Sunday, October 30, 2011


Once upon a time, I was laying in bed checking my phone before I fell asleep.
{I was on my side... phone on bed in front of my face}
The light from my phone was just enough for me to see a giant spider walk right in front of my face.

I shrieked.

Trevor rescued me.

My skin was crawling for the next hour.

Thank goodness for husbands who view rescuing their wives from giant spiders as legitimate reasons to be woken up by a mild freak out in the middle of the night.

Happy Halloween!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Jacob Goes to Mexico

My little brother in law Jacob is leaving on his mission tomorrow!
Jacob is my pal (everyone's pal!)
He was around the whole time Trevor and I were dating and we were friends from day 1.
He is going to be SUCH a great missionary!

Jacob swimming on a light pole (Summer 2009)
At the BEACH! (Summer 2009)

Garrett and Jacob are bff's

Thanksgiving 2009

Family pictures (Spring 2011)

Jacob and Trevor being buddies
French braiding Jacob's hair (Summer 2010)

The brothers minus Tyler (Summer 2010)
3 person tower! (Summer 2010)

Jacob lookin' fresh on his first day of college. I helped him pick out his outfit!

At the strip

Bowling! (Thanksgiving 2010)

Family pictures! (Valentine's day 2010)

We LOVE you Jacob!
We will miss you SO much, but we will write all the time!!
Mexico City is so lucky.

Adios hermano :)

Sunday, October 23, 2011


This weekend we embraced fall in all its orange glory. 
Friday night Trevor did awesome on an exam (words on the screen BYU people!) and we went to Spaghetti Factory to celebrate. OH yum. 

Saturday after an early morning of work, we met Kyle, Whitney, and Dexter at Thanksgiving Point for the corn maze! It was a blast. We LOVE living near Kyle and Whitney! Trevor and Garrett kept picking corn and throwing the kernels at each other, and Trevor was picking stalks of corn and holding them up high and running through the maze paving the way for the rest of us. That guy reminds me daily that I made the right choice. :) 

Our baby nephew Dexter- What a stud muffin!

Watching pigs race

Trevor didn't want to take a picture by these pumpkins because he said they were ugly (they were though).
So he was being difficult.
That's as good as it's gonna get.
So fun. More pictures to come when I steal them from Whitney.

In other news... I made bread today! I've tried two times now. Both times it kind of failed miserably. Last time I used all wheat flour (turns out that makes it as dense as a brick) and this time... I don't even know what happened. At least the edges were good. 
Trevor: "Did you remember to put yeast in?"
He has so much faith in me.

We also went on a walk today and creeped outside Garrett's apartment window. We called him to come look at us outside dancing around in the library parking lot. Can you say winners?


Thursday, October 20, 2011


This weekend was a little lot crazy, and so great! We went to Las Vegas on Friday night, California on Saturday morning for a wedding reception, back to Las Vegas on Saturday night, went to Jacob's mission farewell (and took looong naps) on Sunday, and went back to Provo on Monday.


Saturday was Trevor's cousin's wedding reception. I love a good family gathering. We had a blast dancing, eating way too much candy, and being with tons of family. An excuse to dress up and be social is always welcome :). The weather was perfect and the decorations were gorgeous. Sunflowers everywhere- hey Kansas! And thank you Whitney for the pictures (I was a big time slacker in the camera department this weekend. Shame!)
We got to sit by baby Dexter!

Sove the sunflowers and lights!

Cute cute family :)

Oh you know, just being creepy.

We know how to party.

Sunday Jacob gave his farewell talk. We love Jakey boy! He will be such a great missionary in Mexico!

Our drive home was thrilling, really. First, Trevor had to get the car smog checked and it took like 4 hours because the check engine light was on in the car, so we didn't leave till pretty late (which was fine with me. Speed scrabble with the fam while we waited! Unfortunately I kept making up words that didn't count. Words with friends puts me in bad habits).

We finally left around 4, and everything was great until about an hour out of Provo. Something got caught in our axel... or something... and it kept making weird noises and we kept pulling weird things out of our car... obviously not ideal. Then we were about 1 minute behind the cop that shut down the freeway at Spanish Fork. Hello 45 minute detour! We really can't complain though, because we have never had car problems besides this little one (knock on wood! We love our Black Butler!). 

The trip was a blast though, and really, slow drives home are far from the worst when you're with your main squeeze. 


Friday, October 7, 2011

Life As We Know It

So I thought I'd document what our college life consists of... because, well, eventually it will be over and I will want to remember it in its full glory. At the risk of sounding sloppy and boring, this is what we really do... and we love it so much. Life is so good.

Hang out with Garrett. Garrett is around all the time. It's so fun. And kind of adorable how good of friends Trevor and Garrett are.

Mario Kart. We love Mario Kart. Even though I'm really bad, it's really fun. Gotta love a good rainbow road run.

Watch movies. And seasons of TV shows. Lost, Community, Chuck, The Office. We love cuddling up to a good movie.

Be poor. Secretly though, being a poor newlywed college student is kind of a simple, great life.

Dance around our apartment. And sing loud. Dance parties all the time!

Go on walks. Especially when it's nice outside. Romantic.

School and homework. Necessary.

Cafe Rio. When Trevor and I were dating, we went to Cafe Rio once and he said it wasn't his favorite. I wasn't sure it would work out with us. But then he decided the next time that he loved it. Whew!

Shopping. We love shopping (some of us more than others. Side note: I discovered a new consignment store this week. Bad. BAD! But I had the whole store to myself... it was just so fun...). Or just wandering the grocery store. Or the mall. It's fun and people watching is the bomb.

Stay up way too late. We are such night owls. I kind of love it.

Go to work. I am a lifeguard and swimming lessons teacher. Trevor works at a physical therapy clinic. Thank goodness we have jobs we like!

Take naps. Sunday afternoon naps, anyone? YES!

Talk about random, funny things. Sometimes I wonder what people would say about the conversations we have about the most random things. It's highly entertaining.

Visit Grandma. She has us over at least once a month. We love Grandma!

Seriously... life is good. It won't be like this for long... and we're loving it while it lasts! And I promise we are not boring. Maybe a little.


The Girl

The Boys

 Also please note that we are all wearing jackets and long sleeves. That is because it SNOWED yesterday. Just flurries down here, but the mountains are all kinds of white. Where is this coming from!


Wednesday, October 5, 2011


OK people. I love living in the moment and soaking in every day.
Also I also love looking forward to things.
So here you go.

Getting my hair done on Saturday! I'm highlighting it one more time, then going back to normal probably because of $$$. But I'm excited for a fresh dome and a few more months of blonde.

Vegas next weekend! Because let's be honest, my fam-in-law is the greatest. I can't wait to play with them all weekend!

Rainy days this week. Anyone who knows me knows I love the sun and I love the rain. Nothing better than taking a nap on a rainy day.

My health fair next week! Ok... I know it's small... but it's what I've been working on all semester and I'm excited!

Graduation! I am ready! Loving my classes and loving that next semester will be something new. Like maybe a job? Weird... I'm so not a grown up.

Halloween! Not that we have plans. But I'm sure we will think of something. Who wants to hang out with us on halloween?

The holidays! Premature, I know. But seriously, I love that time.

Babies! Because I want to be a momma and have little Hansen people come join the good life. I can hardly wait!!

Also: fun fact of the day. I woke up at 5. in. the. morning. because I went to a 6 a.m. Zumba class with a friend and couldn't fall back asleep after 5. Have I mentioned that early mornings are not my thing?  Or maybe the better question is how many times have I mentioned this? Anyways, came back home and crashed for 3 hours.

And now, my friends, it is off to class for me.
Such a random post. Welcome to my mind.


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Being a Girl

Disclaimer: Don't judge me for being dorky and talking about emotions and girl issues.
This weekend I have felt like a 100% stereotypical girl.
An emotional, comparing, self-image issue having girl.
And I absolutely despise admitting it.
And we even get a special week every month to take a self esteem hit.

Normally, I would say I'm pretty self confident.
I feel comfortable in my own skin.
I am happy, healthy, and love life.
I am at peace with  my imperfections (which are many) and feel like I can always improve on something.

But every now and then (And more often than I would like to admit), this little monster named "self esteem issues" creeps in.
And I feel like I'm not good enough, or pretty enough, or smart enough, or awesome enough... or whatever.
And I feel like everyone else is.
Why, why!
Like I said. UGH!

After a good long talk with my sister and some of the right words from my hubby (thank goodness for them), I felt better. But here are the conclusions I have come to:
1. As much as I don't want people to know that I have bad self esteem days, I do. Goal: Remember that I am God's daughter and He loves me.
2. The people I admire most are the ones who are confident, happy, and have their priorities straight. Goal: Be that girl.
3. Comparing myself to other people will not help anything. Just because I admire someone does not mean that I have to be as awesome as them right this second. Goal: As cliche as it sounds, remember that I have special talents, too. I just need to learn the right way to use them. Also, nobody cares as much about my weaknesses as I do.
4. Being pretty isn't all that matters. When all your friends are gorgeous, it's easy to get into the comparison thing again. Bad idea. Goal: Be healthy and confident. Have a beautiful soul. It will radiate on the outside.
5. Goal: BE special. Help people. Serve people. Remember the things that are important and do them. Be the person who does good. Be a friend. Be a listener. Those are the things that matter most.

And Uchtdorf knows it, too:
"You are not forgotten.
Sisters, wherever you are, whatever your circumstances may be, you are not forgotten. No matter how dark your days may seem, no matter how insignificant you may feel, no matter how overshadowed you think you may be, your Heavenly Father has not forgotten you. In fact, He loves you with an infinite love.

He who created and knows the stars knows you and your name—you are the daughters of His kingdom. 
God loves you because you are His child. He loves you even though at times you may feel lonely or make mistakes.
The love of God and the power of the restored gospel are redemptive and saving. If you will only allow His divine love into your life, it can dress any wound, heal any hurt, and soften any sorrow.
You are closer to heaven than you suppose. You are destined for more than you can possibly imagine."
And thank goodness for husbands that can make you feel better about yourself on those off days.