Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Review


Winnie turns one and totally rocks her cake smash.


I throw Caroline and our friend Jessica a baby shower, Becca comes to visit and Steve and I celebrate our anniversary (a couple months late) in Carmel and San Francisco!


My sister and I take Brooke's graduation photos and we celebrate Easter at the ranch. Clara decides again that the "candy holidays" are her favorite.


Steve turns 29 with strawberry rhubarb pie, we take a last minute weekend trip to Sacramento and I go on a girl's trip with my Marcum sisters and mom to BYU Women's Conference!


We have a last minute Cinco de Mayo dinner party with our friends the Browns and take our first family camping trip up to Shaver (it was mildly successful).


Clara graduates from Swim School again!


Our 4th of July plans were dashed when the ranch went up in flames and we had to evacuate....but the girls looked really cute in their Sunday red white and blue, we had a few fun trips to the beach house and we said a hard goodbye to my Grandpa Al. 


We go to Park City with the Marcums and Hawaii with the Veaters. I'm brand new pregnant and throw up almost 10 times a day on both trips...yuck.


We make the big announcement! Baby #3 on the way!


Kenz comes to live with us for her semester off track, we go on a weekend trip to Carmel/ Monterey, we find out we're having another GIRL and despite both girls being sick we have a fun Halloween.


Clara turns 4, we take our first trip to Disneyland (hence, the kitty face paint), I throw our annual Fall Feast and the Marcums come stay with us to host our first Thanksgiving. 


I turn 28, my cousin Shelby passes away, we celebrate our anniversary in San Francisco and spend Christmas in Utah.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

7 years

7 YEARS. A lot of life and quite a few babies (fur and human) in between and I can confidently say that I'm more in love with you than ever, Mr. Marcum. You're my very favorite person on earth, I like you and I love you.

Here's some of my favorite memories from our wedding

Taking our bridals in Salt Lake and having the snow start gently falling on our last location, it was magical.

Seeing Steve cry for the first time during our ceremony.

Walking out of the Fresno temple (where we were married) and knowing that I had the absolute cheesiest non-photogenic grin on and not being able to help myself.

Steve picking me up and carrying me to the car after pictures declaring "Marcum women's feet never touch the ground!!!"

losing my phone on my wedding day. whoops! I was too preoccupied to notice and I didn't realize it until like 3 days later in Hawaii... 

Giggling to each other every time we introduced each other as "husband" or "wife" in our reception line.

designing my wedding dress myself at this teeny shop in Orem that no longer exists, I love it so much.

Getting Togo's right before the reception just because we were MARRIED and we could (we don't really even like Togo's?) and almost being late to the reception because of it! My mom was not thrilled.

watching my Grandparents jitterbug to our big brass band at the reception.

Kasee totally taking control and bossing Steve's groomsmen around to prevent them from completely thrashing our getaway car.

Getting Baked Lays to eat in our room on our honeymoon and making it a tradition.

Happiest of anniversaries Steven Grant Marcum! It was the perfect day but we've made some even more perfect days since. Life just keeps getting better with you by my side. Love you boo.

and for anyone interested click here for more photos from the day!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Christmas Around the House 2016

Plus some other life-lately photos thrown in there.

There is a grand total of THREE Christmas trees in the Marcum household this year. I named our big tree "Lady Mary" (they always get a name) and she is my favorite tree ever! Just the right amount of tinsel and color.  I never want to leave the living room! There is Christmas music playing constantly, and lots of wood fires and snuggling. We're reading our Christmas books over and over each day (thank you Winnie) and trying our best to keep up with Light The World which I've LOVED. We adults have got a list of Christmas movies to get through and we're plowing through surprisingly well! We've gone through a grand total of 5 cartons of peppermint ice cream (more to come, I'm tastes SO GOOD to me- and with minimal to no heartburn, which is a miracle) and frequent Starbucks regularly for peppermint steamers.We're definitely taking full advantage of all things Christmas, just how I like it.

It's been a bittersweet Christmas season for us this year for reasons I'm not sure I'm ready to get into now... but I feel like for all of that we've just been clinging that much tighter to Jesus and our little family. It  really is the reason for the season, I think I'm starting to see how trials can turn into blessings if you let them. 

Happy Christmas!

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Fall Feast 2016

two full days of cooking and weeks of preparation for our Fall Feast this year! We were full to capacity and it was so much fun! Thanks to everyone who joined us this year and for Kenz and Steve who I couldn't have done it without!

Fall Feast from McKenzie Marcum on Vimeo.