#PretendProm

Most married folks would agree that date night can be a bit of a struggle; especially with life’s many distractions, like school, work, homework, etc. And we don’t even have little ones running around yet! So Dave and I kind of came to this conclusion of having “Holy Date Night”. We basically adopted the attitudes and behaviors of the Sabbath Day, but using Us as our focus rather than The Lord.

Last weekend, I took David to UVU’s Emerald Ball! It was basically the Prom we never had together, except way better because… well, because we’re married. That should be a given. Haha! A couple of perks of being the graphic designer for all of these events is 1.) I have access to all of the publicity files, and can use them as I please, and 2.) we get in free! So instead of using the money to buy tickets, I bought a dress, and a tie and shirt for David, and Bob’s your uncle WE’RE THERE.

David took me to The Wall at BYU for dinner, and we had some pretty great burgers and fries; but I’m pretty sure it’s unanimous when I say the deep fried cookie bites were by far our favorite. Deep fried cookie dough balls, with hot Nutella drizzled on top, and a scoop of BYU creamery vanilla ice cream. YUM. Should we have gained 10 lbs? Probably. Did we? THANK HEAVENS, NO.

The Wall
Bacon Burgers & Sweet Potato Fries YUM!
Deep Fried Cookie Dough Bites....

The dance was a BLAST! We felt like we were “young and dating” all over again! Even though neither of us are much of a dancer, we both love to goof off. So with our eyes fixed on each other, and not a care in the world, we looked like the biggest dorks on that dance floor. And I couldn’t be happier about it. Haha! Enjoy these fun moments I was able to capture that night. 

Succulents as a party favor?? So cute!
My green, velvet "dranket" (Dress-blanket. Hence the video to the right.)

“Keeping Date Night Holy” is one of the best things we could have discovered. Setting aside the rest of a single day to do more than just enjoy each other’s company, but to spend time of quality with just the two of us. More important than school; more important than work. Those things are temporal, but WE are Eternal. And we needed to remember to treat each other that way at least once every week. 

It’s pretty incredible the similarities to keeping the Sabbath Day Holy, if you think about it. There’s little daily things we do to keep The Lord on our minds and in our hearts, as well as with each other (dinner together, asking about their day, etc.) But there is always one special day of every week that needs our attention and devotion, for both. What a great lesson to learn. (: 

Until next time, here are a bunch of pictures and memories of this summer/fall that I haven’t had time to record stories of, but just want to stick in here for memory’s sake. 

Utah Valley Parade of Homes with my sweetheart!
It was so fun to dream together about our own future home.
More dogs... we're a fan, can ya tell?
I still don't know how that perfectly popped off.
Penguin Brothers Ice Cream Sandwiches!
Temple day
Grandpa's Casket. David got to be a pall bearer, putting his flower on top with the others.
My first time ever making apple pie
IT WAS DELICIOUS
Projects at the Davis house ALL SUMMER
David's fish Leviathon. Levi for short.
I think his name should have been Geronimo.

Our Cup Runneth Over

This week has been a DOOZY. In lots of good ways! Just a doozy of busy-ness. So sometimes it can be stressful. Ya know, the school-work-eat-sleep-repeat life I mentioned in my last post. But even as all of that is true, our cup really does runneth over. We have felt the blessings of this crazy week in all the people we were able to spend time with, and the activities we did with them. 

Riding in Grandpa's Truck.

Over this last weekend (Labor day weekend) we got to stay with Grandma & Grandpa Corey! It was a blast. When Dave & I were dating, he brought me to Delta a couple of times and reminisced about his childhood and how many wonderful memories he had made there over the years. It quickly stole my heart and became one of my favorite spots because of the many romantic moments we had out there in wide open spaces, away from the city, and in this charming small town. 

Not to mention, Grandma & Grandpa are a powerhouse couple. Even in our short time there, I learned so much about them, and from them. Even just how they lived their life together. The way the talk with each other, cook together, read together. The over all environment of the home that they’ve built together is inspiring. That, and we got to help them with chores and serve them in our own little way by helping them clear out the mounds of tree branches they had in their backyard. So like I said: our cup runneth over. 

Beautiful farmlands of Delta, as far as the eye can see...
My hardworkin' man.

Over the week, David started his first week of school in his 3rd year at BYU. Slowly but surely he is creeping to the finish line, haha. We also got to see some good friends of ours–Dallin & Becky–and watched a play together at UVU. Becky is from… well, all over haha but she’s currently living in Idaho going to BYUI right now. Dallin is a lifelong friend of mine from high school and has become near and dear to both our hearts as he’s been home from the mission. He and Becky have been dating for a couple of months now after writing on the mission, and they too are a power couple. Needless to say, they are great friends, and we love to visit as often as we can. 

We also got to visit with David’s sister Jessica this weekend and talked and laughed for hours in the park. She is a hoot and a holler; we love spending time with Jessie. And last but not least, the Ward Activity I’d been helping plan, and dinner with a couple from the ward.

Second place for us! Cute silver kisses for our "silver medal"
Kisses for Kisses! (;
The activities committee | Jessica, Syd, Kelley, Jocelyn, & Madison

The ward activity was a blast! The girls and I had spent quite a lot of time planning, and I was so proud of them. We worked together so well; and even though we are all so different, it was fun to get to know everybody. It’s actually kind of funny, because Dave and I have found since we’ve been married that I have a sort of ironic social anxiety: I crave to have social connections with people, yet I get super stressed out in large groups so I don’t want to talk to anyone haha. Luckily, things like this get me outside my comfort zone, and I get to meet lots of new people and help them have a good time. There were about 30 couples there; all of which I was in charge of at one point during the day. Herding adults is just as hard as herding kids, I tell ya! 

We had a Field Day (literally), like the ones you would do in elementary school when you were a kid: 3-legged races, potato sack races, water balloon toss, the egg and the spoon game, etc. It was so fun! I definitely learned to appreciate ward activities, having a hand in planning them. It gave me greater motivation to be involved more in the future, since I know now just how hard people work to plan to make it fun for everyone. 

Lastly, today was regional conference for us. It kind of hit me that we were going to be getting counsel from an Apostle of The Lord Jesus Christ in this meeting, so even though all I was doing was coloring in an adult coloring book on my phone to keep my hands busy, I felt that I wasn’t taking it seriously enough and I needed to put it away to listen to this true servant of God. 

Elder Gary Stevenson’s main counsel to us was urging us to develop more Christ-like attributes. He gave us three that he wanted us to focus on specifically: Humility, Obedience, and Virtue.

Humility meant giving God all of the credit; having a spirit of gratitude; thinking of others before yourself.

Obedience means knowing the doctrine and following the commandments of The Lord. This include Latter-Day scripture from the revelations of the church leaders.

Virtue is character based from high moral standards. In order to obtain this, you must gain control of your thoughts and behavior, as to become pure from the inside out. This is exactly why President Monson has urged us to read the Book of Mormon daily; and why it is the Virtue project in the YW Personal Progress book. The Book of Mormon helps us to gain a sense of importance and desire for higher moral standard, set by Jesus Christ.

I learned so much in that meeting today. I thought it’d be beneficial to record it, and maybe it can help someone else too.

Until next time! 

Through Blood, Sweat, & Tears… but mostly sweat.

Our first summer as a married couple was sure unlike the summer before – when we spent every waking (and non-waking) moment with each other on every romantic adventure imaginable. 
This summer, we were gung-ho towards the gates of success, and didn’t stop until our arms fell off! (Not really, haha.) We probably had around six side hustles started, never finished, and only one or two of which we even stuck to. 

Dave at the Puppy Barn. What a cutie!
A drawing I made for a friend who served his mission in Florida.
We painted the panelling in our living room! Another one of my crazy ideas that my sweet, patient husband helped with. Hehe
I turned 20 this year! I still feel like a kid...

From freelance graphic design, furniture-flipping, and website building, we dabbled in it all. Lot of good portfolio experience, but more than anything, it was just a big heap of good wholesome fun. We love getting to spend time together, and working on projects is one of our favorite things. I think the thing I loved most about it was every single day was productive. We don’t own a TV (personally I don’t want one ever) or have social media (hence, this blog) so time-wasters weren’t really an option. If we wanted to have fun, we went elsewhere looking for it. And it was GREAT!

Glider & sitting chair we refinished. Wish I would have gotten a "before" shot.
Also refinished this end table for refind.sydniekay.com.
Syd, looking macho with her drill she had never used before. #biggirlnow

Regardless of all of the hard work–which we really did work hard–I would wager that the majority of our sweating was actually due to the “climate” inside our basement apartment! Our biggest purchase as a married couple, besides our car, was a window A/C. It was the beginning of July. After not being able to sleep for a solid two weeks, we had hit our melting point (ha, get it?) Soooo, maybe it was sort of an impulse buy. (Never buy large ticket items if you are HALT–Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired–fun fact for ya.) But was it a “worth it” impulse buy? MOST DEFINITELY. Hands down, no question. 

No, this is not our baby. Uncle David with baby Blaire. She was born July 20, 2017. Brandon & Kim sure do make cute kids!
We lost Grandpa Davis this summer. July 22, 2017. I had the privelege of singing at his funeral, with McKenna playing the piano.

Now that we finally had a refuge to go to after a hot day of work, life became a little easier to handle (wow, we are so pampered.) But even though we didn’t watch the sunsets every evening, or go for 3:00 AM horchata runs twice a week, like we did the summer before, we made all sorts of new memories. 
Dave started his new job with Qualtrics; I learned to cook better; we went to the zoo; I finally got to take him to my “second home” in Snowbird this year! And much more. I wish I would have thought to take more pictures, but as this blog continues, I’m hoping it will remind me to document our early married years. 

The Lookout
Snowbird!
Mountain Flyer
The Peruvian Lift Tunnel
Hogle Zoo. Oh, how I love this man.

And now its off to the races of school-work-eat-sleep-repeat. Though the semester brings stress into our life more than any other time, it also brings a slew of adventures in of itself. May we continue the chain of good memories of this summer into the school year! (I am PUMPED for Halloween!! Not to mention, we’ve almost been married a WHOLE YEAR. Can hardly believe it.) Catch ya later!

Bear Lake in May.
Our cute little cabin in Hyrum.
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