Sunday, February 27, 2011


In honor of tonight's Oscars I have to share with you my recent experience with the handsome host.  During the Sundance Film Festival a few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. James Franco. For him, it was love at first sight.  Kidding - but he did stare at me eye to eye for at least 30 seconds straight which is what prompted my asking for a photo.
He has my vote for best actor in 127 hours which was filmed right here in Utah.

Me, James Franco, and Emily
Of course we had been skiing all day at Park City Mountain Resort and looked a little rough

Emily and I love to go to Park City during Sundance and scout out the stars.  Its a relatively small town only about a 20 minute drive from my house so its not too difficult to bump into a few famous people due to the flood of celebrities that come to town for the event.

Back to the Oscars - I'm super excited for tonight. My friend, Suzanne hosts an annual Oscar's party.  All of the girls dress up for the red carpet, make oscar inspired dish ( has a great menu with recipes), and submit ballots to predict the winners in order to win prizes.

David and I along with some friends spent all day yesterday skiing in PC. It was an epic day with 30 inches of fresh powder on top of the almost 4 feet we got last weekend.  I'll share some pictures later.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


One thing about moving 1600 miles from your closest family member, is that it is impossible to spend every holiday surrounded by family as I am accustomed.  As most of you know, I have a huge family that uses every and any excuse to get together.  Growing up we always spent every holiday together - every aunt, uncle, cousin, and grandparent were present.  We had cookouts for each person's birthday, for each small holiday, and ofcourse the big celebrations like Christmas and Thanksgiving. Even though we've only been in Utah for a year and a half, we've already come to rely on friends to act as family and keep us from feeling lonely during times when our families are together celebrating without us. I am thankful that we've been able to make such wonderful friends so far from home.

We hosted Thanksgiving dinner at our house this year for some of the orthopedic residents and their wives. Dinner was mid afternoon, so that morning we took Peyton on a hike.  She absolutely loved all the snow and definitely got rid of some of her energy to be on her best behavior (sleepy) for the party.

The Holts Thanksgiving Morning

Early afternoon preparations for the guests to arrive
My attempt to be festive

Some of the guests

Us - The Hosts

Adorable cake by Kelly

The Spread
Happy Times

Post turkey snooze time...

And a little browsing the newspaper ads for day after Thanksgiving sales!

Friday, February 18, 2011


Still catching up from the end of summer/fall...

We were able to attend quite a few incredible outdoor concerts this year.  We've fallen in love with the laid back mountain lifestyle. Some of our favorites include:

Avett Brothers/Gov't Mule concert at Deer Valley

 Best concert ever = Brandi Carlile at Red Butte Gardens
 Brandi on stage. Amazing

Hanging out before the Colbie Caillat/ Sheryl Crow Concert

We went to a few others, but I failed to take any pictures.  

Thursday, February 17, 2011


We've had the most beautiful weather this past week. It has been in the 50's and 60's with blue skies and sunshine daily.  Yesterday when I got home from work it was 60 degrees outside, a few hours later I looked out the window and it was snowing!

And this morning we awoke to this...

Peyton is a true Utah dog -- she loves some fresh powder.

Spring?  I think not (yet).  Atleast we have some good skiing nearby.  I think I would be less excited about all of this snow if I couldn't enjoy it in the mountains on some skis. Good news is there is over a foot of fresh powder waiting on us this weekend with more on the way! 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentines Day Memories

Well, I've been sick in bed for the past 2 1/2 days.  Haven't been sick in years and all of the sudden it all hit me - fever, chills, body aches, headache, cough - I had it all.  This kind of ruined all of our weekend Valentines plans, but we'll do them some other time.  I'm thankful for my husband who waited on me all weekend braving catching what I had. He has been great. On the bright side, we've had some lovely weather lately. Its been sunny and warm - yesterday it got up to 60 degrees and David and I sat on our back patio for over an hour soaking it up.

Enough about lately, I want to share with you my most favorite Valentines Day...

Two years ago was by far the greatest Valentines I have ever had. It all began with a couples wedding shower that I helped to throw for some dear friends and ended with David asking me to share the rest of my life with him after sending me on a crazy scavenger hunt.
 At the shower
The shower was around lunch time and since I was helping to host it, David and I had gone in seperate cars. While preparing to leave after the event David told me nonchalantly that maybe we should go to dinner. He acted as if he hadn't planned anything and said I should go home to change and he would pick me up in a couple hours.
When I arrived at my apartment there was a wrapped present on my bed that David had, with the help of my roommate, snuck in to the apartment while I was preparing for the wedding shower that morning.  I opened the present to find a letter inside which told me to get dolled up, put on my favorite dress, and pack an overnight bag with a ski jacket, bathing suit, and all other overnight accessories.  It then gave me an address to put in my GPS and instructed me to go inside once I arrived and tell them I was there to pick up a package.  It told me not to contact him, just follow the instructions. I was so excited that I could hardly get ready. I packed my bag - making sure to include my bathing suit and ski jacket. I had absolutely no idea what was in store for the night.
The address led me to The Cheese Cake Corner - one of our favorite date night locations in downtown Memphis.  It is actually where we spent our first valentines day together.

So, funny side story - when I walked in to the Cheese Cake Corner the owner almost ran into me running out the door after a man who had stolen money from their tip jar - only in Memphis.

When the owner came back, I told him my name and that I was there to pick up a package. With a huge grin on his face he gave me another letter in which I found a gift certificate telling me to pick out a couple slices of my favorite cheesecakes and have them packed to go.  This letter also  gave me some strange instructions, telling me to stop at a gas station to pick up a package of beef jerky and some starbursts. It gave me the next address located in Oxford, MS. Oxford is the home of Ole Miss - a little town that I love where I went to college before nursing school. I had taken David a couple times before to visit and he knew it was a place I hold dear to my heart.
So, I took off towards Oxford with slices of my favorite cheesecakes in hand (white chocolate raspberry and blueberry swirl).  Confused and excited, I stopped at a gas station to pick up some starburst and beef jerky - following the directions.  Soon I arrived at the destination. A cute little Bed and Breakfast just off the Oxford town square. I parked and on the fence found a third letter.  This one said to walk down the stone path following the flower petals which would lead to my surprise.  So cheesecake, beef jerky, and starbursts in hand I followed the flower petal path to a small cottage. 

When I walked to the door David opened it saying Surprise! Happy Valentines Day. He gave me a dozen roses and asked if I wanted to unwrap my present since I was much earlier than he anticipated. In my excitement I made it to Oxford in record time.  He had made reservations for us at City Grocery - a delicious restaurant just around the corner from us, but our reservation wasn't for another hour.
 He handed my a large wrapped box which I opened to find full of packaging peanuts. After digging around in them, I found little wrapped box inside.
At this point you can imagine what I must be thinking.  We had been dating for about two and a half years and David was getting close to graduating from medical school.  He had just finished up interviews for residency and things were going to be changing soon. Leading up to this day David had been hinting in conversations that he wasn't quite ready to get married. I know this was a big gesture, but I still wasn't quite sure that it wasn't all just for Valentines Day until I saw this little wrapped box. David is a romantic at heart and has planned great surprises for me a few times in our relationship so you can see that I might be thinking he did all this for the holiday.
As I unwrapped the box I was surprised to find a small piece of paper. It was a ticket that entitled me to a free vacation for two.

This was especially funny to me because throughout our relationship for various occasions David had always bought me tickets to things - The Lion King Musical, a John Mayor concert, a plane ticket to see Catherine in NYC,  ect.  I had teased him before about this very fact.  At this point I thought it was all for Valentines day.
After recieving the ticket we still had a little while until our dinner so we sat in the cottage talking. The conversation led to the future and in so many words David told me that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. He then got on one knee, said he loved me, pulled a ring out of his pocket, and asked if I would marry him.
 The Ring
Tears in my eyes, I said yes. We kissed, we laughed, discussed our future, called my parents and Catherine, then decided to enjoy our night and tell everyone else the happy news the next day.
Later we walked the block to City Grocery and I had a delicious dinner with my fiance'.

Thats right - I have a pretty amazing husband.  He wanted our engagement to be a surprise so he did what he could to throw me off.  With the help of Catherine he had led me to believe that we would not be getting married any time soon. She was sending me ads for apartments we could live in and posted jobs in NYC.  Little did I know that months before she had been shopping with David to help pick out my engagement ring. I was pleasantly surprised at how our night ended.  

Later that night I asked him what was the purpose of the starburst and beef jerky.  He told me that he just liked them and wanted some - he then proceeded to eat the beef jerky.  Also, he was trying to slow me down to give him more time to prepare for my arrival.
Oh yeah - and the ticket for a vacation ended up being for our incredible honeymoon that David planned.  You can read about it by clicking here

On our "Day After" photography session we went back to the Cheese Cake Corner and took these...

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The First Big Snow of the Season

November 21st brought the first big snow of the season.  We had a few storms that brought a couple inches, but nothing impressive until these clouds passed over. This is when we gladly discovered that Peyton loved snow.  For the other small storms she didn't seem to like it, but she had a blast playing in this 10 inches.

Beginning of the day - more snow to come

Tree in our front yard

 We got out of the house around 8:00 and were the first people to visit Sugarhouse Park that morning.  It was so beautiful without any disturbances- just the quiet snow piles.

She loves to dip her nose in the snow and throw it up in the air.

 Later that day we went back to the park to meet some friends. Peyton and our friend's dog, Honey, had a great time catching snowballs and chasing each other.
Sweet Kelly had fun throwing snowballs even at almost 9 months pregnant!

Monday, February 7, 2011


Still catching up...

For Halloween David was the crazy brother-in-law from The Hangover (Zach Galifianakis) and I was a contestant on Nickelodeon Guts.  Our friends, The Baronnes, have a Spooktacular Party every year around Halloween.  Each one is bigger and better than the last with spooky decorations and festive foods. They go all out. A good time was had by all - we just love all of our residency friends!

My partner in crime
 Some of the girls - great costumes!

Peyton got a new toy for Halloween

 On October 31st we took Peyton for a walk with some friends

A couple days later I took this picture with my iPhone at Sugarhouse Park just down from our home. I just wanted to share - love this park.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Coast

The final leg of our trip was spent on the coast.  We stayed in Bodega Bay and then on our way back to San Francisco, drove down the stunning Highway 1. We only spent one night in Bodega Bay and we actually had a rather calm relaxing time.  After eating out most all of our meals for a week, we ordered room service and spent the night in bed watching a movie.

The Incredible Bodega Bay Inn

It is amazing what beautiful places God has made on this earth.

Our last day in California

Haha - This little coastal town has a sense of humor.
Point Reyes

We saw 4 whale migrating south!

Cliff Diving?

Driving down HWY 1 was such a great end to a great trip!  Our flight actually didn't leave until after 8:00 that night so we were able to watch the sunset over the water as we drove in o the city on our way to the airport. This was definitley one of my favorite vacations so far. I have to give props to David as he is the ultimate vacation planner. He researches the best places to stay and things to do - I'm such a lucky girl!