April 30, 2013

Family Pictures

DSC_0228 A few months ago I bought a tripod have only used it a handful of times since I got it. I decided yesterday I needed to get more use out of it and thought I would practice taking our own family pictures.  I also wanted to get some pictures with Rory while she was still a puppy.  She is growing way too fast! 

It was an interesting challenge.  Let's just say I need a LOT of practice before I will be at the level I'm completely happy with.  They still turned out decent though and we even got Rory to look at the camera in two shots (out of probably fifteen) which I'm deeming a success!  It was ridiculous trying to get her to look in the direction of the camera.
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DSC_0216 DSC_0235 We had so much fun taking pictures together!  I know most people dread getting their picture taken, but Bryce is such a good sport.  He is always so sweet and supportive of me in anything I am pursuing, in this case photography, and he always does whatever he can to help me.  While I was looking through the photos after I uploaded them to my computer it made me happy knowing I'd have them to remember this time in our lives. Our lives are pretty simple right now with me just working and Bryce going to school.  I guess we got a little crazy when we decided to add a puppy into the mix, but even still we have a pretty simple life. I know that as we get older and progress life will get much more challenging. I will gladly be able to look at these pictures and reflect back on our time as newlyweds living in our little basement with our new puppy. 

April 17, 2013

April Showers bring...Puppies!

DSC_0206 Bryce and I have been wanting a dog for a loooong time and over the last couple months we got more and more serious about it.  I started researching a few breeds, but I was pretty set on what I wanted.  I have wanted a goldendoodle (golden retriever poodle cross) since I was probably 16.  I get allergies from most dogs but anything with poodle doesn't ever bother me.  

Two weeks ago we decided we were ready to take the plunge and get a dog.  I went my usual route whenever I am preparing for a new endeavor and brought home a stack of books from the library.  We started looking at puppies on KSL and finally found one for a reasonable price we were pretty interested in.  We decided we would just go "look" and also make sure that I didn't get any allergies or anything.  We immediately fell in love with the sweetest puppy and the next thing we knew we were driving home with her seated in my lap.
DSC_0200We named her Rory.
She loves to chew on everything (we're working on it), she is very cuddly when she gets tired and will crawl right up on your lap when she is ready to sleep, and she is super smart.  She has already learned to sit on command.  
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She is darling but don't let that face fool you, she is still quite a handful!  We have been every bit as busy as we expected waking up every few hours to take her outside to go to the bathroom, feeding her, training her, and making sure she gets enough exercise.  Bryce and I joke that she will be a good practice baby before the real thing (we realize its not quite the same thing as a baby but it's definitely in the ballpark).  Enjoy the picture overload.  I'm sure I'll be back with plenty of stories about our new puppy raising adventure.  


April 11, 2013

General Conference Weekend

I look forward to General Conference so much every April & October.  This particular General Conference was filled with a lot incredible experiences for me.  On Thursday I attended the General Young Women Auxiliary Training at the conference center with the young women presidency I serve with in my ward.  We were asked to help hold up a visual aid during one of the talks and after the meeting we had the opportunity to meet the entire presidency: Sister Elaine S. Dalton, Sister Mary Cook, and Sister Ann Dibb.  They are such great leaders and have so much love for the young women of the church.  I was truly inspired and touched by the words of their talks.
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On Friday Bryce and I attended his mission reunion where we were able to hear Elder Ballard speak.  There were at least 100 missionaries at the reunion and we were sitting on the second to last row so we didn't get to actually meet him but it is still always a special experience to be in the presence of an apostle.

Saturday and Sunday Bryce and I just spent the whole day together in our own home listening to conference.  It was simple and perfect.  I felt so spiritually fed, I didn't want the weekend to end.  I have been re-listening to all of the talks online (here) ever since.  I can't wait for the conference edition of the ensigns to come out so I can study my little heart out.  The church is true. :)


Easter 2013

This Easter was our second while being married.  It feels weird that we've reached the point where we are on the second round of holidays being married.  Time goes too fast.  On Saturday we spent the day at Bryce's parents.  There was an Easter egg hunt for the grand kids, then the men shot bow & arrows while the girls painted nails, and after we had a big dinner together. 

DSC_0129 On Sunday we went to my parents and had dinner with my family.  The girls did lots of chatting and visiting and my brother took Bryce and my sister's husband outside to shoot "exploding targets."  I've noticed our families seem to navigate boy & girl roles very similarly.  
My mom is so great, she still surprised us all with Easter baskets. 

Then we came home and Bryce and I took turns hiding Easter eggs for each other in our living room just like we did last year.  I guess that has become our official Easter tradition.