The summer of 2015 was lovely. Robert and I read and read and read. He read “The Mistborn Series” and we reread the “Lunar Chronicles”, but this time we listened to it on our road trips. I love reading book reviews. And I love sharing my book recommendations, you can check out my other recommendations here and here.
The Rosie Project This book was on a lot of Pinterest book recommendations charts. It took me a little while to get into it because I didn’t really like the main character. I am glad I finished it, but it wasn’t the greatest book I’ve ever read. I also rate books on whether or not I would buy the book. I wouldn’t have bought this book. I returned this to the library and they called me saying there was water damage, so I had to buy the book. I felt like a felon. I have never damaged a library book. When they handed me the book to keep, I wished it was a different book. (A few F bombs)
Robert and I went to The Grand Tetons over the summer and it was amazing. We started the tradition last year to go to Lake Alice each summer, which is in Wyoming, so we decided to hit up the Tetons while we were in Wyoming.
It’s about a 5 hour drive to Jackson, Wyoming. Robert and I love road trips because we love trying new food. We Yelped amazing places to eat on the way and it was actually a beautiful drive. The first night we were worried we wouldn’t have a place to camp in the Tetons because there are so many people. We ended up camping at the closest campsite. The next day we went to the Jackson Lake campsite and we stayed there the rest of the trip.
“Gilmore Girls” is one of my all time favorite shows. It’s a beautiful story of a mother and daughter who are absolute best friends! Rory and Lorelei are fast talkers, pop-culture fanatics, and lovers of food.
// You guys, my hair is getting long and I don’t do it. That’s right. I wish I were into curling it and making myself look like a milk maid with a braid, but I’m not. Sometimes I wake up at 4:30 am when Robert goes to work and I’m like, today I’m going to learn how to braid. Then I fall asleep. I usually put it in four little (normal) braids before bed and take them out in the morning and there ya have it.
// Meet Scooter. He’s not ours. He’s my brother-in-law and my sister-in-law’s dog. Scooter has stayed with us quite a bit this summer because his mom is pregnant and Scooter tends to have bad breath, but we love him anyway. You’ve probably seen our Facebook album about the trips. He is the best dog in the world. I cry when he leaves.
TeAnna’s birthday was at the end of May. We spent the entire day together and it was awesome. She was so sweet and nice and made ME breakfast on her birthday and she made me fresh carrot juice too.
Nowadays so many people are looking so Pinterest-y, ya know? It’s like they always look “on” for Instagram. And I’m over here like, I’m a twenty-seven years old and I have to Youtube “how to curl my hair”. You guys, I’m still so 90’s and I hot roller it.
I’ve never been one to spend more than 40 minutes on my hair and makeup. In fact, it took me about 15 minutes to do my makeup on my wedding day. Boy, I may have been less awkward if Youtube videos existed when I was 13, but then again, what if I would have started a Youtube channel? :/
Here are some of my favorite beauty products for a natural summer look.
Wowza, what a year. My twenty-sixth year couldn’t have been more exciting. I went through the temple, I got married, I grew a garden. It has been a year of adventure and a year of learning and growing.
Tradition is tradition. I have a list of 27 things I would like to do while I am 27.
1.) Hike Timp
2.) Lake Alice
3.) Road trip to anywhere
4.) Run 10 miles
5.) Start Jesus the Christ
6.) Host a BBQ
7.) Learn to watercolor
8.) Sew something like a blanket or a pillow
9.) Volunteer more
10.) Polish rocks
11.) Finish those books I started
12.) Expand my blog
13.) Host a tea party
14.) Make a danish
15.) Reconnect old friendships
17.) Take family names to the temple
18.) Walk around town more
19.) Camp in 3 new places
20.) Catch a fish
21.) Make a wedding book
23.) Eat at 3 new restaurants
24.) Go to a concert. Maybe Alabama Shakes?
25.) Read the Book of Mormon again
26.) Invite my neighbors over for dinner
27.) Relax, don’t sweat the small stuff
You guys, this took me 2 months to come up with. I used to have a million goals, now I just want to do whatever and have fun.
Love Love Love,
P.S. What is one of your goals?
Another year older and wiser too. I have learned a lot about myself, others, and the world this year.
26 Things I Learned at 26
1.) Heavenly Father wants you to be happy
Sometimes we have these ideas of what we should be or how much we should be making. But in all reality none of that really matters as long as you are living the commandments and doing what you should be doing. If you’re not happy at your job, it’s okay to walk away. Heavenly Father wants you to be happy.
2.) Family is everything
Friends will always come and go, but family is always there. In fact, your birthday may roll around and you can throw a big party or you could do what I did this year and hang out with your family.
Flossing is something I don’t take time for, but I know I should do it. Start now and make it a habit. A once a week habit.
Robert and I are small town folk. He’s from Nevada, I’m from Utah. And we love our small towns. Not the kind of love that would want us to move back to either of those small towns we grew up in. But one day I think we’ll find our own small town to live in.
Robert has been wanting me to go to the Clark County Fair since I’ve met him. In fact, he’s wanted my entire family to go.
When Robert and I were still dating in January of 2014 we went to my parents house for a few days to hang out. My parents took us to a local diner to eat. While we were waiting for our food to arrive Robert had this conversation with them.
Robert: “What are you guys doing the second week of April?”
My parents: (smile nervously, excitement gleam in their eyes.)
Robert: “Because my town has a huge fair every year. It’s the Clark County Fair.”
My parents: (Still smiling, looking confused.)
Robert: “You guys should go. I think you would love it. My favorite thing is the pig races.”
My Parents:(Looking disappointed)
Robert: “They have funnel cake”
My Parents: “A fair, huh?”
My Parents: “Yeah…maybe”
Robert: (Smiling) “Cool”
Later I pulled Robert aside and told him they thought he was asking if they were busy because he wanted to get married that day. After thinking back on the conversation, he thought. Yeah…yeah they were.
So back to the Clark County Fair. We actually couldn’t go last year because we were engaged and had to work. Ya know, savin’ money to wed and such.
This year Robert had a few days off f rom work and spring break in school. We desperately wanted to get out of Utah to the heat. We drove to Mesquite and spent the night. The next day we went to the Clark County Fair in Logandale.
Now, I’ve been to a few fairs in my day. I’ve never seen one so large.