Wednesday, December 21, 2011

I'm Ready to Go!

I think I am having a post-graduate crisis. A post-graduate crisis is when you fear the complacency and monotony of what is considered a normal adult life. I felt this after I graduated high school but leaving home for two years to serve an LDS mission in Brazil easily cured that and in fact might have made this one even worse. I have been graduated from the University of Utah for 19 months now and I have been craving another adventure like crazy. I have been desperately trying to plan a trip to get back to Brazil for either the World Cup or Olympics. It is very far away and still unlikely. I am still looking for something adventurous to satisfy my craving.

We are fortunate every year to go to Cabo San Lucas and escape to the Mexican Pacific. This is by far one of the greatest places to visit in the world. The best part is, even if you go there on a cruise you can't even take in all the amazing things about that place. This year more than any other year I think I am ready to go on a adventure to Mexico. My favorite part about Mexico now is getting to take my amazing wife Tiffany with me every year and show her a good time and all the secrets behind this amazing place. I think the most exciting thing about being married to Tiffany is that I know whatever crazy adventure I can imagine up for us to do, she is always there to either talk some sense in to me or jump on board with me. Let's go! Because we are always ready to go!

Christmas Countdown

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

See you in 2 years Nathan!

Recently we went to Las Vegas to see Nathan one last time before he went to the MTC. It was good to spend time with the family, especially Nathan.

I am so proud of him! He has been in the MTC about a week now and in a couple weeks he will be going to Tallahassee, Florida for 2 years to serve. My little brother has grown up so fast!

Mitch and I didn't carve pumpkins last year, so Nathan, Mitch, and I carved pumpkins!

Our completed artwork

Mitch's, Mine, and Nathan's

We got to see Nathan get set apart as a missionary while we were there. This of course was a spiritual and tear-jerking experience.

He looks like a great missionary, doesn't he?

The sisters

The grandparents

Dad and Mom

The family minus Jeremy and Eric

Here's to Nathan and the next two years!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


I discovered this music artist about 2 years ago. I listened to her live and immediately bought her CD. love love love. I haven't listened to her in awhile, but this past week has been a vedera week. Her voice is fun. Here a few goodies.

The Rain


And last...Love this song, but I picked this version because she is singing live in an empty pool house. The echos sound amazing!

Loving Ghosts

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Fall is here!

This week Mitch and I took an early evening and drove up to the mountains to look at the beautiful fall colors. It was great! We drove up to Brighton Resortand back. We got out at Brighton and walked around the boardwalk. I love fall time! ...Still not a fan of winter...but we are working on that. ;-)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Have I gone crazy???

Maybe...but I just needed a change. I have been talking about "changing" my hair for a long time, and I have been wanting to add red to it.

The night before my hair appointment, I still wasn't sure what to do. I asked Mitch what he thought, and he pulled up a picture of Victoria Beckham and said he liked her haircut. I told him no way was I ever going to go that short, but that I did like her hair.

Well....the next morning I was talking to my hairstylist about it and she said we should just do it. Just like that the decision was made and all my hair was chopped off! So I officially now have the "Victoria Beckham" hair cut. I added red highlights mixed in with blonde too!

Mitch doesn't like it....

He LOVES it!

It is the kind of hairstyle that people either love it or hate it. Luckily, the only people I really care about impressing is myself and Mitch.

Is this a permanent hairstyle for me? Probably not. I would be lying if I said I don't miss my long hair...because I really do. But at the same time, it is fun change to have for a season or two. After all, it is just hair and it will grow back. For now, I love it and it is a fun, spunky, modern, bouncy, new look for me. :-)

comments welcome!

10/08/09 Take three

Last weekend Mitch and I had our 2nd year anniversary!

Mitch won a free hotel stay at the Hyatt in a raffle at his Christmas work party last year.
We used it and stayed at the Hotel right by the gateway for our Anniversary.
We went to Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Salt Lake and had a romantic dinner. It was sooooo good! The next day, we spent the day at the Gateway going to lunch, seeing a movie, and shopping around. It was great to spend a whole evening and a whole day together!

Our spoiled bird

Mitch and I wanted a play gym for Rio to play on when he is out of his cage. After looking online and not wanting to spend anywhere from 50-200 dollars on a good one, we decided to make one ourselves! It was super cheap! I bought a white tray from target, and white plastic chain from Home Depot, and went from there! It was super easy. We drilled holes in 4 corners and added some toys that we already had. (ok, I might have bought him a couple more....but most of them we already had.)

It hangs from the ceiling, and the best part about it, is that when he is not out of his cage, we can easily take it down and it collapses and slides easily under our coffee table and out of sight.

He loves it!!

Friday, October 14, 2011

San Francisco!

Better late then never, right?

Almost two months ago, we went to San Francisco for a weekend with Mitch's Parents! It was a great trip to go on right before I started getting swamped in school. (which is why I have taken almost 2 months to post about it!) It was a great and memorable trip! We went to a couple Giants games and did some other site seeing, including running on the golden gate bridge!
Here are some of the pics!

Our hotel room

AT&T Park

snuck in a picture in the stub hub seats!

We got Giants gear!

Great seats!

AT&T Park right on the bay!

Our wonderful hosts!

After a great win! (yes, those are seagulls all over in the background!)

We went running on the Golden gate bridge. Almost 4 miles round trip, a great run! It was very very foggy, so we couldn't even see the top of the bridge, but it was still super fun and a very memorable experience!

Here we are at the memorial for the lone soldier on one side of the bridge.

Very Foggy!

We also went to Pier 39 and looked around at the shops. It was a very nice day..This seal seemed to think so also! We loved his choice for his sunbathing spot!

Ready for game number two!

Another great win!

Super fun trip! Thanks Holladays!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Mitch and I decided to take advantage of our last "free" weekend before my classes began to head to Vegas! It was great, as always. We got to see my family and we also spent lots of time on the strip!

Rolling into vegas right before the sun started setting.

We took Rio with us, here he is in his travel carrier.
He handled the trip well once he got used to it!

But he was happy to get out of that carrier once we arrived!

We saw an animal comedy show

Ate at the Rio buffet...look at all those crab legs! They extended even farther past the picture. Kind of creepy looking, but tasted good nonetheless!

Vegas strip at night

We got up early the next morning to go running on the strip.

After our run: Bellagio gardens were great! we were one of the few people even awake!
They had fake birds...
...And real birds!!
Fun hot air balloons

"The Chandelier" at the Cosmopolitan

We also went to the M & M factory...I will never look at them the same! Dark chocolate M & Ms are the best and I don't know why someone would choose milk chocolate instead!

Then we went to the Coke factory.
This was one of the best mascots I've ever seen. He was acting so hilarious!

Check out my new shirt per Mitch's request...Diet Coke!

"H" for Holladay. They must have known we were coming!

We also went to Serendipity!

Fun pictures!

Does this mean I get some diamond Jewelry now?

Sunday dinner...Mitch helping!

We had to stop by Serendipity one last time before we went home!

Divine frozen hot chocolate!

Huge donut!

A picture dedicated to Nathan. Next time I see him he will be days away from leaving for two years to go on his mission! He has been called to Tallahassee, Florida!

It was such a fun trip and I miss my family already! Now its back to hard work in school.

(sorry about all the pics, the slideshow video I tried to make wouldn't work for some reason!)