Tuesday, December 13, 2016

light the world

I love seeing the church's new Christmas initiative each year.  This year it is #LIGHTtheWORLD.  I made this fun photo below to help spread the initiative to light the world!  I have enjoyed serving others this Christmas season to help spread His light and love.  Christ is the reason for the season!
Since a new star first appeared above Bethlehem, Christmas has been a season of light, reminding us that Jesus Christ is the light of the world.  Together, we can celebrate His birth by making the world a brighter place.  All we have to do is follow Him - His life, His example, and His teachings.  In doing so, we can help light the world.
One of the best things about Christmas is seeing all the lights.  They just make everything feel so magical and happy.  Temple square always looks amazing during Christmas time but especially when they have the huge white trees (they are only put them on every other year) and luckily they do this year!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

the great salt lake

I'd have to say the great salt lake is so unique and beautiful.  We decided to go out to the lake over the weekend just for some fun and to watch the sunset.  I love how smooth the water is because it gives some amazing reflections.  It was so beautiful and peaceful to watch the sun set over the lake and mountains.  I sure do love Utah sunsets!  It was pretty cool to see some of the salt formed into salt crystals too.  p.s. Even if you are tempted to try the salt just don't.  Nik has tried it twice and says it is awful. :P

Thursday, November 3, 2016

we love lucy

We got to watch Lucy for almost two weeks while my parents were traveling.  She is so much fun to be around!  She's always doing funny things to make us laugh.  I love how her favorite toy is a tennis ball inside of a sock.  It's so fun to see how much joy a simple toy brings her.  It's a great reminder to enjoy the simple things in life!
One of my favorite things about Lucy running is how her ears flop so much.  They are always flying and look so silly when she is running her laps.  Gotta love her and her floppy ears.
It was so hard to get a decent picture of her while running around because she is so speedy fast!  I love how goofy Lucy is.  She can always make you laugh and smile.
Look at that crazy puppy ^^ haha she cracks us up.  We love spending time with this goofy and cuddly pup!  Can't wait for another sleepover with her.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

alpine loop & millcreek canyon

A day up in the mountains is always a good day.  Last weekend we went up American Fork canyon and drove along the Alpine loop.  It was so pretty seeing the fall colors.  One of the things that made it so pretty was the fog and clouds.  We felt like we were in a different state because it looked so different.
We were lucky to see a few red and orange leaves mixed in with the classic Utah yellow!  We hope to go over to Vermont, New Hampshire, and the rest of the states in the northeast to see the beautiful fall colors one day.  Especially the bright red and orange!
We just couldn't get enough of the mountains and the beautiful colors so we headed up Millcreek canyon with my parents and Lucy on Sunday.  We drove up to the top of the canyon which was so much fun.  We had never been to the top so it was a new adventure.  I want to go back and go on a hike!
I sure do love going on adventures with my family and Lucy.  We're trying to enjoy every last minute of fall before the freezing winter comes.  Hopefully we still have a while to go on lots of canyon adventures!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

silver lake

This weekend we had a surprise adventure up the canyon!  I've wanted to go on a hike all summer long and Nik finally surprised me by going on a drive up the canyon and then a walk around silver lake.  It was so beautiful and such nice weather in the sun.
I'd have to say one of my favorite parts about the walk was seeing all the squirrels.  They were so fast and were everywhere in the trees.  It was so fun to watch them run all around you and back to their little gathering spot.  We couldn't get any pictures of them because they were too fast!
We're excited to go on more hikes to see more of the beautiful fall colors.  We're so grateful we live so close to such beautiful mountains!

Thursday, August 25, 2016


One of our favorite days of the summer is spending it at Pineview!  We go up with our cousins and always have the best time.  I love this tradition we've been doing the last few years!  We're already looking forward to next year and the years to come!

The day consisted of tubing, paddle boarding, relaxing, and playing spikeball.  Oh and you can't forget all the delicious food.  Sandwiches are always a thousand times better when you're boating. :)  Thanks for the best time with the best people!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

lake powell

Over the 4th of July we went to Lake Powell with the Schmutz clan!  It was our first trip together as a married couple with my whole family so we had lots of fun.  We sure missed Emily a lot but are looking forward to next year!  We had lots of yummy food, laughs, and made some great memories.

One of my favorite things is going down and seeing the Glen Canyon Dam.  It's crazy to see how big it is.  Also my favorite beach is very close.  It has the best sand and it is such a beautiful color.

One evening we went to horseshoe bend.  It is quite a unique sight to see and kinda scary.  People were hanging off the sides of the cliff that dropped 400 feet down.  So scary!  I don't remember it being so scary last time I went.

We tried out a new tube from Costco and we'd have to say it was a little scary at times.  As soon as you went outside the wake and hit a small wave you'd go flying in the air.  Nik, Billy, and Andrew got some air and flipped over!

We got a GoPro a few weeks before the trip so we had lots of fun using it in the water and testing it out!  We'll have to go on more adventures soon so that we can use it more often.

We headed up to Rainbow bridge since it was Nik and Billy's first time seeing it.  It's always so beautiful to see.  I always forget that it's a million degrees hiking/walking up to it too.

Since our new tube was a little crazy we're glad we brought our other two tubes.  It's always fun to tube with a lot of people and we had a blast tubing!

It's so hard going through all the photos because there are so many good ones to choose from.  You know you had a great time when you have so many photos!

Overall we had a great time at Lake Powell.  Nik made an awesome video of our trip that you can check out HERE.  I'd have to say he has some great skill putting it together!  We are already looking forward for next year and the adventures that we'll have.  We're so grateful we could go on this trip with my whole family!