Friday, July 24, 2015

Welcome Home Elder McGuire!

Oh Baby Boy,

JT is one of my best friends. Watching him overcome the trauma of Super Typhoon Haian and return to the people he loves to bring them the Gospel is one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. I am so grateful for his example, not only to me but to our entire family. We couldn't be more proud of him.

It was so fun getting to all be together and welcome him home like a rockstar.


Love you little brother.

Thanksgiving in Texas !

Scott's parents came to visit us for Thanksgiving this year. We were so excited to have family visit! It was nice that I didn't have as many responsibilities at the store this year and had time to enjoy family and make my first Thanksgiving.

It was definitely all about the food this year. I brined my turkey (first time!) this year. We had a wonderful time watching old family movies together. Aside from our engagement weekend, and the wedding (which I don't think counts much it was so busy!) I hadn't really spent a whole lot of time with my in-laws. Who are absolutely incredible. We had so much together! I love seeing where Scott gets so many of his amazing traits from. I really won the lottery on fantastic in-laws.

We went downtown and saw the sights and Scott got us tickets to the light parade on the riverwalk. It was a perfect weekend. I can't wait for our next visit.

Scott put together this wonderful montage of our Thanksgiving. I'm so grateful he started putting these together.We're working on how we keep our family history and I love how these turn out.

Because if you aren't bathing the turkey in butter in your pajamas you're doing it wrong.

Settling in.

With both stores up and running, it was time to make this place home. A few Craigslist scores, and a husband who knew how to hang things we were living in a fairy tale. 

First real dinner in our new place. It took me 15minutes to get to the grocery store and I called my sister Lindsay freaking out that I didn't know how to make dinner. A girl with a degree in food doesn't know how to make dinner. Thanks to her we had Chicken Tacos and Scott thought I was amazing. So much to learn haha. 
We ate our way through nearly 25+ flavors I'm sure those first few months in Texas. It became our nightly ritual. A bowl of ice cream and we would talk about our days. 

Homemade pizza and football quickly became another one of our favorite traditions. 

Married//Cross Country Move//Open a Store


Why not?

It was a complete whirlwind getting married and honeymooning. While the honeymoon still isn't over (a year later) there definitely was a lot of reality pulling out of my parents driveway after the Flagstaff reception. It's been my joke this year that if my husband wasn't so cute I wouldn't have moved to Texas. Which is true. I'm loving it now, but it was really really hard to drive away from the west and everything I knew. I can only imagine what Scott was thinking leaving Arizona with his new bride, headed to the place he picked, to the dream job he wanted. Except his new bride cried all the way to New Mexico. (We have learned a lot this year. )

I think I was grateful when I got the call from my Boss asking me to come back to work early. Kneaders was something I knew very well, and being needed in San Antonio for work made it feel like we were just going there for work. Not because we were moving there forever. Originally I was going to take a week once we got to San Antonio to get settled, but the permits for the store had come in late and it was Wednesday afternoon and they had just barely been allowed into the store. Meaning they had lost three days of prep work and needed to open in 48hours. As much as my boss apologized  for asking me back early I ran whole-heartedly back into my kitchen. I needed something high-stress and chaotic to feel grounded. Crazy how that works right? Well it was the hardest, most chaotic, stressful opening I've ever done. I walked in the kitchen Thursday morning  and less than 48hrs later we were open.

Those two weeks of getting that store off the ground were insane. As soon as they seemed relatively stable I flew to Denver to open another store there.

San Antonio Kneaders was up and running, out to dinner to celebrate! (Married two weeks)

I was running Valentine's Day when we went on our first date and was under a lot of stress at work, but I fell in love with Scott on that first date because in those three hours he made all the stress disappear and the chaos stopped. Things were comfortable and I knew I wanted that forever.  In between working at the store I unpacked the house and tried to learn how to make dinner for Scott. We started to get settled and even with everything around us being non-stop we were (are) blissfully happy. New job for Scott, new house, new marriage, work moving at warp speed for me, but we got to have family prayer together each night and lay our heads next to each other. Which was more than we could have ever asked for.

Pizza on the floor our first night in our new apartment. 
Couldn't be happier. August 18th, 2014

Unloaded in San Antonio!