Saturday, January 5, 2013

reflecting on 2012


Dustin's brother returned home from his mission in Michigan. 

I found my inner craftiness and made our very own headboard! Terrible picture, but it will work. 


Exploring San Francisco


We met up with some of Dustin's family in Washington and explored Forks, Vancouver and Seattle.

 Biking the Golden Gate with some lovely visitor//Monterey & Carmel with my family


Sister-in-law, Alexa's high school graduation 

Brooke's wedding//Dustin went to Canada before he started his new job


Annual Shasta trip//More visitors!


Chelsea's baby shower and I got to see Beck again. Kitty and I love him//Dustin completed the Tough Mudder! 


Anniversary Hawaii trip with these kiddos. 


Thanksgiving in Nevada


Baby Dean is born and we celebrated Christmas in Minnesota! 

Isn't he just the sweetest thing you've ever seen?!

Sunday, December 2, 2012


This year we were able to go to Overton, NV for Dustin's family's Thanksgiving celebration. It was my first time experiencing Thanksgiving in the desert and with 100+ people! It was so much fun seeing his entire family and spending time with them. They truly are the best family I could've ever married into.
(the pictures are out of order and I am too lazy to change it. So sorry.) 

Dustin and three of his beautiful nieces. 

The men looking so happy to be together... 

These girls are seriously models. 

Our Thanksgiving spot. 

Alexa and Ethan looking oh, so good. 

The Christmas tree! 



Nona and Papa with all the grandkids. 

Our BRAND NEW car got a flat tire on the way home from Thanksgiving! So sad. 

Jared and Bree.   


Dustin and I are so thankful to be blessed with such a loving and fun family. We miss them already and wish we all lived closer! 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


our good friends were going to hawaii for a wedding and invited us to tag along. we don't say no to hawaii!! plus, it was a good time to see dustin's two best friends and catch up with them since they live in tulsa. we love them and wish we could all live in the same place.

first we went to oahu. dustin lived there for byu hawaii one semester, so it was a lot of fun seeing the places he hung out and explored. we had an AMAZING house right on sunset beach. i was in heaven. the waves were massive so it was hard to do a lot of swimming but definitely made it adventurous! we went hiking to waterfalls, saw pearl harbor, went snorkeling, surfing, ATE, went to a show at the polynesian cultural center, saw the beautiful laie temple, tried to do stairway to heaven but got turned away by the guard, went shark diving and pretty much had the time of our lives.

then we took a quick flight to maui (where the wedding was) and were able to go paddle boarding, boogie boarding, swimming, tanning and relaxing. it was so hard to come back to reality and dumb work. i wish i could live there and just be a beach bum everyday. maybe open a shaved ice stand. 

we had the waterproof camera, so we've only got a few water shots. samantha was our designated photographer so maybe i'll post some her her photos later. but these will work for now.

boys getting ready to surf 

the classic snorkel pictures

laie temple 

this little guy was a champ. and so adorable! 

sam and maren hiking, sorry this is the best photo i could get! 

an example of the massive waves. this picture doesn't do them justice. 

our backyard

the shark cage. that's a shark making the water go crazy. 

in MAUI!

loved hanging out with these beauties. miss them already! 

mark and samantha, so hot right now. 

samantha is a mermaid! 

the slide of our snorkeling boat.

of course the boys had to do back-flips.

tarzans in lahaina. 

and happy anniversary to us! i am so happy to have this stud forever.