Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014.








2014 was a huge year for us! It was full of ups and downs and challenges, but we came out more blessed and happy than we could ever imagine! 
Some highlights from this year:
-I went skiing again for the first time in 5 years.
-We got three nieces, Ivy Grace, Emma Rose, and Claire Jane, and one nephew, Smith Thomas. 
-I got a student teaching position during the summer instead of the fall like expected, which made for a busy summer but was a really good and hard experience. 
-Taylor took an internship at Jacobsen Construction in June. He is working on the Ogden Juvenile Courthouse project and is doing a great job and getting a lot of really good experience. 
-I graduated in April, then finished up my student teaching during the summer. 
-Taylor did very well in school fall, spring, and summer full time while working full time. He has a extremely packed schedule but handles it so well. Next December he will graduate!
-In the middle of my student teaching, I accepted a job at Sand Springs Elementary in 5th grade. 
-Taylor, my dad and I signed up for the St. George Marathon, which my dad and I completed since Taylor was injured.
-Taylor turned 24 and I turned 23.
-We traveled to Park City, St. George a few times and Yellowstone. 2015 is going to be an awesome year for travel including a trip to Spain and Hawaii. I can hardly wait!
-We moved from our home of 2 years in Bountiful to a new but much smaller apartment in Layton.
-We got called to be primary teachers (going on 3 years for me!) to a CTR 5 class. 
-We celebrated our 2nd anniversary at Taylor's sister's wedding.
-We binged watched a lot of TV shows and enjoyed whatever time we were able to spend together. 

2014, you were so good to us! We can't wait to see how great 2015 is going to be. 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

St. George Marathon

Running the St. George Marathon was the hardest and most acomplishing thing I have ever done. The early mornings, long runs, losing toenails, sore muscles, energy shots, waterbottle fanny pack, sucking jolly ranchers, upbeat music, driving to Draper at 4:30 am, all of the preparation that went into running it was so worth it. Now that it's all said and done, I would totally run another one. Which is the way I felt miles 0-18. Then I hit a major wall and never fully got over it. Next time, I would definitely train more than just long runs on Saturday. Yes, next time. I will definitely be running another one! Lately I have started to miss the dedication and pushing my body to do something I never thought it could. There is something so cool about setting a goal and meeting it. I am proud of myself and grateful my dad was able to run with me. I never would have made it past mile 21 without him!
 ^^Mile 24. I'm only smiling because there's my fam and a camera. Inside I'm dying.^^
 ^^Now I can really smile because it's over and I have eaten some food and taken off my shoes^^
 ^^Really cool to run with my dad. Both of our first marathons.^^

^^I had so much support while running. Taylor and I are lucky to both come from great families.^^

Monday, July 21, 2014

5th grade.

 
I did my student teaching at Sand Springs Elementary School. At this time I already had a job basically lined up, so I just knew I had to complete the summer and I would be all set to go! 
I didn't expect student teaching to be so HARD. My first assignment was in a fifth grade class for three and a half weeks. I don't think I did anything but cry from the moment I left school to the moment I went to sleep. I hated it! Taylor was worried because I was just always crying and I was so stressed out I knew I didn't want to be a teacher. It just wasn't worth it. 
Then I got my second assignment with another 5th grade teacher. Everything was 100% different this time around. I wasn't stressed, I felt comfortable, and I really started having fun. The difference was the person I was working with. My second cooperating teacher, Michelle, was an angel. She gave me everything I needed, and I didn't feel stupid to ask her any questions. We became fast friends. Near the end of the school year, a job opened up at Sand Springs and all of the teachers there wanted me to take it. I was torn because I knew I had already committed to another job somewhere else. As fate would have it, that other job fell through, and at the last minute I was able to interview for this job and I accepted it! I took a 5th grade position on C track. I had two weeks to prepare between the end of one year that I was student teaching and the beginning of my next year with my own class. I was so excited though! I have loved being at Sand Springs Elementary. It is still HARD, but being able to work with Michelle and my class has made it all worth it. The way everything worked out is a sure sign that God cares about each of us and watches out for us. His plan is far better than anything I could try to come up with on my own.






Friday, April 25, 2014

Graduation.

I graduated before my last semester of college. I still had student teaching to do, but I didn't want to wait until December to walk at graduation, so I chose to do it in April instead! It was a little bit anticlimactic because I still had the hardest part of my whole education career to go, but it was also fun to get it out of the way and celebrate a little early. 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Smith Thomas

Smith Thomas Richards was born March 28th. I mean it when I say he is the cutest baby in the world! He is so smily, happy, and hilarious. It was super nice for all but one of my and Taylor's married sisters to have a baby in 2014 (one will be born in 1 week!)- we have had so many adorable babies to cuddle! I thought it would help my baby hunger, but all these babies are so perfect and happy it has definitely made it worse! But I will just stick to cuddling these cute babies for now. 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

baby shower for Chelsey



One of my good friends from high school was pregnant with her first baby. I knew I had to throw her a baby shower! I love throwing parties and this was the perfect excuse to celebrate someone I love so much. With the help of my good friend Chelsee we pulled off a pretty cute baby shower "Cloudy with a Chance of Baby". It was so much fun catching up with a bunch of ladies from high school and celebrate Chelsey and her baby boy!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Hitting the Slopes

 While I was a junior in high school, I ditched school one day to go skiing with my brother. It was in April, so the weather had been pretty warm, causing the slopes to melt and freeze over and over. We got to Snowbird pretty early, so it was still really cold outside. On our second or third run I fell and hurt my knee. I was pretty embarrassed because my brother is an amazing skier, and I didn't want to be a wuss after falling once, so I kept going with him. After about two more runs I told him I couldn't do it anymore, my knee hurt too bad. So I left, drove myself home, and iced my knee for the rest of the day. Luckily, it was spring break for the rest of the week, so I didn't have to go to volleyball practice. After a few days I could run on it so I thought it would be okay. I went to practice the next week, jumped up to block, and collapsed when I landed. My coaches had me sit out and told me I had to get it checked by a doctor. 
 My mom was definitely in denial that something was wrong, nothing ever is when I go to the doctor! So she sent me to my neighbor (who is a pediatrician) to get it looked at. He felt around my knee and moved it, then said 'I think you tore you ACL'. I couldn't believe it. I knew if that was true my volleyball playing days were over. So we went and got a CT scan and it's true, I had torn my ACL. We scheduled surgery for two weeks later, wanting to get started on the 6-8 month recovery. Knee surgery is probably the worst thing ever, and all I know is I have never taken showering easily or being able to sit down in a chair (or on a toilet) for granted ever again. 
I wrote all of that mostly so I would always remember, and also because that was the last time I had gone skiing. I never thought I would go again. It just wasn't that fun to me, so not really worth it to go. Until I got married to someone who loves snow boarding and made it really hard to say not to. So between Taylor and my little brother, I was persuaded to go skiing with them again, first time in 5 years! It ended up being a lot of fun, and I wasn't as scared as I thought I would be, just more cautious ; ) And although it's not something I want to do every weekend now, I am proud I was able to get back on the slopes and face my fears. There is just something about being in the snowy mountains so close to nature that is so peaceful and beautiful. It was the perfect ski day, glad I was able to share it with my brothers, dad, and husband. 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Ivy Grace.

I swear, I always think I have a grip on my baby hunger and am okay with not having a little baby myself... Then I see this little babe and that all goes away and I'm like OKAY JUST GIVE ME A BABY ALREADY!!! Seriously, it's a constant inner battle. Because, I know now is just not the best timing. And just because it is not happening right now, doesn't mean it never will. It will just be a little bit. So whenever I am having a weak moment, and need to get my baby fix, I just get to hold Ivy girl and everything is better. I mean, better and worse because who wouldn't want a baby after holding her. But it does help when I get to snuggle her then give her back to her mommy when she is barfing or pooping. ; ) So until I get to have my own, I'll be found snuggling my little nieces and soon to be nephew. I love them so much.

Friday, February 14, 2014

valentine's day.

Valentine's Day this year was the best. I woke up to Taylor gone, but with this little message written on our bathroom mirror. He is so cute! We decided to keep it low-key. No presents (we both didn't listen to that..) and have a night in with take-out Lone Star Taqueria (our favorite place EVER. Seriously- we need to either move to Salt Lake to be closer, or invest in opening one in Bountiful.) We moved our bed into our family room and watched About Time. It was the absolutely perfect night, and so nice to just relax since we always have such a hectic and busy schedule. I love holidays and Valentine's is just the perfect holiday to take a little bit of extra time to celebrate us and how much we love each other. Our life is so good together. 
^^Our fancy candlelit dinner.^^
I can't believe this is the third Valentine's Day we have celebrated together. Where does the time go!?

Sunday, February 2, 2014

24.

I love birthdays. And my most favorite birthday is my husband's birthday. I have never been a big fan of January or February, but having Taylor's birthday on February 2nd gives me something to look forward to during those months, which is a good thing. This year for Taylor's birthday, I wanted to plan something awesome, and wanted it to be a surprise. I booked a hotel in Midway to stay at over night, and it included a swim in the Crater. As it got closer, I decided I had to tell Taylor to make sure it was something he wanted to do. We decided we would rather spend the money when it gets warmer and we can actually do fun things in Park City rather than pay the money to watch Netflix in bed, which we can do at home for free : ). We still went to Park City, but didn't stay over night. We shopped, then ate dinner at Blue Plate Diner, one of our all time favorite restaurants. It was so much fun! On Sunday, his actual birthday, we went to his parents house, watched the Super Bowl, and celebrated his birthday. The next sunday we went to my parent's house, and I made my first ever cake for my grandpa and Taylor, the February birthday boys. I have always wanted to bake a cake, but I don't like cake, so I never have. Although it went a lot better than planned, I want to find a better tasting recipe for the cake part. The cookie dough ice cream layer was my favorite part, but then again, I am a sucker for ice cream! It was a great weekend celebrating my favorite person on earth! I love you, Taylor!


Saturday, January 25, 2014

baby shower for Ivy.


I love throwing parties. Well, I have never actually thrown a real party, but it's the type of thing I dream about, throwing my kids parties and stuff. So when it came time to throw my sister-in-law a party with my other sisters-in-law, I got so excited. And by excited I mean I spent 90% of my Christmas break cutting stars out of poster board, spraying them with glue, and pouring glitter all over. My house might still have glitter everywhere, but it was worth it. I loved making the decorations for the shower. We had it scheduled for January 4th, two and a half weeks before she was due. As luck would have it, she went into labor the night before the shower! So we had to reschedule for about a month later. It was probably a good thing since I was super sick when the shower would have been. But, also a bad thing because that meant I couldn't meet Ivy for a week! Anyway, onto some pictures of the shower. 
^^Sure love these two!^^