Yesterday was my birthday. I don’t like getting older very much but I do love and appreciate my friends and family who make the day so special to me and make it a celebration of progression. Progression is always good. My husband, Joshy, always spoils me on my birthdays and actually every day for that matter. My family, both sides (his and mine), also spoiled me and made it a very special day. I received a lot of sweet birthday wishes and I am always grateful for the good people in my life. For this post, I wanted to list a few things I’ve learned in these past 31 years of life. I could write forever about the life lessons I’ve learned, but these are just a few pieces that come to mind right now.
I’m a child of God. I know there is a God and he is my Heavenly Father and I know that I can talk to Him anytime I want through prayer.
Life doesn’t always happen as I plan or want, but things do work out for good.
I can do hard things.
It is important to look for the good in life and in people, especially those who I interact with the most.
Life is better when you don’t have to travel through it alone. I’m so grateful for my Joshy, and I am also very grateful for the many other people who have passed through my life, stayed in my life, and are currently in my life.
Josh and I celebrated Valentine’s Day in our new home. Josh spoiled me and made a delicious steak and shrimp dinner and then a black cherry, ricotta, and nutella cheesecake. He even shaped the herb butter into a heart. It was incredible. I love how even thought we’re a little over our 3 year anniversary, we still have a lot of fun together and still have really fun and romantic evenings together.
I also received a new calling in my new ward. I am the Young Women’s secretary, it is the first time in Young Women’s since I was a young woman, 12 years ago. I am getting old. I am still getting used to the new responsibilities but I am surrounded by great people. This is one of the first activities I attended. The girl’s planned a Chopped competition with the Bishop as the judge.
I didn’t take a lot of pictures in January. It was a busy but not a super memorable month. We have been getting settled in our new home in Stansbury Park. We love the area and our home! Josh and I also attended the Salt Lake Home Show at the Mountain America Expo Center. We covered the Airstream booth for 3 full days. It was exhausting but fun to work with my Joshy. It was a super busy show and the Airstream trailers were put in the same areas as tiny houses. It was good to get some brand awareness because the winter is a slower time for RV dealerships. Our puppy, Sadie, has been adjusting to us and she comes to work with us every day. I caught this cute picture of her “working” at her desk.
A super exciting bit of news is that we found out the gender of our baby earlier than usual. We decided to take the blood test to test for any disorders and we were able to find out the gender. It is amazing that we can find out so soon, but I don’t recommend taking the test, the company is a little shady and it might be very expensive. I still have been struggling with morning sickness which really should be termed “all day” sickness. But as I am writing this in April, I can tell you I survived. 🙂
I realize this post is very late. Life has changed a lot for us in the past 6 months, since I wrote the last Decker update. We’ve had some amazing things happen and some of the highlights include: we moved into our first home; we celebrated our 3rd anniversary, we adopted a polar bear (actually a half Pyrenees/Australian shepherd mix huge dog), named Sadie; and we found out we’re expecting our first baby, baby girl in July 2018; and we had a good holiday season!
I had some technical (probably user error) difficulties uploading the pictures so they are pretty scattered time wise, but bear with me, I’ll explain all of them.
I am one of those people who was born in the wrong era for music. Being the oldest child in my family I tend to live in the past with my music preferences and listen to the stuff my parents listened to when they were growing up. I’m not ashamed about, just explaining my vague Neil Diamond reference title. 😉
Just like June, July, and August, summer flew by. I love the warm weather. It also happens to be the busiest time in the RV industry, for obvious reasons. I was looking through my pictures on my phone and noticed that most of my pictures this summer are of Airstream trailers. Part of my responsibilities at work is managing the online posting of inventory and so my phone is chalk-full of trailer pictures. I’ve included a snapshot of my google photos for proof. 🙂
At the end of September was the semi-annual LDS General Conference. I LOVE those two weekends each year. One of my favorite messages from this last conference was by President Uchtdorf, he titled it “A Yearning for Home.” He said, “The Lord has established The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to help you in this commitment to serve God and fellowmen. Its purpose is to encourage, teach, lift, and inspire. This wonderful Church provides opportunities for you to exercise compassion, reach out to others, and renew and keep sacred covenants. It is designed to bless your life and improve your home, community, and nation. Come, join with us and trust the Lord. Lend your talents to His wonderful work. Reach out, encourage, heal, and support all who desire to feel and heed the yearning for our supernal home. Let us join together in this glorious pilgrimage to heavenly climes. The gospel is a transcendent message of hope, happiness, and joy. It is the pathway that leads us home. As we embrace the gospel in faith and deed, each day and every hour, we will draw a little closer to our God. Our lives will be better, and the Lord will use us in remarkable ways to bless those around us and bring about His eternal purposes.” Such a happy message. The link is in the title and I encourage anyone to read it.
My sister, Nikki, inspired me to catch up on our blog because she has recently done her August month post. Gotta keep up with the Browns 😉
It has been such a busy summer! Josh and I have been working like crazy BUT we also managed to have some fun as well. Josh and I visited Nikki and her family, the Browns in Colorado at the end of August. We wanted to be able to visit them this year as well as catch a Rockies game and visit the Denver LDS temple. It was so fun to check off another MLB game and visit another temple on our life-long goal of attending a game at every MLB stadium and visiting the nearest LDS temple. Sadly, the Rockies lost but it’s always fun to go to a baseball game. Thanks Mitch and Nikki for coming too! We really appreciated their hospitality. We were able to stay and hang out with them and their 2 super cute kids for a weekend. I think their 3 year old daughter, Ashlyn, has a little crush on Josh. 🙂
Summer sped off shortly after my last post and it has been hard finding time to keep up. I was finally able to upload all our pictures and so I am ready to tell all about our June and July adventures. Enjoy!
I am pretty obsessed with my little niece Kendra Fae. The following pictures will clearly explain. We had her 1st birthday party recently and I went crazy-aunt picture crazy. The party was so cute and her mom did a great job planning it. Thanks for the invite Joseph and Quincy! Happy Birthday Kendra Fae!
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. 🙂
“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”
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. 🙂 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. 🙂
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.
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
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.
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! The Chinese know what they are talking about. 🙂
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.
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. 😦 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. 🙂 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 Pizzeria 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!
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.
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. 🙂 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! 🙂 I took pictures of my family doing it because I thought we would get pretty good pictures after doing this with Josh’s family.
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.