training for the circus

i organized a bachelorette party for two of my friends who are getting married in june. my co-organizer and i debated between going to a bar and ordering soda, going on a campout (didn't really consider this one), or some kind of exercise class. since our friends have classy standards, we went for something new, a little different, and fun. so, aerial yoga! in my head i was picturing a calming, soothing, feel-good workout. well, i was right about the workout part.

i signed all of us up for an aerial silks class at a place that had a class at a time we were all available. with two weddings coming up, babies, work, and school to consider, i was getting desperate! i didn't pay too much attention to the circus training part since it said it was for all levels. we walked into the class and i got this sinking feeling of "oh my gosh what did i get us into." girls were on the floor stretching and they did not look like beginners... but i told myself that we would make it fun and laughed to cover up how intimidated i felt haha.

our teacher, katie, was so patient with us amidst all of her "straighten your leg!" and "turn!" and "climb up higher!" comments. she definitely knew what she was doing. i was not surprised to find out that i have no upper body strength. but i was surprised to find out how years of dance don't go away even after five years of zero dancing. and that i kind of want to make this a hobby. being someone who doesn't like to try new things, i'm proud of myself.

we've come a long way since our freshmen year. these girls were my family away from home and i'm so grateful that after 6 years, we are still friends. having friends makes life so much richer. happy wedding to the brides to be! you are going to be beautiful brides and i'm excited for you to join the mrs club!

lifelong friendships

the other day i was going through my unpublished posts and found this one from last summer. since then, we've added two babies and a husband with two more weddings coming up. i'm sad that two will be moving away in the upcoming months but i'm happy we all stayed in provo for as long as we did. i was listening to this song and feeling all nostalgic so here you go.

Five years ago I moved into my freshmen dorm of six girls. Two of them I'd gone to high school with, three I'd never met before. 

the other night one of my friends planned a fun group date complete with a picnic and lawn games. There was bocce ball and ladder ball, pita sandwiches, lemonade, strawberry cake, and a lot of laughing. The evening was full of trash talk, manly talk, girl talk, and baby talk. The five of us girls lived together 5 years ago when we were all freshmen with no clue what we were doing and far from home. A lot has changed since then but even with people getting married, graduating, having babies, and going on missions, we're all still friends! This may seem silly but it makes me happy that we still make time for each other. And I know that even when life takes us somewhere else and we all move away, we'll still be friends. But for now, I'm happy we live close and get to enjoy being young together.

And enjoyed it we have :) 


chris the braid champion

this is the result of our monday night activity. my head massage turned into a hair lesson and i'm a liiiiittle bit proud of my husband's handiwork. it's a good feeling knowing that our future little girls will have a dad who can help with their hair on sunday mornings haha ;)