Sunday, October 7, 2012

A Little Reminder

Our 1-year anniversary is in just a couple of weeks.
Thinking back on our wedding and lives together, I decided to look at some pictures.
I found this picture that I can't believe I hadn't really looked at before.
It made me smile and was one of thousands of reminders I get everyday of why my husband is the most perfect husband and I am so blessed to have such a wonderful man to call my own.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Wow! It has been a while since I have posted. Summer wasn't too busy for me, I just keep forgetting to update!
Lots has happened in the past few months.

First of all, Daren got a promotion in his job this summer. He is now the Operations Manager for Elevation Scholars. He so deserves the promotion, and is so good at what he does! I was quite proud of my man. We celebrated with a little Cheesecake Factory goodness. Num-Yummy!!

I got a new job. I work as a receptionist for a veterinary hospital. Not my first choice, but not my last choice, either! It was so nice to not work for most of the summer, but it feels good to be working again. It is rewarding and fulfilling. The good part about the job is I get to wear scrubs, which makes me feel official (and sometimes I pretend I am a surgeon).

School has started again. I began the semester thinking I had 4 more semesters after this one (after the U decided they needed to add requirements to my Psychology major). After visiting with my advisor, I am so happy and relieved to report that I have only 3 semesters left after this one is finished. I will be graduating with my Bachelor's of Science, and BONUS, I will also be graduating with a minor certificate in Positive Psychology.

*Side Note: Positive Psychology is the science of "emphasizing human strengths, positive emotions, and well being." It focuses on the psychology of areas such as forgiveness, anger, managing stressors, intimate relationships, and dealing with grief after traumatic experiences. This is a great certificate to have to get me into a counseling Masters program, if the opportunity arises (which I sincerely hope it does!) I am about one and a half semesters away from completing the requirements for my Psychology Degree, but I still had about 20 credits that needed to be filled. It's a perfect fit because my Positive Psychology certificate is 20 credits. Bada-bing, bada-boom, I graduate with a bachelors and a certificate by the summer next year. Why not, right?

The fifth week of school is not yet over and I have already had 4 quizzes, 3 tests, 3 study guides, and a 5 page paper due (in which I will be adding on throughout the semester). I'm sure this isn't the hardest a semester has been, but it sure feels like it so far! It will be a crazy busy one, but a good one in which I will be learning a whole lot.

So, that catches things up a bit. I will be posting as much as possible in the time that I can find. Hopefully little things here and there to keep things updated. We have a busy life, but we both agree that we are so grateful to have so many opportunities before us!

Here is a little pic Daren snapped while on one of his many backpacking trips this summer.
He is very, very proud of his weapons. He takes care of them as if they were his children.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Lagoon Day

Thanks to Mimi, Daren and I had an adventure at Lagoon today.
Let me tell you, we are a wild duo. And the man is super fun to be with.
I am one lucky, lucky girl, and boy do I thank my lucky stars Daren chose me!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Winner Winner! Lobster Dinner!

Daren and I won Grandma Agle's drawing this past month. That prize was $50 to spend on whatever we wanted. The only condition to winning the prize is that you MUST do something fun with the money.

Daren and I were so excited to win, we came up with a few options of what we could do.
However, we settled on something we have been trying to do since February. It didn't happen in February, so we pushed it to May. It didn't happen in May either. So, we decided to make July the month to do what we have been trying to do.

We went to my favorite restaurant, Red Lobster!
Red Lobster has the most delicious crab legs. I have been craving them for so long! Finally, I was able to enjoy a whole pound of wonderful, sweet crab meat.

Then, we ordered a cazookie from The Chocolate, a bakery with the most delicious cookie dish ever. It is gooey and chewy and ever so chocolatey.

Finally, we finished the night by meeting Mama and Papa at the outdoor Scera Shell, where we enjoyed a wonderful musical, but especially our time together.
Thank you Grandma, Grandpa and Uncle Ken for providing the way for such a wonderful day!!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

I'm a Gambling Man, I am

Ok, not really gambling. But my man is turning into a card playing man!
Ok, so maybe he has always liked cards, but we are starting to play cards together.
Anyway, here is a cute picture of him playing Solitaire.
(I thought Grandma & Grandpa Agle and Nana & Grandpa Tyler would like to see this):

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Subway '12

Daren and I had the chance to go on a super fun trip this past weekend.
A friend entered a chance to win permits to hike through the "Subway" down in Zion's Slot Canyons. (Only about 80 people a day are permitted to go through the Subway so we felt very lucky to have this opportunity).
It was such an adventure!
We left Thursday evening, hiked Friday and Saturday then came home late Saturday night.
Despite concerns of flash floods, we made it through the entire Subway safely, albeit wet!
From the moment we started hiking on Friday, it started pouring with rain. Through the 9.5-mile, 9 hour hike, we were dry for about 45 minutes of it.
The "Subway" starts off hiking down about 3 miles of red slick rock and sand. The rain made the slick rock slippery which created an extra obstacle for us in the beginning.
Katie & Daren getting ready for a decent down red slick rock
(as you can tell, we are quite wet already)

Once we got to the slots, we were wading through water (sometimes over 6 feet deep!) for the rest of the day.
One of many pools we crossed

Along with wading and swimming, we had many chances to repel down steep rocks. Thank goodness Daren, Craig and Scott are very experienced canyoneers! I was saved quite a few times by all of them.
Craig saving my life down the first repel (thanks Craig!)
Although being wet without worrying about ruining clothes or wet shoes is so fun, it did get quite chilly! So chilly in fact, we had to open up a space blanket for me and Chelsea.
If you look really close, the picture is a little blurry and I think it is because we were shivering!

Hiking the Subway was so much fun! I came home in so much pain, but the kind of hurt that feels good  because it reminds me of how much fun the weekend was.
Oh such good memories!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire.

For anyone who knows Daren, they know he doesn't lie.
That's why I couldn't believe he lied to me.
Driving home a couple of weeks ago, I asked him what time he was planning on coming home after work the next day. After stuttering, he said he would be late because his boss needed him to do somethings. So probably not before 7pm.
The morning after our drive home, the day he was supposed to stay late at work, he was flustered and when I asked what was wrong with him, he said he had lost something very important. He rushed out the door.
About an hour later, I called him and asked if he was okay, if I could look for what he was looking for earlier. He said what he was looking for might be on the kitchen table.

This was on the kitchen table:
"Day 1 of 6" was on the table. "Day 1 of 6" was what Daren had "lost," when really he was just trying to figure out where to put the note that morning. 
This was why Daren was being a liar-face. Daren wasn't coming home until later because this "mystery man" (who happened to look just like Daren, was coming home to cook me dinner.
He let me choose my dinner (spaghetti, salad, rolls) and my dessert (cookies, of course). 

How sweet! Right? But day 1...of 6? There was more?? Why, yes. There was:
The last day was super special. Daren wrote me a love letter.

(the love letter was so cute, it may or may not have made me cry). (I am married to the best man on the planet).

I had a super fun and perfect week with picnics in the park, movie nights, sour patch kids, delicious berries, and foot massages. 
So Daren was lying. He told a big fat one. The first lie he has ever told me. But, guess what? I don't mind this kind of lying. Daren's lying brings wonderful surprises.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Graduate

Good News!
We have a graduate in the family!
Daren graduated from the University of Utah on May 4, 2012 with a Bachelors in Strategic Communication.
Congratulations my man!

For those of you who couldn't be there, here are some flash backs...

Congratulations Daren! We are so proud!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Birthday Month

So, it is time to continue on with the 26 things I love about Daren.
Since it is April, 11th, I have some catching up to do...

4. I love Daren's sense of humor. Somehow, Daren manages to find some lighthearted happiness in every situation. It may not be completely obvious at first, but when Daren points it out, it has me laughing for days.

5. I love Daren's work-ethic. Daren is one of the hardest working people I have ever met. He sets his mind to doing the best he can with what he has.

6. Along with his work-ethic, Daren knows how to play hard, too. There is never a time when Daren is too tired, too busy, or too relaxed to have a little fun. He always makes time to spend with friends and family and has a blast doing just that.

7. I love Daren's unassumingness (if that's a word). He will always focus on the best of people instead of putting them down or judging them. He often doesn't need to hear the 'whole story' about a situation, because he understands that sometimes people just do silly things.

8. Daren has an enthusiasm that cannot be matched. There is never a time that he isn't excited about one thing or another. Recently, it has been Bigfoot. And Bigfoot Hunting. And guns. But, no matter what it is (and there is always something), he is excited about it.

9. Daren obsesses about 2 things. One of them is laundry, the other is dishes. He doesn't trust anyone but himself to do those things. I know, it's quirky. But who isn't? And I love that about him.

10. Daren is a nerd at heart. He loves nerdy things like technology, cool instruments, new toys. But there is one thing you MUST know about Daren, which I find ADORABLE. Everything in Daren's mind is a cartoon. How cute is that? Every scenario he plays out in his head, every activity he imagines is in the form of a cartoon. Can you imagine how fun it would be to spend a day in his brain? Love it.

11. Daren mixes everything up. Words, numbers, dates, times. The whole bit. He'll ask me when I have work, and before I can say 9-5, he'll say, "4-11, right?"....cutie patootie.

To sum it all up so far, I sure love this nerd.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

It's Birthday Month!

As many probably know, birthdays are Daren's favorite holidays.
Let me rephrase that. Daren's birthday is Daren's favorite holiday.

Since it is April and Daren's birthday is in April, birthday month will be beginning asap. As soon as he thinks of the first celebration.

Until that begins, it is April 3rd. There have already been 3 whole days in April and I have yet to start listing my favorite things about my man. So, here they are:

1. I love the way Daren looks in the mirror. It always consists of a hands-in-pocket, head slightly bowed, looking up from an angle, nod of approval. It is the cutest thing I have ever seen. I hope you all get to see it one day.

2. I love Daren's music. Daren is a super talented musician and is always coming up with new little things to play. Along with this, Daren loves to make up songs about what he is doing or thinking about. For example, if he is doing his hair in the morning, a song may be this:
"I am doing my hair, and it's looking really good.
I am putting the pomade in my hand and rubbing it through my hair.
My hair is looking cool, because my pomade is cool.
I love my hair, it is getting lighter from the sun.
I put too much pomade in my hair, and now it doesn't look as good as it was.
But that's ok, because my wife loves me.
She is a pickle face."

3. I love Daren's made up voices. Every now and then, and sometimes when he is alone, he will start thinking out loud in a funny voice. He has a voice for me when he is pretending to say something I say, he has a voice for his brother Ryan when he is doing something typical of Ryan. His favorite voice of late has been Tigger from Winnie the Pooh. Basically he has a voice for everyone and loves to mimic them in that voice. A couple of times, he has admitted talking to himself for 10 minutes without realizing there was no one around to hear him. Gooood one.

You can expect quite a few more of these this birthday month as we honor the Man Who Loves His Birthday.

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Nacho Catastrophe of 2012

Daren makes the best nachos on the planet. They are so delicious that even I love them!
When we got home from school this evening, Daren started on his famous nachos so that we could have the best dinner ever!
Then it happened....

While juggling the nachos in his right hand and opening the oven with his left, somehow the pans on top of the oven spilled onto him and in consequence, the nachos were flipped and lost. They were flying all over the place until they landed on the hot oven base, never to be eaten.

As I started to cry (in true Katie fashion), Daren started to eat the ones that had fallen within reach of the no-burn zone. After giving me a long hug, Daren suggested we go to Arctic Circle and get a couple of burgers as it is just up the street.

What could have been a lot of tears shed by me, and a delicious nacho feast, it actually turned into a much needed date night with 4 cheeseburgers, to-go.

Ah the simple joys in life.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Someone is Educated!

We have VERY important news.
May 4, 2012 will be a VERY important day in the history of us...
Isn't that wonderful news? We are both very excited, but one of us is a little more excited than the other, and one of is a little more jealous than the other...can you guess which is which??

I can...let me just say i'm a little green with envy.

A little sneak peak for ya'll...

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

greatness is this weekend and you.

We woke up sick on Thursday. We're still sick.
BUT did that stop us from having a super fun Red, White and Blue Weekend?? I think not.

On Sunday, we went to our sweet Jen's home for dinner and played games.
Then, instead of going home to our home, we decided that since neither of us had school or work the next day we should sleep over at the parent's home.

It is so fun to go home every once in a while and spend time with the sisters. Sadly, Sha-Sha had to work at her new job, and we surely missed her.
But, Dano and I got to go see The Vow.
Let me tell you something. I CRIED THE ENTIRE TIME.
It is such a good movie and I recommend it to ALL.
Then we did a little shopping (it's what we are good at) after some delicious pretzel lunch.

Upon our arrival home, I sadly had to call it a day and head back up to our home. I was not feeling well so my sweet man let us bring our President's Day adventure  to an early close.

In a different story, My Man went shooting with some buddies for his President's Day.
If you ask me, he sure did some mighty fine shooting...

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Wuv, Twue Wuv.

Hello Darlings.
happy love day.
know you all are loved, and always will be.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

a very merry unbirthday... two very special people in my life.
I must say I am not good at blogging on time, so I must apologize.
But these two deserve a shout out:

Happy Birthday! I love you. I can't believe you are all grown up on me and everything! I'm grateful for your friendship and sistership. You are beautiful and amazing and I love you!
Happy Birthday Papa, I know you aren't 55. Not even close! I love you a lot and you are inspiring and set such an amazing example for all of your daughters. Hope your birthday was amazing!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

our dream came true

For our second honeymoon (because that's just how we do), we went to DISNEYWORLD.
Only one word can describe it: INCREDIBLE.
Actually, I take it back. A thousand words can describe our adventure, & so they shall...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Good News...

Hi all.
We have really good news.
Drum roll please...


Brion Hopkins is the most amazing photographer ever.
We had the great honor of having him at our wedding dinner the night before the wedding, as well as the whole day on our wedding. (October 20, 2011. For those of you keeping track, we have been married 3 months and 4 days today! Can you believe it??)
If you are looking for the best of the best, Brion is the #1 Photographer recommended by Pirates. 
It's true. It says so on his blog (which you can get to by clicking on his name above).

Here is just a small taste of some of his work. He is a genius.

 I have to add this next one. Without it, we wouldn't be us.
Aren't they AMAZING?? 
That man in all of them is seriously good looking, don't you think? 

This is Brion and Daren. They are best buddies.