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Yesterday my husband and I celebrated our four year wedding anniversary!  Time goes by soo fast! We celebrated by going to Hamilton’s for a beautiful dinner, a church activity and playing Carcassone. (we have a board game addiction)  It was a great day!  Over dinner we reminisced over the highlights of the year.  My husband said his favorite thing was that after my surgery, I’m no longer sick.  (darn you gallbladder for making me sick for s-e-v-e-n awful months) My favorite thing was my husband graduating from school and getting a new job.   With his new schedule we actually get to see each other without rushing to classes, jobs and study groups.  I know I’ve wanted things to work out on my timetable and have everything ‘now’.  Things are really just falling into place for us in a better way than I ever could’ve imagined.

This fall we had family pictures taken by my great friend, Kristin.  I felt this was an appropriate time to share my favorites!

PINIMAGEPINIMAGEWe love to laugh at our house.  That was actually one requirement in finding a husband.  I wanted to someone that could make me laugh every single day of my life.  I don’t remember what Craig said but it was funny and it was accompanied by a side of tickling.  I was laughing really hard.  Scrunch up your nose and close your eyes hard.  🙂PINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEMy FAVORITE!  I love the expression on Craig’s face.  I have a keeper.  I’m going to keep him forever….and then some!  Love you Babbage!PINIMAGE

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  • Chelsea - I love every single one of them! You are gorgeous and you and Craig make a cute couple! 🙂 happy anniversary!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - What a great post!!! We love you both and are so happy for all the great times you share. We only wish we lived closer!!!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Steel - So so so pretty! Love the pictures and I hope you guys had a great anniversary!!!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Olsen - Thank you for the anniversary well wishes and sweet compliments on our photos.ReplyCancel

I love to cook & try new foods.  I’ll try (almost) everything once.  One of the things that I added to my 101 in 1001 list was to try 10 different varieties of cheese. Fancy?  I love it!  We planned on doing a big party with Craig’s brother, but since we were sick we did it a few days later with our neighbors.  We had a lot of leftover cheese and I made an awesome baked mac and cheese.101 in 1001, bucket listPINIMAGEMy favorite was triple creme brie.   I poured warm honey and strawberry over the top of it and it was yummy!   My second favorite was smoked gouda.  101 in 1001 listPINIMAGEbucket list, 101 in 1001PINIMAGE101 in 1001 bucket listPINIMAGE

Fun Cheese Facts

  • There are over 2,000 varieties of cheeses.
  • Remains of cheese have been found in Egyptian tombs over 4,000 years old.
  • In 1869, English Cheese makers Green’s of Glastonbury made and gave British Queen Victoria a wedding gift of a giant 1/2 ton Cheddar wheel.
  • The terms “Big Wheel” and “Big Cheese” originally referred to those who were wealthy enough to purchase a whole wheel of cheese.
  • The average American eats 32 lb / 14.5 kg per year of it.

Fun Cheese Game

  • In car, when bored, each person in turn says the name of a cheese type, if can’t remember one then you are out, last person to name one wins!

Fun Cheese Joke

  • What type of cheese is made backwards . . . . . . . . . . . . Edam!


Random cheese fact, game and joke found here.

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  • janey - It’s really fun to watch you accomplish your goals! 😀 You’re awesome.ReplyCancel

    • Belinda Olsen - Thanks Janey! It’s been fun to go out of my way to accomplish things I’ve always talked about doing.ReplyCancel

  • Anna DeMille - Okay, I’ve read your bio and one blog post and I’ve decided you need to be my new best friend. Unless of course you already have one or you threaten to tell my bestie about you. Traitor. Love what you do and I’d love to go shooting sometime! Until then, I’ll keep blog-stalking you. Keep up the beautiful work!!ReplyCancel

  • Anna DeMille - Oh – did I mention that I love cheese, too??ReplyCancel

It’s no lie that I love my sweets.  My favorite treat: cookies!  I first learned about Ruby Snap (at the time My Dough Girl) after attending Quinn Curtis‘ class at Photocamp 2010.  At the end of our class Tami Cromar, owner of Ruby Snap, brought cookies for everyone in the class.  Ever since then, I’ve been smitten.   I’ve introduced dozens of people to Ruby Snap and everyone loves them. Why? Because they’re the best cookies. ever! I’ve always wanted to try all the monthly cookies, that’s why I added it to by 101 in 1001 list.  December? Check.PINIMAGEIn December I visited their Salt Lake location and  picked up the flavor of the month,  Noelle.  Noelle was a sweet potato maple with milk chocolate and pecans. Ruby Snap Cookies; Salt Lake City UtahPINIMAGEIt was delicious!  Now if you don’t live in the Salt Lake area, there’s no reason you shouldn’t treat yourself.  Ruby Snap sells their cookies online!  Check it out and if you need a recommendation, try Vivianna, she’s my favorite!  PINIMAGE

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I’m back!  I took a holiday hiatus from blogging to spend time with family and take a social media break.  I did not take a hiatus from:

  • Craig GRADUATING from Utah State University with his degree in finance.  We celebrated by going out for a fancy dinner at Elements in Logan.  It was fun!  Since then Craig quit his job at Maceys and is working at Conservice as a billing manager.  It is a fun change.  I am really grateful that for the first time since we’ve been married we have the same schedule and actually get to see each other!
  • Sending out Christmas cards.  Craig & I have been married for almost four years.  This year was the first time having our portraits taken since our wedding day and this is the first time we’ve sent out Christmas cards.  I loved our cards from Paper Coterie, a Utah based company.  The cute chevron card slid inside the red envelope with the cutout wording.  I liked how unique it was.

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  • Christmas Eve we spent with my family.  One thing we did was reenacting the Christmas nativity.  Craig was given the role of being one of the wise men.  The three wise men lovingly dubbed themselves as the three wise guy ninjas.  It was hilarious!  It was crazy fun to spend Christmas Eve with *ALL* of my siblings and their kids.  That’s the first time since my parents have been married (17 years)  that we’ve done that.  It was awesome!
  • Christmas day was spent in Fillmore with Craig’s family and it was fun to see his siblings and Uncle’s family.  I took lots of pictures on our drive down and can’t wait to share them on my 101 in 1001 update.
    Family NativityPINIMAGE
  • A few days after Christmas my little sister got married. 🙂  The crazy thing is that every now and then I still think of her as this little kid in middle school or just learning how to drive or taking her first semester of college…. let alone getting married.  I’m excited that Merril is a part of our family!
    My little sisterPINIMAGE
  • I wanted to attend the wedding as a family member and encouraged my sister to hire another photographer for her wedding day.  I was excited that my sister followed my advice and hired my friend Kristin!  my and my bff KristinPINIMAGE
  • After the wedding we had big new year’s eve plans with our family in Salt Lake.  Instead we both got really, really sick.  Darn that flu.  We didn’t appreciate it at all.
  • The next couple of weeks we have several exciting things up and coming.  My brother is getting married on Friday, we’re going to the Jazz v. New Jersey Nets game (Merry Christmas Craig) and then celebrating our 4 year anniversary!!!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year too!

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  • Tara Siddoway - I’m so glad you are back to blogging! And two family weddings close together is crazy and FUN! Can’t wait to see the pictures. And have fun celebrating your anniversary and let’s play again soon!ReplyCancel

    • Belinda Olsen - Thanks ladies for the welcome back!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Steel - YAY!! Glad you are back! 🙂 Your Christmas Cards are way cute!ReplyCancel

This is my second year photographing The Burn Family.  I love spending time with this family because they know how to have a good time!  If people ever wonder what to wear for their family photos, this family is a great example:  layers, similar colors and something to show off everyone’s personality 🙂
PINIMAGEPINIMAGEIn their home, they have a wall dedicated to portraits of everyone in their family.  Merisa ordered beautiful metallic prints of each person in their family.  I’m really excited for everything to come together!

Merry Christmas Burn Family!

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  • janey - Great photos, Belinda!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Steel - I love these pictures Belinda! They are so great, this family looked like they had a great time! I also love their outfit color schemes! Perfect!ReplyCancel