Thursday, November 8, 2012


I have spent far too few moments treasuring the beauty of familiarity. The thought struck me late the other night when I was in the bathroom, cutting my husband's hair. I don't know why it struck me then. I've done it countless times before. But this time, somehow the simple intimacy of knowing exactly how he likes his hair and snipping my clippers accordingly while he watched me in the mirror seemed profound. There is something to be said about sharing your life with someone. Growing up and growing old together. That idea is often romanticized by stories and movies, but amidst the day to day living of that life, the appreciation for it can be lost. 

To be truly known by someone, with all knowledge of your past and present, your weaknesses and strengths exposed and still loved. That is beautiful. What a privilege it is to be the one that he knows better than anyone. And to experience the seemingly insignificant day-to-day of growing old together with someone. To me there's nothing, even in the constant stream of new and exciting, that could top or fulfill as much as that warm familiarity.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

San Diego

In June, we were lucky enough to get to spend a whole week with my family in San Diego!

There really is nothing better than spending time with the people you love most. 

Here's our week in pictures :)
(sorry for the picture overload!)

Road trip to Cali!

4th of July fireworks

My beautiful cousin that was able to come with us this year :) Love her!

Solana Beach 

My book of choice for the week :)
We made Chase into a mermaid... man?

The Hulk!

Tyrel found a jelly fish!
... and then threw it back into the water.

We can hardly wait until next year!

Country Livin'

A few weeks ago we were able to sneak away for a few days and spend some time in good old Utah!

We went to my cousin's wedding...

Are they cute or what?!

Spent some time exploring the lava tubes by Tyrel's parents house...

Met up with the whole Beckstrand crowd to go the Ute Stampede!
Still not quite sure what to think of it...
It has now been proven that I am most definitely a city girl through and through ;)

And met up with Tyrel's super awesome mission president!

The trip wore this poor doggy out!
Over all, a fantastic vacation indeed! :)