Happiest Little “Beaches”

LPCX7284My sisters, mom and I don’t remember the last road trip we all took together because it had been that long. Yes, we’ve gone on weekend getaways together here and there, but spending more than one night together without kids or guys (boyfriends, husbands)? I think it’s been about 10 years.MMKB6226CZQA8405We used to visit Orange county all of the time when we were growing up, so when I found this vacation rental in our price rage 2 blocks from Newport beach-I booked it. I mean, do you blame me? Look how cute it is!EZQG2492

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IMG_9003If you are planning on visiting Newport soon, I highly recommend this place.

—->https://www.vrbo.com/4918900ha

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IMG_8753QMFB8348We have been planning this little beach vacation for months, and we had the absolute most fun we could have with 4 women in a 500 sq foot airbnb. 😉IMG_8826IMG_8829.JPGWe spent most of our time at the beach, and admired all of the charming beach houses on the way. I once promised myself that I will not die until I live by the ocean, and every time I visit, I am hoping that promise is made sooner than later.IMG_9010.JPGIMG_8847IMG_8838We also walked everywhere! We hardly used our car since we didn’t have to go anywhere far, because we didn’t really make plans. We walked to the grocery store, and back to the beach, then to the restaurants and shops, and again, back to the beach. The only time we drove was to go to a nearby mall, because is it really a girls’ trip without a little shopping?DKOC2823

 

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HSDW3439I don’t know what is in our blood, but the ocean is my mom’s, both of my sisters’ and my happy place. And we had a very very happy time. It was such a relaxing weekend, and exactly what all of us  little “beaches” needed.EPGW4488IMG_9070.JPGKBMM0307UUGF1109Life gets busy, we grow up, find our separate dreams and paths, and most of the time find it difficult to do things like this. But today I am thankful for the happy places, for having three life-long best friends, and for these memories that will last a lifetime. I am also thankful that all of us made it home alive (because we almost all killed each other at one point. 😉 ).

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Onto the next adventure, Wren

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Two Little Figs 4.14.18

Shara-Axel-Wedding-436First, I want to say HOW CUTE ARE MY IN LAWS?? Man, I love these beautiful souls and am so lucky to be a part of such a fun, accepting, loving family.

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Shara-Axel-Wedding-431.jpgNow, onto the post—-> Since Shara’s new last name is Figueroa, she decided to call her wedding “two little figs” she used this as her social media hashtag and wrote it on her welcome board, etc. I thought it was such a cute idea, so I am naming this post the same. Their ceremony took place in Snow Canyon state Park, and their venue was at the golf club that I work at. I had so much fun being apart of their special day, and everything leading up to it-it was perfect.

Shara-Axel-Wedding-63.jpgShara-Axel-Wedding-68Shara-Axel-Wedding-72Since Shara got back over 1,000 pictures from her special day, I decided that I would only make this post my favorite personal ones of Derek and I. If I had to choose all of my favorites from this day, this post would be 8 pages too long.

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Shara-Axel-Wedding-225I will most likely do a post in the future highlighting the decorations, vendors, and theme of her wedding. But for now, you can just enjoy these photos of my happy-Maid of Honor- self and my hot date. 😉 Shara-Axel-Wedding-872.jpg

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(All photos taken by M.Felt Photography)

Onto the next adventure, Wren

 

Our 3rd Anniversary in the mountains

AXNT9526BZTE8560If you know Derek and I at all (or have been a reader of my blog for a while) you know that we are not gift givers. We always celebrate our anniversary and birthdays by doing something, rather than spending money on gifts for each other. If we do happen to get gifts, they are nothing extravagant. This year for our anniversary, I surprised Derek with the video in my previous post and he surprised me with a bottle of wine and a bouquet of my favorite flowers. Simple, but cheap and heart felt. Just like our lifestyle 😉AQCP7401We spent our first anniversary in Moab all weekend, hiking arches, and spent our second anniversary in Salt Lake at our training for China. We knew we wanted to celebrate(obviously), but since our anniversary fell on a Tuesday this year, it was hard to plan anything extravagant with our work and school schedule. We decided to drive a couple of hours to one of our favorite places and escape the heat. We thought that a long drive to the mountains, a quick hike and an easy dinner would be a great idea, and it was.AEKG3274MOXJ1698It was about 65 degrees in Brian Head, which was 35 degrees cooler than home that day. Since I was wearing shorts, I was almost cold, but I was not complaining. Harvey loved every minute of it. We took a short little hike, played Frisbee with Harvey, grabbed pizza at our favorite pizza place, took the truck off roading, and of course, took pictures.PDHI7294ESQF0373Since we’ve left town the last two years, this was our first anniversary spent with Harvey. He sure was happy to come along this year and we were happy to have him. Even though I told Derek, “Oh no, it looks like our anniversaries alone are slowly coming to an end.” 😉OSQC6479OCCD0578On our long drive home, we reminisced over our marriage and our last three years together, and realized that we’ve done A LOT. Way more than I ever imagined I would accomplish by the age of 24, especially with a husband. I used to think that 24 was the perfect age to get married for many reasons, but looking at this list and thinking back on the last three years, I can’t imagine it any differently. I wouldn’t change a thing. I made this list for our sake, to look back on and laugh and see how far we go in the next 3, 10, 20 years. But read it if you’d like. 🙂

Things we’ve accomplished together in our first three years of marriage:

  • Left the country together for the first time and spent a week in the Caribbean.
  • Bought our first home, and remodeled it all ourselves.
  • Adopted our Harvey boy.
  • Checked Arches National Park off my bucket list (Derek had already been).
  • Drove 2,500 miles down the West Coast and experienced Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco.
  • Derek lost 55 pounds.
  • Experienced Disneyland together for the first time as husband and wife (We also went when we were dating, and engaged).
  • Took a break from everything we knew, and moved across the world to China.
  • Spent a weekend in Korea, and experienced our fourth country together.
  • Spent 14 weeks straight without leaving each other’s side, and felt the happiest we’ve ever been.
  • Experienced Disneyland for the fourth time together-in China!
  • Held each other through all of the good times, like being apart of our favorite peoples’ weddings, and celebrating our favorite holidays.
  • And the bad times, like saying goodbye to Derek’s childhood dog, Duke.
  • I also got my event planning certificate, and Derek went back to school for his bachelor’s degree.
  • And most recently, we spent a week in Costa Rica with some of our best friends- making it our fifth country we’ve been to together.

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EWXJ3741RLCF0635We’ve celebrated, adventured, struggled with personal issues, laughed until we cried, cried until we laughed, made memories with our families, sang and danced everywhere together– from the shower, to the car, to live concerts. We’ve created new friendships, held on tight to the old ones, experienced culture shock and jet lag, had intimate, embarrassing, and vulnerable moments. And most of all, been together through it all. My marriage is my favorite thing about this life of mine, and at the rate it’s going, I don’t think that will ever change.QLGG9294IMG_8425Here’s to three years, and many more. I can’t wait!

Onto the next adventure, Wren

Happy 3 years, Love

Today marks 3 years since Derek and I vowed each other personal promises in front of our closest family and friends. 3 years since I took his last name, and officially became family. 3 years since he became my husband, my partner through life, and the person I share my heart with.

We were together for almost 6 years before our wedding date, but being married to him has exceeded all of my expectations and more. The last three years have been a crazy, beautiful adventure. They’ve been filled with celebrations,(a little bit of) growing up, dance parties, and way too many laughs. It has been an absolute dream being Derek’s wife, and everyday I am in awe of how much better it keeps getting. My life always feels like a romantic comedy and marriage is everything I ever hoped it it would be and so much more.

Thanks for watching!

Onto the next adventure, Wren