Just Another Day [Week] in Paradise

One of my favorite country songs is called, “Just Another Day in Paradise” by Phil Vassar. Josh doesn’t care much for country music, but we’re working on it. ๐Ÿ™‚

“The kids screaming, phone ringing
Dog barking at the mailman bringing
That stack of bills, overdue
Good morning baby, how are you?
Got a half hour, quick shower
Take a drink of milk but the milk’s gone sour
My funny face makes you laugh
Twist the top on and I put it back
There goes the washing machine
Baby, don’t kick it.
I promise I’ll fix it
Long about a million other things

Well, it’s ok. It’s so nice
It’s just another day in paradise
Well, there’s no place that
I’d rather be
Well, it’s two hearts
And one dream
I wouldn’t trade it for anything
And I ask the lord every night
For just another day in paradise

Friday, you’re late
Guess we’ll never make our dinner date
At the restaurant you start to cry
Baby, we’ll just improvise
Well, plan be looks like
Dominoes’ pizza in the candle light
Then we’ll tippy toe to our room
Make a little love that’s overdue
But somebody had a bad dream
Mama and daddy
Can me and my teddy
Come in to sleep in between?

Yeah it’s ok. It’s so nice.
It’s just another day in paradise.
Well, there’s no place that
I’d rather be
Well, it’s two hearts
And one dream
I wouldn’t trade it for anything
And I ask the lord every night
For just another day in paradise”

-Phil Vassar

Even though Josh and I don’t have any kids yet, I feel like this is a good theme song for the regular day-to-day life. We have been pretty busy but life’s been pretty normal…and it’s been really good.

Last weekend, Josh and I cleaned up a bit and got haircuts by our super talented friend Delenna. I originally scheduled just me but we both talked Josh into getting his haircut then, because he was getting a little bushy. He looks SO good. ๐Ÿ™‚ Josh and I have a lot of fun with Delenna and her husband Brandon and her two cute munchkins. Josh and Brandon have really similar interests and Delenna and I are buddies from high school so we all get along great. ๐Ÿ™‚

Delenna and me. PC: Brandon or Josh- I cant remember ๐Ÿ™‚

We had another emergency trip to Instacare because Josh really is allergic to the heat, kind of. He has always claimed he was allergic to the heat and I would roll my eyes. But a bunch of red bumps appeared all over his back and they spread to his chest and arms. He has had shingles before, so we were worried he was getting another case of shingles. The doctor told him it was either a heat rash or folicalitis (never even heard of that one before, both caused by heat). Fortunately, it’s not serious and will go away.

Poor Joshy! I made the picture small so you could quickly skip over it if you wanted. ๐Ÿ™‚

Josh has also been working on a new Star Wars costume. It will be pretty epic. After he finishes this one, he will start working on mine so we can be matching characters for Halloween and for the opening day of Star Wars 8 (I can’t believe I’m planning on doing that…:)) #bignerds

Guess who? #xwingpilot
So cute!

We celebrated my sister-in-law, Quincy’s, birthday at Olive Garden. It was so yummy and so good to be with family and a super cute niece. Birthday celebrations are always fun.

Olive Garden birthday fun- I know I’m pretty crazy about taking pictures…Happy Birthday Quincy!
Olive Garden selfie- The waitress forgot to take a group picture so I thought this would be easier.

That same day I had my farewell lunch at Squire. We went to P.F. Changs. It was really good, but the amazing part was at the end of the meal when I received my fortune cookie. It said, “A new business partner will soon emerge.” Next Tuesday I start my new job and I’m very excited!ย The Chinese know what they are talking about. ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s crazy how accurate these things are ๐Ÿ˜‰ (Josh, Jackson)

I have also been putting my graphic design skills to work for our Cub Scout group. We’re working on an Art merit badge. Last week we asked them to draw a design on a paper to make an iron-on for a t-shirt. I interpreted their drawings to make the following…they seemed to like them.

One scout just wanted his shirt to say, “I am super lazy” so I did it and then added the last sentence. hehe.

 

This was my favorite design. This scout did not come last week so I asked his mom what were his hobbies. She told me soccer and video games. I did a little retro soccer design. ๐Ÿ™‚ The ink was a little funky printing in the middle, but original design was pretty cool. I think I was a little too creative, he is way to young to understand retro video games. Haha.

We brought fabric markers for them to add to their shirts, if they wanted.
A little Frisbee at the end of the the activity

Bye Bye May!

May has come to end. It’s amazing how time has flown this month…like most months. Overall, May has been very good to us and we’ve had lots of adventures. I just posted about about our trip to Jackson we took at the beginning of the month. That was amazing. I can’t say I recommend it because I don’t want the beautiful little town to get even more crowded :D.

We celebrated my sister, Stefi’s birthday when we got back from our trip and went to eat at Hu Hot. She loves her Asian food. Happy Birthday Stefi! A few days after we returned home, Josh got sick and not just sick but strep throat. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ He was pretty incapacitated for a little over a week. Fortunately, I didn’t get strep. He did share some of his bug with me, but I am doing much better.

Josh wanted a new phone as an early birthday present because his battery was dying. Our carrier had a really good deal going on and we both ended up getting new phones with really great cameras. That will explain the random pictures in this post. ๐Ÿ™‚ We also got a free virtual reality headset with the phones and Josh thought my reaction to it was pretty funny. I think I looked like goofball…I also posted pictures of my family doing it as well a little further down.

It was nice celebrating the wonderful moms and women our life for Mother’s day. We are both blessed with really amazing mothers. We babysat my niece, Kendra Fae, and that was an adventure because she was teething. Before she got ornery, I put little snacks all over the ground and watched her army crawl all over the place to eat them. She loves food! It was hilarious to watch.

Josh and I also picked up my Mom and sister, Stefi, from Colorado and introduced them to an amazing Italian pizza place in Salt Lake City, Settebello Pizzeriaย where we had pizza, canolis, and gelato! Oh so yummy.

Also in the Decker news, I gave my notice to my current employer after 2 years and I am going to joining the Airstream of Utah team. Thank you Dennis and Laura! I’m going to be the Marketing Manager. Even better, I get to work with Joshy again. I’m really excited about this new opportunity!

From Squire to Airstream. Thank you both for being so good to us!

Josh and I finally felt well enough to have a date night! We tried a new restaurant by our house in Provo called Cafe on Fire, they serve Persian Kabobs. Really interesting…and pretty tasty. My favorite was the steak. After dinner, we walked to a really good ice cream place called Roll With It. They make the ice cream combo you want right in front of you and then roll the ice cream up and put whatever toppings you want. It is pretty unique and SO yummy.

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Josh and I decided to take our virtual reality (VR) toy to both of our families and watch them experience it. It is pretty trippy. In general, Josh’s family had better reactions, especially his parents. They were pretty jumpy. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sadly, I didn’t take any photos. My family was pretty calm but Joseph gave us the best show and took off the goggles part way through because he was scared of the roller coaster. Thanks for the entertainment Joseph! ๐Ÿ™‚ I took pictures of my family doing it because I thought we would get pretty good pictures after doing this with Josh’s family.

Stefi doing VR- It didn’t even phase her.
Mamita doing VR- She got a little nervous, but she was tough
Joseph doing VR- Funny kid
Quincy doing VR- She was braver than Joseph
Dad doing VR- Just chillin’
Kendra just watching everyone do it.
I had to plug in a couple of Kendra Fae pictures from that visit too!- Love that cute little face!
Little Schroeder (ina)

Memorial day weekend was really relaxing and productive. I’m so grateful for all those who served in our military and have protected our freedoms.

We have been still getting over a little sickness but it was fun to have 3 day break. We also celebrated Memorial day in the morning with my parents and had breakfast at Cracker Barrel. I felt like it was a very American thing to do. I think it would be fun to do that in the future. On Sunday, the day before Memorial Day, Josh ran into an old missionary friend and his wife. We invited them over for our BBQ the next day. We cooked ribs, baked beans and bacon, and garlic mashed potatoes and then we had root beer floats for dessert. SO YUMMY! It was fun to hear more about Josh’s LDS mission in New York.

Memorial day ribs!
Memorial day spread
Ribs and us- Also side note and cool feature about our phones is that you can talk to the camera to take a picture, no button required. Super cool!
Rib selfie again

And that’s a wrap!

Do Your Best- I Love Cub Scouts!

One of my favorite quotes is, “Never let good enough, rob you of your best.” -Ezra Taft Benson. This goes along with the more simple and straightforward motto of cub scouts, “Do your best!”

With the recent news of the LDS church not participating in the Varsity and Venture scout requirements as of January 2018, I was very glad to learn they are going to continue with the scouting program for the 8-13 year old boys. Josh and I are Webelos leaders (Webelos are the 10 year old boys) and we have had this responsibility since January. It has been one of my favorite callings (church responsibilities) I have had in a long time. We started out with 2 boys and just got a third boy to the group. It’s been a lot of fun and I’ve enjoyed learning with the boys. We have a scout leaving at the end of the month because he is turning 11 so we needed to finish up his Webelos award. We went up to Provo Canyon and hiked along the Provo trail and then cooked tin foil dinners and roasted marshmallows. The scouts were great and it was a really fun evening.

Provo river- The river was so high part of the trail was closed off.
We all threw rocks in the river.
Josh looks like he’s doing a war dance, but really he just threw a huge rock into the river. ๐Ÿ™‚
I had to add this one too because Josh looks like he’s doing some karate moves to the river, but really just threw a rock in the river.
Still throwing rocks, Josh is cute!
The scouts were prepping the dinner campfire site.
Josh helping them start a fire.
Waiting for the fire to get hot to cook dinner.
The scouts playing with sticks in the fire. Boys will be boys.
Selfie on hike ๐Ÿ™‚

Goin’ to Jackson, Wyoming in My Mind (And in Real Life)

If any of you are James Taylor’s music fans you should get this post’s title reference. If not, you should become a James Taylor music fan. ๐Ÿ™‚

My sweet Joshy spoiled me for my 30th birthday and took me on a super fun getaway to Jackson, WY. If you remember, Josh and I went to Jackson for our honeymoon. We have been back visitng twice to Jackson since our honeymoon but we were just passing through to go onto Yellowstone or on our way homeย from Idaho.

On my birthday, well actually 2 days before (Josh has a hard time with surprises sometimes ๐Ÿ™‚ ) He gave me a decorated envelope with pictures and a travel agenda inside. He wanted me to be able to open a present on my birthday. The trip was planned for the first week of May, after tax season. Crazy time. It was so sweet of him to plan this amazing trip. Buckle your seats and prepare for picture overload… ๐Ÿ™‚

A day before we left on our adventure to Jackson, we ate at PF Changs with a birthday gift card I received. They gave us 3 fortunes and we each opened our own fortune and then said the third one was for both of us. This was the fortune, it’s amazing how accurate these things are ๐Ÿ˜‰
Josh and I starting our adventure!
Our first stop was Afton Wyoming where we stayed the night. We both wanted to see the new LDS temple. It is beautiful!
When we arrived in Afton, we walked around the temple grounds and I was picture happy. It’s such a beautiful place!
Star Valley temple selfie
The next morning we visited the temple and did some sealings. We were the only ones there for the first little bit. It wasn’t very busy because it was a Thursday morning so the Temple president gave us a tour of the temple. It was neat!
Star Valley Temple- It’s only been open for 6 months
Star Valley Temple
Star Valley Temple
This is the cabin that Josh rented for us in Jackson. It was SO cute! We loved it! In the evenings we would just sit outside and enjoy the mountain air and read our book together. So relaxing!
As Josh was planning our trip he had planned to take us to Yellowstone again because it is an amazing place. Some of the entrances were open but the southern entrance wasn’t open so we decided to spend our time in the Grand Teton National Park and Jackson. This was still amazing. Welcome to Jackson lake.
Josh is so cute!
Despite all the snow and the lakes being frozen, the weather was beautiful and about 60 degrees. By the afternoon, I had to change in to short sleeve shirts.
Grand Teton National Park
We explored downtown Jackson and did a little window shopping for when we make our millions of dollars ๐Ÿ˜‰
Jackson Town Square- A nice Asian lady took this picture for us, she looked scared to death to take the picture for us but it turned out well ๐Ÿ™‚
Downtown Jackson- You can see the Snow King Resort in the background
Jenny lake- Grand Teton National Park
Jenny lake- Grand Teton National Park
Jackson Lake
Teton panorama
Jackson lake
Jackson lake
Josh was being artsy and took this cool photo
Jackson lake
Jackson Lake & Joshy
Jackson lake and Joshy
Grand Teton National Park
The snow banks in some of the area were almost as tall as me!
String Lake- Grand Teton National Park
Just inside the Teton National Park
Teton panorama
Tetons
Tetons
Tetons- just inside the park
More lovely Tetons
Funky camera lighting and the Tetons
We made sure to get a lot of selfies
String Lake

 

Josh was looking forward to eating his buffalo burger the whole trip and we finally found a place for him to eat one. It’s called American Sidewinders and it was featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. The food was really good. I ordered Cowboy Mac & Cheese.
This delicious dish was featured on Diners, Drive ins, and Dives at the American Sidewinder. It is called the sidewinder and a mozzarella bread stick. SO GOOD! I didn’t get a picture but we also ate at our favorite pizza place in Jackson, Pinky Gs. It was also featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. Our Ann Froman pizza was inspired by their Abe Froman pizza ๐Ÿ™‚
More Tetons
We tried to hike up to some waterfalls but there was so much snow and construction we couldn’t make it. So we just walked around and explored ๐Ÿ™‚ It was so pretty!
We decided to rent bikes on Saturday and have a picnic and bike along the bottom of the Tetons. The weather was perfect. We saw a buffalo, a coyote, and some hawks and ravens. We biked 26.5 miles. It was quite the bike ride but it was amazing!
It was pretty overcast and raining in parts of the valley but we got pretty sunburned. Fortunately it was our second to last day.
Dinner in Jackson- There are some amazing food places in Jackson. #foodieheaven

 

You can imagine this was us riding along bike trail, it wasn’t, but they appeared in my Teton shot…
Tetons, deeper into the park
More selfies
String lake- Teton National Park
Selfie!

 

Selfie again
It’s amazing how deep the snow and also how warm the weather
We ate a really good taco place. Josh ordered BBQ brisket tacos and I ordered yellow tuna tacos. They were really unique but delicious.
This was one of our favorite finds. We both have a huckleberry fettish and we decided to try some huckleberry lemonade. We both loved so we went to the grocery store after and bought one for each of family members and a few for our selves ๐Ÿ™‚ #welovehuckleberry

 

 

Airstream of Utah Grand Opening

Josh’s family just opened the Airstream of Utah in Salt Lake City these past few months and they had the grand opening on April 28 and 29. I was flattered they asked me to plan the event, but I only had a week and a half to pull it off. It was a little stressful, but Josh helped me out so much! He’s my favorite planning committee. It turned out to be a success and it was a lot of fun to see it unfold. *Marketing plug* ๐Ÿ˜€ If you’re interested in purchasing an Airstream trailer please visit Airstream of Utah at 2651 South 600 West South Salt Lake City. Website: http://www.airstreamofutah.com/

We were taking selfies at the grand opening but I thought this was a good picture to start off with the short deadline to make it happen! ๐Ÿ™‚
My sweet little sister helped a ton and managed the golf putting game! Thank you Stefi! She hates getting her picture taken.
Stefi hiding again from the camera
Laura cutting the amazing cake. It was a cake in the shape of an Airstream trailer.
Laura and Josh handing out prizes.
Ribbon cutting ceremony! So neat!
Another picture of the ribbon cutting ceremony
If you ever need a custom 3D cake made Alysha’s Cravings does an AWESOME Job. There were even tail lights on the back of the camper that turned on and off ๐Ÿ™‚
Another view of the cake with the S’mores cupcakes in the background. There were really yummy treats!
A SWAG bottle I ordered for the opening

 

April Hath Put the Spirit of Youth into Everything

To quote William Shakespeare, “April hath put the spirit of youth into everything.” April has always been one of my favorite months because I love the spring time and sunshine and…I was also born in April. Even though this year I wasn’t too thrilled about that fact, because I turned the big 3-0…Fortunately, my husband, family, and friends showed me how much they loved me even though I became an old lady… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Josh and I decorated our letter “D’ outside our door. It’s very festive of spring and baseball, 2 seasonal musts!
Josh and I went to Settebello’s in Salt Lake City for my birthday. It is an Italian wood fired pizza place and it was delicious!!! We splurged and even ordered cannolis.
Josh’s pizza at Settebello Pizzeria
My pizza, I wanted to capture every moment of this delicious food and this super fun date with my Joshy.
Movie night with the Deckers- Watchin’ Rogue One. They also celebrated my birthday with yummy pizza also. Later that week, my family took us out to Happy Sumo so I could get my other favorite food, sushi for my birthday. That was an adventure, Kendra Fae knocked over the water glass and soaked Josh and me. Fortunately, the sushi and company made it better.
My work softball league started and Josh played (I have been out with tendonitis in my arm). #slugger
Getting ready to bat
Freezing my butt off and getting ready to coach bases because I couldn’t play with my arm injury.
The Browns came to visit (briefly) *happy/sad face* We met up with Brigham City because they were attending Mitch’s brother’s wedding. It was so fun to see them!!
Davy trying to hold Kendra! So cute!

 

Josh and I got free Jazz game tickets from my work. We rode the train up to the Salt Lake after work. It was a really fun game and the Jazz won! It was also Josh’s first NBA game he’s been to. Love those first times!
Outside Vivint Arena and waiting for the train

 

Our really awesome nose bleed seats!
Go Jazz!
The lighting was terrible, but you get the gist. Fun game!

Wrapping Up March

The past few months have been pretty crazy and I haven’t done a good job keeping on the blog. Fortunately, I always take pictures so it is easier to come back and write about what has happened. The next few posts will be our stories in pictures. Enjoy!

This is our niece Kendra Fae. She is the cutest little chubby girl. Josh and I sometimes babysit her and we took her grocery shopping with us one of those times.
Another Kendra Fae picture, I am pretty obsessed. She is really a chill and relaxed little girl, I’m just feeding her while she’s playing with her measuring spoons.
I get obsessed over Kendra Fae and Josh gets obsessed over his brother’s puppy, Chief. Josh loves to play with the little (well not so little anymore) guy. It’s funny because I am a little hands offish about Chief and Josh is hand offish about Kendra Fae. ๐Ÿ™‚ I guess when we have kids we’ll have to get a dog as well.ย 
Josh bought us couch covers for our couches. They were in pretty sad shape. They look so much better!!
I finished another doodle. I called this Urban Springtime. It’s a painted city wall with hints of mountain spring. Sigh…we love the wide open spaces.
Eli (Josh’s brother) had a birthday and turned the big 20. He’s showing his age well in this photo and having a burning match contest with is mom and Joshy seeing who can let the match burn the longest before it gets too hot for your fingers. #boys
One of Josh’s famous calzones. We made calzones for LDS Women’s conference. My mom and sister came over to watch the conference and eat this yummy food!
The only picture I could get of my sister Stefi during the women’s conference meeting. ๐Ÿ™‚
The 3 girls watching the LDS women’s conference together ๐Ÿ™‚ Stefi is really there…
Josh and I like to go treasure hunting at thrift stores. After we find treasures we disinfect them. Josh is disinfecting some books and games we found. ๐Ÿ™‚
Josh and I had a stay-in date night. We made amazing pizzas!
BBQ Chicken & Ricotta
Sausage, Basil, Balsamic vinegar
Sausage and green chilies
My work had a mid-tax season bowling lunch party. I went with my brother and I bowled a turkey!!!! First time ever!
Here’s my brother, the turkey, who I ALMOST beat with my turkey…Sigh….

 

Another Story About a Ring

Josh and I have married exactly 2.5 years, May 22, 2017! It has been wonderful and I’m grateful for every day I get to spend with him. Josh and I are currently reading the Lord of the Rings (LOTR) books. Josh grew up loving those books but I had never read them or saw the movies until being married to Josh. I first watched the movies about a year ago and I wasn’t that impressed, probably to the dismay of Josh because he loves the stories. He asked me to read The Hobbit, the prequel to the LOTRย series with him and I reluctantly agreed. We ended up finishing the book pretty quickly because I really liked it. After reading the Hobbit, I agreed to reading the actual LOTR series. There have been some slow parts but overall I have really enjoyed them and we just finished reading The Two Towers. After we have read certain parts and the book, we watch the corresponding movie part and I have really started to love the movies as well. We have even watched a lot of the behind the scenes video clips about making of LOTR. I guess I have been converted. #Nerd

I decided to write a little bit about our wedding rings because of our 2.5 year anniversary AND our reading The Lord of the Rings series. When Josh and I were dating, we decided to ride the train up to Salt Lake City to explore and go shopping. One of the stores we visited was Charming Charlie, because I really like jewelry and I really like Charming Charlie. As we were browsing jewelry, Josh sneakily brought up the topic asking about what kind of wedding/engagement ring I liked. I told him I wanted a yellow gold ring with a pearl center and diamonds surrounding the pearl. I think he was surprised a little at my specifications, but I was 27 and I had a while to think about what I wanted. ๐Ÿ™‚ I told him I’ve always loved the beach so I wanted a pearl and I love the process of how pearls are created. Essentially,ย “Natural pearls form when an irritant – usually a parasite and not the proverbial grain of sand – works its way into an oyster, mussel, or clam. As a defense mechanism, a fluid is used to coat the irritant. Layer upon layer of this coating, called ‘nacre’, is deposited until a lustrous pearl is formed.” (Pearls.com) I think there are a lot of parallels to life with that process… I also wanted the ring to look like the shape of the sun because I’ve always wanted a Celestial marriage and my middle name is Brighten. My parents gave me that name so I would remember to brighten the lives of those around me. So, I’ve always loved the symbol of the sun. It’s even on the flag of Uruguay, where I served my LDS mission (a story for another time) :). Josh was amazing because he found a beautiful ring with those specifications in 2 weeks, which was 3 weeks after we had the conversation in Salt Lake City. He was able to propose on the 2 month anniversary of our first date, August 23!

Josh has a metal allergy, which he told me during that visit to Salt Lake City, so he was limited with what types of rings he could have as a wedding band. He told me he just wanted me to pick. I wanted to make it special and different because I think titanium and tungsten rings are kind of ugly in general and basically the only options for him were titanium or tungsten. After a lot of research, I found this really cool online store based in Hawaii that made custom titanium rings with wood and gems. I wanted his ring to resemble mine as much as it could so I chose a really light Hawaiian wood to outline the ring ย and to match the gold in my ring and then asked them to do a strip of crushed pearls in the middle. I also asked them to engrave a scripture reference from the Book of Mormon that says,

“And they were married, and given in marriage, and were blessed according to the multitude of the promises which the Lord had made unto them. And they did not walk any more after the performances and ordinances of the law of Moses; but they did walk after the commandments which they had received from their Lord and their God, continuing in fasting and prayer, and in meeting together oft both to pray and to hear the word of the Lord. And it came to pass that there was no contention among all the people, in all the land; but there were mighty miracles wrought among the disciples of Jesus. And it came to pass that the seventy and first year passed away, and also the seventy and second year, yea, and in fine, till the seventy and ninth year had passed away; yea, even an hundred years had passed away, and the disciples of Jesus, whom he had chosen, had all gone to the paradise of God, save it were the three who should tarry; and there were other disciples ordained in their stead; and also many of that generation had passed away. And it came to pass that there was no contention in the land, because of the love of God which did dwell in the hearts of the people. And there were no envyings, nor strifes, nor tumults, nor whoredoms, nor lyings, nor murders, nor any manner of lasciviousness; and surely there could not be a happier people among all the people who had been created by the hand of God. There were no robbers, nor murderers, neither were there Lamanites, nor any manner of -ites; but they were in one, the children of Christ, and heirs to the kingdom of God. And how blessed were they! For the Lord did bless them in all their doings; yea, even they were blessed and prospered until an hundred and ten years had passed away; and the first generation from Christ had passed away, and there was no contention in all the land.” 4th Nephi, 1:11-18.

I also asked them to engrave the phrase,”I love you like crazy.” We liked to say that to each other and we still do like to say that to each other. ๐Ÿ™‚ I was nervous about how he would like the ring because he didn’t give me much input and I obviously really wanted him to like the ring. Fortunately, this ring story has a happy ending and he did like it. ๐Ÿ™‚

A Little Bit of March Birthday Madness

The past few weeks have been very busy for Josh and me. It seems like every night we have something going on. Josh started a new job and he has been really enjoying it, he even gets to ride the train so he doesn’t have to fight terrible 1-15 traffic. We’re both grateful for that one.

My near and dear cousin Naomi turned the big 3-0 last week and so Josh and I threw her an early birthday surprise party at Buffalo Wild Wings during a BYU basketball game. She loves BYU athletics. It was a lot of fun and we had a good turnout. We were pretty sneaky and she was very surprised. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Birthday Nomi!!

Party with the birthday girl at Buffalo Wild Wings. Thanks to everyone that could come!
My dad was able to take a picture anyways.
Birthday girl flashback-ย we went to a Tim McGraw concert this past summer! Happy Birthday Nomi!! Love ya!

The next week my dad invited us to a concert by Kenneth Cope. ย He is an LDS, Christian singer who also was an LDS missionary companion to my dad in Switzerland/France. A lot of people haven’t heard of him but I grew up listening to his music and he partially inspired me to learn to play the guitar. I even had one guitar lesson from him when I was 12. It was so neat to hear his best songs and such a beautiful and inspiring concert. Josh didn’t love it, but I’m grateful he came along :). #compromise

I have a picture of Kenneth Cope teaching me the guitar, if I can find it I will post it.ย 

Some neighbors invited us to play games the next day. Josh and I played ping-pong and for the first time since we’ve been married and I beat him twice. It was amazing! The last time we played which was when we were dating…I lost…barely. There was a bit of fluke between games and he beat me once but it was just fluke. The important thing was that I won .:)

Scouts have gone really well this month, we just finished the Fix-it badge. Josh is so good with the little Webelo scouts. We have a nice group of 2 boys :). I’ve really enjoyed having this responsibility with Josh.

Josh has designated Friday nights as date night! Since we’re so busy we’ve had to designate one night for our dates. Two Fridays ago, Josh made me yummy homemade sushi and we went to the LDS Provo Temple and Waffle Love. It was a great night! He spoiled me this last Friday and took me to Red Lobster because I LOVE fish (Josh calls me a shark) and because we’ve been doing pretty well at sticking toย our budget. We’ve been married for a little over two years and we’re just starting to figure this out. ๐Ÿ™‚ I orderedย shrimp and lobster and it was divine! Thanks Joshy!

On Saturday, my extended family had a birthday party for my wonderful grandma who just turned 85. We went to the LDS Ogden Temple and afterwards we ate at Chuck-a-Rama to celebrate. It’s my grandma’s favorite restaurant. Josh and I finished a little earlier than everyone else at the temple so we went and helped my sister babysit my brother’s daughter, Kendra Fae. I love that little girl. You’ll see my ode to her at the end of this post. She just started wearing a head shaping helmet because the doctor said her head was too flat. She looks like an adorable little football player. Back to the event at hand, it was great visiting with family! My grandma and Naomi share the same birthday. Happy Birthday Grandma! Josh and I were pretty exhausted afterwards but we stopped at a local thrift store so Josh could look for some various things for work. We ended up finding Yahtzee for $2. What a deal.

Happy 85 Grandma!
Eatin’ at Chuck-a-Rama
Trying to get more people in theย picutre. ๐Ÿ™‚
Kendra playing model for me-ย ย Soooo precious
Kendra playing model for me. Such a cutie!
I’m an obsessed aunt. “Are you ready for some football?”ย 
Such a sweet baby!

Well, off to more adventures… Remember to fill out your March Madness brackets ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

Planes & Burgers

โ™ซ “Match maker, match maker, make me a match…find me a find, catch me a catch…” โ™ช Thanks Mr. Fiddler & Co. for such a catchy song. Josh and I decided to play match maker just for fun with my cousin, Celest, and his brother, Eli. โ™ฅย It was nice of Celest and Eli to play along. We went on a double date to the Burger Bar in Roy. What is cool about this place is that it was a place my mom and her family ate at and loved while growing up AND it was featured on Diners, Drive-In, and Dives. Super cool. ย They are famous for their shakes but they also have really good burgers and fries. Josh and I both tried the Buffalo burgers! Yummy!

After that we went to the Hill Air Force Base Museum. As I was trying to think how this could be fun for 2 people almost 10 years younger than me (I realize I’m not as young and hip as I once was ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ) I dug deep into my recreation management major background and I came up with a scavenger hunt race. Fortunately, I was not the first person to think of this and I found a scavenger hunt online for the museum. Josh and I challenged Eli and Celest to a race of who could find the various items in the museum first. Josh and I have been to the museum twice before and Eli and Celest had never been before. You would think it would be a no-brainer about who would win…but sadly Eli and Celest barely beat us by one item.ย Grrr. Josh wanted to explain and talk about some of the planes and engines we found during the hunt (he’s such a cute, mechanical nerd! :)) ย We made a bet with them that the winner could film the losers doing a plane dance in front of the planes and then get to post it on Facebook. Yep, Josh and I ran around like sounding and looking like planes…and then Josh crashed :).

Anyways, it was a super fun double date and we really appreciate Eli and Celest coming along. They are great! #familyisthebest #stillhip :/

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Hill Air Force Base Museum
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The infamous Burger Bar