirits and get us all smiling through the hard times. It was good to be outside and play with these kiddos. I think the feeling of sadness around the house has been so strong, and even though they don't understand what's going on exactly, the weight of the feeling definitely weighs down on them. But better days are ahead of us all, and we know it. Our Heavenly Father is taking care of us. 

THE DAY MY DAD PASSED AWAY


May 29th, 2017: My heart is extremely heavy. My dad passed away this morning at exactly 11:00 a.m. There is so much that happened that is too personal and sacred to share here, but it was an experience that forever changed my life. After hospice care took his body away, I went into his closet and put on one of his suit jackets; it smelled just like him. Wearing that jacket, I laid down on the floor of his closet, turned the Angel Lullaby song on on repeat, and cried myself to sleep. I can't imagine what life without my dad there will be like. At the same time though, I know he's not really gone and will be with me now more than ever. 

The weight of this trial feels so heavy. I can't seem to shake it. The kids can all sense the sadness in the house. Every time Ryeson sees me, he comes up to me, gives me a hug and says, "He was the best grandpa." And he just continues to hug me and follow me around. My heart is so sad, it aches more than I thought possible. But this 4 year old helps me understand Heaven a little better, and for that I am extremely grateful. 
I love you always, always, always papa.

PAISLEY'S BRIDAL SHOWER


It was a busy day making it to this bridal shower for Paisley and then shooting a wedding all day. But I can't express how glad I am that this group of childhood friends let me weasel my way in when I was 21. They've been the best friends to me, and I'm grateful for every single one of them! Carlee has moved to Idaho, Caitie has a kid with one on the way, and we're all pretty busy, so it's rare these days when we're all able to get together! (We missed Cami since she was in Hawaii!) I'm lucky to have these beautiful ladies in my life.