Saturday, July 26

My chichy's wedding!

Chichy = My sister.
I've called her that for as long as I can remember.
I have no idea why.
Her name is Jasmine (like the princess). We've been best friends since 1990.
We used to play Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen. I'd pretend to be Britney Spears
and she would be my back up -- and was not happy about it. She is my secret
keeper and my go-to girl when I need to vent. We have more "inside jokes"
than I can count.
 
Squash boy.
Alright, surfs up, right on!
Eatin' yogurt...
Act cool... whoa!
 
Just to name a few. I lost ya, didn't I?
 
Anyways, here she is. All 24 years of her. Wifed up to the man she's been
with since she was 14. FOURTEEN PEOPLE! Soul mates. And I was so
honored to be her maid of honor. I pray these two have the most happy
and blessed life. Love you Chichy & Alex!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, July 24

My week -- according to my iPhone.

I received my adorable Hello tank top in the mail.
We tried out a new church (1 of 3 we've heard great things about and
wanted to try out before we decide on a "home" church).
Oh and I'm loving my bathroom.
 
I'm loving our kitchen that has room for Myla to help me cook in!
This was the first actual meal I've full on cooked since April.
(Traveling, living with the in-laws, moving... ya know.)
And I finally got my kitchen hardware installed (more pics to come later).

Me & my love celebrated our anniversary! *gush*
I got my new table and chairs, thanks Pier 1.
It's black, hardwood floors are brown - surprisingly it looks great!

Steal of a lifetime y'all! I snagged this quilt from Anthropologie for $75.
Regular price -- $268! I also snagged the 2 matching shams for $15.
Regular price -- $88! I'm so amazing. Sadly... they just don't go with my
guest bedroom set. So I'm taking this luscious, beautiful set back. Ugh.

After weeks of waiting my couches finally arrived and they are
beautiful. I am in love. If anyone is interested in a Room & Board
sofa -- this color is Dawson Cement. Yummy.

My little girl is so artistic! This is her and her friend singing in a microphone.
She loves, loves, loves drawing. She also currently loves playing restaurant,
grocery store and movie theater. I love this age. So creative!

Tuesday, July 22

Sacramento!

I'm back and in full swing!
We've closed on our house. Things are slowing down.
Internet is up and working. I'm here to stay ladies and gents.
But mostly ladies... I hope. Or I'm a little creeped out.
 
So before we get to all the house stuff and yadda yadda...
Let's rewind to May. Me & the husby jetted off to Sacramento for
a wedding and some site seeing. I can't explain to you how much fun it
was. Getting together with all of our Mines friends is probably on
my 'Top 10 Funnest Things To Do' list. It's always a good time.
Even when you end up at a gay bar at 1:00am with co-ed bathrooms.
No joke y'all -- I stepped out of my stall and there was a guy... just
peeing in a urinal. We made the most awkward eye contact.
 
We shared a hotel suite with our good friends, Danielle & Robbin.
As usual, we had a blast! We got street tacos at 2am, drank
bottomless mimosas, shared the biggest sushi platter I've ever seen,
visited Old Town Sacramento (so cool... go!) and laughed until it hurt.
 


 

 
 
 

Again, we were in Sacramento for a wedding.
If you want to see more check out #alexandnicole2014
on Instagram. It was such a BEAUTIFUL wedding!
 
 

Sunday, July 13

Blessings

Blessings by Laura Story
 
We pray for blessings, we pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
And all the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

'Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You're near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom, Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if every promise from Your word is not enough
And all the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we'd have faith to believe
 
'Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You're near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not,
This is not our home
It's not our home

'Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You're near

What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can't satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise
 
 
***
 
Did y'all know Jesus cries with us when we cry? He hurts when we hurt. In John 11:35 it simply says, "Jesus wept.". The back story is that Jesus came upon the grave of Lazarus, and began to cry. He wasn't crying because Lazarus was dead. He knew that he would one day restore life to him and those who know the bible know He did just that. --  Anyways, Jesus wept because He saw Lazarus’s sisters crying near his grave. When Jesus saw her crying, he cried with her.
 
He is touched by our heart ache and our tears.That's why I love this song (make sure you listen to it!). It really puts into perspective how Jesus relates to us.  I relate to music -- quotes, lyrics, etc. So this song has really helped me deal with the loss of my dad. Let grief draw you closer to Him. Not further away.
 
You can find this song playing all the time on the K-LOVE radio station.
 
Vernal, UT: 90.7 FM
Denver, CO: 91.1 FM
Salt Lake City, UT: 107.5 FM
Click here to find K-LOVE in your city.

Wednesday, July 9

Couch shopping VS. wedding dress shopping.

You guys... who the fudge knew that couch shopping was SO hard!?! After walking around multiple stores for hours and hours I started thinking to myself how much harder this was that wedding dress shopping. It was RIDICULOUSLY harder -- yet the same rules applied.
  1. It needed to not only look good but feel good.
  2. It had to be good quality.
  3. Higher price doesn't always equal better quality.
  4. There are many shades of the same color.
  5. Don't try out anything over your budget!
  6. You'll most likely go back to the first one you tried out.
I've been "online" couch shopping for months now. Trying to figure out what color I want and what style. Because of our lay out, I need a couch that looks great from the back. And because it'll be the main living area, I need a couch that is durable and comfy. It has to be deep so I can curl up with my glass of wine and the arm rests can't be too high. Taylor wants leather, I want linen/microfiber. We originally wanted a sectional but now we don't. We were torn between gray or beige.... the list goes on!
 
In the end, we chose the couches I fell in love with months ago. These beauties right here!

Found here.

 
Now don't even get me going on mattresses or appliances...
And oh. em. gee... WE CLOSE TOMORROW!

Monday, July 7

What's up? Ask my iPhone.

You guys -- I really have so much to say and share! I'm currently living
hotel style (we close on our house this week!) AND I don't have my camera
cord to upload pics. Truth. I accidently had the movers pack it and I'm way
to lazy to go buy another one. So in about 1 week I'll be blowing up my blog
with all my summer adventures, recipes, words of wisdom and everything and
anything else I feel like discussing. Prepare yourselves. Until then... here is my
life lately via my iPhone -- that needs replaced ASAP. That should happen
in about 2 weeks. Enjoy!
 
Selfie to my husband from the splash park in Utah.
 
I threw my friend Jessica a bridal shower!
(more pics to come!)
 
One of my friends from high school had her baby girl, Ireland.
I am bay-bee hungry now. Fuh.
 
Myla had to say goodbye to her best friend, Dreydan.
 
Me & Myla got to Texas just in time for the 4th of July!
 
And I got to see my house IN PERSON! I am in love.
(more pics to come -- we close in 3 days!)

Wednesday, June 25

Wood floors -- check!

Y'all...
My wood floors are in.
And they are beautiful.

I'm a little rebellious and decided to put hardwood
floors almost everywhere on our first floor.
Entry, dining room, office, even the kitchen...
Dreamy right? No tile for this girl!

As always, here is a little sneak peak!


A little dirty, but oh so purdy.

Monday, June 23

A month of chaos.

First off, yes... I am alive. I have been so super busy and Miss Mama Me
had to be put on the back burner. Busy with what you ask? Oh let me show you...

Wedding 1
A beautiful christian wedding at a vineyard in Sacramento.
(more posts to come about our visit to Sac Town)

{fresh squeezed lemonade, Dippin' Dots, caramel apples}

Wedding 2
A beautiful afternoon christian wedding at the same church we were married in!

{full dutch oven menu, photo booth}

Wedding 3
Taylor's brother's casual back yard wedding.

{popcorn bar, booze, 15 different cupcake flavors}

Wedding 4
My sister's beautiful mountain side wedding.
(more posts to come of this wedding)

{taco bar dinner, s'mores bar, yard games}

Wedding 5
Off to a long, beautiful catholic wedding.

{live band, buffet dinner}

Wedding 6
A small backyard mormon wedding.

{ice cream bar, old fashioned root beer, photobooth}

On top of all that, my house is coming along but it's been stressful getting all the proper documentation, trying to keep names and companies in order, figuring out insurances, Taylor started work therefore he ditched me in Utah and is now in Texas. Myla has been LOVING life with her cousins, she's been attending vacation bible school, I'm still battling allergies and mood swings... Life. Is. Hectic. But it sure is beautiful... amiright?

I'll probably still be a little MIA for a bit. My brother and his family are in town for the next week and I need to get in as much family and friend time as possible before I become an official Texan. So call me Utahns, let's do lunch!

Friday, June 13

Why I'm a hot mess every day...

Anybody else out there seriously STRUGGLING with allergies?

I can't breathe. I can't sleep. I sneeze all day. My eyes water all day.
I can't go outside. I can't be around animals. I can't smell. I can't taste my food.
I'm so tired. My eyes burn. My nose drips. I look ill.

No medicine is helping. I'm hopeless.


That's all. End rant.
And oh em gee, my little sister gets married tomorrow!
Outside...

Wednesday, June 11

Cabo -- The last of the pics!

We had so much fun in Cabo. I can't even describe it!
The weather was perfect, the resort was amazing, the people
were so friendly... I could go on and on. Life. Was. Good.
 
Before you move onto the pictures I just have to share my essentials
for vacationing somewhere like Cabo! I really would have either
died or lost my mind without these things...
 
  1. Sunglasses (I wore them 24/7)
  2. Sunscreen all over my face. Every day.
  3. A ball cap. I did NOT go to the pool or to town without one on.
  4. Water wings for Myla. She is great swimmer but I made her wear them so I could relax just a little bit more.
  5. Water, water, water. Especially if you're drinking alcohol too. Drink lots of water!
Leave the cell phone behind! I didn't turn on my phone for a week and it was AMAZING.
Enjoy the last of the pictures from Cabo...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Until next time Cabo....