Wednesday, February 14, 2018

14 Days of Love: Day 14 | Parker David

I saved the best for last especially since it's our 4 year wedding anniversary today but just before I get talking about how much I love my husband, Parker, I have to give an honorable mention shout out to potatoes. I was intending to write an entire post on my love of potatoes but somehow other things just kept coming up but I knew I couldn't go through 14 days of things I love without mentioning potatoes. I love potatoes. They are my favorite food - in all the different forms. Fries, chips, mashed, funeral, cheesy, baked, scalloped, you name it. My mouth is watering. I just thought you should know that I love potatoes.

Now that that's out of the way, I love my husband Parker. He is the thing that makes me the happiest in life. You can read Our Love Story here if you haven't already! It's my favorite and I think it's so important to document the big and little moments that led to us falling in love so we have that to look back on when we are old and our memories are failing us and also for our children to read about. I haven't finished writing it all out so you can expect more installations of our story to be written soon!

Let me tell you about this stellar husband of mine. He is funny. He is thoughtful. He is talented. He is driven and ambitious. He is the hardest worker I know (I feel like lots of people say this about their significant other but, no, Parker works harder lol I'm confident in that and feisty about it). He is attentive. He is generous. He is kind. He is athletic. He is focused. He is oh so smart. He is handsome. He is adventurous. He has succeeded in pretty much everything he's ever set his mind to. He is pretty close to perfect. He is my better half and pushes me to become a better person every single day. I'm pretty dang lucky and blessed to have him in my life and I'm getting really emotional writing this so I should probably stop while I can still see the screen...

Here are some of my favorite pictures from the last 4 years of marriage :).
White coat ceremony for Medical School. September 2015.
Crabbing on our Bald Head Island Vacation! August 2014.
Parker got flowers for me after one of my dance performances shortly after we were married! One of the few photos we have from our very first apartment! March 2014.
 Christmas 2015 in Canada!
 At the M83 concert in Vegas. Best concert ever!!! Spring break 2016.
At the Columbus Zoo the summer of 2016.
Bald Head Island family pictures. Summer of 2014.
Cancun for Thanksgiving in 2016!
Christmas break 2016 in Canada supporting the Cardston Cougars at the Sugarbowl! Christmas 2016.
Florida trip in the spring break of 2016!
Bears Hump kisses in Waterton, Alberta! Summer of 2017.
Caribbean Sailing trip just this last October/November 2017!
 BYU Graduation! Spring of 2015.
Visiting the Pitons in Saint Lucia Titanic style. November 2017 on our sailing trip!
 We were really excited to graduate from BYU and this picture cracks me up with Parker's pencil jump! Spring of 2015.
Caribbean Cruise during the spring of 2015. This is at the beach on St. Maarten!
And this beautiful, amazing, perfect day 4 years ago when we were sealed for time and all eternity in the Cardston, Alberta Temple. Married life is just the freaking best, guys. February 14, 2014.

Thank you for loving me, for laughing at my jokes, and for making me so incredibly happy, Parker David. Happy anniversary! I love you!

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone else! To read about the other things I love, click HERE!

xoxo, Chelan

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

14 Days of Love: Day 13 | Dancing

How did we get here so fast? These last two weeks have seriously flown by. I couldn't go this whole 14 days without posting about my love of dancing. I've been dancing since I was 3 years old and my first real memory is from when I was 4 so I can literally say that I can't remember a time where dancing wasn't a part of my life.
I always knew that I wanted to teach dance when I grew up. I remember being in high school and the devil's spawn of student teachers asked our class who thought they knew what they wanted to be when they grew up and I raised my hand. She asked me what I wanted to be and I said a dance teacher and she said, "Well I hate to break it to you but that's probably not going to happen. You're most likely going to change your mind at some point and do something else." Her comment only made me want to pursue my dream even more. And look at me now Miss Tupkull (I have no idea how to spell her name). I'm living my dream and couldn't be happier about it! Take that! lol can you tell I disliked her?
Anyway, I love dancing. Tap is my favorite. When I was being interviewed for my position at the dance studio I currently work at, my boss asked me what my favorite style of dance was and I told her about my love of tap. I got so excited about it that I started crying right there in my interview. I believe those tears are what got me the job hahah actually we've talked about that since then and the tears definitely played a part! But really! When I'm in a tap class and suddenly everyone gets the steps and we are all tapping together and it's loud and in unison and UGH IT JUST MAKES ME SO HAPPY!!!! There's really nothing like it. Good cramp rolls make me giddy. I love contemporary/lyrical, jazz, and ballet, too! But tap just has a special place in my heart.

You know what other kinds of dancing I enjoy? The weird-get-your-spouse's-attention kind of dancing where you do something completely and utterly ridiculous just to get them to look up from studying for a minute or two, even if it's just to scoff at your absurdity. I also love the nobody-is-home-so-I'm-going-to-try-to-twerk kind of dancing. The best-friends-making-a-music-video-while-slap-happy-at-3-am kind is also a particular favorite of mine. I just love to be weird and sometimes I'll get up during commercials and boogie to the background music. The really weird kind of dancing where you think to yourself "if anybody saw me doing this, they would disown me" but you kind of wish that there was a fly on the wall to witness your amazing moves at the same time. That's the best and just feels good, ya know? Like Meredith Grey and Christina Yang say, "Just dance it out."

What's your favorite kind of dancing?

To read about the other things I love, click HERE!
xoxo, Chelan

Monday, February 12, 2018

14 Days of Love: Day 12 | Traveling

I love traveling. Love, love, love, love, love it. Parker and I have done quite a bit of traveling in our 2-days-short-of-4-years-of-marriage. I am happiest when I am with the people I love under the sun in my swimsuit by some water. It truly is my happy place!

Another thing I love is making travel videos! You can see the very first one I ever made here! lol It cracks me up with its low quality and tiny screen, and how young we were but it was oh so fun. Here are a couple of other ones here, here, and here that I've made in the last few years and they just bring me so much happiness! There's something so fun about capturing memories on video and putting them together to go with a fun song!

One of our most recent vacations we went on was a sailing trip in the Caribbean! Parker had been sailing once as a teenager and he just knew that I would love it. And he was right! It was a blast! We got to go on Parker's Uncle Scott and Aunt Jolynn's catamaran called the Liahona with some family and it was such an adventure! It was unlike anything I'd ever done before. We flew into Saint Lucia and sailed down to St. Vincent and the Grenadines. My favorite place we visited was called Tobago Cays. The water is so crystal clear turquoise (or should I say turkwise? lol inside joke #sorrynotsorry) and there are so many fish! We anchored right next to the little island that Jack Sparrow gets stranded on in Pirates of the Caribbean which was so cool. We played Spikeball on the beach, snorkeled, kayaked, paddle boarded, went swimming, suntanned, and played with the drone.

My favorite part of the trip was seeing all the wildlife. I am not an animal person AT ALL so this really surprised me but we saw dolphins, stingrays, sea turtles, squids, so many fish, and some of our group saw a little baby shark!

I've compiled our amature drone footage with Gopro footage and camera footage to a fun video to share our trip if you'd like to take a look! Just scroll to the bottom of this post past the photos from our trip to see it :).
This is the arch from Pirates of the Caribbean where they have skeletons hanging.

Be sure to select 1080p HD for the best quality! 

Doesn't that just make you want to go on a trip to the beach right this second? What's your dream vacation? I am dying to go to Hawaii and Parker really wants to go to Italy so those are both high on our bucket list!

To read about the other things I love, click HERE!

xoxo, Chelan

Sunday, February 11, 2018

14 Days of Love: Day 10 & Day 11 | Popcorn and the Movies

Hey, all! So sorry to have missed Day 10 of the 14 Days of Love yesterday. It was a crazy busy day and I was up until 2 am getting stuff done and just didn't have it in me to write a post at that point. So today I'm playing catch up and telling you about my favorite date and one of my favorite snacks.
This photo is from when we went to see Lion in Washington D.C. about a year ago. One of the best movies of 2017 in my opinion!

When I was a teenager, my mom and I would go on walks downtown in the summer. We would first stop at Reddi Mart to get some ice cream or a malt or a Slurpee. Then we would make our way to the movie store where we would pick out an older classic movie that she loved that I hadn't seen yet. The movie store we went to had this popcorn machine that made the best popcorn EVER and bonus! It was free! So we would eat our treats and walk home with our movie and watch it together. It was one of my favorite traditions. Well eventually that movie store closed and we no longer had access to our favorite popcorn. Fast forward to a couple of years ago when my parents tracked down that exact popcorn machine and bought it from the owner for their own home. Yay! So now whenever I visit, I get that amazing popcorn anytime I want and it's the best!

Before they bought that popcorn machine, they had an air popper and we would always pop popcorn for movie nights which I always preferred over microwave popcorn. I now own a Whirley-Pop and popcorn is still one of my favorite snacks!

My mom and I load our popcorn with Kernels Salt & Vinegar seasoning along with Kernels Dill Pickle seasoning. The mixture of the two is so good with a cold Diet Pepsi! So freaking good! The two flavors are good on their own, too! And so far, I've only been able to find them in Canada so I stock up when I head up North.

Parker likes popcorn, too. But not as much as me. If I make it, he'll eat it, and we almost always get popcorn when we go to the movies. Going to the movies is my favorite date. There is just something so fun to me about going to the theater, getting a large popcorn, and a large Diet Pepsi, and holding hands while we watch the movie together. We go to the movies often enough that we bought MoviePass cards for each of us and we use them ALL THE TIME! We got to the movies at least once a week, if not more often. MoviePass is a card you can buy to pay $9.95 a month and with that you get to see 1 movie a day. It works at theaters all over the country. We've only had one instance where it hasn't been accepted. Since we got our MoviePass cards in September we've been to see the following movies:

Lucky Logan
Home Again
Battle of the Sexes (this movie was horrible)
The Mountain Between Us
Only The Brave *tear*
Daddy's Home 2
You Can't Save The World Alone
Star Wars
The Greatest Showman (my fav)
The Commuter
The Post
15:17 to Paris (so bad... don't see it!)

I know the cards sound too good to be true, but they're really not! You only have to go to one movie a month to make it worth it!
When we went to see Logan Lucky in New Orleans to escape the heat! The first time we ever used our MoviePass cards!

Back to the popcorn. Parker and I love the theater near us. We were going to the movies so often that we bought one of the large, reusable buckets for $7. Now whenever we go to the movies, we bring that bucket with us and can refill it for only $4 with free refills after that. We both like popcorn enough that we usually get through one bucketful and a some and then take home whatever is left to snack on throughout the week. We also usually buy a large Diet Pepsi (thank you Kent Plaza theater for having a Pepsi machine!!!!) which you can refill for free and with salty popcorn, we down that pop so fast and always get at least one refill. Oh! And Wednesday nights are popcorn bucket refill for only $1 night so if we go to the movies on a Wednesday and bring our bucket we only pay $1 for our movies and popcorn. We've got this system worked out.

If you are interested in purchasing a MoviePass for yourself, you can click here! Unfortunately, they don't have any sort of referral program in place (if they did, I could probably have a years worth of credits saved up because I tell everyone about MoviePass) so I don't get any kickback. This just makes it easy for you to find!

What is your favorite date?

To read about the other things I love, click HERE!

xoxo, Chelan