Wednesday, June 30, 2010

the house that built me

I wish I had a picture of my house that built me to go along with this song.

I love it. I really, really love it.

It makes me remember all the days I spent at my house on 950 South.
It makes me remember all the hours I spent in that room above the garage we called "the playroom", where our imaginations ran wild and we couldn't play enough "college".
It makes me remember the nights I used to spend in my bedroom with farm scenery wallpaper with a queen bed that swallowed up my little ten year old body.
It makes me remember every morning I sat at the bar eating my cereal and creating fortresses with the boxes.
It makes me remember all the time we spent playing "pocahontas" in the backyard and made ourselves sick from twirling and spinning on the swing hanging from the tree.
It makes my mind fill with memories I had with the most special people in my life, my family.
I am so happy my parents STILL live there so I can continue to build memories with my husband and my nieces and nephews and one day, my children. I love that house.

It also makes me so excited to one day have house that is a home, one that will mean a lot to my children.

Home is where the heart is. It's a place of refuge. A place of gathering. It is so much of what a family is and one day, my future home will be so much a part of my future family.

Enjoy the video. :) I love it!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Mis Padres.

WARNING: This post is pretty sentimental. 

I wanted to dedicate a post to my mom for Mother's Day last month, but I decided I'd wait until Father's Day (today) and just do a double post on my parentals. They are the best-- really! I know any of you who know them, know how great they really are. 

I am so grateful I was born when I was, being the youngest by six years and all. I have a really close and special relationship with my parents and I love it! I got to spend some really great years at home with them until I moved out/then got married. Like my sisters would say, they spoiled me pretty good. We always had fun whether it was going out to eat for FHE, or them supporting me at EVERY cheer thing I ever participated in, or going on trips together to places like St. George and much more. Of course there were the times I was a little bit of a dramatic teenager, but we always worked it out. :) 

I have also had many spiritual experiences with them, from getting my patriarchal blessing with them there to special father blessings to taking out my endowments in the Logan Temple and to being sealed to Tyson. Those experiences have stuck with me and mean a lot to me. I'm blessed to have parents who taught me the importance of the gospel growing up, but who also allowed me to gain my own testimony of the gospel through girl's camps, EFY's and many other things. 

I am so glad that I'm now over my "teenage" stage and I now love spending my Friday night with my parents (and Tyson of course). They are great to always make sure we are taken care of when we come visit and we love spending time with them! I'm so blessed with such awesome, self-less and loving parents. They've sacrificed so much for me to be happy and continue to do so! I love you both, Mom and Dad. Always have, always will... and no matter what-- I'll always be your baby. :) 

Annnnd a VERY Happy Father's Day to my Father!

OH and P.S., as if I wasn't lucky enough with the parents I have, I also inherited some pretty great in-laws. Ones who have similar qualities to my parents. My in-laws are both very self-less, loving, spiritual and very thoughtful! I know they raised a great son and I see how giving they are. They spend a lot of their time serving others and that is something I hope to be like during my lifetime. So they definitely deserve a little shout-out, because they are really great people too! 

I am a lucky girl.
And T's pretty lucky too. :)

(I could go on and on about my parents and my in-laws, but I'll end it there. We don't want to get too lengthy, especially since sometimes less is more!)

Thursday, June 17, 2010


Last week we went to Altamont, Utah (just outside of Vernal), for a family reunion with Tyson's dad's side of the family. We stayed in this huge lodge that had a swimming pool in the backyard, a climbing wall down the dirt road and a pond down the other dirt road. There were some other fun things there too. It was great! Here are a few pictures I took, obviously.

Easton, looking adorable in his one-piece tank top.
Hunter enjoying some starbursts and dock-time at the pond.
Isabel, doing some fishing.
Nothing like laying on a dock for a quit rest.
Tyson had to jump in, of course.
Tyson and Brad, paddling away from Hilary.
Number one rock climbing champ.
Brooklyn doing a little climbing.
Her favorite part, repelling down. It lasts a long time when you're light as a feather.
Isabel did a little climbing herself.
Kirby- SO cute. Just look at the hat. Love it.
The "make" over-- aka the girls got into Angie's make-up. How beautiful!
Pretty pedicure.
Happy Hunts and Happy East.
Pretty little Kaia.
A solid game of kickball.
Kennedy and Kolony, cute girls!
Tyson getting some serious air!
We train them young.
Moving those hips!

They are kind of random and I didn't pull out my camera all the time, but we had a great time!
It was hard to come back after reality after all that fun. Hopefully there'll be another reunion in three years (that is how often they happen), because it was fun fun fun.

Saturday, June 12, 2010


This doesn't really have anything to do with what we've been up to lately, but it is a reason to blog.
Also a reason to celebrate! Tyson & I have been married for three whole months today. Three whole blissful months. It has been pretty great! I can't believe it has only been three months. It feels like I've known Tyson for YEARS and been married to him for longer than three months. Although, I am grateful that we still have so much ahead of us! We still are at the beginning of our journey together and we are loving it. I must admit, it is easy to get caught up in what is ahead of us and what the future holds.... but now is the time to enjoy! Every single moment. These days are the best ones and they are happening right now. I love being married to Tyson-- he really is my best friend! We have so much fun together, every single day. 
So here's to THREE months of marriage and many more to come. :)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Will's First Bath: Documented

My awesome mother and father flew me down to Sacramento, CA to meet my new cute nephew, Baby Will. He's seriously one of the cutest babies ever. I'm not just saying that. In fact, I will post some pictures to show you and they will probably continue until I leave on Monday. I can't get enough of this little guy! He's so fun to hang out with, even though he does a LOT of sleeping. Babies are incredible and you can tell they are straight from heaven. 
Love this little man
Here is Will's first bathing experience!

Pre-bath. So cute.
The cute, cute washcloths for his bath.
Getting ready for his first sponge bath!
Aunt Jordyn and Mama, the bath givers. 
Mom and Will.
Another one of will with his mama. 
He LOVED this part. Obviously.
My favorite.
Nice and dry.
Look at that face! Love it. 
Little Will. 
Clean Baby!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

William A. Henrie.

This is my new nephew Will. 
He was born June second, weighing seven pounds and nine ounces, twenty-one inches long.
He might be one of the cutest babies ever, obviously!

Congrats to my sister Ali and her husband Brandon. We're SO excited for them. :)