Friday, October 14, 2016


Early in October, my sweet in-laws offered to throw me a family baby shower in honor of Baby Boy Smith! It was absolutely darling, and had the cutest details ranging from nautical inspired rice krispe treats to a cute homemade cake! I was very spoiled and received so many cute outfits, shoes, and handmade blankets and burp rags. Another wonderful part of the weekend was that both my sister & brother were able to travel up from Logan, Utah and Rexburg, Idaho for the day! That night, my mother-in-law, Trina treated us all to a fun night at a local pumpkin farm and dinner. It was so fun to be back together with Rachel and Dallin, since we hadn't been since Dallin's return from his mission! It was a wonderful weekend, and I'm so grateful to all the people in my life who love me, and are even more excited to welcome our sweet little one into the world! 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Friday, July 1, 2016


Derek completed his Medical Residency on June 30, 2016! It was such a wonderful day, as after three long years of training, long hours, weekend call and so much more, he had finally graduated! The medical school & residency life isn't easy, but it was so worth it! We are now loving our life with Derek at his new job as a physician with Kaiser Permanente in the CA Central Valley. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


After years of being poked & prodded, countless blood tests, two surgeries (on my part), we are thrilled to announce that a sweet little baby will be joining our family in December! We are so excited, and so blessed.

Friday, March 18, 2016


Around two years ago, I was out and about with my little buddy Lexi, after a morning at Sea World. We were just meandering around the Mission Beach area, and stumbled upon a smoothie shop that sold acai bowls. We were in need of a mid morning snack, and at the time, Lexi loved smoothies. I purchased a yummy strawberry banana blend for her, and settled on trying my first acai bowl, with fresh granola & coconut on top. From that moment, I was hooked on this delicious and tart treat. I have spent time to re-create the most delicious and yummy bowl I can make at home, for days when I want a change from my normal protein smoothie in the morning. It took a while, but I have completely converted Derek into this trend. On busy days, we like to whip one of these up, and share it on the couch, dreaming of a tropical location and beach. We are ready for a vacation, and to kick these years of residency behind us! 
You can see where to purchase the Sambazon packets in your area here!

Thursday, March 10, 2016


Last weekend, we flew down to our favorite city for a weekend away. The weather was beautiful and perfect, minus a rain storm Sunday morning, and we enjoyed fabulous company, food, and sights. It was almost as though we hadn't moved away, but we definitely were in vacation mode. Friday morning was spent wandering an empty Balboa Park, and enjoying the cool morning, We enjoyed lunch at our favorite Con Pane in Point Loma, and met friends in Old Town that night for dinner. Saturday morning we went to our favorite farmer's market, and ate copious amounts of samples, and pizza in Little Italy for lunch. As the mist rolled in that evening, we played a competitive game of mini golf with my family, and had the best time! For our final day, we met friends for breakfast in La Jolla, and enjoyed the crystal clear sky and water, fresh from the storm, and one last early dinner with family before heading back to the airport. It was a wonderful weekend, and perfect timing. We have been so busy with everything, to escape for a few days was exactly what we needed!