Saturday, January 21, 2017

Year in Review: 2016

Did I really fail to blog the entirety of 2016? With the exception of that one post in January? My goodness, time does go by quickly.

Well, allow me to quickly summarize in both words and pictures what happened during the year of 2016.

- I spent my 25th birthday at Capitol Reef National Park. The tradition of traveling to a park for my birthday lives on! It was a great weekend.

- In May, we went to Lake Powell (as usual) but what we went out of our way to see was Horseshoe Bend. It's not that far from Powell and it was such a cool sight to see.

- I got a new job! In June, I was hired by BYU Broadcasting as a Lead Promotions Editor which is basically a fancy way of saying that I help cut their commercials, trailers and any advertising for all of their content, shows, movies, etc. I now only have a 7-minute commute from home and overall it was a good move to make.

- I completed my first sprint triathlon. In August, I swam, biked and ran my way around South Jordan in the "Triathamom", a triathlon for women only, along with my sister-in-law and mother-in-law. It was fun training for it and also a lot of fun racing in it. Knowing that I'm capable of such athleticism is always encouraging.

- I saw Coldplay in concert. This was my second time seeing them, the last time back in 2008, and they did not disappoint. 10/10 will go see them again!

- At the Salt Lake Comic Con, I met Billy Boyd, the actor who played Pippin in Lord of the Rings. He has long been a favorite actor of mine and he did NOT disappoint, though I did technically steal from him (I didn't know you had to pay money for selfies like the one below, but he graciously let me get it for free).

- We finally hiked Mt. Timpanogos! I have always wanted to conquer Timp since I came out to Utah for school and I finally had the chance. Now that I've done it, I can safely say I will probably need a lot of convincing to do it again. At least, to go to the summit again. The saddle was plenty high for me.

- Ryan and I traveled to San Diego/Los Angeles for a work conference. And while there, we went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. Probably the best day of 2016 by far.

- Ryan and I, along with his family, spent Thanksgiving week in the San Francisco bay area and saw sites like Muir Woods, Sharkfin Cove, Monterey Bay, and the Golden Gate Bridge, obviously. Definitely a fun trip!

- Ryan and I celebrated 5 years of marriage in August. We spent the weekend at Lagoon and had a blast!

Lots of fun was had in 2016. But 2017 is looking to be an even more fun year! We already have a couple of trips planned or in the works and we're hoping to move to a new apartment at some point this year. Not to mention that Ryan is looking for a new job that could end up relocating us to another city in Utah (probably won't go out of state for now since my job at BYUB is hard to beat as far as benefits go).

I hope to keep this blog a little more up-to-date, less for the readers and more for myself. I journal fairly regularly but I still think it's important to record things down in as many ways as possible. On to our adventures in 2017!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Project 365, Days 358-365 (FINAL WEEK!)

I'm finally blogging the final week of 2015 for my Project 365. I will say that after being done taking pictures for it for a few weeks now that at times I miss it, I miss the challenge of it. But then there are other days that I'm so glad it's over and I've cut my workload significantly for the year. 

Anyways, without further ado...

358:365 We decided to start a new tradition of buying and opening Christmas pajamas on Christmas eve. I loved it!

359:365 Christmas crackers during breakfast was a whole lot of fun, we each got a wind-up snowman that we then raced and had a good laugh at for 20-30 minutes.

360:365 Went on an adventure to Utah Lake and it was completely frozen over. The snow pattern on it made it look like tiny frozen islands in an icy ocean.

361:365 One last photo of our Christmas tree in its glory before we take it down for another year.

362:365 A bleak, hazy day in the valley.

363:365 My sister got me some glow-in-the-dark yarn for Christmas and you better believe I'm stoked to use it. It's super bright too!

364:365 Nothing like a temple trip on a snowy, chilly night to warm your heart.

365:365 I felt like taking a long-exposure sparklers picture for New Years Eve, it seemed fitting for my final picture of my project, plus fireworks and New Years Eve go together, right? And isn't our heart super adorable <3

That's a wrap! I'm done taking pictures, I'm done blogging (granted, a bit late, the holidays will do that to you) and it's such a relief. Like I said above, it's bittersweet but I'm glad I did it and maybe sometime soon I'll do it again. 

For now, though, I'm trying to do a weekly photo shoot and so far so good! I haven't blogged about it yet but you know me and my blogging consistency, heh.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Project 365, Days 351-357

351:365 Welcome home, Andrew! His parents and sister embrace him as he comes off the plane after serving a 2-year mission down in Mexico.

352:365 Ryan's great grandma Partridge passed away after being bed-ridden for a couple of years. She was an amazing artist (she painted that image of Rainbow Bridge!) and I wish that I had known her better.

353:365 We got to see the new Star Wars movie in a theatre that has what looks like a giant lightsaber shooting out of the top!

354:365 Presents under the tree <3

355:365 Went and got scones as is tradition this time of year. They are as big as ever before.

356:365 Nothing like watching Charlie Brown Christmas while I wrap presents and get prepared for the Christmas season.

357:365 Another tradition that we partake in every year is going to the Hale Theater in Orem and seeing A Christmas Carol. It's always a fun time! Here is the artwork they have on their walls representing the three spirits that visit Scrooge.

Just one more week and I'm done with my Project 365. I've been meaning to blog about my upcoming New Years Resolutions for 2016 and talk about the things I'm excited about doing this year (alas, no Project 365 this time. Too much work.). So that should be coming.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Project 365, Days 344-350

344:365 We decorated our door frame for Christmas. Lights always make things seem more magical!

345:365 When Christmas comes along, so does the annual watching of our favorite Christmas movies. Elf is a must-watch each year.

346:365 I finished my cowl! I'm in love with it :)

347:365 This is one of my favorite Nativity scenes at Ryan's parents house. They got it while they were in Jerusalem. It's made of wood from a native olive tree. So cool!

348:365 This creepy Santa ornament has haunted our Christmas tree since I've been married to Ryan. He got it from a member of the church when he was serving a mission in South Carolina so it has sentimental value, not to mention Ryan finds it hilarious how creeped out I am by it.

349:365 There's something so serene about snow falling at night.

350:365 At my company's Holiday party, this little girl's raffle ticket was called to receive a reward. She is the daughter of one of the employees and is absolutely darling. Craig, the general manager of the company, is just as adorable especially as he interacts with this sweet little girl.

Although at the present time I'm finished with my Project 365, I will post the last couple of blogs in the coming days. And I'm working on my next annual project which is to do weekly photo shoots that hopefully push me as a budding amateur photographer.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Project 365, Days 337-343

337:365 Utah has some of the most beautiful sunsets I've ever seen. Especially in the winter.

338:365 I found 3PO and R2 hanging out in a store's display.

339:365 Provo's downtown sure does put on a fantastic lights show!

340:365 I love this little bird ornament that we somehow got as a present from someone (not sure who). It makes me happy :)

341:365 Ryan and I had the opportunity to take pictures inside of a large blow-up snow globe, courtesy of Google Fiber who set up and took the pictures. They didn't turn out that great but they still make me really warm and fuzzy inside.

342:365 Went to Ryan's work's holiday party at the restaurant we got engaged in. And we ate WAY TOO MUCH food while we were there, ooh boy.

343:365 Ryan caught a fairy! This is the tiniest bottle either of us has ever seen and we had to have it, plus it has a fairy from the Zelda game series inside of it.

Alright, another week down! Just a few more to go :)