golden years

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

3 years // a happy anniversary

nicolaus and i celebrated our 3 year wedding anniversary last week. it seems like just yesterday was our wedding day, but at the same time, it feels like a lifetime ago. it's crazy to think how much has happened/changed in the last 3 years...we've visited 7 states, 6 countries, lived in 3 different apartments, earned 1 bachelor's degree, welcomed 2 new nieces...our hair is a little longer and we're a little older. people have come and gone from our lives. we've gone through some really, really good times and helped each other through some not so good times. we've been stressed and tested and grown and learned and laughed and explored together. 

we've been figuring out who we are and who we want to be in our lives and trying to decipher this strange adult world. and i honestly can't think of someone more perfect for me to grow up with and be my partner in crime through it all. i was head-over-heels in love with this boy when i married him, but that hardly compares for how much i care about him now. he has proven to me time and time again how incredible and hilarious and fun and caring of a person he is. and to continue on with the cheeseball theme of this post...neil young put it best with the lyrics from our wedding song, harvest moon:

come a little bit closer
hear what i have to say
just like children sleepin'
we could dream this night away.

but there's a full moon risin'
let's go dancin' in the light
we know where the music's playin'
let's go out and feel the night.

because i'm still in love with you
i want to see you dance again
because i'm still in love with you
on this harvest moon.

when we were strangers
i watched you from afar
when we were lovers
i loved you with all my heart.

but now it's gettin' late
and the moon is climbin' high
i want to celebrate
see it shinin' in your eye.

because i'm still in love with you
i want to see you dance again
because i'm still in love with you
on this harvest moon.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

"i promise the aspen trees will still have yellow leaves"

for nick's birthday date, he got a saturday off work and it was the first day in a long time that we had the whole day to ourselves to do whatever our hearts desired. we started out by visiting our friends, beth and strater, who just had the most beautiful baby boy! he was such a sweet little thing with the world's best/softest head of hair!

then we headed up the canyon, stopping for tony's tacos in heber for lunch, before driving up and over guardsmans pass in an attempt to see all the pretty fall leaves. i have been bugging nick about making said-drive for a few weeks and it kept getting put off, but he assured me that there would still be loads of colorful leaves. it was pretty hilarious just how wrong he was.

a few trees in the valley still looked kinda pretty and nick assured me that it would be even prettier further up the road. as we started getting up there and were surrounded by nothing but death, he remained certain that when we hit the aspens, they would still be full of bright yellow leaves. but literally every single tree was dead and completely barren of any leaves. well that's a lie. there was one tree. one tree with a few, pitiful yellow leaves clinging to it. haha we had a good laugh over it all and still enjoyed the sunshine and mountain air streaming in through our sunroof. plus i think the aspens still looked kinda cool lifeless. 

once we made it out of big cottonwood canyon, we checked out the madewell that recently opened in salt lake, stopped by milosport, then went to dinner at copper onion before seeing the skeleton twins. which was awesome. bill hader and kristen wiig are two of my very favorites. the movie was definitely a bit sadder than i expected, but at the same time just as funny as i wanted it to be.

all in all, it turned out to be a perfectly nice, mellow birthday date with mah 25-year-old man :)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

a month of birthdays

october is a month of birthdays for me and nicolito. my sister's is on the 3rd, my niece and brother-in-law share the 5th, my mother-in-laws the 9th, my brother's the 11th aaaand...drum roll please...nicolaus himself is on the 13th! the birthday boy turned 25 this year. 25! i think that almost makes him a bonafied adult or something.

needless to say, the first few weeks of october are jam packed with birthday celebrations for us. and it seemed extra busy this year since a few extra special milestones were reached. we surprised my sister in albuquerque for her 30th, had a fancy bday dinner at ruth's chris steakhouse for my mother-in-law who is now 50 (and fabulous!), and i got nicolaus his first brand new surfboard since he was in high school for his 25th! (with the help of nick's awesome boss and a libtech proform. also, spoiling your spouse is just one of the privileges of being a sugar mama ;) but it was so fun seeing his face when he found out he was getting a surfboard and he hasn't been able to stop talking about it and is even more excited about our upcoming trip to australia this christmas!

plus there were a few more bday dinners and a saturday bbq thrown in there somewhere, all of which i failed miserably at taking a single photo for documentations sake..with the exception of this poor-quality iphone photo featuring the most incredible salted caramel trifle desert from communal that our waitress even put a candle in!

ha aaanyways, it's been a fun, busy couple of weeks celebrating a lot of people that i love and feel so blessed to have in my life. i love them all and happy, happy birthday to all the october babies out there!!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

a home video // albuquerque

here's a little video i put together of our weekend road trip to albuquerque to visit my sister's family! 
enjoy and be sure to watch it in HD! :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

gwenna turns 4

my sweet, sweet first niece, gwenna turned four while we were in albuquerque! FOUR. i can't believe how quickly the years have gone by and that she's a little kid now. she's so smart and sassy and fun! and when my sister, tessa, asked her what kind of birthday party she wanted, she replied "a elsa one." so tessa threw the cutest, frozen themed birthday party. complete with an elsa dress and cape for gwenna goose, and a little sister princess dress for lila bug. they are the cutest little ones and i hope to one day live less than an 11 hour drive away from them one day..

Friday, October 17, 2014

abq balloon festival

two weekends ago, nicolaus and i hopped in our car thursday night and showed up on my sister's doorstep in albuquerque to surprise her for her 30th birthday on friday morning! with the help of my brother-in-law, we were able to plan the trip with her having no clue we were coming. when she opened the door and we popped out of hiding with massive party poppers exploding with confetti, and there were lots of shocked screams and happy tears!
it was such a fun thing to be able to pull off, and the perfect weekend to go down there. because not only was it my sister's 30th bday, it was also my niece's 4th birthday, conference weekend and the albuquerque balloon festival! plus my sister's father, mother and sister-in-law were also visiting and nicolaus and i always love being able to hang out with their family :)
the weekend was so refreshing and fun and full of birthday dinners and parties and late night chats. the balloon festival was MAGICAL and even after looking at these photos, it feels like it was all a dream. a lovely, lovely dream :) 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


the last book i listened to during my commute was the outsiders by s.e. hinton. i've seen the movie before and was a big fan of it, buuuut (as cliche as it might be) the book was so. much. better. there may have been a time or two when i had to seriously consider pulling off to the side of the road, because of all the tears welling up in my eyes.

i really don't know what to say about it without giving away any of the plot, except for that i loved this book. i loved everything about it - the vibrant characters and the straightforward writing and i will forever have a soft spot in my heart for the protagonist, pony boy. plus johnny and soda and darry and two-bit and dally and the whole lot of them. even though the book was written decades ago, it captures that same teen angst and coming-of-age confusion that still exists, as well as societal stereotypes and basic truths (like don't judge a book by its cover) that we always seem to forget. and what is even more incredible is that this american classic was written by a 16-year-old girl. you go girl.

and here are a few quotes from it that i love:

"i lie to myself all the time. but i never believe me."

"maybe the two worlds we lived in weren't so different. we saw the same sunset."

"they grew up on the outside of society. they weren't looking for a fight. they were looking to belong."

"dally was so real he scared me."

"things were rough all over, but it was better that way. that way you could tell the other guy was human too."

"what's the safest thing to be when one is met by a gang of social outcasts in an alley? ...another social outcast!"

"rat race is the perfect name for it...we're always going and going and going, and never asking where. did you ever hear of having more than you wanted? so that you couldn't want anything else and then started looking for something else to want? it seems like we're always searching for something to satisfy us, and never finding it. maybe if we could lose our cool we would."

"nothing gold can stay." [robert frost]

"i've been thinking about it, and that poem, that guy that wrote it, he meant you're gold when you're a kid, like green. when you're a kid everything's new, dawn. it's just when you get used to everything that it's day. like the way you dig sunsets, pony. that's gold. keep that way, it's a good way to be."