Peter, Jordyn and Irene

As most of you know Hurricane Irene swept up the east coast causing destruction every place she hit. P and I have learned that Philadelphia loves to prepare for disasters; last winter it was the snow storm of the century, then it was the "end of the world", this time a hurricane. We weren't really concerned about snow and the world coming to an end but being from Utah and not ever having to deal with a hurricane we thought it best to be somewhat prepared. We cleared our patio off, brought the 72 hour kits out of the basement (defeats the purpose, I know!) and then headed to Target to get some canned fruit and vegetables. The store was a mad house! Not only was it back to school but people were preparing for the worst.

Once we had the basics we went home and waited to hear when we could expect to get hit. I was a fairly uneventful evening, we had pizza for dinner, played games via candle light, watched a movie on the computer and then went to bed.

P got up early this morning and went for a run, I stayed in bed since I was up late because I was too anxious to go to sleep. When he came home he said that Center City felt like a scene from "I am Legend" all the business were closed and there was not the daily hustle and bustle of the city. I decided I wanted to photograph this historical occasion so we got dressed and went down to the Schuylkill river to see what damage had been done there. Downed trees, power lines, and the area surrounding the river was flooded. All the trash had been swept along the edges, entire trees floating in the water and boat houses flooded. P and I go run by the river daily, it is one of my favorite places in the city because it doesn't feel like the city. All of the trees, the river, the rocks all remind me of Utah; it is quiet there and the air is fresh and has a clean smell. You see people of all shapes, sizes, and ages running or walking. People with their dogs, children, friends, husbands, wives, partners, everyone taking the time necessary to clear their minds; P and I have had some of our best talks along that river. Having access to that area makes living in a big city easier for me. Seeing all of the destruction there today was sad for me, I hope that things will be repaired and the area will restore to the one I know and love. When things return back to normal I will photograph the same areas so that you can compare. 

A lot of people came to the river today, some were running as usual and the others were taking pictures trying to remember what things looked like yesterday. 

Governor Corbett said that the river may not crest until Tuesday so we are not out of the woods yet with the flooding. I am happy to say I survived my first Hurricane, haha! On a serious note, I hope that everyone is safe and relatively unaffected by this storm. And, to the families to have lost someone my thoughts and prayers are with you and yours at this time.

Some guys in my life...

I have had many great examples of what a father is. Yesterday I spent time looking past the usual examples and realized that I have so many great men in my life.

My Dad...Denny! I almost cannot find words to describe my father, there are so many facets to him. Because he is human he posses both strengths and weaknesses, and if you were to ask him I am sure he would more than likely think of things that he wishes he would have done differently. But, if you ask me I think he did a wonderful job with being a husband and father. I was not always the easiest of his four children and there were times that I was angry or in disagreement with what he thought was best for me. Now that I am older and I have had time to reflect I can honestly say that he did his best always.

My dad is an incredibly hard worker and has sacrificed so many things in order give my siblings and I a life he never had. Again, it is my age that has finally put into perspective all the sacrifices that it takes to be a parent. I would just like my dad to know that I am more and more grateful for him each and every day. I am so excited to see him take on the role of grandfather and I can't wait for my own children to have time with their PoPo Denny! Dad I love you so very much!!!

Chet! Again, I am almost at a loss of what to say. I first of all need to thank him for being such a dedicated father and setting such a wonderful example for Peter. I am married to the most wonderful man and I truly believe that is a reflection of his father! Chet is one of the most giving and compassionate people I have ever met. I can't say enough about how grateful I am to have married into the family I did and Chet is in a large part responsible for the wonderful family he has.

Chet and Peter

Craig. Although my brother Craig is a new father I have no doubt that he will be amazing at it! Craig always mentioned his strong desire for boys but I find it most fitting that his first child is a girl. When Sara came into Craig's life I saw him change in so many ways and I see more changes now that he has a daughter. I think he needs girls in his life...they push him to do amazing things.

My relationship with Craig is a delicate one, we have had many ups and downs together and I am largely responsible for those. We are in a good place now and it couldn't have come at a better time. I want to let Craig know that despite the circumstances he is in fact an incredible example in the lives of so many and most of all his daughter, Mary. She is too young to know of the sacrifices that her father has made in hopes of providing for his family. Craig, please take this precious time and enjoy every moment with your child; once you start working you will ache for the days you have now.

I wish Mary was awake :(

Adam. My brother-in-law is another amazing example of fatherhood. The thing that impresses me the most about Adam is the sense of humor he has with parenting. Adam also takes after Chet in his ability and willingness to be so giving and compassionate. Working five days a week and having religious callings take a good chunk of his time but he always makes more time to play with the kids. I know that having Adam as an example will only contribute to Peter's ability to be a great father!

And of course Peter.

I love this man so so SO very much! I am at times amazed that I ever found him and that he stuck around to be with me always. We are not parents yet but I know with out a doubt that when time comes Peter will be an AMAZING father! He is kind, patient, hard working, and committed to providing for me and our family. Peter is a wonderful husband and because of that I know he will surpass my expectations of being a father. I can't wait to start that adventure with him but for the time being I am very much enjoying our time alone :) I love you!!!

Getting ready to body slam Gunner.

August 2010 to now...

In an effort to inform you all what we have been doing I am going to give you a quick overview of the last nine months. After this point I am hopeful that my posts will be more frequent.

After the wedding (you can see some pics here) we had a quick but enjoyable Honeymoon in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Next it was home to pack and load up the truck to move cross country. Not the most enjoyable three days of my life but we made the best out of the trip!
We had a sun flower seed eating contest...I won!
Over the threshold!

Peter started school and I started to work part-time at a Gap in Center City. I was lucky enough to get promoted to a full-time management position in October 2010 at the second largest mall in America, King of Prussia. I am still commuting there and love the people I work with.

Peter is at Temple University's Beasley School of Law.
Whitney came out to visit us during her fall break. I was so happy to have her here, I really needed some family time.

Lindsey Lohan, Wanda and Waldo

Due to lack of finances we stayed in Philly for Thanksgiving. For Christmas we joined the Smyth's for a cruise to the Caribbean for a week,  then it was back to Utah for another week to see my family and our friends!
Grand Cayman

Brothers on the beach in Mexico

Peter, Chet, Liz and Aaron in Grand Cayman
Christmas Eve in Mexico!

I LOVED being around the babies!

I am not sure where the pics from Utah are :(

I turned 29 this! It was a great birthday so I can't complain. We went out with friends and Peter and I enjoyed ice cream at home together.
At Time

In lieu of a was perfect!

I went home for Easter and for the blessing of my newest baby niece, Mary. Mary was born in February to my older brother Craig and his wife Sara. I was so excited to finally go and meet this baby! 


Craig, Sara and Mary (asleep)

Mary and I

As a baby gift I made this quilt for Mary

 I also got to meet this baby for the first time. My friend Cassie had her baby right before I came to Utah, I am so glad I got to see her and her new little family!
Connor...he was so little!
And I saw my usual favorites...
Summer, Zoe and Autie JoJo
and Ellie! Lover her even though she was not having it!

Ellie balancing her shoe on her head.
And FINALLY, my younger brother Derek proposed to his girlfriend. Easter weekend was FULL of amazing moments!
Derek and Amber. Congratulations!!!

Memorial Day weekend Peter and I took the bus to NYC to meet up with Chet, Liz and Aaron. It was a packed weekend but it was great to be with our family. We saw two Broadway shows, ate at wonderful places, saw the sights and just enjoyed one another. I couldn't have asked for more!
By our hotel in Times Square

Peter and Chet

Flat Iorn building, not the best picture :(

Aaron, Liz and I
So here we are, up to date. This will be our first full summer here in Philly and we are very excited to see what this city has to offer!

Where to start...

My original intention of this blog was to provide information about our wedding. I did plan to continue posting so our family and friends would know what our new life was like. Peter and I were married in July 2010 and I am just now making my FIRST post-wedding post.

Life came at us so quickly after getting married and it became a whirlwind after getting to Philadelphia. I have had many intentions of posting since last August. But, my thoughts of no one wanting to read about our lives got the better of me and here we are! I went home to Utah for Easter this year and I was reminded of the many people we left behind who still love us and are interested in what we are doing out here, this is for all of you!


Make it a weekend!!

In talking to family and friends it looks like a lot of people want to make a weekend out of the wedding. I wanted to let people know that if you decide to stay a the Homestead either Friday or Saturday night you are eligible for a discount. I am not sure what the discount is but to my understanding if guest of our wedding mention the code #45B5EB or Hansen/Smyth Wedding when booking you will get a reduced rate.

Also, I am sorry for the lack of postings but life has been a little hectic! Peter and I have been going non-stop since he got into town the end of May.

We have been so grateful for all of the support and help we are getting from our family and friends and we are so excited to share this milestone with all of you! We would like to thank my cousins Teri and Jennie and my Aunt Pat for giving us a beautiful shower at Mimi's Cafe on June 1st. We had a great dinner! Peter, Liz and Lindsey were able to meet my extended family for the first time. We received beautiful gifts that were very much needed, they included towels, mugs, wall-hangings, knives, and a vacuum!

I would like to thank Megan, Peter's sister, for taking on the responses! She was willing to have her mailbox overflow with the response cards, she recorded everything, and made contact with those who were a little late sending the postcards back. This was a huge undertaking and she did it while rehearsing for the lead in a play!

Those are just a few examples of the wonderful people in our lives who are willing to help and show their love and support! I will work on posting more so that those who are interested will know what we are up to!

Teamwork doesn't seem work!!

Who would have thought you could register while living on opposite sides of the country? I really do want Peter to have a say on the way we decorate our house so it was important that we do it together. We were able to each go to the stores in our respective cities, get a scanner, and walk around the store while talking to each other on the phone. This may not be the ideal way to register, but it worked and it meant a lot to me that Peter sat in traffic for 2 hours (each way) to get to the store to get this done. We are registered at:

  • Bed Bath and Beyond
  • Target

Our Wedding

Our ceremony and reception will be held at the Homestead Resort in Midway, Utah.
  • From SLC: Take I-80 approx. 32 miles to US Highway 40 (Heber). Travel South approx. 14 miles to the Midway and Wasatch Mountain State Park turnoff. Turn right at the stop sign onto River Road and follow the road approx. 2.5 miles to the round-about. Take the first right onto Burgi Lane (1050 N). Follow the green directional signs approx 2.1 miles to the Homestead entrance.
  • From Provo: Take Provo Canyon Road (it changes into US-189) approx 16 miles. Turn left onto Charleston Road (Highway 113) and go toward Midway. Turn left onto Main Street then turn right at stop sign onto 200 West follow approx. .2 miles. Follow the green directional signs for approx. 1.1 miles. The road will turn into Homestead Drive at the top of the hill continue to follow for approx. 1 mile to Homestead entrance.