the weekenders

This last weekend was fulllll of adventures! Summer is winding down and Randy will be back in school before I know it. SO we are making every moment count. Hence the weekend filled to the brim with fun. 
First we joined the Tour de Utah. JK. 

We were biking around on our cute little SLC Green Bikes while the Tour de Utah FLEW past us. It was such a fun adventure! The curry we had for dinner didn’t even make pedaling through the city less fun. 
We were walking around Temple Square and ran into a guy in Randy’s parent’s ward! We chatted and then he ran us down to see Meet the Mormons at the Legacy Theater. We hadn’t seen it and it was AWESOME!

Pause for a second. Can I just say how much I love the city? We walked back to my office/the car in the rain after the movie and let me tell you, it was wonderful. There are some crazies that hang out downtown and it can be an intimidating place for sure, but I love that my office on 4th and Main gives me the chance to spend lots of time here. I love finding restaurants, free activities, riding the train and knowing the stops by name. It’s truly a dream come true for me.

So after a night in the city on Friday, we decided to do the opposite on Saturday. We hiked up to Cecret Lake, and it was AMAZING. I love that living where we live means time in the city and up in the mountains all in one weekend. What a great place to live! 

He picked a couple flowers for me. SHHHH.

We ended our Saturday with Midvale Harvest days which was so fun! Ryan Shupe and the Rubber Band were the stars of the show and they are a hoot. We headed back to our apartment just in time to see the fireworks over the city. We LOVE Midvale.
Sunday was spent at church, and then down in K-Town with family. We got to have lunch with my family, and dinner with Randy’s! How lucky are we? 
But really, I feel so so lucky. More so every day. I have a husband that I adore, we live in a place that I love, I have a job that rocks, amazing family, the list goes on and on. Thanks to every single one of YOU who brighten my life.
Happy Wednesday!

cannibal, kaicho, pioneers, cheesecake, need i say more?

Sorry for the past few days friends – I got a little spooked when I went onto my statistics and found some of my top referring sites were pornography (what the?!?!)

I found out it’s just a spam bot – that nobody was reading my blog from a porn site and my site wasn’t affiliated with them in any way. Just shut down to only private for a few days until I could get it all figured out. And now it’s all figured out and all is well!

We got WEDDING PICTURES! Expect a full, detailed post (or two. or three.) about that wonderful day just 2 months ago.

Let’s catch up a little:

24th of July was awesome! We got to watch the parade, hang out with family, and go to Lagoon! And YES we rode Cannibal – TWICE in fact! It was so much fun to be with family and have such a good time.

I love Pioneer Day because it gives me the chance to really think about my pioneer ancestors, and appreciate all they did to get me where I am today. Some people don’t understand or think it’s that important, but really it’s one of the most important parts of history, in my opinion. I will forever be so thankful for what those brave men and women did, so that I can be where I am. It made me reminisce on my Pioneer Trek experience from Young Women’s. We went up to Wyoming to actually walk the path that those pioneers did. It truly was so remarkable to walk where they walked, to see what they saw. It made me that much more grateful for my faith and those who worked so hard to make sure I could believe whatever I wanted.

Last week was filled with mission gatherings for Randy and I. Randy’s mission president came home, so we got to go see everyone at a BBQ and then go to the homecoming! Randy’s “dad” and others were so fun to hang out with and get to know better. 
And finally meeting Kaicho was incredible! I’ve heard so much about him, and he’d heard so much about me, that it was nice to finally meet. He just went on, and on about how wonderful Randy was as a missionary, and it was so amazing to get to meet him.
And finally. 2 months calls for a celebration. A cheesecake celebration! Randy and I spent one of our amazing wedding present gift cards to celebrate 2 months of marriage. Being with Randy has literally been a dream come true. It’s not always perfect, but it’s the best thing I’ve ever had and I can’t wait for the months and years ahead. If you’re getting married soon PLEASE message me with questions! There are so many things I wish I would’ve known, but didn’t want to ask. Please ask away!
Now I’m ready for a relaxed weekend with my love. 
Happy Friday everyone!

I will honor Christmas and try to keep it in my heart all year

Holy Cow. This Christmas season came and went SO fast. I’m not even sure what happened. I blinked, and it was gone! Here’s my Christmas and time with family in pictures! 
Spending lots of time with this guy, and making gingerbread people of each other:)
Lots of holiday shopping!

We had an amazing Christmas Eve with my extended family, and I love spending time with all these cute siblings of mine. Side bar–My brother and sister-in-law were supposed to be getting in from Boston late Sunday night, the Sunday before Christmas. My family and I head to church that morning, and guess who is sitting in our bench?? Ben and Kim! Those tricksters got in a day early and surprised us. I’ve just decided to never believe anybody when they tell me what day they are getting home. The end. 

The 18th Annual Christmas Stocking Exchange. We’re nerdy in my family. 
Christmas Day also included a trench coat I’d been drooling over, lots of books and games and so much family time. It made my heart happy. 

I just love Christmas:)

Off to see Savior of the World with my family!
This is one of my all time favorite Christmas pictures. While Christmas is about family and food and presents and snow, it’s about something much bigger. I know we kind of get that beaten into our heads, but it’s true. It’s about our Savior and the things that he did for us, it’s about his mother and her faith, his father and his trust in God, his Heavenly Father and his sacrifice, and that quiet night when the entire world changed. 
I hope you had a Merry Christmas everyone!
Happy Monday!

Dear Nutcracker

Last night was my beautiful sister Olivia’s last time dancing in The Nutcracker at Clytie Adams Ballet. I remember the sick, sad feeling that accompanies that very well. The girls were all backstage crying and hugging and getting pictures. It really was a sight to behold. Before the last performance, Clytie (the school’s owner and founder and director and everything) made a speech (like she does before each show). At the end she said, “One of my former dancers came up to me after an earlier performance and said, ‘Oh, I miss dancing.’ And I thought…well that never really goes away.” She was talking about my sweet littlest sister Bethany who had found her after the show to say hi.

Clytie was right, you never get over that feeling of missing dancing. I’ve been done for about 4 years, and every day I miss it.

The other day I had the chance to interview Adam Sklute, the artistic director at Ballet West, for BYU Radio. (I was fan-girling pretty hard, PS). At the end of the interview, I asked him a question that I hadn’t written down or prepped him for. I asked, “If you could write a love note to The Nutcracker, what would it say?” He was a little surprised, but then started into a beautiful monologue about The Nutcracker and what it has meant to him (you’ll have to listen to hear the whole thing). It got me thinking though, I wanted to write my own letter to The Nutcracker. For myself, and other dancers who have been touched by this show.

Dear Nutcracker,

Thank you for giving every November of my life color, brilliance, and beauty. From the music, to the costumes, to the props, to the hours of “Ride that Pony” that can be heard from where the little kids are held, to the long car rides and Nelson’s Frozen Custard after the show, you have been a pure delight.

I have the steps and music memorized. I can’t help but dance in my seat a bit when I watch because I know every move, the counting, and the rhythm, better than I know almost anything.

Nutcracker, I miss you. I miss the anticipation in the wings just before stepping on stage. I miss the long hallways and dressing rooms that always smelled like hairspray. I miss the feeling of being laced into a tutu a little too tight. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t have a dull ache in my heart, and an itch in my feet for dancing.

Thank you for giving me so many memories, so many nights of laughter and tears, so many days of sore feet and muscles, and so many pairs of ruined pointe shoes from the hard stage floor. Thank you for giving me the thrill of being out of breath after finishing a show, and hearing thunderous applause.

Nutcracker, words can’t really express what you’ve meant to me over my life. And I think every November I’ll feel a bit nostalgic and want to come home to you. Thank you for being my home.

All my love,

The three dancers…

She’s too pretty!
These cuties also came to see my sister dance and hang out with my fam bam.

Now gratitude!
November 21st: I’m thankful for pasta. I have a slight love affair with everything pasta related. Seriously, it’s kinda bad. But also so wonderful. 
November 22nd: I’m thankful for my new Mac! Yup, I did it. I pulled the plug and bought one. I’m in love with Mirage (that’s her name:)) and while I still adore PC’s, I’m liking this Mac a lot!
November 23rd: I’m grateful for oversize sweaters. Something about this time of year makes extra large sweaters just delightful, so cozy and fun. I simply adore them!
Happy Sunday dear friends! 
Also, I went to my last BYU football game as a student this weekend. So bittersweet, but I loved that I got to go with two of my best friends in the world! 

There’s been a murder….and you’re all suspects

Holy cow. What a weekend. What a life we have friends! 
First of all, I got my first pair of Nikes. So can lick the bottom. So maybe I’m copying the Dubois tradition. It’s fine! 
Feeling real lucky to have known Andrew James Dubois for a whole year. I’d be a totally different person if I didn’t know him. Thanks for being my best friend, adopted brother, and my person. 

This weekend we had a murder mystery dinner. It was seriously one of the most fun things we’ve done this year! We had a murder mystery freshman year and it was amazing…and we decided we had to bring it back! We all dressed up, got scripts and character descriptions, ate food and got clues. It was a blast! If you want to know how to throw your own murder mystery party, comment below! It was SO easy and I’d love to help you plan yours! 
Also, the pumpkin spice and caramel apple sparkling cider drinks they’re selling at Smiths’ right now…PRIME. So good. We also made some delicious food (when I say WE I mean my roommates did). Comment below for recipes for tomato cheese bites, apple dip and spinach dip!
My cute fam came down from home to spend the day with me! They even brought me a coke with my name on it…aren’t they the cutest?? We had gyros from my favorite truck, went to the MOA to see the costume exhibit, went to my work so I could show it off, and had my FAVORITE food for dinner…Sri Lankian at Banana Leaf! Then off to the football game… 

 Where they were able to meet my best friends! What an awesome day:) (Beth isn’t in the picture…she was busy meeting up with her friends!)
Last night we had a great talk with my group of friends. It was honestly so awesome. I’m just feeling really blessed with where I live and where I go to school, with the family I was given and the friends I found. I have some crazy decisions to make, but it’s so wonderful knowing that there are people who care about me and want me to succeed. What a lovely life!
Happy Monday everyone!

How to have an amazing birthday

What a wonderful day of birth I had. I have to tell you, my friends and family are out of this world wonderful. They’ve made my whole life amazing, and they made my special 21st birthday awesome as well. Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes, and thanks to all the people who have made my 21 years on earth incredible. I’m very lucky!

Ok, seriously. My mom is wonderful. Barbie anchor set for the top of my cake!

This is a look of pure joy my friends.
Birthday Dinner: Chicken Alabam (aka, breaded chicken with cream and butter and onions and paprika) over pasta. Cakes at my birthday: Peach Crisp, Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Cool Whip Frosting, Lemon Bars. I’m the luckiest girl alive!  
Awww sisters! 

Snowman bag…I love it:)
Just modeling my new sweater…

This awesome guy bought me birthday breakfast on the actual birthday, plus threw me a party with all my friends the night before! I lucked out in my brotha from anotha motha. 

My cute roomies (and ex roomie Linds) took me to dinner at La Jolla Groves the night of my birthday! I’m so lucky:)

We are cute:) I love my friends!


My family and I just got back from an amazing trip to Boston to drop off my brother and sister-in-law at Harvard for law school. I’ve been to Boston before, but I don’t remember much about it. Can I just say, I’m obsessed with this amazing city!

One of the first things we did was go to Bunker Hill where Liv and I climbed to the top of the monument. Can you say GORGEOUS!? Beth broke her foot just the day before they left, so she was wheelchair/crutch bound for the trip. She took it like a champ though! 
The “Hahvahd” tour was incredible! So funny and so awesome to learn about Harvard. This is the second most photographed statue in the United States!

 The Boston Museum of Fine Art was AMAZING. I could’ve spent days, even weeks exploring it. It had some of my favorite paintings and some of my favorite artists and it was incredible!

My sisters and I LOVE Degas, so seeing The Little Dancer was incredible! I loved seeing paintings that I’ve studied in high school and college.

Also. Pollock. Wow. 
Awwww aren’t they awesome! 
Seeing the Orchard House that Louisa May Alcott lived in was amazing. My family loves “Little Women” so seeing the inspiration behind it was incredible! 
I also loved going to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery to see the graves of some of my favorite authors


Walden Pond was probably my favorite place on this trip. It’s incredible!
Pose with a Thoreau statue!
The house site, so tiny!
And we ended the trip with a wonderful trip to the temple. I love my family, and I loved this time we got to spend together!
Also included on this trip: walking up to the wrong car several times, LOTS of amazing seafood and clam chowder, the best blueberry pie imaginable, trying to figure out where we were, Lexington and Concord visits, the Freedom Trail, the most amazing Italian food ever, game night, struggling to find parking, a sweet dance group on the street, lots of churches and cemeteries, lots of history, too much laughter and a lot of fun! 
It was a great trip but I’m glad to be home, setting up my new apartment and welcoming Hailee Jane Henson home from her mission! But more on that tomorrow:)
Happy Friday everyone!

God Bless America

Hi friends!

Whoa I said I’d be better at blogging, and I’m struggling! Here’s a quick game of catch-up showing you all the fun things I’ve been up to lately!

Earlier this week we hit the Provo Freedom Festival Days Fair and had some DELICIOUS chicken, and had a great time hanging out!

Back to good ol’ Kaysville for some hometown fun. It all started with the parade

Then some “pool” time

And finally some Davis High fireworks. I love my hometown:)
Can I just say I love the Fourth of July. I love this beautiful country more than anything and I feel so blessed to live here. And not just during this patriotic time. One of my favorite moments in my life was when I got back from Europe and we were going through customs to get back into the U.S. The customs officer looked at my passport, and said “Miss, welcome back to the United States of America. Welcome home.” Thinking about it still gives me shivers!
My friends and I maybe went to an old mine and burned a couch. It wasn’t my idea. Cool nonetheless.

And today for my internship I spent some time on the water. I have the best job.
Other than that I’m working and doing my internship, playing with friends and spending lots of time with my fam-bam. It’s been a delightful summer so far and I can’t wait to see how the rest of it goes.
Happy Tuesday everyone!


Heading to Miracle Bowl and pretending you’re practicing for a league game is always a good idea.

Look at that delicious food. I can be domestic:)
This is seared chicken and sausage with a bit of SandP and Mrs. Dash, asparagus roasted in the oven for ten minutes, mashed potatoes with a hint of garlic salt, and gravy made from said chicken and sausage. Delllicoussssss
Lesson I’ve learned this week? Forgiving is good.
Happy Tuesday everyone!

Summer Time

Guys, summer break is here.

Well for me it’s not a break, I’m still in school. But there’s something wonderful about waking up early in the morning to the sun, to walking around on campus without a jacket, and to getting into your car with the steering wheel a little too hot to touch.

I have a long list of things I want to do this summer, as well as a BYU bucket list for things I want to do with my last year here at the Y. I figure if I post it on my blog, I’ll be more likely to stick to it! So here we go:)

1. Rooftop Concert

2. Drive in movie
3. Float the Provo river
4. Baseball games
5. Visit Utah Lake or Great Salt Lake
6. Bonfire
7. Swim at Cherry Hill or Seven Peaks
8. Rope swing in Mona 
9. Camping
10. Pie shake
11. Roast mallows at the bell tower
12. Picnic

There you have it folks, my summer 2k14. Now keep in mind, I’ll be going to school until June and then doing my internship from June to August. There would be lots more activities on my list if I wasn’t so darn busy!

Here is my BYU Bucket List (which has some duplicates, but that’s ok)

1. Creamery Ice Cream

2. Picture with Cosmo
3. Football Game
4. Baseball Game
5. Basketball Game
6. Rugby Game
7. Gymnastics meet
8. Squaw Peak Kiss
9. Eat a Pie Shake
10. Rooftop concert
11. Drive in movie
12. Float the Provo river
13. Visit Utah Lake
14. International Cinema
15. Hike the Y
16. Rope swing in Mona
17. J Dawgs
18. Leave a note in the testing center
19. Stay in the library as late as possible
20. Eat at the Canon center
21. Go camping
22. Walk into every BYU Building
23. Volunteer at the MTC
24. Roast marshmallows at the Bell Tower
25. Picnic
26. Hide and Seek at BYU buildings

Never fear, I have already done some of these things, I just want to do them all again before I leave BYU! Part of the experience right?;)

If you have other ideas for either my summer or BYU Bucket List, let me know!

Also really quick, this is what’s been up with me:)

This cute sister of mine took 2nd in the Hurdles at the BYU invitational meet. SO proud of her! My brother is awesome and has a job with a law firm for the summer before Harvard, and cute Bethany just finished up being Kim in Bye Bye Birdie, and is on to lacrosse! My siblings are so talented. 

Sometimes after Fast Sunday you need a grilled PB and J.
Happy Sunday everyone!