happilyeverhoopes: month 9, 10, 11

I am so behind on everything! It's been so crazy busy. I've been doing TONS of photoshoots (meaning lots of late nights editing). It's been a blast and I've been so blessed with the best clients!

Here are some February events:


1) SuperBowl party
We went over to Hunter's parents house for a fun little party! We made a ton of food, and watched the Patriots claw their way back. Super exciting! We were all freaking out.

2) Valentine's Day
I decided to take the Monday before Valentine's Day off. I never really take additional days off, but it was great to have a 3 day weekend! We went to Dave and Busters and played games on a Monday during the day. It was empty and we got to plays TONS of games. It was sooo much fun! Definitely something we would do again. On actual Valentine's Day, we decided not to do big gifts (because if I'm left loose, I'll go crazy buying things). Hunter surprised me anyways with flowers, cheese and bread, and a sweet card. I got him a QT giftcard! We went to a Korean BBQ place for dinner. It was delicious :) We had a wonderful first Valentine's day married!

3) A Day Downtown
We spent an afternoon walking around Downtown Mesa since I was going to do a shoot down there. The weather was great and Hunter was cracking me up with his paparazzi attitude.

4) Stolen Car
Most hilarious story ever. I had an extended family shoot so Hunter was going to help me out! Carrying stuff, posing, etc. Well he calls me and says his car was STOLEN! It's not in the parking lot. He had been home all day but hadn't gone out yet. We both started freaking out. He called the police, I got on the phone with the insurance company to see if that is something that's covered. I was already stressing out about cancelling out vacation. He calls his dad, and his dad says "Have you checked our driveway?" We both totally forgot that we had carpooled and left his car at his parents. It was really funny! We still make jokes and laugh about it to this day.

March Happenings:


1) CABO trip!
We planned a Spring Break trip to get away from life! We wanted something close and somewhat inexpensive since we are planning to go out of the country over the summer. We talked to his parents and they stayed at a hotel in Cabo that was nice. We did some research and decided we would go there. It was an all-inclusive resort (unlimited food?! that's our jam!) It was sooo much fun! We flew down to the Cabo airport, and took a shuttle to the hotel. We had soo much good food (mainly fish tacos), and so many pina colada smoothies. We don't drink alcohol, but still enjoyed the open bar. We decided to do horseback riding since it was only 20 bucks each. That was an adventure. Hunter is a pro! He's a natural cowboy... I struggled a ton. I ended up reading a few books on the beach. We laid out in the sun and tanned by the pool.

2) Conference Weekend
General Conference is always one of the best weekends of the year! We get to hear from our prophets. I love snuggling up with Hunter, taking notes, eating yummy snacks, and being spiritually uplifted. I always feel such a strong desire to be better. We watched some of it at our house, and the rest at Hunter's grandparents with his family. I love it! Here's the link if you want to check it out. They have the videos and text available on the site.


-Hunter's switch
-Sister came to visit
-Yummy breakfast
-Baseball game

(I am too lazy to go back to see what we did and post pics... oops. Maybe I'll be better at this moving forward??)


happilyeverhoopes: month 8

New year! Woo! We had so much fun for Christmas. The New Year always feels really fresh, and then a week later it's overwhelming. At least Hunter feels that way because school starts. Nothing too crazy happened this month, so here are some fun things we've done!

1) Found a new Korean BBQ place!
 We loveeee Asian food, and we really love Korean food. We found a new place called Gogi in Chandler. It was delicious and we were stuffed by the end of it. If you haven't ever tried Korean food, you need to go! I am happy to make recommendations :)

2) Went bowling at Fat Cats
On one of the Saturday's we decided to go bowling! We actually like going bowling, and I specifically like it because I win a lot ;) I won again, and we had a lot of fun!

3) Made fresh-squeezed orange juice
This was so fun! We have a little tree right in front of our house, it was full and happy, so we decided to pick a few and make orange juice before church one day. It was delicious! It took a bunch of oranges to make 2 glasses, but it was sooo sweet, and pure tasting. We had a lot of fun using our juicer we got for our wedding!

And honestly, that was about it! We had a quiet month. Hunter started school again and he has a tough semester ahead, so that'll be fun. :)


happilyeverhoopes: month 5, 6, 7

Seriously, friends. I don't even know where time goes!
I totally spaced on doing an update last month, and here we are in JANUARY!

This will be a little bit longer than usual, since I'm smooshing two THREE months into one!


My first camping trip
We went up to Payson for a night! I was a little nervous because I've never been a super outdoorsy person, but it was a blast. Hunt did a wonderful job planning it! I was so impressed, I didn't have to do anything but enjoy myself. We had a fire, hot cocoa, lots of snacks, we fished the next morning, it was a blast. I definitely caught the first fish, and more fish than Hunter, so I'm basically a pro. I actually really loved being away from everything and everyone, with no phone service. It was a bit cold (around 50-60 degrees) but when it warms up, we'll definitely go again!

Played mom and dad for a week
Hunter's aunt and uncle went on a cruise, and asked us to help watch the kiddos at time! They had someone to do the morning/day shift, and we'd come over from 4pm-8am. It was a blast, but so crazy. Going from being responsible for 2 people to SIX, is insane. 4 kids!! It showed us that we are definitely not ready to be parents yet. We had a lot of fun though! It's just a tough job. Luckily, we won't go from zero kids to four... Although we did watch a set of twins.

Woo! We found out super lat minute that Jimmy Eat World was coming to AZ for their album release. WE quickly bought tickets and went. IT was a super short performance, followed by a signing.

Pumpkin Patch Pics
We went to Vertuccio farms for a photoshoot swap. hunter was a great sport about it! The weather was nice and I loveeee my new Flybird dress.

First Married Halloween
We dressed up as a hunter and his deer (or dear) ;) We had a Hoopes family Halloween party that was a lot of fun. It's always great to see the little ones having a blast. The food was great, as was the company. My BIL and SIL came to town for it too. We even watched a scary movie (which aren't my favorite thing in the world) but I enjoyed it!


ASU Game
We finally made it to one of the games. There were people falling from the sky (literally). There was a weird couple in front of us who couldn't keep their hands off of each other, which made us laugh/creeped us out. We didn't stay for long, but we still checked it off of our list. It was really weird having to buy a guest pass, because #alumni

House Updates
Update the bathroom! Really simple, but we took out this built in thing that was above our toilet and put in some shelves. Hunter did it all, and we admire it every time we see it!

My sister came into town with my BIL and 2 nephews. They stayed with us, which was crazy since our place isn't huge! It was a tight squeeze, but I loved having them there. WE had a Gilmore Girls year in the life party, it was a blast!

Ghetto-fab Christmas Photos
We took some Christmas card photos in a Family Dollar parking lot. They actually turned out alright! Hunter's been such a champ with it all. Super encouraging and wonderful with the insane amount of pictures I take.


Christmas Tree
Hunter insisted on a real Christmas tree this year! We went to a little place on the side of the road and picked up a 6-footer. It made our house smell amazing! I really wanted a silver and gold tree, and had to go to 2 different Hobby Lobby's, 1 Michael's, and 2 different Targets to find what I needed! Christmas is crazy, people. Next year, I'm seriously going to start buying stuff in October.
Marcelo + Project Santa
Long story short, we wanted to give back this month for the LDS Church's #lighttheworld campaign! We flew our Brazilian friend up here to bring nice clothes back for the people in Brazil! It was such a crazy, fun weekend! We were blown away with all the donations we received in such a short amount of time. We went to Deseret Book, Mod Pizza, Frost Gelato, Si Senor, ASU, saw the Mesa temple lights, attended church, built gingerbread houses, played Cranium, and ate REAL acai. It was a blast and we were so sad when Marcelo left.
For my nephews birthday, we drove to Maricopa because we bought Groupons! It was actually really fun. We played arcade games, laser tag, and watched a movie, all for 10 bucks! Maricopa is an odd town, but we'd definitely go back again.
We drove to California a few days before Christmas to spend some time with family. We played with our two cute nephews, decorated cookies, drank yummy hot cocoa, exchanged gifts, watched cheesy Hallmark movies, and took family pictures. It was crazy foggy, but we made it there and back safely. 1.5 days is just not enough time!

Hunter's family always does a huge Swedish Christmas Eve! We have delicious food and great company. :) Since it was rainy that day, we moved it to a church building. It was actually really nice and a lot of fun! 40+ people is a ton! I was stuffed and happy. We woke up Christmas morning around 7 and got to Hunter's parent's house  a little before 8. Santa stopped by and spoiled us rotten! We are so lucky. We skyped sweet Connor who is on his mission in Argentina! We had left over Swedish breakfast, went to church, and relaxed the rest of the day. It was a great Christmas! 

I'm feelin' 23
Can't believe I'm 23! Time is flying. After 20, it seems like it's been a few months, but it's been a few years! Hunter surprised me with the sweetest patio-garden, with beautiful flowers! I thought it was so thoughtful. We went to breakfast with his family, which was delicious. We went shopping, opened more presents, saw Passengers, and then went out to a Brazilians steakhouse for dinner. It was a wonderful birthday spent with my sweet husband who always makes sure I am spoiled, fat, and happy!
New Years
Pretty chill night! We ate yummy food, hung out with family, lit some sparklers, stopped by the youth dance, and then closed the night  off spending time together at our little home. A perfectly relaxed and wonderful New Year!

I'll eventually go back and add pictures, but just wanted to post it because helloooo, 3 months late. Exciting and fun stuff coming up soon. Stay tuned! <3