a little thing we like to call TM

we had a TM, or tender mercy, this month as we, or should i say i, lost our camera. of course, we found it our i would not be writing about my tender mercy. Here are some of our happenings while our camera was out:

first, some parties with lovable friends.

next, we got our first REAL Christmas tree. Its the short doctor suessish looking one. it passed away only two weeks of being with us and with a week left til christmas we decided to get another one for ten bucks.
(Somewhere in now and then we finished finals with a bang! we are loving the break.)
Then we went up to the Mo-Tab Christmas concert where we lost the camera. The tender mercy comes into play here when we received a phone call saying that our camera was found- two weeks after we lost it!

so no more pictures of our december. it was simply mahvelous though. devin completely shocked me with a hotel in park city for the weekend of our anniversary where we went swimming in the snow for the first time,(they had an indoor/outdoor pool, we waited til it was snowing to go.) walked main st. and got some Christmas presents. thanks dev.

our Chistmas this year was the best yet. simple and perfect, thanks to parents and loved ones. I cant believe its over.


365 days...... almost

as of tomorrow devin and i will have been married one year. its been incredible.
some of my highlights:

staying up late and talking til the wee hours of the morning
learning tennis, for me, this past summer
dancing together
painting our apartment
traveling together, its one of my favorite things
planning our life and future
living away in boston
cookin dinner for devin
playing card games late at night
devin washing dishes after i cook
selling our other car and planning our schedules to drive together
sweet priesthood blessings from the best guy
still getting my car door opened everytime we go somewhere

he has the night planned tonight. something simple, cuz on january 6 we leave for cancun and the celbration continues. thanks babe for the greatest 365 days yet.


A little rough housing

devin devided to boost me onto a freshly fluffed love sac, an experience of a lifetime, and camera whiz meg caught the moment. gotta love times like these.



i was tagged by hailey to go into your pictures, open the fourth folder, pic the fourth picture and describe it. then tag four friends. so here we go. this was a picture from my family reunion in 07 before devin and i were married. he came down with my family to brianhead for the weekend. this was a great view after fourwheeling with my two brothers. a fun way to look through old pics.
i tag: megan, lindsey, julie, and kristin.



any brilliant places besides anthro and urban that you have found great curtains like these?


some joy

from an incredible artist on etsy

notice the small print in the frame= a lovely quote! these prints are only 20 dollars too.


can i hang these all over my house

if i were a millionaire. i love these from anthro.


only i would do this

yesterday i had a new experience. I was driving home from school on my way to teach dance. I had injured my wrist earlier in the day and was trying to drive one handed. As I'm coming up the 5th west which turns into state street i notice alarmingly that my speedometer said 72 mph. "woah, slow down mare," i think. yet, as i slow down to 45 mph i notice everyone start passing me by. luckily, our house is close by. i had to grab some things before teaching and thought that when i got back in the car the malfunction would be gone. I get to university avenue before i see an unusual reading again. as i'm going down the hill toward the freeway it reads 75. "what? maybe it will stop when i get to the freeway" the on ramp i start out going about 60. at this point i'm wondering if my sense of speed is completely out of whack. did i have no clue that i was going so fast? it sure didn't feel like i was speeding. you should also know i have copophobia-i'm petrified of getting tickets. so from university parkway to the center street exit my heart rate is sky high. i was in the slow lane, as you can notice, with cars passing me by. i broke one hundred and concluded there must be a problem! i looked a little closer at the speedometer. if you can tell by the picture it says km/h. kilometers per hour. 1 kilometer is roughly .6 miles. apparently i had hit the button that converts them. never do that unless you want a heart attack while on the freeway.


read by elder eyring but attributed to someone else

The fellowship of the unashamed.

I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The dye has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made; I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I won't look back, let up, slow down, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure. I'm finished and done with low living, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tinted visions, worldly talking, cheap giving, and dwarfed goals. I no longer need pre-eminence, positions, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don't have to be right, first recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by faith, lean on His presence, walk with patience, am lifted up in prayer, and labor with power. My face is set, my goal is heaven. My road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions few, my guide is reliable, my mission is clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, divided or delayed, will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the adversary, negotiate at the table with the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity. I won't give up, shut up, or let up until I have stayed up, stored up, and paid up for the cause of Christ. I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till all know, and work till He stops me and when He returns for His own He will have no problem recognizing me”.

....no more needs to be said


preserving the divine institution of marriage

in most of my classes at byu we speak of the family, i'm studying family sciences, and we've been discussing the outcomes if prop 8 passes. i feel strongly about this and want to stand for my beliefs and support the church. check out their website:preservingmarriage.org. a californian told me many are fasting the day before the vote, Nov 3, to do all we can to help- if you're interested.


alpine loop

Last week devin's parents let us borrow their motorcycle to take up the alpine loop, which as a utahn i've never been up. it was so inspiring and horribly cold. thanks mom and dad. look at the last shot, it was rain slash snowing as the sun set! so beautiful



our last night in Boston, we went to the only restaurant we had been recommended to in the city: finale, a to-die-for- and kinda pricey place. please go if you ever


Thanks sista

for these great snaps at our family reunion last month(slow me, i know):


Anyone know a good reupholster-er?

i just bought a diamond in the rough and am on the hunt for
A: fab fabric for cheap
B: someone do to the job in the utah area
all advice is sincerely welcomed and appreciated



well darling eve has tagged me and i am to list six random facts about myself- bottoms up!

i get anxiety attacks when i am late to things, but that still doesn't prevent me from being late.
four years out of twenty i've had a cast on for my birthday.
yesterday at the grocery store devin suggested i get semi sweet chocolate chips to which i replied, "over my dead body." (bad of me, i could've been nicer) when it comes to sweets price doesn't matter as much as taste.
i want to learn to invest in the stock market. one day i'd like to have a snazzy portfoio of my own.
confrontation and i are not friends. i avoid her at all costs.
i met this woman once on an airplane that was knitting the last few rowes of a blanket that she gave to me upon completion. it is in my living room to this day.
nothing stresses me out more than choreographing.

off to you becca, lindsey, and courtney


coal umbrella

in my dream world i'm an entrepreneur, and as i was driving in downtown provo wondering why there arent cute condo's atop the ole buildings, and oh how i wanted to build one, i saw this cute store atop ole downtown provo and university ave. looked it up online www.coalumbrella.com and fell in love already. hope when life settles i'll getta make a visit.