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.
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 LOTR 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. 🙂 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, “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 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. 🙂 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. 🙂
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!
Josh and I had a busy and fun Halloween. Josh dressed up as Burt Macklin, FBI. The best darn agent they had, until he was framed for a crime he didn’t commit. I dressed up as Janet Snakehole, a very rich widow with a terrible secret. They are both characters from the TV series, Parks and Recreation. Josh has been told he looks like the actor Chris Pratt from that show so we thought it would be a good choice. We dressed up for my company Halloween party that I was in charge of planning. We had a chili/cornbread cook off at lunch time and in the afternoon employees’ families could come and trick and treat and eat lots of food. Josh won runner-up on the cornbread. #bestcook It was so tasty, so was his chili. He should have won that too. 🙂 It was kind of a crazy day but everything went well. Yay! Happy Halloween!
Josh is the most wonderful husband! I can’t believe sometimes how blessed I am to be his wife. The past few weeks have been kind of challenging for me so Josh decided to surprise me and make me a delicious candle lit dinner. So sweet and kind! He made me lobster and linguine. I am part whale and I devour fish whenever it is placed in front of me. Josh thinks it is so funny, but I seriously love to eatfish especially lobster, shrimp, and sushi! #fishaddict
I’m so grateful that even when things are hard sometimes it is so nice to come home and be with my amazing Joshy! Thank you Joshy!
Earlier that week we had an engagement party for Josh’s brother, Zach and his fiance Maddie. Yay Zach & Maddie! Marriage is great! Josh’s grandparents came to town to celebrate so we had a rib dinner. It was good. On Saturday we spent the afternoon with Josh’s family. Josh’s grandparents were in town so we had a fondue and crepe night. It was really yummy and really fun. On Sunday we spent the afternoon with my family. We played games and played with the baby in the family, Kendra. It’s really nice that both of our families live so close together.
My favorite message of the conference was by Elder Russel M. Nelson and called “Joy and Spiritual Survival.” It was about joy being a gift from God and only happens when we follow God’s commandments. I really liked this quote, “Saints can be happy under every circumstance. We can feel joy even while having a bad day, a bad week, or even a bad year! My dear brothers and sisters, the joy we feel has little to do with the circumstances of our lives and everything to do with the focus of our lives. When the focus of our lives is on God’s plan of salvation, which President Thomas S. Monson just taught us, and Jesus Christ and His gospel, we can feel joy regardless of what is happening—or not happening—in our lives. Joy comes from and because of Him. He is the source of all joy. We feel it at Christmastime when we sing, “Joy to the world, the Lord is come.” And we can feel it all year round. For Latter-day Saints, Jesus Christ is joy!” Great thought, huh! I totally needed that. To keep reading go here.
The following week we celebrated my father-in-law, Dennis’s, birthday. It was fun. Josh made a yummy yellow cake and we had dinner with them. I’m so grateful Dennis is my father-in-law!
This summer Josh has been super busy working and taking classes so we didn’t have much time for a summer vacation. I was getting a little stir crazy so Josh planned a little getaway for Labor Day. #ilovemyjoshy We are still working on our goal to visit every MLB stadium and nearby LDS temple so Josh planned for us to visit Seattle and see a Mariner’s game and the Seattle temple. I was SO excited when I found out about it! Josh and I love to go on road trips. I was able to get an extra day off work so we could leave Thursday night after work. We drove half-way to Ontario, Oregon and were going to sleeping in our car overnight, but my dad called in the middle of the drive and gave us a hotel night with his points. Very nice! Thanks dad!
We set off again Friday morning. Eastern Washington is so beautiful with all the green pine and mountains. We loved that part of the drive. We arrived in Seattle around 2 p.m. We stopped by the Seattle LDS Temple to walk around because our hotel was only 10 minutes away and we couldn’t check-in our hotel quite yet. After we checked in, we decided to go to Pike Place Market and explore downtown. It was an adventure trying to find where to park and then finding our car afterwards but we figured it out. The market was really neat and we found some used book stores that had a couple of books we have been looking for in our collection. Score! The fish market was also really impressive. They were selling fresh Alaskan King Crab at $99 a leg, and the legs were longer than Josh. Crazy!
Josh has had a goal on his bucket list to try Steelhead Trout, so we were able to find a really good restaurant that was reasonably priced. I tried some Salmon pasta and it was the best salmon I have ever had. #welovefish We walked off the really good food a bit downtown and headed back to our hotel. On Saturday we visited the Seattle Temple, it was rainy and so we bought an umbrella for the rest of the trip. It was probably the most typical souvenir we could have bought. 🙂
The weather cleared up and we wanted to try some local pizza. It wasn’t super great, but it was good. Josh really enjoyed it. We spent the afternoon at the beach. I looove the beach so we walked around the boardwalk and saw a baby light house and watched the cruise ships come in and out. Pretty awesome. It was kind of funny because most of the tourists we saw in the area were middle aged and elderly people. I guess we’re a little old for our generation. 🙂
Saturday evening we went to the Seattle Mariners baseball game. It was so fun. I was always a fan of Ken Griffey Jr. growing up (fellow lefty), so it was fun seeing the team with who he mostly played and in the same year he was inducted in the hall of fame. The Mariners played the Angels and lost pretty badly. But we saw some great baseball players, like Mike Trout and Albert Pujols! The Angels hit 3 home runs in one inning, in right, center, and then left. And we saw Pat Venditte, a pitcher on the Mariners, that can pitch ambidextrous, crazy. We had to try the stadium food fare. Josh had a really good hot dog, typical baseball food. I had fresh Sushi. They rolled it right in front of you. I figured I wouldn’t have that opportunity again. I’m pretty addicted to sushi. The weather was great and it was the perfect evening for a baseball game.
We went to church on Sunday and then went to another beach to have a picnic. We hiked to a secluded beach and then had a picnic lunch. It was so nice because we were the only ones on the beach. I found a few seashells to add to my collection. We then started our journey home and went to Spokane. We stayed with Josh’s childhood friend Kenny and his wife. They were so nice to host us. We also stopped by the Spokane LDS Temple. That was fun because that particular temple design is similar to both of our mission temples, Palmyra and Montevideo.
On Monday, we headed home early and stopped in Missoula, Montana to get some huckleberry jam and chocolate. We also stopped in Idaho Falls to get some potato thickened chocolate milk. So good!
We had such an incredible adventure. I’m so grateful to my Joshy for planning this trip! #weloveseattle