Temple Square

James and I had the opportunity of visiting Utah this Spring – as in a few months ago now – and I’m finally taking the time to post some pictures from our trip. I’m so on-the-ball!

It worked out great that James had a business conference to attend in Salt Lake City (Domopalooza) and little Jude and I were able to tag along.

Jude did great in our flights. The flight attendants LOVED him! Who wouldn’t? : ) We stayed the first part of our trip in The Grand America which was super fancy & a fun experience. After the conference was over, we headed down to Provo and stayed there a couple nights to be closer to friends. Seeing some of our favorite faces and catching up was well overdue and much needed.

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One afternoon, we made it to Temple Square in Salt Lake. Utah in spring is GORGEOUS, and Temple Square in the spring definitely tops the charts. I was obsessing over all of the tulips and mass amounts of flowers EVERYWHERE. It’s amazing really.

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The hanging flower boxes along the walls were my favorite part. With bright happy poppies coming out the top!

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Seeing as it was Jude’s first time to Utah and Temple Square, I had to document it well for him. It’s such a special place to us. Sure, he won’t remember it…but that’s what pictures are for!

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^ This photo is one of my favorites. ^

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We made it into the old Tabernacle where we found a sister missionary who served in our ward in Georgia a few months prior! She is from the Philippines and was headed home the very next week. Such a sweet little coincidence to run into her there. She and her companion did the sound presentation in the Tabernacle so we could hear the pin drop. Incredible acoustics!

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Temple Square

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Even though it was spring, the wind and weather were still bitter cold. We had to stay bundled.

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Seriously though…look at how many flowers!

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When we were done being “tourists”, we stopped and ate at The Lion House for brunch. Warm homemade goodness!

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^Fancy little way to keep things watered ^

Summer is now here – clearly, It’s the end of July – and we’ve been staying super busy. James just finished his summer term of school and finals this week. He’ll start up with an even heavier load in a week or so for Fall. Ugh! I’m just as ready for him to be done as he is. Still over a year to go though. Jude is walking and all over the place. His personality cracks us up & he continues to be a sweet and personable little guy. We enjoyed having my family in town this month as well – my mom, two sisters, and their kids all stayed at our house for about a week. Summer is winding down quickly – we have two more Gossling babies joining the family any day now (June and Shellie are very much about to pop!) and Jude is about to be ONE! Where has the year gone? August 6th.

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Busy Bees

Holy- Moly! It’s about time for a catch-up post! A lot has happened since my last post & obviously there hasn’t been much time for the blog.

As you may know, James & I moved home to Georgia. The beautiful, lush, heart-warming south 🙂

We made the long drive from Utah with a 12 foot U-haul hooked behind us. That did little to keep my nerves calm on the curves and highways. We did make it though, and with the help of many great friends and family.

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It was a bittersweet move as we had dear friends that we left behind. But, they will make for good vacation excuses in the future 🙂

At first arrival, the hubs and I were living in my parent’s old house because they moved to Arizona the beginning of May. After driving across country from Utah, I turned right around and drove to AZ with my parents to help out with their move. Living out of a suitcase and boxes are things that I’ve grown used to (and am still doing) since the end of April.

May 20th brought my 26th birthday. I feel old and young all at the same time! James and I celebrated by taking a weekend trip up to Charleston, SC. Neither of us had been and we are both in love with it now! You can bet we will be going back again and again in the future. It is filled with southern charm, beautiful gardens, cute shops, the beach, so much history, and food to die for!

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We were also lucky enough to be invited to spend a week on Hilton Head Island with Michael, June, & their adorable children for Memorial Day. (James’ oldest brother). How blessed we have been! It was a perfect beach vacation.

Hilton Head(niece, Sarah, turned 8 while we were there!)

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Being back home has been wonderful, though ever-so-hectic. James & I have gone back to working full-time in the office. (Check out the latest company photo…business is booming and we are growing!)

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We have also been spending most of our waking hours outside of work in pursuit of ANOTHER move. Given that my parent’s home was on the market and already sold, we found a new place to call home. We decided to purchase a rental home from James’ father. It has been a pretty big project as new carpets, new paint jobs, finishing the basement & lots of updates have been in the works. Many hours have been put into this home! We couldn’t be more grateful for all of the support and helping hands from family and friends.

**Photos To Come**

As of this last week, we are living there now — Our first house! I’m so exhausted though & James is currently at Scout Camp all week for church that not much has been un-packed. The kitchen is also still half-way out of commission because there was an error in our new counter-top order. Those are still not in …. and neither is the kitchen sink. Perfect! Slowly but surely…we will get completely settled.

This home won’t be a forever home for us though. It’s much bigger than we actually need for now: 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, & finished basement…. but the price was right and we plan to turn-around and rent it out in about a year. We’re hoping all goes well with that plan!

We’re also hoping that soon enough we will have free time to hang out with our friends here that we’ve yet to see since we moved back… 2 1/2 months ago! Sad!

In other news… I’ve been working to promote my photography business! It’s been a long time coming because it takes time that I haven’t had much of lately. Though I do have a temporary website up if you’d like to check it out:

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You can also stop by and “like” my facebook page – –Any and all support is highly appreciated!

..Stay tuned for more!…

love, whit

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Portland

 

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Portland is only a 2 1/2 hour drive from Seattle, so James & I thought…why not?! Portland has also been on my bucket list for quite a while. If we’re already so close…it only makes sense! Besides, James has an aunt that lives in Portland…it was a perfect fit for our road trip.

My first impression of Portland – How GREEN! Granted, my first impression was Aunt Lisa’s yard..I couldn’t get enough of it! I think Utah’s winter has me green deprived, but I loved all of the flowers and cherry blossom trees. Her front porch even had blooming ranunculus…my favorite!

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I was also a tad obsessed with their pretty kitty cat, “Kitty Girl”…only she moved too much to get a good photo of her cute face.

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We were even welcomed with a beautiful Easter basket in our room at “Hotel Lacaden-Pfleiger”! So sweet!

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Lisa showed us around Portland that day. We started by visiting the homes and schools that James’ dad grew up in and attended – Portland was home for him. I snagged a photo of one of the homes. Maybe he remembers it?!…

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We didn’t do too much photo taking of downtown Portland. I was able to snap one of the famous “Portlandia” statue. The second largest copper statue after the Statue of Liberty…

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We met up with two of Aunt Lisa’s kids – Minta and Hunter – for lunch at Elephant Deli. (SOO yummy!) The cousins then joined us at Powell’s. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go to Powell’s….Portland’s famous bookstore. That place is HUUUUUGE! I was in heaven. 4 floors & I barely saw one….so so much. I could waste hours. I did find myself a couple steals…used books for cheap cheap!…

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We wandered in shops for a couple hours, saw some of the local “pirates”…these people dress up (all out!) and believe they are pirates. Just keepin’ Portland weird, I guess. And Lisa treated us to Salt & Straw – only some AMAZING unique ice cream. I had Meadow Marmalade & Peaches and Freckled Woodblock Chocolate. YUM YUM YUM! How something can be salty and sweet and so delicious all at once just blows my taste buds away! It’s a Portland must, I’d say.

Our last stop before heading back to Lisa’s for dinner was the Pittock Mansion. A lovely old home with a backyard view of the city.

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Back at Aunt Lisa’s, I spent a little more time admiring the yard and their chickens before dinner…

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And look at how perfect it was…Lisa leaves her front door open & you can smell spring in the air while watching the breeze blow the cherry blossom petals. I loved it…

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And the remainder of the evening was spent visiting with family. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any shots of Hunter and Wyatt…but James & Minta had a little fun together…

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Lisa & her hubby, Chris, were perfect hosts! I was thrilled to finally meet all of the family & see Portland. What a great day! I’d love to see Portland again…but with more than 24 hours.

love, whit

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Orcas Island & The Space Needle

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Easter morning, James and I drove about 2 hours from Seattle to board a ferry to the San Juan Islands – Orcas Island in particular. It was another sunny day, but a little chilly on the ferry because of the wind.

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James enjoyed his easter egg candy aboard…

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Orcas Island was so beautiful! The little shops and markets by the dock were adorable. A local told us that the deli made the best sandwiches, so we purchased a couple and ventured to the tippy-top of Mt. Constitution for a picnic with a view!

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We were blown away at the incredible view once we made it to the top. We could see for miles and miles…

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After a few hours on Orcas Island, the ferry loaded up again and we headed back to Seattle.

James made reservations for us for dinner. We thought that the Space Needle was a perfect end to our day and stay in Seattle. The food there was SO GOOD! The view was just as amazing. James devoured some tender lamb and I had delicious cod with these fancy pot-stickers. Even their hazelnut Italian sodas were to die for! It was a very memorable night for us. Or day actually. : )

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love, whit

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Pike Place Market – Seattle

2013-04-04_0035Pike Place Market was one of the highlights for me in Seattle. I LOVE farmer’s markets! It’s one of the things I’m going to miss about Provo…they have one every Saturday in the summer just a few blocks from our apartment. ANYWAY, so many colorful and delicious things – FRESH! I was in heaven at Pike Place. We enjoyed fresh produce, dehydrated goodies, sweets, fish, and rows and rows of beautiful fresh flowers!!! Can you believe…a huge bundle of daffodils for just $5?! They spoke to me.

pikeplace2013-04-04_00282013-04-04_0029….As I gawked over the tulips of all kinds, I learned that James love loves Hyacinth! (the purple stems in the above right photo) Who knew!

I forgot to note the tasty crepes we picked up at “Yummy Crepes” (haha)…chicken + veggie and banana + strawberry + chocolate. Yummy indeed!

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I had always seen videos of the Pike Place Fish Market… you know the one where they toss the fish around when someone purchases?!? I finally saw it! …And got a lens full of raw fish when they tossed it….

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And also bought some fresh prawns…

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2013-04-03_0002We ate up the plums we bought…and am still using the fresh basil…and am waiting to use the acorn squash! Like I said…I couldn’t get enough of the freshness there!

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Because of the sun…EVERYone was out and about that day…

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We sampled things here and there. Rub With Love had some killer BBQ that we shared!…

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Every time we passed the original Starbucks, the line was out the door and a different street musician was out front. Pretty entertaining!…

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dear Pike Place Market,

i love you.

Might I also add…Dear Tacos Chukis….i love you too!… (yes, that is a tamale. and yes, that is grilled pineapple). Lora and Dan told us about this hidden treasure. I need one a block from my house!

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love, whit

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Road Trip! – Seattle

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A good while ago, James & I had mentioned how much we’d both like to visit Seattle one day. It’s always been on my bucket list. Then, when our good friends, Lora and Dan, told us they were moving there in August AND hearing how much they loved their brief trip out there a couple weeks ago…it was decided. We were going! Seeing as we’re moving back to Georgia at the end of this month, James and I had to make this trip happen soon! No need waiting to travel even FARTHER to do it later on. It took 13 hours in the truck from Provo, UT to Seattle, WA. We made it happen this last weekend & love love loved every minute of it!

I have a SLEW of pictures, so I may be doing this trip in separate posts…starting from the beginning!…

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We stayed at the Marriott right on “Alaskan Way” (if you’re familiar with the area)…which is along the piers of Puget Sound. Our room with a view of boats, water, and flocking ‘gulls was perfect for the sunny weekend we stayed. We got there in the evening with enough time to wander along the piers and snag some fresh seafood for dinner at Ivar’s.

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Even though we soon found out that Seattle (or maybe Washington in general?! lol ) is full of pretty weird people – Sorry to offend anyone, but there are interesting folk around that area! – We still loved the city!

Our first morning we spent walking to the Monorail for a ride over to the Chihuly glass sculpture exhibit below the space needle – which James and I thoroughly enjoyed!

2013-04-04_0059Their monorail is – so I’ve been told – the oldest running alweg train in existence!  Been going for 50+ years! & is still running the ORIGINAL trains – no updates. Pretty cool!

2013-04-04_0011Dale Chihuly – a Washington local – creates the most AMAZING  blown glass sculptures. I’ve seen some of his installations before: Once at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and then a stunning ceiling installation in Vegas’ Bellagio Hotel.

The majority of these below were created to resemble his mother’s flower garden. His chandeliers, globes, and sea sculptures are phenomenal as well!

James’ favorite were these canoes…

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Later that day we found ourselves on the west side of Seattle for a scenic Segway tour! It was my second time on a Segway and James’ first. He was addicted!

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We are so glad we did it. Not only because we got a great deal via Groupon : ) , but we got an ideal view of the city from across the bay. We probably would have never made it to the west side had it not been for this tour. It’s a ritzier end of town to live and very gorgeous.

The tour was only about 1 1/2 hours & I asked James if we could drive by again to snag some more pictures. It was difficult to get any on a Segway & our group only made brief stops.

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Can I just mention again how PERFECTLY SUNNY the weather was?! The locals told us over and over again that we picked the best weekend to come…the warmest yet of the year!

…Because I’ve already posted a bleep-load of photos, I’ll make a separate one for the rest of our adventures at the Pike Place Market, on the Ferry, Orcas Island, and even a last minute day trip to Portland!

love, whit

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sunny spring weather

This has been the first week here in Provo, Utah where I could walk up to campus in short sleeves! The heaps of piled up snow are gone and the sun is shining. This spring weather couldn’t make me happier!

It was so nice today, James and I went on a walk to get lunch. We decided to try the much-raved-about local joint, Communal. It was just as I’ve heard – Amazing! We wish we’d tried it sooner. Cool, clean, fresh, delish! We both really liked their Gala Apple Salad…

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Time is flying and this Spring is bringing so much our way…

NOTABLE: Today marks ONE YEAR exactly from when James came home from his mission in Argentina.

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Paige and I were there to greet him after he was released because she was really good friends with him. I only knew who he was, but happened to snag the first hug because Paige had run to the bathroom. James and I started carpooling to work a few days later…and a year later we find ourselves happily married for amost 6 months! CRAZY!

Best year ever, though.

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So back to what Spring is bringing…

1. IMAGINE DRANGONS concert on March 22nd in SLC!

2. Weekend Trip to SEATTLE Easter weekend …we have a couple free Marriott stays we need to use AND want to take advantage of being on this end of the country before moving back to GA. I’ve always heard so much about Seattle! Can’t WAIT!!!

3. Moving back to GEORGIA end of April and making pits stops along the way: Littleton, CO – Tulsa, OK – Houston, TX …taking advantage of the cross country trip to visit fam and friends!

4. Beginning of May – Most likely I will be driving with my parents as they move to ARIZONA so that my mom won’t have to drive alone. She’ll be trailing my dad in the U-Haul. So I’ll get to see family in AZ again and meet my new NEPHEW!!! …Just need to book a one-way back to Atlanta and it will be final!

5. My photography business is becoming more and more official! Website in the works!

6. Later in May for my birthday – A trip to CHARLESTON, SC! We’ve never been! Hoorah!

7. AAAAND Even later in the year – TAYLOR SWIFT CONCERT in Nashville, TN for our one year anniversary! (Sept 28) Her last concert of the Red Tour. fun fun fun

I know what you may be thinking. Yes, we work. But in the words of Cher Lloyd – “WORK HARD – PARTY HARDER!” …hahaha…

Also, seeing as we are currently child free, we’d like to really make the most of that married freedom. Makes sense, right? We think so.

Lastly: Just look at kitty…she loves being a Gossling and is getting a tad more plump : )

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it may be because she enjoyed my Valentine’s See’s just as much as me…

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May the sunny days continue!…

love, whit

 

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Gossling News! – January 2013

1.  We are a happy little family!!! No babies, no…not even one “brewing”…WE ADOPTED A KITTY! Little Pepper is so sweet. We’ve had her a little over a month now. We got her for $20, a little sick, 3-4 months old. Now she has warmed up to us quite a bit – a little too much of a people person sometimes. She loves her belly to be rubbed and curling up on my chest/neck in the middle of the night. I am also convinced that she has kitty conversations with me and likes me more than James.

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…taking her into the shower is always fun! (our shower has a door…she wanders around my feet and meows. sure beats getting scratched if we try to clean her any other way. and yes, i know cats hate water. we don’t “shower” her often at all)

2.  James is the funniest, sweetest, and full of surprises! I came home from school one day to….a celebration of my “25 2/3 birthday”?! Homemade dinner, decor, presents, and my favorite desserts that he brought home for PF Chang’s. Seriously….they have THE BEST assortment of mini desserts!

Just look at how good he is to me!….

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such a shocker…James has made me the proud owner of a brand dew MacBook Air!…& PS Elements 11…

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3.  I have a full load this semester. Between James and I, the amount of textbooks coming in the mail from Amazon are ridic…

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However, I am thoroughly enjoying my Sewing class and Interior Design! I’ve always wanted to learn, more technically, “the art or sewing”. Growing up, my mom showed me and helped me with projects here and there, but I never learned or paid attention very well. Now I can!

4.  Although school seems a burden every day, this is James’ and my LAST SEMESTER IN PROVO!!! …….wait for it……. We are moving home to Georgia in the end of April! We are both so excited. Georgia is home to us. James….will never live anywhere other than Georgia. We came to the conclusion that since we will end up there anyway, why wait? It’s either move now, or be stuck here in Provo 3-4 more years for James to graduate. So, James is in the process of transferring to UGA, and I will be able to finish up my BYU schooling online.

We will be living in my parents’ house until we figure out where we want to be more permanently. Only, my parents will not be there, they are moving to Arizona (more new on that later). So, living just the two of us….in a house….with a big yard/garden to keep track of….will be a fun and new experience as newly weds! And although it is sad that my parents are leaving, we are happy to be heading back east and be with all of James’ family….and close to my sister’s family in VA.

We do have a handful of really amazing friends here in Provo though that we are SO SO SO sad to leave. We are already trying to convince them that vacations to Georgia should be planned into their near future : )

5.  Two weeks ago, Jan 19th, my Grandpa Bluth passed away (on my Mom’s side). It was terribly emotional news for me. Though, I counted my blessings that him and my Grandma felt inspired to make the drive all the way from Mexico for James’ and my wedding in GA in September. I will be forever grateful for that last memory of my “abuelo”.

James and I made the road trip last weekend down to Mesa, Arizona for a family service….and then a second drive down into Colonia Dublan, Mexico for a second funeral service and burial. It was SO WONDERFUL that we went and saw all of my family, that they got to meet James, and that we made it to Mexico. I hadn’t gone in 5-6 years. Showing James where I used to spend my summers growing up was really neat, if even for a brief trip.

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then we went through a blizzard on our way back to Utah…

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I will post more on Mexico, the funeral, and my amazing Grandpa later.

love, whit

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2012 in REVIEW

dear twenty-twelve,

you were good to me.   …let’s see why!

i started the year off in ITALIA with my mom. an unforgettable trip of a lifetime that i wouldn’t want to spend with anyone else.

here she is in Florence:

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here i am in Rome:

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We made it to Venice as well:

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….and Siena and Sorrento. and ate and ate and ate. took a cooking class in Florence. fell in love with the land. and had, case in point, the greatest time! perfect start for 2012 if you ask me!

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NEXT…march 2012.    …and i stole the first hug from this certain Gossling boy who came home from his mission in Argentina…

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…i went to the beach!…

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that Gossling boy and i became pretty close and enjoyed spring together in GA…

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i moved to UTAH in April and became roommates with this crazy fun blonde bombshell…

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…and reunited with this blonde bombshell….

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…i turned 25! and a certain Gossling boy flew out to surprise me!…

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…Summer 2012, i flew home to GA and that Gossling boy and i road-tripped back out to UT together…

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…long story short…that Gossling boy proposed,  and we started planning a party…and our forever together…

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…the DMOPC family grew…our family at work….

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…the big party happened in September…(Elissa turned 26 on our big weekend!)…

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…even my Grandparents came from Mexico!…

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…married life began. it treated us right. then the husband and i road tripped to California for Thanksgiving to visit family…

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…we had fun on the way home stopping in VEGAS with our friends, Lora & Dan Grady (who made the road trip with us! so fun!)…we pinballed and dinner dated!…

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…2012 brought new friends…we are so blessed to have…

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…in 2012…Gossling Farms was established (best idea ever, Michael & June!)…which allowed for a kick-A wedding reception and for this to happen….woohoo!…

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…December brought family, friends, and fun as well with Christmas and New Year’s in Georgia….but that will get its own separate post. As well as a well-overdue post with more wedding pictures if I ever get around to it. 2013 in preview also to come…

so yes, 2012, you were good to me. thank you!

 

love, whit

p.s. – as it’s a new year…i decided to align my text to the left for Dave.

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