Beautiful Utah.

 I am loving being with my wonderful family!
it has been a crazy couple of weeks so I apologize,
 I'm trying to catch up and get back to messages and emails! 
Thank you so much for all the baby suggestions!
Oh my goodness it's been so helpful!!
We have been staying at our cabin in the beautiful mountains 
(this is the view off the back porch at sunset, so pretty!), 
and our computer was not hooked up!

Ok costco I forgot how much I miss you.
Sams just isn't the same.
(We have a costco in texas but it's like an hour from our house)
I miss costco runs with a big family!
It means get every goodie in the store!

My cute little brother found the perfect stuffed animal for the babes. haha

Costco gave me a WHOLE creamy for a sample!
They must have seen my big tummy and knew it was exactly what I was craving.
I was in heaven.

My sweet husband and in laws flew in just in time for my baby shower.
2 wonderful women in my home ward threw it for me,
It was so fun to see everyone, and catch up.
Thank you thank you thank you!!

His first BYU blanket. So cute.
My family and in laws all headed to our cabin after the shower to stay up there for the week.

Here were some of the highlights.

 A couple nights the boys went to putt balls in the back on the golf course.

 So my cute sister danced and flipped for us. She is the cutest.

 hahaha raking the sand pits in her pjs.

My wonderful family behind our cabin, missing my brother on a mission in Mexico.

My fam and my cute in laws.

My first rocking chair! My mom bought me a rocking chair for Aaron and I's room at the cabin.
I sat there each night pretending to rock my baby haha

Going outside to play tennis!

Best buds just gettting home from golfing.

My little brother won his baseball tournament.

Being in Heber at our cabin, we were on the other side of the Alpine mountain so we just saw lots of smoke..
My mother in law, mom and I were at the Park City Outlets when my mom began getting lots of calls about the fire in Alpine and how fast it was spreading.
My uncle who lives less than a mile away from us was evacuated, along with our neighboring neighborhood.
We drove back to our house on the 4th, to get together with family and watched from the backyard as the mountain burned into flames.
It was so sad and so close to home. so scary.
A thank you to all those firefighters out there! xoxo

Heading out to Stadium of Fire!
Happy happy 4th!!

 Golf day!

My cute grandparents are on a church mission but flew home from mexico to see my cousins wedding.
It was so fun to be with them for a few days. I miss them!

Aaron is back in Texas, and I fly back Friday,
(my husband's birthday is saturday so expect a cheesy/lovey post to come)
It's been so awesome to be with family.
You don't realize how lucky you are to be close to them until you move away!
Baby is growing like crazy! We are almost 33 weeks. ah! Lots of updates to come.

Karina Marie Powell


  1. You are seriously too precious!! Love the photos!

  2. Lovely photos! I'm glad you're okay - I was beginning to wonder with no blog updates :) Looks like you've had a great time.

  3. I'm a new follower of your blog and I think I met you...doing something but I could be totally wrong! I did sandy/draper Junior Miss. And I think you were the winner the previous year--am I wrong? Anyways! Love your blog. You are so cute and I am obsessed with Utah too. Love it!

    1. Oh my goodness! Ha yes! I totally met you! I won Alpine Junior MIss, but was asked to MC sandy/draper with 2 other girls the next year! Aww you have a good memory! I feel like that was so long ago! I hope you are doing well! Your blog is so darling! can't wait to follow along! xo

  4. I'm SO glad you're having so much fun!! Did you just love your baby shower? I can't wait for mine. I love to see my loved ones be SO excited about our baby :)