May 19, 2015

YOU JUST HAVE TO MAKE THE BEST OF IT

For Scott's graduation, I really wanted to do something fun to celebrate. Graduating from college is a big deal and I wanted him to feel special for completing such a remarkable accomplishment. I researched and I budgeted and I really tried to find a fun vacation for us to enjoy. Unfortunately with our schedules, a vacation away wasn't really an option for us so I decided to plan a fun "staycation" for us to enjoy here in Salt Lake City.

We both were really looking forward to a fun weekend together relaxing after finishing such a stressful semester. As the weekend came closer and closer and I had my activities set, I decided to check the weather. Rain. 100% chance of rain was in the forecast for the ENTIRE weekend. I wanted to cry. In fact, I did cry multiple time that week leading up to it. And then I was mad and grumpy. We both were so looking forward to a fun weekend, it's all we talked about for weeks. Most of the activities we planned required nice weather (and were mostly free because of it) and there really wasn't a whole lot we could do with the rain (where we wouldn't spend a ton of money). We went back and forth contemplating what we should do. Except every time we would talk about it, I would turn angry and grumpy–ALL I WANTED WAS A NICE WEEKEND WITH MY HUSBAND.

Then Scott, being the wise man that he is, put me back into my place real quick. I needed to change my attitude. This most definitely was not the worst thing that could happen to us, it was just a bummer. It was just the weather and things like this happen sometimes. We just needed to change our plans a little bit and we could still have a nice weekend. And that is exactly what we did.

It did indeed rain the entire weekend but we still had fun seeing a movie, browsing some of my favorite stores, and eating at some of our favorite places. We bought some of our favorite treats and relaxed in the hotel, watching the rain. It wasn't what I had in mind, but we still managed to have the greatest time. Anything with Scott is the greatest time.
^^Treated ourselves to some popcorn and a drink at our movie. That's a luxury in our family!^^
^^The cutest, most charming hotel^^
^^Brunch at the hotel was delicious!! Probably my favorite part of the weekend!^^

May 18, 2015

SCOTT THE BYU GRAD

Scott is a BYU graduate! I am so proud of him and all of his hard work he put towards his college degree. We had a great weekend with all of our family in town, eating, catching up, & eating some more! We are more than excited for our next adventure...moving to Arizona where Scott will attend audiology school for the next four years. Scott has always been a very hard worker and I am excited to see what success it will bring him!
^^best friends since babies and they graduated together!!^^
 ^^it was fun to all be together for this happy occasion!^^
 ^^my cousin Christopher and Scott were able to walk together. I love how great of friends they have become^^
 ^^Christopher's parents^^
^^Scott graduated very early in the morning so after we came back to our place for a little brunch. Delicious brunch, actually!!^^

May 3, 2015

SPRING BREAK PT. 2

After our fun weekend in Arizona, Scott had to head back to school but I got to stay a couple extra days! I didn't do anything too exciting, but it was nice to relax and enjoy friends and family. In the middle of the week, I headed back home and enjoyed the rest of my break from there.


^^One night Shelley and Marissa came over and we talked in bed and ate left over Easter candy^^
^^celebrated my cute mom on her birthday!!^^
 ^^got together with all of my cute girlfriends that live in AZ. it was so nice to catch up with them^^
^^(left) came home a bouquet of one of my favorite flowers (which lasted 8 days!!! I was so happy about that). (right) Went to lunch with my cousin Patrick, who I rarely get to see!^^
^^(left) BYU hosted a Grad Night party for all of the graduates and their family. We went with friends and even won a raffle prize. (right) Later that night we thought we would try to be cool and we hit up a dance party. We stayed for about 3 minutes.^^
 ^^(left) I got to spend an afternoon with my cute cousin Savannah. We had the best time together. (right) preparing invitations for my friend Emily's shower^^
^^gathered with friends for Sunday night dinner^^

April 27, 2015

SPRING BREAK PT. 1

It has been all sorts of crazy around here in the McGrath home. Finals, papers, homework, parties, work, and a certain someone GRADUATED...we just are running around like chicken's with their heads cut off. But the end is near and we couldn't be more excited about it.

A couple of weeks ago I had my Spring Break. It happened to be really late in the semester which kinda stressed me out a little bit but we still managed to have some fun! The first part of Spring Break, Scott and I went to Arizona. It worked out that it was Easter and LDS General Conference all in the same weekend. We really liked being around that weekend and we REALLY liked the warm and sunshine! 
^^On Good Friday, everyone was out of school so we spent the day outside playing and enjoying family. That pool and sunshine was just what we needed!^^
^^Friday night we went out with my aunts and uncles to dinner^^
^^Easter morning! We even found ourselves with a basket! That morning we spent at our cousin's house enjoying a great breakfast and LDS Conference^^

My mother hosted Easter dinner that evening for all of the Pothiers. Our meal was delicious and was followed by an Easter egg hunt. 
^^Scott's sister braved the crowd and came as well! It was so much fun to catch up with her^^
^^Smith is going on a mission at the end of July!!^^

March 30, 2015

DATE NIGHT

Scott and I needed to run some errands up in Salt Lake City so we decided to make a date night out of it. We got there a little earlier in the evening and decided to walk around the State Capitol. Right now the grounds are GORGEOUS. There is a gravel pathway that goes around the whole building and it is lined with trees. This time of year, all the trees are in full bloom and it was so beautiful. We spent a good chunk of time there enjoying the view and talking about life. I loved it there so much, I might make Scott take me there again this week!

March 23, 2015

A WEEKEND PARTY

Last weekend was a PARTY. It started with seeing my all time favorite singer/songwriter Mat Kearney in concert. I have loved him for a long time and I've gotten Scott to really enjoy his stuff as well. We went with the Smith cousins too which is always the best. 
Saturday my family came to town and we hung around Provo. I took them to all of my favorite spots and of course we had to hit up the BYU bookstore.
My family left for SLC but my sisters stayed behind so we could have a little sister sleepover!! Our two cousins joined us as well and we had the best time. We drove around Provo, got some dinner, and shopped around the little shops at the Riverwoods.
We ended the night with a late night movie to Cinderella. You can read my thoughts about the movie here. We all loved it!!
The next morning we woke up and had girl talk while I braided 4 heads of hair. I love to braid hair and I loved having them all around me chatting my ear off about various things. I felt so lucky to be their older cousin/sister and that I was cool enough to be hanging out with. Cousins are the best and I'm so lucky we have each other!! It just made my heart ache for Hannah and Lauren even more.  
After everyone was ready, we headed up to SLC to be with the rest of our family. We went to church, ate dinner, and had a little concert put on by Patrick. Sundays are the best day, especially when you get to hang out with family the whole day! 
^^a concert put on by Patrick, with special guest, Callie^^
 ^^Celebrating Patrick and Christopher's birthday!^^