A great hair day

Don't you love those mornings when you wake up and your hair looks perfect and ready for the day? I do. It doesn't happen often but it happened a few days ago. I am posting the picture. And I don't care that I don't have an ounce of makeup on and I still have morning bags under my eyes. It was just too awesome to keep to myself.


Seriously. Awesome. You too can achieve this look by following these simple steps.

Step 1: Take a hot shower and do not wash hair. I chose to take a hot shower to relax my muscles but whatever reason you choose should work just as well.

Step 2: Partially blow dry hair but do not dry all the way. Just enough so it isn't soaking wet but still damp.

Step 3: Go to bed and Sleep in an awkward position. I am not sure of the exact position but I think it was equal proportions of right and left side.

Needless to say it was effortless to achieve and it lasted all day until I got in the shower.


Tut Tut it looks like rain.

I am not the only one around here who is sick of this cold rainy weather. Mac won't even go out to the bathroom some days after he rings the bells. He is silly. 

Its a good thing we will be going here in 3 weeks...

And this will be taking us there....

And while we are out there we might as well stop here...

That will be a nice vacation.


3 years

On May 16th, 2011 Cisco and I celebrated our anniversary. I have been married to Cisco for 3 years. That seems crazy and yet it feels like we have been married longer. Maybe because I have spent almost every day together with him for the past 4 years. He is my best friend and makes me laugh more than anyone I know. Do any of you remember that i NEVER used to laugh out loud? I just had this silent shake when i was laughing. Cisco actually makes me laugh out loud. a lot. I love it. I love him. I never did write down our story of how we met so i might as well do it now. I seemed to quit writing in my journal a few months before we started dating and never seemed to pick it up again. So for those of you who don't want to read the whole story, here is the summary, met on a blind date, dated for 5 months, got engaged, were engaged for 7 months and have now been married for 3 years! You can stop reading now if you like! And now for the whole story (or as much as i can actually remember/handle typing out).

We were set up on a blind date in March of 2007 by our dear friend Lindsey Orton. She worked with Cisco at Bajio. I was almost done with my freshman year of college. Cisco was complaining to Lindsey that he was sick of all the girls he was going on dates with just wanting to get married. He had only been home from his mission for about 5 months and wasn't looking to get married right away. Lindsey's response was "I have a friend who doesn't want to get married!" To clarify, I didn't want to get married young. No one in my family got married young and I tended to associate getting married young with being unhappily married... Not sure where i got that idea but regardless, I had no intentions of getting married young. For my Sophomore year i planned on going on a lot of fun dates.
So the pretense of us getting set up was that neither of us wanted to get married. Cisco did not want to go on the date, however, Lindsey said she had already told me he said he would go and I was excited. I did not want to go on the date. Lindsey convinced me that she had already told Cisco I would go and that Cisco was excited. To make it less awkward she got her friend Steven to double with us and we would keep it casual. About a week later Cisco picked me up in my dorm as we all peeked through the window to see what he looked like and what kind of car he drove. He was cute and I assumed he was full of himself. The date was fun but awkward because what first date isn't? We met Steven and Lindsey at Rumbi Grill and planned to watch a movie up the canyon and have a fire. This was March in Utah however so it was still FREEZING outside. After we went and bought wood at a gas station and made it up the canyon, we decided it was too cold and then proceeded to return the wood. Instead we went to Blockbuster and rented Casino Royal to watch at Steven's Grandparents house. Lets just say that it was full of those moments that we all love, like: we are sitting next to each other watching a movie, do we hold hands?? does he like me? Do I like him? All that great stuff.
At the end of the night we had a good time, but no sparks were flying or anything so no plans were made to go on any other dates. We did establish a few jokes that would give us something to talk about in the future. I bet him he couldn't really eat all of his brown rice at Rumbi with Chopsticks and if he did i owed him a back rub. Something of that nature.
We text each other on occasion over the next few months and joked with each other. We hung out a few times but still nothing ever happened between us. Cisco even started dating another girl for a few weeks.
For my birthday I went out to Florida with my mom and dad that year and had my gallbladder surgery scheduled for the day after i got home. Things ended between Cisco and this girl while I was in Florida and although he didn't come see me while i was recovering from surgery, he did ask me to go on another date a week later on May 7th.
When May 7th came around (I'm pretty sure I was still bloated from the air they pump into your stomach to do the surgery) we went and saw a movie and just hung out. I think we even went and got a shake a Denny's. We are high class. We call this our 2nd first date. or our real 1st date. two days later we went to walk his two giant labs in the park and it was like a scene from 101 Dalmatians where they were twisting us together with their leashes. My heart would beat fast every time that happened. I was twitterpated.
From that day on we spent almost every day together.
Now since I didn't want to get married, I just assumed we would date through the summer and then break up when school started again. About a month and a half after we started dating i remember talking to my roommates on the phone and saying, "I really fell for Cisco". They were pleased to hear that I liked my boyfriend.
I was still freaked out about marriage and had a lot of insecurities about my ability to be a wife. I was scared to get married and put all of my health problems on Cisco but Heavenly Father knew what I needed and Cisco loved me.
On October 11th I was at a bridal shower for one of my oldest friend, Kate Payne. All the girls there were asking me when I was getting engaged. I laughed and said we had just ordered the ring so at least another 6 weeks before we even got the ring.  Oh how naive i was.
The next night on October 12th, 2007 we were going to go on a double date with one of Cisco's mission buddy's TJ Ross. The plan was to go see a movie and then get some dinner. I was completely clueless. Like I said, I thought the ring was still weeks away from being finished and going on a double date isn't at all suspicious. All I kept thinking that night was "I'm not even dressed cute! I'm wearing sneakers. I hate sneakers!" TJ called us on our way to the movie and said the early show was sold out so we would have to go to the next time which didn't start for another hour. We decided to meet TJ for some food first but Cisco said it would take him a while to get to Provo so we just went to walk around the Provo Temple for a little while. Even this wasn't weird. We spent a lot of time talking or just walking around the Provo Temple. When you live in an apartment with 5 other girls, there isn't room to just sit and talk and since Cisco lived in Spanish Fork at the time, instead of just sitting in his car, we would sit on the grass at the temple.
My first clue should have been that Cisco was acting so WEIRD. It was hilarious. It wasn't cold out but he grabbed a coat (which had the ring in the pocket) and was all nervous and jittery. I was still clueless though. As we walked around to the back of the temple Cisco was really getting weird when he pointed to the mountain and said "What is the name of that mountain?" um... really? haha it was a great way to get me to look in the opposite direction. Little did i know we walked right past TJ where he was setting up. When we got to the back of the temple Cisco said he had written a poem for me and this is where it hit that something was up. The poem was beautiful and so cute and I kept waiting for him to get down on one knee... and waiting... and waiting. But then his phone rang and TJ was "ready to meet us for dinner" so Cisco said we should go and we started walking back to the car. I was confused. So i assumed i was wrong and that the poem was just a random nice gesture.
 For the past half hour, TJ had been setting up the scene where Cisco was planning to propose. There is a huge pine tree on the side of the temple that you can stand underneath because all of the bottom branches are gone. It creates a little room. TJ had hung candles from the branches (with the Temples permission) and scattered rose petals all over the ground under the tree.
As we walked back to the car i was still in my oblivious and confused state of mind so I didn't even notice that there was a tree glowing on my right side. Cisco finally had to point to it and say "What's that?" As soon as I saw it I knew what was going on and stopped dead in my tracks. Cisco had to pull me to get me walking again I was so shocked. When we got under the tree I was crying and still In shock. That is when Cisco said some really nice things (although I can't remember a thing that was said... he probably said "I love you" somewhere in there) and got down on one knee asking me to marry him. I said yes.
My biggest regret is not having a camera to take any pictures! It was beautiful. 
We met some friends at Carrabbas to celebrate (Like Lindsey and Steven who were there when it all started) and called all of our family to tell them we were engaged. I think in those first few nights I told the story of how we got engaged at least 100 times. All my roommates knew what was going on and I got a lot of really fun reactions. I have to say one of my favorite reactions was from Alicia Wallace who lived across the hall from me.
Now the reason we got married in May when we got engaged in October was because when we started talking about getting married I told Cisco that I do not handle stress well. I did not want to get married in the middle of the semester. I wanted to enjoy my wedding day. So I told him I would not get married before May and to propose accordingly. It turned out I needed a 7 month engagement to mentally prepare for marriage and i actually loved it. We didn't even talk about wedding plans for the first 2 months, we just enjoyed being engaged to each other. Everyone thought we were crazy (since our engagement was longer than some people's entire time from first date to wedding date in Utah) but it worked out for us.
We were sealed in the Provo temple on May 16th, 2008 by my Grandpa Carlson. It was the hottest day of the year so far and was perfect. I loved my wedding day, loved my reception, and was so happy to be married to my best friend.
We went on our honeymoon to this bed and breakfast in Midway and had such a fun time. We rented scooters and went on scooter rides up the canyon, went on paddle boats in the lake and had the most amazing breakfast brought to us in bed every morning.

I have loved being married to my best friend. He makes me laugh at least once every single day. I look forward to the next 3 years and the next 50 years together.

 In front of the tree where he proposed.


3x the fun

The end of April was a very fun month. I graduated, celebrated Easter and my Birthday, and flew out to Maryland with my dad to see the triplets. It was a good 2 weeks. Since we celebrated my birthday on Easter, my parents hid my birthday money in Easter eggs around the house and made me look for them. I had been asking my dad when he was going to start hiding eggs again since he has kids living at home now. I guess I got my wish although it wasn't quite what I had in mind... me looking by myself while my whole family watched and laughed as I passed right by the eggs. It was a fun day. On my actual birthday, Cisco had 2 finals to take so I went shopping in Salt Lake with Nicole and Erin and came home with some great finds. So here's to turning 23!!

On the Wednesday after my birthday I woke up around 4:45 am so I could shower, eat breakfast and get to the airport. Our flight was at 7:40 am. For those of you who know me, this should make you laugh quite hard. I can barely manage getting up at 9 am... let alone getting up, driving to Salt Lake and landing in Denver for a layover before my usual alarm ever went off. I slept for a few hours on the plane. 

The week in Maryland with KC and Emily and the triplets was a blast and I am missing them already. I have put off posting the pictures of the trip because I miss them so much! I better start saving so I can make more regular trips out there. Alex, Bennett and Ruby are the most adorable little munchkins i have ever seen. I promise I am not biased at all. They really are the cutest things. They have so much personality. Three 20 month old's (although technically 18 month old's since they were born 2 months early) are a handful. I don't know how Emily does it. She is a supermom if there ever was one. If she can do it with three, I can certainly do it with one.

Ruby is the explorer. That girl is tough and is not afraid of anything. She will climb on anything. My favorite moment was when all 4 adults were sitting in the living room and all of a sudden Emily yells "Woah, somebody get that baby!!" Ruby was sitting on the dining table munching away on some pita chips. As soon as KC went to get her off she took two handfuls of those chips and shoved them in her cheeks. 

Bennett has the funniest laugh and it is so infectious! He is also so easily entertained and just seems to enjoy life. 

Alex is the goofball. The first night we got there he was showing off and just laughing by falling on the floor, getting back up, and falling on the floor again... repeated for a good 5 minutes. 

They are all so good at counting. They can almost count to 15! They are smart babies. They also know the whole alphabet. I love asking them what a letter is, or what sound an animal makes (what does a bunny say gets the cutest response with them scrunching their little noses). Ok. Obviously I love these babies and I miss them. I will just let the pictures show how cute they are. 

There are about a million pictures in this post. really. I just uploaded my album. They are all sorts of out of order but i don't really care. I also didn't want to go through the work of posting it as a slide-show. But they are cute. So i don't feel bad that you have to scroll through them all.



I made it through finals! It felt like this day would never come but 121 credits and 5 years later, i am officially a college grad. It feels good to be done. I am thoroughly enjoying unemployment right now and have adventures to blog about since graduation. I decided to walk in Commencement and Convocation because (hopefully) I will only graduate once (I say hopefully because I currently have no desire to do a masters program but who knows). Commencement was good although I walked by myself and was bored out of my mind sitting in between two strangers. I wish i had figured out which of my friends were walking since there was no rhyme or reason to who you had to stand by and all of that fun stuff. Here are some pictures of the event.
There were a lot of graduates. 

Me and my supportive hubby!! Thanks Cisco for helping me get through all my breakdowns and wanting to give up at least once a semester. 

My cousins wife Taryn. There were a lot of us cousins graduating.

All the graduates (April and August)

We had a graduation party and i made some little decorations for our brownie bites. I even included a U for Nicole who is getting her Master's from University of Utah. We all celebrated in harmony.

My freshman roommate! We started this journey out together and finished together too. It was fun to run into her.

All of the grads in the family. I think Nicole was the only one who knew this picture was being taken.

The mother who helped support all these amazing grads!

Cisco's dad even came to support me. I had a great support system throughout college.

Friday morning i walked and got my diploma (these are all pictures from Friday since Thursday was cold and windy). I got a nice surprise as i walked onto the stage. My dad was sitting on the stage and got to get up and give me a hug as I walked to get my diploma. That was a fun surprise. He asked the dean of my college if he could pretend he was part of the Life Sciences faculty. Afterwords we celebrated by going to Red Lobster (pretty sure I haven't been there in 5 or 6 years...) but it was where Casey and I decided we could go so we all enjoyed LobsterFest. Fun day and I am glad to be done. Now i just have to figure out with my life. No biggie.