Tuesday, October 27, 2009

8 Months...

I just wanted to pay tribute to my mom taken by a horrific event 8 months ago. I miss her so much and can't believe that it has been that long ago. Time just keeps going and it doesn't stop. My life just keeps me extremely busy and it's a nice thing. I am surviving with my head above water. I am grateful for all the support I receive from all of you.
A happier note...I received an award in the last couple of weeks that I forgot to mention earlier. I became the Employee of the Month at Sweet Tomatoes. It came unexpected and was such an honor. It's one of the those times that when I sit quietly I can remember my mom and her excitement most of you know about. It's so nice to remember how she was so excited for things I received throughout my life. I miss her and look forward to the day I get to see her again!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Our Crazy, Busy, Exciting Summer Update!!!

This summer has been one for the books. We have been so busy with life that we haven't time to update the blog. I will start at the beginning of our exciting summer. I went through the Jordan River Temple like my mom on June 4th. That was such an amazing experience. It was so amazing and I know that my mom was there the whole time. Bless my dad's heart, that was the neatest day for me to see him in the temple. Being in the Celestial Room was so incredible. I love him so much! He is truly the best.

We then were married on June 10 in the Draper Temple. It rained the whole afternoon in between everything and as most of you know, we did end up with the reception in my backyard as planned and it was beautiful. I couldn't have asked for a better day and a better family that helped out so much.

Ryan and I went to Disneyland on our honeymoon. We had so much fun there! Ryan hadn't really seen Disneyland and so it was so much fun for me to watch his face light up with the child excitement inside him. We spent 3 days in Disneyland and then just relaxed our last day. On our way back to the airport we saw the San Diego Temple which is gorgeous! Our flight home was quick and we stayed at a hotel since we had no where to call home yet.

Reality hit hard Monday morning...24 hours till he left for West Point Academy Training for 1 month. He wasn't quite packed so we spent way too much time packing him and making sure he had everything. I wasn't quite the happy wife I should have been but what do you expect when you have been married for 6 days and your new husband is leaving for 1 month. I tried my hardest to be happy and get him ready. Tuesday morning hit hard when we went to say goodbye. I wasn't the happiest and it made for a miserable day.

While he was gone, my family moved out of our home. We picked a day and made a massive move that day. I spent 2 weeks in my home by myself cleaning, setting up house, and waiting for Ryan. I had our furniture delivered the day before he came home and made sure that the house was clean for him when he finally got to walk into our home!

I picked him up at the airport on July 17 with a big sign, balloons, kisses and huge hugs. Elyssa came with me inside the airport to take pictures and be there with me. Dad waited in the car so that we didn't have to pay to park. Ryan greeted me with a huge kiss and hug and we both cried. It was so nice to have him home again.

We spent the next couple of weeks moving him in, cleaning up the rest of the house, enjoyed being together again, I worked and he kept moving himself in. Annual Training came in August and he got out a week early to take a vacation with my family to......DISNEY WORLD!!!!

Disney World was so much fun! Dad took us all for 10 days down to Florida. We flew down all together. The first day August 16th, we visited the Orlando Florida Temple grounds and enjoyed the beauty of the temple but hated the humidity-it was bad and we all were wondering who picked this time of year. We also visited the beach and enjoyed jumping in the ocean waves. Ryan had never been to the Atlantic Ocean and he was a child that I had to-seriously-keep my eyes on so that he didn't end up at the bottom of the ocean! It was so much fun and the water was so nice!

We spent the next 7 days at the Park! It was so much fun! We saw so many things, did so many things and slept little. Ryan told his army buddies that he was more exhausted at Disney World than he ever is at drill or training. I laughed-Welcome to the Gustafson way of vacation....we see and do everything we can on vacation. We enjoyed everything about the parks and started to plan a return trip for who-knows-when. We all keep wishing we could just jump back on a plane and go back right now-especially Ryan and I. We spent one day at Blizzard Beach and just had a blast in the water! We all saw the sun a little much that day! We all were so tired at the end of the day. While we were there, there was a space shuttle launch that was to happen at 1:35 AM the morning we were leaving. So we had dinner after Blizzard Beach and took a 2 hour nap so that we all could go out to the beach area and watch the launch. We sat out there for 45 minutes waiting for the launch and then at 1:25 AM, they cancelled it due to lightning. We were so sad. That was our golden chance to see that! So we turned around and went back to the hotel to sleep for I think it was maybe 3 hours more before we had to leave for the airport. The day we came home was a LONG day. We hadn't slept well/got any real sleep in over 24 hours.

We spent the day we came home recuperating so that when school started the next day we would be alert and alive. Yes we started school the next day after a 10 day vacation! That was crazy...reality hit hard! But reality hit hard Tuesday the day we got home because our toilet had a problem that took a while in the afternoon to fix. Not fun but funny!!!

School started and we wish that it would end. It's keeping us very busy. I am constantly working on homework and working at Sweet Tomatoes. Constantly going and never stopping.

Labor day weekend we went to South Pass, Wyoming. We visited the crash site. That was my first time there. It was hard to look and see where my life turned around in 2 seconds-ok maybe a few more than that but still. The distance the car traveled was not what I thought it was at all. It was much further and it blew my mind. That was a good thing for me but it was very hard. Later that night in Rock Springs, we blew off fireworks in an empty parking lot. That was fun! Lots of illegal fireworks! That was fun. Then Ryan and I drove home Monday and tried to accomplish some things before class resumed the next day. I tried to gather myself all together so that I could go back to school with no problem.

School has gone on and on and on. Ryan and I have hit land marking dates-the day we first met, the day we went out on our unofficial first date, our chaotic trip to Wyoming last fall, our first anniversary of when we started dating and looking towards our rough future.

Just so you all know, Ryan leaves for Afghanistan for 1 year on March 17, 2010. I am not excited at all but I am going to need everyone here to help me get through it all. We are spending every moment together until he leaves and now are starting to get him ready for this hard trial we have to go through.

Our lives are so crazy and that's why I haven't gotten to putting a blog post up. I am truly sorry that it has taken a long time. I am going to try to do it on Sundays when I am relaxing. It's a nice thing to do on relaxing day so start looking for updates at the beginning of the week.

Pictures are still in process for Izzy so as soon as I get most of them, I can post a huge slideshow and hopefully put a picture for each event I have talked about. I promise I will hurry with those...Love to all who read to the end of this!!!

Friday, August 28, 2009


I promise all of you that by Labor Day I will have this updated. There will be a HUGE update!!!!

Friday, June 5, 2009


Sorry about getting this posted so late. Weddings are crazy to plan! But it's all coming together and I am so excited!

Here's the link to mapquest with the directions to my house
There you can see where the location is.
Just so everyone who knows the Gustafsons...they are moving to this address just 8 houses to the North. That is why the address seems kind of weird.
We are registered at Shopko, Bed, Bath and Beyond and Target. We would appreciate it if you include the gift receipt just in case.
Thank you so much! We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!!!
Don't forget this is the Event of the Century!!!

Love you all!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Quick Update!

We are so busy with wedding plans. They are coming along but they are sure keeping us busy. We are so excited for the day. Ryan won't let me forget how many days away we are (just so you know...3o is where we are at here on this Mother's Day)!!! My life is trying to find normal but it is taking time. But what is normal when you are planning for the biggest day in your life and it won't be normal after that to plan for that sort of event!?! I wanted to give a shout out to my wonderful mother tonight. I made it all the way through the day which I thought was going to be hard. I am so thankful for the gospel we have. I know without a doubt that I can still be with her and that she is always with me no matter what. She has an influence in what I do in my life and I am so grateful that I have that knowledge. I love you so much, MOM! I miss you terribly as does everyone else. (But not as much as I do :) ) Happy Mother's Day!!!! You are wonderful!

That's all for our update....oh watch out for announcements in the mail. If I have your address, they should be out this weekend!!!! YAY!!!!
Love to all!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Life is finding a normal and getting caught up a little bit. We did have a nice night out on the town. We went to Macaroni Grill. There we saw my friend Jeanette Greenlee. She is amazing. She sang to us and gave me the most beautiful flower that has now fully bloomed. It's beautiful. Ryan also gave me flowers. We went to the National Guard Ball at the State Capitol. We danced a whole 3 dances. We wanted a photo taken and we ended up waiting about an hour for our picture to be taken. It was fun night. We had so much fun being together and not having any concerns of life at all.
Thanks Ryan for a wonderful night!

Tribute to my MOM!!!

This is my mom and I the night I got engaged! It was such a special event to have her there for. She is the most incredible woman I know of. She is my Super-MOM! She is always there for me and is my confidant. I tell her everything. She is the best example I have in my life. She is my best friend. Life isn't always fair to us but I know that no matter what happens, she is always going to be my amazing mother. I can't wait for the Second Coming to arrive so that I can see her again. I know she is near all the time and will influence me the rest of my life. I love her with all my heart and can't wait to see her again!


Tuesday, February 24, 2009

4 Months of Dating...3 1/2 months till wedding!

Today we are celebrating 4 months since we started dating! Time flies! We attended the Draper Open House officially and enjoyed every minute of it. We even got to listen to my seminary teacher play at the church afterwards. Bro. McDonald was amazing! What a way to top off the tour!!! I say we attended it officially because Ryan and I got to clean the temple a couple of weeks ago and take our own self-guided tour. That was neat to do together but he had/has the advantage over me because I haven't been through the temple yet. But it still was a neat experience both times. I am so excited for June 10 to get here so we can go through that temple together! I am so excited for our lives together! The Draper Temple is our place to go and enjoy being together even if right now it's inside the car in the parking lot. This temple will be our temple and I am so excited!!!

Family Night at the Bartlett's

Ryan and I went to Amanda and Shawn's for dinner and family night. First Ryan had to go to his single's ward family night, then he joined us. We had cooked mac n cheese and brownies and he stole them out the kitchen window and didn't say anything. He came running in and greeted me with a huge kiss. When Amanda went to serve the food, it wasn't there. We reacted to that and he didn't react. Then I realized that he had taken the food. We all called him names. We teased him for a while. Then we sent him out to the car and he had the food.
This is him after we found out. So we had him do it again for pictures! What a funny guy!


My family bought Celine Dion tickets for Christmas in 2007. She cancelled her concert because of sickness in November 2008. So Sunday night we attended the concert which was electrifying! We had so much fun! We were sad it was on a Sunday night but when you have had the tickets for a year and she's your favorite, you gotta go! We had fun! Thanks dad for the tickets! It was awesome!!!