Monday, October 31, 2011

Last Week's Done List


I am a person that tends to focus on the things I lack or the things I perceive myself as "failing" in rather than on my successes. As this is clearly not a recipe for personal fulfillment and happiness, I'm working on concentrating on my little victories rather than simply on my shortcomings. Although each week has a "to-do" list, I'm trying much harder to take the time to applaud myself for my "done" list. If you'd like, join with me in celebrating your own "Done" lists and link up your posts below!
 
My Done List (Week of 10/24 - 10/30)

*Got a brilliant idea of what I'm going to do for Matt's Christmas gift. I'm really excited about it. (But it's a surprise, so I can't tell!)
*Attended my Mom's amazing Halloween party on Saturday (pictures to follow)
*Told my boss very candidly exactly what I thought of certain particulars in our office (this was a huge accomplishment for me--usually I'm scared to death to bring up what I really think at my job)
*Turned in a check that paid our rent for the next 6 months (woo hoo!)
*Found time to read almost a hundred pages in Breaking Night (no, this book has nothing to do with Twilight)
*Tried out the Yoga Meltdown DVD that was loaned to me
*Played tennis
*Made our bed more days than not
*Did the dishes more days than not (baby steps, people)
*Mailed off half a dozen thank-you notes
*Bought new box of thank-you notes
*Entered our ward's Chili Cookoff (and even though ours didn't win, we heard enough compliments on it to jokingly award ourselves "The People's Choice Chili)
*Fended off my craving to eat the bakery orange rolls sitting by my work desk all week and (mostly) fended off my cravings for 7-11 hot chocolate (3 days out of 5)
*Read over some old General Conference talks at work and posted some of the loveliest thoughts on my other blog (Soul in Symmetry)


Still to do:
*Finish those thank-you notes once and for all!
*Finish hanging up the wall decorations in our apartment (after 6 months)



Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wedding Wednesday: First Place

1. how it all began: how you met, first date, first kiss, how long did you date? first picture together.....etc.
2. when you knew he was the one: self explanatory.. but how and when did you know?
3. proposal: how it happened, how long were you engaged for? was it a total surprise? pictures of that... etc.
4. the ring: tell us about it! did you pick it out? did he? pictures! tell us about his ring too!
5. engagement/bridal pictures: let's see em!
6. the colors: show some of the flower and colors you used
7. the dress: was it what you always imagined? did you have it made for you? white or ivory?
8. the little accessories: you know, veil? shoes? jewelry?
9. the reception: where was it at? show us some pictures! what day did you get married?
10. the cake/food: i love food. so tell me about what you had at your wedding!
11. your song and/or the first song you danced to at your wedding: share a music video or lyrics if you can!
12. favorite part of the day and least favorite part of the day: can be anything.
13. honeymoon: where did you go? was it good? ;) haha...jk.
14. thoughts on marriage: what is the easiest/hardest part? if you could change anything, what would it be?
15. first place that you lived together: pics if you have them!
16. kids: do you have any yet? if not, when do you plan on it? how many do you want? any tips on good/bad birth control?
17. most recent picture of you and your significant other and what you love most about them :) and any other thoughts

(The above picture was obviously taken on a much warmer day, about three months ago)

I will admit, I'm going to cheat a little on this post. By cheating, I mean that I'm going to refer you to this post here if you want more pictures of the actual layout of our first place together.

The real reason I'm "cheating"? Our apartment is a disaster area. We've unfortunately gotten into the habit since school started of only cleaning on the weekends.

However, I did find a few nooks and crannies that didn't require too much cleaning before I took a picture.

Like this:


Or this:


(Apparently our bookshelves don't need much cleaning, although now that I think of it, they haven't been dusted since we moved in...)

Although we had a rocky beginning with our landlords and the apartment in general initially (our toilet was in the tub when we first moved everything in), we've had pretty much smooth sailing since they moved away to Wyoming. Coincidence, maybe? Anyway, some of my favorite aspects of the apartment include: free heat (I have never known what that was like in Logan before; I could never go back), free Internet, a dishwasher, lots of closet space, and a spare bedroom (which incidentally has become our "library," where the two above pictures were taken. We don't go in there much. Which is why it's so clean).

The most challenging thing about having our own place is (you guessed it) keeping it clean; being neat and tidy has never been my strong point, but I grew up in a house that was always immaculate (thanks, Mom!), so I've learned to really crave that kind of atmosphere. Unfortunately, I'm failing miserably at keeping that kind of atmosphere in my own apartment. I think it's one of my greatest failings at the moment, actually. I'm kind of embarrassed by it. (Matt doesn't seem to mind too much).

Another failing of mine? Interior decorating, apparently; I am not crafty and am usually unconcerned with the general aesthetic appeal of having neatly arranged wall and table arrangements that match the seasons. Maybe someday I'll develop that gene. But for now, all we get is this:


1- food for table arrangements (thanks, Petrice!)


2- A fake tree for greenery that I didn't have the heart to let my mom give to the DI


3- Oprah to decorate the toilet (classy)



4- And lastly, actual decorations that people have given us. Which, coincidentally, are the only really cute decorative pieces we have. (Thanks everyone for your wedding gifts!)


But at the end of the day, this is home for us: the place that Matt and I call our own.

A place for cuddling.

A place for studying.

A place for praying.

A place for resting.

A place for loving.

There's truly no place like home.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tell-All Tuesday

*The emergency brake light has all of a sudden decided to start freaking me out by coming on at random intervals while I drive (even though the brake is not in use). I'll be going 55 on the highway, look down, see the red light, then freak out. This process gets repeated about 4 times a day. I think my brake light thinks it's funny.

*I gave in today and got a 7-11 hot chocolate on my way to work. My rationale? This is the first day I know of that it's been in the 20s, I generally don't go into work on Tuesdays anyway (so who cares if I'm 15 minutes later), and I played tennis last night (which makes me feel slightly better about the 270-calorie price tag on the little 12 oz. sucker). Heaven is hot chocolate on a grey, foggy day.

*Matt has been getting slightly sick, and I'm not even home to take care of him. In fact, I won't be home until much, much later tonight (probably around 9:30 or so). Poor Matt. Hang in there, dear! I'll come in and rub your feet after you've zonked out at 8:30.

*We're (hopefully) heading home this weekend for my mom's annual Halloween party with all her grandkids (my nieces and nephews), and I'm really excited. My mom throws a killer party--prizes, themed food, activities for all ages...what's not to love?

*I don't have to go in for my clinical observations this week at the high school due to my co-worker being out of town (so I have to cover for her). I feel really, really sad about this...

*Did anyone honestly believe that last sentence? Good.

*I think the reason that Matt has gotten sick and not me is because I've been eating about 3 apples a day for the past week. When I told Matt this, he said that that was NOT the reason. And then he informed me (through text) that he had just eaten an apple. The power of persuasion, people.

*This week, Matt and I have been watching segments of the 6-hour BBC version of Pride & Prejudice. Oh, how it endears me that Matt doesn't mind watching it with me. It endears me even more that he laughs at the humor, compares it to other versions of Pride & Prejudice that we've watched, and that it's usually him that suggests that we watch some more of it (not me). You're so great, Matt :)

*I went and saw the new Footloose movie with my friend Chelsee over the weekend. Despite many people's complaints about the fact that Hollywood was doing a remake, I thought they did a really decent job at sticking to the original story and even the general soundtrack. It brought me back to the good ol' days of high school when I was actually in the musical Footloose (I was peeved, though, that they cut out my character in the movie). But the real shocker was this: how much I enjoyed Real Steel. Who would have thought robot boxing could be so entertaining? And who would have thought that I would ever say that? Miracles happen every weekend here in Logan, people.

*Also over the weekend (as you might have noticed on my "Done" list), I spent the $100 Old Navy card. And I bought my very first WARM winter coat since I've been in Logan. It is amazing. Pictures to follow someday. I also bought a sparkly tank top that I layered under a black "tough" jacket yesterday with the rationale that Mondays need a little extra sparkle in them, so why save the shirt for the weekend?

*What little happenings have been going on in your corner of the globe? I'm all ears...

Monday, October 24, 2011

Here's What's Cooking...Pork Chops With Apple Rings


I received an unexpected bounty of fresh-picked apples this week and have been wondering for the past couple days how I'm going to use them all while they're still crisp. This recipe was the first to be tried (of many, I'm sure):

Pork Chops With Apples (from Taste of Home's Prize Winning Recipes 2007)

6 pork chops (1/2 inch thick)
1/2 tsp celery salt
1/2 tsp rubbed sage (we substituted marjoram)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 tbs butter (we just used one and it tasted delicious still)
2 medium unpeeled Golden Delicious apples, cored and cut into 1/2-inch rings (we used a different variety--any cooking apple will do)
1/4 cup diced dried apricots
2 tbs. golden raisins
2 tbs. brown sugar

Sprinkle pork chops with celery salt, sage, salt and pepper. In a large skillet, brown chops in butter on one side; turn. Top with apple rings. Sprinkle with apricots, raisins, and brown sugar. Cover and cook on low for 18-22 minutes or until the meat juices run clear.

Yield: 6 servings


Sunday, October 23, 2011

This Week's Done List


This Week's "Done" List
**Make caramel apples (thank you, Kayla!)

**Ace my two midterms

**Finish my big project for my assessment class (and get 100% on it!)
**Write more wedding thank-you notes (goal: have them all finished by our 6-month anniversary)

**Play Risk with friends (and win)

**Go see Footloose with Chelsee (and Real Steel)

**Spend my $100 Old Navy prize card (got $120 worth of stuff, spent $1.88)

**Give Matt a big hug and kiss for waking up early yesterday (despite the

holiday) in order to make me a special breakfast before work
**Cuddle

Still to do:
Try out the new yoga DVD that Karianne loaned me
Go Biking
Buy more thank-you notes so I can actually complete said goal
Use some of the homegrown apples I just got to make that new pork recipe

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wedding Wednesday: Thoughts on Marriage

1. how it all began: how you met, first date, first kiss, how long did you date? first picture together.....etc.
2. when you knew he was the one: self explanatory.. but how and when did you know?
3. proposal: how it happened, how long were you engaged for? was it a total surprise? pictures of that... etc.
4. the ring: tell us about it! did you pick it out? did he? pictures! tell us about his ring too!
5. engagement/bridal pictures: let's see em!
6. the colors: show some of the flower and colors you used
7. the dress: was it what you always imagined? did you have it made for you? white or ivory?
8. the little accessories: you know, veil? shoes? jewelry?
9. the reception: where was it at? show us some pictures! what day did you get married?
10. the cake/food: i love food. so tell me about what you had at your wedding!
11. your song and/or the first song you danced to at your wedding: share a music video or lyrics if you can!
12. favorite part of the day and least favorite part of the day: can be anything.
13. honeymoon: where did you go? was it good? ;) haha...jk.
14. thoughts on marriage: what is the easiest/hardest part? if you could change anything, what would it be?
15. first place that you lived together: pics if you have them!
16. kids: do you have any yet? if not, when do you plan on it? how many do you want? any tips on good/bad birth control?
17. most recent picture of you and your significant other and what you love most about them :) and any other thoughts


Growing up, the idea of being married always scared me. All I ever seemed to hear about was how much work it was, how couples were happier when they didn't see too much of each other, and how the divorce rate kept climbing.

I don't know what made me change my mind. Actually, I do. It was Matt. And my mission.

On my mission, I saw a lot of couples who somehow managed to stay together despite terrible hardships and stressors. I saw couples who were about to call it quits who started to live the restored gospel and saw their whole marriage do a complete 180. Basically, by the end of my mission, I realized something very key: marriages built on the gospel of Jesus Christ will be successful when both parties are willing to live its principles and love each other selflessly.

After this realization, I finished my mission and fell in love with Matt about two weeks after getting home. I didn't tell him that early on that it was love, of course, but I knew--that little intuitive part of me just knew that this kind of love was different: it was the love I was willing to commit to. Forever.

And you know what I was surprised to discover once I got married?

That I loved it.

That it wasn't as hard in nearly as many ways as I thought it would be.

That it was kind of hard in ways that I hadn't really thought about.

When I asked Matt his thoughts on marriage, he texted me this: "It rocks!"

When I pressed him to give a little bit more depth to his answer, he responded with this:

"[In marriage], you always have someone there. And it's not just someone--it's the person that you most care about and always want to be with."

I couldn't agree more; that's one of the things that I love most about being married--I know there's always somebody there at the end of the day to give me a hug, tell me he loves me, and to talk and share my dreams with. Matt is the kindest, most considerate, and most thoughtful person I've ever known, and I feel so lucky to have him as my husband.

As for the hard stuff, well...it's not even the stuff that I thought it would be. I thought that marriage meant conflicts, esp. conflicts over little things, but Matt and I have never fought. I'm not saying that we never will, but we have learned to settle any differences in a way that's sensitive to the other person's feelings. I guess the hardest part about it all is learning how to be less selfish in my life--to be less selfish with time, with money, with service. My mission really helped me out with that, but I still have a long way to go.

One thing I'm sure of though is this: I am so grateful every day that I have Matthew in my life--that I do have that someone who is always there for me, who I want to be with more than anyone else.

And I love that.

Marriage really does rock.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tell-All Tuesday

*After Matt had read yet another article on the importance of women getting enough folic acid (and accepting that it was a hopeless cause to try and make me remember to take it every morning), he found a sneaky way around my forgetfulness: I found it the next day packed in my lunchbox in a Ziploc baggy with a smiley face on it. Sneaky.

*My clinicals were just as bad as I thought they'd be (worse, in some ways). But then today I felt guilty about it, because while interviewing the teacher of the class, he said that he just got thrown into teaching this subject at the last minute and that he felt stupid teaching it in front of me because he knew I had more of a background in it than he did. After that, I just felt guilty complaining about it. So you all are spared from my whining...until I forget about my guilt, of course.

*Matt asked me just now, "Did you see the caramel in my math book?" To which I responded, "Ah ha! You've been eating the ice cream again, eh?" To which he then responded, "You don't remember eating that caramel apple last night, eh?".......Sneaky.

*You know what's really great right now? The fact that  I'm sitting at home at 4:15 in the afternoon. This is one of the main redeeming qualities of every Tuesday: I don't work because I *get* to go to clinicals all day long at the high school. I'm spending it wisely folks---distracting Matt while he's working on math homework and eating kettle corn. I'm happy.

*Sometimes I randomly hit Matt in the night and he doesn't remember it the next day. I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing.

*I decided that I have conditioned myself to not be willing to do homework at home anymore. Because of my schedule this semester, all of my homework has been getting done either on campus in the morning before class or during slow periods at work. So on days like today, when I actually get home at a decent hour and should still have plenty of stamina left to be productive, my brain has this crazy notion that "we don't do homework at home anymore." The real pressing question out of all this: can I do all of my homework for tomorrow in that little hour that I have tomorrow morning before class...

*I am in the middle of the most engaging memoir--it's about a woman who went from being homeless to graduating from Harvard, and it had me hooked from the first page. I can't wait to review it for you all. Maybe that's what I'll go do instead of homework.

*Can I just say how nice and relaxing this week has been because I haven't had to worry about my other job? Heaven is getting to come home at 5:00 and actually have the rest of the evening to do whatever I wish.

How is your week going?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Book #15 : Gifted

Title: Gifted
Author: Karey White
Number of Pages: 224

I will begin by saying that I've never read any book like this before. I'm not one to normally go for LDS fiction, but that's not because I have anything against the genre--more than anything, I just am very unfamiliar with it (and often I've found that unfamiliary breeds avoidance). But, when I found out that my former neighbor Karey White had published a book, I figured it was worth checking out.

Gifted is the story of Susan and Brent Weller, a couple who has been trying to adopt a baby for years with no luck. One day, after an infant is left an orphan after a car crash claims the lives of both her parents, Susan gets the call telling her that her and Brent would be the proud parents of little Anna, a unique child with unusual gifts. Although all parents think their children are gifted, Anna's gifts start to become too apparent to ignore. As more and more time goes on, Susan starts to realize that although Anna's gifts are innately good, they can have some devastating consequences.

I'll admit, I had a hard time getting into this book at the beginning. The writing style was more simple than what I normally go for, and I had a hard time getting over how cheery the world of Susan and Brent seemed. (About the time that I realized this, I thought how disturbing it was that I kept expecting terrible things to happen to all the characters. Being an English major has ruined me.) However, when I started to get more deeply into the story, I found myself thinking less and less about the writing style quirks and more and more about the actual storyline (which is always a good sign). I was so absorbed at one point that I didn't notice when my next appointment had shown up (I was in the middle of peer tutoring conferences), and he just stood there awkwardly in front of me, waiting for me to look up and pay attention to him.

By the end of the novel, I was thoroughly engrossed in the story and wondering what was going to happen next. And although the ending of the novel was devastating, it didn't leave me with a bad taste in my mouth like some tragic endings do. I actually found myself really thinking about certain themes in the book long after I'd finished it, a practice I find myself engaging in less and less nowadays since many books are more entertainment-based than message-based. It was also a nice change to read a book that actually had a really good, positive, Christian message; I always appreciate a book that makes me want to be a better person, and this book did. If you're looking for a quick read that has a powerful message, then this is the next book for you.

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wedding Wednesday: The Honeymoon

1. how it all began: how you met, first date, first kiss, how long did you date? first picture together.....etc.
2. when you knew he was the one: self explanatory.. but how and when did you know?
3. proposal: how it happened, how long were you engaged for? was it a total surprise? pictures of that... etc.
4. the ring: tell us about it! did you pick it out? did he? pictures! tell us about his ring too!
5. engagement/bridal pictures: let's see em!
6. the colors: show some of the flower and colors you used
7. the dress: was it what you always imagined? did you have it made for you? white or ivory?
8. the little accessories: you know, veil? shoes? jewelry?
9. the reception: where was it at? show us some pictures! what day did you get married?
10. the cake/food: i love food. so tell me about what you had at your wedding!
11. your song and/or the first song you danced to at your wedding: share a music video or lyrics if you can!
12. favorite part of the day and least favorite part of the day: can be anything.
13. honeymoon: where did you go? was it good? ;) haha...jk.
14. thoughts on marriage: what is the easiest/hardest part? if you could change anything, what would it be?
15. first place that you lived together: pics if you have them!
16. kids: do you have any yet? if not, when do you plan on it? how many do you want? any tips on good/bad birth control?
17. most recent picture of you and your significant other and what you love most about them :) and any other thoughts

 These first two photos by Valor Photography

As I mentioned earlier, we decided to have an afternoon reception, which was probably the smartest thing we've ever done. We ended up leaving for our first honeymoon destination around 6:00 pm, when there was still plenty of light left for driving.

I have been hearing rave reviews of The Blue Boar for years now from my family, and after hearing of the five-course brunch served the next morning, I knew we just had to go.



When we got there, there were congratulatory balloons in our room and a complimentary tray of cheese, crackers, and fruit. What's not to love?

The next morning, after our worth-dying-from-heart-disease 5-course brunch, we headed down to St. George, where we'd be spending the week at a gorgeous condo owned by friends of my family. We totally hit the jackpot with our honeymoon destination--we were close enough to the "big city" stuff like movies and shopping, but we had plenty of time to spend doing activities closer to home base, like spending time in the hot tub and playing tennis and using the gym.

That condo in St. George has been one of my favorite places on earth after I started going there with my family a few years ago. Matt and I love it down there so much that we have a dream of owning a condo down there one day ourselves. Dreamin' big, people. Dreamin' big.


We spent one of the days down in Vegas, where we visited the Las Vegas Temple (breathtaking), ate the most expensive steak dinner of my life (mmm hmm!), and watched The Phantom of the Opera.



Another day was spent in Zion National Park (check out that post here) hiking up Angel's Landing.

Let's just say, what happens on Angel's Landing stays on Angel's Landing. Oh wait, that's Vegas. Regardless, if you really want details, check out the other post. There are some beefy Germans involved.



The thing I loved most about our honeymoon though was the fact that we just got to relax. The semester that we were engaged was just so stressful between our classes and planning the wedding. When I asked Matt what he remembers from our wedding day and everything around it, he said, "The thing that stands out to me now is the contrast of being way stressed out to that of being totally relaxed and just enjoying being in love."

I couldn't say it better. Our honeymoon was just one perfect week of pure relaxation, where we could truly just enjoy being in love.

And we even watched Thor together. And I even liked it.

That made Matt love me even more.


(The weather was gorgeous the whole time we were there. Even the rain was enough to take your breath away)

I keep telling Matt that we should go on a honeymoon every summer.

It will at least work this summer, anyway! :)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Coolest Thing EVER to Happen to Me!!


People, stuff like this NEVER happens to me!! So a couple weeks ago (when I should have been doing homework, I might add), I took about 20 minutes to fill out one of those surveys that sometimes come in your inbox that say, "Fill this out and you'll be entered to win blah blah blah." Well obviously I really didn't want to do homework, because I actually entered.

And I WON people.

I won $100 to spend at Old Navy.

Greatest thing EVER.

Happiness :) :) :)

(Moral of the story: sometimes those procrastinating urges pay off. True story.)

Tuesday Tell-All

*I start my clinical observations today at the high school. If it's anything like last semester, where I watched high school seniors draw pictures of the ghosts in Macbeth, it will be a "scathing indictment of the public school system" (as is said multiple times on Big Bang Theory). But I'm always holding out hope that this will be the first teacher I've seen since my own high school days that wows me...

*I just realized how depressing that last comment was. I used to be so idealistic about education.

*That's not to say that I don't think there are brilliant, inspired teachers out there (I personally have been lucky enough to be taught be several).

*What I really mean to say is that since starting my teacher education classes, I've begun to realize that NOBODY does everything you're "supposed" to do.

*But that's okay.

*Anyway, on to other topics. This week my other job kicks in, which means that I'll be going going going from 7 AM to 9 PM every day this week except Friday. But, if everything goes as smoothly as yesterday, it shouldn't be too bad. And the best news? After this week, my other job doesn't kick in for almost a month. A month! I almost feel like a free, unrestrained woman---maybe I'll celebrate by making cinnamon love knots every other morning and dancing around in my underwear to Miley Cyrus. Maybe.

*Matt has two huge exams today in his two toughest classes. Poor guy. I remember the days when I used to take tests...

*My bum is still sore from the 20-minute bike ride I took on Saturday. Just saying.

*I have almost finished a book, people. *GASP!* *APPLAUSE* (I know, I amaze even myself sometimes...I mean, it's been so long since I've actually finished a book that I've almost forgotten how to do it.)

*Because of clinicals, I don't have to work today. Isn't that about the best thing you've ever heard? I certainly think so. I'll actually get to see Matt today before bedtime. Marvelous!

*This is a long Tell-All Tuesday. Best stop rambling now before you find another blog to go to for all your Tell-All Tuesday needs.


What about your Tuesdays, friends? What have you got to tell me?

Monday, October 10, 2011

Cinnamon Love Knots


Could anything be better than cinnamon love knots and milk after a cool autumn photo walk? I don't think so. These just might become our next Photo Walk post-snack staple.

Cinnamon Love Knots (from Taste of Home's Prize Winning Recipes 2007)

2 packages (1/4 oz each) active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup warm milk
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp salt
4-1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour

Topping: (note--I don't think you need nearly this much; I personally would half this for next time)
2 cups sugar
2 tbs ground cinnamon
3/4 cup butter, melted

In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Let stand for five minutes. Add milk, butter, sugar, eggs, and salt. Stir in enough flour to form a stiff dough.

Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours.

Punch dough down; divide into three portions. Cover two with plastic wrap. Shape one portion into 12 balls. Roll each ball into 8-in. rope. Combine sugar and cinnamon. Dip rope in melted butter, then coat with cinnamon sugar. Tie into a knot (make sure to tie the knot after dipping in the butter and cinnamon-sugar mix--trust me, it's better!). Tuck and pinch ends under and place on ungreased baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.

Bake at 375 degrees for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 3 dozen.


Sunday, October 9, 2011

Photo Walk - Tony's Grove Area


Last week when I got my haircut, I got an excellent recommendation from my hairdresser (Summer Stott at the Center St Salon in Logan---she's amazing!); she told me about how her and her husband loved to go to a place up Logan Canyon called Tony's Grove. I had heard of it, but had never been there and had no idea where it even was. After she gave me simple directions on how to get there and said that she felt like she was "in heaven" every time she went, I made up my mind right then and there to make it the next location for our photo walk.

Unfortunately, this last week's snowstorms prevented us from staying too long in the actual Tony's Grove area (check out the photos of the lake, above), but we were able to get some killer shots down in the canyon right around the corner from it.

Love the fall colors we were able to enjoy today!




















(This last picture was taken from the front seat. I thought that was pretty cool!)

After our little autumn adventure, we came home to make some Cinnamon Love Knots (recipe to follow) and sing duets from Phantom of the Opera (because we're cheesy like that).

Happy Sunday!
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