Sunday, June 21, 2009

We get really creative (bored) on Sundays

Tyler and I were playing around with his camera and re-discovered how cool the lapse time videos are. We did a few videos but this one in my opinion is the best.

I asked Tyler to tell me a story, and here's what I got:

"The Sea Monsters Who Lost Their Shoes"
There's no sounds, but you can make up your own.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

My Missionary

Let me clarify. Tyler actually was not my missionary. I met him three months after he got home. But he was such a great missionary that I thought I would share some of these pictures. I think they're priceless.

Look how cute my Tyler is. He was such a good, happy missionary. He served in the Dominican Republic. He lights up when he talked about his mission. You can ask him about it and he'll tell you he loved it. I hope we get to go back someday to visit and meet some of the people he taught and baptized.

He looks so young in this picture. Cute little 19-year old Tyler.
(Don't tell him that I said he was cute, he'd be offended)

I think the glasses that Tyler's wearing belong to that little lady.
She really makes Tyler, and his companion, look like giants!

I think Tyler baptized these people.

This picture was taken at the airport when his family greeted him home. It's not the best quality picture, but I love how happy Tyler looks. I'm sure he was ecstatic to see his family, whom he LOVES!

That's my cute missionary Tyler. I love hearing about all his mission stories, and really seeing how happy he gets when he talks about his mission. It's an experience that I know he would not have traded for the world.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


So this weekend was really great. Tyler and I got to share in the festivities of Kristin and Kenny's wonderful wedding day. It was the most beautiful day. And I must say that this was probably the most beautiful wedding I've ever been to. What made is so beautiful? The bride and groom. I have never seen a couple enjoy their wedding day more than Kristin and Kenny. They focused on the most important parts of their day, like the actual wedding ceremony, and the people who were there to celebrate all day with them, and each other. Kristin is such a beautiful person and lives such a beautiful life that I would not have expected anything different. It was so great to watch them become husband and wife and see them so happy. Kenny is so sweet to Kristin and I know they deserve each other. What great couple and an absolutely beautiful day!

Sorry, bean, I stole this picture from you too. :)

Monday, June 8, 2009


Isn't it strange to think that your husband, the one you love so much now and know so well, used to be a stranger? He used to go through everyday, doing everyday things without you. He used to wake up every morning and eat his cereal and imagine how his day would play out. And you weren't in it. He used to go to school and work and come home. All without you. He was always looking and always wanting to find you. But he didn't know it was you. Then one day, he met you, a stranger. He knew nothing about you and you knew nothing about him. You became friends, then companions, then the only people you can image each other with. Now you can't image life without him. Now, isn't is strange to think that he used to be a stranger.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

our HOME

Well, we've been on our new place for only about 3 weeks now. It feels like longer to me. But Tyler and I LOVE it here! It's a billion times better than our old place.

We have yard so we have picnics and play frisbee all the time. We have a garage to keep our new Jeep away from bird poop and stuff, and a driveway and space to park like 5 cars and do projects like sanding our table. And we actually have a real table now!! We don't even have to use TV trays anymore!

We sure feel spoiled sometime, but we are really grateful for this home. And since there is more room we feel like we can really have friends now. We have already had more people over than we ever did in the last 10 months we lived on our old place. It's great!!! Ahh, and yeah, it really feels like home, not just an apartment.

I love decorating this place too. On memorial day Tyler and I worked on the tables all day. I was able to finish the coffee table and Tyler stained the kitchen table. Here are some before and after pictures of both tables:

Tyler was pretty sad to paint over the beautiful wood. But, I think it matched with the couch much better now:

We also painted some square legs and put them on the couch. They're kind of hard to see cuz they blend it. But that's much better than the ugly wood pieces that were on there before.

Here is the beautiful table that Tyler gets full credit for. He meticulously sanded it, which took about three days, stained it, and put 3 shiny coats on it. I think it turned out great. And it looks great in our little breakfast nook!

That's after sanding it and the second picture there is after staining it, before the shiny coats.

Tyler had me get under the table and stain the feet. While I was under there I added our initials :)

We brought the table into the house in two pieces then Tyler put it together. The top splits and there are two more leafs we can add in.

And there's the finished product. We still need to re-finish the chairs, but we thought we may as well get the table done and we can do the chairs one at a time.

Oh, we also hung this shelf and some pictures. This used to be hanging in my old bedroom at home. We kind of cheated and hung the pictures the exact same way as they were hung before, haha, but trying to arrange pictures is hard work! Also in this picture is the desk that the Torries left here. We love it! And the desk chair is one that Tyler refinished and reupholstered a few years ago. It's absolutely gorgeous!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

We found a cure!!

I'd just like to bring to everyone's attention that tonight Tyler, Jalene and I cured the bird flu and terrorism. Unfortunately, we were not able to cure the swine flu or mad cow disease, so be on the watch for those.

In translation, we played the board game "Pandemic" in which you try to cure the world of four diseases. It's a real fun game and if anyone else wants to try their hand at curing all the diseases, please come over and we'll teach you how to play! It's wonderful.