The most epic year in the history of ever.

2014 is one for the record books. It’s hard to imagine that another year could bring more change or more significant milestones, but I have a feeling I’ll be eating my words sooner than I anticipate. (No, I’m not hiding any secrets) 2014 was just so life changing and so memorable, and while I hope that we can settle in and slow down at least for a little while, I’m grateful for all the lessons-learned (and to-be-learned) that come with so much change. Without further rambling, the reasons why 2014 was quite a year:

We started dating. What a story that one is. I remember the week that passed between when he asked me out and when we went on our first date. I spent the week in total shock and disbelief. I’m still a little shocked (and very grateful) that I get to wake up next to him every morning even though he usually has the covers…

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I graduated from law school.

Also, those caps are ridiculous.


Grant CONQUERED the GMAT. (He won’t admit it if you ask him though) He conquered it like he conquered that fish…only he spent about 1000x longer than he did with that fish. Ok, not really that much like that fish, but I don’t exactly have a photo of him studying. He is seriously amazing for all he did to conquer that exam though. For weeks months, he worked all day and then studied all evening. I’m really still not sure how we managed to find any time to “date.”


We got engaged. Whoa…


We went to Utah where I met 100 of Grant’s closest relatives. And fortunately, they’re all the nicest people and the world and super-forgiving of my inability to remember all their names while at the same time trying to remember 4,509,720 factoids for the impending bar exam.


I took the bar exam. It was pretty awful. Enough said.


We moved. and then we moved again.

(and we never ever want to move again)


We got MARRIED and became THE BORENS. Wha??

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We went to Hawaii! Best vacation/honeymoon/idea/husband ever.


I started a real, grown-up job.


Grant killed it at work, got something like 12 promotions.

I will likely be tickled to death for writing this…


We were so incredibly blessed in 2014. Even more than these big, photo-worthy moments were the small moments that filled our hearts with joy, peace, and light. We are so grateful for the love, support, kindness, and generosity that made it a most memorable and special year for us. We are looking forward to the celebrations, challenges, and opportunities that 2015 will bring.

We are so grateful for the one thing we know will always be a constant in our lives: the love of our Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ.

Christmas as the Borens

This was our first Christmas as the Borens! As I mentioned in the last post, we tried to make our first December a memorable one. We both love so much about the Christmas season and the spirit that is such a part of it, that we wanted to make the whole month as wonderful as possible. I think we did pretty well for our first attempt at it. IMG_6770 This year we spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Illinois with my dad and Juliane. We had such a nice time while we were there. Our Christmas Eve was quiet with just the four of us. We had a delicious prime rib dinner and then watched some Christmas movies on TV: National Lampoon’s Christmas and Elf. Classics. Before we went to sleep we read the Christmas Story from Luke in the New Testament.

Christmas day was so so fun. We had a delicious breakfast of sticky buns and eggs and bacon to start the day, and then we opened our gifts. We were even good enough this year that Santa came! We both had so much fun with the stocking gifts. All the little items we (ahem…I mean, Santa) put in the stockings were very thoughtful. A few items that Santa brought Grant were socks, a ninja turtles cell phone case, jerky, pens he loved, a new toothbrush. Santa brought me some goggles for the gun range, cookies and cream chocolate, hawaiian chocolate treats, and a candy thermometer!


Our gifts for each other were quite a surprise for both of us. One of my favorite memories: we both got each other a Romney gift. I got him a Mitt Romney bobble head, and he got me an Ann Romney cookbook. I think we both thought we were pretty clever with the “Romney” gift, ha!

IMG_6774I also got completely spoiled by my sweet husband. Although I really love the beautiful watch I gave him, I sort of feel like it pales in comparison to what I found in my boxes: Le Creuset cookware! Not just the dutch oven that i’ve had my eye on for years, but also a few other pieces. I got SO spoiled.


We went to Juliane’s parent’s house for dinner later in the day. She has the nicest family. I always get excited when I get to see them. They’re just so nice and so fun to be around. Her parents put so much thought and effort into dinner and getting their home ready for Christmas, and it definitely shows. Her mom had two of the largest, most beautifully decorated trees. Dinner was amazing, and everything just looked so lovely. We had such a nice, wonderful Christmas.





We were even lucky enough to be able to spend a few extra days in Illinois. Although we had to work one day (boooo), we also spent far too much time watching various versions of House Hunters on HGTV, and generally just bingeing on watching cable t.v. We also got in a game night and some good time walking and playing fetch with two energetic dogs.



We left early on Sunday morning knowing that we would be packing the car in a few days time and heading in the opposite direction (west) for my sister’s wedding! We were so grateful for the time we had to just relax, enjoy, and be with family we love so much.


Enjoying the Christmas loot.