wednesday letter: grandma's 80th birthday party!

our weekend was JAM PACKED with adventures!!

i went down to my parents' house by way of pine valley utah because i was taking my cousin & his fiance's bridal photos. THEY WERE INCREDIBLE. but after driving four & a half hours, i almost didn't make it into the reservoir because the pay station didn't take cards!! CASH ONLY. i most definitely cried & thought that there was no way we were going to be able to take their photos. luckily, daniel & laci came & they finally let me in!! and the session was incredible! we were working with VERRRRY low light, but it still was just too perfect for words. just wait for that blog post!!

parker stayed home because he had to work until 5 on friday & we wouldn't have made it to the photo location in time if he had come, so he & mack stayed home. they had a blast without me & went to the people park, the dog park & played a tonnnnnn at our house on saturday.

on saturday, my mom, my cute little niece & i went down to las vegas for laci's bridal shower (she's the girl marrying my cousin!!) it was the cutest party & was so fun to be able to celebrate her! after the party, we went to visit my dad who was working a mandatory call-back (aka mandatory overtime) at a station close by. my niece LOVED "dwiving" the ambulance. as soon as my dad plopped her onto the driver's seat she said, "HOOOOOOOOOLD ONNNNN! HERE WE DOOOOOOOOO!" it was so darn cute. 
(we also wrapped our legs in spare wrapping paper & opened presents... she didn't love this activity as much as i did...)

i drove back up to provo early sunday morning to make it back in time for church & to help parker teach his primary class. GUYS. FOUR YEAR OLDS ARE HILARIOUS. a few great moments from primary were:
a little boy was talking serious trash during the sharing time game. 
another boy started dancing in the middle of class & OH MAN. he had mooooooves. 
one of the boys ate his oreo SO SLOOOOOWLY. like insanely slow. like it took him at least 10 minutes to eat ONE oreo. 
then a WAY cute moment: one of the boys accidentally got caught in between a door and bumped his ear, he started crying because it hurt & all of the kids in the class rallied around him until he felt better, they decided to say a prayer to help his ear to stop hurting, and then after he had stopped crying one of the little boys went over and sat next to him & asked him if he was feeling better. it seriously was the sweetest thing of all time. 

after church, we had GRANDMA'S 80TH BIRTHDAY PARTY!!!!!!! it was such a blast & so well put together. there was a little bit of shuffling things around because it started raining, but it was SO FUN. we took family pictures of everyone while we were there to help grandma update her wall, then grandma's kids played a "who knows grandma best" game. most of the grandkids shared crafts that they had made with grandma or grandma had made them. she opened her special present-- a book with letters from most everyone in the family. we sang happy birthday to her with sparklers!!! and then we just hung out for a bit before everyone went home! grandma lund is the spunkiest lady i know! we had such a blast celebrating her & i loved every second that i was able to follow her around & capture her sweet & unconditional love for her family members. we love you, grandma!!!

summer mini session | nevada family photographer | arizona family photographer

halie & jason’s mini session was so fun! the mini shoot location was the garden in bunkerville, nevada! it's one of my favorite locations & the desert summer light is always SO perfect. i loved the way jason & halie played with their cute baby boy! the love in their family is so tangible & adorable. i loved watching the way their sweet babe just loved his parents. i just love their photos & i was so excited to be able to shoot halie & jason's family photos.

mckay + ashlyn | summer anniversary session | arizona family photographer | utah family photographer

i met mckay on my lds mission & we quickly became good friends. when he asked me to take photos of him & his cute wife, ashlyn, i jumped on the chance! they were only in utah for three days, so we didn't have a ton of time, but we were able to fit in a session their second morning here & it was perfect! 

for their anniversary session, we went to deer creek state park & roamed around the fisherman's trail just off the side of the highway. the views were beautiful & the water was so glassy. (if only we had had a boat!!!) 

i can't wait to see where their love takes them in life! i'm so, so happy for ashlyn + mckay & had such a blast photographing them. 

kelsey + quentin | summer anniversary session | utah valley wedding photographer

one year & one month ago, kelsey + quentin walked out of the provo city center temple as husband & wife. in the last year they have had so many different adventures, including living in latvia for a few months & getting a puppy & a bunny! 

for their anniversary session, we drove up to squaw peak & searched for some gorgeous wild flower fields. we were not disappointed one bit! we spent about an hour taking photos & then we went out for custom ice cream sandwiches at the penguin brothers! we had the best time celebrating kelsey + quentin!

they were high school sweethearts & wrote each other while they were serving lds missions & then they were sealed for eternity on june 22, 2016! they've had a year of happiness & love & i'm positive they will have many, many, many more of those years. i can't wait to see where this life takes them. happy anniversary, kelsey + quentin!!

wednesday letter: fourth of july little letters

dear bunkerville 4th of july, 
i missed you this year, but i loved seeing the photos of your festivities! one day we will be back & will get to participate in the watermelon eating contest & 5k again. 

dear provo,
your calm summer nights are killlllllllling me. i'm obsessed with them. also, that hot air balloon party you have for the 4th of july is killer. 

dear scootie,
fireworks chasing on you last night was seriously what my dreams are made of. i'm stoked that we made that new tradition this year.

dear BBQs (aka cook outs for my midwestern friends),
corn on the cob, hot dogs, watermelon & hanging out with friends on a warm summer day is easily in my top 10 favorite things. so thanks for being a thing.

dear mack,
if you could stop nipping at my toes, that'd be great. but you're still fun. and watching you play so hard yesterday that you could barely stand by the end of the night was so fun.

dear fireworks, 
you're loud, but you're beautiful. and you always, always, always remind me of the sandlot. 

dear white shanty,
thanks for letting the community come and take photos in front of your giant american flag. we definitely took advantage of that! (see below)

dear popsicles,
i love you.

dear lady in the smith's parking lot,
thanks for offering us your ikea bag when you noticed that there was no way that we were going to be able to fit all of our groceries onto our scooter. 

dear preston & sam, 
thanks for saving us at smith's. 

dear mom & dad, 
it was so fun hanging out with you this weekend!! come up more!! :)

dear frontier secure,
DEUCES. but really, thanks for the job the last three-ish years. we appreciated it!!

dear boostability,
we are stokkkkkkkked for this new adventure!

dear america,
thanks for being born 241 years ago. your birthday is one of my favorites to celebrate. i'm SO PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN.

dear lee greenwood,
thanks for your hit song, "God bless the USA," that song is my JAM. (and always reminds me of the 3rd grade. mrs. andrus's 2001-2002 third grade class, WHERE YOU AT? do you remember singing that song every dang day??)

dear watermelon,
so, so, so glad you are currently in season!! 

dear creators of the cul de sac of fire,
i love watching your firework shows. there's nothin better than neighborhood fireworks.

dear connor & sam, 
those fireworks rocked. make america dope again. can't wait to party in disneyland with you guys!!!

dear summer,
i just love, love, lovvvvve you. i love how warm & bright everything is all the time! i love how people go outside when it's summertime. i love that kids run through sprinklers. i love that people play whiffle ball in their yards. i love that i can wear shorts! i love that i don't have to wear a jacket or coat! i love that we can go on scooter rides! i love that i can go swimming! i just love everything about you, summer.