Monday, July 24, 2017

camping = the best time

A few weeks ago we went camping and had the best time.  Sometimes you just need to escape up into the mountains and get away.  My favorite part about camping is waking up early and exploring when it's so quiet and peaceful.  The sunrise makes everything so beautiful and the slightly crisp air is so refreshing.
Nik and I got a tent for Christmas and we finally got to use it!  Now we just need to keep expanding our camping equipment so we have everything we need.  One of the highlights of the weekend was seeing the purple, yellow, and white wild flowers all over.  They were so pretty and no pictures did it justice.
We spent the weekend with my cousins playing spike ball, four wheeling, and relaxing.  We're so glad and grateful that they invited us.  We love spending time with them!  We'll always remember these camping trips and all the great memories.  We're looking forward to going camping again soon and going back to this spot in the future!

Friday, January 20, 2017

park time with lucy

Last weekend Lucy got to come over to spend some time with us and have a sleepover!  It's always so much fun to have her come over because she is such a cuddle bug and is so cute.  I love spending time with her because she can always make you smile and laugh.  I think she's finally starting to get used to how small our apartment is so she's more calm when she comes over which is great.
It was really cold out all weekend but we knew Lucy needed to get some running in so we took her over to the park so she could run.  She sure does love doing her laps back and forth!  She ran for about 10 minutes and then tired out but it was so fun to see how happy she was.  Lucy even got to play with a little dog friend while at the park.  She thinks she's a little dog at heart and gets along with every little dog we come across!
It's so hard to get a good photo of Lucy because she is always so fast and doesn't like to sit still.  Nik and I are slowly getting the hang of it and will get some great pictures of her one day!  We had a great time trying out our new lens and figuring out how to use it to get some nice depth of field shots.  We're so glad we got to spend the weekend with Lucy!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

christmas 2016

This Christmas we woke up to a ton of snow, just like last Christmas!  I'm sad I didn't get a picture of all the snow!  We thought we'd have to walk to church because our car would get stuck in the snow but luckily we made it.  Murray is great at plowing their roads!  (Except State Street is always terrible :))
Nik and I kind of started a new tradition of opening our Christmas gifts on Christmas Eve around 1:30 in the morning (so it's technically Christmas haha).  We did it last year and we were so excited to give our gifts to each other this year and couldn't wait until the next morning.
It was fun to talk to both of our siblings who are on missions.  We got to talk to Mithu on Christmas Eve since he is in India and it is a little more than a 12 hour time difference so it was Christmas morning for him.  We then got to talk to Emily on Christmas.  It's always fun to hear from them on Christmas and to see their faces.  I'm sad I didn't get a picture of both of them!
I love doing a gift exchange with my siblings each year.  Nik had Andrew and I had Billy.  We both thought it was fun buying gifts and surprising them.  It's always so fun to spend Christmas with our families.  I loved visiting both of my grandma's on Christmas day!
Christmas really is the best time of the year.  It's such a great time to reflect on the birth of Jesus Christ and all that He has done for us.  I loved serving others this Christmas season and spreading His light.  I can't wait for Christmas next year and to spend it with Emily since she'll be home!