I am so lucky to have had some great visitors this past month, Krista and Emily (both of which are like sisters to me!). Krista and her husband Zach wanted to take a trip together before their baby boy comes in July, and I felt lucky to get to spend a couple days with them while they were out here. (Thanks Krista for the pictures!) Emily came up from D.C. for a quick Memorial weekend trip and though we spent most of the time at the beach, we also spent a little time in New York as well.

Krista and I at Pear Tree Point beach in Darien

Dave making me laugh, trying to do prom poses

Though he's still being funny here, I love this one

Times Square with Krista 

Trying to mimic the Bergdorf Goodman window display, I am eerily accurate

Emily in Times Square (Memorial Day weekend is "Fleet Week" in NYC)

I'm always amazed at how true friendships seem to pick right up without skipping a beat. (It's a good thing as we live so far from so many great friends.) I wish we could have visitors every weekend, and though for now we only have a blow-up bed to offer, our house is always open!

end the semester=begin living

Boy does it feel good to finish a semester. I told my mom that I would guess that the feeling of finishing a law school semester is similar to what it feels like to be let out of jail (over dramatic?). She said she would go more with the feeling of finishing labor. Too bad I don't have a cute baby to show for it.

However, I did decide to do a little something to celebrate, like finally spending a day just enjoying New York, and (thanks to my parents flying me home) surprising Taylor and Sarah and going to St. George for the first time since our wedding!

Some highlights of NY:
-Central Park. I've never walked around the entire Central Park, and it was the perfect day to do it. Went with my friend Kristin and it was ideal for girl talk and walk.
-The Met. Favorite exhibits were the incredible stained glass window, armor room, and musical instruments.
-Union Park. Fresh apple cider donuts, lots of people buying fresh produce, homemade raspberry jam...enough said.
-Impromptu Facial at Saks Fifth Avenue. Found a free coupon for facials on a random NY website. Great way to end the day.

Highlights of St. George:
-The pickup. My mom planned on picking me up from the Las Vegas Airport, but to surprise my brother Taylor she told him that they would be picking up a client for my dad. She printed up a sign with my dad's company for Taylor to hold at the bottom of the escalator. I was dying laughing by the time he saw me, and his face was priceless.
-Mom time. How I miss spending time with my mom! We can talk for hours, and still feel like we haven't covered half of what we want to talk about. She has an incredible way of making me feel like I am enough, while at the same time inspiring me to be better.
-Quick Salt Lake trip. We decided to meet my brother Mike and his cute wife Rachel for lunch and spend a few hours with my Grandpa Ralph in Salt Lake. My grandpa is one of my heroes. He is 91, a WWII vet, and will be honored with his 4 brothers at the Provo Freedom Festival this year (all 5 of them served in WWII!). We met him and his wife Lenore at Temple Square, and since his feet were hurting him (because he bought shoes that were too small because he liked how shiny they military shoes...the little sweetheart) I got to chauffeur him around in a wheelchair. I love that man.
-Sunshine. Laying out by the pool never gets old.
-Cupcakes and Cafe Rio. I really think the cupcakes at Twentyfive main in St. George rival any cupcakes I've had in NY, and I could possibly live only only Cafe Rio Pork Salads.
-FAMILY. Tay on guitar, Sarah driving, Dad's greenhouse, errands with Mom, golfing with the whole gang, plenty of time in the car, lots of laughing. Family is the greatest blessing I have.

I think I've lived more in the last week than in the past three months!  I just can't wait for Dave to finish the CFA and join the party!

The twelve days of...


Twelve days to go and I'm done with my first semester at Fordham! Also, Dave has only one more month till his CFA test, and then hopefully we'll be able to get on with life, and summertime.

So until then, keep your fingers crossed for us both--
ps. Happy Birthday Niels :)
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