Monday, July 18, 2011


I just wanted to tell you all how much I love Ryan! It has been a different life since he came home 4 months ago...Yes! 4 months ago!!! Time has just flown. Anyways, he told me that he would always make me laugh when we were dating and he hasn't failed yet. He always makes sure that I know that he loves me. He has tried so hard to try to find work and struggled. He wants to work and support me and our future family. We have tried to find him a job. He got one that is going to be just a side job but it is at Primerica. He sells life insurance policies. They really are a great investment. They can help out when a family member suddenly dies. My family all have one and it was the way that we helped pay for my Mom's funeral. He has been training but it doesn't start paying until he has his license. But this last weekend he went to drill and as much as it was drill, he was glad to be paid for his work. He then found out that this week he could work out there finishing up what wasn't finished and he took the opportunity. I haven't seen him so excited to work. He really is eager to work and I am glad that he is happy to do it. Ryan really is an example of hard work to me. I love him with all my heart and am grateful that I am his eternal companion!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


We have been so busy that I haven't been able to put up our last days in Hawaii or any other pictures of what we have been doing....need to make it a habit to update more often.

Our last days in Hawaii were so fun! We drove back up the island to try out all the local food. We stopped at the Dole Pineapple Plantation but didn't see much because of the rain. We then stopped at Giovanni's Shrimp Truck and tried the shrimp. It was good. We then went up to Ted's Bakery and had a HUGE eclair and bought a pie that is the popular flavor there-Chocolate Haupia Cream! OH it was SO SO GOOD!!! We also went to Laie Point where you can see all of Laie. It is just so beautiful there! We also did some more shopping at the swap meet. We then enjoyed a dinner cruise around the harbor of Honolulu. We enjoyed virgin Mai Tai's, crab and steak! It was a fun night but maybe not on our list for next time. Sunday we just bummed around. We stopped at Pearl Harbor again to read some more of the signs, we ate at a fun mexican restaurant called Bandito's and then went to the beach to see what was going to be our last sunset but as had happened the whole time we were there, we never saw a sunset while in Hawaii. We took a red eye home which we are not doing again. We really enjoyed our time in Hawaii. Here are a few pictures.

We have been so busy since we got back. It's a good thing we take pictures so I can remember all the events. We had concerts like crazy for Elaura and Chris, Les Miserables, Memorial Day, funny photo shoot with Elyssa, Elaura's senior awards night, clean up at Eastmont in honor of Mom, Elaura's graduation, made a skirt with Elyssa from no pattern and of course our anniversary! For our 2 year 1st time together anniversary we had a nice breakfast, saw "Pirates of the Carribbean: On Stranger Tides", ate at Little America and stayed at Anniversary Inn. We had so much fun together celebrating our anniversary. We had our friends The Butlers over and the next day they welcomed their daughter into this world. We played Michael Jackson on the Wii and chatted. The next week we went to Strawberry Days in Pleasant Grove and took Elyssa and Chris. We rode three rides at the carnival where we pretty much made ourselves sick and then went home and had strawberries and cream.

This last week has been crazy! We went to Yellowstone with my family. It was Ryan's first time there and it was so much fun to take him around the park. We visited all the sites, floated the Snake River, watched a play at Mack's Inn called "Home School Musical", and Ryan got his Junior Ranger. I love the Junior Ranger Program. It teaches so much about the park and some of the history of how the park became what it is now. We saw 2 bears-one black and one grizzly, tons of bison, elk, an eagle, and LOTS and LOTS of Mosquitos. We were eaten to death. You couldn't sit outside because there were too many!

We came home a couple of days early so that we could enjoy the 4th of July weekend. We started with my 5 year high school reunion. Saw and chatted with some friends and met spouses and babies. Sad there weren't very many there. Saturday morning Ryan participated in the Centerville Parade. It was so fun to see him shaking hands and handing out flags. He had a blast! That night we went to the Stadium of Fire! Brad Paisley and David Archuleta were awesome but the best part was the fireworks! It took us 2 hours to get home that night-that included our walk to the car. We were exhausted but we still got up early Sunday to go see the choir. We took Izzy and had fun listening to the music our mom loves so much on her birthday! Sunday night we went down to Ryan's families house to stay because we were getting up early again to watch the Provo Freedom Parade and running in the Freedom Run! Ryan ran the 10K and I ran the mile! We were so exhausted after all that that we crashed after fireworks with Elaura, Izzy and Elyssa.

We have had an eventful 2 months. If you read this far, thank you! Hope you enjoyed it!