Tonight I went shopping with my cute sister Isabelle at Trolley Square in Salt Lake! Why? Christmas shopping! I seriously cannot believe that it's that time of year again. But I love it. I love every single bit of it! 

Trolley Square is seriously so magical at Christmastime. They decorate it so beautifully!

I grew up coming to this mall on occasion.. mostly because of their pottery barn store! What I love about this mall is that it has a lot of specialty stores that you can't get anywhere else. Plus, I heard a rumor (not sure if it's true) that they may be getting a Zara….  Crossing my fingers it's true!

We ate at the Old Spaghetti Factory (carb overload? yes please.) And I am more than ecstatic about the fact that I got about half of my Christmas shopping done tonight. The best part?! It's not even Thanksgiving yet! Call me crazy… but there's just something about being prepared that makes me so so so happy. 

Now, I know you can buy all of the gifts in the world, but sometimes I love to give sentimental gifts as well. I need some ideas… any good ones out there? Shoot them my way! Slideshow, video, picture, anything. Help me! 



^ That's a word, right? California + vacation? Anyways. Today we went to this stunning beach. Our morning started off rough. Sleeping in until 10, drama because I was a little PMS-y and on edge (sorry to my poor husband) and was starving with nothing to eat because we just had gotten to our resort the night before with no food really. I'm so glad we went to the beach because it completely changed my attitude for the day. It totally looked like it was right off the Oregon coast, but nope - California! The drive to get there was absolutely stunning. Through redwoods and miles of windy roads through the most beautiful trees. We pulled over at one point to take pictures - I was in love!

We chose a random pull off for the beach, and boy did we get lucky! We hiked down this lovely path to a little beach that we had all to ourselves (except for the couple we stumbled upon making out.. they were embarrassed and quickly left haha)

We had so much fun playing in the water, oh my goodness. We were on cloud 9 and ended up all getting so soaked. 

Although it looks cold in the pictures, it was actually PERFECT weather. We're having such a fun time in California!

My sister-in-law Rachel (the one in the pink sweater) just leaned over as I was writing this and asked to write a little something. I should probably be a little scared but here goes nothing….

Hello gorgeous ladies (and gentlemen;),
I just wanted to tell you all how flipping awesome Madeline is!! She's one of the greatest examples I have. Not only is she kind, bubbly, absolutely gorgeous, and the best wife to my brother, but she is seriously an awesome sister in law and i just always look forward to being with her, making memories and laughing hysterically at the stupidest things!! Right now she's nervously sitting next to me, can't sit still as she has no idea what I'm saying!! BUT I LOVE HER TO THE MOON AND BACK and so should you!!! Keep smiling and have a FABULOUS week.

Ps. If your having a bad day, go and google Bruce Jenner
Love, Rachel

Okay it's Madeline & I'm just reading this ^ HOW SWEET IS SHE? Anyways, goodnight!



Tyler's sister gets home from her mission next week, and we are over the moon excited! A couple months ago, Tyler and I devised a perfect plan. We had told her we were too busy with school to make it to her homecoming, but we were hoping she could drive down with my in-laws at some point to visit us and meet her new (& first) niece! She was totally fine with it and so understanding. Our plan was to drive up to Calgary and surprise her - ohh we were so so excited. 

Because Tyler's family hasn't been all together since she left 18 months ago, my mother-in-law really wanted to go on a family trip before Becky (Tyler's sister) starts school at BYU again in January. Because Becky is speaking spanish on her mission, my in-laws thought a cruise to Mexico would be perfect. We had it all planned until we realized that you can't take babies on cruises until they are 6 months old! So after a lot of thought, they decided to postpone this family trip until Elle is a little older and able to come on it with us. Tyler was really bummed, so my in-laws called us a few days ago with the perfect solution to his disappointment with canceling the cruise. They invited us to come with them to pick her up - AND surprise her! Tyler wasn't too impressed with the new idea at first, but I knew it was going to be so much fun!

Because this would be happening just a few days after my birthday, my in-laws let us fly out a few days early and got us a hotel and a car to have some fun here! It has been the most wonderful little getaway before we pick Becky up next week! We are currently in San Francisco having the time of our lives.. We feel so blessed to be on this trip and we are soaking in the break from our school work! The best part? We get to see Tyler's sister SO SOON. We cannot wait.

So we took Elle on her first plane ride and we were terrified. It wasn't even bad! We made sure she was sucking on something like my mom suggested as we took off, and as we landed she was asleep so it worked out perfectly. 

We picked up our rental car and luggage and headed into the city! Our first stop was at Ghirardelli Square. We were in heaven.

We then walked around and had an amazing dinner! Tyler has been working SO hard on studying for the MCAT that it felt so nice to have him all to myself tonight. I kept telling myself to soak this in, because the moment we go back to Idaho I have to give him back to his textbooks haha!



There are SO many reasons why I am in love with November. Especially this November. 

The weather in Rexburg has been so so perfect lately. Beautiful leaves, yummy hot cocoa, sweaters every day! I could go on forever. It's also my birthday month, Tyler's sister (who is my age - how fun is that that I get a sister in law my age?!) gets home from her mission, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, oh and not to mention that every day that passes means we're that closer to Christmas :)

I'm also finishing my last semester of college by taking online classes. I'll be honest and say it's been a lot harder than I expected.. kicking my butt actually. But most of my classes were first block only which means they all ended TODAY. Oh yes I can finally breath. 
Elle hasn't been feeling all that great the past couple days. She just hasn't been herself today hence the pictures with no smiles :( poor baby. We sure love her!


For Halloween this year, Tyler was adamant that he wanted to be Rex from Napoleon Dynamite and he wanted me to be Starla. Haha, I went with it! 

We literally did Elle's costume two hours before the party. She was a "homeless baby" and we were laughing at it all night. We've decided when she grows up and looks back she will either thing we were super weird or way funny.

This semester, we have fallen in love (literally) with our neighbors! We hang out waaay too much but so far we're not sick of each other yet ;)

Our neighbors the Jacobs threw a party and it was so much fun. We did it the day before Halloween and I am SO glad we did because Elle ended up not feeling well at all on Halloween so it actually worked out perfectly!

The food was all to die for. I mean, do I have the cutest friends or what? I didn't want to ruin anything by eating it! But who am I kidding, we snacked and snacked all night long.

Halloween has never really been a favorite holiday of mine, but this party changed it all.. we love Halloween now! Another huge plus to Halloween is that the moment it's over… the holiday fun begins!