Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Our first Christmas being married was great! Although, I have to be honest it did not really feel like Christmas. It felt like any other day, but we got to open presents. I got Orion a headlamp that he wore for most of the day.
The time on the picture is wrong. He woke up at 7 am and sat on the couch until I woke up. I am a light sleeper so I woke up when he got out of bed. I left the room to go to the bathroom, but I walked back in after I was done. Orion called out asking where I was going. I was still tired, but he wanted to open presents. He was not sure what I got him for Christmas so he was like a little kid waiting to see what he got. In fact the night before he said he wanted to go to bed as quick as possible so he could wake up sooner and open presents. It was cute.

Orion got me some kitchen stuff and a sewing machine! I am so excited to finally have a sewing machine. I feel like a real wife now. I have wanted a sewing machine for years! They are kind of expensive so I never got one. However, this year Orion got a Christmas bonus from his new job and he spent all of it on my sewing machine. What a nice guy! We also got jammies that we opened on Christmas Eve.

I have the light blue ones and Orion has the dark blue ones. I wanted to highlight just our jammies. Orion was so happy Christmas morning because he got everything he wanted and he was surprised about it. I was not surprised because in the words of Orion, I ruin all surprises. I do it without realizing what I am doing. I am just good at noticing things and figuring things out. Maybe one day Orion will truly surprise me. Remember how I said Orion wore his head lamp all day, well I was not kidding.

He is wearing it while he is making breakfast. He even wore it when we went over to visit family. I told him that he was a little kid.

Other great things we got for Christmas are super sweet knifes (from Orion's parents), aprons (from Orion's brother and sister in law), movie tickets for a date night (from Orion's other brother and sister in law) and a Costco membership (from my parents). I am really excited about the Costco membership for many reasons. One their gas is usually the cheapest, two they have sweet deals on large amount of food, and three I can go whenever I want to without having to go with someone who has a membership. It was a wonderful Christmas filled with family and relaxing. Orion and I even made dinner for my parents all by ourselves, it was very yummy.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Cookie Cutters

Let me tell you a story about my adventures yesterday. I went to three no four stores looking for cookie cutters in the shape of Christmas items. HELLO Christmas is on Saturday how do three stores NOT have cookie cutters? There is something wrong with the world today. I finally found some at K Mart, I have not been in that store in a long time. I just never think about going there, but my mom suggested that they might have what I am looking for.

They are so cute! Well here is where the story gets interesting. My mom was driving me around because Orion was at work so he had the car. After we got the cookie cutters we went back to my mom's house. She was driving so it was up to her where we went. Luckily I brought the cookie dough with me because I knew I was going to end up at my mom's house. So once I got there I looked around for the things I needed. Cookie sheets, check! Cookie cutters, check! Cookie dough, check! Rolling pin, nope but I found something I could use to roll the dough out.

I found a smooth cutting board to attempt to roll the dough out. No luck. I tried using my hands only and no luck. I even thought about using flower, which I don't like to use because I always end up getting too much flower on whatever I am making. But there was no flower to use. There was nothing to use! Apparently my mom has given up buying important things like flower or any other thing needed for baking since I moved out. SO the dough kept sticking and I am not very resourceful when it comes to baking so I decided to just make them circle because that is simple. I felt dumb because they were for a cookie decorating party later that night and they were all the same shape. I did however attempt to make them different sizes.

After yesterdays little adventure I realized that I am not a great baker. Maybe I should take some classes or read the JOY OF BAKING, according to my sister in law. Or maybe I should just bake things at my house where I have the things I need to bake like flower or powdered sugar (a tip my cousin told me about yesterday, you use powdered sugar when you roll out your cookie dough instead of flour so it is sweet and not floury tasting. This was a great idea considering extra flour in things can make it taste dense) or better yet a rolling pin! You learn something new everyday.

Friday, December 17, 2010

San Fran

I have always been a little bit in love with this city. It's huge and a little bit magical. It is so artistic yet over populated. I think it is wonderful. In fact I almost went to school up there, but I changed my mind at the last second. I was too scared that by moving there it would become less amazing. I got married there, ok well I got married in Oakland, which is really close to San Fran.

A couple months ago Orion went to the bay area for a project to help out his brother. We woke up at 2 in the morning so we could deliver the project by 6 AM. It was a little brutal, BUT we spent the day up there. It was like we were reliving our wedding day. I fell in love with Orion all over again. We went to the temple where we were married and did a session. It was amazing! Although I was supper tire and almost fell asleep when they turned the lights off.

That is me in front of the temple.

This is what it looked like when we first pulled up, it was like 8 in the morning. I am so glad I got married here because it is GORGEOUS!

Here is some of the view with the temple at the corner. The view is great because you are up on this big hill that over looks practically the entire bay. I love it.

This is how we felt at breakfast that morning. I was so tired I was really silly and gave myself a mustache. Orion was really hungry and wanted to eat already. It was a very LONG but fun day. We did not get home until 11 pm that night. We slept for almost 11 hours the next day because we were so tired. It was worth it though. I am so glad we got the chance to go because it made such great memories.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Vine Street and Sing Noel

Saturday night was Vine Street! I loved it! Orion has never gone before so I told him we had to go. Before we went to Vine Street we went to dinner with Orion's brother, Theron and his family Cheyenne, Tobin, and Cassie. We ate Tortilla Town and it was delicious as always. Seriously they make the best burritos! Although we were stuffed afterwards. It made walking around a little difficult. Orion was being a

He did not want to stand in line to get FREE COTTON CANDY! Hello cotton candy is the best! He also did not want to get any other of the free stuff they had. I told him he was a grinchy grinch, but that I still loved him.

Sunday night was Sing Noel. That was absolutely amazing. I loved the spirit you could feel there and the music was outstanding. I also realized that Orion and I are not very good at taking pictures of ourselves. We keep forgetting to capture the moment. I even told him before we left the house "Let's take a picture tonight so we can have more recent pictures of ourselves". By the end of the night we totally forgot until we were in our PJ's and I was in no state for pictures. My face currently hates me because I have been so stressed recently. I feel like my face has become a factory for break outs. It is a little bit horrible. Lucky for me my stress level is a lot lower now thanks to school being almost over. I have a final and some super easy stuff tomorrow to do and then I am DONE! For a couple weeks that is. I will take what I can get.

Friday, December 10, 2010

How we really met

The story behind how Orion and I met is pretty simple. He came home from his mission in upstate New York at the end of April 2009. The next week he came down to visit his brother Dylan who was dating my friend Lauren at the the time. Orion wanted to hang out with some girls so I was invited and so was a couple other girl friends.

Here is the part that I have only told Orion about. I was at my friend Katilyn's house hanging out and getting ready. I know this is going to sound really silly, but it is the truth. I was in the bathroom putting on some makeup because I am lazy and don't put on makeup until right before I leave the house. While I was in the bathroom I thought to myself "What if one of the guys I am meeting tonight is my future husband"? I of course banished this thought because it was crazy and I thought that I was just desperate for a boyfriend.

Well I met two guys that day Orion and his high school best friend Justin. I was not attracted to either of them. I thought both were nice and fun to hang out with, but I had no huge desire to date either of them. To be honest I liked Justin a little more than Orion because he had a similar taste in music. What can I say music is important to me. Plus he knew who Jack's Mannequin was and I was currently (and still a little bit) in love with him. Any guy who knew the words to Miss California was amazing in my book.

The interesting part about Orion and I meeting was the fact that I was suppose to be at school in Idaho, sixteen hours away. Months before I even knew Orion existed I was up in Idaho going to school like a good little Mormon girl. BYU Idaho has a track system so they can except more students. I was on summer/fall which meant I would got to school from April-July and September-December. January-April I had as my "summer" break. But when I moved home at the end of December I started to think that going back in April was not something I should do. It was around February that I decided to stay home during my summer semester and take a class online. At the time I had no idea why I was doing that but it just felt right. Two weeks after the summer semester started I met Orion and a month later we started dating.

Its funny how you feel like you should do something even though it does not make sense. You never know when you will find out the reason you were prompted to do something. I am so glad I listened to that still small voice telling me to stay home. Orion would have stayed in Fresno and I might not have ever met him. Well I hope I would have met him some other way, but it would have been months and months later.

Thursday, December 9, 2010


This is our tree with lights and decorations. It took this picture with my phone so it is not that great. But look how cute and little it is! I love it. The dark rectangle is a picture ornament of Orion and I. It was a gift and on the back it say Our First Christmas 2010.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


My sweet husband is sick. It is cute because normally he is manly and tries to take care of me, but right now he can barely breathe through his nose. It is in bed at the moment trying to sleep, but it is not working so well. In fact he keeps asking me what I am doing. He is like a little kid when he is sick, all he wants to do is cuddle up next to me and relax. Good thing I love cuddling and I was already sick. This happened last year before we got married. I got him sick around Christmas although we could not cuddle all day long. He attempted to go to work but only last four hours. He came home on his lunch and has been trying to get better even since. I know I am such a sap, but my husband is really cute when he is sick. I love being able to take care of him. He is always trying to make me feel special and loved so when he gets sick it is my turn to make him  feel this way. By the way the last time he was sick was Christmas time last year. Go figure I get him sick every year. Good thing he loves me anyways.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


This is what I want from school

But this is what I am currently getting

Seriously this semester has really made me want to quit my online classes. It has been so difficult for me. With Orion being out of work for two months and having a lot of group assignments I have been struggling. I am at my wits end. Tomorrow morning I have to give a presentation to one of my groups for class and I found out that some else picked the same topic I did. So we are going to say the same things and I have to talk for ten minutes. I don't know how well this will work out considering only five people are presenting and two are on the same topic. I hope I go first so I won't have to sound stupid repeating everything someone else said. I am so grateful that the semester will be over next week. I just have to get through all of my group projects and other assignments this week and the next week will be a breeze. It is getting through this week that will be difficult.

Wish me luck because I really need it.

Monday, December 6, 2010


I just have to rant for a moment. Group projects are horrible! Group projects online are RIDICULOUS! I am mean seriously the reason people take online classes is the fact that they are so flexible. Having to arrange a time to meet and make a group project is impossible when it is online. People live in different time zones and are busy. Plus when you try to email people about what time would be good to present your project to your teacher you never know when or IF you are going to get a response. Then when a time is picked everyone starts complaining that it does not work for them. OR when you assign parts of the project to other people and they don't do it all you can do is send an email. WHAT IS AN EMAIL GOING TO DO? If they don't want to work on the group project and you send a bunch of reminder emails they can just delete them. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I want to scream! I HATE GROUP PROJECTS ONLINE! Seriously I want to punch some people in the face. Check you stupid email everyday, because hello that is the only way the teacher is going to inform you or your class mates are going to be able to get a hold of you.

So ends my rant.

We have decorated the tree but I have not taken any pictures yet because I have been busy attempting to make some of my online class's group to actually do their work. I have sent multiple emails already today. Our presentation is tomorrow and I have one person's work and two others who have yet to do anything. Needless to say I am a little ticked at the moment.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree

We bought a Christmas tree! It looks kinda like this...

Ok so it has more branches, but this tree has more decoration than ours does. Our tree is only 5 feet tall so we put it on a little stand so it would appear bigger. Seeing as how our Christmas budget is mostly for presents to other people when it came time for a tree we did not have very much left over. Our actual tree looks like this...

We currently only have two ornaments and zero lights. What can I say we are poor newly weds. This will be our first Christmas being married. Last year I was sick the week of Christmas and Orion was sick the week after. I hoping we don't start that as a tradition. We are not actually celebrating Christmas at our apartment this year so having a baby tree is just fine with me. It fit in the back of our car, which is an ex cop car so the back seat is pretty big, and Orion carried it up the stairs with one hand. To be honest I am proud of our little baby Christmas tree I think it is cute. It makes our house smell wonderful!

This weekend we are going out decorations hunting! Dollar store and Wal Mart here we come! I am so excited to decorate our little tree! I am thinking of having a silver theme and snowflakes. I will post some pictures of our fully dressed tree later.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Black Friday

What a crazy day! Orion and I were not crazy enough to go super early in the morning so we did not get any SUPER AMAZING deals. But we did get some nice clothes. We each go two pairs of pants, sweaters, shirts, and pjs! I felt a little ridiculous when I got to the check out stand and the lady told me how much all of the stuff was. It was a little over a hundred dollars and I was so excited that we got all of that stuff. Yay for amazing deals and nothing costly over 15 bucks! Basically that is our Christmas present's to ourselves unless we get more money. I am hoping we make some extra money to buy a sewing machine! Then I could attempt to be crafty. We a glorious day that will be! Or it might turn out bad, we will see.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


I am so excited for Thanksgiving! One because someone else will be doing the cooking and shopping. Two I will get to sleep in and cuddle with Orion. And three, the reason I am really really excited about Thanksgiving is NO SCHOOL FOR A WEEK! I am so excited! I don't have school work for an entire week it is going to be amazing and probably at some times boring because I won't have anything to do.

On a side note it was Orion's birthday day last week. On the 14th he turned 23! I made him a yummy ice cream cake. It is our new thing that we are trying to master. My attempt was a little better than Orion's because I learned from his mistakes. Although on our way over to Orion's brothers house the ice cream melted that was suppose to be the bottom layer and got all over my pants. I was wearing blank pants so it was very clear that I had ice cream all over them. A tip for the wise do not put ice cream as a bottom layer. It will just melt all over you.

I am not very good at writing on cakes. I figured it was ok because the cake was a messy theme. Those are candy rocks and gummy worms all over the cake. Our little nieces and nephews loved the cake. Our two year old nephew played with one of the worms for half an hour. It was great. Hopefully when we have children Orion and I will be masters at making birthday cakes.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Work Work Work

So Orion's new job has lots of opportunity for over time. In fact they had a meeting last week where they told everyone who works there that if they work 60 hours in one week onto of all the over time, they will get a $200 bonus. That comes out to a lot of money! Orion is thinking about doing a sixty hour week, he plans on doing five 12 hour days. He currently is working nine hour days because he wants to build our saving account back up/save up for a new car. I want a new couch.

This one looks pretty good. I like the pillows on it and the fact that it looks really comfy. Our current couch is on its last leg. It is falling apart. In fact when you sit on it you start to sink in. We have attempted to offset the sinking in by placing blankets on the couch. We are clearly poor newly weds. Our hope is that we get a couch for Christmas, meaning we buy ourselves a couch for Christmas. SO if you have any tips on good places to get couches I am all ears.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


ORION GOT A JOB!!!!! This is the best news that we have gotten in a long time. Poor Orion went almost TWO MONTHS without a job. He was going crazy, but getting really good at his video games. Personally I thought he could do something better with his time. Like make me a cake! Which he did for my birthday on October 29.

Here he is working hard making me an ice cream cake all by himself! How cute is he? I only had to help him frost it because he tried to frost it too early. He took some chunks out of the cake so extra frosting was needed in some areas. All and all it was really good. It was his first time ever making an ice cream cake. He was so proud of himself.

You can kind of tell where there is a chunk missing in the picture, but we fixed that right up. He even wrote Happy Birthday Kayde on it and let me tell you his hand writing is not the best. I think writing on it took most of his time because he was trying so hard to make it look good. He did a great job. What a good guy.

So we had a little party to celebrate my birth on the 30th because my parents took us to Red Lobster on my actual birthday, which by the way was AMAZING! Seriously if you live close to a Red Lobster you should go and get there unlimited shrimp, it like 15 bucks, so worth it! I left with a little aquarium in my stomach. Anyways so we have my little party and enjoy the wonderful cake Orion made. We had decided that if Orion did not have a job at the end of the month, the 31st, we would move to wonderful (or not so wonderful if you ask me) Fresno. It was crunch time. We were pretty sure he was going to get the job offer down in San Luis Obispo, where he currently works now, but we were not sure when it was going to come. So we decided to wait just a couple more days before we moved. Then on November 1st, just one day after our deadline, HE GOT THE CALL. HE GOT THE JOB! It was a miracle!

We don't have move! Life is wonderful! In fact we are thinking about moving to SLO in the near future so Orion does not have to drive 25 minutes to work everyday or drive up and down the grade. I will keep you updated.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Oh Dear

So tonight Orion and I went on a little adventure. Considering Orion has now been jobless for a month, I can't believe it has been that long, he has lots of time on his hands. I spend the day doing my school work because going to school full time online takes a lot of time and effort. At night my eyes feel like that are going to close and never open again because I have strained them so much. Well tonight we decided to get out of the house. I grabbed some change from our change jar on our way out to buy us some ice cream. We got super YUMMY twix ice cream bars, Orion and I's favorite candy bar so when you add ice cream to the mix who can resist?

Then we were on our way to Morro Bay for a night walk on the beach. Orion picked the adventure because he loves taking me to the beach, I am a big chicken when it comes to the dark so he brought a head lamp so it would not be so dark. The real adventure came on our way to the beach. We were just driving along the back rounds talking and enjoying getting out of the house when BAM a dear comes out of NOWHERE!

We almost killed Bambi's mom. It would have been horrible because both our windows were down. Luckily Orion was able to miss the dear by inches! I of course being the chicken I am covered my eyes because I did not want to see us kill Bambi's mom. I am so glad our adventure left all parties alive in the end. On our way home from the beach we saw multiple dead animals in the road. Looks like they were not as lucky as Bambi's mom, who after we almost hit her just slowly walked up the road even though their were more cars coming. Stupid dear.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Orion and I are going to be the big bad wolf and little red ridding hood! I am totally excited!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Life or something like it

It is currently October 11th. There are 18 more days well 17 considering today is basically over till my 21st birthday. There are 20 until the end of the month, also know as Halloween, which is our deadline for moving or staying. Normally I look forward to Halloween with everything inside me. I mean HELLO free candy, what is better than that? I can't really think of much. But this Halloween I wish would just take its time coming. I want to have that yummy FREE candy right now. It would make the thought of the end of the month a little less, but my tummy would probably hate me.

Still no news about whether we are going to move or not. I have a feeling that we are going to move and I have become more and more ok with the idea. In fact I am starting to think that it is a good thing. We will see how long that feeling lasts if we actually move in with my in laws....

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Fresno = Death

Well I feel like that sometimes, although it does have a nice temple there so I guess it is not that bad. SO here is the update of what is going on with Orion and I. Last month Orion got laid off, well I guess you can say that, his boss does not have a lot of work coming in so he told Orion that he was no longer needed. But once he got more work and could afford to pay Orion he could come back. Well that was a month ago. Now Orion and I are both jobless in an economy that does not really want to hire :( Ever since we have gotten that news we have been looking for work, mostly Orion because I am going to school full time online and that takes up most of my day, and we have found nothing. Instead of burning through all of our savings from us working like crazy over the summer. I had two jobs and went to school full time while Orion worked full time and did side work, we managed to save up for a new car that we hoped to buy this fall. Instead we are spending that money on paying rent and buying food. We have decided to move to FRESNO with Orion's parents at the end of the month if Orion does not find a new job. :( :( :( :( :( x a billion is how I feel at the moment. But there are more opportunities for jobs out there and we would not have to pay for rent or food.

To be honest it is rather stressful to be us right now, but we know that everything will work out in the end. We are praying and hoping things will work out soon. Actually this lack of money has made Orion and I much closer and more inventive when it comes to food. We are also loving sleeping until we wake up instead of waking up to an alarm. All in all we are pretty happy but stressed.

Friday, September 3, 2010

A Little Secret

I do NOT like girls singers, basically at all. EXCEPT Taylor Swift. I know its a weird secret but I absolutely love her! Another secret I don't like country either except Taylor Swift. I swear I can listen to her all day long. This is currently my favorite song of hers.

I am not sure if the link will work, but the name of the song is MINE. So you can check it out on youtube if my link fails.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Carmel Corn

My very first attempt at carmel popcorn! It is so good! I have to say that I am pretty proud of myself. I am working on being a good house wife by baking and cooking more. So far it has been going pretty good. I will post pictures of wonderful success stories of food I have made. I am not going lie if something I make is gross or looks funny there will be no proof of it, just so you know.

A Different Name for the Same Thing

Over the past few weeks I have reconnected with people in my life. Friends that I use to be so close to seemed like strangers to me only weeks ago. I had no idea what was really going on with them or what plan they had for the future. I guess getting married does that to you. The closeness to my friends started going on the back burned when I decided to get married. Suddenly it was more important to me to figure out what I needed to do to better prepare myself for marriage, I mean come on I was making the biggest decision of my life and deciding to spend eternity with someone. This made it hard for me to relate to boy drama of dating or talking about short term things. My focus was on much different things. My close friends sensed this I think and started retreating. At first I did not notice, but slowly I realized that when I really needed my friends they had all but faded away. But now things have changed. I still can't really relate to dating drama and awkward situations with boys because I am no longer living that life. When you are married your perspective changes, so you become less interested in juicy dating stories and more interested in spending time with your husband. I feel like my friends have now seen that me being married has changed me, but for the better. We just talk about different things now, which at one point before I was married I thought that could never happen.

So here is to all my friends that I have reconnected with, who never really left at all. Thanks for giving me space to figure out what was important to me and how much you mean to me. Here is a picture from the past with one of my oldest and dearest friends. I think we were junior's in high school.

Monday, August 30, 2010

What Dreams May Come

Have you seen this movie? I know it is a little old, it came out in the 90's. Its younger than me so I guess it is not that old. It is really good in my opinion. I guess this movie hits home a little more for me know that I am married. The basis of the movie is the husband (Robin Williams) goes to Hell to find his wife. His wife committed suicide after Robin Williams dies. I know what you are thinking, Kayde this does not sound like a good movie at all. Just wait it gets better, I promise. SO he goes to Hell to save his wife, or stay with her in Hell because he wants to be with her no matter what. He leaves Heaven to go to Hell just so he can be with his wife, now that is a committed husband. In the movie their love is so strong that it can bring the wife out of the depths of Hell because they are soul mates. Orion and I watched this movie last night and I cried. I asked Orion if he would give up Heaven to be with me if I am stuck in Hell. What he said was really cute "Being with you is Heaven no matter where we are". Aww I love my husband. So I am about to ruin the end of the movie, Robin Williams ends up saving his wife and bringing her to Heaven, where their children are. I forgot to mention the kids were killed in a car accident four years before the husband died. Anyways the reason I like this movie so much is that it expresses the fact that true love conquers all, even in death. I know I am little bit cheesy, but I just cant help myself.

Friday, August 20, 2010

What an adventure!

Well all of last week I was REALLY sick. I went to the hospital Saturday morning/Friday night. It was midnight and I was in so much pain. I felt like dying instead of dealing with the pain. SO my sweet husband took me to the hospital. We got there at midnight and did not leave until 5 AM!!!!!!!!!!! Death was knocking on our door if we stayed any longer. Orion is not someone who deals well with staying up super late. I was laying on the hospital bed drugged up and getting hydrated, while Orion sat next to me holding my hand trying his best not to be grouchy. I had spent a good amount of time in the waiting room crying because it hurt so bad, poor Orion wanted so bad to doing something to make me feel better but he could not. When they were putting the IV in my arm he could not watch. He said he left the room because he needed to get some water and go to the bathroom. I know he really could not handle seeing someone cause me pain and knowing he could nothing to stop them. After a couple hours of fluid being pumped into me, morphine, and medicine I don't remember we left the hospital. I was in a lot less pain and was very sleepy.

I was able to sleep for 4 hours until the pain came back full force. So instead of waking Orion up to drive me to the store to pick up my pain medicine I walked. It is only two blocks away, by the time I got there my head felt like it was going to explode. So I called Orion and had him pick me up. He came with a smile on his face and love in his embrace. I really am so lucky to have a husband like him. If I got four hours of sleep so did Orion, but he stayed up with me to make me food and make sure I took my medicine. After food and medicine I felt sleepy again, but Orion could not fall asleep again. So I slept while he waited for me to wake up. I spent most of the day in and out of contentiousness. By the next day I was feeling better and was able to make breakfast for myself, which was toast because my medicine made food sound not so appealing.

I am still taking medicine to help me get better but I am back to cooking and eating normal amounts of food. The doctor said I had strep throat REALLY bad and I was REALLY dehydrated. I was a lot sicker than I realized and it got really bad pretty fast. That is the most exciting thing that has been going on lately. 

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


I am a sucker for breakfast! I think it is the best meal in the world. Whenever I go to a place that serves breakfast all day long, nine times out of ten I will order breakfast no matter the time of day. Now Orion is a pretty good cook, but prefers that I cook dinner because he has worked all day long. To this request I happily say yes. It seems like a fair deal. At the moment I am not working or going to school, it is so weird to have all day to do what I please. I find myself wishing I was more creative, but that is not the point of this post. If I am going to make dinner every night Orion is going to make breakfast on the weekends. This is a great deal if I do say so myself. Lucky for me Orion is great at making breakfast and sometimes when I am not feeling up to making dinner he will make breakfast for dinner. Seriously how could I ask for a better husband?!? Well I asked him to make me a face for breakfast this Sunday and he happily did so. He made biscuits, along with eggs and bacon. Here is the result.
I know it looks a little funny because the biscuit cheeks are a little off, but it was delicious! Orion is really good at making food look like faces. On a semi random note we have been married for 4 months now! It is crazy how time flies when you are not paying attention. Before I know it we will have been married for a year and then a life time. I am so glad I was able to marry my best friend and look forward to many more breakfasts with him.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A bucket list

I read a friend's blog the other day and she had a bucket list posted on there. It got me thinking, what do I want to do before I die? What would I want to put on my bucket list. This was a rather interesting subject to think about. I spent a couple days thinking about it and as I was falling asleep last night I thought of the answer. I do this a lot, that is think about things before I fall asleep.

This what I cam up with.... I want to live before I kick the bucket. I want to live everyday and enjoy my journey through life. I want to make mistakes and learn from them. I want to progress towards the person I know I should be. I want to love more than I ever thought possible. As I was making this list in my head I realized I am living my bucket list, I am making mistakes left and right and learning along the way. As I realized this I knew that I could not go through this life alone. I became so grateful for my wonderful husband. My sweet sweet husband. He makes me feel better and holds me close while I cry. And let me tell you that I have had many tears so far in our marriage. Most of the time it was over work or school, the only realm in my life that Orion is not a part of. This has brought us so much closer because I have let Orion into the part of my life that normally only I know about.

Also as each day goes on I realize that I am falling more and more in love with my husband. I also realize how blessed I am and I thank the Lord everyday. I thank him for letting me lose my job and giving me obstacles that slow my path. It helps me realize that I need to slow down and humble myself. So here it is my bucket list.

1. Fall in love with my husband more everyday
2. Continue to strive to be humble no matter how hard life gets
3. Enjoy the journey no matter where it takes you or how difficult it can be

Orion helping me up on our wedding day and helping reach higher ground everyday of our life together. I am so glad I can spend forever with my best friend and help him up whenever he needs it. So far our journey has not been very long, but I look forward to working on my bucket list with the best person I know.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Deep fried and Sandy

Last week was very exciting. Well towards the end of the week it got exciting. Orion and I went to the Fair for our date night. Let me tell you I have not eaten so much fair food in my life! A friend of mine talked about about deep fried Oreo's and said they were so yummy. I was a little skeptical at first, but I told Orion about it anyways. He was all for this idea. In fact when we were talking about going to the fair he kept telling me that we have to get the Oreo's. As we walked into the fair they search people's bag for food and drinks. Orion was worried they were looking for weapons and that they would take his knife away. I told him he had nothing to worry about. Although now that I am thinking about it someone could have taken a gun or something like that into the fair and no one would know. The security is not very good. After walking around and enjoying the sights it was time to find the deep fried Oreo's. Orion said we would walk around the entire fair until we got the yummy food. So we finally found the stand and had some choices to make. Deep fried Oreo's, Twinkie, Snickers, or Peanut Butter cup? I told Orion he could pick because it all sounded kind of gross.
Turns out they tasted like warm cake! Orion wanted to go back later and get a deep fried Twinkie but I told him no.

On Saturday we took the little boys I watch to the beach! It was so much fun. Orion made a huge sand castle with Austin. Konner and I enjoyed watching the waves and throwing sand. I swear Orion is just a grown up sized kid. When we left the beach he was dirtier than the boys. Austin liked the tunnels Orion was making so he stuck his head in them and got stuck! It was so funny. Konner then tried to make himself a bed out of the sand. That did not turn out so well. I could only take one picture because Konner kept throwing sand at my phone.
Here he is running over to throw sand at me. At times I am not a fan of my nannying job because the days or sooooooooooooooooooooo long, but there are times that make me love my job. Like when Austin tells me if Orion dies that I have nothing to worry about. I can have all of Orion's money and that Austin will marry me so I won't be alone forever. Or when I get to watch Orion interact with the kids and it shows me that he will be an amazing dad. I only have a couple more weeks of this job before school starts up again. Then I won't have to wake up at six in the morning and help Austin learn how to read. My days will not be as interesting or tiring. I am going to miss this cute little boys.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Oh the Joys of Summer

So lets just start out with the cute boys I nanny. I just love them, well most of the time. Last week I told them to take a bath while I made dinner like I do everyday. While I make dinner Orion watches them to make sure that they don't drown or anything. But this time Austin asked if I would watch them instead. Since I was making chicken nuggets in the oven I agreed. Austin is so funny because he is fine with me watching him in the tub, but when Orion watches them Austin wants to close the shower curtain so he can't see him. Then he splashes his little brother in the face while Orion can't see. So when I was watching them I washed Konner's hair and realized that he had really long hair. I made it into a mow hawk and of course Austin wanted one too. This is how it turned out.
They are so cute! I made Orion bring me my phone so I could take a picture of them. He laughed when he came in and saw the boys. I am sad because come the end of next month I won't be watching them any more :( Their dad will be back from working somewhere over the summer, I always forget what he is doing or where exactly he is. So I am on the hunt for another job that probably won't be as fun or rewarding.

On other news I am almost done with school for the semester! I just have one final left to take and then it is freedom for seven weeks! I am sure Orion will love that I will be done with school for a while because I will be less stressed, which means I will be more relaxed. I have been having neck trouble the past couple weeks and I just figured it was stress from school making my neck tense. Turns out it was my pillow! I bought a new one yesterday for 11 bucks which I thought was a lot, but it was worth it! I woke up this morning with no neck pain and I was not tired at all. It was a miracle and that pillow was worth every penny.

Monday, July 12, 2010


Oh my goodness! This weekend we went to visit Orion's parents in Fresno. Let me just tell you it was so HOT! I felt like I was visiting the sun and I was going to turn into a puddle of sweat. Orion of course told me that I was over reacting and that it was not that bad. Let me just tell you he is big fat liar when it comes to the heat. The real reason we went to the hottest place on the planet was our friends wedding. They got married on Saturday morning (the same day as her parents 28 years before, so cute I thought) and had their reception that night. Here is the beautiful couple, I stole a picture from someone online...

Jesse, the groom, was Orion's roommate before we got married. Alyssa the beautiful bride is a good friend of ours. The best part of the reception was the cupcakes! Seriously this is a brilliant idea for a reception. It is like a personal cake for everyone! There was also cheesecake, just like Orion and I's reception (we think we started a trend because this is at least the second reception we have gone to since ours that had cheesecake at it). I still have a craving for those cup cakes and it has been a couple days. I am going to have to make my own soon, I am sure Orion will love that.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


So school ends for the semester on the 23! I am so excited I can't handle myself. I am counting down the days till I can no longer worry about homework or anything school related for seven weeks. It will be so wonderful! On a completely different note July first was Canada Day! We had the missionaries over for dinner and celebrated Canada. One of the missionaries is from Canada so he made us a Canada flag cake.

It was pretty good, but I felt bad about eating the flag. He even had us hold napkins that said EH and took pictures. He wanted to have proof that American's were celebrating Canada day. That was a good dinner. Then came the fourth of July, which was on a Sunday. Since it was on Sunday we did not really want to go doing anything big. So we went to the Graff's for dinner (it was home made Chinese food, we are really American), spent sometime with my parents and then finished the night with friends and sparklers. It was a very mellow 4th but very enjoyable.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


So I had two jobs and I was going to school full time. This was very very stressful to me and after much prayer the Lord helped me out. Orion and I had talked about me quitting one of jobs to ease my stress. Although having the extra money coming in was nice the stress I felt from being so stretched thin was not. Orion told me it was up to me to quit or stay at the job. I hate quitting with a passion so I decided to suffer through it until the end of the summer. Although Heavenly Father had other plans for me. Last week I went in work at my second job and my boss sat me down to talk. She told me that things were not really working out and that I was being let go. What a relief I felt when she said this! I felt like dancing for joy! (Thus the picture of me doing my happy dance in my prom dress)Although it is never good to lose a form of income it really was a weight lifted off my shoulders. Now I could actually spend time with my wonderful husband and focus more on what is important in life. I will be done with this semester in a month, which means one less thing to stress about. I am so very grateful for all the blessings Orion and I have received since we got married. Every day just gets better and better (although some days are better than others). We are making our way through life together holding hands and loving each other along the way.

Sunday, June 6, 2010


So this has been an interesting week. Orion got off work on Wednesday (I think it was Wednesday) and told me that he got a raise! I was expecting maybe a dollar or less, any kind of raise is a good raise I think. To my surprise he told me that he got a two dollar raise!!!! He has only been working at his job since the middle of February, so we are very grateful that his boss gave him this raise. For me this week has been pretty uneventful, oddly enough I only worked two days this week between my two jobs. So I just focused on school and spending time with my mom. I needed a week like this to help me relax. Ever since we got married we have been REALLY busy with work and school. This is my mom in the black sitting while Orion and I took a zillion pictures after getting sealed. I love my mommy she is wonderful!
I am so excited that I am half way through the semester! On a random note I am looking for a day job starting in the fall... I am open for suggestions!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

A Long Weekend!

So Orion and I planned on spending this long weekend in Fresno with his parents. We were going to leave after I got off work last night, which would be around 10:30. Leaving at that time would put us at his parents around one in the morning. WELL, turns out our car hates us a lot and decided to pull another spark plug! This time we caught it before we were on the road and it only cost 90 bucks to get fixed. So instead of spending the weekend with the in-laws and having a yummy bbq on Monday, we are staying home. I am a little bummed, but this means that Orion can do all the chores around the house I have been wanting him to do for awhile now. Like finally put together or bookcase so it is not sitting in pieces on our floor. He is currently hammering away putting it together. This makes me happy :) Also he made a breakfast face again this morning.I think tomorrow will have waffles or pancakes, I wonder how he will make a face with that.

On a random note here is one of my favorite candid shots taking after we were sealed.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Life so Far

So we have been married for a month and a half. Good news we still love each other! ;) I have proof, Orion makes me breakfast on Saturday mornings.

We are very busy with life, school and lets not forget work! I am a nanny for the cutest little boys! Konner steals my heart!

I have apparently stole his older brother's heart. His name is Austin and he is six.
He asks me all the time if I will kiss him on the lips. I tell him "No, Austin I only kiss Orion on the lips because he is my husband". The other day I took the kids and dropped Orion off at work, I kissed him goodbye and got back in the car. Austin said to me as soon as I got in "Did you just kiss him on the lips"? "Yes I did". "I wish you kissed me on lips" he said with a sad look on his face. "There is only one person I kiss on the lips and that is Orion, my husband". Quick thinking Austin said "When Orion is older are you going to want to get a new husband"? He later asked me if he could be my boyfriend when he was 9 because he would be older than. I keep trying to teach him that I am married and that there is no way he can kiss me or date me. It is so cute! He asked if he could live with me because he loves me. I broke his heart and said no. He also likes to draw me pictures with him, his brother and me. When I ask where is Orion? He tells me that he is at work.

So there are the little boys of my summer but here is the man of my life!

Orion is dancing with our niece Anna at our reception. He is the best husband! For my nanny job I have to be there by 6:45am and Orion wakes up with me every morning. It is only twice a week so it is not that bad. My days there are about 13 hours long. So Orion goes to work and then watches the kids with me until 7:30 or so at night. On the nights where I work at my other job, which is at night, he comes home and cleans the apartment. He is great!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Reception Surprises

So the wedding day was great! Well everyone got there in time for our small simple sealing. Orion was suppose to pick his tux up the day before the wedding so he could leave bright and early Friday morning and have plenty of time before our sealing. Turns out they lost his order and would not get there till our wedding day. So Friday morning he followed the FEDEX truck to its first stop so he could get his tux and rush up to Oakland which is three plus hours away. Our sealing was at 2:30 but we had to be there an hour before. With tux in hand he drove super fast to get to the temple in time for his own wedding. He made it there with a couple minutes to spare and no tickets! Thank goodness for our car looking like a cop car people get out of the way on the freeway!

After the sealing and dinner with the family it was honeymoon time! Well we stayed in a Marriot in Oakland (china town to be exact I loved it!) then home on Saturday for our reception. Orion did not listen to my phone which has GPS so we got lost a couple of time. But we finally got to the hotel and had our car valet parked because there is NO parking in China town anywhere to be found. People double parked in the street everywhere it was nuts!

Saturday morning rolls around and we plan to leave around eleven giving us plenty of time to get home before my hair and make up appointment at four. We get on the freeway and drive for about an hour until we hear this loud POP! Then the car starts to sound like a go cart. Our only option was to pull off the side of the 101 with cars ZOOMING past us making the car shake. At this point I am FREAKING OUT inside but I did not show it because it would have made things worse. To make a long story short we finally get the car to mechanic who says it will cost 300 BUCKS and won't be fixed until SUNDAY! I looked over at Orion and said "Happy Wedding to us". He could not help but laugh. After some phone calls Orion's dad was on his way to pick us up.... from FRESNO which is two hours away from us. We were in San Jose by the way in a semi ghetto place. By the time his dad got there is was past four when I should have been getting my hair did and my make up done nice. Oh yeah my phone died so I could not call and tell them I was not going to be able to make it and Orion's phone had one bar of battery. With over two hours of driving in front of us and our reception starting at seven we hit the road once again. We were stuck in San Jose for a total of four plus hours.

As we drive down the freeway I remember I have on no make up and no mirror. Orion who is in the front passenger seat puts his visor down so I could have a mirror to use. Front the back seat I moved my head around so I could see what I was doing while speeding down a bumpy freeway. My next problem was my hair. I had no comb, brush, gel, curling iron, or any hair accessory to speak of. To make it even better I had taken a shower that morning and just let my hair dry naturally which meant it was a little bit of a mess. Lucky for me my bride's maid brought me a head band to help make my hair look better. We pulled up to the church FIVE MINUTES BEFORE our reception started. It was only enough time to lace me up in my dress and put the head band on before everyone started showing up. What a day that was! The best part was no one knew that I did not mean to look the way I did. By a miracle from the big guy my hair looked cute and it was dark enough that no one could tell that my make up was a little uneven.

With all that happened that day I could not help but smile because I went through it all with my best friend and love of my life. We just held hands and faced everything that happened together. It was the best day first day of being married. Oh yeah when the car was fixed it only cost 178 bucks and not 300 so we were very grateful for that.

Monday, March 29, 2010


SO Saturday was just not my day... Well according to Orion it was totally my day. First I had to deal with this horrible event where I left feeling so bad. To make me feel better Orion decided to take me to my favorite place to eat. As we were walking to the restaurant I rolled my ankle really bad. Orion started to laugh at me while I sat down trying not to cry from the pain.

Lucky for me Orion's boy scout skills kicked in and he wrapped my ankle up. I laid on my bed with my leg elevated and ice on it. It was rather boring. Lucky for me my dear friend Kaitlyn came up and we made cookies. It was the first time I used my oven in Orion and I's apartment. They were super yummy! Now my ankle (well my lack thereof) is more purple but it hurts less. Lets hope it will be back to normal for the wedding and reception next week. I want to dance a lot but I am going to be sad if I have to sit out my own dance.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Two Weeks!

That is right. Two weeks from today Orion and I will be married! Oh my goodness it is really happening. I just about freaked out last night when I realized it. The good news is we have basically everything in place... Minus the wedding license which is probably the most important thing for us to have (at least one of the most important).
Normally I would be really worried that I don't have everything I need for such an important day, but in reality I already have what I need. I have the love of a man that I want to spend forever with. Also we are truly blessed with friends and family that love us so much! We are so grateful for all that they have done to help plan this wedding. It has been a little difficult to plan a wedding on a really small budget considering Orion and I are paying for everything ourselves. Lucky for us we are surrounded by people who love us and chipped in to pay for a honeymoon. If they did not do this Orion and I would have just gone to work on Monday. We are so grateful for all the help we have gotten and the support from all our loved ones.