If you haven't already figured this out, I have a little obsession.

It starts with an H and ends with O-R-S-E.

Yep. It's true. But I just can't resist how truly beautiful they are, especially when I see them galloping freely in the field. Unless of course I'm in the field trying to catch the horse, and he's galloping toward me. Then I stop thinking how beautiful he is and pray that he'll stop before he runs me over!

puppy love

Okay, so it's not exactly puppy love… It's "horsey" love. But how can you not love this cute face?

His name is Rae and he is so much fun! I've been riding him since my second time trotting, and I think I fall more in love every week (even if he does sometimes try to get away with what he wants because he knows I'm new at this!)

He also loves acting like a tired old man. We were all done, so I took my feet of my stirrups to stretch down, and he was falling asleep in seconds. Goofball.

At least he pretends like he's my friend.

As far as riding actually goes, I'm making some progress. I've got good posture and today my leg was really good, too! I want to keep going till I get it right, but that might take awhile.

2 years!

Today is our two-year wedding anniversary! I know that in the grand scheme of things, two years really isn't all that long, but it has gone by so fast and I have learned and grown so much with the help of my very best friend.

I love that Michael stands behind me no matter what I decide to- whether it's extra schooling, learning to ride, or getting into photography. He's never failed to encourage me and help me progress.

And I can't help but love his goofy faces. In fact, he might've actually become goofier this past year.

He's still pretty cute when he sleeps.

And I love when we go somewhere together and he introduces me to people as though I'm his most precious gem.

Happy 2nd Anniversary Sweetie!!!


Today Michael and I graduated from Virginia Tech! It's been a long, tiring day, and I am more than ready for some sleep! I definitely wanted to share some pictures before I head to bed though.

Last night was the big university commencement ceremony, but it only lasted about 12 minutes because we were all caught in the middle of a thunderstorm. So much for that (and farewell to my curled hair…)

At least we had fun taking pictures while waiting in line to get into the ceremony.

It's strange to think that school is all over now, and a few simple ceremonies closed that chapter in our lives. After working so hard to get to this point, I think it'll take a bit of adjustment to the "non-academic" lifestyle, but I'll never lose my desire to learn, that's for sure.

Congrats to all 2011 graduates!!!


This past weekend we went to the temple to see our cousin Shaila get married! We decided that we would go up the night before so that we could spend some time in the temple together, but when we were just about half hour from our destination, we got into a minor car accident. Thankfully, no one was hurt and our car is by no means destroyed. The radiator was cracked and leaked out all its fluid, so the car had to be towed.

Although it was just a small incident, my emotions were very unstable over the next few hours. It was strange to see our car hauled onto the tow truck. We had to ride in the front, which almost seemed fun for a moment, except that I could see our poor car bouncing behind us in the sideview mirror.

I am so thankful for our family and friends who have been so generous to help us make it back home and get to the places we need to. I really don't know where we'd be without them, seeing as our car is currently 4 hours away from us.

I'm grateful that Michael and I are still alive and well. There's really nothing better than being with your best friend.

We managed to stay at the same hotel as Michael's parents, which was great to get some hugs and relax. And we did make it to the temple for the wedding on Saturday morning, where is was such a relief to temporarily leave our wordly cares behind and just feel the Holy Spirit. Marriage really is a sacred covenant between you, your spouse, and God, and I definitely felt that this weekend.