Our Lives Together

Jake and I had both dated a lot of other people before finding each other. But let me just tell you…when we did finally find each other it was as if the planets aligned! It felt different with Jake…it was as if we had already known each other for a long time…we were MFEO (Made For Each Other)! The last five years have been the best years of our lives. One of the greatest things about marriage is that you always have your best friend beside you to lift you up when you are down, and to celebrate with you when you are up. We are completely committed to one another and look forward to a lifetime of laughter together.

How We Met

After graduating from college, we met in a class about family history. Jake was responsible for co-teaching the class. The subject matter intrigued Andrea, so she signed up. Jake’s co-teacher was an expert on the topic, so Jake found that the best way that he could contribute was to bake cookies for every session. Chocolate chip cookies just happen to be one of Andrea’s weaknesses. After the completion of the 6 week course, 6 weeks of cookies, and a few hints from Andrea, Jake asked her out on a date!

On our first date, we tried a fancy new restaurant and had great conversation. Things just seemed so natural and comfortable when we were together. After dinner we went to Jake’s apartment to bake some delicious chocolate chip cookies together! Since then, we have pretty much spent every day together!

Family Time

Our family means everything to us. It is important to us that we make time to have dinner together every evening and we will continue this throughout our lives. We love being able to sit and hear about each other’s days and deepen our relationship. We also try to have some kind of fun night together at least once a week, a mini vacation every quarter, and a big vacation annually. We believe in making memories and that spending time together as a family must be a priority!

Saving for the Future

Since Andrea is a financial advisor, being financially secure is especially important for us. We always live within our means, strive to give generously to charities, and save for both long and short term goals every month. We live conservatively, we work to have a properly funded emergency fund, and we pay for our needs with cash. We hope to teach our children how to work hard and how to have a healthy relationship with money.

Jake’s Favorites

  • Children’s Book: Click, Clack, Moo
  • Children’s Movie: Inside Out
  • Sports Team: Utes Football
  • Game: Banagrams
  • Fruit: Apples, Pineapple, Clementines
  • Vegetable: French Fries
  • Breakfast: Cinnamon Life
  • Fast Food: Chick-fil-A
  • Ice Cream: Moose Tracks
  • Candy: Starbursts
  • Midnight Snack: Dried Bananas
  • Fear: Volcanoes
  • Music: Sting
  • Vacation: Hawaii
  • Favorite Thing About Andrea:
    Her Smile!

Andrea’s Favorites

  • Children’s Book: We Are in a Book
  • Children’s Movie: Monster’s Inc.
  • Sports Team: BYU Men’s Volleyball
  • Game: Five Crowns
  • Fruit: Bananas, Avocados
  • Vegetable: Broccoli
  • Breakfast: Nine Grain Cracked Cereal
  • Fast Food: Zupas
  • Ice Cream: Triple Fudge Brownie
  • Candy: White Chocolate Lindor
  • Midnight Snack: Salad
  • Fear: Earthquakes
  • Music: Lifehouse
  • Vacation: London
  • Favorite Funny Thing About Jake:
    Snorts When He Laughs

Our Home

We have loved working on our home since we bought it in 2012. We completely remodeled the basement and turned it into a basement apartment. We also put in a brand new yard and added a bathroom and laundry room upstairs. We still enjoy improving our house and making it into our dream home.

  • 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
  • Basement apartment has 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom
  • Dead-end street in a quiet neighborhood near downtown
  • Charming private backyard with patio and mature trees
  • Deer, squirrels, and hummingbirds love our backyard
  • Fantastic schools and a brand new library within 1 mile
  • Beautiful park and hiking trails within walking distance
  • Community events such as concerts in the park, Christmas lights, and 5ks

Running and Exercise

We love to run and we have run several races together. We want to be in great shape so that we can be active with our kids. We have stunning trails and parks near our home and we look forward to enjoying the outdoors with our children.

Trying New Restaurants

There is something special about eating delicious food with great conversation! We have tried all kinds of cuisines from Ethiopia to Germany, and from Japan to Argentina. We are excited to give our children the experiences of trying new foods to see what they like!

Nice restaurants are our guilty pleasure :)

Nice restaurants are our guilty pleasure 🙂

Elaborate Food! Yummy!

Elaborate Food! Yummy!

Jake trying escargot for the first time at the Paris Bistro.  Watch the video in the "Videos" tab.

Jake trying escargot for the first time at the Paris Bistro. Watch the video in the “Videos” tab.

We LOVE to travel. During our time together, we have had the opportunity to take a handful of fabulous trips. Jake had a business trip to London, England and Munich, Germany a couple years ago. We loved walking around London and seeing all of the history there.

Big Ben on our trip to London

Big Ben on our trip to London

Getting around London with public transportation.

Getting around London with public transportation.

We also took a trip to Chicago recently to be a part of a wedding for one of Jake’s friends.

Chicago has beautiful architecture so we took a cruise tour which is the best way to see it all!

Chicago has beautiful architecture so we took a cruise tour which is the best way to see it all!

We caught a game of the Chicago Cubs while we were in town.

We caught a game of the Chicago Cubs while we were in town.

Jake especially loves Jazz music!  We were able to go to a nice restaurant with live Jazz while we were in Chicago!  It was beautiful music, great food, and so fun to be together.

Jake especially loves Jazz music! We were able to go to a nice restaurant with live Jazz while we were in Chicago! It was beautiful music, great food, and so fun to be together.

In addition to the far away journeys, we’ve also traveled to Hawaii, Las Vegas, St. George, and Lake Powell, and California to name few.

In front of a little waterfall in Hawaii

In front of a little (fake) waterfall in Hawaii

Andrea's Work Conference

At Andrea’s work convention in Las Vegas

At the ocean in California

At the ocean in California

Summer and Winter Sports

Andrea grew up skiing and snowboarding. She loves to go up to the mountains whenever she can. On our third date, I taught Jake how to snowboard. He fell down a lot at first, but quickly caught on. He’s pretty good now and can definitely get down the mountain in one piece. Now we love going together and enjoying the outdoors, especially when we catch a day with fresh powder. The best part is snuggling under a blanket with hot chocolate when we get home! Every summer we like to spend time with Andrea’s family boating. We enjoy wakeboarding and tubing the most! We love making memories and spending time with family.

Snowboarding with Andrea's brother.  Have we mentioned that we LOVE getting on the mountain and SNOWBOARDING through the powder?

Snowboarding. Matthew (Andrea’s brother), Jake, Andrea. I love how there is snow matted to Jake’s helmet and goggles 🙂

The Future

We are so excited about our future. We are passionate about becoming parents someday and having the opportunity to raise our kids to be great people. We plan to give our future children opportunities to learn how to make good choices and learn about this beautiful world! We promise that we will always love our children unconditionally.

We love relaxing Sundays when we get to read, talk, and enjoy the back yard

We love relaxing Sundays when we get to read, talk, and enjoy the back yard…this is the life!

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