Monday, November 28, 2011

Happy Birthday Ky Ky

It is this child's birthday

she is 23

can you believe that?!

I cant...I swear it was yesterday that we met at age 15


or Kyky to me

is one of my very very very best friends

and seeing as she lives in Mississippi (sad)

and I cant be there to celebrate with her

this public declaration will have to do

Here are 23 things I love about Ky

-she is a riot...can always make me laugh

-shes always late...I pretend like I hate this but if she wasnt she just wouldnt be Ky

-she is the best broadcast reporter ever

-she braved living with me for 3 straight years

-she has the most bright and contagious smile

-she is so gorgeous inside and out

-she is perhaps the most gospel strong gal I know

-she always writes thank you notes

-she hardly wears makeup and is still stunning

-she loves her family more than anything

-she would drop everything to do anything for me...or anyone for that matter

-she took me to newport with her like a billion times

-she is the best quarterback the punishers ever had

-she wakes up really really chipper

-she has the best boyfriend whom I also love

-she loves to travel

-she stays true to what she wants, goes after it, and gets it

-she refreshingly doesnt care what others think...she does what she knows

and feels is right no matter what

-she is the only person I have ever met that can say "fag" and it be so funny no one could take it

offensively...I mean no one

-she calls her dad, Douglas, not dad

-she has been there countless times to listen when im crying and can always make me feel better

-she is going to be big time one day in the news world...and I cant wait to boast that shes my best friend

-Last but not least, my favorite thing about ky, is that although I miss her like the dang dickens and it sucks being away from her, I never worry that we'll lose a step or lose touch. She will always be there for me and we will always be the best of friends...I know she'll always love me and goodness knows I will always love her

I love you Ky

I miss you more than you know

Happy birthday best friend!

Thursday, November 24, 2011


I am so grateful for this day

I absolutely love thanksgiving

It starts off the holidays,

its spent with all your family,

its full of food (duh)

and it reminds you the impprtance of being grateful...

although we should be remembering this each day

it never hurts to get a nudge right?

I have so much to be grateful for

I am truly blessed

so I had to take a few minutes to write just some of very special blessings

My family

We are random and different from one another

but still so much alike at the same time

My parents are my rock and my best friends

My brothers teach me something new all the time

and the rest of my family are the ones I know will always be there

I know these people are mine for a reason

I love them so much


the opportunity to explore and travel

throughout my entire life

has been incredible

It has given me some of my greatest memories
and taught me some of my greatest lessons

My friends

haha its no secret: I have a million best friends

I call everyone my best friends

and I mean it

I used to cry and cry if my mom wouldnt let me "play" or "hang out"

I would say, and I quote

"but my friends are all I have, they are what get me through my week"



But I was serious

I love my friends very deeply and they truly are one of my greatest blessings

A phone

O thank goodness for my phone!

Kylee is in mississippi

Suz is in DC

Brooke is in Hawaii

Scott is in NYC

Brad, Chels, Torrie, Daniel...and way more

are in Utah

being away from these people has been heartbreaking

but I am beyond thankful that I can still talk to them whenever

its makes missing them a little easier...

a very little...but still!


I am healthy and able to do whatever I want

I am young and excited for my life ahead

I complain about not being/looking exactly the way I want


I have to do the above ^

because Heavenly Father blessed me with this body

I should be thanking my lucky stars for its health

and then putting it to good use

This boy

Dont know what I would do without him

He truly treats me the way I know any father would be proud

He loves me unconditionally no matter my moments

He makes me happier than I have ever been

I am SO grateful

Most importantly:

This place and the gospel it represents
Seven years ago I discovered something and I had no idea where it'd take me

It was the absolute best decision of my life

I gained a relationship with my Heavenly Father and my Savior

The gospel has brought me so much peace, joy, comfort, happiness...

the list could go on

How grateful I am for a plan, an eternal plan

and for the chance to live my family forever

Friday, November 11, 2011

Lieutenant Colonel Hink

(So this is a little late...I tried to get it posted on friday but wasnt working...better late than never!)

This is my Veteran Dad

Lt. Colonel Hink

He is pretty awesome

and he served our country for

26 years in the US Army.

I could list all of his military accomplishments,

but I know I won't do them justice...

or even be able to list all of them.

But when I say he was/is a big deal,

I am not exaggerating.

(third from the left)

He has sacrificed so much for my family

and for all of us.

I could not be more proud.

(2nd from left..what a stud)

On friday morning when I told him

thank you

He said...

I feel bad when people tell me thank you for my service

because I enjoyed it and I feel like it wasnt service...

I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Welp there you have it.

Like I said: he is awesome.

He sacrificed a ton and yet he feels guilty for being thanked

all because he enjoyed serving.

I love you Dad and Happy late Veteran's Day

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


This semester has been quite the whirlwind

but so much fun.

Im graduated and have a real job

so I figured...

why not travel!


Well it has been worth it for sure!
My bank account may not agree...

but I say nows my chance so take advantage.

I am happy to be done and home though

for now of course :)

I started with California in September

(these are pretty much the only pics I have...I accidentally erased them in New York...sad day)

We flew out to Carlsbad to stay with Josh's family for the weekend

I fell IN LOVE with the quaint town, it is adorable!

The weekend was filled with LOTS of family and little kids

It was honestly the perfect weekend

Then it was off to Utah

to see many best friends

my old stomping grounds

my favorite family

my favorite eateries

and to all around have a grand ol time

Then off to our cabin in pinetop with my family.

Mom, Dad, Chris, Josh, and Uncle Bill...

made for a wonderful weekend.

We went into some interesting stores (ahem josh)...and some adorable ones

We ate
We moved furniture

We vegged

We rode the go-carts (where dad and josh collided..haha see below)

and had a blast!

Then less than a week later I left for DC and NEW YORK

To visit this bestie-beauty of mine
More on our adventures later...