if you feel like a room without a roof

our 45th annual bear lake eyre family reunion was one of the best yet. here's a video that my brother eli and his wife julie (this year's reunion chairs) put together before we all got together at the lake. the idea was to film clips mimicking pharrell's happy video in all the neat places we each live (hawaii, new york city, boston, utah, san diego, san francisco, phoenix). some of those locations did not make it in since we're eyres and we all procrastinated, but it's still a really stinking awesome video, i think. i was excited to have some clips of the golden gate bridge and stanford and the northern california coast, but since things got crazy just before the boy and i left for utah, i settled for clips around the salt lake temple, where we will be married on october ninth!

eli and julie debuted this video after our traditional bonfire on the beach the opening night of the reunion, which turned into a sweet dance party, complete with glow sticks and sparklers.

i just think i have the best family ever. and we are happy


the fourth of july

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i adore the independence day, especially in provo, utah!

early in the morning on july 4, after sleeping on the grass in his grandparents’ back yard, the boy and i went with his sister and mom to see the hot air balloons launch in downtwon provo. last year it was too windy for the balloons to go up, so it was especially exciting to see this year. i just love the bright colors and patterns against the early blue sky and the majestic mountains, and i also love the crowds of tired but enthusiastic spectators.

the crowd included my cousin ben and his wife ashley and their baby girl clara, who just moved from the bay area to provo. it was super fun to see them and tell them we were engaged! they were the first to find out in person :)   photo 1 (53)
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we watched the parade down university avenue, got milkshakes at the purple turtle, had a barbeque with the boy’s grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, brother, sisters and parents, saw a few friends, took a nap in the hammock, and helped with a front-yard fireworks display as the stadium of fire show glittered in the distance.

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(maybe the holiday included some grumpiness since we’d hardly slept for a couple weeks, but seriously…) it was such a happy, colorful, grateful day.


utah glory, north and south … and the best of friends


it was superb fate that my dearest of friends sara and dani happened to be in northern utah just as the boy and i arrived from california. we had a looooovely sunday dinner on my parents’ deck in park city and then hung out and talked for hours. it was just the best.

a couple days later, the boy and i drove a few hours south to meet dani and jj at my parents’ barn/studio apartment in new harmony, which is right outside kolob canyon (part of zion national park). we arrived just as a tremendous storm had rolled in and it was neat to cook, eat and play games while the weather bellowed around us. the world was glowing when the clouds started to separate and the sun started to set.


we drove up the canyon as daylight slipped away and found a random trail to explore in the until we ran into a skunk and we had only moonshine to find our way back to the car. it was pretty fun to have a sleepover that night.


the next day, i went with dani and jj to the main part of zion’s while the boy went to work remotely from the cedar city public library. jj guides hiking and rock climbing tours and knows the park crazy well, and he took us bouldering though this awesome canyon. we saw only about five other people the entire time, even though the park was super busy on this hot summer day. we hiked through the river, climbed up waterfalls, jumped in refreshing pools, scrambled up rocks, and marveled at the beauty. man, i loooooove the blue sky/rust rocks/green cottonwoods combo of southern utah!

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grateful for spectacularly beautiful spots on earth, and for even more beautiful friends.

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