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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Silver Bells :: Christmas 2014

Christmas is my favorite. Such a happy, lovely time of year. 

My adorable, blue-eyed grandpa was born on December 24th, 1930 and every Christmas Eve, we have a birthday party for him. It is the most special evening with family. We celebrate the birth of the man that has blessed our lives followed by the birth of our savior who has touched every single erson upon this earth. I love our Christmas Eve party. 

These pictures kill sister and I trying to reenact the photo my other sister is holding behind us. Look at Lex the cutest chubbiest little babe.   

Sisters are the best.

Blessed ^^^

And Christmas morning...was the BEST. We woke up to the most amazing White Christmas. I still cannot believe it snowed. It was the warmest December in years and then poof, lots of white stuff. So magical. 

My adorable sister made us these photo collages with pretty paintings and quotes. I love mine. ^^^

We loved plowing the driveway with my grandpa on Christmas morning. We may have had a little too much fun ;)

Our adorable nephew, Hayes, riding around the house in his Cozy Coop. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Elder Ballard on Thanksgiving

I love where we live in the lower avenues. One thing I have particularly loved is going to Church on Temple Square in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. Our stake hosted Elder Russell M. Ballard for a little Friday night Thanksgiving devotional and it was simple but incredible.

3 things to take away:
  1. Prayer to thank Heavenly Father for his patience.
  2. Fortify and strengthen our own testimonies so we can strengthen others testimonies, particularly that of the family.
  3. Never lose the opportunity for service.
He ended with, "May we accomplish all that our father has sent us here to do."

I am so filled with gratitude this Thanksgiving season. Life is such a beautiful process of continual learning. 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

{First Anniversary} :: Chicago

^ This is a view from our run in Lincoln Park - one of my favorite spots we went in the city!

We spent our first anniversary in the city of Chicago for my Horatio Alger National Alumni Conference. It was a full weekend full of sighseeing, chicago dogs and popcorn, runs by the lake (and in the park). Even in the summer it was nice and windy, sometimes chilly. We stayed at the Drake Hotel and it was incredible! The views of Lake Michigan were unbelievable.

Dinner the first night at the Drake Hotel ^ so yummy and fancy. It was also so fun to reconnect with old friends. That same night we went up to the top floor of the Hancock Center - the views of the city at night...I swoon!

Walking along the Chicago River together ^

Of course we had to have some famous, deep dish Chicago Pizza at Lous Malnati's - yummy but I personally prefer NYC style pizza.

We did a little river cruise. Right as our cruise was starting, it began pouring rain. Still so worth it. The architecture in Chicago is amazing.

On our last night in Chicago, we went to an amazing concert with George Perris. Such a fun night out!

And of course to end our trip, we had to see "The Bean" during the day and we rode bikes around Millenium Park and Buckingham Fountain.

^ Obsessed with my neon green pants!