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. 😦 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!

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. 🙂 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.

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!

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. 🙂 I guess when we have kids we’ll have to get a dog as well. 
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. 🙂
The 3 girls watching the LDS women’s conference together 🙂 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. 🙂
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….

 

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. 🙂 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- 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.  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. 

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 to our budget. We’ve been married for a little over two years and we’re just starting to figure this out. 🙂 I ordered 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 the picutre. 🙂
Kendra playing model for me-  Soooo precious
Kendra playing model for me. Such a cutie!
I’m an obsessed aunt. “Are you ready for some football?” 
Such a sweet baby!

Well, off to more adventures… Remember to fill out your March Madness brackets 🙂

 

 

 

Chopped

When Josh and I were sick with our colds, I watched a lot of Chopped. Chopped is a TV series on Food Network about 4 chefs who cook an appetizer, entree, and dessert each consecutive round. A chef is eliminated or “chopped” after each round for making the worst dish. The winner takes home $10,000. Each round the chefs are given 4 random ingredients that they must incorporate in their dish. It ranges from obscure, to random, to silly, to interesting, and everything in between. It’s pretty impressive what these chefs can do in 30 minutes. I generally can only watch so many episodes before it getting too dramatic to me. Each chef has a sob story to make the show more interesting. I personally prefer to avoid the drama and just watch what they can cook. I asked Josh to do an entree round Chopped battle for our Friday night date. He agreed and we were excited. We each wrote down 5 ingredients and randomly drew our 4 ingredients. We did our protein drawing separately so made sure we had a good protein. The 4 ingredients we drew were Sushi rice, bacon, cream cheese, and won-ton wrappers. We went to the grocery store and picked out the 4 ingredients and then we went our separate ways for about 15 minutes and picked up the rest of our ingredients. Josh made Chimichurri macaroni and cheese and Chimichurri chicken, bacon rice. Both were delicious. I made chicken, bacon, cream cheese won-tons and Spanish rice with Sushi rice. It worked well but not togehter. I liked the won-tons. We both judged that both of our dishes weren’t very cohesive. Josh, of course, killed it with the Macaroni and Cheese and therefore beat me. 😦 1 for Josh. Good job! 🙂 I highly recommend doing this as a date night. So fun!

I also included a picture below of Josh’s amazing craftiness. He just finished a Boba Fett helmet from Star Wars and I wanted to brag about that. He’s so talented!

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The 4 ingredients…da da da. Cream cheese, Sushi rice, bacon, and wonton wrappers
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Our grocery run
Josh’s cute face and his winning dish
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Josh’s winning dish
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My dish- the runner up
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Josh’s latest amazing creation- Boba Fett from Star Wars