“Sometimes the only way is jumping…I hope you’re not afraid of heights.”

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Taylor Swift AND the Hunger Games

This is a beautiful song performed by Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars.
It is called Safe and Sound and will be in the upcoming film The Hunger Games!

I know, right?
Isn't it the greatest...Taylor Swift and the Hunger Games?

I hope you like this song as much as I do because I instantly fell in love!
Hope ya'll are having an awesome break!


Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas break...finally.

Ok ok ok...
I know.
I haven't blogged again for like a week.
But the excitement has sorta worn off.
Nothing new. Nothing to write about.

Another semester has come and gone and I am so thrilled for it to be over.
We are here in San Diego visiting my family and it is just lovely.

We went to church yesterday, and baked most of the morning today.
And tonight, we are having a little Hawaiian Christmas party with some of our friends and family.

I love it and am so excited to be hanging out and doing nothing but celebrating the Christmas season!!

For now, enjoy this new Jimmy Kimmel clip:


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Alex is 25!

This is late. I apologize.
But, I've been busy with school...ya know, the important stuff in life. HA!

We did have time to celebrate Alex's 25th birthday last weekend though.
During the day, we watched the BYU vs. Oregon basketball game at the Jazz stadium in SLC
and then we went out to dinner with some friends at the Cheesecake Factory.
I don't care what people say, I love that place.

Can you say peppermint bark cheesecake? So good.
I've said this already countless times, Alex, but happy birthday!
You're the bestest! ;)


Saturday, December 3, 2011


A few days ago, we put up our Christmas tree.
I love Christmas.
It's my favorite.
Anything remotely related to Christmas is my favorite actually--
the lights, the music, the stockings, the trees, the presents ;)
Hope you all are getting into the spirit, as well!
Have a good Saturday everyone!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

my favorites

This is why she is my FAVORITE:

This is why she is my second FAVORITE:

Amazing, right?
I wish I was Jessie J.
Have a good one, y'all!


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Families Rock!

Here is our week with my family in pictures:


I am thankful...

I know that Thanksgiving has already come and gone,
but that is no reason to not express our gratitude.

In church today, the speaker read us a mother's thankful list of "100 things" and told us to do the same, so here we go:

I am thankful for:

1) A husband that loves me.
2) My family who drove all the way out here from San Diego
3) The sunshine
4) Babies and young children
5) Beaches
6) Chocolate Milk
7) The gospel of Jesus Christ
8) Diet Coke
9) Cell phones
10) Internet
11) Smelly candles
12) Showers and Baths
13) Hardwood floors
14) In laws at I LOVE!
15) Baby animals
16) Funny youtube videos
17) Halloween candy
18) Hunter Boots
19) Pictures/Cameras
20) Perogies--they taste so good!!
21) Airplanes
22) Sleeping in
23) Missionaries
24) Cars--even if they're ghetto
25) Microscopes
26) Hair
27) Kitchen Aids
28) Chocolate Chip Cookies
29) Smiles
30) Birthday Parties
31) Christmas decorations
32) My sight and hearing
33) The Prophet
34) Singing
35) Surfing
36) My childhood in Hawaii
37) Hot chocolate
38) A warm home to come to
39) Summer time
40) Fall leaves
41) Conversation
42) Boots, boots, boots!
43) Freedom and free agency
44) The Holy Ghost
45) Scary movies
46) Pizza
47) Smell of coffee
48) Sales/Bargains
49) Paintings/Art
50) The support from my family and friends
51) Doctors without Borders
52) Electricity
53) Fireplaces
54) Friday Night Lights--the TV show
55) Laptops
56) School/Education
57) My brain
58) Other people's brains...
59) Research
60) Exercise
61) My study Abroad Experience
62) Diversity in this world
63) My wedding ring
64) Banana Grams
65) The scriptures
66) Chocolate milk
67) Repentance and Forgiveness
68) Nordstrom
69) History
70) Musicals/plays
71) My parents and the sacrifices they have made
72) Clean laundry
73) Friends that treat me like family
74) Hummus
75) The Dollar Theatre
76) Mea Girls, the movie
77) Makeup and perfume
78) The month of October
79) Scary movies
80) "Alone time" with Alex ;)
81) Fashion Bloggers
82) The leaders of our church--Bishops, counselors, teachers, etc
83) Temple Sealings
84) Music on the radio
85) Seminary
86) The feeling of security/safety
87) The primary program
88) Elf
89) Colored tights
90) Parenthood, the show
91) Pianists
92) Cinnamon Toast Crunch
93) God's mercy
94) Scarves
95) The Atonement
96) My dad's help
97) My mom's friendship
98) Christmas trees
99) Nail polish
100) My Lord, and Savior Jesus Christ

There you have it folks!
We all have so much to be grateful for
and I recommend you all do this--it tells a lot about you and your life!

Happy Thanksgiving you guys and good luck on Monday morning with getting back to reality.
I will be right there with ya!


Tuesday, November 22, 2011


My family comes in tonight from San Diego!
I'm. so. excited.

We haven't seen them since the open house in Oregon so it has definitely been too long!

I know they're not too excited about the drive, but hopefully they will have a smooth, safe drive up here with no accidents and no snow, please.

I cant wait to see you guys!!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

the modern day beehive updo

This is how the girls of my grandmother's day wore their hair--the Beehive.

This is how girls are wearing their hair today...

I call it the modern day beehive or the BIG bun.
(it looks even bigger in real life)

To get this "beehive" look, all you gotta do is:

1) Put your hair in a high ponytail
2)Tease your hair by taking strands of it and back-combing it with a brush or comb...this makes it nice and big, and full of knots! ;)
3) Take your teased hair and swoop it around in a counter clockwise fashion
4) Pin it down and secure it with bobby pins.

And that's it! Have a go! It's super easy and very cute!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Winter Wonderland

Last night Alex and I, on a friday night, stayed in our bed from 5 pm to about 9 pm
watching Friday Night Lights on Netflix.
Boring, right? Wrong!!
That show is so good...we love it.

Then we decided to go out and get slurpees from 7/11.
When we walked outside, it was a straight up blizzard!
It was snowing so hard and it was absolutely beautiful!

Today I woke up to this:

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!!


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A J Biebs Cover

So if you guys have watched The X Factor at all,
you have probably noticed the incredibly talented Drew Ryniewicz
(or however you spell her last name).

Anyway, for her first audition on the show she idd a cover of Justin Bieber's Baby, but messed around with it and made it her own.
I did a cover of her version and here it is!!
I hope you guys like it!

(ps notice the homemade capo I made out of a pencil? haha)

Happy Wednesday everyone!!


Sunday, November 13, 2011

fall cookies= pumpkin cookies

I am so behind, but last week I made chocolate-chip pumpkin cookies
and they were soooo delicious!!
...and healthy?

Do you see the orange? Mmmm... pumpkin!!

Add the flour...

Chocolate chips and cinnamon? Yes please.

Kitchen Aids are great.

You should make some because they will make you oh so happy.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

red robin...yuuuuuuum!

I don't know if it's because I grew up in Hawaii with tons of good food and few chain restaurants,
or if my dad--a midwestern by birth, a food snob at heart--never liked chain restaurants,
so we never went to them, but I have never really liked chain restaurants.
I guess when I was a kid I liked 'em, but every kid just likes to go out to eat--it doesn't matter where.

Restaurants like Applebees, Chilis, Dennys, etc etc etc have never really been my thang, if you know what I mean?
Im more or a sushi- curry-lettuce wraps- gyro-kind of girl.
I guess you could say I'm a food snob in some sense.
(I blame my dad.)

So what's my point?
My point is, when Alex asked me if I had ever been to Red Robin and my response was no,
he was astonished.
"Everyone has been to Red Robin!" he said.
Well, not me, and I wasn't ecstatic about trying it on Saturday night.
I wasn't mad we were going there, just a little bit skeptical.

But, we sat down with our friends at a table, ordered our food, and then ate our food.
Funny huh? At a restaurant...who would have thought?

I got the Boneless Buffalo Wings with Ranch dressing...
and it turns out, they're one of my favorite foods.

I just LOVE the spicy, distinct flavor they have...they're just so good!
Really bad for you, but very tasty.

I guess I'm trying to say that not all chain restaurants are gross. :)
I would still choose sushi 100 times over wings, but I'm more of a fan now.

Well, keep on enjoying those high-caloric, greasy, I'm- gonna- barf- as- soon- as- I-get- up- from- this- table- because- I- ate- that, food you all eat at one time or another!
I have got to hit the gym!!


Friday, November 4, 2011

halloween is over (cue the sad face)

...and I dont even have any candy to get me through the month of November!
Sucks being an adult and not getting to go trick or treating, right?

While I don't have any candy,
I do have this hilarious video about parents telling their kids that they ate all of their Halloween candy.
Take a look!!

The last kids are priceless huh?

Alex and I are totally doing this to our kids one day...


Saturday, October 29, 2011

A freakin' night to remember!

Last night Alex and I went to the Halloween party of the year...no ever!
Literally, this will probably be the biggest thing we have ever gone to!
People fly in from out of state to come to this party!

It was at a film producer's house--aka the biggest house I have ever seen in real life!
Think four stories with a home theatre, dance studio, "play room" with a stage and real performance lighting, flat screens in multiple rooms, balconies, a pool and pool house...yeah!
I would like to live there, thankyouverymuch!

So this is a private (guest list and all!), pirate-themed party and, man do they go all out!
Our friends that we went with said it takes about a month to set up everything!

First you walk in and there is all this stuff--projectors (the same ones they use at Disnleyland!) with ships and seas on them that look amazingly real, a ship with a talking stone girl at the head of it, a mausoleum with a ghost in it--I don't know how they did it, but it was sick!

There was also amazing decorations inside including a ghost head in a crystal ball that talked to you, a skeleton that played the piano, and not to mention they had actors, like Jack Sparrow, walking around and entertaining.

So funny story, we were walking by the pool and we see someone swimming and I said, "Is that someone swimming or do they have a freaking mermaid in their pool too?" I said it jokingly of course and the next thing I knew a mermaid swam up to us and started talking with us. So cool!

They also had a live "pirate band" that walked around playing and a professional photographer that would take your picture, edit it, and print it out for you! So fun! ...oh yeah, the food was catered, of course!

Here are some of our pictures:

Oh yeah, did I mention that besides all the scantily-clad middle-aged women--welcome to the Real Housewives of Utah-- flava flav, the "hid yo wife, hide yo kids", and Uncle Rico from Napoleon Dynamite were there? What!?

I mean they are D-list celebrities, but nevertheless it was sick and they were really nice!
Everyone was!

Well I hope you Friday night was as fun as ours! Have a Happy Halloween!