Wednesday, October 22, 2014


last night we had a little family photo exchange with our friends. i took their pictures, they took ours. we went up big cottonwood to silver lake & it was perfect. it had rained earlier that day so it was still a little gray & cloudy, but the colors were unreal. it was also absolutely freezing, i hadn't really thought that it would be so cold up the canyon, but we came with blankets & luckily made some friends with a couple guys that had a fire going, so we hung out with them for a few minutes while we warmed up & got some pictures of them by the fire.
after going through all of the pictures i took, i decided that they are an extremely beautiful & photogenic family.

Monday, October 20, 2014

saying goodbye

our days left in utah are limited to 6. it's a surreal feeling to know that we go so soon, but we do. we spent tonight saying goodbye to our friends & having our last get together at our house with everyone. it didn't feel different from any other time we've had our friends over. we had food, we talked about what every had been up to lately, about old times, future times, tv shows we're obsessed with, books everyone should read, funny things that babies do, you know, those kind of things. but then the goodbyes happened.

i had to hold back from crying a couple times.

it's hard to think that all of these people that we've spent all of our time with the last few years (or for me, my entire life) won't just be a call away anymore. the majority of the people that were over tonight were the kids i have grown up with my whole life. we've experienced nearly everything together. elementary school, middle school, high school.. all the schools.. they've been there for me through tragedies, through the best moments of my life, we've gone to different countries & different states together. we've spent family holidays with each others families, we count each other as our family & each other's families as our family. we've stuck together through thick & thin. we've created a family within each other & i'm really sad to be leaving it.

i think it's safe to say that the next two weeks in general will be extremely emotional for me, haha.

Friday, October 17, 2014


i've gotten a lot of questions about how we're getting all of our stuff over to spain & the answer is.. we're not. this is not the typical move where we have to deal with loading & unloading all of our things, even though we did have to pack & store it all (i truly hate packing, if you can't tell). we just have to load & unload our clothes, shoes & a few random items (measuring cups/tablespoons, a few books, some toys for cedar, etc.). the rest of our stuff is all boxed up & stored away in my moms garage!

when i tell people that we're only taking clothes they normally ask how we're planning to fit everything into our suitcases. since every person is allowed two suitcases we're planning on taking the allotted 6 suitcases & packing as precisely as we can. trying to get as much into the bags as possible without going over the weight limit, which has been surprisingly easy partly because of the huge closet purge i have been doing all summer.

& on top of that i've *tried* to be really selective in what to take to spain, which is the hardest thing ever, partly because i'm oddly attached to my clothes. the hardest thing to pick though are shoes, which i'm trying to fit all into a carry on since there isn't a weight limit...we'll see how it goes.

when i originally started packing i was doing the rolling method & just putting them into my bag & it was working wonderfully. but then i saw austin using the roll & stuff method. he was rolling up his gear & putting it all into ziplocks. at first i laughed at him thinking it was far too much work to pack that way, but then, i saw how much he was fitting into his bag & i decided to give it a try.

i unpacked my bag & stuffed ziplocks with my pre-rolled clothes & was shocked at home much extra space i had. originally i had only been able to fit some pants, dresses/skirts & sweaters in one bag because of how much space my sweaters took. but. by putting my clothes into zip locks i gained sooo much extra space in my bag. i was able to fit almost all of my clothes in one bag. socks, scarves, sweaters, a couple sweatshirts, some workout clothes, pants, shirts, dresses, skirts. all of it.

& this is the method, step by step.
1\\ lay the shirt flat
2\\ fold it in half with the sleeves on top
3\\ begin to roll the shirt
4\\ roll it as tight as you can
5\\ line the shirts up
6\\ stuff as many as you can into a ziplock & squeeze out the air.
1\\ if your bag has the little extra space at the bottom created from the rods in the bag, stuff little things into it. i put socks/tights, scarves, etc. so that you don't have unused space.
2\\ stuff the ziplocks into the bag. i start by outlining the bag with upright bags.
3\\ repeat step 2.
4\\ start piling the bags ontop of one another till it's full. in my suitcase i was able to fit 12 zip lock bags. i think 5 of those bags were the really big ones, & 7 of them were standard gallon sized ones.
& boom! my bag is packed & read to go weighing in at 48 lbs. i even had extra space in the bag! but i couldn't fill it because i don't want to go over the 50 lbs. weight juuuuust incase our scale was slightly off or anything like that.

& with that, have a happy weekend!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


our lives are a little boring but very busy as of right now, moving will do that to you!

1\\ the pretty flowers & arch i got to work on over the weekend. i am slightly obsessed with how it all turned out.

2\\ my cute cousin marta hosted a little carmel apple making party for a few of us cousins that could make it! marta is seriously adorable & the craftiest lady, as are most of my other cousins. she had me & my cousins whitney & sarah over monday night to make homemade carmel apples & they are delicious. we made homemade caramel, dipped them in chocolate & had a ton of toppings. they are so. good. 

3 & 4\\ silver lake up big cottonwood! (i want to share all of the pictures i got on my phone cause its seriously beautiful up there, but they mostly look just like these 4) we were meant to have family pictures taken, but with some slight confusion over silver like up a.f. canyon & silver lake up big cottonwood... it didn't work out. we went up to big cottonwood, our photographer went up a.f. but it was beautiful up there & i'm sad i didn't have my camera to take pictures! at least we have phones, right?

5\\ packing has become my life. every day, throughout the day, i am packing or cleaning something. every night it starts out as a disaster but then gets semi packed. you would think with the amount of time we have spent packing we would be finished, but we keep re-packing to try & fit the most in our bags & i think we finally found the perfect system. more on that later. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


the last few days i've had an extreme case of writers block.

i think i'm feeling a bit burnt out after this weekend & that's causing the writers block. from helping out with flowers on & off all day friday, setting up the wedding early saturday, baby showers, wedding receptions, bbq's, packing & cleaning...i'm a little tired.

i keep trying to write different posts, or even in my actual journal & it's just not coming to me. no matter how badly i feel the urge to write, it doesn't happen. last night i sat with my computer open for probably an hour while i tried to type something, anything, & i just don't. i'm hoping i get out of this rut sooner than later. what do you do when you've got writers block? any advice?

aaaanyways, after church on sunday we drove through gaurdsman's pass with our friend blake & he took a million pictures & it was really pretty, so i'm going to share them!
p.s. I haven't written a late night post in what feels like forever. It's kind of fun for some reason