Wednesday, August 18, 2010


The tickets.
Panda is my FAVORITE place ever. Just the beginning of a perfect night!

Outside the theater!
The Playbill.
After the show... we tried to get the stage in the back. Our seats were PERFECT!
One thing I LOVE about working in the hotel industry is the awesome hook ups we are sometimes blessed with! We have gotten free suites, discounts at restaurants, tickets to shows, and of course the list goes on. The other day my boss hooked us up with tickets to Jersey Boys and SERIOUSLY... it was amazing!! I had always heard that it was the best show in Vegas and I would say it is pretty close! My parents saw it in the beginning of this year and said it was so good, so ever since then I have been dying to see it! I loved the music!! I think I mostly loved it because it is the music that was in my house growing up. It was like totally the era of my parents! I sang the songs and just wanted to dance throughout the whole thing! The seats were in the middle section on the floor and about 10 rows back... priceless of course. Our favorite part was when we were walking out of the theater EVERYONE had like a walker or wheelchair with gray hair...we were TOTALLY the youngest ones in the whole theater! We loved it. I would totally see it again if the opportunity comes! WE LOVE JERSEY BOYS!!!

Kayaking Day!

We had so much fun two Saturdays ago... we went kayaking down the Colorado River! I actually had never been, so it was something new and fun for us to do! Tyson normally goes with the boys, but this time he decided to let me tag along! We left at like 6am to get to the river around 7 and we were out there almost all day. It was so fun to be out in the sun and enjoy our friends! We went with Michael and Crystal.... two of the funnest people in life. We love being with them!! Normally we have game nights together so it was fun to get out and about with them and do something active! My father-in-law also joined us and rocked. He is very experienced in the kayaking field so he was always wayyyy ahead of us! Tyson was so strong and brave. He cliff jumped and did most of the paddling. My arms got tired pretty quickly, but I tried to be brave and not complain! :) We really hope to do it again soon!

The receipt was massive. Of course had to take a pic.

These are my massive flipper shoes. They were life changing.
Seriously so scared we were going to break this little cord!
The Howarths... Cuties!
Father in law looking like a little child in his boat.
We went on a little hike and the view was gorgeous!
Typical. Love.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Golf Date.... didn't last long.

We have been really slacking on date night lately. We either are out of town or with friends slash we decided that we would try to get back into going on dates every Friday night. Well, I planned this one and thought it would be fun since it was kind of like a celebration of Tyson being out of school for a few weeks, that we would do two of his favorite things to do. Eat at Fudruckers and Golf! Tyson loves Fudds... in fact I think he would go there every day if it was possible. Of course it was delish and then we made our way to the Golf course. We went to Callaway because it is (a) cheap and (b) one of the only night golfing places in town.

We were excited to be there because we have actually never really golfed a game together! We have hit balls here and there, but we never been on a course. Weird right? Well, we pay and get on our merry little way and around the third hole I noticed this old lady in her sweet little golf cart watching us. I told Tyson of my concern and he was like we kept going. Soon after that, we were on our fourth hole when I noticed her again, but this time she was parked. Watching us. I was a little creeped out. When we got up to our cart, she says "And how are you folks tonight?"... We said good of course...and then she got SO mean!! She went on to tell us that I was not allowed to be golfing because I did not have my own set of clubs. (We were never told this little fact before ..) Tyson explained to her pretty calmly that I was just shootin around and not really playing a game so it shouldn't be an issue and also that we never heard about this rule and we would have brought another set of clubs if we were aware, you know? She got so fiesty with us and told us that I wasn't allowed to play and I had to sit in the cart the rest of the time, so Tyson stood up for me of course (angel) and told her we wanted a refund because we weren't treated that great by her customer service. She said that wasn't possible, so we got in the cart and drove up to her boss's clubhouse, where we explained the situation to him. He offered us a full refund, but we said half would be fine. Tyson said he would have felt dishonest if we got a full refund since we did get to play almost half the course.
I was so proud of Tyson! Like seriously... I think it was the first time I had ever seen him stand up for me to a stranger. He handled the situation like a MAN! Even though we only got to golf 4 holes, we still had a TON of fun and we will remember that date for a loooong time!

Monday, August 2, 2010

UTAH fans are nice too!

Tyson and I have absolutely loved living in my parents house for the past seven months or so! It is completely different living in a house vs. our one bedrooom apartment we lived in the first year of marriage! We have really learned that being a home owner is a ton of work! I use to be able to clean our whole apartment in about 3o minutes. (DEEP CLEAN TOO!) and I use to be able to vacuum the whole entire apartment by plugging in the vacuum by my front door and vacuum the whole place, including our bedroom, without unplugging it! LOL. Now, it takes me a whole day I feel like just to clean the downstairs of a house. For Tyson, he has had tons of fun learning how to be the handy man! He works in the yard pretty much every Saturday...mowing the lawn, cleaning the pool, pulling weeds, chopping palm trees, fixing broked dish washers that his wife breaks, and the list goes on! He has done an amazing job and I am so proud of him!

Last Saturday, Tyson was working in the yard and trying to mow our lawn. It was about 110 degrees outside and like 9am in the morning! I went outside and he was just so gross and sweaty...I felt so bad! (it is moments like those that I am grateful to be a GIRL!) Anyways, it turned out that the lawn mower had died. He had been out there for about 20 minutes trying to fix it and it just wasn't happening. As soon as I walked out there, a man in a University of Utah shirt was walking towards us. Tyson is not a fan of Utah and is a die hard BYU fan. (of course.) He kept working and as the Ute fan got closer and we soon realized it was Brother Zwick from our ward. He lives just a few houses down and he had noticed Tyson struggling to get the mower to work! He came by and asked if he could help, and of course Tys denied. Not more than 2 minutes later, we look up the street and here comes Brother Zwick with his lawn mower ready to help. He not only brought us his mower...but he mowed the lawn for us!! I seriously was in awe. We love him and appreciate him so much!! Bro. Zwick reminded me that day that there are always opportunities to serve our neighbors and friends...we jus have to look around! I kind of feel bad, because it also made me realize that I have a lot to work on! I need to look around a little bit more and help those who need me!

We are so grateful for Brother Zwick's example and kindess. Even though Tyson thinks he should change his shirt next time he comes around my Dad's house...we couldn't be more grateful for what he did for us that day. I am sad that I didnt get a picture of Brother Zwick and Tys together... Tyson was wearing a BYU shirt and Brother Zwick was in a UTAH shirt. It would have been a great pic!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

My Obsession: OLD PEOPLE

My sister Katrina found this and put it on my Facebook wall...I loved it so much I HAD to put it on here so I can remember it forever. It is seriously so cute. I love old people! I have always had secret crushes on little old men...and this one plays the piano!! I love his little wife too. They are adorable!! I cant wait to grow old with Tyson. I hope we are this cute!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Just a thought...

For the past year, Tyson and I have been struggling with a huge trial that has come our way. For the most part, I think I have done a pretty good job at handling my feelings and not becoming too sad...but today I got SO upset! I was on my way home from work when I was talking to the husband on the phone, when we got on the subject. I could NOT fight back the tears and I just started crying. Tyson is always SO strong...which is good, because that would be a mess if we were both cry babies! I got home and for the past hour or so I just sat in our quiet house, when this quote from President Hinckley came to my mind... "If life gets too hard to stand...kneel." I fell right to my knees and just prayed! I prayed for so long!!

I know that Heavenly Father loves us. I know that he answers our prayers. I know that we all have trials... some are really small, that last just a few minutes...and some are so big, that they feel like they will never go away. After I prayed, I felt so much better! I have SO much to be grateful for...oh my goodness!!

THESE are my favorite BLESSINGS:
  • I have the best husband in the whole entire world! He is my best eternal companion...and my little angel boy.

  • I have an amazing mom and dad who always lift me up and say EXACTLY what I need to hear on my roughest days.

  • I have the funnest and most awesome siblings in the world. We are all so friends forever.

  • I have the best family-in-law. They are amazing and make me so happy.

  • I have five of the cutest little angel girls as my nieces that bring me so much happiness. They are hillarious.

  • I have a great job...that I actually enjoy going to every day!

  • I have a beautiful home that I get to live in.

  • I have a testimony.

  • I am not too poor.

  • I go on vacations like all the time.

  • I get to sleep in on the weekends.

  • I am a happy person!

"If life gets too hard to stand...kneel."
- President Hinckley

Monday, July 19, 2010

Tahiti...Mandatory Vacay

Tyson and I have a secret obsession with Bachelorette. K, maybe its not a secret...but we do have some sort of obsession. Every Monday consists of us chillin at home starting at 8pm watching ABC. Tonight's episode was extremely dramatic...thought I was going to break down in tears, but one thing that was SO special is that they were in TAHITI. We decided we are going there!! We are so excited!! It is like THE most romantic place on earth! It literally costs like one million dollars to go there, but we don't care. Tyson is looking at flights and hotels and I am examining pictures of this heavenly place. I sincerely hope we get to go one day!! We are going to start saving TODAY, so we can go in like ten years. :) TAHITI... HERE WE COME!!!

PS - I have loved Roberto this whole season but I have grown to LOOOVEEE Christopher. If she doesn't choose Chris, I am going to be SO upset.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Day Date!

I am trying to get better at this Blog thing...I think I am finally getting the hang of it! Anyways... Tyson HATES going to the movies with me because I always fall asleep. I seriously have a disease I think...if there is such a thing... I fall asleep in every movie no matter how hard I try to stay awake!! I told him if he wanted me to stay awake then maybe we could try going to a morning movie. SO, this morning we went to the movies at 11:00am. Haha. It was so much fun! So random...I don't think we have EVER gone to the movies that early before. I think we decided though we will definitely be doing it again because (a) it is so much cheaper and (b) I stayed awake the WHOLE time!

We went and saw Inception and surprisingly I really liked it! In the first ten minutes I was so confused and I was hating my life, but it got better. I normally only like chick flick, love stories... so this is kind of a big deal. We also snuck Port of Subs in. Love the POS. Its so bomb. Day Dates are just so special!! We had so much fun!!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

My Bucket List

Tyson is SUCH a good example to me. He is always setting goals and trying to become better. I LOVE that about him! Well, he made a Bucket List and of course it inspired me to make one too! This is a list of 100 things that I want to do before I die:

100 Things to Do in THIS Life:
1. Have 4 children of my own.
2. Adopt a baby from Cambodia.
3. Learn Khmer so I can speak to my baby and teach him/her their native language with Tyson.
4. Master sign language.
5. Visit every temple in the United States.
6. Go on a cruise.
7. Make curtains for my whole entire house on my own.
8. Design and build my dream home.
9. Save someone’s life.
10. Be in a parade at Disneyland.
11. Go scuba diving.
12. Graduate from college.
13. Go shopping in New York City.
14. Meet the Prophet.
15. Take a picture on top of the Statue of Liberty.
16. Be in two places at once.
17. Make every recipe in a cookbook.
18. Be known as the lady “who makes the best homemade rolls.”
19. Secretly give money to a family who needs it during Christmas time.
20. Go to Girls Camp without complaining with a ward/stake.
21. Ride a dolphin.
22. Write a book about my life.
23. Plant a tree.
24. Decorate a wedding reception.
25. Meet the President of the US.
26. Ride a bike in Asia.
27. Own a dog.
28. Learn how to play and sing 5 songs on the guitar.
29. Start a band with Tyson.
30. Spend New Years in NYC.
31. Sleep outside with no tent.
32. Ride every single ride in the World’s Largest Theme Park.
33. Build a fire on a beach.
34. Donate money and put our family name on something.
35. Go up in a hot air balloon.
36. Go fishing…and CATCH a fish.
37. Ride an elephant.
38. Publish an article about “Waiting for a Missionary”
39. Milk a cow.
40. Learn how to dance.
41. Go longboarding with Tyson and be able to keep up with him.
42. Be in a food fight.
43. Go on a Safari.
44. Share my testimony with someone and be a part of their conversion.
45. Stay up all night long and see the sunrise.
46. Go to a Major League Baseball game and eat a hot dog.
47. Touch an iceberg.
48. Visit all 50 states with my husband.
49. In a restaurant, join strangers, eat with them, then pay for them.
50. Take a martial arts class.
51. Scrapbook mine and Tyson’s life as well as our children’s lives.
52. Throw a costume party.
53. Be on a TV Game Show.
54. Watch fireworks on a rooftop.
55. Shoot a gun.
56. Help decorate a friend’s home.
57. Start a dance in a public place.
58. Give a stranger a $100 bill.
59. Try out for American Idol…just for fun!
60. Go in a submarine.
61. Run a 10K.
62. Run a 5K in less than 30 minutes.
63. Learn how to play the piano.
64. Develop a talent of photography.
65. Bring a home cooked meal to a family in need unexpectedly.
66. Campaign for a Political Figure.
67. Start my own business.
68. Connect with all of my old teachers and write to them thank you letters.
69. Climb a mountain.
70. Sing my favorite song to an audience.
71. Get a makeover.
72. Be a matchmaker.
73. Pack a bag and drive to a spontaneous location to spend the weekend.
74. Live in a different country for at least 6 months.
75. Swim in the waters of Fiji.
76. Make a quilt.
77. Read the entire Bible, BOM, D&C, and Pearl of Great Price.
78. Conquer my biggest fear – Hold a snake.
79. Go to a Broadway show.
80. Fly first class.
81. Hit a bullseye with a bow and arrow.
82. Fly in a helicopter over a Hawaiian volcano.
83. Visit a castle in England.
84. Kiss while on the HOLLYWOOD sign.
85. Win a contest.
86. Give away 10 Book of Mormons.
87. Go on a shopping spree with NO budget.
88. Memorize the ABC’s backwards.
89. Be the best wife and mom I can be.
90. Go horseback riding on the beach.
91. Be an extra in a movie.
92. Go to a concert and sit in the FRONT row.
93. Go to a play outside.
94. Learn how to make a music video.
95. Give a talk or speech and not be nervous.
96. Dance on a stage in front of an audience.
97. Read a whole book… FINISH it.
98. Plan a family reunion with ALL of my family together in the mountains.
99. Witness a miracle.
100. Keep a Blog and achieve everything on this LIST!!