Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Before it gets too cold!

I thought I better finally upload some pictures from summer before we get snow on the ground!

Introducing.... Summer 2012
(in no particular order)

Brace yourself for a picture overload!

{Mitch's mission call—Russia, St. Petersburg}


{Mitch's Seminary and High School Graduation}

 {Marie's BYU graduation}

{Sweet baby Nora}

 {Dillon's Homecoming}

 {Lake Powell with Dillon's family}

 {Hike to Timp Cave}

 {Mona rope swing}

 {Bees game}

 {One of many weddings!}

 {Dill was a BIG hit with Jack}

{General Conference)

Whew.... There is a little glimpse of the summer.  Bring on the snow!

Monday, October 15, 2012

home again, home again

Okay, so I really am a terrible blogger.  I feel like there is not a whole lot of extra time in my life right now to spend blogging...But I'm going to try to be better!

So Fall is in full swing and it's bittersweet. I'm ready for Fall but I will miss Summer.   This Summer was a wonderful one.  It was spent making great memories with my family and friends.

The highlight of my summer was, no question, this boy coming home.

He got home in July from serving a two year mission in Cambodia! I was so excited for him to come home, but this silly boy didn't actually tell me the day he was coming home until about three weeks before... and he didn't give any details about when I could come see him. Those two weeks before he got home were incredibly stressful for me because I wasn't really sure what to expect, and according to my family I was a little grumpy!

So here is the story:

He got home on a Friday afternoon.  I spent most of the day at work, I'm pretty sure I got nothing done that day, I could not concentrate! The whole day I kept thinking of where he was or what he was doing... "Okay he is on the plane!"  "His plane is probably landing!" "He is probably at the airport RIGHT NOW!"  His friends went to the airport to welcome him home and they posted a picture of him on Facebook.  At this point I couldn't breath! "Oh my gosh he is actually home! He is HOME!"

I got home from work and tried to keep myself busy! I didn't really want to be with anybody in case he didn't call.. I knew I would be embarrassed and wouldn't be able to hide my disappointment.  So I stayed at home and waited... and waited...and waited.   It started to get late and I was starting to panic. I was realizing that he actually might not call me.  My family was noticing my increasing anxiety, and I had to begin to accepted the fact that he would not be calling that night. I was extremely disappointed.  My sister in law came over and she, my mom and I went to get Cold Stone.  They tried to cheer me up, and I unsuccessfully tried to hide my disappointment.

On the drive home, my phone started to ring and it was from a number I didn't recognize.  My heart instantly dropped.  I think I stared at my phone for a good ten seconds before I answered.  On the other end of the call was a silly boy trying to play a prank on me.  I kept asking who it was and when he could hear the frustration in my voice he finally said, "Marlies, who do you think this is?" I think I let out a squeal and couldn't stop smiling.  He called me.

We talked for probably an hour or so and he said we could see each other the next day.  That Saturday night I slowly drove over to his house.  The whole time trying to tell myself to breath.  I pulled up to his house, he walked out, and I got out of my car.  And for the first time in two years I hugged my best friend.

Thursday, April 26, 2012


I took my last final today and I'm so relieved to be finished! I've enjoyed this semester but was definitely ready for it to be over! So in honor of successfully finishing another semester, I thought I would let you know what I have been up to by posting a few of my school projects from the past few months...


{Aging Photograph}

 {Mechanical Image}

  {Previous two were drawn from scratch in photoshop}

 {Invisible World}


Now in two weeks I get to start back up again.  ...yay?  Hey, I'll take the two weeks! 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Valentines Day!

The day before Valentines my roommates and I decorated Valentine cookies for the girls we visit teach. It was a fun night, and I think they turned out super cute!

On Valentines Day Kristin and I went on a girl date. We went to Cafe Rio to get some dinner and once we saw how packed it was with everyone and their date, we were too embarrassed to stay. So we got it to go and ate while we watch Pretty Little Liars. (It's my guilty pleasure... Don't judge!)

The day after Valentines, a group of us went to see The Vow. I loved it and it was fun hanging with the girls!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

look what i made!

I know these aren't the best pictures, but they were taken on my phone as I was walking out the door.

Over Christmas break, I was feeling the urge to pull out my sewing machine and attempt another project! So my Mom and I took off to a cute new fabric store (new to me)! As soon as I saw the bolt of lace fabric I fell in love! I found a pretty gold lining to go under, and BOOM! I made a skirt! Alright it wasn't quite that easy...

Monday, May 9, 2011


Alright, it's official! The semester is over and I'm all moved home for the summer. And I now have time to blog.

I'm so glad to be finished with school. I have quite the list of projects I've been wanted to do and am so excited to get started on some of them. These are things that I've been planning to do for months but just haven't had the time to do any of them because of school. This list of mine includes quite a few books, some sewing projects, some photography projects, and a lot of time at the pool ( when it warms up of course). The big one is re-doing my bedroom. Yes I know come August, I won't be living here anymore and it won't matter, but the last time any effort was put into my bedroom was when I was twelve. And it was a cute room for a twelve year old girl, but i believe it's time update. Then when I move back to school, it can be a nice classy guest room.

I've already started painting my room, but there is still a lot more to get done. I want to get it finished as fast as I can so I can have time to actually enjoy the finished product while I'm home. So that has made it's way to the top of my project list. I will post some pictures of the finished product.

That's all for now.

Saturday, January 15, 2011


HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I can't believe it is 2011!! What in the world? Where did that come from?  Well 2010 was a great year, and I can't wait to see what 2011 has in store for me.  I know I'm a little  behind but I have a list of some resolutions.  Here goes nothing.

  • Be a better person
  • Apply myself in school...(this means I'm doing the whole reading the book, sitting on the front row, and participating stuff.....scary)
  • Pick a major ( even scarier!)
  • Be more outgoing and friendly to people I don't know
  • Do my visiting teaching every month
  • Go to the gym regularly.........yup 
Oh boy here comes the big one...
  • Train for a half marathon
I am hesitant to put that last one on here.  Why you ask? Because putting it on the list for the public to view (meaning my two trusty followers), means that I now have to do it.  And that my friends is a scary thought.  There is a race in June, on my mom's birthday and she wants the whole family to do it for her birthday.  I'm not much of a runner, I'm terrible at it and don't enjoy it.  But I decided that I'm going to try to like it.  I'm going to force myself to enjoy it and I'm going to do the race!