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Park City Anniversary

Emily and I knew we couldn’t miss the 90th birthday celebration of my Grandma Bean. Also that week was David’s and Emily’s birthday and Emily and my anniversary (What a week!). We decided to make a trip of it and spend some time with family and friends in our old stomping grounds. Eve Bean had her birthday celebration with her twin brother Grant at the Lion House in SLC. It was great seeing Grant and some of his family we didn’t really know. This was also the first time Emily and I met our cute niece Alice


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Of course we had to see Nathan and Erin with their two cute boys. Erin made Emily a beautiful strawberry pie and we were able to catch up with our busy lives. With the rest of the week, Emily and I visited some of the new developments in Utah valley, including an updated BYU campus, and the new Provo Temple.

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Finally, we went up to Park city for a fun anniversary get-away. We made sure we stopped at all the fun small-town dinners for breakfast, brunch, and lunch (with a not-so-small anniversary dinner). SLC and Park City are some of our favorite places to go on quick get-aways. It was especially nice to get away knowing it would be one of our last before the arrival of our two highly-anticipated little babes.


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Coldplay

Richard and I have a few bands that we are dying to see live someday. At the top of Richard’s list, way above all other bands, is Coldplay. So when we heard they were coming to Dallas for their final concert tour, we knew rain/shine, pregnant or not, we would be at that concert! Luckily it was on a Saturday, so we made a little weekend trip of it. We stopped in Waco on the way up. After months of watching the TV show, Fixer Upper, we had to see the stomping grounds of Chip and Joanna Gaines.

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The concert was absolutely amazing! Coldplay knows how to throw a great show. Everyone in the audience was given a wrist band that would light up with whatever song was playing, so it made the audience look like a sea of sparkling stars. It was quite the sight to see! One of the benefits to Richard and I being the same age is that a lot of music coincides with the same memories. We sang along to all the classic hits of Coldplay remembering “this was so high school” or “this was so college” and best of all “this is when we fell in love”. Coldplay came out with one of our favorite songs, “Till Kingdom Come”, right before we got engaged. It was a special memory to hear it live, but this time married, even more in love, and very pregnant with twins.

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Babymoon in Austin

Richard and I had always wanted to take a “babymoon” before the day we became parents. One last hurrah before ending our party of two. Well, having twins changes things so we had a limited area to where we could travel. Really it was anything driving distance, so Austin we went! Austin did not disappoint between the great food, entertainment, and “weirdness”. (There is a saying, “keep Austin weird”.)  During our time in Austin, we visited some of the eclectic antique shops, ate at the most delicious Indian food restaurant, and saw an old classic film, Suspicion, with Carey Grant and Joan Fontaine in a vintage theater. We also tried to see the bats (millions of them) fly out from underneath the Congress bridge at dusk, but we had to run to catch our movie. Overall, it was some wonderful quality time just the two of us. We will both miss these days of just us two, but we couldn’t be more excited for the changes up ahead!

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Utah Baby Shower

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My best friend Sheryl was getting married in Utah and I was honored to be a bridesmaid. Well, the fabulous Mama Bean offered to throw me a baby shower while I was in town and knowing her track record of throwing amazing showers, I was so excited that she offered! She, Rachel and Elissa orchestrated the most beautiful shower. The evening summer weather was absolutely perfect and the Bean home backyard was just dreamy. It’s dreamy on its own, but Robbie and Papa Bean strung lights up to make it even more beautiful. We had a spread of some amazing salads (Erin made two of her famous salads from her blog), Mama Bean’s rolls and sugar cookies, a s’more station and a root bear float bar. It was some good eats! Best of all, I was so touched by how many family and friends made the effort to come. Summertime can be crazy busy, but so many friends and family members came to celebrate. My Mom even flew out for it! By the end of the night I truly felt so showered with love and support. Grateful for the effort of so many family members to put together such a wonderful celebration for our  upcoming twins.

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Texas Adventures

Through our short time here in San Antonio, Emily and I have visited some spectacular sites with some great people. A couple favorites so far include floating down the Guadalupe river with our friends, the Cooks and Theurers, and going to a fun watering hole with the Gneitings. We are happy we could take advantage of the beautiful summers and cool off with friends/family.

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