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.
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!
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.
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* 😀 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/
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… 😉
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!
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!!
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.
Well, off to more adventures… Remember to fill out your March Madness brackets 🙂
Merry Christmas! Josh and I had a wonderful Christmas with our families. We spent Christmas Eve with my family and Christmas day with Josh’s family. We had a nice long break and also got a 4-day weekend. Our families were so good to us and spoiled us rotten. Josh also spoiled me rotten. I just love him! I didn’t get a lot of pictures, especially at the Deckers, but I did get a few. Happy Christmas break!
Josh and I had such a fun Thanksgiving Holiday. We drove to Pueblo, Colorado to visit my sister and her husband and two kids. It was quite the party. We did a lot of cooking, eating, relaxing, and playing. On Thanksgiving Day, Josh and Mitch, Nikki’s husband, played a little turkey bowl football. It was kind of a chilly day and so Nikki, me, and the kids ended up cheering them on from the car. After football, we started cooking up a storm. Nikki made some tasty turkey, Mitch made some yummy pumpkin pie, and we helped with sides. On Friday, Nikki and I set out for our favorite stores to do some black Friday shopping. The boys got their shopping in as well. Josh and I made steaks and mashed potatoes for dinner. So yummy. On Saturday we relaxed, played in the park, made chicken wings, and watched football. Pretty chill. It was such a nice getaway. The Browns were so good to us and it was a blast hanging out with all of them. We didn’t get too many pictures, we were so busy playing, but here are a few.