Wednesday, May 20, 2015

a happy list: 2

Zach and I are in the best ward ever, we love it and the friends we've made so much. One of our good friends, the Heylands, in the ward have the sweetest little girls, Even and Emmeline. Emmy comes to Sunday school and Relief Society with her mama and I love getting to spend time with both of them. Emmy is so sweet and has the most adorable baby laugh I've ever heard. She was really sleepy in R.S. on Sunday so I snagged this pic of her being all cute. Babies, especially Emmy, makes me so happy!
My Zachary is so sweet to me. I've been having a rough week being a little sick and other stuff but he always treats me so well, even when I'm sick/sad/tired/grumpy/etc. I wanted a good selfie on Sunday and, though we did get one, he doesn't always share my enthusiasm for taking pictures. So during our first couple of tries he kissed my cheek to hide his face. He also left me this message on our kitchen table after an intense game of Banana Gram. I love him so much. 
Also, baby Zach. Baby Zach makes me happy. (especially baby Batman Zach with pizza in his hand with a cheesy grin on his face)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

a week in riverside

This past week, I went down to Riverside, CA to stay with my sis-in-law Anna + her boys while my bro-in-law Justin flew to London for a conference. I'm so grateful I married Zach because I then became a part of the most wonderful family, gained 9 siblings + 2 parents, AND 3 nieces, 4 nephews and another nephew on the way! It's the best.

I loved getting to spend time with the J+A White fam (minus the J for the week)! Even though they plan on moving out here to the great Utah Valley this summer, I already miss being with them. Thanks for letting me come and stay, Anna + Justin! Love you guys! Here are a few pics from my stay:
 ^^Pre-Mission Zachary photo on the White fam bulletin board haha! LOVE it! ^^
 ^^ Nathan in the Lego section of the Discovery Cube museum! ^^
 ^^ The Discovery Cube is SO cool! There are so many fun and interesting things there. I made my own water vortex and had to snap a picture because it was the coolest! ^^
 ^^ Grateful for technology and being able to FaceTime my man! ^^
 ^^ We went to the beach on Tuesday and it was just a bit chilly but mostly beautiful! What can I say, I'm a California girl! ^^
 ^^ Balboa Pier, such a beautiful day! ^^
^^ Oh ya know, just in our car driving across the water. WHAAAT! A selfie with my fav oldest sis-in-law Anna, love you! ^^

a week in seattle

After our stay in Ashland, we made our way up through Oregon and into Washington to finish our vacation in Sammamish with Zach's older sister, Emily, + her family. We had the best time with the Sparks' family and loved exploring Washington a bit.

On our way to Washington we stopped in Eugene so Zach could see Hayward field and we could walk around Oregon campus a little bit. It was so nice and beautiful!
 We also caught a quick glimpse at the Portland temple on the freeway! It was beautiful!
The rest of this post will mostly contain photos from our awesome stay in Washington! But I will say that it was amazing to be able to stay with the Sparks' and vacation in their neck of the woods for a bit. We loved the opportunity to play with our nieces and spend time with Bryan + Emily! Thanks Spark's fam, we love you!
^^We got nap time pretty much every day. It was so great. // Just a selfie with miss Isla May! ^^
 ^^ Zach and the sweet girls. He sure loves his nieces! ^^
^^ We decided to go to Biscuit Bitch for some breakfast and it was amazing! So good. ^^
 ^^ Bubblegum alley.. Kind of cool, kind of gross. // Zach givin' loves to sweet Imogen! ^^
 ^^ Zach and Isla cheesing is up as we strolled through Seattle. ^^

^^ Imi and her teddy bear boyfriend. She loves that bear! ^^

 ^^ Snoqualmie falls ^^
 ^^ Attempted selfie at Snoqualmie falls ha ^^
 ^^ Freemont troll! // Em and Imi swinging at the beach ^^
 ^^ Z + I at the beach ^^
 ^^ Sweet Isla picked me a pretty flower! ^^
^^ After a long, fun-filled week, Zach just couldn't take it anymore and crashed in the car. ^^

anniversary getaway

Last month, Z + I got to celebrate our one year anniversary! YAY! It was such a great day and a great time to reflect on our first year of marriage. We went to sacrament meeting with my parents and brother then left after the first hour. Then we went home and ate some of our wedding cake, which was still moist and incredibly delicious.
We were really tired from all the wedding shenanigans and clean up from the night before but still so happy ^^
We then left on our road trip up to Ashland. You guys. Anniversary celebration/getaways are the greatest ever. We could not wait to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary together + our overnight stay in the most amazing bed and breakfast totally lived up to our expectations.

We stayed in the Winchester Inn bed + breakfast in Ashland, Oregon. When we decided to go a bit more fancy than just stay in a hotel for a night and while I was looking up places online came across this place. On Yelp they had the most incredible reviews and we decided to go with it. When we got there, the lady at the front desk was SO nice and they even upgraded us to the Garden suite for our anniversary and left us these yummy strawberries!

 The room was so beautiful with a gorgeous window seat with a view of the garden that I could've admired for hours. The room was so nice and cozy. Here are some pics of our room:
 Beautiful isn't it?! The service was excellent, the rooms clean and cozy + we had a wonderful stay. 
 Okay now for the biggest seller for us. The breakfast. Oh my heavens. Although this place was a little splurge for us, the breakfast included itself made it over 150% worth it. That's how good it was! The restaurant that is a part of the hotel is called "Alchemy" and it's the highest rated restaurant in Ashland! So we were pretty excited about it. The first course was a muffin and fruit plate. The banana muffin was so fresh and yummy!  After that, you choose your entree. We had read amazing reviews about their spin on Eggs Benedict (a White family favorite that I was introduced to almost 2 years ago and will NEVER go back) and we were really hoping they would have it as an option. As luck would have it, their spin on Eggs Benedict was on the menu. So, we both ended up getting that and WHOA. It was so so so so so good. SO GOOD! We absolutely loooooooved our breakfast there making our stay the best possible anniversary getaway ever.