November 26, 2014

GRATEFUL

Life is busy, stressful, and often not fair. However, Scott and I are happy, in love, and are so grateful for all that we are blessed with. We live a good life and couldn't be more grateful for all that we have. Often when I'm on vacation, I have time to think and reflect on all that we've been blessed with and I feel so guilty for not taking time to recognize it more in our every day life. Though, I really have tried this past month to be more aware of all we have been blessed with. 

This year I am especially grateful for my sweet husband. This time last year we were getting so close to the wedding and I was so excited, but I really had no idea how good of a guy I really had. I was head over heels for Scott I think I was blind sighted by his own goodness. Actually being married to to him, living with him, and going through so many experiences with him, good and bad, has made me a better person. Everyone who knows Scott loves him and wants to be around him. He is is generous, thoughtful, and so kind. Being his wife has taught me so much more about life than I think my whole lifetime has. He really is the best guy I know and I couldn't be more grateful for him. Happy Thanksgiving!! 

November 24, 2014

THE BEST SUNSET THERE EVER WAS

^^a random photographer asked to take our picture. I'm so glad she did!^^

Scott and I are in Carlsbad this week for Thanksgiving visiting Scott's family. On Sunday night, we were driving home from his brother's house and we decided to go watch the sun set. It was one of the best sunsets I've ever experienced. First the sky was a bright yellow and orange and then it settled into a beautiful pink and purple. The color was so vibrant and reflected all around us. It was one of those perfect moments where your heart is just so happy and you want to freeze that time forever. I love it when that happens.

November 20, 2014

SPECIAL TREATMENT

Scott and I were spoiled rotten Wednesday night. We were invited to a special pre-screening of the new movie Mockingjay Pt. 1 that doesn't come out until Friday. We also got special treatment like fabulous seats and money to get whatever we wanted at the candy counter. My good friend Kenzie and her husband Andrew were the ones who invited us and we had a blast with them. They were a burst of energy that Scott and I desperately needed. Scott and I have been so, so busy (and stressed) and it was so nice to take a load off and enjoy a night out.

Like I said, its been a long week but THIS new music video has made my week. Its so cute and creative, and not to mention a great rendition of my favorite holiday song!

Also, THIS TALK by Pres.Utchdorf brought tears to my eyes as I thought about how much my Heavenly Father loves me and put this talk in my path just as I needed to hear it. 

November 18, 2014

MAMA P COMES TO TOWN

 My mother decided very last minute to come up to Utah for a little visit. It was the best surprise and one of my favorite weekends to date. By some miracle, I wasn't scheduled to work that weekend which was so nice. My mom still has 4 young kids (and my dad) at home to take care of so she hardly gets to come up and visit so it really is a treat when she makes it up! We had the best time together and weekends like these makes me wish I lived right next door (or even in the basement!).
^^the first night we had dinner with my two Pothier aunts. It is always so fun to get together with them^^
^^My aunt Aimee has these huge leaves in her backyard. We spent a good hour out there playing in them/raking them up before it snowed!^^
^^I love to braid my cousin Savannah's hair^^
^^Friday night, we took a little shopping trip and had dinner at Nordstrom Cafe^^
 ^^Saturday morning we watched these guys play in their intramural soccer game. It was a close one and very intense. To celebrate, we went out and got some delicious donuts!^^

After the soccer game, we headed back to our apartment with my two youngest cousins, Callie and Grady. It was so cold that day, that we decided to just snuggle up and watch Frozen until it was time for lunch. I love it when that happens! We met up with our cousins and the Deavers at our favorite restaurant, Station 22 in Provo and had the best time. 
^^cousins are the best!^^

That night was a BYU football game that Scott and his friends were crazy enough to go to. It was so cold that night, I'm not sure how they did it! My mom and I opted out of the game and ran errands instead. We looked through some of our favorite home stores and marveled at the darling Christmas decorations, picked up a few things at Costco, and got me all ready to put up some Christmas decorations in my own apartment. We ended the night with our favorite peppermint shake from Chick-fil-A and went to bed early. It turned out to be a fantastic day!!
^^snuggled up at the game!^^

On Sunday we made the best french toast breakfast for our cousins. It was a big hit! We then headed to church and then the airport to drop my mom off. I love it when that lady comes to visit. 

November 14, 2014

WEEKEND TREAT

I think this weekend treat might be my favorite one yet! I've always been a sucker for chocolate cookies, but somehow always forget about them. Scott and I had to make some visits to a few people and you just can't show up empty handed. They are easy, chewy, and very addicting. 


BLACK & WHITE COOKIES

1 3/4 c flour
1 1/4 c. cocoa powder
1 c. sugar

3/4 c brown sugar

2 tsp baking soda
1 c. butter
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
2 c. white chocolate chips


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl combine butter and sugars and mix until fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla, and salt. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder and baking soda. Add flour mixture to wet ingredients. Mix in white chocolate chips. Bake for 8-10 minutes, let cookies set for 5 minutes on baking sheet before removing them to a cooling rack.

November 12, 2014

SWITCHING IT UP

Scott and I love to have people over for games and treats. Usually I'll make a recipe I'm familiar with and know that people will enjoy. However, this time around I decided to switch it up after coming across this recipe for homemade beignets. It was definitely risky but they turned out and were so delicious! We topped them with honey butter, cinnamon sugar, or powder sugar and we could not keep ourselves from eating multiple. To be honest, I'm quite proud of myself for making these AND to be able to say they were a success. I'm not one to leave my comfort zone when it comes to entertaining, but this experience boosted my confidence and gives me the desire to push myself even more. Here's to switching it up and new recipes! 

November 11, 2014

OLIVE LANE GIVES BACK

Olive Lane is the cutest little shop that specializes in graphic tees. I shared some of their adorable tees back in this post. I'm excited to share with you that for the month of November they are doing a give back campaign. For every purchase made at Olive Lane, $5 will go towards the charity they are highlighting that week. If you were waiting for an excuse to finally buy some of these tees, this is it! I recently received the "j'adore" tee and the "hi" tee and I've been alternating them every other day. I'm a total t-shirt girl and these are perfect because I still feel cute while wearing them. Also, with it getting cold out, I've found they are great for layering. They also just released an adorable hoodie (coming soon) and tees for the kids (boys and girls)!

To learn more in depth about each of the charities they are highlighting, you can visit the owner's blog here and follow along on their Instagram. Once you've bought your tee, post a selfie wearing it and hashtag #unselfishselfie to join me and others on the campaign and help spread the word!