Sunday Dinner #39

This Sunday Dinner was Father’s Day. One of the best days of the year because we get to celebrate two of the very best dad’s out there and some of the greatest grandpa’s out there. ❤

I get all emotional whenever I talk about my dad. He’s just such a dang good guy. He’s one of my most very favorite people and I love him so much. He is always there for me. He works so hard to support and take care of his family. I am so proud of the person he is. He is one of my very best friends. So, celebrating him was super easy. Happy Father’s Day to the best dad out there. 💕

My father-in-law is one of the coolest people I know. He is such an incredible father-in-law and it was so fun celebrating him this Father’s Day. He is very humble and confident and he always knows exactly what to say to make people feel better and feel welcomed. He loves his family very much. His testimony of the church is inspiring. He is such a great example to those around him. 


Independence Day

This year Lake Powell was changed to different dates so we were able to be in Vernal for the Fourth of July!!! We had such a fun Fourth of July weekend with my family. It was kind of a hard weekend because the King’s were all getting together in Provo and my family was all going camping. So, trying to decide what to do and what to miss was hard. It’s always so hard trying to decide what we want to do because of course we would love to be at both things with both families. But, I absolutely love the Fourth of July; it’s probably one of my most favorite holidays. So, because we normally spend it at Lake Powell we decided to stay in Vernal and go camping with my family.

We went up to the mountain Friday night. Saturday morning we woke up and of course ate some delicious breakfast. Thank goodness calories don’t count on the mountain. 😏😋 Then, we made our way the Flaming Gorge where we got ready and floated down the Green River. And, holy crap!!! It was such a blast!!!!! Like, probably one of the best river runs I have ever done! The water was so high and so fast so you hardly had to row at all. There was basically rapids the whole way down which were so incredibly fun!! And we got so lucky because the weather was peerrrfffeecctt- 90* and sunny the whole time. So, man. We had a blast. 🙂 

Saturday night we spent hanging out around the campfire just chatting, eating, and enjoying a peaceful night on the mountain. Sunday morning we woke up and cleaned up and headed back down. We all had to work on Monday, otherwise we would have stayed up on the mountain. 

So, Monday I did a ton of lashes and then we spent the evening waxing my dad’s back. 😂 (which was quite the adventure) Tuesday morning we woke up and went to the parade. The parade was really good! I love seeing people be so supportive of our incredible little community. Then, we went on a day trip to the Ice Caves and Paradise Lake up on Mosby Mountain. It was sooooo beautiful! The view was incredible. It was so relaxing and so fun to adventure to a new area. We came home and ate some Pizza Hut and went to the fireworks where we watched a pretty impressive firework show for Vernal. 🙂 All in all, it was a really great day. We had so much fun. I love just being with my most favorite people!! 


Adventuring the Vernal Area

I’ll tell you what, this summer we have had quite the adventures. I don’t know how we got on the kick to go on all the days trips that surround Vernal… well, it was definitely my dad’s idea. Haha so, that’s why it started. But, we have been going on all these day trips to some incredible places that surround the Uintah Basin. We have been to the Stillwater Damn, Paradise, and the Ice Caves. Tonight we made our way up to Ashley Gorge (I think that’s what it was called. 🤷🏽‍♀️) Anyway, its where a bunch of water runs down and out through rocks and turns into this beautiful river. We got through the river and to the part of the hike where it starts to get really pretty and then we about got eaten alive by mosquitos. So, sad day, but we had to turn around and end our adventure early tonight! Dang mosquitos!!! 


Sunday Dinner #42

This week for Sunday Dinner we tried lots of new things. 😋 Another great thing that happened today was that we all took some dang good naps!!!! 😴 Also, another great thing that happened was that we were able to go to one of our high school friends homecoming talk and listen to him share experiences and stories about his mission adventures. 

Homecoming talks are my favorite! I love going and listening to how much they have grown, learned, and loved the people and our Savior. Today was an exceptionally good talk because he was aloud to talk the entire meeting. It was fun to listen to his stories. He is a really great guy!!

Man, I have been exhausted lately! That’s for sure. So, today was nice to just be able to relax and take a good nap. 😴

At dinner tonight we had some delicious pork that my grandpa grilled. My mom made a delicious vegetable mix and some nummy ranch potatoes. And man, it was a dang good meal!!! I was stuffed. 😋


Sunday Dinner #41

We spent the weekend camping and came home just in the nick of time to throw together a quick spaghetti dinner and eat with my grandpa and grandma. (More stories of camping to come :)) Dinner was super simple and super easy. Spaghetti is one of my most favorite dinners ever! 😛 That’s about it for this Sunday.


Gpa Bday

Yesterday, June 29, was my grandpa Smuin’s birthday. He turned 62 years old and found so much joy in the fact that he could pay $10 for a lifetime national park pass. Haha it was so cute!! My grandpa loves native american’s and loves going to Fort Duchesne to the annual powwow. So, since everybody was working, doing homework, or camping, my grandparents and my parents and I went over to the powwow and walked around. It was so fun to be there with my grandpa on his birthday and experience the culture so strongly. 

Happy Birthday to my Grandpa!! 🙂 



Whoo!!!! I am soooo old. ;P Today I celebrated my 21st birthday and I am so overwhelmed I had to come hurry and write about how incredibly lucky I am. We were in the middle of the movie, but I was distracted thinking about the day and knew that I needed to express it all while I was feeling it all.

I woke up this morning to a kiss on the hand and a whispered “happy birthday” from Fuzz. After laying there for a sec, enjoying the morning I turned to see what time it was and was overwhelmed to see how many people were already wishing my a happy birthday at 7 in the morning! I was even more surprised to see that Dallen was the very first one this morning to text me birthday wishes. Which honestly started my day off about as good as it gets! I know that Dallen and I have a good relationship, but the fact that he woke up early this morning to go to golf and took the time out of his early morning to remember my birthday and text me is one of the sweetest gestures coming from this boy who doesn’t express much emotion.

I got a nice, 20 minute run in this morning. Today was the first official day of ‘half marathon training’. So, of course I had to follow the times on the trainer app, even though I wanted to run more. 😛 After my little run I made my way to my Zumba class (which I’m always late to. whoops.). Unfortunately this Zumba class hasn’t been doing to great, so Lauren was the only one who showed up to it! HA! But, that also means so much to me. Lauren comes and supports me at every single one of my classes that I teach! Like, she seriously has probably only missed a hand full of classes. She probably will never really understand how much that really means to me, but I will forever be in debt to her because of how much she supports me. She doesn’t like to express her emotions a lot either, but these little things lets me know how much she cares about our friendship and our relationship. I couldn’t ask for a better supporter.

Since Zumba class was a dud, I was able to practice for my Strong by Zumba class coming up on Thursday morning and teach Lauren. When we finished there we went by my mom’s work and chatted with her, and guess what I did today?! After a year and a half I finally sent in my papers to change my name!!! I know. I suck at life for waiting that long.  There are a whole lot of reasons and back stories for that that I am not going to get into, but yeah! Finally got that done! Haha. Tim, Melinda, and Fuzz took me to Cafe Rio for lunch where I ate wayyyy too much, but decided that it was alright if I ate every last bit of my tostada today since it was my birthday.

Dallen and Maicee planned a nice little lake trip today so we spent the afternoon paddle boarding and jumping off some cliffs! It was such a great day and we made it off just in the nick of time before the storm rolled in. We made our way back to Vernal to get dinner ready and right as we started cooking everything the power went out! HA! Like what?! It was super windy, but who knows what really caused the power to go out. So, that definitely created a little bump in the road. We scrambled for a sec to try and figure out what to do, but finally we decided to just go to 4 Brother’s Pizza. It’s kind of ironic that I am the most planned out, scheduled person and then my birthday plans get changed! That’s life though. Heavenly Father wanted me to remember, even on my birthday, He’s the man in charge. LOL.

4 Brother’s Pizza turned out absolutely perfect. It was fun and different to celebrate a birthday out instead of at home. The whole fam came and we bombarded the place, but it was awesome. We are quite the crowd when we all go places, but man, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love our crazy, big, loud family that is so supportive of each other. It meant so much to me that they all came to dinner with me and spent the evening celebrating my birthday with me.

After dinner we just hung out outside watching Wrigley try and play basketball with Dallen and Fuzz, sitting on the back patio chatting and enjoying the heaven like summer evening. Today couldn’t have been a better day.

Every year I get so overwhelmed with the love that people show me. I have so many incredible people in my life that are so good to me. I feel so loved, blessed, and grateful for everything that I have. ❤

And, of course, my one birthday request is to get a picture of all my favorite people together.



Sunday Dinner #40

I’m doing Sunday Dinner #40 before #39 because I completely forgot about it and I want to do #40 while it’s still fresh in my mind. 😋 

This Sunday was just a typical Sunday. We went to one of Lauren’s friends mission homecoming talks. Its a good time to be in Vernal because all the missionaries are coming home so we get to go listen to lots of different talks and experiences each week. So, that’s always fun! 

Then, Fuzz and I spent the Sunday cleaning up and organizing after a long week. Fuzz did some home work. I did some laundry (maybe that’s not the best thing to admit to doing on a Sunday? 🤷🏽‍♀️). Fuzz took a nap. I did some catching up on pictures and memories and all that what not stuff that is so not important, but also the most important. 😜 

After a nice relaxing day, we ate dinner with Tim and Melinda. And let me just say that I don’t talk enough about how great of in-laws I have. I am so lucky to have the relationship with them that I do. I love to sit and chat with them. And I really, really enjoy sitting down to dinner, just the four of us and talking. We all get along so well and conversations flow so easily. We can talk about sports, politics, the Red Sox, life, zumba, work, family, and so much more and it’s just so fun. It’s always a good time and eating dinner with them is something that I have grown to hold very close to my heart. So, this Sunday we spent eating dinner with them and just chatted. We had some delicious baked potatoes and flank steak. 😋

After dinner at Tim and Melinda’s, of course we made our way over to my families house and snacked on a few things at their dinner. They had some delicious chicken noodles over potatoes, salad, and root beer floats. We spent the evening just like every other Sunday Dinner at their house; just BS-ing, hanging out, playing a little back yard baseball, and enjoying being out in the cool summer evening. I am convinced one of the closest things on this earth to heaven is my grandparents back yard on a warm summer evening with all of our family together. It’s truly perfection. 

This Sunday after dinner we did something a little different, but not super different. We were able to be at my families little family home evening for the first time in a really long time. It was so fun to be able to watch a powerful church video on and then hear my family share their little testimonies and thoughts. I love being able to experience those kind of thins with them. I also love that I married somebody who is so open and willing to share his testimony. 

All in all, this Sunday, like every other Sunday was absolute perfection.