We’ve been married for 14 years and live in beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah. Our home is nestled near the mountains that is full of lakes, streams, hiking trails, and lots of places to have breakfast (we love breakfast!).
We love to spend a lot of time in the outdoors, if we can’t get away from the house, we’re usually snuggled up on our deck. This is one of our favorite spots and where we spend lots of time enjoying delicious coffee, reading books, watching birds from our feeders, grilling with friends and family, or just hanging to relax at the end of the day. We love our home and how close it is to the mountains and local trails. We’ve also love that it’s so close to friends and family so it’s easy to get together and hang out.
Jeremy is usually out running on these local trails. He loves being able to run or quickly hike up to the top of local peaks to get the best possible view of the valleys in Utah. Recently he completed his first 50k Ultra Marathon and loved it.
While Kara enjoys slowing things down a bit and getting out to hike on the trails, let’s be serious, it’s totally more of a nature walk most times. She finds it relaxing to walk through the wilderness and relish in the smell of fresh mountain air, to hear the flapping of the aspen leaves in the wind, and feel the warm sun seeping through the tall trees around her (mmmmm, so relaxing!). She finds it incredibly rewarding to discover new places and go slow enough to not get side aches every half mile as she works up to her goals.
We love our home because of what’s inside, our pets. We love our little fur babies and can’t imagine life without their happy faces. Currently, we have 2 dogs and 1 cat.
Our oldest is our Cat, Smeegal, we have had him almost the entire time we have been married. He’s a slightly cross-eyed Red Point Siamese. Jeremy’s parents found him as a very small kitten roaming the streets and Kara begged Jeremy to keep him.
Our older dog Bella is a boxer mix and she’s our crazy fast runner. She loves going out with Jeremy on trail runs and only gets upset when he stops or isn’t going fast enough for her.
The youngest in our furry family is Obie, a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix that has a tail that never stops wagging. He is our big lazy baby boy. He loves people and gets so excited to see anyone, he can’t properly say hi though without going to get a toy in his mouth and a kidney bean dance.
We also love our home because it's so easy to entertain big groups of family and friends. The adults will usually socialize while the kids run throughout the house playing hide-and-go-seek or tag in the backyard while the dogs run around getting in the way. Kara loves to throw a big Halloween party every year and she decorates inside and out. It's a lot of work, but it's the best thing ever having everyone come over and be creeped out by the spiders dangling from the ceiling or the skeletons watching you eat your green jello with eyeballs.
Kara and I met 16 years ago when she worked on the graveyard shift at a gas station across the street from my work. It wasn’t love at first sight for either of us, but there was definite interest in getting to know one another. We spent many hours getting to know each other talking over the hot dog carousel.
I may have spent a bit too much time over there, since I ended up getting fired for not being at work. It was worth it. Kara and I were married a few short years later.
Kara is going to be an amazing mother because she is one of the most caring and thoughtful people I know. She loves throwing parties and going out of her way to make sure everyone is having the best time. Our kiddo is going to be the talk of the town with how amazing of birthday parties they will have.
Well since Jeremy already told you how we met, I’ll fill in a little more detail. He used to come over to the gas station and harass me with his co-workers. Yep, they would pull all sorts of shenanigans while I wasn’t looking. Some of them included stacking all of the 12-packs of soda to the ceiling where I could barely reach them and then leave. Once they cleared one of the freezer shelves and forced one of them to crawl in it to see how long they could last.
We started dating and the shenanigans didn’t stop there either. On his 25th birthday, I thought I would do something extra special so I decorated his room and left a note on his bed that said “Dress in your very best dress because I’m taking you out on the town”. Ya...he took that a little too literal and when I showed up in my old prom dress with my hair and nails done, he too was also in a dress. Yep, an old black and white prom dress including clip on earrings, a black headband, and his white tube socks. What a hottie! It was pretty hilarious and still brings a smile to my face. As you can hopefully tell, Jeremy has a great sense of humor and that’s one of the many qualities I love about him.
I know that without a doubt Jeremy will make an incredible daddy one day, not only will he keep pulling pranks and goofing around with a child, but he’ll be incredibly patient with them and try to help them accomplish anything.