Monday, May 27, 2013


The last few weekends have been a lot of fun! Sadly, I don't always remember to take pictures like I should but hopefully I'll do better in the future!

Weekend activities included things like:
BYU Baseball
Hokulia Shave Ice (x2) (My Hokulia addiction is back in full swing this summer)
Thai Food (which of course included Massaman Curry - our favorite!!!!)
Attending baptisms
Watching movies (I forced Stephen into watching Mes Miserables with me. He said he thinks he would prefer the stage version better, but he still watched the whole thing without complaining :) I was grateful!) [Other movies included The Village, and Bernie.]
Hot tubbing
Wedding Planning
and more!

(photos not in order of when they were taken)

Even though I'm only working 20 hours and week and taking one weeks fill up SO quickly! I always feel like I'm barely keeping my head above the water, and then Friday comes and I can breathe  freely again! Of course we have to take advantage of the time off and we fill our friday/saturday/sundays with LOTS of fun things - so many that there never seems to be enough time to do by the time monday comes around I'm already back to barely keeping my head above the water. Hmmm.. I refuse to see any correlation between those two problems. haha.

Oh what a life I'm living! 

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Rain and Shine.

I'm currently living with my aunt and uncle. Last week my uncle's sister Jodee got married in the back yard. Jodee and Ken asked for me to take some pictures for them. I am by no means a professional quality photographer, but it was fun taking pictures for them and I definitely learned a lot! Here are a couple of my favorites.

Wedding photography is hard! After this experience I have so much more respect for people who are good at it. I'm definitely still learning the way around my camera, and trying to figure out the tricks behind capturing natural light. One of the things that made it especially hard was the weather! It was really the strangest thing because it was both sunny and raining - sometimes at the same time. How's that for a conundrum?!

Thanks Jodee and Ken for this opportunity!

Oh what a life I'm living!

Monday, May 20, 2013

See You In Two.

I just got the first email from my little brother Daniel who is currently in the MTC! 

This past Wednesday, exactly 11 years after my older brother Joseph entered the MTC, I dropped Daniel off at the very same place! 

I am so proud of Daniel and his decision to serve a mission.
 I can't wait to hear about his exciting adventures in Cleveland, Ohio :)

While dropping Daniel off I couldn't help but be reminded of a time when I said goodbye to another special missionary just over two years ago.... (Let's hope then next two years go faster than the last! ;))

Oh what a life I'm living,

PS If you want to receive Daniel's weekly emails, be sure to let me or my mom know! 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

California Dreamin.

Last Wednesday Stephen and I road-tripped to CA for a "Mission: Possible" themed family reunion. [My mom chose this theme since my brother Daniel will leaving on his mission to Cleveland, Ohio a week from today!] As cheesy as it may sound, Stephen and I were both really excited to be able to spend 10 hours in the car together [each way], and in the end it was JUST as much fun as we thought! :)

We had so much fun spending time with my family in CA! My nieces and nephews are just as chatty and adorable as ever and even though it was a little stressful when Stephen and I were left in charge of all seven of them while everyone else went to the temple for a couple hours...we survived!

It was a wonderful couple days filled with:
Early-Bird Nephews and Nieces,
Minute To Win it Games,
WARM 80-90 degree days, (definitely been dreaming about those since we got back to Provo and it's basically rained every day...)
Cleveland Trivia,
Water Games,
Family Pictures,
Mini Golf,
Olympic Events [such as wheelbarrow racing and marble toes],
Miriam's first date (which was SENIOR BALL - she went as a sophomore!)
and of course rounded off With a Flinders Family Original Music Video!

Sadly, I didn't take a ton of pictures because we were so busy, but here are a couple of my favs.

(Stephen took the one above, and I was REALLY impressed with how well he did, especially considering he had to focus it manually. We have a photographer in our midst, ladies and gentlemen!)
We really are a happy couple, can't you tell? ;)
(Photo Cred: Sarah! (She's the real photo expert in the family.) [Thanks for all the photography tips, Sarah!])

Oh what a life I'm living! 

PS Check back soon for more details on our ENGAGEMENT that took place the weekend before :)