Thursday, December 20, 2012

Goodbye Callie, my love

Callie left us to go to her forever home on Monday November 26th.
It was hard to say goodbye.

Callie was our second foster dog. I didn't shed as many tears as I did with Patron because this time I knew after she was gone I would be ok. The worst part is saying goodbye and watching them leave.

Callie was the best dog, she was so sweet and full of so much personality. Her only issue was that she had separation anxiety, bad, and it seemed to only be getting worse. When we had gotten the call that BDHP had possibly found a home Derrik wanted to talk to the potential forever home and make sure it would be a good fit. After he got off the phone he knew Callie had to go to this home. The lady lived in Texas, she is in a wheelchair, and she wanted a great dane to be her service dog this would mean Callie would be with her new mom 24/7 so the separation anxiety would not be an issue. This is what Callie was made for. Callie has so much love to give and that is exactly what this woman needs. Callie will be getting 3 months of training so that she can help out her new mommy.

Click here to read about her new life.

Partons new mom called Deek the other day and let us know how he was doing. She said he has his own bed to sleep on and he is so sweet. It was so good to hear from her and know Parton is being well taken care of.

Big Dogs Huge Paws is an amazing organization, click here to see all the pups that need a home.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Cabin Getaway

Me and Derrik were recently able to get away for the weekend with a few friends. We made our way to the cozy little cabin in the Uinta's. On the way up it began to snow and didn't stop until our drive home the next evening.
Deep in a closet we found boots and snowsuits from long ago and you better believe we sported them all weekend long.

We had an amazing weekend, we watched christmas movies, snowmobiled, and 
went sledding (at one point both at the same time)

Monday, November 19, 2012


Last year I did this list of things I am thankful for, I would name all the things on that list again as I am very grateful for them all but I'm going to try add some new ones, on top of the ones I said last year.

1. My best friend and Husband, Derrik
2. My family and wonderful in-laws
3. The Church for the constant support I get from it.
4. Our dog Mahzy.
5. Living in this beautiful town, state and country.
6. Living so close to my beautiful sister, I love the random drop-bys and the comfort in knowing she is just a backyard away.
7. Cousins, I love that my cousins and their spouses are some of my best friends.
8. The opportunity me and Derrik have to foster little pups that bless our life like we never thought they would.
9. A fun job that lets me hang out with my cousin everyday.
10. The thought that I could go to about 10 different temples in an hours time. Oh how I love the Temple.
11. Derrik's wonderful job that gives us the opportunity travel.
12. Trials and weaknesses that keep me humble.
13. Church callings, as much as I complain about them they help me grow into the person I've always wanted to be.
14. The love of travel.
15. Living in a place that has the variety of four seasons, even though some aren't as long as I wish they would be.
16. The mountains.
17. Friends, I am surrounded by some of the most beautiful, thoughtful and talented people.
18. A modern day prophet.
19. Music, and the ability to be able to hear it.
20. The knowledge that I get to be with my family for eternity.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012


I am surrounded by some of the most talented women. My one friend, Stephanie, in particular is blowing up on Pinterest. I have had the pleasure of helping her out with a couple concepts in the past like this Southern Belle shoot and a workshop she did a few months ago. Our friends have been watching her numbers grow like crazy on Pinterest, this weekend she hit 4 MILLION, so her husband threw her a Quinceanera, it seemed like the right thing to do.

This was one of the greatest parties! We came dressed in our Mexican best, there was a big bouncy castle that you had to go in to enter the abandoned building where the festivities took place. Steph's husband Kollin went all out for her big coming of age party. There were several, several, pink balloons on the ground, two pinatas, a cake, prayer candles and a strobe light. We spent the night dancing, laughing and taking pictures. Kollin even beat boxed for us and it was amazing.

The fabulous Ciara Richardson, who also took the photos for the Southern Belle shoot, was there to capture every step. Click here for all the totes adorbs photos.

Congrats Steph as of this moment you are at 
4,030,668 followers on Pinterest, I have 200...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

BDHP-New Foster

When me and Derrik started to foster we thought we would do one foster this fall and do another in the spring, that all changed with one email.
Derrik sent me an email about a potential foster last Tuesday. I thought I was going to have to call him and tell him I wanted to wait, but the second I began reading the new fosters profile I knew what we had to do. 
Her name is Callie, she is a 3 year old black great dane. They think she was burned with acid on her back and she was stuffed into a tiny surrender box outside a shelter. They described her as timid and "not a mean bone in her body despite her background." The photos they attached brought me to tears, her sweet little face on this poor frail little body, how can people be so cruel? 
We wanted to say goodbye to Patrón before we made any decisions and on Thursday, the day after he left, we knew we had to get her. 
On Friday she was brought to our house and she was even skinner in person. It took more then 5 minutes to coax her out of the car, and another 5 minutes to let us even touch her. Her tail was between her legs the entire time and she flinched at any touch or loud noise. We brought Mahzy out and we saw the first sign of a wagging tail. Since that afternoon she is showing so much improvement. 
She definitely has separation anxiety, but she is getting better. She is the sweetest dog I have ever met, all she wants is to be loved. I am so happy that we get to make her happy and help her realize not all people are bad. She will be a tough one to let go when the time comes. 
I just have to say I am the luckiest girl to have such an amazing husband that loves these animals so much and wants to help them. 

Go to Big Dogs Huge Paws to see all the pups that need a home. They have brand new puppy bull/mastiffs.

Monday, October 22, 2012

I Hate Goodbyes

Last Wednesday we had to say goodbye to our foster dog Patron. It was a hard day to say the least. I knew going into it that it would be hard to say goodbye to some little pup that I would get attached to but I didn't know it would be this hard.
I came home on Monday from work and Derrik told me that he had gotten an email earlier that said Patron had been adopted. I lost it.
On Tuesday we found out Derrik's dad was going to Colorado (where Patron's forever home was) and he would be able to take him there, but he was leaving Wednesday morning, again I lost it. I thought we would have days with him, turns out it was a matter of hours before I would loose my new best friend.
Derrik's dad came Wednesday morning, we packed Patron's things, and gave him a going away toy. He was so excited to get to ride in the car. That made it so much easier then if we would have had to force him into his crate.
Saying goodbye was harder then I ever thought, but it was such an amazing experience.

Please, if you or anyone you know is thinking about getting a dog, look into fostering or adopting. There are so many dogs out there that need your love and so many amazing organizations to help you. Big Dogs Huge Paws is a amazing organization that will do anything for their dogs. They have giants breeds that range from puppies to seniors that need love.

Patrón and Mahzy

Saying goodbye 

We were lucky enough to have the amazing Ciara Richardson take 
some family photos of our perfect little family.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Big Dogs Huge Paws

When me and Derrik bought our house we knew we wanted another dog and we knew we wanted a great dane. However, we never could quite take the plunge and get a new mister.
A few months ago we heard about this organization called Big Gods Huge Paws. They specialize in fostering and adoption for giant breeds. We stalked the site for months, looking at all the sweeties that came and went through this awesome program. I knew this was the thing for us. Our dog Mahzy is so spoiled and we wanted to make another dog as happy as him. We went through the process, filled out papers, bought a bed and a crate, had a home inspection.. it was quite the process but I loved how thorough they were.
Last night we finally got to go pick up our Patron. He is a blue great dane so we had a hunch he was going to be pretty big (that color tends to be the biggest) When we first saw him I was taken back by his size. He is two and a half years old and so precious. We introduced him to Mahzy and they began to play. Mahz was a little nervous at first, given that Mahzy is used to being the biggest and Patron is nearly twice as big as him. We brought him into our house and he just hung out on his bed most of the night. He is a quick learner and pretty much mastered "sit" "lay" and "stay". He is such a sweetie and just wants loves and I can't help but give them to him.
We will have Patron until he gets adopted which I hope doesn't come too soon. It is a little overwhelming having 2 huge dogs but so fun at the same time. Knowing that we are making this little guy happy and helping him find a forever home makes it all worth it.

The Big Dogs Huge Paws community is awesome, there is so many wonderful people involved. If you know of anyone wanting to adopt a giant breed dog or is wanting to foster check out this site.

Monday, August 20, 2012

East Coast Adventures: Part 3

On Sunday evening we made the 4 hour drive to Boston. We drove over the Bunker Hill Bridge and it was amazing. As soon as you think you are getting into the city the road takes you under the city and a few minutes later we arrived on the opposite end of Boston. By the time we made it to the hotel and dropped our stuff off we were starved. We decided to walk around to find a place to eat, and we found this little pizza place and stuffed our faces with mushroom ravioli (yum) and pizza. We were about to order some ice cream when the waitress told us they were cleaning out the machines and they had some let over we could just take. Of course we said we would take it and she came over with 3 cartons. Wahoo!
On Monday The Freedom Trail was our first priority and boy was it amazing. It was about a 3 mile walk and it took us all around the city to different historical sites like; the oldest tavern in America, Bell in Hand, that opened in 1795, the site of the Boston Massacre, old graveyards, chapels, and across the bridge to Bunker hill where the famous line "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes" was spoken.
Then we headed up to the little town of Salem. Here we went to the Salem Witch Museum and the graveyard where they have a memorial where the people killed in the trials are remembered.
Later that night we went to dinner at the absolute best indian restaurant for our 3 year anniversary. Then we headed to Fenway park and to walk around the city a bit more.
I loved Boston so much every little street was so cute and perfect. I only wish we had more then a day to take in all the beauty.
This trip was the perfect way to spend our anniversary. I keep getting asked what place I loved the most, NYC, Vermont or Boston? I actually don't know I loved it all! Every place had something beautiful and different to offer. I already want to go back!

The view from our room.

Bell in Hand

Boston Massacre happened right here

Monday, August 13, 2012

East Coast Adventures: Part 2

On Wednesday we made the 6+ hour drive from NYC to Burlington, Vermont. The freeway was lined with thick trees, it was gorgeous. On Thursday we made our way into the perfect little town on Stowe, Vermont. The dense forest, moss covered rocks and the continuos misting rain reminded me so much of Kauai, HI. We met up with some friends that were living there for a few months doing summer sales. They showed us a few fun spots where alcohol was hidden in boulder fields during the prohibition and on sunny days where they like to cliff jump into the river and pan for gold. Every house was what I consider my "perfect house" in east coast style, complete with siding, shutters and colored front doors. Of course Derrik and I had to visit the Ben & Jerrys factory. I was so fun to see where it all started and where some flavors had come to ann end (there was a flavor graveyard, with actual headstones for flavors that have be discontinued) We got to try a brand new flavor that is still in testing and it was delish.

For the next few days Derrik had to work at the Costco roadshow so I was able to relax and drive into downtown Burlington and do what I do best.. SHOP! The little town had a main street that led straight to Lake Champlain. There was an awesome street called Church Street that is blocked to traffic and there is shopping, dining, and street musicians on the sidewalks and in the road. I went there almost everyday to eat, shop, and read. For lunch one day Derrik and I met up with one of his dads old friends that he hadn't see in probably 10 years. Vermont was so beautiful and I'm already wanting to go back, this time in the fall when the leaves are changing and there's a nip in the air.