Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Just realized I never did a honeymoon post. I'll make it short and sweet.

It was an amazing week! It was exactly what we needed, relaxing with each other.
We found a condo on HomeAway.com that was a great price and we just hung out there most of the time. It was their rainy season so every morning when we got up it was raining but by afternoon it was beautiful so we would make the 15 minute walk to the beach and wander around and hang out at the beach. We found an awesome local restaurant that we ate at almost everyday. Before it started to get dark we would head back to the condo and chill. Our condo had a dipping pool which we took full advantage of. And our view was absolutely amazing. I can't wait to go back! Here are some pictures we took during the week.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Cali Trip!

So over my fallbreak/UEA we chaperoned the Younglife trip to California. It was crazy/fun/exhausting, and so so worth it. Our friend Rob runs YoungLife in Park City and works out with Joe a few times a week. He told us to pray that more adults would step up to chaperone and we told him that we were free that weekend and would be glad to go. He was ecstatic and couldn't thank us enough for being willing to do it. There ended up being around 130 kids go. Here are the details of the trip

Meet at 9 PM for Club. The speaker for the weekend was Joe Cole and he was absolutely amazing. He has a passion for Christ and for teenagers, I wish I could take just a little bit of it into my life. We also had the pleasure of hearing music from Josh Rosenthal, amazing singer/songwriter. Check him out here or iTunes. Then we finally loaded up the buses and hit the road around 10:30 and drove all night til we reached Cali!

We arrived in Cali and our hotel was right on the beach in Oxnard. So most of the day was spent on the beach even though it was cloudy and the water was freezing. We helped the kids set up for some beach volleyball and played a little football. That night we had some pizza then had our second club and a nice little concert from Josh. Joe and I slept in different rooms so that we could interact with the kids and my girls were kind of shy but a few opened up and shared things with me and I shared with them. I hope to keep up some of the relationships that were made on the trip.

Friday: We woke up and headed to Six Flags-Magic Mountain. It was my first time ever being there and it was so much fun. I am for sure an adrenaline junky and these roller coasters were right up my alley. I suggest anyone taking a trip to SoCal to make time to head here. Favorite rides of the day: X2, Goliath, Batman and Tatsu. We ended the day again with Club and discussion time with our groups.

Saturday: We packed up and did Club in the morning and had a new believers walk. 15 kids devoted their life to Christ! It was amazing! Normally kids go on this trip for the fun and they usually don't have anyone accept Christ so 15 is an amazing number. After this we made our way to Disneyland! I love Disneyland, but hate the crowds. I wanted to take the kids next summer but decided to wait til they are a little older. We had tons of fun hanging out with a new friends and enjoyed the rides. My only disappointment for the day was not riding Space Mountain because the line was way too long everytime we checked.
Disney closed at Midnight and we climbed onto the bus exhausted and headed home.

Puttin up our U's!
Splash Mountain!

Loved all the Halloween Decorations

Before Captain EO

It was a fast paced, never stopping, incredibly fun trip that I would for sure do again. Count us in for next year!

P.S. Love that fact that I got to sleep during the 13 hour drive there and back. Wish I could do this everytime. :)

Monday, August 30, 2010

God is Great!

On Sunday the 22nd Joe and I made a decision both personally and together to be baptized. Our church has an annual baptism for anyone who feels like it is the right time. The first Sunday they announced it I had a feeling that I should do it. I didn't say anything to Joe and prayed about it and just knew that it was right. When I told Joe he said he had the feeling that he should do it again too. He had been baptized as a teenager but after everything that he has been through since then he felt like it was more meaningful. It was one of the best experiences of my entire life especially to do it with my husband! The feeling of knowing that Christ is my savior and that he died for me and forgave me of my sins is something that I never want to lose. Our church has some amazing people in it, Sundays are my favorite day of the week. I love the message, the worship and the fellowship. Here are some photos of the day, taken by Carissa:

Wedding Part 3::The Reception and more

After the trampoline it was time to cut the cake, bouquet and garter toss. I need to give a big thanks to my mom because not only did she make our cake, she did everything else for the reception. All the food and decorating were done by her, she was amazing and I can never thank her enough for all she did that day.

We wanted to do a little dancing. Our first dance was great but no one else really got in on the dancing so we stopped and just started the fireworks orchestrated by Carl and Caleb.

After the fireworks we took off, but seeing as I didn't eat anything all day our day didn't end there. We decided to hit In N Out before going to the hotel and Joe, Steph and the Fine family tagged along. Carissa couldn't pass up and taking more photos, we got lots of stares and the In N Out people loved it.

And that was the happy ending to our perfect day ♥

(honeymoon post coming as soon as I have time)

Wedding Part 2::The Reception

Sorry for taking so long to post part 2. Life is busy as most of you already know.

So after the ceremony we were going to take more pictures of just us at the Utah State Hospital in Provo but traffic was awful because of it being a holiday weekend so we just ended up going to my grandparents and taking them there. It worked out great and I love all the pictures we got. Here are a few:

After we took pictures it was time for the reception to start. We were supposed to have chocolate fountains but it was so windy that as soon as they were turned on the chocolate blew everywhere so we ended up just having melted chocolate in bowls. Besides the wind the reception turned out perfectly. So many people came and supported us, it was incredible. In the months before the wedding I had been browsing KSL for different wedding things and came across an ad for a photobooth, I talked to my mom about and we decided to do it. I am so happy we did, it is one of my favorite things from the whole day. We used the photobooth strips for our guestbook. I didn't want a typical guestbook and this way was so much fun.

Our colors were black, hot pink and white. It was amazing how well we were able to find everything in the same pink. Here are a few photos from the line and some detail shots:

Carissa saw the trampoline and so during a break in the line we took some pictures on it. They were so much fun and so unique. I don't know many people who have wedding pictures on a trampoline.