I’m now a quarter of a century old!!! My mom and sister came to New York to help me celebrate and it was amazing. Below are some photos from the weekend.

Jeff Koons inflated ballerina at 30 Rock! If you’re in NYC go see this!

When Dallin and I started talking about moving to New York my mom couldn’t stop talking about how she was dying to visit Coney Island. So we made her dreams come true with a 2 night stay in Coney Island!

Nathans Famous 🙂

The art walls

Luna Park is the theme park located on the board walk at Coney Island! It’s so fun and makes for some GREAT people watching!


I love them!

On Saturday we went to the NYCFC game! I mixed up the kickoff time so we we’re pretty late but we made the most of it. Annnnd they won! 2-1 🙂 My crush on Jack Harrison keeps growing each game.

Canal Street Market

Brooklyn Bridge
Dallin got me a little camera for my birthday – one of my favorite gifts to date. We’ve had so much fun playing with it!
I miss them already!!


It was a great weekend and I’m sad it had to end! COME BACK!! Counting down the days until we get to play and laugh again!! Also – how badass is Tracy? She is fearless and challenges me to be the same in every way – she’s the only reason I was able to hop on the Slingshot ride!! Thanks for coming to see me.

Route 66 Road Trip

Route 66 Road Trip

Sometimes you just need a little family time.. so you book a flight home with almost little to no notice to your job (or husband)!! **Thanks Commodity!!

I flew into Salt Lake, got in the car with my mom and sister and drove 8 hours across the desert to my grandparents home in Golden Valley, Arizona. I loved going to see my grandparents as a kid but always was a little hesitant because I felt like THERE IS NOTHING TO DO IN THIS TINY TOWN!! Now I want to run there every weekend because THERE IS NOTHING TO DO IN THAT TINY TOWN!! It’s so relaxing and you get real creative with your activities.

This trip we went into Kingman, visited family members and ate at the most adorable 50’s themed restaurant, Mr D’s!

We visited the cutest town along old Route 66, Oatman! I’ve been here a few times before to feed the donkeys and explore the little shops and restaurants. This time was a little different because it was Bike Week so the little town was as crowded as Times Square!!

One evening after putting the old folks to bed, Melanie and I drove into Laughlin to go hit up the casino’s because she’s finally legal! However, we ended up in the arcade – we had a blast. The next day we decided to hit up the beach because it was such a nice day.

Video below is a highlight reel – it’s not my best work. I was too busy enjoying my family time to worry about my camera. I love them all so much! I’m really happy I get to live this life with them.

Photos to come. Stay tuned 😉


Finally getting around to posting these adorable photos I took of Ashli’s little family! I loved hanging out with these cuties and capturing some silly moments. They’re so great 🙂





Curious Alice


For those who know me well, know my deep obsession with Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I have always connected with Alice, I love her unwavering curiosity and dedication to the impossible.

Now you might be wondering why I have decided to share this strange fact about myself with you, but I promise I have a point. As many of you know Dallin and I recently moved to Brooklyn, NY. The decision making process for this giant change took almost a year. I knew that moving to New York City was something I would always want to do, I just didn’t know if it was something that I should do. A lot of prayer, study and personal pondering took place in order for me to feel confident that this was the right thing for us to do right now in our lives.

In April, just before the Semi-Annual LDS General Conference I said a quick prayer. I told God that I felt like I was faced with many choices at this time in my life. I felt a little uneasy about the choices I wanted to make and I prayed that I would be able to receive some comfort and confirmation about these choices. As I finished my prayer, President Monson began to speak and after announcing several new Temples (Zimbabwe :):):):):):)), he said, ‘I have been thinking recently about choices’. I thought, ‘what the heck dude? Me too!!!!!’ I started to tear up as President Monson relayed a tiny scene from Alice’s story. I felt God hearing my prayer and answering it immediately. I’m sure there are others who feel this way too, but this talk was just for me. My testimony of how Heavenly Father knows each of us so deeply was strengthened. The comfort I felt from receiving this answer is a feeling I will never forget. I’m so happy that God gave me the answer I was searching for, I would have been truly heartbroken over receiving the alternative answer. I have loved every bit of Brooklyn that we’ve been able to explore.

As my first Sunday at my new ward arrived I began to feel nervous. I have some social anxiety about meeting new people. Two wrong trains later, I arrived about 20 minutes late to sacrament meeting. Not exactly how I was wanting to start my first week… The first speaker got up and started to tell the story of Alice. I immediately felt a wave of comfort. I knew this was where I was supposed to be.

I love that I was able to have such a personal experience that strengthened my relationship with God. I felt that I needed to share this experience here because it would have been too emotional to share in testimony meeting. Andddd if you made it through this entire post you deserve a pat on the back and some chocolate.