How did my husband turn 29 years old today? Wasn't it just yesterday when he was 22?? I keep telling him that we have to make his final year in his twenties count. I don't know what that will entail but we will come up with something. :) You have to go out with a bang!
Ryan's pretty sure as soon as he turns thirty he will automatically have joint pain and that his days of frolicking about are over. Ha!
I'm pretty sure our thirties will be even better then our twenties babe. And I can't wait to spend every single one of those days with you. I know without a doubt that this next year will hold a lot joy, laughter, adventure and blessings beyond measure. Even though there will be tough and painful days ahead, it will be bearable because I have you in my life. I know we can face anything together, and I thank God everyday for allowing you to be my partner in life.
I have joined instagram and I am loving it! I just have a few pictures loaded on there but I have a feeling I will go crazy. I love all there photo effects. You can check in and follow me here if you want. :) If you have an account send me your userid and I will follow you.
I feel like I am part of every social media out there. It may or may not be getting out of hand. Ha!
These are just a few pics I snapped when visiting our good friend, Matt, at the Renaissance Festival. Last year was the first time Ryan & I got to see Matt in action.
Kara getting in a pic with her main man. Love his garb!
We actually went to the fair over a month ago and I'm just now getting around to posting about it. Unfortunately, I didn't bring my camera but I did have the trusty cell phone to capture some of the fun on video.
Poor Ryan, right after this a guy walked right up and hit the bell no problem. It was hilarious because he was obviously trying to show him up and even looked over at Ryan to make sure he saw it. We all about died of laughter.
This was a quick video our our friends Brandon & Cynthia showing us how it's done with the axe throwing. I'm actually kind of surprised there wasn't any protection for the bystanders from people who may throw their axe backwards!!
Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers for my Grandma. Sorry I didn't posted a follow up sooner! She has been in heart failure for a very long time. In fact, I'm not even sure when she was diagnosed with it. She's a fighter and knows that her work is not done here until the Lord welcomes her home. While she was in the hospital she was asking every nurse, doctor and house keeper if they knew Jesus. :)
When she was in the hospital back at the beginning of September, we found out that she was in the final stages of liver failure (due to her on going heart failure). We don't know how much longer we have with her, but I'm soaking up the time I do get. She's doing pretty well right now at home. And I'm ecstatic to say that my Grandma turned 90 yesterday!!
What a blessing to see after thinking she wouldn't be here for it.
Of course we had to make a big deal about it! My family catered in Smokestack BBQ so that she wouldn't have to go anywhere. Little Kaylee (with her Uncle Josh) even dressed up as Princess Peach for the occasion.
The whole family has always gotten their cakes from the same place ever since I was little. Mmmmm....
Grandma is so blessed with so many family members that love her and would do anything for her.
We made it to another Friday. Woo Hoo! This weekend will be another busy one as it seems all my weekends have been for awhile now.
Friday night the hubs & I are hopefully going to have a date night maybe including a scary movie for Halloween? Saturday we are planning to visit Lawrence to go to the Kansas State vs. KU game. K-State is 6-0 right now and we hope to watch the streak continue. Then we are going to rush back and attend my family's annual Halloween Poker Tournament. You have to dress up in a costume to play, and Ryan & I plan on going as crazed KSU fans to really get my Mizzo family riled up. :) Then on Sunday is always church but this Sunday we have a little something extra planed. Our church is throwing a fun family farm party out in the boonies including grilling, softball, fishing, hayrides and bonfires. It should be a lot of fun.
My good friend Kara filmed a promo of her oh so adorable hubby talking about the upcoming farm day to get everybody excited. It is seriously so dang funny. This is totally Matt. He is hilarious. So I will leave you with this for the weekend. I'll update everybody on the fun next week!
I'm going to kind of do this backwards. Our trip started in Vegas and ended in Zion for the wedding but I'm blogging about Zion first. Why? Because everyone's asking about the wedding! Unfortunately, I don't have that many pictures of it since I was in the wedding but once the professional (holla Elise!) pictures come out I will definitely post more.
First lets just take in the beauty that is Zion in Springdale, UT at sunset. This was the location of my SIL Emily & her now husband Sean's wedding.
It was a destination wedding and there was a great turn out! There were loads of family and friends all having an incredible time drinking in the sights and festivities.
We arrived on Saturday and had a short time to relax before getting ready for the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. Emily & Sean's wedding was on a Sunday which I loved. Sundays are the best days. This was our back drop during the wedding. Can you say gorgeous??
Sean's dad is an amazing cook and caterer. So it was only natural for him to grill us up our dinner right there in the park. Everything was absolutely perfect!
Then the sun started to set and everybody was mesmerized by the sights.
The Virgin river flowing right behind us.
Of course this called for a photo op. Emily walked over this bridge the next day to greet her soon to be husband.
My mom and I about to head back to our villa.
Speaking of our villa, you have to check it out here. We stayed at the Cliffrose Lodge in the Hummingbird Villa, and it was perfect for all the immediate family to stay together. You have to check out the pictures of it!
The next morning we woke up early so that we could get in a hike before all the wedding activities began. The wedding started at 4:00pm that day. So my mom, the hubs and I ventured off to check out some of the trails offered by the Zion National Park.
We ended up going on several different ones because a few of them were not for beginners and we were time limited. By all the trails displayed these gorgeous views.
It was a little chilly that early in the morning and whenever we hiked in the shade of the mountains as you can tell from the picture above of my mom and Ryan.
I can't believe that that little river down there created all those crevices.
Of course anytime we are near something we could fall off Ryan has to take a "falling" picture.
There were a lot of switch backs that got us all pretty winded.
Stopped to take a short break and admire the views.
I have so many pictures that is was hard to narrow them down for this post!
I love this picture with my mom in it.
We were even graced by the presence of a few ram!
Ok, so they weren't this close to us but I have a really good zoom lens!
We kept seeing these trail markers called cairns. So Ryan decided to build himself one. I don't think he was doing it right. ;)
Good views = Lots of photo ops
I really should have taken some pictures of the crazy paths that made us turn back. Let's just say they were not wide enough to put your feet side by side and required you to hang on by a chain! Ryan & I definitely want to go back some time and really dedicate a few days to climbing some challenging trails. Some day!
Afterwards, we rushed back to get ready for the ceremony and take pictures. These are basically the only pictures I took since I was in the wedding and then my battery died at the reception. :(
I love this picture with Papa surrounded by family. They were all trying to make Aunt Evelyn look big in this picture since she's so tiny and tends to hide in pictures.
I have to give a shout out to my SIL, Sally's, best friend Elise. She was asked to take the wedding pictures, and she rose to the challenge. She was freaking amazing all weekend. I don't know how she did it, and I can't wait to see some of the hundreds of pictures she took.
Elise you are amazing!!
The rest of these pictures I swiped of Facebook since it's the only documentation of the wedding and the bridesmaid dresses right now. That's why they aren't the best quality.
You can kind of see the gorgeous bluish greenish dresses. This was Harlan reading scripture during the ceremony.
I just had to share this picture. How amazing is this?? Emily had her dress made especially for her, and it was perfect. I couldn't have dreamed up a better dress for her.
The one and only shot of the reception I took of FB. I love the pure joy of this madly in love couple holding up their freshly signed marriage certificate. They are just the sweetest couple ever!
I can't wait to get my hands on more pictures of the wedding and especially the gorgeous outdoor reception. I'll definitely share those when I get them. It was such an amazing time that the whole family will never forget.
We love you Sean & Emily. Look forward to seeing your faces a lot more now that you are home in Kansas again!!