Tuesday, June 30, 2015

#ManCrushMonday: My Dad.

This makes my heart swell tonight

That's my Dad with the paddle. I sure do love him. Have I ever mentioned that he was in a movie with Elvis Presley? (Paradise, Hawaiian Style)

My Dad is the coolest! Just tonight I called him because I wanted him to translate something that was in Polynesian. Now when I say "Polynesian" it's because I wasn't sure if it was Tongan, Samoan or Fijian....all of which he knows, and more!

My Dad, there's no one quite like him. He's fearless, blunt and serves with all his heart. I'm lucky to be his daughter. 

Monday, June 15, 2015


I love the fact that he's willing to take goofy photos with me. (The top left photo is my fave.)
I'm grateful that he let's me take tons of photos of him ALL the time.  I'm in love with his face, I can't help it.
Always and forever, my man crush he'll be.
This very lucky lady.

Monday, June 8, 2015

"We'll Ascend Together"

Earlier this evening, I came across a very nice talk/speech given by Linda K. Burton, who is the Relief Society General President. It's titled, We'll Ascend Together. There were some really great points to ponder.
This made me think of how I can be a better spouse, partner and friend to my husband.
I also go learned the definition of "help meet". I always wondered, but just assumed it just meant, "most compatible" 
It makes me think of how perfect a match I think my husband is to me. In certain areas in which I am weak, I marvel at his strength and vice versa. I am always so glad when I can help him out and I thank my lucky stars that he has strengths & talents that enrich my life.
I am grateful for the wise counsel given by Elder Holland and Elder Bednar:

I hope this week I can be a better person, a better spouse and a better friend. I also hope to be more Christ-like and full of Charity. I'm thankful I have Heaven & my dear sweetheart cheering me on.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Laughter, the best medicine.

Tonight, I laughed harder than I ever have in my entire life! And it's all because of this man...
I honestly felt like my face was going to explode! I had never heard myself laugh like that! It was more than belly aching, it was "I-will-pee-my-pants-and-my-face-might-freeze-this-way" type of laughter!
One of the many things I enjoy doing with him is laughing. Whenever I make him laugh, I always feel like I've won the jackpot. 
Then again, being married to him is winning the jackpot, day after day. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015


Can I just say...we just got back from the very BEST weekend EVER!!!  Being able to spend 96 straight hours with my sweetheart was AWESOME!! He's my very best friend and we always have the very best of times with each other.  I LOVE making him laugh.  I fall more and more in love with him, with each passing day.

We were lucky to have the opportunity to meet up with Levi's sister & bro-in-law who came in from the mid-west to celebrate her birthday and wedding anniversary.  Since they were coming all that way, their Dad and wife planned to go out to Vegas to meet with them. We figured it would be a very good time to meet up with all of them.  Unfortunately, Levi's other sister who lives here in town, couldn't make it out. Since it would be my first time meeting this particular sister, it was great we could make this trip. 

Honestly, it felt like the honeymoon we didn't really have.  We lived it up!  We did what ever we wanted and whenever we wanted.  All that mattered was us.  I LOVED LOVED LOVED THAT!! We didn't really have any kind of schedule and flew by the seat of our pants.  We spent some time by the pool and it was WOOOONDERFUL!!! Sun w/ my sweetheart was perfection!!! Each and every moment with him was just so delightful.  I've come to realize that marriage to this spectacular man is like a slumber party with your best friend that will never end and just gets better and better. This vacation couldn't have come at a more perfect time.  Simply stupendous!!!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Short Dreams.

Sometimes, I daydream about having a bald head again.
This was me back in November 2010, just one week apart. Shaving my head was probably the most craziest things I've ever done before. But you know what, I LOVED it! I felt so unbelievably beautiful. I loved having to wear mascara, blush and jewelry a little bit more. I felt more feminine because I couldn't hide behind my hair.
I LOVED not having to do anything to my hair, other than just rubbing my head with a towel after showering. Oh the wonderful ease of it! Plus, I didn't have to worry about hair clogging the shower. How nice is that? 
Maybe someday, soon enough,  I'll have short hair again.
 Or even have it shaved again....

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Officially Mrs. B!

Yesterday, I finally changed my last name over to my married name. I was anticipating a long, dreadful process. Plus, sometimes, I have a hard time with change.  These two factors added up to taking 8.5 months to make this change. 
I started off with the local Social Security office, which was fast & easy. In and out in less than 10 minutes! Then I tried the DMV, FOUR TIMES!!! Oh man...never again am I going to the DMV without an appointment!!  After the SS offfice, I drove by and saw a long line out the door.  I decided to go by Target to get some allergy medicine and kill some time.  When I went back after Target, the line was ever longer.  I decided to go by Michael's & Joann's to check out their sales on scrapbooking items.  After that, I went back by the DMV and the line was gone! I walked in, got my number (G166) and sat for 30 minutes (they were barely on G120). I finally turned to the lady next to me and she said that she had been waiting for 2.5 hours! TWO AND A HALF HOURS!!! HECK NO!! I decided I'd go grab lunch and run home for a quick bit.  When I made it back to the DMV, they were on G169!! Oh man, I was so mad, frustrated and bummed!!! I knew I should have gone to the DMV the next day (today) as I had originally planned!  
Luckily, Levi said that it was a momentous occasion and we needed to celebrate.  His happiness made me happy that I finally made this change! Off we went to The Cheesecake Factory! It was our first time there and we were lucky to have gift cards to use! Even better!! :) It was a fun dinner!  It's always so nice to try something new w/ him! We love our adventures, big & small!

This morning, I was able to finish up the name change process. I got up early to get over to the DMV.  It only took an hour and a half.  Then headed over to finish off the rest of the name change stuff.  It's kinda trippy.  I'm not gonna lie, after I walked out of the SS office yesterday and saw it on paper, it hit me pretty hard.  I was excited, happy, sad, nervous, ecstatic, etc.  I was feeling all kinds of emotions.  Sharing the same last name as my husband, makes me feel more united with him.  Part of me feels like I'm leaving my family and an old life.  It's a lil tough to not share the same last name as my parents now, but that's what comes with growing up & moving forward in life.  I'll tell you one thing, man, I need to practice my new signature.  Now I'm officially a Mrs.! I mean, I have been since August, but now I'm really Mrs. B!  I have a wallet full of cards that can prove it too! Trippy!! But exciting, oh so exciting!! 
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