Friday, September 28, 2012


This past weekend Kyle and I went up to Sun Valley for the weekend. Kyle had gotten me the trip for my birthday, and last weekend is when we decided to go. We stayed at the Wood River Inn in Hailey for two nights, and dubbed it our "love"cation.

It was so great to get away and just spent time together! I loved every second of it. Thanks, Kyle!

And now.... Some highlights from our weekend:

My handsome guy and I.

A peaceful waterfall at the botanical gardens.

I liked the bear statue.

It was a gorgeous day!

Tibetan prayer wheel, dedicated by the Dalai Lama, in remembrance of those lives lost in 9/11 attacks.
Kyle and I went on a walk around downtown Hailey. I got all these books, like-new condition, for $5.00 at a thrift store! What a steal!

We stopped by Craters of the Moon on our way home.... It was pretty cool.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Catchin' Up

I'e been such a slacker blogger again! And it probably won't change in the next little bit, so this is going to be the last time I mention it. Ok? Ok.

As always, our life has been so busy. This is the first weekend that we haven't been traveling or waking up early to go to do something in about a month. Needless to say, we took sleeping in very seriously this morning. I'm also excited to tackle our messy home. When neither of us are really home before 8pm, it's hard to have motivation when you do get home to clean.

And now, some pictures from our recent adventures.

I finished my first ever 5K! It was actually kind of fun. Maybe I'll do it again sometimes :)

Best friend Sarah and I! I always love when we can get together and chat.

We spent Labor Day at Nate and Mel's. And I took way too many pictures of baby A! But I love this picture and that Liam ran up and grabbed my legs to be in it!

Last Saturday K and I went to the Eastern Idaho State Fair! We saw some great animals, and ate some delicious food!

Things I have no pictures of:
*visiting Grandma in Price, and seeing Ryan and Lindsay
*helping out with the Great ISU Ambush last weekend
*I made delicious zucchini chocolate chip muffins from scratch

Friday, September 7, 2012

Timing, and a story

I've been home from work for about two hours, and am taking a break on the couch from cleaning. Our apartment has been desperately crying for attention (clean me! clean me!) for a few weeks now, so I thought I would take the opportunity to clean while Kyle is at work tonight.
But as always, I need a break.
So here I sit, in shorts that are a bit too short, my hair in a messy ponytail, in a half-cleaned living room. And I want to blog about something I was thinking about today. Which is timing. Half-inspired by Ish's last blog post, and half-inspired by just my own thoughts lately. But not of timing in general, timing in a specific time and incident in my life which I know led me to where I am today.

And it's about a boy named Jason. The boy I dated directly before Kyle. (I don't generally write specific stories about boys I dated, especially by name, because how embarrassing if they ever come across my blog... But I'm doing it today. So...)

I've shared our story a while back, and this is just one specific story that led up to Kyle and I dating, but it's an important one in my mind.

As you know, I was waiting for a missionary before K and I started dating, and I was also dating around. Jason was my best friend at the time's brother (and I still love her dearly). We had met a few months back, but reconnected via my BFF, of course. One thing led to another, we became friends on facebook, decided to be study buddies (as we were both at BYU).... and then we started dating. We never had a DTR, but hey, when you are cuddling and holding hands and spending any free time you have with a guy for a month or two, I call it dating. But I digress. I fell had for this boy and I thought he had hung the moon.
He changed the way I thought about my life. He changed my outlook on my life.
By that I mean I wanted to marry him. (Again, how embarrassing should he ever come across, but I'm just telling it like it was.) BUT. Because I fell so hard, and because I had this change of mindset, it helped me see that there was more to life than marrying my missionary. (Another side note: not that there is anything bad about waiting for a missionary.) BUT because it freed up my mind to consider marrying another boy, it set the stage for Kyle to come in and whisk me off my feet :)

Do you get where I am going with this? Even though I was friend's with Kyle already, and knew he was great, it took my experience with Jason to help me realize that I could marry someone else and be happy. So, after Jason and I broke up (again, as much as you break up for not having a DTR, but again with the digression...), I was ready to date Kyle about a month later, and give him the chance that he deserved, and lead me to know I would be so happy with Kyle, and choose Kyle as my love. (And guys, my happiness would have been at stake had I not made that decision.)

I don't know if Heavenly Father had a direct hand in this experience in my life, or just a slight nudge, but as always, the timing happened perfectly. Isn't it amazing? And timing doesn't have to deal with just dating and marriage. It can deal with family, it can deal with work, it can deal with school. Anything. It's amazing, like Ish said earlier, the life paths that we have taken and that we will continue to take to get to where we ultimately will end up, and where we want to be. And we owe it all to the Lord. We are so lucky, so blessed for His guidance in our lives, even when we don't see it, don't want it, don't acknowledge it.

And this my friends, is my Testimony today.