Autumn Escape

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Regardless of how great one's life is, it is natural to get a little stir crazy. Wyet and I have especially noticed this to be true in our life. In order to make it through the mundane routine of work and daily life, it is important for us to have something to look forward to. Last year, we planned a trip to Park City in early October because autumn is my favorite time of year, and I wanted to see the beautiful changes in the mountains. Once we arrived, we realized we missed the beat, Park City was already covered in snow. Bound and determined to enjoy the autumn beauty, we planned another PC trip this year. We went in mid-September, and we were not disappointed.

We spent the long weekend eating great food, shopping and not focusing on any agenda. Sometimes a vacation {or getaway in our case} turns out to be just as much work as real life, and in case we have all forgotten, that is most definitely not what it is intended for. A getaway should be just that, an escape from the ordinary; a relaxing journey in which time {for once} is on your side.

Spending uninterrupted time with Wyet is the perfect reminder as to why I fell in love with him so many years ago. Whether having late night cocktails in our room while telling stories or walking down historical Park City Main Street, I remember the best part about our relationship is that we genuinely love spending time together, and we have a hell of a lot of fun while doing so. I am happy that we take the time to escape together every few months. It settles the tension of everyday life and sends us home with a renewed sense of love for the life we have chosen, and instills in us a little deeper, that we truly are with the one we were meant for.
The changing leaves in full swing.
The hotel we stayed at was amazing!
Amazing man + giant room + modern artwork = bliss
We definitely loved the pub-like eating options, and we were not about to pass on a Wasatch brew.
We enjoyed a little shopping on Saturday afternoon. This bookstore was perfect.
Head over heels for this man
Wyet bought us tickets to see The Producers at The Egyptian Theater. Needless to say, I had the best looking date there.

Brotherly Love

Friday, October 3, 2014

There is a special bond that can only exist between brothers and sisters. The unique love/hate relationship that accompanies sibling interaction really can not be found anywhere else. Along with the ability to transition between a screaming match and laughter within minutes, there is another incredible element to sibling relationships; the unyielding desire to protect them.

Anyone with a close sibling can probably relate to the natural instinct to lookout for that person. For me, this especially kicks in when my brothers begin to date. Once I hear that one of my brothers is in a new relationship, I immediately want to know who the girl is. What I really want to know is, "Is she good enough for my brother?" These guys, my brothers, were my first friends and best protectors. I can't help but want the absolute best for them. So once a new woman enters the picture, I am naturally a little cautious. Which brings me to the story of JC and Alexsis.

I remember when I first met Alexsis. She came in to Starbucks shortly after her and JC began dating. We met, and I remember thinking that she was quiet but seemed nice. Over the next couple of years, I got to know her better, and what I discovered is that she has an incredible connection with my brother.

JC is one of the most stubborn people I have ever known {no offense of course, I am the same way}, but when he is with Alexsis, his guard comes down. She makes him happy, motivated and keeps him strong. Together they make an incredible team not only as a couple, but as parents, as well. Alexsis has brought out an amazing quality in JC, a selflessness I have never seen before, and together they have built an incredible family.

While I don't know everything about JC and Alexsis, I do know that they are happy together. They have a quiet life together, and I think there is a simple beauty in that. They don't flaunt the details of their life together because it is their own, and it is special. I know that in the confines of their daily life, there is true happiness and love.

Seeing my brother happy is all the assurance I needed to know that Alexsis was meant to be in our family. They tied the knot in the company of family and close friends on Saturday, September 27, 2014. The ceremony and reception were absolutely stunning, but the real beauty came in seeing JC and Alexsis overwhelmed with happiness and love. Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Fillmore.

The backdrop was absolutely beautiful!
Grandpa Fillmore and I before the ceremony

The groomsmen and best man
Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Fillmore!

I love that these two wore matching converse!
Love this amazing big sister of mine.
Two of the most important people in my world.
Grandpa Carter {it's so hard to get a picture of him!}

Patye and Wyet
Cutting the cake!
Since it was pouring rain, we settled on just decorating the inside of the newly-weds car!

Enjoying a little time with my sweetest nephew, Hendryx.

Sisters at last
The groomsmen party
These six are truly the best men I know.
Grandpa and Grandma Fillmore
The Newly Weds
Hendryx was the most popular person of the night!
My wonderful family - somehow we missed getting a picture with the bride :(

Dancing with Baby H

Loving any moment of brother time I can get.
Dance party!

Dancing partners - 10 years and counting
Here is to a night full of happiness and years to come. Congratulations!

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