Tuesday, August 31, 2010

You Always Make Me Smile

There is this place I love and its called BYU.

There is this thing I love and its called ADVERTISING.

Congrats to the BYU AdLab on breaking the world record for the largest water balloon fight and getting spotlighted on YouTube today!!

Shout out to the AdLab for also getting mentioned on Agency Spy and the Creativity Online Top 10!


Chris surprised me with an Edible Arrangement!!
The Melting Pot for dinner...he was excited.


Happy 1 Year to us!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

One Year

Chris and I have been married one year today!! I can't even believe it. It has gone SO fast. Being married is seriously the best. Get ready for picture overload...we had such an amazing wedding day, I couldn't help but post some favorites!

We have definitely been through a lot as a couple in just one year but I honestly wouldn't change one thing because then we wouldn't be where we are today. Going through hard things together brings you closer and makes you stronger. I'm thankful for the unique challenges we have faced our first year and know that now we really are a stronger team because of them.

Here are some first year events and adventures:
  • We've been able to travel a lot! (Utah of course, Mexico, Colorado several times, California once, Georgia several times, Florida a bunch, Philadelphia once and New York twice. Not even counting our cross country trek that took us through 4 additional states!) Rackin' up frequent flier miles!!
  • We moved! Both to Florida and then me to New York and now back to Florida.
  • We've made some new friends and watched a lot of our good ones get married.
  • We both graduated college.
  • We have both had amazing career building opportunities.

I am so so thankful for Chris. He is such an example to me in so many ways. He makes me laugh everyday, he is a good listener and a worthy priesthood holder in our home. He is the perfect complement to my personality and where I have weaknesses he has such strong strengths. He makes me a better person and wife. We have so much fun together and love being able to see each other everyday now without any separations hanging over our heads.

We are really excited to see what the next year of marriage holds! We really don't know where we will be or what we will be doing! But we'll be doing whatever it is together.

I feel so blessed to have the true gospel in my life, especially regarding marriage. We are sealed for time and all eternity. We will be together forever. I can't wait!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Mockingjay Day

See these books? They are fantastic...my favorite summer read.
The last one comes out today...
Here's to hoping there is one left on the shelf for me to snag before heading over to the beach!

Monday, August 23, 2010


My sweet amazing mother has a very special birthday tomorrow! I wish I could be there to help her celebrate, she is seriously just the best. Here are 10 awesome things about my mom:)
1. She is gorgeous. I mean really. People say sometimes that I have her pretty smile... lucky me!
2. She has never once been on the sidelines of anything with our family. She is always right there with us doing everything from always being the mom to help with our school events, to never missing a sports event to snorkeling, rafting, camel riding and ATVing. Hard. Core.
3. She is the most creative woman EVER. She always makes the simplest most mundane things fun. Instead of walks to get our energy out when we were little, we went exploring for treasure. Instead of letting us play quietly, she always threw herself into our games of make believe.
4. She has always been an amazing teacher. She used to help us (sometimes still does:) write all of our papers for school, improvised with us on all of our school projects and helped us study for all of our tests. She has also been an amazing spiritual instructor throughout our lives.
5. She has the travel bug and graciously passed it onto us. She is the best travel planner and trip buddy out there.
6. She is the most selfless person and has given up everything for us and our family. Our home has always been filled with the most incredible love.
7. She is hilarious and also laughs really easily. Her laugh is always infectious!

8. She is a fabulous entertainer. She always loves having company over whether friends or family and planning/ throwing parties. And those parties are always off the chain.

9. She is SUCH a good cook. And never complains about having to (something I am trying to master haha). She is always coming up with yummy new things to try or putting a new twist on other people's recipes.

10. She is the greatest listener. I can talk to her about anything and she always listens and then also gives the best advice! I trust her opinion and advice so much and am so thankful for her constant availability to me and her inspired guidance.

I would be nothing without my angel mother. I love you, Mom!

Friday, August 20, 2010

save the wave

Now that my hair is longer than my shoulders...it is INSANELY WAVY! This is how it looks after completely air-drying!
I used to think I had stick straight hair... apparently not.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

So now what?

Now that I just wrote about a million blog posts about the last little bit, what now? Well, that is a very good question. As of now I am back in Florida (woohoo!) with Chris (woohoo!) who has about a month and a half left of his internship with the Marlins. For now I am just going to be hanging out and getting some stuff done while he finishes up. We are exploring our options for what might be next for us and have some things we are looking into. But for now the future is wide open. Which is totally terrifying and exhilarating all at once. We'll keep you posted.

But for now we are just happy to be back together after being mostly apart since the end of FEBRUARY. Wayyyy too long. It feels so good to be back in the same place living life together. I can't even tell you. We are so thankful for everyone's support and prayers and encouragement!

The Best of New York

The best roomie:


The best shopping/walk:

Columbus Circle 59th Street to 72nd Street

The best buddies:

Jessica, Sarah, Alyson and Penni

The best outdoor market:

Union Square Green Market

The best free fun:

The Staten Island Ferry

The best view:

The River Cafe under the Brooklyn Bridge

The best street food:

The Chicken and Rice on 5oth and 6th

The best cupcake:

The Hummingbird Cupcake from Magnolia's Bakery
(not so much a fan of Magnolia's cake-way too dry- but this little gem is the exception.
Banana, pineapple cake with a touch of cinnamon and cream cheese icing topped with chopped pecans.)

The best hamburger:

Shake Shack

The best cheesecake:


The best visitors:

Chris and Mom and Ty

The best play (non-musical):

39 Steps

The best pizza:

Hawaiian from Famiglia

The best steak:

Aged Steakhouse
The best "I love NY" moment:

4th of July Fireworks on the river

The best musical:

Its a tie between Mary Poppins and the Addams Family (about as opposite as you can get)

The best unexpected treat:

Popbar Gelato on a stick