Mission Statement

"Try a little harder to fortify someone so powerfully that whatever temptations the devils of hell throw at her or him, they will be able to withstand and thus truly in that moment be free from evil."
~Jeffrey R. Holland

Monday, May 7, 2012

New Blog

Hello my wonderful family and friends. Being that I am about to embark on a new and exciting chapter to my life, I am going to start a new blog for my new little family (Paul and I). I want everyone who wants to read it and follow us to have access but I am going to make it private. If you want to follow it please send me your email address and I will add you. I'll probaly start it in the next couple weeks or so.


Friday, April 27, 2012

Don't Click Links

I'm not sure why, but for some reason some of the words in my blog posts keep getting linked- meaning they are linking to websites. SOOO... if you see this please don't click on them, a couple times they have pulled up NAUGHTY sites. Grrr... I keep deleting them, so if you saw one... SORRY. I don't know how to fix it. I promise I'm a good girl. GOOD AND PURE!!!!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Fun in the Sun... on the Oregon Coast

Well, I went to Portland for the first time this past weekend. It was amazing. Here are some pictures from the trip. My battery died so  I didn't get many pictures. Some of these I stole from Kerry (Thanks Kerry!!!)
Okay... So first I got to meet his Grandma and Grandpa Marshall. Fun people. I loved them. I was quizzed on some history, part I passed, part of which I failed. Haha... I think they still liked me though. They were a lot of fun to talk to, and I loved them instantly!!! Then we spent all day with Paul's AMAZING parents Kuhn and Kerry on Saturday. It was a beautiful day, warm, sunny... just wonderful weather. We spent the day on the Oregon Coast, which I fell in love with. We ate breakfast at this sweet lodge called Camp 18. Which is where this first picture is at. Awww... Cute picture, right? I love this picture of us. The lodge is awesome, it's log and very rustic. I felt right at home. Kerry tried to get us to sit on this lumberjack's lap... Paul was shy about it, but I wasn't :). Here I am on his lap.
Me and some random lumberjack at Camp 18

Here are some pictures off of a park we stopped at (can't remember the name)
Kuhn and Kerry... how cute are they? Awww...
We went for a walk on the beach and found a couple of broken sea shells and an ugly rock. We decided to find an ugly rock because no one ever wants the ugly rocks... everyone looks for the pretty rocks. In fact, Paul found a pretty cool looking rock and tried to tell me how it was an ugly rock and it hit it out of his hand and told him it was too pretty. Hahaha... It was so funny but probably looked so mean from a distance. Haha
While we were walking on the beach we came to this written in the sand. We love you Kerry!!!!

This was awesome. We were just driving along the Pacific Coast Hwy and Kuhn sees a little crab shack and asks if we wanted a crab. I have never actually eaten a crab like this. We stopped. It was awesome. There was this table along the shore, it was so perfect, the day was just beautiful, and there we were all on this table, overlooking the water and the fishermen eating our crab. I was in heaven!!!! I had Paul by my side and two amazing in laws (to be). It was great!!!
While at the beach we approach Kuhn and Kerry getting out Kuhn's kite. I got to learn to fly it. You hold two strings and control the kite with the strings. I loved it! I nose dived it a few times, once in the water (oops) but I LOVED it. SO. MUCH. FUN!!!! He was trying to teach me to spin it in circles and everything. I did so many fun things this day.
More Kite flying!!! Thanks Kuhn!!!

I had so much fun on this trip. Sunday was no different... we ate a wonderul breakfast with his parents and then got ready for church. We went to his ward and I met his Bishop. That was such a good experience. The spirit was pretty strong in there talking to him. He is an amazing man, and he loves Paul so much... EASY TO DO! Then we went to the Portland temple. It was beautiful. I've never been there. I loved walking around the grounds with him. He was so excited to show it to me. I'm just excited to go there with him (wink wink). Then we went back to his parents to have dinner with them. We all pitched in and made a yummy dinner that we ate on the patio, again... beautiful sunny weather. Then that night we roasted marshmallow's and made smore's, EXCEPT... we didn't have graham crackers so Kerry and Paul came up with the idea of using sugar cookies. They were yummy. I started my mallow's on fire...which was unusual for my sweet little Paul. I made him kiss me with burned mallow on my mouth. Haha... Oh the joy and laughter he gets to look forward to by being married to Tahnee :). It was so nice to just sit out there in dark around the campfire. They have an awesome yard, it felt like we were in the mountains, I was in heaven. Paul and I sat out there cuddling and talking about all kinds of things. I just love being with him. Then Monday we registered and drove up to Mt Hood and down the gorge along the Columbia River. It was so beautful and so fun. I was in love. Then we went to a nice restaraunt called Boccelli's. It was yummy!  Paul is so great, he is always taking me to places he loves and he loves some great places. I'm so lucky to have him. I just love more and more all the time.
Mt Hood
I was so sad to leave on Tuesday. We went and picked upholstery for a couch and loveseat we get when we get married. That was fun. And we ate breakfast at Bob's Red Mill (I think that's what it's called). I started to feel sad the closer it got to be time to leave. In fact after I packed I went to give Kerry a hug and I just busted out crying. Poor Kerry. It's so hard to always have to say goodbye to the love of my life. And now I was sad to say goodbye to his awesome parents as well. I'm marrying into a wonderful family, they already feel like family. I really had a hard time at the airport as well. I cried and cried after getting there and waiting for the plane. There were only 40 people on the plane so it was empty, which was good because I sat there cuddling with the stuffed moose Paul gave me on the trip, leaning against the window of the plane bawling my eyes out. The flight attendant came by and said "Awww... that's a cute moose!" and she said it like I was 5. I was crying and I think there is a good chance she might have thought I was handicapped. Hahaha... Since she was talking to me like a child and I'm crying cuddling my moose and looking out the window. Ha!!! As the plane started to take off, the crying just got worse. It was hard. I guess this is a good thing that I miss him so much and have such a hard time saying goodbye. Love is amazing. And priceless... and I never ever want to live without Paul, ever. Now we are on another countdown. He is coming to Utah on the 14th of May. 18 days!!!! Oh, and then last night, I was emotional again, because I miss him so much. I walked over to John and Amy's because they are his family, and John opened the door... YEP.. there I stood, tears running down my face. He just let me hug me for a while as I cried. Poor John. Haha... He was so great!!!!

Friday, April 13, 2012

And They Lived Happily Ever After

Okay... the moment you have all been waiting for has finally arrived (okay, maybe it's the moment I have been waiting, but anyway... moving on) the proposal story!!!!

SO... Paul and I decided to go to Disneyland a couple months ago. He got us plane tickets, rooms (yes separate- we are good people) and all the plans and reservations that anyone, especially me, could hope for. I was so excited. SO... I had only been to Disneyland once in
my entire life and it was for like half a day. SOOO, basically this was like my first trip. Here's the thing, Paul knew before I did that he wanted to marry me. I was the one that put the breaks on, but really that only lasted a week. When it's right it's right :). I was a bit of a stubborn girl and was afraid to ask the right questions to the Lord. It was as if I was getting these little taps on my shoulder like the spirit telling me "HELLO DUMMY!" (I know, he doesn't use terms like dummy or moron, but you know what I mean). "I have something amazing for you if only you would LISTEN!!!!", "Open your eyes Moron!" (there's the moron part). Then one day I was at work and all day I kept thinking about how much I loved Paul and the thought kept coming to mind "what are you waiting for? Why are you afraid to ask?" I even asked Jesse and Keith that question. So I decided to fast and pray about it on sunday. A few days later is when the tapping began. Then on the next sunday I was getting ready for church and you know that feeling you get when you feel like you should bear your testimony and you don't and it builds and builds until you feel like your heart is about to beat right out of your chest? I had that feeling. SO... when Paul called me, I told him. I knew I had to tell him that we were "on the same page" since I put the breaks on a couple weeks prior. I was so excited to tell him because I knew he already knew and was just waiting for me. Anyway... there is a long story with that, but I told him, so that next Thursday is when we were going to Disneyland. Paul and I flew to Disneyland and got our rooms and then headed to the park. He was like a kid in a candy store. He was so excited. Honestly, I wondered if he would propose, but I had decided that he couldn't, he didn't have a ring. Psh... I just told him we were on the same page.. he didn't have time. SO... we had so much at the park. SO. MUCH. FUN. He spoiled me rotten. Everything you could ever want to do there we did... or at least as far as I knew. I started to feel like a kid.. I was so happy and so happy with Paul. We had a blast. SO I need to jump ahead to the proposal or this will be too long. JUST KNOW...I was having the time of my life. Best time EVER!!! OKay, so he made us reservations to eat at Ariels Grotto, which is a restraunt on the boardwalk at California Adventure. We had a few minutes before our reservation so we went to this little gift shop across the street. I was looking at the jewelry and found a ring with a P on it. I said "AWWWWW... look! It's a P ring. P for Paul. I should buy this ring!" He said "I"m not wearing that ring!" I laughed and told him it was me not him, he responded with "Don't buy yourself a ring, let me get you a ring!" I quickly replied with a smart alecky "Psh...I'm tired of waiting for you!!!" Hahahaha... I know, I'm a brat. But I bought the P Ring. And I was proud of that P for Paul!!! We went over to eat. We were outside along the water, the sun was down, the lights from all the rides were on, the big ferris wheel was going around, it was beautiful, I was so happy, so in love. Paul kept telling me how beautiful I was, even though I looked like crap that day. See...
He thought I was so beautiful. I had humidity hair (ugly wavy) and no make up on from the day of wear. But he kept telling me. I thought.. he must love me, he thinks I'm beautiful when I'm really not. At least I don't usualy like people to see me looking like that. ANyway.. I was looking out over the water and at him. I said "I'm so happy. I feel like I'm in a dream!" and I meant it. I could tell something was wrong with him, when I asked him he just said that he didn't have much of an appetite. He went to the restroom and came back. He ate a little and then asked me if he could sit next to me. SO I sweetly said of course and made room for him next to me. I even pulled his chair right up next to mine (I like being close to him). He then starts to tell me some pretty sweet things about knowing I was made for him and all that. It was so sweet, and we were cuddling, and again with the lights and the water and the laterns lights... I was seriously in HEAVEN!!!! Then the waitress brings us our desert plate. It was a plate with many different deserts on it. She explains what each thing is and then she sets this down in front of me... and says... "and this is for you"...
And I read it and there was a pause in my insides... I was like... UMMMM... Is this....and I turn and look at him and my eyes were big and I half said... Are you.... and then he stands up (the chairs there are metal and the floor stone, so this wasn't quiet) and I was like "Oh my heck.. you are going to make me cry" I look over and our waitress is leaning against the door about teary eyed with a huge smile on her face. He gets down on one knee and I cover my face with my hands and he says "Tahnee, will you be my Queen? I love you, will you marry me?" I was so excited I think I grabbed his face and kissed him and hugged him and kissed him and said yes and hugged him... hahahaha... I was so so so happy!!! NOw I new why he was
so weird and nervous. He then put the ring on my finger.. it was more like he was putting it on and I was like, There's a ring! Where did that come from!!! It is the most beautiful ring I ever did see... and it's all mine. I love it. LOVE IT LOVE IT!!!! He had been carrying that ring around with him the whole time we'd be at Disneyland waiting for the right moment and that one felt right. He said he had a couple other ideas, but I looked beautiful (his words) and he felt like it was right. It was PERFECT. I seriously felt like I was in a dream and when he proposed. OH. MY. HECK!!!! SO, when he went to the restroom he set this all up with the staff. Haha... sneaky. We sat there cuddling and in love and talking about when to get married and saying "We're getting married" in the cheesiest way possible, but we were so happy! IN our own little magical wonderful world. *SIGH*... Well, then we had tickets to see the WOrld of Color show right after and we hadn't even eaten dessert yet. I didn't want it to go to waste so I said "hurry.. take a bite out of each thing" so we did. Haha.. then we watched the most amazing and beautiful water show ever. It was so romantic, we pushed our way to front row. We texted loved ones to tell them, we cuddled and just let ourselves be happy and in love. It was so amazing. I don't know how I got so lucky... things like this don't happen to me... but I'll take it. I just love him so much and he is so good to me. OH.... they also gave us these pins that said "Just Engaged" to wear around the park the rest of our time there. We got special treatment on some rides and lots and lots of congratulations. It was amazing. AMAZING!!!
I had the best time ever in Disneyland. The whole trip. SO many funny things happened and som many sweet things too. It was seriously the best time of my life. And we are going back for our honeymoon. This time we'll have "Just Married" pins, and get lots of congratulations and all the other fun stuff... ya know.
I love our story... he did so good!!! Now we are getting married on July 7th and I cannot wait!!!! I'm glad I had to wait so long, because I got the best guy in the world... I can see how we are perfect for each other... I"m excited to see all the places we will go....

Sunday, April 1, 2012

I'm Engaged!!!!!

So... turns out, Disneyland was a DREAM COME TRUE!!! I don't have time to post but I will update asap. I just wanted to let you know that it was amazing and the time of my life and Paul proposed to me while we were there and I became the happiest girl alive at the happiest place on earth!!!!