Sunday, July 21, 2013

Back at it!

Hello there!  It's been a couple months now since I have posted anything on our blog because from day to day, I feel like we don't do much outside of our "normal" routine.  But now looking back on the last few months and looking at all the pictures that we've taken, we've been quite busy doing lots of different things!  I guess that proves that I need to be better at focusing on all of the fun and exciting things that we are so fortunate to be able to do!  I definitely get way to caught up in everyday struggles and need to take more time to be grateful for all that I am blessed with.  There's my new goal. :)

My heart is definitely full today though.  I love Sundays and the special companionship that I feel with the Holy Ghost on the Sabbath.  I was reading the blog of a lady in our old ward whose four year old daughter past away last week after battling cancer for the past two and a half years.  It broke my heart to see that she had past away and I feel so sad for her family but her mother's amazing faith really touched me and reminded me that this mortal life is only a small portion of the "bigger picture" and that they will be with their sweet little girl again.  I am so grateful for the gospel and for the comfort that it brings me to know that families can be together forever.  (If you are interested, click here to learn more about what we believe :)

Here is a quick overview (and picture overload!!) of the past few months:

End of April:

After much thought, we decided to get Dev a motorcycle to save money on gas.  I was originally that one who wanted to get one just for fun but once we actually got serious about it, I wasn't so sure anymore because I've heard WAY too many horror stories about motorcycle accidents.  But after contemplating it for a while we decided to go for it!  It's been really fun and Dev loves it so, so far so good!  We got him all the best (better be the best for what we paid for it :/ ha) gear to protect him as best as you can be protected on a motorcycle.  And cost wise it has definitely been worth it!!

We couldn't get an un-blurry picture for the life of us.  This was the night that we bought it and we did about 200 circles around our parking lot haha.


Haha, my helmet makes my body look miniature!


We celebrated our 1st year anniversary on May 4th!  I can't believe we have already been married for a year (well, now it's been almost a year and three months... what?!)  We went to our favorite restaurant, Outback Steakhouse for dinner and then out to a movie.  That's pretty much our "go-to" date night and we love it!

Happy Birthday, babe!! Dev turned 24 on May 5th.  It's a busy couple days for us with our anni and his bday back to back.  Perfect excuse to always celebrate big :)  This was his birthday breakfast in bed (actually on the couch ha;) that included bagels and lox (smoked salmon with cream cheese on a bagel) cantaloupe, pineapple and OJ.

That right there is 24 candles on a "SinDawg", Dev's favorite dessert.  It's a "healthy" version of a cinnamon roll and it's actually pretty good.  He discovered Dave's Killer Bread on his mission which is an organic bread company (thank you, Oregon) and they make this cinnamon roll so that's what I got for his birthday "cake".

Birthday dinner: fresh salmon, rice and gravy and brussel sprouts.  Yum!

Another birthday dessert :)

Since our finals week was the week after our anniversary and Dev's birthday, we decided not to do too much that weekend so that we could focus on finals.  We were both done with finals on Wednesday so we took Thursday thru Sunday off from work to "celebrate" our anniversary by relaxing and just doing whatever came up.  It was so nice!  We went to the Zoo one day which was so fun!  We love the Zoo :)

We loved the little baby zebra

I cut my hair!  It was a spur-of-the-moment decision but I like how it turned out!

We love warm, Sunday evenings at the temple.  So peaceful and beautiful on the temple grounds.
If you know my husband at all, you know that he LOVES Superman.  We had been waiting and looking forward to the Man of Steel movie pretty much our entire marriage haha.  And it didn't let us down!  We saw it in IMAX 3D which was pretty awesome!


Happy 4th of July!  All my firework pictures turned out pretty lame but here's one anyway ;)

My camera wasn't wanting to cooperate..

So we tried again when we got home.  Love our red, white and blue!

We got caught in a monsoon the other day.  We went into the mall and it wasn't raining at all, were in there for about twenty minutes and when we came out it had rained several inches all ready!  Growing up in Oregon, rain was an everyday occurrence but I'm not sure that I have ever really seen it rain as hard as it did this day!  We got completely soaked and we were only out in it for about 30 seconds..and weirdest part was that it was still about 105 outside!  Crazy!

Sad day.  Two motorcycles in the parking lot got totally smashed by this tree that fell because of the wind!

Feels and looks like home! I miss the Oregon weather sometimes :)

Well, that is a snapshot of our lives the past few months.  We have both been working full-time which has taken up most of our time during the week.  I start school again in about a month and I am finally in the education program! Yay!  That means that I have 4 semesters left (2 semesters of normal classes and an internship; then 2 semesters of full-time student teaching) until I FINALLY graduate!  Hallelujah!
Devin got a promotion at work and officially becomes the furniture backroom manager next week which was a huge blessing since I won't be able to work more than one day a week until I graduate.  He will just be taking one class per semester and working full-time until I get a job (keeping our fingers crossed that I can find a teaching job a soon as I graduate!!) and then he will get back into school full-time to continue working toward becoming a physical therapist!  That's the plan right now anyways!

It's a crazy road ahead but I'm excited to see what it brings! :)

Thursday, April 18, 2013


for us has been way too boring for a blog post lately so that's why I haven't posted anything in a few months!  By boring, I don't mean bad!  Things have been going good but our day to day routine hasn't changed up AT ALL lately so we've had nothing too exciting to blog about.  If we aren't at school for classes... then we are at school for the library.  And if we aren't at school for whatever reason, we are at work.  We get about 2 hours a day typically to be together and that is usually either after 10pm or before 9am.  We are busy, busy, busy!  Luckily, we have had a couple chances to fit a fun date night or two into our crazy schedule which is always MUCH needed. :)

Valentine's day, dinner and a movie!

We love Sunday walks down the canal to feed the ducks.  Who needs kids to feed ducks? :)

Movies are our weakness!  We spend WAY too much on movies, either renting or going out.  Oops :)

Dev has been wanting a motorcycle for a while now and after figuring the numbers, we decided that we would actually save a lot by having one since we wouldn't have to be filling up two cars.  We have been looking around for a couple months and things kept falling through, but I think he found a keeper!  We are supposed to go get it tomorrow night so if all goes as planned, I'll update the blog with some hubby-motorcycle pics :) 

Have a great day everyone!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Branching out

I branched out and colored my hair for the FIRST time ever this past week.  I had been wanting something new and after looking at pictures of different things and consulting with my picky husband about what he liked, I decided that I wanted to try to "ombre" look.  These were my inspiration pics:

A lovely co-worker of mine from DownEast did my hair for me and I think that she did a great job.  I am still trying to get used to the change because it was pretty drastic for me.  And I am just trying to decide if it is a good look for me.  My hubby does not like it on me so that makes it a little difficult for me to love it too.  Those darn husbands. ;)  But here it is:

So I'm still trying to decide... What do you think??


Wednesday, January 23, 2013


These photos basically sum up what I have been feeling and thinking lately...

Don't get me wrong, I am SO grateful to be back in school.  But being done with school and able to start my career is SO close yet SO far away.  And the idea of a career, a house (and out of teeny tiny, noisy apartments) and not being poor college students anymore sounds pretty much amazing right about now!
But I know that time has been going by so quickly lately and that that will all be here before we know it!  It's all about finding joy in the journey and as much as dreaming about the future is fun, I really am grateful for everyday that I get to spend with my wonderful husband and attend ASU and learn what I need to learn to be a great teacher in a couple years! 

Anyway, we have both been trucking right along with school.  We are already almost done with week 3 of the semester.  Dev is taking chemistry, math and English so he has a lot of work cut out for him this semester but I know that he will do awesome!  I am taking several classes as well but mine aren't extremely difficult, just time consuming.  I am starting an internship in a kindergarten classroom on Friday and I am really excited for that.  
I am still working at DownEast but not as many hours now that I am in school.  And Dev just got hired at the new DownEast Home Store that they opened down here.  The home store is huge and a totally different dynamic than the store that I work at.  He's not exactly loving it so far but it's a job and we're grateful for that.  

Other than that, not much else is going on with the Peterson's!  Oh, I did get Instagram but I'm not sure how I feel about it so I may just use it to take photos and just keep my blog updated with the photos instead of my profile on there.  Here are a couple!  

Christmas has probably been over for way too long for me to be posting a picture of our Christmas tree but I'm going to do it anyways :)  I never posted any pictures of our FIRST Christmas tree so I just wanted to have it documented somewhere.  I miss it already!

It has been so gorgeous here!  The past three days it has gotten up to 80 degrees.  I LOVE Arizona!
I buzzed Dev's head!  He had been talking about wanting something new and talked about buzzing it so I said Let's Do it!! He was surprised that I was okay with it because last time he brought it up I said no way.  But I think it looks really good on him!!
I have been wanting something new too but I'm not sure what!  I was thinking either straight bangs or doing the Ombre thing to it.  Dev says no way to straight bangs so that's kind of out.  So I'm thinking ombre...



Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Welcome 2013!

Happy New Year! I'm sure like most people, I have been thinking back about all that has happened in 2012. And it has been the best year of my life!! Just to name a few of the amazing things that we've been blessed with:
  • We got engaged one year ago today!
  • We both accomplished a lot in school, moving toward our end goal of elementary teacher and physical therapist
  • I moved to Arizona and I love it here 
  • We became Mr. & Mrs. Devin Peterson :)
  • We moved to a new city and into our first "own" place.
  • We got to spend Thanksgiving with the Peterson side of our family.
  • And Christmas with the Flood side.
  • We have been happily married for 8 months now and fall more in love with each other everyday!
2013 is going to be a very busy year for both of us as we both are going to be going to school full time and trying to work as much as possible to start some savings. We don't really have any big plans yet for the year but I'm sure lots of great things will come up as the days and weeks and months continue to fly right on by.  I have never really done New Year resolutions before but this year I decided to make a list of goals for myself.  So I look forward to start working towards some of those things.  
We hope that you all had a fabulous holiday season this year and wish you the best in 2013!