Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas in Washington

This year we were very grateful to spend Christmas with my family in Washington, especially since Thanksgiving wasn't spent with our family. And to me it was especially great because: 1) I haven't had to cook for a couple weeks, and 2) there is NO SNOW in DuPont :)

In celebration we spent Christmas Eve with the Walker side of the family at my Grandma and Grandpa Walker's home, like every other year. The time included a dinner with too much food, reading the real Christmas story in the scriptures, opening gifts, and my favorite-eating my Grandma's homemade chocolate Buche du Noel!

Christmas was spent by waking up too early with my family to open presents. Then JT and I were blessed to video chat through Google+ with the Dewey's, especially Paige who is serving an LDS mission in the Las Vegas West Mission! The rest of the day we baked and caught the 8pm showing of Les Miserables!

Overall it was an amazing Christmas filled with lots of family time and goodies.

{Traditional Walker family picture Christmas morning before we are allowed to open any gifts-gross!}

This year I attempted at making two treats, reindeer cookies and peppermint oreo truffles, both found through my pinterest. The reindeer cookies would have been great except I made them a little too big because I was in a rush. But they still turned out OK, mostly because you can't go wrong with peanut butter cookies :) And this was my third time making oreo truffles and I think I finally mastered the filling, last time I had a hard time crushing the oreos small enough but this time I had my husband help and they turned out great! Now I just need to learn a better technique for completely covering them in chocolate. 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas like we did! 

Sunday, December 23, 2012


I'm glad the world didn't end on the 21st because December 22nd is our anniversary!
Still shocked it's been a whole year since this day:

We decided to spend our 1-year in Portland, to relax and have fun exploring downtown Portland. It was a nice weekend. And I love my heart necklace JT gave me! 

The famous Voodoo doughnuts from Portland, unfortunately we went twice and the line was really long in the rain so we didn't get any....hopefully next time! 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

My Husband, the Photographer

Here at BYU-Idaho you can choose to have a minor with your major, or you can have two clusters, which are half a minor. JT has photography as one of his clusters and this semester he took his first photography class. 

I always think his pictures are great, maybe because we're married? But a girl I work with approached me in November, she was in JT's photography class, and told me she thinks he's a really good photographer. So now I know it's not just me. He is great. 

So here are the pictures he worked on for the class this semester, they are all in black and white because that's how they had to be done for the class, to focus more on the different skills of photography instead of colors that can distract. 

We did this on Halloween. The matches we were using kept going out too fast to light the sparklers so we didn't get the exact affect JT was looking for, but it still turned out ok. 

Nik Hill, in his work environment

He didn't turn this one in for the assignment, I just think it turned out good...
Self-portrait, isn't this one awesome! He got 100% on this one!

Monday, December 3, 2012

It's the Holiday Season!

Like everyone else, I love the holidays. I love buying presents for others, of course not the money part but the giving part. And I love spending time with my family since that is rare these days. 
But I think this year I love the holidays more than ever, because we will be celebrating our 1st anniversary! It's so crazy how fast time flies! And its like we are decorating for Christmas and our anniversary using the ornaments from the centerpieces in our apartment.

I was pretty proud of my heart snow flake on the left then I went to my friends house, she made a nativity scene in the snowflake! Someday maybe...?

Our new ornament for the year! A Christmas Story's leg lamp!

Merry Christmas to all our friends and family!

Monday, November 26, 2012

A Year Ago Today...

A year ago today I went through the temple for the first time. 
I can honestly say it was one of the most powerful experiences in my life, and here's why:

This was Thanksgiving weekend, so Saturday night was when my session was scheduled. 
Friday came and I was feeling awful. I was sick through my bridal shower and I kept feeling worse. 
Friday night we were finalizing the wedding announcements to be sent and I couldn't help, I was so miserable. My dad got home and was asking how I felt with the session being the next day, I felt so bad inside thinking I would have to post-pone it. 
Then my dad and fiance offered to give me a priesthood blessing. 
I was blessed that I would be able to go to the session the next day, with good health and ability to feel the spirit. The spirit was so strong with me at this experience. 
So Saturday morning comes and I'm feeling OK. We had appointments to plan the wedding, like cake testing and such so I stayed busy all day. 
We finally get to the temple and I feel fine. Of course I have a little cough here and there, but I was good. 
Throughout the session I kept a prayer in my heart, thanking the Lord but also asking to keep the spirit with me. Because of this I had one of my most powerful experiences. The spirit was so strong with me and although I didn't fully retain everything I knew that it was true because of the confirmation I received from the spirit. 
The next day was Sunday, and JT and I were flying back to Rexburg to finish the semester before our wedding. I woke up that morning and felt just as bad as I did Friday. But I wasn't upset, I was grateful. I know that the Lord blessed me and helped me have good health in order to fully be present at the temple the day before. 

Sadly it was dark & rainy when we came out so I didn't get a picture on this special day

This experience has strengthened my testimony so much. I'm so grateful for the priesthood and that my husband is a worthy priesthood holder. I'm also grateful for the temples we have today, that make it possible for worthy members to participate in the sacred ordinances and covenants. But most importantly, I'm grateful for the Savior and Heavenly Father, for all they do for me in answering my prayers and guiding me in life. 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thanksgiving in Montana

This year was my first time EVER having Thanksgiving away from home. 

I was a little depressed leading up to it, thinking I wouldn't be surrounded by the Walker family with the loud chatter and Grandma's amazing meal that always has her homemade rolls and a great selection of cheese and crackers. 

But we were blessed to be able to spend Thanksgiving with our friend Kyle Udall and his family in Bozeman, Montana.

Settlers of Catan with the extensions

Phase 10! Always get 1-10 when you needs sets

Kyle was on drugs...

And when we went to downtown Bozeman...

Great candy shop! 

Day after Thanksgiving we joined the Udall family in search for a Christmas tree