Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Apollo Cody Herrmann!

My dear friend Bonnie had her baby this afternoon.
Kyle, Adrianne, Jed and I went to go visit her, and I snapped a couple pictures on my phone. Isn't he precious? I love him already. He's got the fluffiest hair I've ever seen or felt.
I'm so happy for Bonnie and Aaron.
They're going to be great parents!


Tomorrow we go on our trip to FLORIDA.
We have been planning on this trip since we got married, and I'm so excited that it is almost here!
I've got my clothes ready, a new suitcase is bought, and we're ready to go get on our flight at 6:00 am tomorrow! (Early, I know!)

We're so excited.
I won't be blogging while we're gone...
But stay tuned for multiple posts on our adventures once we get back.
(ps, our year anniversary is in 10 days!)

Also, shout out to my great friend, Ariel.
I don't think she'll read this... But she was giving some of her clothes away and gave some to me.
Now, that may not sound like much, but some of the things I received were hardly worn, and were articles of clothing I've been wanting for a while but hadn't bought.
Just a little manifestation that God loves me :)

And here, I'll leave you with a great quote by Marjorie Pay Hinckley.
She's just the greatest. 

Monday, April 25, 2011

An Easter Post

Easter is my favorite holiday. 
The promise of new beginnings, the beautiful spring weather, the blossoms, the flowers, the new life (and yes, the chocolate).
And of course, celebrating the gift of my Savior.

This beautiful Mormon Message from Elder Holland is beautiful, and brings me to tears. The Savior, MY Savior and YOUR Savior drank the bitter cup and walked alone. Our Father in Heaven gave us His Son so we do not have to walk through this life alone.

And for that I am so grateful.

Happy Easter! 

Thursday, April 21, 2011

A Real Post

Sometimes I really want to be the perfect Mormon wife.
You know, have a cutely decorated house/apartment, someone who cans food and jam, who bakes bread weekly, who magnifies her calling, who keeps a clean house, who always looks put together, who keeps a darling blog about her family, and never speaks ill of others, someone who puts together a darling scrapbook, and crafts sometimes too.
And you know what? I"m going to keep working on that goal.

But, I want you (the blog reader) to know that I am a real person.
So here you go:

I'm silly. I dance around in my pj's and sing in the shower and in the car.
Sometimes I don't clean and my house is a mess and I sit down on facebook or google reader for an hour or two.
I PMS sometimes too, and do stupid and silly things.
I gossip sometimes, even though I don't want to.
Sometimes I don't do my hair because I'm simply lazy.
I've gained 30 pounds since high school. That's probably not good.
Sometimes the dishes are in the sink until Kyle does them.
I love awkward situations.
I make lame jokes, and I think they're so funny.
I probably make myself seem smarter than I am.
I'm not a good thinker - well, analyzer.
I blog stalk.
I really love to read.
I get super loopy when I'm tired, and I love Dr. Pepper.
I've make some dumb decisions in the past, but I'm thankful for the path I'm on.
I love the major I chose ... Family Life and Human Development.
But I haven't always worked hard at school, and my GPA shows it.
I'm not ambitious enough to go to graduate school.
Sometimes I'm grumpy.
Sometimes I'm needy.
I really have a testimony of the Gospel.
I hate running.
Secretly, I'm really really really painfully shy.
I really want to be a mom.
But sometimes I really want to be a career woman. (One time I thought I'd get an MBA... Ha. Hahaha.)
Basically I'm a big huge oxymoron.

And you know what?
It's ok.
I can work and I can improve on myself.... But I'm always going to be a real person.
Not a fake one.
And that makes me happy with myself.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Book Review #1

Well, I'm quite bored at work, having finished all my jobs.... And I feel like blogging, but what about? So, I figure I'll do a book review type of post on the books I've read lately. I'll warn you, I'm pretty bad at articulating  my thoughts beyond "it was really good" or "it was really bad" but I'll do my best.

First up, Shutter Island by Dennis LeHane.

I really enjoyed this book. It's a really good psychological thriller that has a definitely twist at the end. 
A movie version of it came out last year staring Leonardo DiCaprio, but I didn't see it because it was rated R. But I had heard it wasn't a "bad" rated R, so I took a chance on the book. And I definitely enjoyed. 
If you don't mind a some questionable language, but enjoy thrillers, I would recommend it.

"It's 1954, and up-and-coming U.S. marshal Teddy Daniels is assigned to investigate the disappearance of a patient from Shutter Island's Ashecliffe Hospital. He'd been gunning for an assignment on the island for reasons of his own -- but before long he wonders whether he hasn't been brought there as part of a twisted plot by hospital doctors whose radical treatments range from unethical to illegal to downright sinister. Teddy's code-breaking skills soon provide a promising lead, but the hospital refuses him access to records he suspects would break the case wide open. As a hurricane cuts off communication with the mainland, more dangerous criminals "escape" in the confusion, and the puzzling, improbable clues proliferate, Teddy begins to doubt everything -- his memory, his partner, even his own sanity." (from goodreads.com)

Second, The Talented Mr. Ripley, by Patricia Highsmith.

Again with a movie adaptation being rated R.This was another sort of thriller, and I also enjoyed it although not as much as Shutter Island. I would recommend it as it is quite a different concept than most novels.

"Tom Ripley is chosen by the wealthy Herbert Greenleaf to retrieve Greenleaf's son, Dickie, from his overlong sojourn in Italy. Dickie, it seems, is held captive both by the Mediterranean climate and the attractions of his female companion, but Mr. Greenleaf needs him back in New York to help with the family business. With an allowance and a new purpose, Tom leaves behind his dismal city apartment to begin his career as a return escort. But Tom, too, is captivated by Italy. He is also taken with the life and looks of Dickie Greenleaf. He insinuates himself into Dickie's world and soon finds that his passion for a lifestyle of wealth and sophistication transcends all moral compunction. Tom will become Dickie Greenleaf--at all costs." (from goodreads)

Third book, Red Hook Road, by Ayelet Waldman.

I liked this book. 
Like I said... Not too good at expanding on that. It has a similar feel to a Nicholas Sparks book, although not as romantic, and (I think) better written. Read the summary below and check it out.

"A marriage collapses under the strain of a daughter’s death; two bereaved siblings find comfort in one another; and an adopted young girl breathes new life into her family with her prodigious talent for the violin. As she writes with obvious affection for these unforgettable characters, Ayelet Waldman skillfully interweaves life’s finer pleasures—music and literature—with the more mundane joys of living. Within these resonant pages, a vase filled with wildflowers or a cold beer on a hot summer day serve as constant reminders that it’s often the little things that make life so precious." (goodreads.com)

Fourth and fifth books, 1984 by George Orwell and Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley.

Both books are about a "Utopian" type future world, and about those who fight against it.
I'm not big into searching deep into books for deeper meanings, so I can't give you a lecture on about how or why the books were masterpieces and how they are connected to our world today.... 
But I did enjoy them, and I was horrified at how these authors portrayed how they thought the world might become if society keeps going downhill.

So there you have my reviews.
Maybe you enjoyed them at least a little bit? :)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


I finished all my finals yesterday.
Aren't you proud of me for getting done on Monday?
What does this mean? 
It means that I am done with my last semester of classes.
Yes, I am still taking two classes in the summer.... 
But it's summer term, not semester :)

I didn't have work today, and neither did Kyle.
So what have we been doing?
Sleeping in, eating, and beginning Project: LOST.

Project: LOST is what I'm calling our goal to watch all of the seasons of LOST this summer.
So far we've got 6 episodes down, and 114 to go.

I've also finished my first five books of the summer (technically I started a little before summer began, two weeks ago, but I'm counting it). 

And, the most exciting news? We go to Florida in EIGHT days.

Friday, April 15, 2011

This Week

This week has been a pretty good one.
Classes ended.
I only have 3 finals to take.

Kyle was gone Wednesday morning through this afternoon on a camping trip with his work.
So, I got the car. It was exciting.
Wednesday I hung out with Missy for a minute, and then spent 3 hours over at Janae's.
Thursday I went out to lunch with my mom at the Olive Garden, and went to Target.
I got a new planner, and a makeup bag, and lots of our pictures printed for me to scrapbook!
Then, Ayisha came over and we had a sleepover.
Sleepovers are awesome.
We reminisced about high school, and boys, and our friendship, and the stupid things we did...
Love my best friend.

Today I'm at work, and then when I go home Kyle will be home, and then we get to go to Sammy's for our date night! Yes! I'm excited. I love Sammy's, and date night, and especially Kyle.

This weekend I'll study and take finals.
Next week I'll finish finals, and we'll go to Pocatello (maybe) to look around and familiarize ourselves with the place.
And then the next week (in 12 days!) we go to Florida.

(ps, our year anniversary is 3 weeks from today, what?!)

Monday, April 11, 2011


This is what writing the last paper of the semester at 10 pm looks like.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Fun with Friends

Recently while Kyle's been working I've been able to spend a lot of time with Ayisha.
I'm so grateful for her friendship.
We've been shopping, driving, talking, eating, whatever else you can do with a best friend.
So here are some pictures of our recent adventures :)

Ish and I went to support Casey at his radio show's Launch to Restore America.

We had some fun with hats at Forever 21.

Us at the launch.

Me in the cute hat we found.

Friday, April 8, 2011

On Conference

I haven't blogged about conference yet since I was waiting for the talks to be available on lds.org.
Now the text is available, woohoo! So I can share some of my favorite quotes with you.

Elder Bednar's talk was one of my favorites.
He spoke about the Spirit of Revelation.
He shared my favorite quote from President Joseph F. Smith which reads: 

"... But the Lord withheld marvels from me, and showed me the truth, line upon line … , until He made me to know the truth from the crown of my head to the soles of my feet, and until doubt and fear had been absolutely purged from me. He did not have to send an angel from the heavens to do this, nor did He have to speak with the trump of an archangel. By the whisperings of the still small voice of the spirit of the living God, He gave to me the testimony I possess. And by this principle and power He will give to all the children of men a knowledge of the truth that will stay with them, and it will make them to know the truth, as God knows it, and to do the will of the Father as Christ does it. And no amount of marvelous manifestations will ever accomplish this."

One of my seminary teachers shared this quote when we were studying D&C 98:12, which reads: 
"For he will give unto the faithful line upon line, precept upon precept; and I will try you and prove you herewith."

The principle of line upon line has always been one of my favorites.
Yes, the musical Saturday's Warrior may be completely ridiculous and cheesy, but I have always loved the song "Line Upon Line" that Pam sings

Line upon line, precept on precept
That is how He lifts us
That is how He teaches His children.
Line upon line, precept on precept
Like a summer shower
Giving us each hour His wisdom.
If we are patient we shall see
Hopw the pieces fit together in harmony.
We'll know who we are in this big universe
And then we'll live with Him forever!
Line upon line, precept on precept
That is how He lifts us
That is how He teaches His children.
Line upon line, precept on precept
Like a summer shower
Giving us each hour His wisdom.
How amazing is it that we will one day know the truth as God knows it.
Isn't it?
This principle has always been dear to my heart.
I love that Elder Bednar talked about the "simpleness of the way" (simple being one of my favorite words...) and how he compared gaining revelation to a sunrise, subtle and gradual... "whereby this blessing is received, the light it provides will illuminate and enlarge your soul, enlighten your understanding."

And of course Elder Scott's talk was a favorite of almost everyone I have talked to. He spoke on the Eternal Blessings of Marriage.
Some of my favorite quotes are as follows:

"The temple sealing has greater meaning as life unfolds. It will help you draw ever closer together and find greater joy and fulfillment in mortality... Pure love is an incomparable, potent power for good. Righteous love is the foundation of a successful marriage... It is so rewarding to be married. Marriage is wonderful. In time you begin to think alike and have the same ideas and impressions. You have times when you are extremely happy, times of testing, and times of trial, but the Lord guides you through all of those growth experiences together."

I truly am so blessed to be married to my best friend. 
I'm so grateful for the blessings that come from the Gospel and the Temple. 
Marriage is awesome, and I'm so grateful that I have Kyle, who will always be there for me and who is  someone I can always turn to when I have a problem, or question.

I know this Gospel is true. 
I know Christ lives.
And I know that one day, I'll be able to live with him again. 

Monday, April 4, 2011

Oh, the weekend!

We had a great one.

Friday night was date night.
We went to Los Hermanos, walked around the Riverwoods, got ice cream at Baskin-Robbins, and watched the King's Speech.
(Awesome movie, I definitely recommend it!)

Saturday Kyle had to work all day.
Luckily I have a great best friend, so I got to play with Ayisha all day.
We ate food, and scrapbooked, and went shopping with Melissa, and talked, and watched the Prince of Persia. She's the very best. 
I finally started scrapbooking the life of Kyle and I  and so far my pages are very cute. I'm excited to finally start on that project. Thanks to Ayisha I have a beautiful brown leather album. 
She also shares her paper, and Cricut, and stickers with me.
Like I said - best friend :)
(I have a couple of pictures from our shopping adventure, so I'll have to post them when I get home.)

Also, here are a couple pictures of Ish and I at the Festival of Colors last week.

Yesterday we drove down to Price to visit Grandma Hanson.
I have a special place in my heart for Grandma, and I love going to visit her.
We watched conference, and Kyle and I brought and made lunch for her.
Dennis and Sandra (and Patch) came over, and so did  Ryan, Lindsay, Ellie and Bracken.
Grandma introduced us to putting maple syrup on vanilla ice cream as topping, and it was surprisingly quite good!
We drove home, stopping in to say hi to my mom and Charity.

Weekends are the best.
And now there are only 2 weeks of school, then finals week, and then we're off to Florida!

(PS, sorry that the videos posted below are so massive. I thought I told youtube to make them smaller, haha. And also the picture for "Get It Right" is definitely not too flattering.)

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