Friday, February 21, 2014


A new year means a new slew of relief society activities! What a better time of year then February to come together as women and celebrate love of all kinds! We invited everyone to assess and find out their primary love language and come prepared to discuss and share ways we can both show and feel love for ourselves, spouses, children, family members, friends, and ultimately relief society sisters. After the discussion, it was time to feast on all things sweet-- red velvet cookies, cake donuts, and sparkling pink lemonade. It was a night of great fun, food, discussion and love. I love my calling and all of these (and many more!) beautiful ladies I am lucky enough to call friends! 

Monday, February 17, 2014


This year for Valentines Day, we ditched the idea of going out and opted for a morning of home made cards at the kitchen table. For dinner that night, I made a favorite of bruchetta & chicken bellagio with Italian sodas, and with a big stack of Redbox movies afterwards we called it a night. The next morning I surprised Derek with sprinkled donuts, a favorite, and smoothies in bed. This year for Christmas, I gifted Derek Imagine Dragons concert tickets and after a long wait, it was finally our night to see them. The show was so much fun and the band definitely has a great time performing. I knew this would be an awesome gift for Derek because he was a total rock star while he was in undergrad and he hadn't ever been to a big arena concert. After the concert I had to steer Derek away from the big drums as best as I could, and he was just a little sad when the vendors weren't selling them after the show. Looks like I shouldn't be surpised if I come home to a drum session going on one day. 

Friday, February 14, 2014


If you know me, you know I have always loved Valentines Day. Even as a single college girl, it was always one of my favorite days. I love everything about it-- celebrating love with those you love and one too many helpings of dark chocolate had me sold from a young age. Since being married, Derek has always stepped up to the plate with making sure love and dark chocolate play a part in the day. This year, I whipped up some of these easy chocolate covered pretzels to combat our sweet tooth for a post dinner treat. They are easy, fun, cute, and perfect for little hands to help along with. 

Monday, February 10, 2014


Last Monday was a big day. The past few months I have been waiting for the removal of a very large (13 cm) ovarian cyst from my right ovary. I am happy to report that it was removed cleanly and without any damage to my ovary & tube, which all my doctors and surgeons had warned me of. I am thankful for their skilled expertise, the prayers and faith of countless family and friends, and the chance I have to finally be rid of something that has been a very long and painful road. Derek took a vacation week and has been with me everyday, playing doctor. He's so good at it, no wonder his patients adore him. I have been up and moving more and more everyday and feeling more like myself. It's been a week of pain, love, and a lot of sleep, but more a week of relief.