Friday, January 3, 2014

Faves of 2013

I was going to do the 13 best moments of 2013, but I figured 10 was long enough ;)

1. Mackie leaving on her mission- My little sister proved braver and more spiritually strong than I ever was at 19, and set off to serve a mission for the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Tokyo Japan mission. She has been thriving there, training younger missionary sisters and approaching foreign strangers, all while freezing her butt off! I just love getting letters from her.

2. Trip to SE Asia- We started planning and saving for this trip when we first got married, and it was surreal to think after all that planning it was finally go time! It was my first time out of the country and our first big trip as a couple. We saw the most beautiful and interesting places, and only increased our wanderlust.

poor pink husband ;)

3. Ten hours in Tokyo- I consider this its own particular adventure. We had ten hours to explore between layover flights and no real knowledge of what to do or where to go.  We found our way to Shibuya and picked a restaurant at random, which lucky for us the food was delicious and they spoke a little English. We spent the rest of our time walking the busy streets and people watching on the world's busiest crosswalk. How I wish we had more time to really explore!

view from the Starbucks overlooking that humongous intersection

4. Moving to Huntington Beach- We searched all summer and throughout all of Orange County for a new place to live, and ended up in Huntington Beach! We love our new place, and exploring our new city. The best way to start off our Saturdays is a run along the beach followed by giant acai bowls, and our favorite date night is a walk to the nearby restaurants or Yogurtland.

5. Rose- My family received the first grand-baby and my first niece! Oh we just love her to pieces-who couldn't? She's the most adorable baby I've ever seen! {no biases here ;)}

6. New job at Southern California Edison- My new years resolution at the beginning of the 2013 was a promise to myself that I would have a new job by the end of the year. When I was discouraged with the long interview process and the countless resumes sent into space, I told Torrey that the only way I was going to get the job was "by the grace of God." Now I believe that is exactly what happened, and I couldn't be more grateful for such an amazing opportunity.

7. 2nd Anniversary- I can't believe how fast time has gone!

7. Sequoia National Park- I'm so glad we took this camping trip, because it just made Torrey so happy. He loves mountains, pine, chopping wood, hiking trails, all those manly-man things. I love seeing new beautiful places. So this was time well spent.

9. California Thanksgiving- I cooked and baked and petted wiener dogs, and spent time with my family, and have no pictures to prove it.

10. Utah Christmas- We played with nieces, ate lots of pancakes, and spent lots of time with family.

I think the real reason we go the Utah is so Torrey can chop wood.
This year has brought us everything we could have asked for and more.
My favorite of us from this year.
 Here's to a new year with a world of possibilities!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Sequoia National Park

At the top of Moro Rock

Torrey standing on a rock with no guard rail. I believe my exact words were, "Torrey Lee Peterson, I will KILL you if you fall!"

For Torrey's birthday this year I was racking my brain trying to make sure it was special. He works so hard and never takes the time to treat himself. So I told him that we could do anything he wanted this year, and he chose camping in the mountains. Sequoia National Park to be exact.

While I married a mountain man, I'm not exactly a mountain woman. That's not to say I can't camp. I mean, I went to girls camp every summer so that pretty much makes me an expert right? (...right?) ;)

I'm just more of a lodge-lounging, hot chocolate-sipping type. But I did say we could do anything for his birthday, hence the camping.

Like I said, mountain man.

The sequoias were absolutely breathtaking. Hikes felt like walking through an enchanted forest.
It's incredible how absolutely massive these trees become, and how old they are! Their main cause of death is falling over from being too dang large!

Trying to get a whole sequoia in one shot ain't easy.

Sequoia trees are incredibly resilient. This one is still growing despite the major burns it obtained from a forest fire.

The auto log. We drove through it!

This trip was the most wonderful weekend getaway. I was amazed at the variety of hikes we could go on in a relatively small geographic area. We walked through a rocky quarry to a waterfall, through wooded areas with the gentle giants watching over us, and a climb that took us up 300' in elevation within a quarter mile to the top of the mountain. My favorite just might have been General Sherman, the largest tree  in the world (per cubic feet of wood). We saw a black bear on the way back!


I was glad that I could give my husband a happy birthday treat. On our last day he didn't want to leave and kept driving me through detours so he could take one last look at the forest, while I had rediscovered the cars heated seats of which you couldn't prye me out of.

Despite my lack of ruggedness, our trip was great quality time for the two of us.

 I mean, what's better quality time then huddling together in a tent on a mountain? <3

Friday, August 30, 2013

That non-pregnant announcement I had

It's time to finally announce that I've accepted a new job at Southern California Edison!

Excited is an understatement. I have been searching for over a year for a job where I could use my  Geography degree. But I had the same problem as every other recent college graduate, as every listing either wanted a full time student or 3+ years experience.

Never mind those four years of schooling I just finished.

But many prayers, applications, and rejection emails later, I was blessed with the opportunity to work as a planner for Southern California Edison!

And just so we're clear, I won't be doing this,

nor will I be staring at these:

My job in a nutshell consists of creating work orders and drawing up plans for electrical work in the Southern California area. This might be weird, (though I think it is the result of 6 years as a pharmacy technician) but I have ALWAYS wanted an office job. If you have to dress nice for work and have your own desk, I am seriously jealous of your life.

So you can imagine the jumping-up-and-down-ing that occurred when I got the job offer. I plan on never ever ever having to stand behind a register with a name tag again so long as I live. Ever.

Mr. P and I are thrilled for this new chapter in our life. It will be great start to our future family, and I plan to serve as an example to my potential future daughters that not only should you strive to get your degree, but you can go out and do something with it!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Long overdue update

I am hoping that this is not a spontaneous burst of blogging, but the restart of my keeping track of life via online journalistic measures.

My recent lack of blogging cannot be fully explained just yet, because I do have exciting news on the horizon that I'm keeping close to the vest for the time being.#notpregnant

But I do have two great pieces of news to share:

-After an entire Spring and Summer of apartment hunting, we found a great new apartment in Huntington Beach! We love our new and much larger space, and so far the neighbors have been super friendly. We are still adjusting to having the extra space, since our old apartment was a tiny studio. I still haven't decided whether I like the bedroom door open or closed at night- I didn't have one before!

Someone was a bit excited to paint our new place ;)

-I'm also the proud aunt of the cutest baby niece in the whole world. Meet Rose. She is precious and tiny and I can't wait to spoil her! Just wait till she gets to cookie-eating age, I'll be the greatest aunt ever ;)

Hello little fluffy-haired angel.

Other than that, the time spent after our trip to Singapore has been pretty hectic. It seems like we've done nothing but around taking care of business for the past few months. But good things are happening, and we are excited for things to come! #stillnotpregnant

Saturday, May 18, 2013


Oh yah, blogging..

So the reason we went on this entire trip in the first place was to visit Torrey's brother Brandon and his family in Singapore.

I knew so little about Singapore before this trip. I was amazed at how advanced it was. There was so much to see and do!

Long story short, these were our favorite things.

Gardens by the Bay.

There are these crazy tree structures that act as solar panels that power two garden domes full of gorgeous flowers and exotic plants.

Loved these big-bootyed trees. 

There were all these Korean tourist groups that ran around taking cheesy pictures with their tablets. They just made me laugh. Why would you run around with your largest portable device?? Just use a camera!


This was my favorite place in Singapore! It was seriously the best Chinatown I have ever seen! Clean, organized, and full of great shopping. :)

More Chinese New Year decorations! Hooray for year of the snake!

The Bhudda Tooth Temple
AND I found my favorite Hawaiian food ever! Manapua, or char siew buns! I can't find them anywhere on the mainland. I may or may not have bought thousand of these. 

Sri Mariamman temple. 


The merlion is considered the mascot of Singapore. And I just think its adorable.

Singapore Flyer.

Larger than the London Eye, this is the best way to see Singapore. On a clear day you can see all the way to Malaysia!

PS: There's an awesome food court at the bottom of the wheel. In fact, pretty much all food courts in Singapore have great food.  You really can't go wrong!

Annd.. here's some cool architecture.

Double Helix Bridge.
With genetic code lights on the ground! 
The Bloomin' Onion, I mean the Art Science Museum
Marina Bay Sands

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