Halloween Shenanigans

Derek and I celebrated Halloween all month this year. We never made it to Staheli Farm, or Thriller at Tuacahn, but nonetheless we definitely got our Halloween “fix” in.

14910472_1127041477348940_1345592126278701412_nSince we had our own home this year, I started the month off by decorating. I think the best way to get in the holiday spirit is to decorate! I didn’t want to spend too much money on decorations, but I found some cute (cheap) things here and there. It was just enough to make our home feel “Halloweenie” without breaking the bank!14947826_1127310107322077_8445560191639880031_n








I knew I wanted to somehow celebrate the holiday at our home, but I knew that most of our friends would have other plans on the weekend of Halloween. So, we decided to have a pumpkin carving/BBQ at our house earlier this month.


14938156_1127314900654931_2125788065100956112_n (1)I have always wanted to have a home where I can celebrate the holidays with the people I love most. It was so fun to be the host and celebrate with them! I wish I would’ve taken pictures of us and our friends, but I promise they do exist. I wouldn’t have been able to carve all of those pumpkins myself. 😉



When it came to costumes, we procrasinated this year. We didn’t even think about our costumes until last Wednesday. I am usually on top of it and have a million ideas of what I want to be, but this year, I didn’t even think about it until last minute. We ended up going to the costume store and buying pirate costumes. We loved them! Plus, my inner emo heart loves Derek with eye liner. (hahah)


On Saturday, we celebrated Halloween with a lot of our friends at Garrett’s house. I love the holidays because it gives us all an excuse to get together and celebrate.



14639773_1127041637348924_863660481124104948_n14947816_1127041627348925_5625227968796822046_nOn Sunday night, we went to Demi and Austin’s engagement/costume party. It was so fun celebrating these two love birds and having an excuse to dress up again.14937456_1127326110653810_2216657940612326866_n







I feel like Halloween has lasted all month, and that’s exactly what I hoped for this year! I am a big lover of holidays. There isn’t many things I love more than spending time with friends and family and having an excuse to celebrate!

Now we are off to dress up (again) and possibly spend time with family. We have had a very Happy Halloween this year, I hope all of you do as well!

Onto the next adventure, Wren

Sunday Adventures and Another New Habit

I want to start this post by saying, I am so glad September is over. The month flew by so fast, but I was so so so busy.  I worked 40 plus hours every week.  I worked 3 jobs, and did hair on the side. I got sick, Derek got sick, and Harvey even got sick. But on top of all of that, I finished my school course, Derek started his new job, and I started my new job as a wedding assistant. So many changes, so much stress (cold sores and all) but so many new exciting things coming our way!

I definitely know I overworked myself. There were days where all I wanted to do was lay on my couch and not even shower, and I did just that. I hardly made it to the gym, and I slept a lot. Instead of focusing on making a certain new habit, I focused on my mind, my body, and myself. I did everything I could to make myself feel better, and not stress myself out. I told people no, I didn’t cover shifts, I didn’t do a lot of hair, I even turned my phone off for a couple hours on a few days. I made time for myself. I took baths, I went to sleep very early, and I made time to take drives to clear my head. I know life gets crazy, life gets busy, but you have to keep it beautiful. Do what you feel you need to do to make yourself a little better than you were yesterday. So I guess in a sense, I made a new habit. I reminded myself every single day that putting other’s first is okay, but every once in a while, it is okay to put myself first.

Let’s just say, this month will be different. I am finished at (one of my jobs) this week, and I am counting down the days until I have extra time in my schedule. I finally see the light at the end of the tunnel! I am so excited to get back into my usual routine, and to focus on my new habit for this month.

With all of the crazy (but beautiful) things last month brought us, Derek and I decided we needed to get away and see a change of scenery last Sunday. We drove up to Derek’s favorite place, Cedar Mountain to enjoy the colder weather, and see the beautiful leaves. (Since we don’t have much here in the desert) We drove all over the mountain, went on a little hike, and got pizza at Plazano’s Pizza in Brian Head resort.

We listened to our favorite music, rolled the windows down, talked about our future plans and past memories, and enjoyed each other’s company. (And Harvey’s of course) Harvey loved it to. I think he loves being able to run around and not die of heat stroke, and he is getting a little better about car rides. Practice makes perfect I guess. 😉

So here’s a friendly reminder: stress will happen, and there are days that you won’t want to get out of bed because you won’t want to deal with reality. But you have to work through it, because the end result will pay off, and you will feel as if you can get through anything. Make time for yourself, get away for a few hours, keep your head up, and keep life beautiful.

Onto the next adventure, Wren