Dear December

Dear December,

I thought we were friends.

I got a new coat just for you, and I was really looking forward to your arrival.

Don’t act so innocent, you know what you did. First, you made everyone around me sick, and even though I was being so good at Purelling my hands a thousand times a day and taking Zinc daily, you still thought it would be fun to make me sick as well. I can’t believe I even drank juice for you.

Being sick should have been punishment enough, but then you made it crazy cold and dropped three feet of snow on the ground.

Now, my family’s coming up from California for Christmas, and I think you still have a chance to turn this around, so please promise to behave from now on, okay?


Someone who’s had a cold for almost three weeks and the person who’s had to take care of that someone.

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temple square 2013

On the second Sunday of December, we braved the cold and travelled to Salt Lake to watch the Christmas Devotional. We met up with some of our California friends, got really good seats at the conference center, watched this, and then walked across the street to look at the lights on Temple Square.

Even though my toes were freezing by the end of the night, Temple Square during Christmastime never disappoints.



IMG_0005And the token Instagram picture you’ve come to expect from this blog:

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Christmas time is here

Our apartment is looking pretty festive these days, there’s snow on the ground, and our second bedroom has temporarily become an unwrapped present station. This can only mean one thing, Christmas time is here!

We started decorating our apartment the weekend after Thanksgiving, and it’s been really fun to come home to a little winter wonderland ever since.



20131204_180934I’m already sad about having to take all this stuff down.


I know November’s over, but I couldn’t start the Christmas season in good conscience without posting about what I’m grateful for. It’s been a really good year for our little family, and we have so much to be grateful for.

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  • seasons – Well played, Logan.
  • our home – This picture was taken last winter, and back then, it was hard for me to see Logan as more than a pit stop on our way to something better. Since then, we’ve both been blessed with jobs we enjoy, and everything feels like it’s fallen into place. It’s hard not to love this place, or this chapter in our lives.
  • the institute program – I’ve learned so much here.
  • learning – If I could have it my way, I’m pretty sure I would go to college forever.

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  • family & friends – They are all really supportive and super fun. I’m not quite sure how we got so lucky.
  • our marriage – I never knew how much happiness could be mine, or that it could be mine forever.
  • temples & the gospel – I love knowing that God has a plan for me, and I’m reminded of that every time I go to the temple. The gospel colors every aspect of my life, and I don’t know where I would be without it.
  • my cute husband – This guy is seriously the best. He takes care of me, encourages me to dream big dreams, and makes me laugh about 5.6 million times per day. And he thinks he’s the lucky one…

Now we can move on to Christmas : )