P & Q [day 1]

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain."

P & Q

Many of you know about my love of photography. Although teaching is my current career choice, photography will always be a hobby. Someday, I will have a nice camera. For now, I'll just play.

Some of you may know about my love of quotes. I absolutely love them.

"I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself." -Marcene Dietrich


Challenge: A picture & quote per day for one month.

"Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?"
-Henry David Thoreau-

Casting Crowns

I'm sure I'm not the only one who goes through this. So you know how sometimes when you hear a song in the morning, it's stuck in your head for the rest of the day no matter what you do?


Yesterday, on my way to go grocery shopping, I heard an obnoxious song: "California Girls" by Katy Perry. Naughty song. Naughty singer. Nothappy Kylie. (It's even getting back in my head as I'm typing this.)

Today was different.

I woke up with a completely different song in my head (and I haven't heard it in a while). Let me give some background by saying this: when I started dating TJ I started listening to different kinds of music. One genre being Christian music. And now I'm in love. (With the music, and my husband.)

This is the chorus to the song that is stuck in my head. It's by one of our favorites, Casting Crowns. It's called, "If We Are the Body:"

But if we are the Body
Why aren't His arms reaching
Why aren't His hands healing
Why aren't His words teaching
And if we are the Body
Why aren't His feet going
Why is His love not showing them
There is a way.

*I would recommend a google search of the rest of the lyrics.

Talk about a total change in the tone of my day. I'm not going to elaborate on these lyrics and what they mean to me, but I will tell you this: I'm making some changes in myself. Because after all, aren't we all trying to be more like Him?

*I love the power of music.

"My Wish"

My husband is amazing. Really, he is wonderful. And thoughtful. And sweet.
Best of all, he knows me so well.

In case you didn't know, I had a birthday (which is another post).

My husband got me an pretty dang awesome gift. Let's see if you can't guess what it is:



Rascal Flatts w/ Kellie Pickler
Cricket Wireless Pavillion
October 16, 2010

It'll be the first real concert I've ever been to. And it's my favorite band (seriously, I have a Pandora station dedicated to them and their amazingness).

And he said I could get a t-shirt too!

(Ps. For the record, I thought all of those things about him before he bought us Rascal Flatts concert tickets.)


That's pretty much how I've been feeling.
Grateful for home remedies, and priesthood blessings.
(and Netflix).

I love him like this.

It's Your Love -Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
Dancin' in the dark, middle of the night
Takin' your heart and holdin' it tight
Emotional touch, touchin' my skin
And asking you to do what you've been doin' all over again
Oh its a beautiful thing, don't think I can keep it all in
I just gotta let you know what it is that won't let me go

It's your love it just does something to me
It sends a shock right through me
I can't get enough and if you wonder about the spell I'm under,
oh it's your love

Better than I was, more than I am
And all of this happen by taking your hand
And who I am now is who I wanted to be
And now that we're together
I'm stronger than ever I'm happy and free

Oh it's a beautiful thing, don't think I can keep it all in
If you asked me why I've changed, all I gotta do is say your sweet name
It's your love it just does something to me it sends a shock right through me
I can't get enough and if you wonder about the spell I'm under,
It’s your love
If you wonder about the spell I'm under,
Oh, It's your love.

{ TJ's if }

{ TJ's answers to the "If I...." }

If I was a season, I’d be summer.

If I was a piece of furniture, I'd be a lazy boy.
If I was a country, I'd be the USA.
If I was a food, I'd be a Costa Vida, smothered, sweet pork burrito.

If I was a flower, I'd be (I dunno, I don't want to answer that one).
If I was a song, I'd be "Amazed"-Lonestar.
If I was an instrument, I'd be a violin.
If I was a color, I'd be black.
If I was a letter, I'd be K (I gotta get some points for that, right?).
If I was a book, I'd be ....I read?
If I was a time of day, I'd be 8 in the morning (wakeboarding time).
If I was a drink, I'd be Grape Gatorade.

If I was a holiday, I'd be Christmas or Halloween.

If I was a store, I'd be Foot Locker.

If I was a word, I'd be "awesome."
If I was a person, I’d be Jim Jardine (my mission president).
If I could know the future, I'd want to know if I have my own CPA firm and 3 kids.

a week in paradise.

I hope everyone reading this blog has heard of Picasa.....because, ladies and gentleman, it has made this blog post a million times easier, shorter, and more pleasing to the visual sense. These collages are of one of the most wonderful weeks of my life and the first week of our married life. Our honeymoon in San Diego couldn't have been better!

...Aaaand we're off! On our way to San Diego, together at last!

These are images of our awesome hotel, the La Jolla Mariott. We were so blessed to have family members pay for our room (thank you so much Apryl & Tim and all those that helped out!). The lobby was amazing, but unfortunately I don't have pictures of it. It was nice to have free breakfast at the concierge lounge, and enjoy the indoor pool and spa.

On Monday, also TJ's 22nd birthday, we went to the beach just to see it. It was too overcast and chilly to actually stay there, but as you can see, we had fun :)

Your typical feet/sand pictures....

We then went to Old Town San Diego, where we had a delicious meal at Old Town Mexican Restaurant.

But not before we went to the newly renovated Mormon Batallion Museum. It was so cool!

On day 2, we woke up early and started off to Aneheim: Disneyland and California Adventure! This trip presented a few firsts for me....first time there and first roller coaster (Space Mountain was the first in case you were wondering). It was super fun and the light rain in the morning made for little to no wait time. Disneyland....favorite ride: Space Mountain. Least favorite ride: It's a Small World (yes, he made me do it. I was literally kicking and screaming. Ok, maybe not, but he had to drag me.) California Adventure.....favorite ride: California Screamin'. Least favorite ride: The Maliboomer.

Our last full day, we went to the aquarium in La Jolla and PF Chang's for dinner.

I don't remember what day it was (I think it was the same day as the Birch Aquarium) the clouds finally cleared and we went to the beach. TJ thought he was clever and decided to do an impromptu photo shoot as I exited the freezing tide. No, I was not trying to look like a model. Yes, he was.

....Then dessert at Extrordinary Desserts with Auntie Apryl and Uncle Tim. TJ's chocolate-something cake and my cream cheese brownie were both super good.

Basically we loved our honeymoon....it was absolutely perfect for us. We can hardly wait to go back! I'm thinking Sea World and the Zoo next time....

Baby Blues

Until recently
(we're talking a few weeks ago)
TJ thought my eyes were green.

We were laying in bed, and he looked into my eyes....

(sounds romantic, doesn't it?)

.....and he says, "Whoa! Your eyes look really blue!"

"That's because they are blue TJ!" I sweetly respond.

"Oh, I always thought they were green...."

I'm glad he pays attention ;)
For the record, they've always been blue. Never even wore contacts.

Exhibit A: