me & charlie
7 peaks pass with all my friends
the tower of terror (not all of us loved it) neon soles
dinoland for dinner
sparkle shoes & maxi skirt
expedition everest @ walt disney world
our kitchen, painted & ready to be filled!
butterfly i spotted at epcot
the daily bracelets
this has been a long week. (i know, i've been saying that a lot lately) with finals coming to an end, a switch in my major, packing up to move, unpacking & packing again, it's due to be a little tedious. i'm just thankful to say it's all over.
this was austin & my last week together before he comes to california for the wedding. i can't believe how soon it's all coming. we both were extremely busy, but we tried to see each other as much as we could before i had to leave. we finished painting our kitchen & most of the loft on tuesday after our humanities final. we were both over being in the in-between stage. i love it. the color is so fresh, clean & happy! it was a good pick & will be perfect once we have all of our things in place. after painting all day long, we went to trafalga with nick & shayla, their cousin parker, & my cousin katie. it was a lot of fun! we went on the go-carts probably 7x's, played mini-golf, went on the carousel (shayla & my choice), & played a gigantic game of laser tag. afterwards, we went to denny's for shakes & breakfast.
wednesday ashley & i went to salt lake to my dress fitting. i hadn't seen my dress since they day we bought it back in february & i was beyond excited to see it with the sleeve addition. i'd been having a hard time imaging what it would look like, but it is perfect beyond belief. plus, it fits like a glove! all that we need to have down is have it hemmed & a bustle added. i can't wait to wear it on our wedding day & for ausin to see it, it's kind of been killing me keeping it from him! afterwards i moved all of my clothes to our new apartment & got them as organized as i could, & finished cleaning out the rest of my apartment (with some help) so i wouldn't have to worry about it this morning, at my 9 o'clock checkout.
today i cleaned a little more, packed my suitcase for disneyworld, home & honeymoon, & went to my last final. ashley & jake came by to say bye, & austin drove me off to the airport. it was sad having to leave everyone even though it's just a month, it feels like it will be a lot longer. but i know it will go by fast.
the next time i see austin he'll be down for the wedding
the next time i see nick & shayla will be at our wedding,
& the next time i see ashley & jake, they'll have a little baby!
it all started when austin moved in across the street from me
with a few boys i was friends with.
the first time i remember actually hanging out with austin was in his family room,
with a group of people.
he & his roommate, tanner, had just gotten back from camping for a few nights,
& the first thing i heard him say was "yeah, i still haven't showered. it's been almost 3 days."
& i thought, "huh. he's a boys boy."
(whatever that means)
after i left that night tanner called to tell me that i had left my debit card there,
& if i didn't come to get it soon, he would hide it from me so i would have to search.
i went over a few hours later, but didn't get there soon enough.
i barged through the door & austin, sitting in the corner doing homework, looked up surprised at this random girl just walking in & asked "who are you?" so i did the same (with a little more attitude), "well, who are you?"
& that's how it all started.
after playing a game of hot & cold for me to find my debit card,
we talked for a few minutes, i read over his paper, & quickly added myself onto his Facebook.
the next time i saw him, i was about to leave his house,
but i had a feeling i should go & say bye to austin.
i walked upstairs, where he was watching a movie, & we ended up talking for nearly 3 hours.
i had learned we had nearly everything in common, & i knew there was something very different about this boy, but i didn't know what it was.
i just knew that i wanted to get to know him more.
so i persisted. i messaged him on facebook, because i didn't have his number yet,
& told him that we needed to go rock climbing. being the impatient person i am, i quickly got over facebook messaging & sent him my number.
the next day we went climbing.
i had the biggest butterflies, but i also felt incredibly comfortable with him. i had never met anyone i could talk to so easily.
(he also liked the weird bands i like which is a sign of true love)
the next time we went climbing had a lot of firsts.
this past weekend went by so fast! i'm kind of sad to see it go, it was a fun one.
austin & i decided to spend friday in the library finishing up assignments for our easier classes, so that we would be able to use the next couple of weeks to focus on our big tests, papers & projects.
we then went to the bijou market with shayla & nick. the market had loads of handmade decorations, jewelry, clothes, all sorts of things. shayla & i had a lot of fun looking around at all the good things they had for sell there while the boys played on their phones in the back.
we both found some cute earrings & i got a water color of the l.a. temple.
i was excited about my picture purchase because it's the first thing i've bought for our new home & it's of the temple we're going to be married in! plus, it's really cute.
(you can check out her other temple paintings here!)
after the market, we went & burgers & shakes at sammy's.
saturday i helped host a baby shower for one of my best friends, ashley.
it's crazy exciting that she's having a baby! we've grown up our entire lives from the day i was born, doing everything together (seriously, everything).
sometimes i'm still shocked when i remember she's having a baby.
the little guy is due in less than 2 weeks & i could not be more excited for her & jake, or to meet the boy. it was a fun shower with lots of people & incredibly good food, thanks to our friends mom! ashley got a lot of good stuff & so many cute little clothes.
she's going to be such an incredible mom.
left to right: kaitly, jamie, ashley, kirstine & amy
austin & i had planned to go classic skating with some friends after the shower,
so he met me in salt lake & we went to the skating rink.
i love classic skating, i'm horrible at it, but i love it. we had a lot of fun, especially austin & our friend christian who decided to make a classic skating documentary for our humanities class (i'll post it once i edit it all together).
all in all, it was a busy but very fun weekend.
& now only two more weeks of school, which really is only 4 more days!
after all the warmth & sunshine we've been getting this month, i had hoped & thought that cold, wet days were over & done with. but i guess it's fitting for the month of april. i kind of like the rainy weather though. call me crazy, but there's a coziness about it that i love.
despite the gray weather yesterday, i had a couple of things that brightened up my day i had gone to salt lake to run a couple errands & while i was there i got to see my cousin whitney. i love when we get to catch up on each others lives. she's going to make the best mama to her little baby girl! after that i made a quick stop at nordstrom's to make a big purchase i'd been considering for a couple weeks: lipstick. i'm not a girl that wears tons of makeup (at least i don't think i am), but i've really been into the idea of lipstick lately. i just think they look so fun & add a little pizazz to an ordinary outfit. so i took the plunge and bought two, very bright & bold lipsticks at the mac counter. i got ladybug red & impassioned hot pink. they're bright, they're fun, & i'm getting used to them.
after my errands i treated myself to my favorite greek food restaurant & headed back to provo where i was greeted with a friends wedding invitation & a much anticipated etsy purchase. i came across the easy shop leyla cemal on a girls pinterest that i know & fell in love with the triangular shaped jewelry! i loved it & had to have one of the necklaces. i was so excited for it's arrival & it did not disappoint in the slightest & i was so excited to wear my new necklace to school today!
(triangle necklace & impassioned lipstick)
today was still gray & cloudy, but i loved it & took full advantage
by wearing my rain boots & going on a drive through the canyon with austin.
it was really nice just to drive with no destination, listening to good music, talking &
looking at the trees & mountains. i love the way they look in the rain.
after our drive a much needed nap took place (finals make me really tired) before we went to thursday dinner group. this was a special dinner group because ashley'smom is in town for ashley's baby shower that i'm giving her on saturday, so she kindly treated us all to dinner at the spaghetti factory. it was a lot of fun & really good. i'd never been there before, so it was fun trying somewhere new!
never was i ever a runner. you can ask anyone that knows me & they'll tell you i always hated it. i used to walk the mile in high school for my p.e. class & tennis team. i refused to run.
sometimes i would go on runs with my friends around town or on the trails behind my house. they would push me & i kind of liked it. but i never liked running on my own.
last summer my sister convinced me to sign up for disney's tinker bell 1/2 marathon. i had every intention of training, but couldn't bring myself to run that far or often. the day of the race came & needless to say, it was extremely difficult. but...i kind of loved it.
there was such a hype! everyone was so excited, i definitely felt a rush. plus, there were a million other runners with me & i liked that. after that race i decided to sign up for disney's princess 1/2 marathon, which was a month later. once again, i didn't really train. but it was easier! my body knew what was going to come, & i still loved it!
i've now signed up for two more races in september & i'm actually training for these two. after racing & trying to train, i've realized it's not running i love. it's the race itself & how i feel afterwards. the vibe, the hype, the rush of the race. i love it. & i love pushing myself to do better every time.
every time i run now, i feel better & kind of stronger.
it's an awesome feeling.
running has taught me a lot about myself.
i did something i never imagined myself doing,
if you asked me a year ago if i would ever run any sort of marathon, i would have laughed & said no; but in this year alone i've already ran two! two more than i ever thought i would. so, i learned i can accomplish a lot. i just need to keep pushing myself.
i have also learned that i need to allow myself time. i'm the kind of girl who thinks i don't need to practice, prep, train, or whatever & that i can go out & do anything without any side affects.
i learned that i was very, very wrong.
yes, i can push through something & complete it, but it's not going to be easy.
there aren't a lot of short cuts you can actually take; especially when it comes to running. i need to stop expecting to do a great job when i didn't put the work & effort into training.
one of the best things i've learned though, is that running can completely clears my mind of whatever has been bothering me. it's one of the best stress releases, which is funny since running isn't necessarily my favorite. but every time i run, not only do i feel better about myself, but i feel clear headed & like i have everything figured out. & who doesn't like that feeling?
last night for our weekly dinner group austin & i decided to make a coconut curry recipe that i had found on pinterest. i suggest you try it if you like curry because it's a really easy & delicious recipe!
here's what you need:
3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
2 t curry powder (we used extra to give it a richer flavor)
1 t salt
1/2 t pepper
1/4 t chili powder
1 medium red onion, chopped
5 cloves of garlic, minced
2 jalapeño peppers, seeded & finely chopped
1 T olive oil
one 14 ounce can of coconut milk
1 T cornstarch
1 T dried basil
1 t grated fresh ginger
3 cups of cooked rice
first you cut the chicken into little pieces & place them into a bowl. then stir together the curry, 1/2 t salt, pepper & chili powder. mix this into the bowl with the chicken, coating the it evenly. then cover, & let it chill for 1 to 2 hours.
you then stir onion, basil, garlic & peppers in a frying pan over medium-high with olive oil. heat until the onions are translucent, & add chicken & remaining 1/2 t salt. cook till chicken is done.
last, combine coconut milk & cornstarch & whisk well to combine. you then add it to the skillet, stirring it around until it slightly thickens & stir in ginger.
we served it over rice & picked up naan to go with it.
my life has been a bit stressful lately. i've been extremely consumed with wedding planning. (it's kind of my main topic to talk about but i figure it only happens once in a girls life, so it's ok.. right?) i have spent a lot of time searching for the perfect this or that. & now that i have all of the big decisions made, i've been spending a lot of time picking out the details. i guess i never realized how difficult it can be to pick out wedding details. but the details are what tie it all together into one glorious event.
so now i'm trying to figure out the perfect wedding favor, the perfect way to display the favor, kinds of candy at the candy bar, packaging for candy at the candy bar, furniture pieces to use at the reception venue, linen colors (thanks to my mom, those have been decided), centerpieces, how to display the centerpieces, what frames to use to put up pictures of austin & i at the reception...
it's a lot of work. but i kind of am really loving doing it. the hardest part is narrowing everything i've ever wanted into one wedding & making it blend. i keep telling austin if we could get married 5 times i would, so i could plan 5 different weddings.
on top of the wedding planning is school. this semester crept by without my realizing it. i can't believe that it's already time for finals, it's kind of nerve-racking. this time of the year always stresses me out & makes me a little worried. so having the option of wedding planning or studying, isn't the best combination for me. i've already gone over my issues with procrastinating, so it's probably no surprise that i often pick wedding planning over studying. needless to say, i'm excited that it is april for a few reasons:
1. finals are over soon
2. i get a month of relaxation (when i'm not planning & working out details)
with the temperature rising, we decided to take in our last snow day, & whats a better way than with a group of friends? saturday some friends & i decided we needed to go snowboarding together, & i'm pretty sure it was the last day of the season for me. i've never been spring snowboarding, or snowboarding on a warm day, but today it was a toasty 55 degrees. there wasn't a whole lot of snow on the mountain, but what was there was slushy & really fun. i'm kind of sad to see snowboarding season go (even though there wasn't much of one this year), but i'm excited for the summer. with summer comes: swimming, more climbing & tans. plus, i'm getting married in the summer.
the past few days have been beautiful, sunny & warm. it's been great. no need for jackets, heavy scarves, beanies... just lightweight spring clothing. i love have been soaking it up. yesterday our friends jake & grayson invited austin & i to go climbing up rock canyon to enjoy the weather; so we hurried home after school, changed, got the gear together & headed up to join them along with ashley, shayla & nick. the girls mostly sat talking, like we do so well, & watched the boys do their thing. i attempted a climb, but it just didn't really work out for me. it was so nice to be out in the warmth with friends. it really made all of us so excited for summer (just a couple more weeks!).