Thursday, June 30, 2011

pop star sensational dream

I had a dream last night that there was a new edition of American Idol where celebrities were paired up with average, normal people to perform with and compete as a team. Of course, I was paired with Michael Jackson (back from the dead?) and we won the whole thing. Our number was inspirational-- the music, the harmonies, the choreography! The judges were so moved by our performance that they were in tears at its conclusion, and could speak nothing but praise. Of course, our success also had to do with me sabotaging Lady Gaga's performance. I play dirty. What can I say?

Holli + Michael Jackson 


 Speaking of Michael Jackson and American Idol, I love this:

this girl totally should have won.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Burning Love

butnin love photobooth
we took this one a few hours before jacob flew back to denver. this particular photobooth made us choose a theme, and we both agreed that this one would do. . . BURNING LOVE!!! haha. that's us.


we are really bad at photobooths

Thursday, June 23, 2011

my boyfriend's back

Things couldn't be more blissful.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Honeymoon is Happening

hotel booked. flight confirmed. this honeymoon is happening...

Phoenix, AZ , US (PHX)

San Jose Juan Santamaria, CR (SJO)
Wed, Aug 17, 2011
06:29 am - 07:30 pm (2 Stops)

Thu, Aug 25, 2011
09:40 am - 07:57 pm (2 Stops)


Victory pump after completing our reservations via Skype.

tropical beaches + exotic rain forest and wildlife + zipline tours + bungalow + hug a sloth =

dream adventure honeymoon here we come!!!

get back

killin' the vibe  ducktails


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Engagements S N E A K P E A K!

more to come :)

Friday, June 10, 2011

honeymoon on the mind

the sandwitches - back to the sea by gfom

So nothing is confirmed yet, but it looks like me and my guy will (most likely) be taking an exotic, beachside honeymoon in a tropical location. Jacob wanted to keep it a secret from me until the wedding, but I couldn't take it, so I made him tell me what he was planning. I was pleasantly surprised. And oh boy, the more I think about it, the more excited I get.
And now that I have been looking around and seeing just how many cute, modest, one-piece swimsuits there are right now, oh man, I can hardly contain my excitement. Now, I'm all for modest swimwear, but I am a little tired of the tankini + board shorts look. I love love love this new swimdress fad that's coming into fashion. So pretty and feminine. I am determined to be sporting one of these on a tropical beach for my honeymoon!

I am drooling over all of these. Ugh! I seriously can't get this honeymoon off my mind! Will August ever get here? I don't know if I can wait any longer!

once we we get the details and travel arrangements confirmed, maybe I'll let everyone in on where it is we are going. stay tuned :)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

wannabe buff

Showing Jacob the unbelievable results of the P90X Extreme Home Fitness workout via Skype.

Day 7

Okay, that's obviously not what my bicep really looks like, but has anyone else tried this?
I have been doing it for about a week and a half now, and I must confess that I think I am seeing some results. The workouts are HARD and the instructor is a goober, but they are actually kind of fun and exciting.  There's a lot of variety too-- yoga, plyometrics, weight lifting, and I especailly love the karate choppin' cardio of KenpoX.  

I haven't dropped 15 pounds miraculously, but my abs are tighter, some of those muscles that have been ignored for so long are actually getting a workout, I'm more flexible (there's an entire 1-hour workout DVD just for stretching), I have more energy, and overall, I feel really good. I've been borrowing the DVDs from a friend, but I am tempted to buy my own set because I love it so much. Has P90X worked for anyone else out there? What do you think?

Apparently, you are supposed to do the workouts and fitness plan for 90 days to get the full results. Maybe if I actually do the whole program, I'll post some "before" and "after" pics-- NOT.

Monday, June 6, 2011

BYU Romance

My two greatest accomplishments at BYU.

It's hard to remember now, but I think there was a time when I thought I was too "cool" for a BYU romance...

Let me explain.

+ being introduced by his brother (now my future brother-in-law) AKA my best friend's boyfriend (now husband), and feeling my entire universe shift
+ a pre-mission first date that started at the Nickelcade and left me restless for the next 2 1/2 years
+ "casually" writing a missionary, all the while trying to hide my secret wishful heart
+ sending him postcards from London, Stonehenge, and Oxford while studying abroad
+ meeting for the first time after his mission at his ward's semester kickoff FHE for pizza and rootbeer--I don't think he met anyone in his ward the entire time we were there
+ spending the rest of the night looking at his mission pictures from Johannesburg, South Africa
+ a post-mission first date that began dancing at a Vampire Weekend concert and ended lying down on a sidewalk at Temple Square, staring straight up at the glowing Salt Lake Temple. . . and then a Temple Square security guard asking us to not lay on the sidewalk because people might trip on us
+ a perfect first kiss that happened because he decided to ditch his friends, not go to the BYU football game, and spend the whole day with me instead
+ coyly agreeing to date an eager returned missionary
+ falling in love so fast, i thought i was dreaming
+ Hiking the Y Mountain-- and I'm not just talking about the "Y," I'm talking about the WHOLE MOUNTAIN.
+ a weekend getaway to Rexburg, Idaho for Yellowstone and "Bear World"
+ eating lunch together almost every day in the Cougareat
+ my first BYU football game with him
+ a Beto's run at about 12:30 a.m. monday morning for breakfast burritos (borderline breaking the sabbath. we only did it once, i think)
+ sneaking into the exit of the BYU testing center to leave him encouraging notes and Jones Soda to find on his way out
+ movie nights at international cinema in the SWKT
+ the first "i love you" after October Conference together
+ study nights in the library, though i would never let him sit next to me at the table while i was studying--only across from me. it was too hard for me to focus with him at my side, though we still played footsie and looked up from our books for an occaisonal flirtish glance
+ giving a good luck kiss before the hard math/engineering/physics test, and a shoulder rub after
+ date nights at BYU tennis matches, the Eyring Planetarium, and BYU Symphony
+ trips to SLC to hear Music and the Spoken Word live
+ watching almost every single BYU devotional together this year
+ attending almost every CES fireside, and watching the one that we missed on my laptop together
+ seeing the same person waiting outside my house at the crack of dawn to pick me up for school every morning
+ holding hands on our walk through campus's new garden path
+ picnicking by the duck pond
+ seeing a tiny dot at the top of the stadium waving his arms at me before the commencement ceremony and waving back in a mass of blue caps and gowns
+ walking to my seat at graduation and  seeing him right in the front row waving, taking pictures, blowing kisses, being my biggest fan.
+ graduating with a degree under my belt and an engagement ring on my finger, a diploma under my arm and the love of my life in my arms

There was a time I probably would have regarded such events as "cheesy" or a "typical BYU love story," but life schooled me and I gladly relented to the happiness there was in store. Though I am now graduated, Jacob still has at least two more years to finish his ME degree, and I have a feeling that our BYU romance has not ended yet.

Here's to a few more years in Provo and all the sweet memories to come.

I can't wait to make them with you.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

natural woman

I heard my little brother singin' this song around the house today, and I almost died. . .

The thing is, every time he got to the word "woman" he would just fade out and not finish the phrase. I was cracking up, "Dude, are you seriously singing that?" I think most people would be worried if they heard their little brother singing "Natural Woman."

He responded jokingly,

"If only this song applied to me, it would be the perfect song."

Luckily, I know this kid just loves that ol' soulful kind of music and is not singing his actual feelings here. Still can't stop laughing about it though. All through the house. . .


You have to admit that it is a pretty great chorus.