Murder Mystery Party

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I fulfilled “seal with a wax stamp” off my bucket list and am now looking for any excuse to wax seal everything, bills, letters, etc.

This weekend we threw our first annual Halloween party! I absolutely love Halloween and the fall and everything t  at comes with it. The past few years I have been really disappointed because we have had no reason to dress up (I would dress up every day if I could, that was probably my favorite part of high school. I love not having to wear real clothes.) It seems like we are in the in-between stage where holidays aren’t as fun as when we were single and where they will be really fun when we have babies to dress up.

So I decided to take matters into my own hands this year and throw a party. We did a murder mystery party. I’ve done it once before when I was 16 and I remember it being fun but can’t remember any of the specifics about it or how it worked. So I was a little nervous to host one because it could be cheesy and it may not make sense. But it sounded fun in my head, so I decided to do it. I think it turned out great! It seemed like everyone had a good time, and I hope they did! I was rushed getting the party set up and making sure I read all the prompts I was supposed to and completely forgot to take a picture of everyone! A huge shout-out to our amazing guests who got into character and made it fun! You are all good sports, you will all be getting an invite again next year!

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We went as Caesar Flickerman and Effie Trinket from the Hunger games
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My cute parents went to a halloween party as Flo from Progressive insurance Mayham from Allstate insurance! Best costumes I’ve ever seen!


camping, 4th of July, fireworks, family and love

Ok so here is a picture recap on the past couple weeks! We went camping with the Hibbards, Hulls, and Bairs, it was soo much fun! Then we went down to Utah for the Stadium of Fire where David Archuleta and Brad Paisley performed, it was amazing, me and Mark sang the whole time 🙂 Then we came back up to Idaho for the Rexburg parade and the firework show in Idaho Falls. The past couple of weeks have been so busy but so much fun.
 I can’t believe how fast this semester has gone, I’ve been a college graduate for a whole semester now…weird. 
Camping at Teton Canyon

The Stadium of Fire

We went with Dave, Lauren, Belle, Brad and LuAnn

Jimmer was on the big screen…Mark was ironically wearing his Jimmer shirt haha

Brad Paisley was so great!

The Rexburg Parade (yes, Rachel stood in the street with all the kids to catch candy, and a piece of candy landed right in Mark’s elbow!)

At the Melaleuca firework show (this was the 3rd year Mark and I have been at the firework show together)

I got a longboard so we went on a longboarding date 🙂

I love summer! I wish the weather would stay like this year round, then Rexburg wouldn’t be so bad.

happy birthday America!

The 4th of July is Mark’s favorite holiday, it didn’t use to be mine because I didn’t get any presents but it has started to become one of my favorites. I love feeling so festive and loyal and patriotic. I use to be embarrassed when my mom would make me wear a read t-shirt, I felt so lame and cliche, but now that I’m older and more secure with myself, I love it!
I love the family bbq’s, sparklers,  fireworks, parades, and warm weather! The Danville parade will always be my favorite, I love standing out on the curb of downtown dville, feeling my shoulders turn a crispy red that I know will fade into a beautiful tan, catching candy off the wonderful floats, seeing everyone in Danville all in the same place being patriotic. I guess that sounds like any other parade but there’s something special about the Danville parade…I miss home. (Yeah Danville is the city on Mrs. Doubtfire where they go to Bridges Restaurant, I love my hometown!)
Anyways, I have some wonderful memories of the 4th of July, like hiking to the Y in Provo with my family and my cute grandma, going to Sundance, going to the Stadium of Fire with Miley Cyrus and the Blue Man Group performing, and the firework show in Idaho Falls, which is the largest firework display west of the Mississippi!
This year Mark’s parents are coming to visit for the 4th! After work today we are heading down to Utah to meet them and Mark’s brother David and sister-in-law Lauren and their 3 little girls. Tomorrow we are going to the Stadium of Fire!!! Yeah, be jealous! I loveeee Brad Paisley, and David Archuleta (he has the best christmas cd)

Then we will come back up to Idaho on Sunday for the Rexburg parade monday morning and the Melaleuca firework show Monday night. Rexburg is probably one of the cutest places on the 4th of July. The small town feel is wonderful on this holiday. The fire trucks go to the park and raise their ladders as high as they will go, hoist their hoses to the top and spray high into the air. The little kids run around the grass under the hoses. How cute is that?
We got old navy flag shirts for the 4th of July. ok they aren’t actually the old navy shirts, they were out of all sizes except for xxl…not gonna work! so we got the same shirts at walmart!

I think we are all set to make this a wonderful, memorable, patriotic 4th of July! And we are gonna watch The Patriot of course!

Happy birthday America! Thanks to all those who fight to protect this nation and all it stands for.