Thursday, January 5, 2012


Popping the question...such a big deal in a person's life huh?
I think back now and
(two short weeks later)
wish I would have taken it in just a bit more...
I think I was just in shock and so excited it all just whirled around me! was the most perfect proposal...for us.
I loved everything about it.

So here it is:
We knew we were getting married
(I know I know such a mormon cliche...o well)
But for a number of legitimate reasons I didnt think we'd be getting engaged for talking early January at the very earliest.
Therefore saying I was majorly surprised is an understatement...
but it was just the way I liked it :)

For a while we had talked about doing a hay ride/caroling outing with friends before Christmas.
So on wednesday (Dec. 21st) we planned to carry this out.
When I say "we" I mean Josh and his guy friends...haha
We met up, had a bunch of good friends there, and caroled the night away
in really really bad tone
poor neighbors...

At the end "we" decided to head over to Luke's house,
(Josh's best friend/other boy at slip n slide whose name I "forgot?")
carol to his family, and call it a night.
Sooooo we jump out of the truck and onto the tractor ready to carol.
At this point everyone is standing around instead of sitting (clue 1)
and the house lights are all off (clue 2)
So I am standing on the hay with Brooke and I think Kenz?
and have my arms around Josh below me.
Our friend Spencer gets his video camera out (clue 3)
and says he wants to video us singing really awesomely...haha ya right.
Spencer and Josh are literally staring at eachother and not saying anything with words (clue 4)
Then Josh grabbed my hand slowly while he said something to Spencer.

At that same time his voice changed a he sounded nervous (clue 5)

I STILL HAD NO CLUE...amongst all the clues...this girl was clueless
get the picture?

All of a sudeen I looked over and saw Luke bend down and plug something in.
This is what turned on on top of his roof:

Want to know what I did?
Thought to myself:
"Cool they wrote something in lights on the roof!"
then...when it clicked...I looked behind me because there was no way this was for me!
haha retarted Im aware. but all who really know me shouldnt be surprised :)
At the same time Josh had turned around, opened the box and said,
"Katelin, will you marry me?"

Now, these are the best parts...

-I was so tall on the hay he couldnt get down on one knee
-Add together extreme excitement/shakyness/shocked+really clumsy...I fell onto my kness and onto the hay
-At that time he quickly got down on one knee after (I told him a long time ago I wanted a "kneee proposal"...sweet he remembered) he had asked me and I had yet to answer...poor kid
-As I am repeatedly saying "are you serious"..."are you kidding me"
-He sweetly says..."Please say yes"
I then say "YESSS" and knock the ring and box right out of his hand!
But it is all good because it stayed in the box
he put it on my finger
and BAM we were happily engaged!

It was the happiest day of my life thus far as I know it will be topped by our wedding day.
He worked for three days to build the massive contraption with Luke and tried really hard to surprise me and make it exactlty something I would have loved.
Two of my best friends were there
We now have pictures
We have it videotaped
He literally got me my dream ring
AND best of all:
He made me the luckiest girl by asking me to spend forever with him! I should have been on my knees begging him because I know im getting the better deal but I thank my lucky stars regardless!

APRIL 13TH here we come and you ALL are invited!

Pics of the lovely event :)

the sweet boys who made it all possible

soooo happy they were there!

haha just thought this was funny

I debated putting this up...but its my journal so hey! I gotta. The picture does not do it justice let me tell ya!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Story time

So Im engaged...can you say weirdddddd


But I have never been happier!

So here is my version of our tale (journal time so beware)

enjoy...or just skip along to the end since they'll be lots of words


In may I had graduated from BYU and had come home for a couple weeks.

I had every intention of going back up and figuring out the life I would live for the next year. In Utah.

So I am sitting at church that first sunday and everyone is bearing their testimony about how it is important to do what the Lord wants you to...even if you dont want to.

The thought pops in my head

"you havent even prayed about moving need to"

ummmmm ya right

the thought pops in some more

ummmmmm ya right


and again

o and again

(you get the picture)

So then I thought alright alright I really should...

but mind you I was NOT moving back to mesa.


I was set on that.

So I prayed anyways because my testimony of knowing what I should do of course ended up overtaking.

I immediately felt like moving back home was the right thing...

ummmmmmm ya right.

I remember telling my dad and he added to the idea and said he thought that all along.

(granted this was me making his dream come true)

I told no one else.

I continued to pray and reflect and think...

the answer was strong and hard to miss.

I pretty much got hit over the head with a bat that said


So I told my family and friends.

The ones here were ecstatic,

the ones in ptown...not so much.

I cried, and cried, and cried a whole bunch more.

For some reason this decision and major change became one of the hardest things I had ever done.

Everything ended up working out perfectly as far as hours for certification, an incredible learning opportunity, living situation, name it and it worked out.

I was given tender mercies


Heavenly Father knew I needed them.

So July 10th I said goodbye to the place that shaped me more than any other experience

I said goodbye to many best friends

I said goodbye to my school

my ward

my comfort

my home for the last several years...

and cried my way back to mesatown

while my mom drove and my dad led us along.

(sidenote: I sound so dramatic im aware. forgive me. those who have done this understand)

So 10 short hours later I rolled back in to my home sweet home.

No clue what was in store

BUT beyond thankful for the assured knowledge that

this was Heavenly Father's plan for me.

It was where I was supposed to be

and therefore it would all work out perfectly.

Well it did...better than imagined.

And let me say, I think Josh is a HUGE part of why I was supposed to be here.

I dont, however, think it was the whole reason.

This job has allowed me to share the gospel many times,

Ive been able to travel and grow,

Ive been able to be with my family more

and spend time with friends that I need more than ever.

But let me go on to tell you the best story of all...


Exactly two weeks after I moved home Brooke and I ventured to a combined fhe-a slip and slide


Anyyyyyways we decided we needed to be outgoing and meet some new peeps.

So we were walking along and here comes two boys:

one I recognized from highschool

one I thought way wayyyy cute

Ya but dont worry he didnt look at me...not even a glance!

He was set on that slip and sad.

So a little later we are standing around with a bunch of our guy friends.

We had not accomplished our goal quite yet.

BUT if you know me at all you know I have NO problem going up to someone new...

and this time my sights were set on those two boys.

I kept making awkward eye contact with the cute one

and finally decided to head on over!

I promptly went up to the one I recognized, told him so, and asked him to remind me his name.

No worries I totally remembered his name but I couldnt look like a creep now could I!?


Josh says the following:

"I saw you and thought you were hot (Im gonna go with "cute" since it sounds better) but you were surrounded by a bunch of guys so I couldn' you kept catching me staring and I was awkward"

hahahaha o sweet Josh...

So we chat.

About how they are step brothers


About how old they are


and about some more lies...

Then they told us they were in a church movie

actually true.

They were funny I will admit

and I kept on thinking...dang this "josh kid" is cute!

Welp we said nice to meet you and headed out.

I thought to myself

"we'll see them again"

I was not worried.

Fast forward to that sunday where Brooke, Kenz and I are at Kenz's house.

I get a friend request from someone named Josh Figuero(a)?

Yes we thought it was figuero...and naturally all three of us started singing


After we got that out I looked and squealed,

"OH my gosh its that Josh kid, Brooke!"

We couldnt believe it.

How did he find me?

And better question...

how did he know how to spell my name??

Well he had messaged me too and invited me to a game night

I was gonna go so he got my number...

then we bailed.


BUT lucky for me he was persistent.

He invited me a couple days later to a friends dinner party thing...

I couldnt go.


Soooooo third times a charm!

We planned on getting icecream on thursday

(the night before I got surgery and would be down for a week)

The date was awesome.

We chatted and chatted till they closed.

I got surgery on friday and we texted that night.

We talked on saturday.

We talked on sunday...

and we have talked every day since.

He came to visit me that week

(I had on oversize sweats, greasy hair, hadnt taken a shower in days, no makeup, and was on major pain killers...yaaaa still dont know how hes around)

Its an understatement to say we hit it off quickly.

We continued to talk, hang out, date and get to know eachother.

8 weeks later he told me he loved me in good ol California...

and December 21st he asked me to marry him!

I count my many blessings for him and thank Heavenly Father every day!

He knew I needed him and will forever need him.

He balances me in the exact ways I need him and treats me like a return

I keep his life entertaining, haha yep, all im good for pretty much :)

We're excited and cant wait for APRIL 13TH!

More on the proposal later!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Best part of 2011...

So I vividly remember coming home after ringing in the new 2011 year and writing in my journal in the wee hours of the morning. I knew...I just KNEW that this year (last year) would be my best one yet. I knew it was going to have lots in store for me and that it would be amazing. Sure enough I was right! Let me recap...

-started my last semester at BYU and lived up every minute
-met new friends and enjoyed every minute I could with old ones
-graduated from BYU
-moved back to AZ
-traveled a ton
-got surgery
-got the first job I applied for
-began life as a speech teacher in the real world

AND the very best part...I met a cute boy named Josh Figueroa in the summer. We dated, fell in love, experienced a lot in our short 5 months of dating, then on December 21st he asked me to marry him! I of course said yes :)

I can't even tell you how shocking this year has been to me. I still can't quite believe all I've learned, grown, and experienced...but I could not be more grateful!

So here's to 2012 and becoming my new "best year yet". Now on to wedding planning...wish me luck!

more on the story later :)