Wednesday, January 13, 2016


wow! its been a while. 

+ i married my best friend
+ i got a new last name
+ we have a baby on the way
SO i decided to start a new blog and will no longer be using this one.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Spring has Sprung...ACHOOO!

This semester has been an adjustment:
  • I moved into an apartment of 6, with all private rooms. I love it!
  • I began a new semester here at BYU-Idaho.
  • My boyfriend (of almost 8 months) is workin in Alaska until October. Thank heavens for FaceTime, Snapchat and phone calls. 
    Isn't he just charming!
  • My only friends here are guys (my boyfriend's friends).
    Our last great adventure before saying our goodbyes
  • This is my third semester IN A ROW! Can you say burn out?? Why did I do this to myself? I don't actually remember.
  • I am taking less than 12 credits to compensate..
  • I have been working on getting into better shape by running. Let's be honest..running sucks! but the aftermath is definitely worth the pain, sweat, and tears (ok it's not THAT bad..)!
    sometimes running late in the evening is just beautiful
  • Eventually, I want to run a half-marathon.
  • I love floral print more than I even love cows...what happened to me?
    The background on my phone because peonies are my favorite
  • I want to overcome my fear of cooking gluten free stuff..
    so scary!
  • One of my roommates just got diagnosed with gluten intolerance this semester--Gluten free is becoming so much more fun!
  • I made the nastiest blueberry muffins I have ever tasted! It was this weird flour mix that had all the regular stuff but then they added lavender and some weird stuff. Don't get me wrong, I love lavender, but I prefer smelling it. Not eating it..
  • So far, I have succeeded with banana bread muffins, mastered the art of pizza, and devoured some delectable gf Betty Crocker brownies.
  • Homemade jam on rice crackers? Delish and GF
    Sushi Sundays! Also GF
Pizza date night :)

  • I guess most importantly is that I am happy and I love life!
    Once upon a time we went to conference together. #iminlove

    I think these are called poppies..Simply beautiful

Monday, September 23, 2013

College, Round 2                                           

Sheesh! Where do I even begin??

Thursday Sept 12. Mom, Hailey, and I set out for the Burg! We had planned on leaving tree farm around 5..obvi we didnt get out til 6:15.

Ready for Take-Off

 With all the "necessary" food stops every few horas and the maybe too often potty stops, we finally pulled into Rexburg around 10:45 or 11:30..dont really remember. we actually stayed in Idaho Falls like 20-30 mins from byui. so we didnt even go to rexburg that night. What a trip that was!! we had lotso good last memories to last us til christmas.

Almost there!!!

 In the 4 hours I wasnt the driver I read a book called Drops of Gold. Its pretty similar to sound of music, but pretty different..haha basically its the best book Ive ever read! 

Friday Sept 13. We came and checked in to the Ivy apts. around 10:00 am..kinda  a slow start but we were exhausted!! so it was aight. I chose the very last room by the shelves/drawers..aka not by the window.

My Side of the Room (Yes that's a John Deere pillow case) :)

Then we began the tedious unpacking!! woohoooo!!! I got as far as i could without hangers, etc. Then we headed back to IF(thats what people call Idaho Falls here..guess it makes sense) to go to bed bath and beyond. and target. and Jamba/Chick-fil-a for dinnner. we were burnt out!! so we went to the hotel and went swimming...basically I didnt have a swim suit so I wore Haileys swim bottoms and a tshirt and she wore her swim top and her bball shorts..we were quite the scene!! goodthing only a little boy and his dad came swimming while we were there!!! Then we went to bed.

Saturday Sept 14. Again a much slower start than is preferable, but we were just having good times so whatevs. We started out at Yellowstone's Bear World (basically a lot like the olympic game farm) but inbetween IF and the not even in Yellowstone...But it was pretty cool!!

Bear World!

 They have like 60-some bears of different types, as well as lots of little babies.

Full-grown Black Bear..Tried to eat my brand new SNOW TIRES!!

AND we got there just in time to drive through the park once and then we got to FEED BOTTLES TO THE BABY CUBS!!! It was so fun!! they were like 8 mos old or somethin. so like 90 ibs and really fluffy.

Baby Cash

It was fun to pet them and feed them and find out more about them. Pretty cute creatures!!!

Baby Angus

Then we went back to my apartment and unloaded all my Bed Bath and Beyond crap..and by crap I mean treasure...? I finished getting settled and then we went to dinner and walmart in Rexburg to get some groceries to hold me off til monday. And then we went to a hotel in Rexburg..they were all full thurs/fri, but not saturday!! And we went to bed.

Sunday Sept 15. I have church at 1:30 and mom and Hailey's shuttle was going to pick them up at 11 so we had a few hours in the morning to eat breakfast and set out to find Hibbard, ID where Grandma Kath grew up.

Hibbard, ID

It was so fun to drive like 5 minutes from my house and BAM youre in farmland. Did I mention its basically Heaven here? Like anyone that says theyre from rexburg is basically just sayin they have COWS!!!!! sorta..ok not really. but there is a TON of farmland around here. We found the church G'ma went to..we think it was rebuilt, but kept the same steeple...?

Hibbard Chapel
Then we went and found the cemetery where great gma/gpa zollinger and their three little babies are all buried, but we didnt have time to look for the actually graves, so thats gonna be my first date is to go find them(: then we headed back to campus to the place mom and hailey got picked up. They put the bags under the bus and we just cried and cried til I couldnt see them anymore.

Trying to be happy, even though I miss my Family...

Sheesh!! what a way to start out a sunday. It was all i could do to keep me from crying through every song at church. but I made it and so far havent cried actual tears since!! just a little moist eye..maybe from the dryness? jk I got sad a few other times. Anywho my ward is kinda lame but my bishopric all basically owned horses/cows/both at some point in their lives which all in itself tellls a ton about a person...(: but they are all really cool, humble guys. I love them!!

A typical After-Church meal for the Gluten Intolerant (That's me!)

First week of school went really well!!!! 

Monday Sept 16. BOM at 7:45 and was waitlisted for Human Devel at 11 but it was too full so I left at the beginning of class and I was ticked!! but then i ran into Eric Jensen! We hungout for a while cuz my next class (Intro to livestocks) wasnt til 12:45! That just got me in a gooder, more confident mood before my COW class! So i walk into class and Im pretty sure the holy ghost relayed a message to me that I should sit next to this kid in the front row. And the rest is history! basically were dating now and hes REALLLY cute and hes from Alabama and he just has the most amazing (and compatible with mine) life plan! (do you remember that one time me and hailey worte out our life plans?) Ok were not really dating...i WISH.... but everything else is true!! He is a business major. And he plans to take over his dad's company when the time comes. he does some sort of roofing/rafters thing..not really sure. Then once he starts making money WE are gonna buy some lands and then WE are gonna buy cows together <3 WOW talk about ULTIMATE dream!!! I would probably die! of happpiness of course. Im getting so happy just thinking aobut it that I acnt even type right!!!!!

In my COW class we get to go to livestock barn one day a week (we split into groups so one grp goes every day) and 'cute boy' is in my group!!! Our first day is tomorrow and I couldnt be more ecstatic!!! Mostly to play with the cows but maybe I'll be able to talk to him again. I sat by him that one day but every day since I have gotten to class way before him and people just sit around me before he gets there. and I cant just save a seat for him cuz that would just come across as way too desperate and would probably freak him out a bit..haha oh well. If it's meant to be, God will provide right?? Plus can I just say I LOVE my teacher for that class. He is the epitamy (i have no Idea how to spell that word..just sound it out) of an ag teacher..tall skinny dark haired, slightly silvering. And clearly loves cows ALMOST as much as i do!!! and thats sayin a LOT! haha.

Sometimes I like to try Social Experiments...

Tuesday Sept 17. To be honest I cant believe I am remembering all this detail but then again Bookie says I remember A TON..but mostly the random facts that no one cares about so you probably havent even gotten this far in this Chapter book. and you probs wont til you get home ;) Ook so TUesday I started out with American FOundations (AmerHer equivalent) taught by an INSANE econ professor that basically said his section is equivalent to Hell's door(sorry to have to use such a naughty just slipped. and yes I am writing everything running through my brain right now..hope you can keep up. if you cant then no one could so you can just burn this..pretty sure you print letters out to read them? GOOD LUCK!!) SO as soon as that class got over, I went and looked up ANY alternative to taking this section of AmF. I came across this chick that taught it the same time as well as like the next 2 periods, so I just hung around til the next time she taught and I sat in and WOW she is like the perfect teacher!! She is juggling a couple jobs right now and is just busy so she is harder to get ahold of, so she made her class much simpler so there arent too many questions. Basically she doesnt care when we do readings(before or after the class they correspond with) and all tests are on I-Learn(online grading thing) so they are auto-grade i think. AND she thinks its dumb to make us memorize the constitution if we arent even going into American studies/politics/whatever. But she is a politician so she is gonna make sure we totally understand everything America stands for, etc. She is VERY similar to Lawrence actually, so i am REALLLY excited about that class. and then Finally I just added the Successful Marriages and Families class(seein as how ive already got plans for marriage, and kids, and COWS, etc ;)) but I havent been to it yet but I will go tomorrow!! I've just had the most amazing time!! for the most part.

Favorite pass-time When I'm feeling homesick (Cuddle and read GF cookbooks)

The rest of the week was all kinda a repeat of the above, on respective days. Friday after classes I came home and took the roomies (Im the only one with a car and they are all freshmens.....but they are mostly really awesome and we make the best of it!!!) to costa vida (heaven in a salad..if thats even possible..). Then at 5 my bedroomy Emily Ondrako and I went to the MINDY GLEDHILL concert!!!!!

A little clip of one of the classics

 it was seriously AMAZING!!! I love her. like alot. and her grand finale was ANCHOR(the one i pretend to play on piano sometimes)!!! our first spot was way far back. then near the end we went and got our shirts/hats/cds/fangear and when we came back in we saw front row seats so we ran and snagged them, and right as we sat down, she came down from the stage and walked RIGHT IN FRONT OF US!!!!!!! then we went home.

But not before we got a picture with Mindy!!!!!

later that night there was a block party on the oppostie side of campus from where we live and some of my roomies were going so I went with them. It was really fun and crazy!! AND Mindy was there too!!!! but I didn't realize it was her til like an hour after I spotted her..Dang!

Did I mention I love cows?? Well thanks to my bestfriend Amanda, I was able to make a GREAT first impression on the roomies (cuz we all know when I wasn't there the first 2 nights and everyone else was, the were checking out my stuff. And yes, these were the first things to come out of my car and displayed in my room <3)

Call me weird but I decided cereal tastes WAY better with water instead of milk..
I am REALLY homesick far too often, but I am loving it here and I know this is where I need to be right now! Until next time..

Monday, October 15, 2012

Time Flies when you' College

Today we are already halfway through October! Where has time gone? That's right. It was dedicated to school. Class, studying, tests, papers. It's been a loaded month! It's been good though.

Just 31 days, 12 hours, and 4 minutes til I will be in Washington!! But who's counting..? I don't think I have ever been this excited to go home since my first year of Girls Camp: I was 12 years old, it was a week in the woods in Washington which means nothing but rain all week, in a big canvas tent, with no showers or bathrooms, and all meals were cooked over a fire. I love camping..can't you tell? But seriously camping is really fun when I am with my family or friends.

Last weekend I attended General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I loved it. So much good insight and advice that is so applicable to our everyday life. Watch it here. We (as in Hannah, Eric Jensen{My sister-in-law's little brother}, and some of Hannah's roomies/friends) got to go to the Saturday afternoon session in the Conference Center in Salt Lake. It was a blast! After Conference we (me, Hannah and Eric) enjoyed some classy McD's and some quality shopping, including searching for the right wedding ring at Tiffany's at the City Creek Mall across the street from the temple..

Me, Eric, Hannah outside the Conference Center. 2012

This Saturday was Hannah's Birthday.. HAPPY BIRTHDAY HANNAH! Oh the many things I love about my pallendrome-named sister! She is smart, intelligent, gorgeous, thoughtful, wouldn't hurt a soul, she's an athlete, and she is a great friend.

Me, Hannah, Daivid, and Baby Hailey. Spring 2000

 When Hannah sees something she needs to improve on, she works at it til it is perfected. What an inspiration! When we were younger, even though she LOVED sports with our 5 older brothers, she would still find time to play dolls and Barbies with me and she would even let me be all the girls and she would be Ken(:

Hannah and I before Mormon Prom 2011

My Junior year in High School, Hannah and I both had our licenses, but she played sports and I didn't so I would often take the shared car home. One day it was my job to bring her my mom's suburban so she could drive her XC team to team dinner and she invited me to tag along! This is when I realized how much her team looked up to and respected her..with good reason!! She wasn't loud and crazy with endorfins (sp?) after a long run, but oh boy did she know how to have a good time(: And she cared enough to invite her annoying little sister to join the fun. She really is such an awesome girl and has so much goin for her.

4th of July 2012
I can't wait to see where life takes her! And I am soo excited to live with her starting in January and get to know her better. She is so awesome.
 Young Hannah 1995 (or '96?)
I love you lots Hannah! and hope you had a very Happy Birthday. Thanks for being such a good role model for me. AND such a great friend, even though we don't always see eye to eye.. <3
Back to college life..Just got an 80% on my Nutrition100 exam numba 2!!! this is quite the exciting improvement from the last test (got a 68 on that one...shhh don't tell my mama!) thanks to some study help from my crazy-smart siblings. I owe them big time!

Just one more test and a paper to write for this week! Semester is roughly half over..time to bear down and get good grades..

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Here comes Fall

Today was really hard for me. It was the first real day of fall this year. I am in a strange place [not for the first time ever, but for the first time this season.] with strange people and not with my family. And it didn't help that I was really tired this morning...(even though I slept for like 10 HOURS!)..

 Alpine Circle with the Family.

Once I was ready for the day I walked outside into the cool, crisp, autumn air. I looked up and couldn't help but notice the BEAUTIFUL fall colors in the mountains and surrounding me. The aroma of the trees and the remnant smells and chills of a cold fall night enveloped me. All I wanted (and still want to do) is to turn around and go back home. But only to be reminded that that home is not really my home. It is here in Provo..NOT Washington. Not with my awesome, loving family but with complete strangers everywhere I look. I can't wait to go home and build Pumpkin Pie with my beautiful, amazing mother and light cinnamon candles and watch the bright orange and yellow, crisp Maple leaves flutter to the ground covering all 10 acres of my property.

 I just want to go watch a football game where I actually can realistically have faith that MY team is going to win! Where I actually know the boys on the team and they aren't too cool to even make eye contact with ANYONE!! Unfortunately BYU STINKS at football and everyone on the team are stuck up and cocky. so I have to keep dreaming..

I actually MISS high school. Sometimes I regret coming to BYU this past winter because I missed out in some really cool relationships I could have made stronger...but what is done is done! Sooo no more talk of regrets there!!! 

I miss the biting cold of 20 minute breaks after first period where there was nothing better than to sip hot cocoa and huddle outside to bear the cold.

BUT I continued walking to class because I know this is where I need to be in my life right now. I am so blessed to be able to come to such a great university with sooo many great people. Plus I was going to be late to class so I had to hustle. (:

Alpine Circle with the Family..kinda really blurry.

This past weekend was such a great kick off for falllll. Started out with a Frozen yogurt run and movie night with Big Brother. We were on round 2 of LOTR..2 down 1 to go!! (LOTR=Lord Of The Rings). Big Brother's roomy Bradshaw was there as well..funny kid. After that I came home to study and went to bed. Saturday was VERY lax. Studied for the dreadful nutrition test (don't even get me started...) 

....And then went on a DATE!! Woohoo!! First one of the semester(: I went with a boy..let's call him Henry. From Ohio. My friend..Robert.. from Idaho came in the group with a girl from his writing class. We played TENNIS!! It was soo fun! We also have started a tradition of playing Ping Pong after ward prayer every Sunday in the Budge Lobby so of course they (but mostly just Robert) get to walk me home afterwards. Good times and plenty more to come I am sure!

Sunday we went to Hilary's for a family dinner with all us Utah residents. Then us single kids left Hendricks' and went on an awesome family drive up Alpine Circle past Aspen Grove. Words cannot describe its beauty! So many beautiful colors and trees and hills and I was with my family..well like 3/11 of them. Oh how I miss the rest of them alll! But the drive got me thinkin real deep how I can't wait to get married and have kids that I can make Pumpkin Pie for and carve pumpkins with and make fun Halloween costumes and light cinnamon candles so I can instill in them a sense of how lovely Autumn time is [can you tell I am obsessed with Pumpkin Pie and Cinnamon Candles??]. And I thought of a few other things too..

Time to hit the books!..or the bed..