The New Normal

After 11 states, an audio book, The Serial Podcast, and countless peanut-butter pretzel nuggets, Reagan and I are finally in DC!

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We are so excited for this adventure but there is no doubt that we are both feeling overwhelmed and a little homesick (and so happy that we have each other). We were so comfortable and had such a good routine in Utah, and now we have been shaken up a little a lot. We are working on figuring out our new normal and that kind of stuff just takes time and patience. :)

There is a huge shopping center (uh-oh) less than 2 miles away from us so the first night we got here we decided to walk down and get something to eat. Being the rookies around here and all, we just grabbed a coat and were on our way. We got to the restaurant and once we were done eating, we go to walk outside and it is completely pouring rain! We didn’t even think to check the weather before we left (#rookiemistake). Needless to say, we were both soaked by the time we made it home. All we could do was laugh and be thankful that we have a dryer. Lesson learned #1, check the weather before you decide to walk somewhere.

Beside from trying to figure out our new normal, we really love the area where we are living (a lot of beautiful, old homes) and our little basement apartment. I feel safe and cozy here. Reagan is enjoying his internship so far and is learning a lot. The new members of congress were being sworn in on his first day and he got to meet Mia Love. He also came home with 20,000 steps (me… a whopping 200! Ha ha. I need to find a gym quick!). They were walking all around Capitol Hill to get familiar with the area since the interns will be conducting tours. This weekend we plan to explore the National Mall. It has been really cold so I need to find some warmer boots (good thing there are endless amount of stores less than 5 minutes away from me). It is a different kind of cold than we are used to in Utah. A damp cold. We are learning we need layers, layers, and more layers.

I am looking forward to the weekend and to becoming more familiar with everything. I think we are really going to love it!


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Hello, D.C.!

IMG_1837As most of you know, Reagan recently accepted an internship with Senator Mike Lee working in his Washington D.C. office. He will be working in the press office with his Director of Communications. A little over a month ago, Reagan had the opportunity to go to D.C. for a PR conference. He was able to meet Mike Lee’s Director of Communications and chat with him. Reagan can’t wait to work by his side and learn from him! It is a 4 month internship so we will be gone from January-April.

When we found out he got the internship, I was a little hesitant about it. Mainly because I am a stress-case. :) I worry about all of the details and Reagan doesn’t so it was up to me to figure it out. Luckily, I know a couple of people out there so I was able to connect with them and they were a HUGE help. Thinking back over the past month while we have been figuring it out, I couldn’t help but feel super happy and grateful. There have been so many amazing people that were so willing to help us out and everything has fallen right into place. We found a furnished apartment in a nice area just a few minutes away from the metro. The landlord was totally fine with the 4 month lease. My work is letting me work remotely for the 4 months. We sold our 2nd car the day we put it up for sale. Our current landlord let us get out of our lease 6 months early with no penalty. Our families are letting us store all of our stuff at their place. And to top it off my good friend that I’ve known since we were babies (Katelynn Sumko) will be living right above us – it will be so nice to have a little part of home right there with me.

Since everything fell into place so perfectly, it made me feel so much better about the decision to go for it! We are SO excited to experience D.C. and for this little adventure! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am so so proud of Reagan. I have no doubt that he will be a wonderful asset to Mike Lee’s team. Since I will be working from home, I told Reagan that we need to have plans each weekend so I have something to look forward to and so that we can take full advantage of where we are. We’ve already started making our bucket list (New York is at the top). Please tell us… what do we need to experience??

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Falling For You

A lot has changed over the past 2 years and I have been wanting some updated pictures of me and Reagan. This Fall was so gorgeous and I thought it would be the perfect time to get some taken. We took a trip up Provo Canyon one Sunday afternoon and my talented sister-in-law took these pictures for us. It was so much fun and I love how they turned out. I can’t thank my sis-in-law enough! Enjoy!

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