Sunday, December 5, 2010

twenty three years young

yesterday was this handsome mans birthday...

and we celebrated right. 
i scored some points and got him some new usc basketball shorts and a few other things (that he loved).

and yes, i will be listing 23 things i love about the birthday boy.

1. ben is legitimately the funniest person i know. i have laughed more in the past 10 months than i have in my entire life. and this is not an exaggeration.
2. he's wonderful with kids. he's got 11 cute little nieces and nephews that ADORE him.
3. he's not too bad to look at. and by "not to bad to look at" i mean ridiculously good looking.
4. he's got the best smile in the world.
5. not a lot of people know this, but the guy can play the piano and guitar like it's no one's business.
6. he's a great missionary.
7. he always always always puts others before himself.
8. he is the most kind hearted person i know.
9. i can trust him with anything.
10. he loves me unconditionally.
11. i don't think i have ever heard a single person say a bad word about ben. everyone knows him, everyone loves him.
12. he's always a gentlemen.
13. he is always warm. weird, i know. but i am fairly certain that something is wrong with the circulation in my body and my body temperature is at least 18 degrees cooler than the average human being. works out great.
14. he always says i look pretty/beautiful/nice. you would think it would get old but it doesn't.
15. no one can cheer me up like he can.
16. he honors his priesthood.
17. he's a family man. he loves his family and he loves mine.
18. ben is extremely intelligent. it's nice having a human encyclopedia on hand.
19. he's ambitious.
20. i am never bored when i am with him.
21. i can be myself completely when i am with him and i LOVE that. he brings out the best in me.
22. he is always willing to help. he once left my apartment and spent an hour in the freezing cold weather scraping all the ice off of my car (i drive a truck mind you) and then did ally's car as well without saying anything.
23. he's literally good at everything he tries. and he's wicked athletic which, i'm not gonna lie, i love.

happy birthday benny.
i'm kinda bummed i missed the last 22.
i love you.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

in my dreams

i have recently acquired a new addiction.
all i do is daydream about our future apartment. 
i've probably spent hours searching the web looking for pretty apartment pictures.

if i had a million dollars i am fairly certain i would choose to decorate our apartment something like this.

{how could you ever be anything but happy in a place like this}

or this...

i don't know that i would necessarily have much use for an audrey hepburn dining room, or a pretty pale blue office. at least right now.

but i still want them.

and since we don't have the resources to make our apartment look quite like this, i'm about to get real crafty.

i just have so many ideas that i can't do anything about for two and a half weeks.

that's right two and a half weeks until we're married.


Sunday, November 21, 2010

fresno bridal shower

rebecca galli, jenny parker and brittany youngclaus put together the most amazing bridal shower for me this past weekend.
i am so grateful to have these wonderful and thoughtful ladies in my life. 
the shower was great. great food, great friends, great everything. 
i love love loved every minute of it.
AND since apparently every single one of us spaced taking ANY pictures (sad) i only have one, but quite possibly the best one.

mackenna has literally been one of my best friends since seventh grade. we're talking inseparable.
i mean i can remember our days at kastner when we would dream about our future weddings.
i'm fairly certain one of us wanted an underwater wedding. seriously? we were weird.
she works and lives in LA and we haven't seen each other in probably two years.
anyways, she came up for my bridal shower and i had no idea her and her mom (pictured above) were coming.
it was SO great to have her there with me and to catch up. 
thank you nancy and mackenna for making the trip up to fresno. love you both.

happy sunday

"This is a wonderful time to be living here on earth. Our opportunities are limitless. While there are some things wrong in the world today, there are many things right, such as teachers who teach, ministers who minister, marriages that make it, parents who sacrifice, and friends who help.
We can lift ourselves, and others as well, when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude. If ingratitude be numbered among the serious sins, then gratitude takes its place among the noblest of virtues.
A favorite hymn always lifts our spirits, kindles our faith, and inspires our thoughts:
When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed, 
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost, 
Count your many blessings; name them one by one, 
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done. … 

So amid the conflict, whether great or small, 
Do not be discouraged; God is over all. 
Count your many blessings; angels will attend, 
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end."


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

i'll procrastinate later

i have been buried in books for hours and can't do it any longer.
school this week is going to own me..
oh well.

can i just say that come december i will have 11 of the cutest kiddos on the planet for nieces and nephews.
they literally keep me entertained 24/7 and are hysterical.

i can't even take how adorable they are.

also, as evidenced in the below picture, lets hope that our future children look like their father.
otherwise, they stand no chance.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

happy sunday.

"God expects you to have enough faith and determination and enough trust in Him to keep moving, keep living, keep rejoicing. In fact, He expects you not simply to face the future (that sounds pretty grim and stoic); He expects you to embrace and shape the future--to love it and rejoice in it and delight in your opportunities. 

God is anxiously waiting for the chance to answer your prayers and fulfill your dreams, just as He always has. But He can't if you don't pray, and He can't if you don't dream. In short, He can't if you don't believe." 

"Some blessings come soon, some come late, and some don't come until heaven; but for those who embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, they come." 

Saturday, November 13, 2010

home sweet home

i miss these two.

i cant wait for thanksgiving break when i can follow my mom around all day while she runs errands and go to the gym with my dad. 
is this weird? perhaps. 
but it's the little things about being at home that you miss when your at school.

i know this because i saw a darth vader holiday nutcracker at walgreens...
directly across from the holiday themed snuggies.
awesome. talk about a hole in one.

p.p.s. just thought about this and it made me laugh...
"there are three types of people in this world i don't trust; people with shifty eyes, gingers, and canadians."
or something to that effect.
except for you brooklyn (if you're reading this).

i am quite possibly marrying the funniest person on this planet.

and LASTLY, ben received the newel k. whitney award today for the financial economics department! which basically means he is a smarty pants. 

Monday, November 8, 2010

oh hey

it's 2 a.m.
have i done my homework? no.
have i written my mid-term paper? no.
have i made a resume? no.
but don't worry, i made a blog and painted my nails.

oh and ben and i get married in 44 DAYS...hollla.
i don't understand how i got so lucky.
i seriously can't wait. 
i am so excited to start documenting our lives together so we have something to look back on 50+ years from now.

anyways, rebekah westover took our engagement pictures.
she is amazing! check her out

here are a few for you guys (and by "you guys" i mean you, mom, as you are likely the only person reading this right now) to enjoy...