Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015.

2015 has been by far the best year of my life. January seems so long ago but it also feels like it was yesterday. This year has changed my life so drastically but I wouldn't have it any other way. I have been so blessed to have Spencer by my side this whole year. He is the best part of my life and he's the whole reason this year has been so great. 

So here is a little recap of my favorite moments from 2015!

January:



February:



March:



April:



May: (definitely my favorite month of the year!)



June:



July:



August:



September:



October:



November:



December:




Looking through all these pictures really reminded how great 2015 really was. I hope everyone feels the same way about their year. 

I am really looking forward to 2016! I am going to graduate with my Masters and never have to go back to school again!!! I will hopefully get a big girl job. We are planning a big amazing trip. And I CAN NOT wait to see what the rest of the year brings!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Christmas!

Christmas felt extra full this year. I guess that is what happens when you get married and suddenly have double the family obligations to attend. We spent Christmas Eve with Spencer's family. It was a really fun night but it is still a little hard to not be with your own family for every holiday. Getting married is the best but it comes with some hurdles. It also felt a little weird to not be at my parents house on Christmas morning but we had a great morning just the two of us. 






We may have gone a little overboard on the gifts for each other...

But we just couldn't help ourselves!


Then we headed off the my grandparents which is always pure chaos.




While at my grandparents we skyped with Will. He was so happy and loving Mexico but we miss him and it was great to talk to him. It was cool when my recently returned cousin Porter talked with Will. They haven't seen each other in two and a half years and they had a nice little chat. 


After we finished talking with Will we went back to my parents house to exchange gifts with them. Then it was off the Spencer's parents. It is seriously a blessing that they live so close. I don't know how we would manage otherwise. 

We spent the afternoon with them opening more presents. We seriously got way more presents than we deserved. It is a little ridiculous. 

Spencer's family has a fun tradition where his mom hides a pickle ornament on the Christmas tree and whoever finds its gets $20. Only one person from each family got to look so I gladly told Spencer he could look. He was way more into it than I would have been. Lori obviously hid the pickle well because 4 adults looked for it for like 10 minutes. It was hilarious.



Then we headed back to my grandparents for the my favorite part of Christmas. Every year my grandparents buy s one gift and then we get money to give to the charity of our choice. On Christmas everyone tells what charity they donated to and it is so special. This year my grandma also made everyone tell what they are the most grateful for. That was really rude of her because I cry every single year while telling about my charity and when I told what I was grateful for I cried even more. I am such a baby. 

Getting to be with Spencer all day of Christmas made it so much more special. I hope everyone had a wonderful day and is really enjoying this special season!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

New York.

Get ready for a huge load of pictures because I just can't help myself.

We obviously had to start off the trip with cronuts. 


I seriously can not express how good cronuts are. They are one of the best things I have ever eaten. So lucky that my family feels the same and waited in line with me. 

Then we hit the town. 


Times Square was necessary as was the Toys R Us there because it is closing at the end of the year. 



(So COOL to see all the Mormon.org Christmas ads)


Then we ate at Shake Shack. But I was too busy eating to take any pictures of that. After naps an some down time we went to Rockefeller Center. I have always dreamed of seeing the Christmas tree there so I was so so happy to see it. It was just as spectacular as I imagined.




The next day was time for the big event. The Utah basketball game against Duke. I am obviously always a Utah fan deep down in my heart but Duke may be my one true basketball love. So I was a little conflicted. But Duke had enough fans at the game and Utah needed my cheering. So I cheered when I saw Coach K for the first time and then I fully committed to Utah. 



The game was too intense for my liking. Utah had a big lead starting the second half and then they let it slip away. With just a few minutes left the Utes came back and tied it up. We should have won the game with our last possession but instead it went to overtime. The Utes really stepped up and pulled out the win. I am really glad they won despite the fact that the refs were seemingly trying to give Duke the game. I hate to blame things on the refs but these ones were really ridiculous. 


Also, Jimmy Fallon was there...but he was cheering for Duke. I guess we can forgive him for that. (he is in the white sweater in the following picture)



We walked along the highline after the game and it may have been my highlight of the trip. It was so cool.


The next day we hit up Central Park to walk to the Temple. 





There is something magical about Central Park. It is so peaceful and beautiful even though it is right in the middle of such a crazy city. It is something so unique that there is such a huge chunk of nature right in the middle of the busiest city. I love it. I wish I could have just strolled for hours but it was a little chilly and we didn't have much time. 



The LDS Temple is one of the most striking things in New York. It is so peaceful even when looking at it from the outside. You can just feel the Spirit and the importance of that building. 

After visiting the Temple we traveled way down town to see the 9/11 memorial. The first time I came to New York I got to go to the top of the twin towers. The terrorist attack happened about a year after I first visited and I feel so lucky that I got to have that experience. Going back to the Memorial was very humbling and special. 






This tree is called the Survivors Tree. It was found among the rubble and was taken off site to be regrown and was replanted onsite. I just think that is amazing.

On our last day we we as far south as we could to see the Statue of Liberty.





We were all having a really good time until....I got pooped on. Definitely not the highlight of the trip.



We had a really wonderful trip that we will all remember for a long time. Thanks Mom and Dad for the spectacular trip!!