the story behind the costume

Tyson and I were originally planning on doing a different couples costume, but we ended up procrastinating our costume-making. We opted for an idea I’d seen on Pinterest instead. Of course he’s the creative power behind this costume:

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Halloween 2013

We were originally going to make up random street names, but I thought it would be a cute idea to have Point A be where we met and Point B be where we got married.

We Tyson started on our shirts and headpieces last night, and I went to bed after a little while. This morning, I found that Tyson had added a few extra streets to our shirts:

Point A: Lake Rd – the street where the church building where we met is located
Parkview Ln – the street where I was living with my roommates/bffs at the time
Merrimac – the institute building
Sunrise Ct – the street where my mom lives

Point B: Bonita Canyon – the street where the temple we were married is located
Lindberg – where Tyson grew up, and where his family still lives
Culver – in Tyson’s words, “This is the street where you got us lost that one time I gave you a ride home.” (I wrote about this here.)

Seriously, how adorable is he?

Happy Halloween!

what I wish I’d known when I was 18

My little sister just turned 18, which made me think of what I was like at 18– confused, stressed, sometimes depressed, and misunderstood (or so I thought). 

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18: the year I lived on hot chocolate from Starbucks

Luckily, I’ve learned some things since then, so I shipped this advice to California along with her birthday present:

  1. Remember that your family knows you the best and loves you the most.
  2. Give people the benefit of the doubt, including yourself. Especially yourself.
  3. Create whenever you feel the desire to destroy.
  4. Don’t let boys make you cry. If you absolutely have to cry, don’t do it in front of them.
  5. Be friends with people who inspire you to be better. It’s better to have a few good friends than lots of mediocre friends.
  6. Remember that you have to cure your own loneliness. No one else can do that for you, regardless of how much you love them, or how much they love you.
  7. Don’t pretend to like something just because other people like it.
  8. If you find that you don’t like who you’re becoming, then fix it.
  9. Don’t be in a hurry to grow up.
  10. Study something you’re passionate about.
  11. Don’t argue about politics or religion.
  12. If you think, “I’m wearing too much make-up,” then you’re probably right.
  13. If you think you have to dress indecently in order to impress someone, then run away from this person and don’t ever look back.
  14. Don’t complain to your co-workers, especially your boss.
  15. Keep a calendar on a non-electronic device.
  16. Don’t use the excuse, “I’m bad with names,” but actually try to learn people’s names. They’ll appreciate you for it.
  17. Help lift someone else’s burdens, and you will find that your own burdens will feel lighter.
  18. When making big life decisions, ask yourself, “Does it lead me to the temple?” If the answer is no, then walk away. Even better, run away.

This list is not all-inclusive, or in order of importance, but I wish I’d known at least some of these things when I was her age. I’ve always wanted to be the cool older sister, but I think I’m just going to be the lame older sister who sends you gift cards to Staples, or life advice, or something practical like that.

Practical is the new awesome, right?

Halloween

When I was in college, our first set of midterms always seemed to fall on or around Halloween, so I spent most of my Halloweens studying or at least thinking about studying. For years, I thought I hated Halloween. It turns out, I just hated midterms.

After I graduated and Tyson and I were dating, I found out that I actually really enjoy Halloween. I like having an excuse to decorate, and I love dressing up with Tyson. I know some couples think couples costumes are super corny, but we’re huge fans.

Two years ago, we were Lois Lane and Superman:

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Halloween 2011

Last year, we were Lucy and Charlie Brown:

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Halloween 2012

This will be our third Halloween together (#oldtimers), and I’m so excited to dress up and get large bags of candy “for the trick or treaters.” I love the holidays, and spending them with Tyson makes them even better.

what we do when it’s not the weekend

Screen shot 2013-10-17 at 10.54.06 PM“The Bible is family oriented. The first man and woman– Adam and Eve– were a family. All of the early recorded events in the life of Adam and Eve show them doing things together. Jesus’ teachings were directed to a family type of life. Latter-day revelation confirms all that the Bible teaches about the family and adds the most important truth: that through the gospel of Jesus Christ, the family can be sealed together in a permanent relationship for time and all eternity.” 

It seems like every post lately has started with, “This past weekend…” I promise we have a life outside of the weekends, but it’s busy and kind of boring, so I don’t often consider it blog-worthy. Weekdays are for:

  • work, school, and institute
  • unwinding in front of the TV
  • not seeing each other all day and then snuggling the rest of the night
  • (sometimes) staying up late talking and giggling
  • buying enough groceries to get us to Saturday when we can do some real grocery shopping
  • looking around our messy apartment, shaking my head, and promising I’ll deep-clean on Saturday
  • my personal favorite: the occasional mid-week date night

The weekdays are hectic and long, but at the end of each day, I’m reminded of why we do what we do, even when it’s hard and tiring. People say that distance makes the heart grow fonder, but I think the best way to make the heart grow fonder is to work together towards a common goal. I know that doesn’t sound super romantic, but it works. We believe that the family is the most important unit, as it is meant to last forever. Right now, we’re working for our family. So that’s what we do during the weekdays, we build for eternity. And we count down the hours to the weekend, because weekends are the best.

October is good

I’ve never really been outdoorsy. If I ever wanted to feel closer to nature, I’d just crack a window open while driving or something. This fall, all the pretty colors are making me change my mind. 

For our Saturdate, we had some underwhelming burgers and then drove through Logan Canyon to look at the fall foliage up close. We also took some pictures: (these aren’t even from my phone!)

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Mother Nature, you’re killing it. Keep up the good work.