Sunday, July 29, 2012


All week I anticipate Sunday.  Chris and I get to spend the entire day together, and entire days with Chris are my favorite.  Chris is really into Chinese Checkers right now.  He bought our board from DI and went to six different stores in one night to find marbles.  We play Chinese Checkers at least five times a day and always after prayer before bed.  This is Chris's -stop taking pictures and play me before church- face.
(Post Edit - Chris doesn't like this picture so he took it off and then got in bed at midnight and laughed like a little girl so I'm putting it back.) 
 I'm always yellow, he's always orange - check out the score.
I didn't take a picture of Chris's - Rose always beats me at Chinese Checkers face - but let me tell you. It's my favorite face.
 New shoes from mom, which means so much more these days now that I'm married.
 My lady Kale broke her arm and she's not happy about it.  Made it over to sign the cast.  We planned a swimming trip as soon as the purple is off.
 Celebrating birthday's at the park.  
 Dad's selling more horses and I took the pictures - make sure to get his big hind leg.  Hind legs are important on horses, just an FYI.
I'm already looking forward to next Sunday.  Excuse me, I've got to go kick Chris's butt in checkers one more time before bed.

Saturday, July 28, 2012


 I've been wanting to see Wicked FOREVER.  I fell in love with the soundtrack when I met my friend Jenny in New York.  I never went on Broadway and have regretted it ever since.  Sisterville got an email from her work clear back in December and we jumped on the tickets months prior. 
Forgetting my camera was the only major disappointment of the day.
It was seriously everything I ever imagined and more.  
No good deed goes unpunished.  
I still have songs in my head a week later and I don't mind one bit.

Friday, July 27, 2012

My Future Home...

I’ve always felt like there were so many expectations when it came to the roll of a wife
and a mother. There was time when I really wondered if it was something that I
wanted. I don’t particularly like to cook, nor was I a girl who grew up dreaming of being
a wife or a mother. I started compiling a list in my church notebook along the way of
many of the things I wanted in my future home, if indeed those blessing fell upon my
head. These ideas have come from talks, experiences or others around me. I thought I
would share a few of my favorite. I think sometimes we forget all the things we dreamed
about happening and we just live right through it….

1. Christmas around the world – I recall experiencing it for the first time in second
grade. We made wooden shoes from Holland out of crate paper to put carrots
in for Santa’s Reindeer. Since I’ve always thought of doing a different countries
tradition each week in December before Christmas. I think I’ll start this

2. Play church music on Sunday mornings. My mom did this a lot when we lived
in Mapleton and I can remember it so clearly. I’m horrible at it lately – any good
church CD’s – send them my way.

3. When my kids turn 12 do baptism every Monday morning before school. When I
used to baptisms every Monday I met a family who did this with their teenagers.
They got ready in the temple and ran off to school. What a great way to start their
week. Now I just need a twelve year old.

4.  New York Pantry: When I traveled there and we toured many of the Pioneer
homes, I fell in love with the big pantries. One with a low window and the cute

5.  Have a Christmas party with Whitney Davidson and her family every single year.

6.  Have a glass tray with perfume bottles on it like Grandma Ruth. So many smells
conjure perfect memories of the past.

7.  Make sure my grandchildren know they need their scriptures when they come to
grandmas because they know they are going to have a gospel discussion.

8.  “Have Faith Enough to Move Your Covers” – Jack Christensen - Hang that
somewhere in my home. At the time this quote meant so much and is still so
valid – all it takes is getting out of bed.

9.  I’ve always wanted some type of study. I’m not much for my own library, since
I don’t like holding onto things I’m done with and I rarely read books more than
once. But a study allows for many different books to filter through. It will also
have a good deal of maps and a free standing globe to plan plenty of adventures.

10.  Create a time capsule. I had big plans of doing this at my wedding, but never
spent the appropriate time. Hoping to put it together for our first year, our
adventures, homes and experiences. Will open on a 25th anniversary. I’d say 50th
but Chris is an old fart.

11.  My kids are not allowed to see the Harry Potter movies until they have read the
books – no arguments about it.

12.  Write my husband notes and leave them special places. I’m horrible at this –
what a great reminder.

13.  On trips with the family, make sure to include the temple. Take pictures outside
each one and make a special coffee table book. What a great way to share the
gospel to those who come inside your home.

14.  Big desktop computer in my kitchen – no other computers throughout the house
for kid use.

15.  No TV in my bedroom so my husband and I can talk before bed. – Chris and I
have TV, but it only plays movies, it’s perfect for folding laundry in front of but
barely turns on before bed.

Hope this doesn't make me sound to preachy, its just some things I truly hope for.  

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Fiesta Days...

You know that saying, "You can take the boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the boy."  Well even though that statement is a tad on the retarded side, and pertains specifically to a boy.  After the rodeo on Friday night I was feeling like such a city slicker.  I live in an apartment, we drive cars, I work with people who save their money boats instead of tractors, all my stall picking calluses are long gone and finally my husband has no idea what a barrier is.   What has my world come too?  There was a time when horses and rodeo's were such a big part of my everyday life.  We had such a great time at the rodeo.  I forget how little Chris knows about all of it.  My resolution for the fall is to make the country and horses a bigger priority.  I think will start with proper riding lessons!  

As we sat in the stands we looked down and saw this guy.  Go figure! 
Hi Dad!

Kale & Jakey...

My two favorite kiddos to take pictures of.  I tried out my new lens on Kale over a month a go, but I never did these two together until last week.  I had been promising Sisterville, but I've been so swamped.  Perfect timing, as they will welcome their new little brother in a few weeks.  We only shot for about 20 minutes and got so many good ones.  Here are a few of my favorites.

I chopped off all my hair...

A midst all the crazy mess we've had lately, on a whim I chopped off my hair. I haven't had short hair since 9th grade.  I don't know what made me do it.  After my grandma's funeral we were just at my brother's house and bam chopped off my hair. 
I'm mostly just happy I decreased my blow dry time!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Grandma's Obituary...

Donna Chapple Hanks

April 16, 1931 ~ July 18, 2012

Our dearest Wife, Mother and Grandmother passed away July 18, 2012. She was born April 16, 1931 in Spanish Fork, Utah to Roach and Elvern Robbins Chapple. Her childhood was spent in Spanish Fork, Utah. She graduated from Spanish Fork High School and that is where she met her sweetheart, Vaud Melvin Hanks. They were married July 27, 1949 in the LDS Manti Temple. They enjoyed 63 wonderful years together.

Vaud and Donna raised six children, one son and five daughters; Brent Vaud Hanks (Patty), Jolene Andreason (Blair), Leann Hales (Larry), Susan Olsen (Scott), Lesa Swenson (David), and Laurie Hanks. Donna leaves behind a legacy of 24 Grandchildren and 38 Great Grandchildren. 

Donna enjoyed gardening reading, cooking and embroidery. Her family was her greatest love. She loved family parties and being at the family cabin in Loafer Canyon. Donna was a wonderful homemaker and great example to everyone she met.

Mom, you will be forever in our hearts. We love and we will miss you.

She is survived by her husband, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and brother, Paul R. Chapple (Marilyn). She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, Keith R. Chapple.

Funeral services will be held Monday, July 23, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in Salem Utah at the LDS Chapel located at 60 N. Main. A viewing will be held Sunday, July 22, 2012 at Walker Funeral Home, 187 S. Main Street, Spanish Fork and on Monday at the church from 9:45-10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment will be at the Salem City Cemetery.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Real Life Celebs...

When I saw these on Yahoo News Reel I couldn't help but love every second of it. 
 Brad & Ang
 Kanye & Kardash
Oh Jen!
 Jay-Z you look the same.
 Gywneth Paltrow

Check our the link here.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Draper Temple...

My cousin got married yesterday in the Draper Temple.  I had been to the open house prior, but nothing compares when actual ordinances are performed.  My first time watching a temple sealing - other than my own of course.
 Grandma traveled clear from Arizona at 83 - she's such a trooper and opted to go shopping at City Creek between events, instead of resting like the rest of us. 
 The temple grounds never cease to amaze me.  I loved the cool tones that were used in multiple flower beds -so different, and just after a good rain, everything was more vibrant than usual.
 I should have tried harder to get more pictures of everyone.  Sisterville is due on August 9th the same day as my Chris's birthday. 
Unfortunately my Chris had to work away all weekend and couldn't make it.  Strange he was only gone one night but things are just better when he's around.

Thursday, July 12, 2012


I am extremely excited about the Olympics. I remember the first time I really watched,
when Tara Lapinski took gold over Michele Kwan in the figure skating of 1998. At the
time, I was regularly ice skating with an instructor at Seven Peaks. This was before they had the indoor rink and we skated outside in the middle of lazy river – real classy. It all ended when I
cut my butt with the sharp part of the skate. Let’s not talk about that though.
The next summer I accidentally watched the event where the girls dance with all the
objects. I don’t know the proper term, but there’s a bowling ball and a special stick with
ribbon twirls. I imagined I had to train in far off places like Price, UT and I was the next
Olympian. Why is dreaming that you’re an Olympian the best way to waste time that
ever existed?
Finally, when the Olympics came to Utah we could never get any tickets, but my dad
made it a special point to go and soak up as much of the atmosphere as possible. I got a
brae, pins, the whole bit – were talking super classy right here. I won’t forget it.
This year I’m most excited about the gymnastics. I’m a big fan of Alexandra Raisman
- can’t wait to watch her and all my friends in the special stick ribbon twirling walk in
wearing the Ralph Lauren get up. Which despite all the negative talk on the design I happen to love – Ralph is as American as they come!

Sunday, July 8, 2012


I don't have any homework.
No longer looking for job.
I found my husband.
My house is clean.
Finished my book.

Feeling a little lost lately.  What to wish for when all your wishes come true. I've been putting my focus on trying new things and developing new goals.  It's been a bit more difficult than I thought.  

It's strange how different things turn out - different than you ever planned in a more perfect way.  I'm nervous about so many of my ideas and new endeavors.  Sure to be sharing more in the future.
P.S. Self-timer shot - bam! A real doozy, but always happy to see my husb dressed for church.

Baby Trey...

I don't profess to know anything about infant photography.  As much as I've learned this past year, newborns has not been where I've put my focus. I'm sure many have seen the perfect baby shots, swaddled in fancy material hanging from tree limbs or sitting in old milk crates and their all sleeping soundly.  It's a good thing this guy is adorable and didn't need so much hoopla because right from the start we got off on a bad foot - this guy would not sleep!
I've got a few more practice sessions coming my way. Either way isn't my new nephew handsome?

Saturday, July 7, 2012


I'm not exactly what they would call "good in the kitchen."  However, I've really been trying to make menu's and stick to em.  The other day I pulled out all my cookbooks, all two of them and decided I'd try at least one recipe from each.  I choose homemade pizza from Ree because we really like pizza, and it only called for me buying pepperoni, cheese and yeast. Win, win!
The yeast is by the flour at the grocery - thanks to Sisterville who answered her phone while I was three aisles away by all the salad dressings.
 That's two WHOLE pizzas.  I got a lil cocky at the end and didn't think I needed Ree anymore.  I missed Step 14 that specifically states, "if you don't need all that dough you can freeze up to six months." Damn it!
Chris mentioned it was better not to document how we got the dough to rise quickly by putting it in the dryer with all our whites.

Good recipe
Good pizza
Good husband
Clean whites

Happy Weekend!