Sunday, March 29, 2015

Palm Springs Please

Last week Dan and I broke our 200+ consecutive days in a row as he headed off to Mexico and I headed down to Palm Springs. 
It was a sunny, beautiful, much needed 4 days of relaxation, tennis, and time with my family. 
I love the BNP Paribas tennis tournament. You get to see the players up close and personal, and watch tennis under the hot Palm Springs sun. 
We saw a lot of tennis and came home with the tan lines to prove it. 
We also played some tennis, relaxed by the pool, and watched more tennis...The perfect Schneider weekend. 
It's always hard to come home from vacation, but having my fiancĂ©, who I had not seen for 9 days, pick me up from the airport made it well worth it. 
Until next time Palm Springs! 

(kacey.ism 362)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

You+Me Forever








                         

Last Friday Dan and I went to play a round of tennis...something we like to do pretty regularly. 
We had finished the first set, and it was my serve. 
When I asked him to give me the tennis ball he pulled me onto the court, got down on one knee, and gave me a diamond ring instead. 
I can honestly say it was the happiest moment of my life thus far. 
Loving Dan has never been a choice for me, it's just always been the way it was going to be.
We often say that our hearts found each other before we did. It sounds cheesy, I know, but I think they were meant to be together. 
I feel truly blessed to love someone who loves me too, to want to make someone happy who wants to make me happy too, and to want to be with someone forever who wants forever with me too. 
June 6th you better hurry! Only 96 days to go!
(kacey.ism 361)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Weekend adventurers

Every weekend is an adventure.
That's the way Dan and I like it, anyways.
Why stay home when you can go somewhere fun?
Two weeks ago we ran off to Sun Valley, and last week we ran off to St. George.

Sun valley was filled with skiing, hot tubbing, cross country skiing, games, and fun.
We were joined by Claflins, my parents, and Sadie and Logan.
It was a beautiful winter wonderland. Lots of snow, lots of blue sky, and plenty of breathable air.

Dan and I drove down to St. George with his parents for a quick 48-hour trip.
It was a beautiful, balmy 65 degrees all weekend... perfect for tennis, hiking, taking walks, and basking in a little sunshine.
I determined that if I could spend every weekend somewhere sunny with Dan, I would live a very happy life.

(kacey.ism 360)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

para-para-paradise

Hawaii 2014, you were SO good to us...
Hawaii, you more than delivered this year. 
When the countdown was over, and we were actually on our way there I was giddy with excitement. 
As always, it was everything I hoped it would be and more. 
And having Dan there was just icing on the cake. 
We saw the sunrise at Haleakala, we went scuba diving at molokini crater, we played lots and lots of tennis, we had a few intense rounds of paddle ball, we lounged on the beach, we ate well, we saw lots of whales, we spent time with friends, and we just enjoyed being together. 
I loved showing Dan the Hawaii I love so much. I have so many memories on that beach and I wanted him to see it all. 
And not only did I get to show Dan Hawaii, I got to see him embrace the trip and add to my special Hawaiian memories.
Hawaii is always a special time. It comes at the time of year when being with people I love sounds sweeter and better than ever. 
This year I especially loved saying goodbye to 2014, and saying hello to 2015 in paradise. I'm confident this year is going to be the best one yet. 

I am so lucky to have amazing parents that give us this wonderful trip every year. I'm already counting down the days till we're back there again. 
Aloha!

(kacey.ism 359)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

holiday cheermeisters




This year I'm nominating Dan and I as the 2014 Holiday Cheermeisters. 
We have made sure almost every day of December has been filled with some type of festivity. 
Whether it be the Festival of Trees, decorating my mom's Christmas tree, Zoo Lights, making a gingerbread house, watching a Christmas movie, throwing our annual Decembirthday Party, going to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, or attending the Santa dinner at the Country Club it has been nothing but fun.
I have loved embracing the Christmas spirit and spending it with people I love.
Only nine days til Christmas and we still have two Christmas concerts, the Nutcracker, a trip to Bear Lake, and three or four more Christmas parties to go!
I plan to enjoy every minute of these next nine days.
I think the Who's of Whoville would be proud.

(kacey.ism 358)

Thursday, November 27, 2014

kacey's abc's of gratitude

I could truly go on and on about what I'm most thankful for this year. 2014 has been so good to me. Many prayers have been answered, many blessings have come my way, and surprises as sweet as honey have changed my life. 
I've come to learn that true happiness comes from expressing gratitude...gratitude to those around me who make my life wonderful and whom I love so much, and gratitude to my Heavenly Father because without Him I would have nothing.
So, without further ado, my ABCs of gratitude.
A- Apples
B- Books
C- Coloring books
D- Dan
E- Eternal families
F- Friends
G- Gospel
H- Heroes
I-   Ice
J-  Job
K- Kacey's Dance Academy
L- Lake Powell
M-Milestone moments
N- New adventures
O- Opportunities
P- Puzzles
Q- Quiet
R- Roommates
S- Sun Valley
T- Tennis
U- United States of America
V- Vacation
W- Waterskiing
X- eXamples
Y- Year 2014
Z- Zorro

(kacey.ism 357)

Friday, November 14, 2014

thoughts on happiness.


Last night when I was trying to fall asleep, all I could think was, "Thank you for the happiness, Heavenly Father".
I would consider myself to be a pretty happy person. I'm a glass half full, always walk toward the sunshine kind of girl. 
But lately, it's been the kind of happy that radiates through my fingers and toes and gives me butterflies every 5 minutes. 
It's a happiness that starts deep in my heart and yearns to be shared with everyone around me.
It's the kind of happiness that comes when you realize you haven't had a bad day in at least 100 days because the good more than outweighs the bad. 
It's the kind of happiness that I want everyone to experience. 
It's the kind of happiness that I see in those around me. It's contagious, it's simple, it's fulfilling, and it's wonderful.
I see those I love reveling in this happiness too, and that only makes me, you guessed it, even happier.
I just feel tremendously blessed. 
As I ponder on gratitude in this month of Thanksgiving, I am feeling most grateful for the precious gift that is true happiness.

(kacey.ism 356)