Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Everybody's shovelin'...

Please tell me you sang the title of the post to this tune. Because that is what I thought of when I wrote it.  I was sitting on the couch one night and all of the sudden this title just came to me - and I thought I was pretty clever. 

Well enough about my incredible wit... and on to the point of this post. We've had an unusually warm winter in Utah with hardly any snow. But a couple of Saturdays ago we got hit with a doozy. By 2 in the afternoon we had a good foot of snow on the ground. Which isn't really that much in Utah standards, but it was more than we've had all winter. 

When Erik got home from work he headed out to shovel the driveway. Seeing as I've never actually lived in a house in Utah before, I knew I had to get in on the shoveling action - but not without snapping some pictures first.

I'm pretty sure all the Nystul men thought I was crazy taking pictures of them doing something that they've done a million times. But I just couldn't resist documenting my first time helping out!

And I also couldn't resist making my first GIF! 

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I have to say though, despite my initial enthusiasm, I got tired of shoveling pretty quick. I told Erik we need to move to California ASAP. Or maybe I'll just leave the shoveling to my hubby. 


Wednesday, January 18, 2012


I'm linking up again tonight for Wedding Wednesdays with Joelle at Something Charming. Last week I posted our engagement photos so I thought this week I would post our bridals/groomals. Our fabulous friend Molly Hunter also took these for us. We got married in October right when the leaves were changing in Utah so I knew I wanted pictures that would capture all the gorgeous colors. 

Erik wasn't quite as into the whole idea as I was. He said on more than one occasion how ridiculous it is to go traipsing through the woods in a wedding dress, because anyone looking at the pictures is going to think "Why is that girl in the woods in her wedding dress?" And I have to admit...he's sort of right. But I have spent why too many hours looking at amazing photos of women in their wedding dresses out in nature to miss my opportunity to have the same thing - no matter how illogical the whole thing is. 

So basically I won the debate and we headed up the Alpine Loop a couple of weeks before our wedding to make my dream a reality.  Molly did an amazing job as always and we got to have the gorgeous photos to display at our reception. It also saved a lot of picture taking time on the actual wedding day - which I think Erik was very grateful for. 

I know it's not totally traditional to let the groom see the dress before the wedding day but I'm thankful we did it this way. We got to have our own private moment at home without anyone else around. Although I would have loved one of those neat "first look" pictures, I think this way was a lot more special. I don't think I'll ever forget the look on Erik's face when I walked out in my dress. He was totally speechless and made me feel like the most beautiful girl in the world. 


Tuesday, January 17, 2012


I have developed a minor obsession with English Bulldogs. 

Okay...maybe it's not so minor. 

It's actually a HUGE obsession. 

It all started when I first saw Kingsley on The Rockstar Diaries. From the moment I laid eyes on those wrinkles and that adorable scowl-y face, I was hooked.

Since Erik and I are basically dying to get a puppy, we spend a lot of time researching dogs. And unfortunately we've found out that English Bulldogs tend to be very pricey and are also plagued with tons of health problems. So they aren't exactly the most practical pup for newlyweds on a budget. But a girl can dream right? 

I think I've almost got Erik convinced that the extra money is totally worth it. Especially since the dog he really wants will require a 10-acre farm

In the meantime, I'll just have to be content swooning over all the cute bully pictures I can find on the internet.  



And just in case you have as big a bully obsession as I do check out this, this, this, and this. Oh, and I can't forget this


Wednesday, January 11, 2012


I have been meaning to post about our wedding for a while now. I mean we've been married almost three months and I haven't posted a single wedding picture on here! Crazy! Well, when I saw that my good friend Joelle at Something Charming was doing a Wedding Wednesday link-up, I thought it would be the perfect motivation to get started on my wedding posts. I apologize in advance because I'm probably going to post a lot of pictures - and you will probably get very sick of hearing about my wedding. But, to keep you from getting too sick of it, I'll contain my wedding posts to Wednesdays. 

 I decided to start by posting our engagement photos. They were taken by our very dear, and very talented friend Molly Hunter. You can see more of her work here. Molly is a fantastic photographer and it was so much fun to have her take our photos. She really did a great job bringing to life all the ideas I found on Pinterest and throughout the interwebs.  

So without further ado - here are the photos! 

A few notes in case anyone is wondering:

We took the pictures in a farmer's field in south Provo that Molly happened to stumble upon. When I saw that amazing tree in some other engagements Molly had done, I knew we had to take ours there too.

I actually made the blanket we're sitting on - it was Erik's Christmas present last year. We had to throw some glass bottled sodas in there. Erik is a major Pepsi fan and everyone knows I'm a Coke girl all the way. I made the "LOVE" sign out of construction paper and twine. The cute flowered basket was a DI find a couple of years ago. I also found the frames at thrift stores and just spray painted them in our colors.