Saturday, August 15, 2009


Emily and I celebrated our First Anniversary yesterday on August 14th. I know she is usually the blogger of the family, but I wanted to do this post. I can't believe it has been one year!! I am so lucky to be married to my best friend. Here is a quick whirlwind of our first year of marriage together.

As you can see, ever since we met each other almost five years ago, it has been a wild ride. I mean how many get to fall in love in Hawaii? From jumping out of planes to swimming with sharks, we have had some amazing experiences together.

We took our engagement pictures at a barn in Texas.

Our actual Wedding Invitation.

My beautiful bride!!!! She's gonna kill me for posting this picture, but its my favorite picture EVER!!

I will never forget our wedding day!! Although it was definitely a crazy day, it was amazing!! Check out those Cowboy Boots!!

I had to throw this picture in here. During the last month or two of my mission I started writing a song for Emily called "No More Goodbyes." For those of you who know us well, you know that we spent the first three years of our relationship saying goodbye at airports. Anyways, at our dinner I gave a small speech about how much I loved Emily, and then I sang her the song. Really cheesy, but the best part was that after that she stood up and spent five minutes talking about how much she loved her family, and then she sat down without saying a word about me!HAHA I guess she has made it up to me this past year.:)

The day after our wedding, we left for our honeymoon in San Antonio. We went to The Alamo, Six Flags, and Sea World. We also ate almost every night at Rain Forrest Cafe. (They're Pizza is amazing!!)

Us at Rain Forrest Cafe

After the honeymoon it was back to Hawaii. This is our one month anniversary!

Our first Christmas together.

Our first Valentines Day together also happened to be our six month anniversary. When I came home from work Emily had decorated the entire apartment. I'm so grateful for all the little things she does to make me happy. (Don't worry, I have cut my hair since then....haha)

For our six month anniversary/Valentines day, we went on a trip to the island of Kauai. It was so beautiful. Our favorite part was our hike along the Pali coast which ended at this 200 ft waterfall. Emily had a bladder infection throughout the entire hike, but she was a trooper!!

Sipping on a smoothie at the Ali'i Luau, where everything began. This is where Emily and I first got to know each other when we worked there in 2005.

As you can see, this past year of our lives has been quite a journey. It has been fun, unpredictable, and exciting. We've laughed and cried together, been through ups and downs together, and learned and grown together. I can't think of anybody else I would rather have by my side as I travel through life. Emily, you are my best friend in the whole world, and I love you more than you will ever know. Thank you for the most amazing year ever. I can't even begin to imagine how much better each one will be. Happy Anniversary, I love you most.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Thank Heaven for Little Girls

What on earth would we do without adorable sweet innocent lovable little girls??? I know that there are two little munchkins in particular that I could not survive without, my sisters daughters Avery (4) and Berkley (9 months). They came and visited us in Texas a couple weeks ago and it was so fun to be able to rock and kiss and hold and play with them. Prepare yourselves for these pictures, they are RIDICULOUSLY cute.
This is Berkley Alexis Smith. I went into the kitchen to do the dishes and found a surprise in the sink! This surprise was MUCH more fun to wash, however it was NOT dishwasher safe...
This is Avery Madeline Smith. It was difficult to get a picture of her while not eating (note the crumbling cookie), what can I say, that's the Thompson in her!
She was willing to put the cookies down in exchange for driving the boat with Grandpa :)
Berks enjoyed the boat too...mostly the shoes that everyone left on the floor of the boat...
The girl loves to eat shoes....weird...that's definitely NOT the Thompson in her...
Two of my most favorite people in the entire world, doesn't get much better than that :)