Night Drive

Brian and I took a little night drive date this week into Emmigration Canyon.  We got to catch the beautiful sunset over the valley.

Driving and listening to good music is one of our favorite relaxing things to do together.
 Yum Cafe Noir.  Oh coffee I will never stop loving you.

Brian's birthday!

Brian's 31st birthday was last week.  We met our friends and took him out to his favorite Thai restaurant, Tasty Thai, near Liberty Park.  We ordered family style (just like we learned to do in Saipan), so we all got to share and try a bunch of different dishes.  Such a fun dinner, and so glad we got to celebrate Brian's day.
Birthday candle
 I got Brian a new backpack for his bday in his fave color.  He has had his old Osprey backpack for about 5 years now.  It has been all over and was looking pretty rough.  We went to REI together and he picked out his new one- now he need to break it in on a mountain biking trail.

  I have to best husband in the world and I am so glad to be his.


Spring in the City

 Spring is here!!  Flowers are popping up all over and it's the best.

 On a walk downtown

Here's some of the March 8th page of Jesus Calling.  I've read it probably over 10 times since March 8th-

"Save your best striving for seeking My face.  I am constantly communicating with you.  To find Me and hear My voice, you must seek Me above all else.  Anything that you desire more than Me becomes an idol.  When you are determined to get your own way, you blot Me out of your consciousness.  Instead of single-mindedly pursuing some goal, talk with Me about it... Seek Me first and foremost, then the rest of your life will fall into place, piece by piece."

I want my best striving to be seeking after God.  I don't want to be running around in circles with my mind focused on the wrong things.  I'm trying to pray about this and my priorities first thing each morning before I get up.  I'm also praying for God to fill me with His love, after hearing an awesome sermon Sunday night at K2 and being encouraged to pray this every day.

-Brian's birthday was on Monday!!  I can't wait to write about it but don't have all of the pictures yet- soon!

-I spent an hour yesterday morning talking to my Gram on the phone and it was wonderful.  I love it that I get to talk to my grandparents on a regular basis each week.  Even in Saipan we used to talk all the time and my Gram (and Aunt Carolyn!) would send us letters and care packages with Trader Joe's tomato soup.  It meant a lot to us.

-I was given two new clients this week and will be working overtime each week... it's going to be busy, but saving for a house, here we come!  We would love to start looking at houses to buy at the first of next year, then move in the spring.  Not even sure if it's possible and we're pretty flexible, but it's a great goal and has been helping us save money each month.


Rain reminds me of Taipei ❤

Taipei, 2010

Yesterday as I was walking near the U, I saw the misty mountains in the background and the aboveground subway system right beside me and felt like I was back in Taiwan for just a second.  The weather reminded me of those humid, drizzly days in Taipei where Brian and I would explore a new part of the city and duck into stores to stay dry.
The view from on top of Taipei 101

We used to ride our scooter through the mountains in Taiwan all the time and I'm looking forward to doing that on our  scooter in the Salt Lake mountains when it warms up.
I miss being 23!!! hahaa
 Beautiful city.


Salt Lake Snacks

 One of my favorite things about being back in the States is the food!  Taipei and Saipan had some great food for sure, but I missed all of the choices of different foods and being able to find exactly what you need every time at the grocery store.  

Salt Lake City has some awesome food and I've loved finding new favorites here.  Last night on the way home from work, Brian and I stopped at the Chow Truck.  I've seen it before parked out in front of  REI, but have never stopped to try it.  It was on the list of "best food trucks" in Utah, so when we saw it parked near 9th and 9th, we turned the car around and got some food.  Brian and I split three different things last night and it was pretty good.  But I think we both agreed that we like the taco stands outside of Sears on State Street even better.

Ruby Snap cookies are sooo good- and the cute little bakery is right down the street from us about 10 mins away.  All of their cookies are named after a pin-up girl and they are all really unique (some have really weird ingredients but they still taste so good).  Also, they give you huge samples every time you go in, so you get to try lots of different kinds of cookies.  A redbox movie and Ruby Snap makes a great weeknight!
My friends and I went to The Rose Establishment for coffee this morning and we've also been there a couple of times before.  Love that place, their coffee and breakfast quiches, and hanging out on Saturday morning with my friends.

First time we all went to Rose Establishment way back in December
 Also, last weekend we introduced Brian to an old classic at my friend Ashley's house.  He like it... of course.  Who doesn't love the Breakfast Club?  PS in high school I had this movie just about memorized... and had the soundtrack.

I'll leave you with this awesome picture for your day.