Monday, May 25, 2015

Shark Attack

My husband is a pretty adventurous guy-it's one of the things I like most about him. While we were dating he told me that at the top of his bucket list was swimming with sharks. I smiled, and secretly thought that it would never happen.

I was definitely wrong.

When we decided we were heading to Hawaii Nate immediately started talking about swimming with sharks. At first I was pretty nervous about the idea-I didn't want him to get eaten by a shark! However, once I learned you were in cage, and that everyone does it (I know, I succumbed to the peer pressure!) I decided that maybe it would be alright to swim with sharks. He was pretty convincing too because I decided to give it a try too! By the time we were in Hawaii, buying tickets, I was pretty excited!

We left Waikiki by 5:45 am, and by 6:30 we were on our way. Once we got out to the spot, we could see the sharks coming up to the boat. At that moment, leaning over the boat to get a good look at the sharks, I realized that I was about to get in the water with them. It hit me then that all that stood between me and a flesh eating monster was a small cage and a little plexiglass. I was officially nervous.

Once we were in the water though, there was no energy to be nervous. The water was rough, but we had a wonderful time diving down to get a closer view of those sharks. There were probably at least 10 of them, each about 8-12 feet long. We had a blast! It was one of the most adventurous things we've ever done together, and I must admit, one of the most fun things we've ever done together too!

I'm so glad we got to check this off the bucket list! Now, if only I could convince Nate that diving with Great White's isn't as cool as people make it sound....

 So glad that we could do this with Edward and Natalie.

 The view from the boat

By the way, this is our "we survived" look.

And-just in case you prefer a video....

Saturday, May 23, 2015


Back in January I found an insanely good deal on flights from Salt Lake to Honolulu. I got home from work that day and told Nate that I seriously, really, 100% honestly thought that we should go.

After all, why not? We have no kids, we're not in school, the price was right, and it just plain felt good. So that night we booked tickets, and a time share (thanks to my generous father in law) and before we knew it we were going to Hawaii.

It was the most spontaneous thing we've ever done.

It was also one of the very best things we've done.

The trip ended up being a much needed break, more than we could have anticipated when we decided to go. It was exactly what we needed to get a break, gain perspective, and honestly just have fun. Words can't do this vacation justice-so I'll stop using them, and instead let the pictures do the talking.

How could it not be a wonderful vacation when we're together. I still get giddy at the fact that I get to go on my best adventures with my best friend.

PS More posts to come-including one about shark diving!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Provo Progressive Dinner

When Natalie and Edward came to town I knew two things had to happen:

1) Late night chat sessions with my long lost roommate
2) We had to cram all the best Provo food in during their 1.5 day stay

Of course both of those things happened, what kind of hostess would I be if they didn't? However, with such a short stay we had to be creative with how we consumed the best food of Provo. So N squared put their heads together again, noticed all the signs from the universe and came up with their best idea yet-the Provo Progressive Dinner.

Appetizer: Guru's Sweet Potatoe Fries
Drinks: Sodalicious
Dinner: Zupas soups
Dessert(s): Sweet Tooth Fairy cookies for tomorrow, and Graham Canyon for tonight (we couldn't choose just one...)


(PS I'm writing this post like a month after the fact and I'm so sad-Natalie please come back)

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Celebrating Mom

To the woman I most admire, happy mothers day and happy birthday. May the coming year be filled with the sound of laughter, and many happy new adventures. You're a mother beyond compare-one that has such a deep capacity for love, and shares it with everyone. I'm so glad I'm lucky enough to call you mine!