This cool guy had a very special birthday today!
He turned 8 years old!
Next week, he will be baptized and become an official member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Even though I've only known you for a little while,
I'm so lucky to have such a sweet cousin!
I don't know if I told you, but I really enjoyed dancing with you
at our wedding! Love ya lots kiddo!



I like dill pickles.


Sometimes, I crave them.
Especially when it's that time of month.
(Yes, I crave chocolate too. But not together.
That would be gross.)
It's just something about their salty, vinegary goodness.

It makes me very very sad when Target is out of pickles. Two visits in a row.
What is wrong with you people??
Maybe I'm not the only woman with this craving.

Heaven help us when I'm pregnant.

**Note: I am NOT pregnant.**


I think that one of the keys to happiness
is learning how to be content with your life as it is,
while still having dreams for the future.

Dear TJ,

I love that you're always making me laugh :)

I love how you're such a good big brother, to my siblings and yours.

I love that you love Mexican food as much as I do.

I love that you'll let me get Panda, even when you'd rather have a burrito. Oh, and that you keep working and going to school even when it's hard (no, that doesn't have anything to do with the picture....except for the fact that he was tired. And he's always tired these days.).

I think you're hot, even when you're not trying.

I love that you put up with my picture-taking, even when you're done. (Yes, that is Indiana Jones we were waiting in line for.)

Plus also, I think you look dang good in an apron. Maybe you should wear one more often! JUST KIDDING. (He actually told me to put this on my blog when I took it. Just to prove that he cooks sometimes....occasionally.)

So, my love, even though sometimes you get frustrated and sometimes things are really hard, I still love you. Even when you watch football a lot. And talk about football a lot. I still love you, and these are some of my favorite things about you.

love always,

the concert.

On the road...

Finally at the concert!

(Oops, out of order. There they are!!)

(Chris Young. My favorite song: The Man I Wanna Be. TJ's favorite: Gettin' You Home.)

(Rascal Flatts)

First of all, I have to get one thing out of the way:

I freakin' LOVE Rascal Flatts!!
This love has only been made stronger by hearing their amazingness in person.
I know that some people may not like them (like my father-in-law), but I think they are awesome.

This was the first concert we've ever been to, and I'm glad that we got to experience this for the first time together.

It was such a fun concert! We drove down Friday afternoon, and stopped at the Anthem Outlets to look around. We shared a frozen yogurt. Then we hopped back into traffic and found a Chipotle.

The concert was so fun! Rascal Flatts had two openers: Chris Young (amazing) and Kellie Pickler (not my favorite, but she did really really good--especially since she had bronchitis the whole week). Rascal Flatts has been together for 10 years! They sang lots of songs, from each of their albums, and also one of their new ones. I especially loved their classics, like "My Wish" and "Broken Road," but they played a lot of their lively ones too. I don't know why but one of my favorites has always been "These Days." Oh, and "Here Comes Goodbye." And "What Hurts the Most" (though I don't remember if they played this one....). Ok, basically I like almost everything they put out there. Check out their newest single, "Why Wait." Also, their new album comes out Nov. 16th!! I can't wait!

Oh, and in case you were wondering....yes, I did get my t-shirt :)

Taco Pizza

Another recipe that satisfies my husband's yearnings for "Mexican."

Taco Pizza

4 corn tortillas
1 can black beans
1/2 lb. extra lean ground turkey, cooked
1 c your favorite cheese (I used mild cheddar)
1 can green chiles
taco seasoning
1 avocado

Lay out 4 corn tortillas on a cookie sheet. Slightly mash black beans and spread a semi-thin layer on each tortilla. Top with favorite shredded cheese. Add a layer of cooked ground turkey (or beef) and a tablespoon or so of chopped canned green chiles. Sprinkle with a bit of taco seasoning. Bake in the oven @ 375 for about 15 minutes. Top with slices of avocado, sour cream, or salsa.

Note: TJ decided this is my new "signature dish."