November 9, 2015


My family went to Lake Powell with a group of our close family friends for Fall Break. Scott's school Fall Break happened to be the exact same time as the trip and we got to go with them! Last year was our first year ever going to Lake Powell and now we are hooked. It was such a fun couple of days with friends and family. Scott's birthday happened to fall on the weekend we were there so we did a lot of celebrating. It was fun to be in a different place for his birthday and he claimed it to be the best one yet. It was so nice to relax for a couple of days, hang out in the sun, and just enjoy doing nothing.

Our cute friend made this video with highlights of our trip and we keep going back to watch. (We also watch last year's video quite often. You can view that here.)
^^the famous "sand hill"^^
^^birthday celebrations^^
^^i LOVE this picture of Scott. he's in his element and loving life^^
^^i did indeed make Scott surf with a party hat on his birthday^^
^^more birthday celebrations^^
^^my mother (!!!!!!)^^

November 1, 2015


After a very stressful week for Scott and I both, we were excited for the weekend to just relax. We attended a Halloween party Friday night with some friends which included a very good meal and some fun games. I am so bummed I didn't get any pictures! On Saturday we dressed up with the family for a neighborhood party. Scott and I weren't planning on dressing up but then my sisters came up matching and cute in lumberjack outfits and I HAD TO JOIN THEM. Scott was feeling a little left out and decided to put on a costume 2 minutes before we left! The rest of the night we enjoyed on our neighbors front porch chatting and munching on homemade donuts they were making fresh right in front of our eyes!! (If you know me, that kind of thing is right up my alley!) It was a fun and festive weekend and I'm sad to see it go! 

October 19, 2015


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Everywhere I turn, I see gingham. It is very in right now and I couldn't be happier about it. I'm a sucker for gingham and I have to hold myself back from buying everything in that print! These are some of my favorite styles right now from around the internet.

October 6, 2015


October is here and I started to think I could bust out my Fall wardrobe. Well, the jokes on me because until today, AZ has been hitting the triple digits. I quickly realized I had to customize my Fall wardrobe to be Arizona appropriate. Today I am sharing 3 looks that are not only season appropriate, but also climate appropriate as well. 

LOOK 1: A lightweight tunic, leggings, and pointed flats
TUNIC: JC Penny// Leggings: Gap// Shoes: Target (similar style)

LOOK 2: Belted chambray dress, a wool hat, and animal print shoes
 DRESS: Gap (similar style)| HAT: Nordstrom | SHOES: Bannana Republic (similar style)

LOOK 3: Jeans & a t-shirt, flannel shirt tied around the waist, and sneakers 
T-SHIRT: Olive Lane// JEANS: Gap// FLANNEL: Old Navy// SHOES: New Balance 

October 5, 2015


Every year my family gathers in North Carolina for a week of fun at the beach. All 42 of us cram into one big house. It's loud, it's crazy, and it's our favorite week of the year. We carry on the same traditions every year and every year we leave with gratitude in our hearts for such a wonderful family to spend time with. The best part about this trip is we literally eat and hang out at the beach. We live in our swimsuits and sweats, we play games and laugh, and thoroughly enjoy each other's company. It is nothing fancy but it's the vacation we most look forward to every year.

The past couple of years Scott has been able to join us. It has been so fun to share something that is so near and dear to my heart with him. I love how close he has become with my family and I love how much my family really enjoys having him around.

This year we went to the beach right in the middle of all that shark attack excitement going on at the beaches in South and North Carolina. I love the ocean but I did limit my time in the water because the "what ifs" got the best of me. We had gone the whole week without a single shark sighting and then on the last day we saw TWO. That is definitely something that will get your heart pounding, especially when you see it within reaching distance of your brother and cousin. Luckily everyone was safe, but I could not keep thinking about how many sharks that must of swam right by me the whole week. It gives me the chills every time I think about it!!

I know everyone doesn't get the opportunity to go on family vacations like this one so I feel very fortunate and blessed to be a part of a family that makes sacrifices so we can spend time with one another. Some of my fondest memories come from times we spent together at the beach and I hope to continue to make more and more memories in the years to come!

It has become a tradition to make a music video every year with all of my cousins. Now these things are no joke. We take them very seriously and they always turn out to be "the best one yet". If you're can view our 2015 video here. 

Scott and I ended up making up a little video of our own. You can view that video here. 

As I was going through all my pictures, I realized I do not have as many cousin pictures! It makes me so sad. You can view my post from last year which gives a lot more detail into our week.