Thursday, September 30, 2010


I got camera happy on Sunday
and even made people stand in for me
thanks julie jenna and joel :)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

I want to l i v e and l o v e

So I stole this quote off of a friends blog, but when I read it I HAD to post it.


"I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails. I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp. I want to be there with grass stains on my shoes from mowing Sister Schenk's lawn. I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbor's children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someones garden. I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and tears of a friend on my shoulder. I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived."-Marjorie Hinckley

When I read this I was like ah!! because it was a smack in the face.
But a good one.

I feel like sometimes I get really caught up in what clothes I have, or dont have, or the fact that "everyone" has a new car and I want to trade my 1998 honda for a shiny new one, or that the johnsons house is decorated cuter than mine. or Im thinking, what can I do to make some money on the side so I can buy seasons of One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl and Modern Family, or poor me because Im working full time and taking two really hard classes.....BLAH BLAH BLAH.

Instead of coming home from work and vegging on the couch for an hour, Im going to start doing anything nice I can think of for someone else.

At the moment all I can think of is taking someone yummy sweets....what else can I do for people when they dont ask? If you have some fun service ideas PLEASE let me know.

I am going to try to be more like Sister Hinckley.

AND if YOU need any help with ANYTHING, LET ME KNOW.

(seriously, ask me.)

and just for fun here are some pictures of

things i love :)

(Mr. Darcy. this is my favorite scene in the movie, the cinematography is amazing)

(one of my faves of joel)
(This is my new bed set that is makes me happy)

(Rainy days= cuddling)

(This is a book im reading. I adore the characters, more about it when I finish)

(how could you not love that face??)

(I love this pose...watching his ball intently...haha so cute)

(I love cupcakes, and Halloween, so naturally I love these)

(after I went to the temple the first time, such a good day, love our family)
(Fall beautifulness)

(baby jack, one of my favorite pics of him)

(just saw this movie, LOVED it.)

(Hatch Family Chocolates in Salt Lake, BEST HOT CHOCOLATE EVER)

(I hope that someday Joel and I are this cute- LOVE them)

Another really good quote to end this long random post. I dont even know who said it, it just came to me ha ha

"Never let a problem to be solved, become more important than a person to be helped."

Monday, September 20, 2010

Happy Birthday to me...again!

First of all let me just say I love this baby
He is the best.
He even tricks me sometimes into thinking I want my own baby.
(watch out Kelly and Steph, I might steal him)
Mostly I love how he loves to cuddle
and jabbers to me
Its the cutest.

We even nap together :)
ha loooooove him.
Ok Ok back to Birthday business!

Joels family had a bday dinner for me on sunday

It was Delish.

and Joels Mom made my fave cake


So Miley LOVES Joels Dad....

and Joels Dad loves Miley...


These two pictures...

they are like the same
and she sits like this ALL the a little sidekick

ahhahahahah I love it.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


We went down to Utah for my birthday and it was so fun, and relaxing! Joel and I did some shopping and of course, ate amazing food (made by california pizza kitchen, and mom & dad)

On Sunday we went up Big Cottonwood Canyon to Silver lake and I got to try out my new camera. I love it! I dont really know how to use it yet, but it was alot of fun. Plus its gorgeous up there and my subjects were pretty good looking so that always helps ;)

[if your computer is on mute, unmute NOW! this song on my playlist is soooo gooood!!!]

So here are some of my first pictures taken with my new baby...ha ha no laughing...and im lazy so they're all in random order

changing the depth of field is about all I know how to do...
and dont know if im even doing it right! ha

we had cherry pie, my favorite!
notice I claimed the last piece and started just eating from the dish

My dad took this one, its my favorite :)

Joel took this one of miley, isnt she adorable?

My lovely parents :)

My friends Sarah and Tally came over on Saturday
It was really good/fun to catch up
I havent seen either of them in forever
(And its like 1am, hence the haggardness haha)

My next step after my camera is to figure out photoshop
ha ha if anyone has any tips id love to hear!
Weird that im 22? Time goes by so fast its Crazy!
Guess what??
My wonderfully amazing husband got a promotion and a raise!
He is now officially "senior developmental therapist" ha ha im so proud of him, good job babe!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Too Early?

I. Love. Fall.
I love hot cider.
Cuddling in the cold.
Marshmellows in my hot chocolate.
Corn mazes.
Haunted houses.
Excitment of Christmas coming.
Fall Decor in my house.
I love everything about Fall. So is it to early to put up my wreath?
ha ha oh well its already up!
I Love having apple and pumpkin candles burning

and yep, thats right I even whipped out some of the Halloween decor
Im just so excited!

And today Im wearing my purple tights.
maybe if I start dressing in fall will come faster?

mmmm yeah doesnt look like it, its 69 degrees outside.
But look at Thursday and Friday!
ha ha maybe there is hope?

p.s. My Birthday is on Sunday.
I cannot wait.
So much so that I already ordered my present!
ha ha it will be here tomorrow!
My dilema I wrap it and open it on Sunday?
Or take it out as soon as it gets into my hands?
ha ha we'll see what happens.

Friday, September 3, 2010


We went with Joels Family to California back in August and it was AmaZinG!

AND it was my first time boogie boarding.

At first I said there was no way I would do it,

The water is FREEZING.

Ha but Joel made me by threatening to just throw me in

So there I am, riding in one of my first waves

and I LOVED it!

Joel, me, Miles, Jenna

Most of our time was spent at the beach

but one night we went minigolfing and gokarting

you wouldnt tell by the picture

but thats what we are doing here haha

Ha this is typical of Joels dad

he is always doing stuff to make us all laugh

even though that seaweed was nasty

he sacrificed in the name of comedy

Another night we went to a little pier/boardwalk called


It would have been fun

but after the second ride I got sick

for the rest of the night

Ha but everyone else had alot of fun

and Brett climbed a coconut tree, real fast...

to win that pink monkey hahaha

that turned into the biggest inside joke of the trip

good times

I dont know why but I just love this picture

perhaps because hes so cute?

that must be it :)

It was terrible to have to come back to work

after such a relaxing vacation

im already counting down to the next one



Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Ok so I have been under the weather the last 2 days and home from work, so I figured it was time for a post.

School has started. Bleh. I hate school. Well not so much school, but the getting up at 7 and not coming home from work till 7, then doing homework all night while trying to find time to work out. Joel is working 30 hours a week and taking 16 credits, And still managing to do it happily. I dont get it, he loves school and learning and whatnot (?) Ha I guess thats good though because hes got quite a bit left. I wish I could be more like him.

Ive been feeling kind of weird lately. I dont know what brought it on, but its strange. I guess it anxiousness now that I think about it. I want to be done with school and able to start a family and stay home and cuddle them all day. I want all these things im looking forward to, to be happening now.

Everyone keeps saying these are the best times of your life, and I AM happy, I just wish I could fast forward sometimes. I think most of this is stemming from how UNHAPPY I am at my job. Its a great job, its just stressful and not something I even remotely enjoy. and its depressing to think I have to keep doing it for the next 2 years. Ill have been there for 2 years in October, half way right?

I hear girls who are making dinner everynight and doing all these crafts and projects and Im like, WHO THE CRAP HAS TIME TO DO THAT??? I LOVE being at home and cleaning, and cooking muffins and making my home a comfy, warm place to be, but I feel like I cant do it how I want because of all this other crap. I cant wait until the days of school and work are done for me and I can be a mom and wife full time. I guess ill get there, I just need to be patient.

[This post was supposed to have all the pics and stories from our vacation to Cali, but it just didnt turn out that way, ill post them tomorrow]

I cant resist posting these though, Baby Talon is so cute, and my husband is hot so I have to share :)

After Talons Blessing 8/29/2010
Isnt he adorable??