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Friday, September 27, 2013

Fall is here!

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Well, it's that time of year again: overcast skies, warm and soft blankets and sweaters, pjs and fuzzy socks from last Christmas, hot chocolate and ciders, and not minding how hot the house gets when you bake because the house is cold... but not cold enough to turn the heat on. And not to mention how everyone is getting sick!

The things is - I can't believe how fast it came! It all happened in a weekend! no joke. I miss summer and spring not just because of how beautiful the land was everyday, but because I got to spend a lot of it with my Honey. We got to do so many fun things and talk a lot about our dreams and plans for the future.

But, every season has its personality and good things to bring! We're super excited to make some canelita (cinnamon tea) or wassail with some scones and apple coffee cake. Good thing we picked and canned all those apples! (Recipes forthcoming!)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

2 years ago today...

2 years ago I said "Si" the most wonderful man and becoming more wonderful each day - my husband! I can't believe our story. Everything worked out so perfectly like someone had written a script and told us exactly what to do! I'm so happy I said "Si" to being his girlfriend that night after not being able to sleep the whole night with the biggest pit in my stomach (in a good way!) and feeling like I was going to pass out, haha.

(We met singing under the stadium at school, shared a hymnbook, and talked just a little. This photograph was taken that night and published in the school paper that Tuesday! I love that he proposed he be my husband and I his wife in the same place!)

Monday, September 23, 2013

Queen Elizabeth































This weekend was not very relaxing... so many things to do! But at least things got done. I decided I needed to pick more apples to can some apple pie filling and maybe some applesauce... whenever I look up how to make it! Queen Elizabeth.. I mean.. my sister came with. It was so much fun to have her climb on my back like when we were little and pick some apples. I'm glad she lives right next to me now. My favorite thing to do with her is laugh.

About the queen part.. when we were little.. she used to make me bow.. and if I shook a little.. I had to do it all over again.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

My little artist

I love that D is a designer. And artist. And best husband ever! I get jealous of his homework sometimes because he gets to make beautiful things.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

One and a half cups of sugar.

Before we left for three weekends, David and I got lots of yummy peaches to make some peach pie filling to can.

As soon as I was ready to cook them I found out there was no sugar.

On my way to the store I talked on the phone with a friend I haven't seen in forever and talked about how overwhelming the first day of university is. It made me miss BYU-I more than I already do. The excitement of new classes and new teachers, new everything. Graduating is great but I don't get to see as many people as I'd like to since I started working.

After getting more than the sugar I needed, the bag boy and cashier were too happy with the customers; I wanted to hurry up and get out. And then... they made it personal and asked if I was a student. They were so surprised I graduated and had a job right away in what I studied. Blessings!

Sometimes it takes other people to see what we have been blessed with. I know I have been greatly blessed - but I haven't paid enough attention to "see" and appreciate those blessings.

On my way out... I saw some friends and they said they had just asked someone about me. All this time I thought I was forgotten and out of the game... a grown-up. I'm so grateful for friends and even acquaintances who remember others.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Before school started...

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D started fall semester today! It's exciting because he'll be taking cool classes that I wish I could still be in school for - but sad at the same time. All spring and summer we drove to work and ate lunch together. I got to take naps on the drive! We got home at the same time so we could go out and do fun things!

 Now that school is starting we won't get to spend as much time together. He has a big course load this semester and after that until next year :( But maybe it'll all be good - I can make him dinner and stuff! This weekend we got to go to Boise to visit D's mom from Hawaii! Our trip was too short! But we had fun talking and hanging out. That was nice. I love being around our family and wish we could all see each other more often.

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It's been a busy end-of-summer for us! We've driven to SLC and back twice within a week. It seems like everyone wanted to get married right before school starts! (YES, everyone.)

It was fun and not to mention exhausting! Ok... I did mention it! The best part was seeing my family. So many things are happening: graduations, marriages, missions, anniversaries, birthdays, and no sleep! It's a fun year!

I love spending time with family after not seeing them for so long!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

I am officially legit!

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Today a really nice, sealed envelope was in the mailbox! Inside was my undergraduate diploma! As much as I miss school, I'm really grateful to have graduated from BYU-Idaho. It's one of my favorite and best places I've ever been to. It's changed my life, my way of thinking, how I see people, and how I do things. It's also where I met teachers who really cared for my learning and answered my questions because they wanted me to learn and grow - not to show off.

I'm grateful for the people, especially my family, that helped me get to school and sacrificed so I could be where I am today! Something my Abuelita Yola always wanted for her kids was for them to go to school and to give up anything to go. I'm so glad my parents taught me that, too. I know my family will be better off because of it. We've already seen so many blessings by going to school!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Fresh Pickings

It so happens that there is a U-Pick in our backyard! (Well... it's super close like a backyard.) All this time... like a year. We first went to get snap peas and green beans and then some tomatoes, eggplant, and corn! And tomatillos! We've decided that when we grow up, we want to grow our own produce at home. If we can, why shouldn't we?


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Canning At Midnight

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There is an apple orchard on campus… one of our favorite places to go! It’s so beautiful in the morning. And midday. And evening! We picked some apples to make some pie filling for the cold months ahead when fruit isn't cheap.

We weren’t planning on canning, but we have quite a few mason jars we keep tripping over in the house. We had 2 wedding receptions to go to the next morning - so to keep fruit from rotting we canned at midnight! We started at 7pm and went until 1:30am. I don't recommend it!

A little happy family!

This little family is so sweet! The Thorpe's just had their little Hailey in June and she's just the cutest baby girl! She received her name and blessing this Sunday and we got to take photos of their family :) They're seriously the sweetest family we've met and we're happy they're our friends!


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

NATURE

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Before heading up to my sister's wedding, we got to visit my D's family who doesn't live too far away for Labor day! Every time we go his Dad always takes us on a little hike somewhere we've never been before; I love it! I love getting away from the computer, work, the house, the world and everything and just spending time in nature with the people I love. The leaves are starting to change color even though it's late-summer.

I feel like I can't remember what fall and winter are like after the heat of summer... but I'm not too excited about it being cold just yet - or am I ever?! D's dad took us to a little, hidden waterfall and on the way back we saw a double rainbow. At the house we saw his sister's garden. She planted aster like us, but her actually grew! There's so many flowers that we didn't think they were real! Lucky her!