Thursday, February 24, 2011

we love RMs!!

Last week, Nathan's little brother Jeremy got back from his 2 year LDS mission in Ogden, Utah!

It's not easy to leave everything behind for 2 whole years to go spread the gospel, but it's a great and important work and we are so proud of Jeremy and the choice that he made to do so.

He has changed so much! He came back thinner, maybe a little taller, more mature, and without a doubt- with a stronger testimony. So much happened while he was away! 2 weddings, a new baby, a nephew that got baptized, 7 new dogs, 2 new houses, a new business, a niece that went into young womens, and niece that went into primary... the list goes on and on! He's got a lot of catching up to do!

I only knew Jeremy for a little bit before he left (he headed out a month before Nathan and I got married.) I am excited that he's home now and that I will get the chance to get to know, yet another family member! Welcome home, Jeremy!!

To see more pictures of his home coming and read all about his mission- check out Jeremy's Mission Blog!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

we love our nieces and nephews!

Even though they can be little stinkers some times- we still love ALL of our nieces and nephews. They are all so different and unique and AWESOME! We love getting together with them and reading Amy, Sarah, and Jessica's blogs and hearing about all amazing and hilarious things they do on a daily basis. They definitely bring smiles to our faces and we are blessed to have them in our lives. I am so happy that even though we don't have kids of our own at the moment that we still get to have the joy of having children in our lives- they are so fun!





Melody & Bethany


What a beautiful bunch, huh? With nieces and nephews as cute as these, how could Nathan and I not wind up with absolutely adorable kids, right? ;)

i have the weirdest dreams

Here are some hi-lights from last night's dream:

- being stuck on a military island with food beginning to run out
-a naval ship that was also somehow Seattle Grace Hospital (the set of Grey's Anatomy)
-a very dangerous elevator (that winds up crashing) where people express their feeling through belting out Mika songs....
-a crazy guy stalking my best friend using a GPS type devise that is located in his CTR ring
-the reason he is stalking her: she stole 2 of his rings in high school that double as pet grooming tool that I then offer to hide on my keys so he can't find them.
-something shady going on in the government
-a phone conversation about missing a job interview and the boss needing to know what I had learned about government crop control in beauty school.
-my former supervisor having another child and being pregnant again.
-randomly pushing around a wheel barrow.
-eating cheez its
-leaving the military island on a ship just a hurricane start to blow.

This dream was a little more random and strange than usual, so I decided to write bits of it down before I forgot. It seemed really realistic too- weird! =/

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

what happens when you give kids stickers?

...Of course, they will stick them all over their bodies!

I love my silly nieces! I can't wait to have kids of my own one day! =D

i love valentines day!

Yes, I know... I am a slacker and this post is like a week over due! Better late than never though I guess (I am sure I have said that like a million times since I started this blog!)

Here are some of our Valentines Day happenings:

Not only did Nathan buy me flowers (not roses- he knows I am not huge fan of roses,) but he also painted the vase that he put them in. I think it turned out pretty cute!

He also painted me a flower pot and some heart add-ons letting me know what was inside! "Hugs & Kisses!" Too cute. Hershey Hugs are my favorite!!! Nathan has been helping me them all up though, since I am trying to be healthier.

I made him something special too! Chocolate dipped pretzels! I made a variety- peanut butter and chocolate, caramel and chocolate, caramel rice crispy and chocolate, oreo sprinkled over the chocolate, sprinkles- all kinds! Here's a close up of one:

Our big Valentines Day treat was a stay-cation at a hotel in Tempe. It was a little place across from Arizona Mills mall- so while we were there, we took a little trip to the mall and walked around- and in our wanderings we came across a claw machine with these inside:

A JUMBO rainbow slinky. Who doesn't need one of those, right? So Nathan put a $5 bill into the machine, thinking we would try a couple times and it would give us change.... but it did not give us change and the claw wasn't really strong enough to grab the jumbo slinky-- but we had a good time trying over and over again, attempting to figure out a way to grab one at just the right angle. No luck though. As we were walking away Nathan asked "What would we have even done with it if we had won?" Good question.....

Back at the hotel we decided to save some money on going out and just stay in the room and hang out- so we brought dinner. I made some chicken pillows and brought some sun chips- and a romantic bottle of sparkling cider to drink. We also a special Valentines giant red velvet cupcake that I had bought, but I forgot to take a picture of that. We wound up eating it with our fingers because I forgot to bring eating utensils! That didn't make any less delicious though!

We also brought along a portable dvd player and got the movie "Easy A" from Redbox. It was a pretty funny flick! We may not have had a lot to spend- and it wasn't anything elaborate- but it was a fun and memorable Valentines Day! I love being able to spend quality time with my hubby! =)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

i love my best friend!!!

(Since I deleted my facebook for the time being, I had to steal pictures from Kassi's facebook! Thanks for being a great picture taker Kassi!!)

I heart my BFF, Kassi! She is simply marvelous!

We have have had many fantastical adventures together.

We both have excellent taste too- notice the top Kassi is wearing above and the one I am wearing below? Yep- we bought the same shirt without even talking to each other because we are both so in sync and AWESOME! lol

She threw me a rockin' bachelorette party and help save my bridal shower.

AND she was my maid of honor! Yes, she put up with all my wedding craziness!

She is always there when I need her no matter what! Whether it's a late night trip to Denny's for some much needed girl talk, someone to whine to about my bad day, someone to watch the chick flicks that my husband won't see with me, or even picking paint out of my hair when I am a messy painter!

She is one of the coolest, sweetest, and as I mentioned before- most AWESOME people I know.

We have known each other since junior high! We used to pass notes in seminary and even had a huge crush on the same guy! (Don't worry, that never came between us- we just both really appreciated the extreme hotness of the guy.) We have seen each other through some really good times and some really rough times.

We have even gone out in public together dressed like cows. Yeah, that's true friendship right there ladies and gentlemen!

And you know what else? Today is her birthday!!! Have been planning all along to do this post on this day? Of course!! Yep, my love posts wouldn't be complete without a blog about Kassi. I just love her to death- she is the best, best friend that anyone could ask for.

Happy Birthday Kassi!!!!!!!
Have a cookie.

blogging FAIL!

So much for trying to blog every day!! That's what happens when life starts getting in the way I guess.... I will try to do some random catching up over the next few days.

If you enjoy fails though check this out.

Friday, February 11, 2011

i heart greys!

In honor of my middles sister, Jessica, joining Katie and I in our love for Grey's Anatomy, I decided to put some love related clips, and fan created music videos that are all "lovey!" Enjoy!! =D

my favorite "christina & burke" moment. if you don't know the characters and what's going on it's not that great, but if you watch grey's you know what I'm talking about!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

you are loved

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

i joined a gym!

To help me with resolution #2 on my list- I joined a gym!... sorta. One of Nathan's cousins was doing a fundraiser and selling coupon thingies that had a 3 month membership to Fitness Works- so I joined a gym for 3 months.

So far I am undecided on what I really think of this gym- I have my "orientation" or whatever with a trainer tomorrow morning, so maybe once I have a better lay of the land I might like it better. One thing that I do really like is this:

Each piece of cardio equipment has it's own tv that you can plug your head phones in to! I can watch whatever I want and hear it while I work out! (I spent a lot of time reading tv shows that I wasn't really interested in at my last gym.) It makes my cardio time seem to go by a lot faster- I like it.

This gym is a bit of a hike from my house (7 miles- about a 10ish minute drive), but I figure I might as well take advantage of having a full gym's worth of equipment and classes for 3 months- it only cost me $20- which is less than the monthly dues at most clubs. If I am able to stick to it- and go at least 4 times a week, I might be able to convince Nathan into letting me join my old gym, that I know and love, that is a little closer to the house.

I am feeling pretty motivated for the time being and I think the workouts are helping to improve my mood! I will check back here in about a month with an update on my progress. =)

Oh, and p.s.- I deleted my facebook for the time being. It may or may not come back in a few a months- I don't really know at this point. Nathan still has his and I still have a phone or email if you need to get in touch. Bye for now!

happiness, health, and marriage

“Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God,” declared the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.” 1 They went on to say that marriage is “essential to [God’s] eternal plan,” with husbands and wives under “solemn responsibility to love and care for each other.”

Then in 1999 President Gordon B. Hinckley reemphasized the crucial role of marriage with his admonition that “God-sanctioned marriage between a man and a woman has been the basis of civilization for thousands of years. There is no justification to redefine what marriage is.” 2 Yet people keep trying to redefine it to legitimize worldly philosophies or to serve their own agendas. Increasingly, believers in God-ordained marriage are called on to defend the institution from those who say it is irrelevant or passé. Parents often find themselves looking for ways to demonstrate the importance of marriage to their children who are bombarded by pressures from the world and, all too often, from their friends and associates.

A few decades ago, a proclamation on marriage and its validity would hardly have seemed necessary. Alternative definitions of marriage didn’t exist, and there were no movies, television shows, books, or other media products promoting alternative lifestyles. But any examination of marriage today requires consideration of a divorce rate over 50 percent and a high acceptance in some areas of cohabitation, which enables couples to forgo commitment for a living-together arrangement that lasts, on the average, two years. 3 Some now call marriage just another lifestyle choice and even question whether it needs to exist between a man and a woman. One respected reviewer has commented that family studies textbooks often “downplay the value of marriage,” employing warm platitudes to describe nontraditional unions and reserving heavy criticism for conventional marriages. 4

Not surprisingly, a recent study conducted by prominent social scientists David Popenoe and Barbara Defoe Whitehead found that young people in the United States today are increasingly apprehensive and pessimistic about marriage. They display a remarkable increase in acceptance of out-of-wedlock childbearing, single parenting, and living together before marriage. No wonder the number of people getting married in the United States has dropped so markedly. 5

Is the traditional definition of marriage urged by “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” a lost cause? Is it true that the proclamation’s high ideals are merely anachronisms befitting earlier times? When the question arises, should defenders of the family concede that marriage is simply their personal preference?

A growing body of academic research and a burgeoning group of scholars in family studies are saying a firm “no” to all of those questions. Informed by an abundance of objective, highly respected studies of various countries, races, and economic classes, many social scientists now affirm that marriage is of great advantage to the well-being of men and women in a myriad of ways. In assuring happiness, a lasting marriage proves more beneficial physically, mentally, and economically than exercise programs, medical treatments, therapy sessions, or financial investments. 6 Of course, statistics merely reflect general tendencies, and there are many exceptions. Conversely, unhappy marriages run a complex gamut—from the dissatisfied couples for whom the present marriage, though flawed, is better than the alternative, to partners who inflict harm on each other. Thus the following recital of benefits applies to happy marriages, the ideal that so many people still seek.

Findings reaffirm that marriage relationships need to be built on righteous principles—“a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other,” in the words of the proclamation. It is clear that marriages based on righteous principles are the kind of marriages that lead to lasting happiness.

Of course, academic studies deal in objective statistics and trends, not exceptions. While happily married people may enjoy an advantage in the statistics, this does not mean a devoted husband or wife will automatically escape problems common to all human beings—illness, financial strain, anxiety, and so forth. Neither do the statistics indicate that single individuals—widowed, divorced, or never-married—cannot be happy or achieve meaningful lives with physical, emotional, and economic stability. As many never-married, divorced, or widowed Latter-day Saints have discovered, reliance on the Lord brings spiritual and other compensations that research cannot quantify.

What the current research does offer to a secular world is objective evidence to support the teachings of God through the ages by the mouths of His prophets. These studies enable beleaguered defenders of traditional marriage to add proof to moral and religious convictions when they are called on to defend marriage in a modern society that often rejects it as an institution, discounting or denying its moral basis. Moreover, the findings reported here can help couples appreciate the subtle but powerful blessings that can be theirs as they build their marriages on righteous principles.

Health and Longevity

Overall, married people live longer, a statistical reality that is true across many different cultures, societies, and demographic groups. 7 Typically, married people suffer less from illness and disease and are better off when they do fall ill. 8 In fact, even illness recovery rates for married individuals are much higher than in the unmarried population. 9 Married men and women also exhibit fewer risk-taking behaviors such as drunk driving, smoking, or drug abuse and have lower rates of suicide and alcoholism. 10

Some researchers argue that all of these benefits result merely from selectivity: the likelihood that already healthy individuals are selected into marriage. However, since research shows that positive health changes often take place after marriage, many individuals lean toward a causal, rather than a selection, theory: marriage itself causes good things to happen with one’s health. 11

Why? One psychology professor theorizes that the constant companionship between a husband and wife creates a “tranquilizing effect” which lessens the chances of disease, assists in recovery, and offers motivation to stay alive and well. 12 Other analysts see a “safety net” that encourages healthy behavior: spouses remind each other to eat well, establish regular sleep patterns, and see the doctor periodically. 13

Men, in particular, benefit from such a safety net. While a woman’s statistical chance of dying decreases gradually over time once she marries, a man almost immediately upon marrying experiences a sharp statistical decrease in the hazard of dying. Researchers point to the improved lifestyle many men encounter in marriage, one which counteracts such tendencies as irregular meal and sleep habits and a lack of social integration. 14

For those concerned only with eating right and exercising to stay healthy, marriage researcher John Gottman offers a suggestion that aptly summarizes the research: “Remember,” he says, “working briefly on your marriage every day will do more for your health and longevity than working out at a health club.” 15

Mental Health and Peace of Mind

In general, married people exhibit lower rates of depression and suffer significantly less from psychiatric disorders. 16 Married people also enjoy higher general well-being than any unmarried segment of the population. One researcher says, “No part of the unmarried population—separated, divorced, widowed, or never married—describes itself as being so happy and contented with life as the married.” 17 These findings extend across racial, national, and socioeconomic class boundaries.

How to explain the correlation between marriage and happiness? Researchers point to several reasons, prime among them being the spiritual connection marriage offers to a couple’s deepest values. In many cultures, a wedding usually means not just a legal tie but also a sacred vow before God and a religious community. The union between man and wife, according to John Gottman, often brings “a spiritual dimension that has to do with creating an inner life together.” 18 The deeper this shared spiritual meaning, the better the marriage, and the happier the people involved.

Some observers see a lasting marriage as offering a solid anchor in today’s rapidly changing, complex society. Men and women participate simultaneously as parents, in careers, in the community, and in hobbies. In marriage, social scientists suggest, people can successfully bring all of their different roles together: husbands and wives can discuss children’s problems, discuss work, and plan strategies for the future of family and career within a stable union which offers a secure base in a complicated world. 19

Marriage also can promote mental well-being by offering an extended social network. Spouses may be able to lean on the spiritual and emotional resources of two families, in effect doubling their support system in both bad and good times. 20 Marriage can contribute to happiness by satisfying the deep human need for emotional closeness, providing a constant companion with whom to raise a family, go to church, and pray. It can also provide someone to take on the tasks one spouse is not good at—perhaps financial planning or cooking, for example—allowing each to focus on his or her strengths. This may sound simple, but experts say the “labor specialization” that comes in marriage works, and it does have an impact on peace of mind. 21

Economic Security

Research findings show that marriage and financial security are interconnected. Getting and staying married offer strong economic advantages. Generally, married couples are better off financially and save more than divorced, never-married, and widowed households. Per capita, they tend to invest greater amounts for education or retirement. 22

Typically, married women are better off economically than single women. Much of that financial advantage comes because a husband, in general, has greater earning power in today’s society. When a marriage dissolves and there are children involved, the results can be devastating because single mothers are at a greater economic disadvantage. 23 But men also lose financially with divorce; a man’s financial well-being is greatly diminished, and later remarriage usually does not bring recovery. 24

Obviously, not all single or divorced individuals face economic difficulties, just as not all married couples are well-off or frugal. But the economic security that a stable marriage generally offers doesn’t mean being able to remodel the house every few years. It means greater access to food, clothing, health care, and education. It can also mean a secure life away from unsafe areas.

Studies unequivocally show that current levels of poverty result more from family structure than from economic factors. Where there is only one parent—usually a single mother—there is often poverty. Conversely, a stable, two-parent family, as the Progressive Policy Institute declares, “is [a] child’s best protection against poverty.” 25

Sexual Fulfillment

Evidence defies the deceptive notion, prevalent in society, that marriage is sexually repressive and that affairs outside of it are fulfilling. This lie persists from years past and is perpetuated by a constant stream of movies, television, and books depicting the staple tale of the philandering husband or wife looking for excitement outside an affectionless marriage. However, this media image of sex, according to a researcher involved in a landmark study on the subject, “bears virtually no relationship to the truth.” 26

The truth lies much closer to the proclamation’s strong affirmation that “the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife.” Those who abide by this moral code are much better off than those who don’t, according to consistent findings of research published in sources such as The Journal of the American Medical Association and The National Health and Social Life Survey.

Faithfully married people report being extremely satisfied with the physical intimacy in their relationships, more so than all other sexually active people. Married men and women are least likely to associate sex with feelings of fear, anxiety, or guilt. 27 Also, unmarried couples who abstain from premarital sex are less likely to separate or divorce after marriage. Further, studies show that brides and grooms who have practiced chastity are less likely to have attitudes about marriage that contribute to adultery, divorce, and lower satisfaction with a married partner. 28

Conversely, says the research, those who abuse the sacred powers of procreation through premarital sex or living together ultimately find that the benefits of marriage do not extend to them.

While the late 20th century saw an enormous proliferation in the number of men and women living together without a marriage license, research data clearly show that cohabiting couples experience greater conflict, lower-quality relationships, less stability, and less equality for the women involved. Women who live with a man outside of marriage also experience much higher levels of depression and economic insecurity and are more likely to be forced into sexual relationships against their will. Both men and women involved in a cohabiting relationship report lower levels of sexual satisfaction, with infidelity a prime problem. 29

Further, when cohabiting couples do marry, they display very high divorce rates throughout the world, with one study finding that individuals who cohabit tend to marry, divorce, and then live with someone again. The marriage phase can often be marked by drunkenness, adultery, and drug abuse, and the cohabiting phase by a distinct separateness in handling finances, spending free time, and envisioning the future. 30

What of remarriage after divorce? Judging from the statistics, it does not generate all the benefits of a first marriage. Remarriages may be marked by higher instability and higher divorce rates than first marriages. However, remarriage after the death of a spouse tends to avoid these statistical hazards, and the stepfamily challenge for those whose spouses died is not as daunting as that faced by post-divorce stepparents. 31

Yet to say that remarriages are statistically more difficult than first marriages does not mean that they are not preferable to remaining single or to other alternatives to marriage. Perhaps those who think it might be easier just to start over rather than deal with the challenges of a difficult first marriage should consider the statistics before getting divorced.

A Responsibility to Love and Care

While research studies clearly demonstrate that the satisfaction level of people in good marriages is high, the data hardly guarantee perfect physical health, constant happiness, complete financial security, or blissful intimate relationships. What the research reveals is general trends, and the findings also show that those positive trends are much more likely to flourish in a healthy marital atmosphere.

And just what is a “healthy marital atmosphere”? Studies of successful marriages indicate that it includes the following vital elements:

  • Religious commitment is a high predictor of marital happiness and promotes other qualities central to the success of a marriage. 32

  • Happily married couples realize that marriage and family life can be difficult. When problems arise, they tend to stay committed and sacrifice their own desires for the good of the family. 33

  • Successful couples have a good understanding of one another, defend each other, and respect each other’s opinions and choices.

  • Successful couples realize that family life may be difficult and burdensome, but despite the challenges of marriage, divorce is not viewed as a helpful option. A realistic couple refrains from imagining, when problems arise, “Oh, no! I haven’t married the right person after all!” or “If only we can manage to just stay in love!” Couples in love have problems, and the list of crucial characteristics of successful marriages does not include having found the perfect spouse or sustaining the emotional intensity of the honeymoon.

  • Even successful marriages deal with their share of “unsolvable” problems: fundamental differences in personalities, desires, and goals that are not going to be changed or solved. But lasting marriages succeed even in the face of “unsolvable” problems through forgiveness, compromise, tolerance, patience, and acceptance.

  • Lasting marriages successfully solve “solvable” problems—arising over everything from work schedules to trip locations—through discussions marked by “soft” beginnings void of harsh accusations. To calm escalating feelings, they also rely on “repair attempts”: tactful humor, conciliatory comments, or soothing gestures. 34

  • Successful marriages require maturity. Thus teenage marriages are much more likely to end in divorce than marriages formed when partners are more mature. 35

  • Happy marriages avoid tendencies that religious leaders have preached against through the ages: narcissism, adultery, worldliness, and contempt for God-given values. 36

Finally, studies show that lasting marriages rely on a deep friendship marked by positive feelings rather than negative ones. Feelings are important. As one writer states, “Because our actions reflect the whole climate of our minds, everything that contributes to that climate—which means all of our thoughts and actions, however ‘inconsequential’—is potentially of great importance.” 37 Positive thoughts, according to a lead researcher on marriage, contribute to a positive overflow in marriage that helps couples deal successfully with stressful tragedies as well as daily annoyances. 38

It is indeed a solemn responsibility to show the love and care needed to build this kind of successful relationship, for ultimately many of the blessings of marriage spring from our ability to share love.

The Glue of Society

Affection, security, and a long life with health and happiness—obviously, this is the marital ideal. Not all marriages will reach it, and not all marriages can or should be preserved. But couples who completely abandon the ideal pay high costs, including increased physical, mental, and emotional problems for themselves and tragic consequences of divorce for their children. 39 Society suffers, too, from the loss of the ideal, because marriage not only strengthens communities and benefits economies, but also ensures responsible sexual union by keeping parents attached to their children. 40

In many ways, marriage is the glue holding society together. Even more important, it is an eternal principle that all of us—whether single or married—need to uphold and defend. It benefits not only husbands and wives but the entire world.

This should come as no surprise, since it was ordained and blessed by God Himself.

Elizabeth VanDenBerghe, "Happiness, Health, and Marriage", Ensign, Aug. 2001, 29

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

love on broadway

Monday, February 7, 2011

more love quotes

Love is a symbol of eternity that wipes away all sense of time, removing all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end.

Love: two minds without a single thought.

Love is life- and if you miss out on love- you miss out on life.

Love is a gift of one's inner most soul to another, so both can be whole.

To love is to admire with the heart- to admire is to love with the mind.

Love is like an hourglass with the heart filling up as the brain empties.

Love is like the truth; sometimes it prevails-- sometimes it hurts.

Love is the master key which opens the gates of heaven.

Love is the only force capable of turning an enemy into a friend.

Love is a universal migraine; a bright stain on our vision, blotting out all reason.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

love one another

Saturday, February 5, 2011

a few quotes about kissing

Kisses are the words that cannot be written.

Is not a kiss the very autograph of love?

The kiss originated when the first male reptile licked the first female reptile, implying ina subtle, complimentary way that she was as succulent as the small reptile he had the night before.

Kissing is like drinking salt water; you drink and your thirst increases.
(This quote is appropriate for the above picture because it was taken on the balcony of cruise ship- so it has kissing and salt water!)

A kiss without a hug is like a flower without the fragrance.

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.

A kiss is just a pleasant reminder that two heads are better than one.

Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.

Friday, February 4, 2011

i love my sisters!!!

Listen to this song while you look at these pictures:

I am so happy to have sisters in my life! They are awesome and fantastic and wonderful and I love them to bits!

(Me & Kake before a trip up to the snow)

My sister Katie is super awesome! We used to everything together before I got married- I miss getting to hang out with her so much. She rocks. She is one of the sweetest and most considerate people I know- don't get her riled up though! She's a tough girl! But I don't usually mind because I know she's got my back- just like I got hers. LOVE YOU KATIE!!!!

(Jessica & Katie before the show started when we went to see Wicked)

We didn't always get along when we were kids- but now that we're all grown up we get along a lot better.

(me & Katie at Wicked)

(All 3 of us! This picture always makes me laugh! Katie was obviously sick of taking picture at this point!)

( me & Katie at home "Hey look a camera- let's take a weird myspace picture")

(me & Katie again- sittin on the couch- happy about something... probably about being awesome sisters!!)

There are a TON of pictures of me and Katie!!! I posted a lot of them on here, but I didn't even come close to posting all of the ones we have taken over the years! We would take pictures of ourselves all the time when we living at home together; every occasion called for a picture- even playing with the dog on the living room floor early Saturday morning!

(Sitting in the back of Aunt Lara's truck)

(3 fabulous sisters!)

(Jessica & Katie telling secrets)
This picture was taken at Applebee's. They were sitting across the table from me and I am not sure what they are talking about it in this picture, but I always had the suspicion that they were talking about me and my boyfriend that was down here visiting from Montana. I don't think they liked him much.

(Jessica and Katie taking a break from their gossiping to take picture with baby Mel)

(My sistahs with me on my wedding day! So happy they could be there)

(Me & Kake at Disneyland for Christmas! Our face paint is FANTASTIC! Don't pretend like you're not jealous!)

(Katie and me posing on the "A"- because it's the first and most important letter of the alphabet! ....and because there is no S, T, or K in California..."

(Me and Kate again- we are so silly together!)

(Katie, the Indian on Main Street USA, and me- we couldn't miss such a photo op)

(Me and my sister, the democrat!! Yikes! I still love her though)

The shorts Katie is wearing in this picture reminded me of one her many funny quotes- she says hilarious things all time:
"They aren't even that short! My butt isn't even showing!"

(The 3 of us at Wicked again. We had a lot of spare time before this show apparently)

(Probably one of the best pictures EVER!)

(Me & Jess)

Jessica will probably tell you she looks fat in the picture. She doesn't! She had just had a baby a couple months before- I think she looks fabulous. Jessica is awesome- just like Katie. She amazes me all the time- she is like super mom! She has 2 little girls that are only like a year apart- her house is almost always clean- and she cooks too! She's a little helper bee- always there when you need her. LOVE YA SICA!

(Most recent picture of all of us- you would never guess we are sisters- we look nothing alike!)

(When we were young!)

(Jess & I)
We've been together through good times...and some times that apparently weren't so good!

(Me and Jess playing in Grandma's backyard)

(Jess and me when we were really young!)

(Jessica helping me paint my vase at a trip to "The Wish" with Kassi)

(HAHAHAHA- Katie and Me)
So we were watching Signs one night and were in a silly mood- so we got out my mom's aluminum foil and made ourselves helmets to the aliens wouldn't be able to read our minds. As you can imagine- a photo shoot followed! My mom wasn't too thrilled when she found out the next morning how much of her foil we had wasted- but we had fun none the less!!

(Jessica and me eating our toasty marshmallows!)

(All 3 of us on Jessica's wedding day! We had a fabulous day of beauty on that day- makeup and hair- it was fun! I am glad that we were able to experience that together! One day we will have picture of the 3 of us at Katie's wedding!)

(Us at my bachelorette party!! Virgin drinks all around!)

This month about LOVE wouldn't be complete without a post about how much I LOVE my sisters. I can't imagine my life without them. I am so incredibly proud of both of them and the choices they have made in their lives. They are both such strong ladies and have been through so much. They inspire me all the time to be a better person. I love my lil' sizzles!