Sunday, December 15, 2013

the night that changed my life forever

Sunday, December 15, 2013

One year ago today I said "yes!" to a question that changed my life forever.

I don't think I've actually shared the story on here. If I have, whoops you can read it again. It's a good one I promise!

Finals week had just ended and I really excited to use two different Groupons I had. The first Groupon was for a manicure to treat myself for getting through finals week, and the second one was to the Tree Room, a fancy little restaurant up at Sundance. This was actually the restaurant Conner and I had first started talking about getting married. It's pretty pricey so we don't get to go often. Needless to say I was excited for a really nice four-course, dressed-up date night!

That night we ended up getting to Sundance before our reservations so we were sitting in the lodge outside the restaurant when Conner started acting all funny - a little distracted, not talking much, etc. Well he then starts to remind me of a conversation we had the last time we were there. We were talking about getting married and Conner had told me it would be a while before he could propose because buying a ring is really expensive and he had to save up. I had told him that I really didn't care about a ring because that's not the important part of getting married, the actual getting married part is what really counts. "You could get me a zip-tie for all I care" is what I had ended the conversation with. Of course, I wasn't really thinking about that part of the conversation as he was reaching into his pocket, my heart was starting to pound, and I could feel tears and a wave of emotion just on the surface...

He pulls out a ring box from his pocket and slowly opens it... inside... a zip-tie.
"I got you a zip-tie, that's what you said you wanted right?"
ha. ha. ha. soooo funny Conner

He made me wear it all through dinner, saying "now we are engaged right?" I knew he was joking and I was only slightly disappointed that he didn't actually propose. I figured he would do this kind of thing every time we went on a date until he was actually ready to propose. I was 100% sure he didn't have a real ring yet and I had a couple more months to wait.

Well we got done with a fabulous dinner and decided to walk around Sundance because it was so pretty with all the Christmas lights on the trees and snow everywhere. It was late so there was no one else outside as we walked around the grounds. We got to this little bridge over a small stream and it just kind of took my breath away. We were alone out there, with all the lights on the trees making the snow sparkle and there was that little stream, and we just stopped walking to be on the bridge. It was peaceful, and silent, just the two of us out there in the picture-perfect moment.

Conner told me he felt bad that he had fake proposed and that I had got my hopes up. I told him it was fine, I kind of expected him to do it a few times at least. He said he needed to confess that at one point he had enough money to buy a ring but he didn't anymore. Now I was kind of upset.

"You had enough money and you didn't buy one!? What in the world did you need to spend that much money on that you couldn't buy a ring!?" I had been waiting for a year to get engaged!
"Well I don't have enough money anymore because I had to buy this..." And he pulls out another ring box and drops to one knee. { Goes on to say some proposal words }

At first I didn't get it, I was expecting the box to be empty, or have another fake ring inside. But when I looked closer, there was an actual ring in there! I could see the diamond sparkling! So I just lost it. I was bawling. "Is this real? Is this really happening? Are you really asking me?" I just kept saying stuff like that over and over until Conner stood up and put the ring on my finger. I was shaking and crying and could hardly get words out. 

We said I love you and kissed and all that jazz and then I had to call my mom. By this point we had walked back to the car, Conner feeling self-conscious because I was still crying and he didn't want people in the parking lot to think he was beating me :) So I called and told my mom the news and she says to my Dad, "Riley said yes!" and I immediately look at Conner. 
"Did I even say yes?" "Umm, no. I've been waiting for like 15 minutes for you to say yes." "Oh! Yes, yes, yes!" Whoops. I got so caught up in the excitement of it all that I forgot to answer!

We spent the drive back to Provo calling family and friends and sharing the good news. Then we drove up to my house in Holladay to tell my siblings, because they were the only ones who didn't know! Noah and Emma were at the winter formal dance and so they weren't home. 

We sent them this picture. They didn't get it until they came home :)

The rest of the kids were home so I just showed them my ring without saying anything. Kate cried and hugged us, Henry's thought it was the greatest, but I think Wyatt had the best response... "Is that real?" he asked. When I told him it was he just smiled and said, "Awesome."

And it was awesome. It's been awesome ever since. I can't believe it's already been a year since we got engaged. And now we've been married 6.5 months. And we've been together for three years.
Life has been so great since this boy has been in it. I love him more than I can say. He makes me a better person and I can't imagine my life without him. Love you babe, here's to eternity!

Thursday, November 21, 2013


Thursday, November 21, 2013

the gospel - husband - parents - siblings - in-laws - cousins - grandparents - friends - apartment - food - scriptures - prayer - school - clothes - movies - husband - shoes - blankets - heat - ice cream - nail polish - husband - mascara - babies - anatomy - husband - fruit - cell phones - skype - art - music - bed - talents - church - temple marriage - nature - rain
These are just a few of the many wonderful, important, and silly things I've been blessed with. I can't wait for this Thanksgiving holiday, to be with my family, to eat great food, and celebrate what a great life I've been given through lots of my favorite family traditions.  

"No matter our circumstances, no matter our challenges or trials, there is something in each day to embrace and cherish. There is something in each day that can bring gratitude and joy if only we will see and appreciate it." - Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Monday, November 18, 2013

grammar for the win

Monday, November 18, 2013

Sometimes in an effort to be a good wife, avoid the need to cringe when looking at your bank statement, and prove to your husband that it is in fact possible, you go on a shopping fast. 
And sometimes you go on this fast for the whole school year until you graduate in April.
{ with the exception of Christmas of course! }

Sometimes you are very tempted to break your shopping fast because of all the wonderful clothes you see online and at the mall while that husband of yours is buying things. But you never let yourself slip, because you are, after all, perfectly capable of showing some self restraint and sticking to your goals.

And sometimes, that husband of yours needs help editing a big paper because, while he is much better at all things math and finance, you are far superior at things like English and editing. I mean you did consider an English major for about a day and a half during your freshman year.

Sometimes while editing, your husband tries to argue grammar rules { like how to use a colon correctly } with you and even goes so far as to bet that you are wrong. So you calmly tell him that you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are right, he is wrong, you are better at grammar, and that you bet him an adorable pair of ankle boots that you know what you're talking about. He then proceeds to look up grammar rules and discover you, his lovely and intelligent wife, are absolutely right. So he buys you the ankle boots he owes you, even if he despises ankle boots.

And that is how grammar can be a wonderful thing and you can get a new pair of shoes without breaking your shopping fast. 

Thursday, November 07, 2013

the squat challenge

Thursday, November 07, 2013

So I saw a post on tumblr about a thirty day squat challenge and decided to do it. Because who doesn't want stronger legs and a tighter toosh, am I right? Plus it's such an easy thing to add onto my workouts. I'm only a week into it but my legs feel better already. I'm taking pictures on the rest days to find out if I can see a difference by the end. I'll let you know what happens when I'm finished.
Why don't you join me? Give it a go, I dare you!

Wednesday, November 06, 2013


Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Conner left for another business trip on Saturday morning at the bright and early hour of 4:30 a.m. But this time he isn't gone to Texas for a few days - this time he's gone to South Korea for a whole entire week. Korea is 16 hours ahead of us, which means that I get to talk to my husband for about 20 short minutes each day around 2:30 p.m. Utah time while he is at breakfast.. on his tomorrow.. 
which I guess is pretty cool because it's like he's in the future. I kinda miss him though!
Just three more days to go until I get him back.

On a happier note, last week, when husband and I were actually in the same time zone we had a grand old time celebrating Halloween by going to CornBelly's and throwing a party! Of course I hardly took any pictures at all. And the pictures from the party were pretty much only of the food we prepared/served. So you can look at those gems from last week and just imagine how cute we were as a Lost Boy and Tinkerbell :)

my ghost banner + a friend's cute halloween banner

the table pre-mummy dogs

the mummy dogs

Our dessert was a caramel apple bar, and it was pretty dang cute :)

spooky fruit to be healthy

Thursday, October 31, 2013

happy halloween

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Hope everyone has a fabulous and candy-filled day! We are having a couple's halloween party tonight and I'm so excited! It's going to be Conner's mission buddies & their wives. I love getting together with this group and I'm so happy we've made such good friends with so many awesome couples :)

Images via Pinterest

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

pumpkin waffles & buttermilk syrup

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Fall is the season for pumpkin recipes so obviously, pumpkin waffles and buttermilk syrup were in order. While I'm not the biggest pumpkin pie fan, I do love a good pumpkin chocolate chip cookie and some warm pumpkin waffles.

For the waffles I used this recipe I found via Pinterest and then topped them with my mom's foolproof buttermilk syrup.

Buttermilk Syrup

3 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup butter
4 tablespoons corn syrup
2 tablespoons baking soda
4 tsp vanilla

Start with a big pot. And I mean big. This stuff boils up a lot.
Put in all ingredients (but vanilla) and bring to a boil over medium heat for 5 minutes.

Stirring throughout, you should notice the syrup should get really foamy and start darkening into a caramel color. After 5 minutes, turn off the heat and stir in the vanilla.


Thursday, October 10, 2013

fall nail inspiration

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Pinterest has been killing it with some fabulous nail inspiration lately...

Friday, September 27, 2013

fall crush: cranberry

Friday, September 27, 2013

One thing I love about fall... fall clothes and fall colors. I am a sucker for cardigans and jackets and coats. And I really love the cranberry / mulberry / deep red that is so popular in the fall time. It's festive and warm and just looks good on everyone since there are so many shades.

Right now I'm on a shopping fast { my idea of being a good little wife and saving money } but I'm liking the idea of a cranberry colored scarf for Christmas *cough husband cough*

Also my favorite nail color for fall and winter is that beautiful deep red. It's the falls equivalent of the summer neon. And deep dark lipstick? So beautiful. It's sultry and I love it. Husband, not so much. He just isn't a huge fan of lipstick anyway.. something about being too dressy for casual everyday wear.. What do you think? Yay or nay on the dark lipstick?

*All images via Pinterest

Thursday, September 26, 2013

happy birthday amy

Thursday, September 26, 2013

I lucked out with my family. I have awesome parents and siblings, amazing grandparents, great aunts and uncles, and the best cousins anyone could ask for.

And today is one of my closest cousin's birthdays. We've been everywhere from southern Utah to Europe together and I couldn't ask for a better travel buddy. We've shared the same love for books and movies and music since we were babies. When we were little we bought matching outfits for every holiday, cut matching haircuts, and even had matching glasses. Now that we are older we unintentionally match 50% of the time anyway. We've made everything from failed m&m cookies, and rockin' desserts, to "magic potions" and "perfumes" for as long as I can remember.

Happy Birthday Amers! Have the best day!

Doing the matching thing in the class we had together. Because we have the same major.

Family California Vacation

The best of friends. Even while being chocked out ;)

Dinner dates at Settebellos. The best pizza in Utah.