Friday, July 30, 2010

Daren and Dawsen Came to Visit!

This past week has definitely been our best week of the summer so far! Landon's dad--Daren and brother--Dawsen drove all the way from Texas to spend some time with us. We have had SO much fun and are so sad that they have to go back tomorrow. We definitely lived it up while they were here though! If you can read it through this whole post, you are my hero (sorry its going to be a long one!!!!)

They got into Provo late Friday night and we basically set up their beds and went to bed. We woke up Saturday morning and got all ready for our big camping excursion! Dawsen had never been camping before this, so I have been stressing for weeks trying to make this the best experience possible for him! After running around trying to get everything we needed, we met up with Daren's brothers and their families and went to the canyon and had pizza. Mmm! Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures of this event...Dang!

Sunday morning we got the car all packed up and headed up to our campground, Timponeeke (pronounced Timpa-noo-key...I still have a hard time saying it right!!) We had a GREAT site right next to a little creek. Dawsen was basically in HEAVEN--he played in the creek for an hour or so while Daren and Landon set up the tents :) After setting up camp we decided to do a little "hike" and went to Cascade Springs. After that we made a camp fire (Dawsen's first one!) and roasted some hot dogs and marshmallows! It was so much fun seeing how excited Dawsen was for his first REAL s'more! After all that excitement we played some Killer Bunnies of course! :)





Monday was the big day! WE HIKED MT. TIMPANOGOS!!!! Get ready for a really long story.... I'm really glad I had NO idea what I was getting myself into, because if I would have known beforehand how hard it was going to be, I probably wouldn't have been so willing to do it! Looking back now I know we're all REALLY glad we did it...but let's just say it wasn't the most pleasant of experiences. We were supposed to be at the trail head at 8 in the morning, but we actually didn't make it there until 9. To make matters even worse, we hiked the wrong trail for 45 minutes!!! Setting us back not only on our time, but energy as well! Woops--I do NOT know how to read maps so they shouldn't have trusted me :) oh well. So we finally get on the REAL Mt. Timp trail head at 9:45! The hike was absolutely GORGEOUS! There was a stream that basically followed the trail for 2 hours or so, tons of gorgeous waterfalls, wildflowers everywhere that were SO bright and colorful, and such beautiful views! Most of the trail was very steep, so we had to take it pretty slow (stopping at pretty much every stream to drink some water and pour it down our backs!) By the time we actually made it to Emerald Lake (3/4 of the way up) we had been hiking for about 4 hours! This is when the hike started to take a turn for the worst.... After the lake there's a part where you reach the edge of a HUGE cliff and basically have to climb over all of these rocks and you are literally one foot away from the edge!!! Dawsen slipped twice and I honestly have never been so scared in my life. We were basically all really shaken up at this point, but continued the hike across a GLACIER (still pretty much on a cliff by the way) and then proceeded to CRAWL ON OUR HANDS AND KNEES up the steepest hill I have ever seen (still on a CLIFF!!!). I was literally SHAKING. By the time we made it to the Saddle (the peak just below the highest summit of Mt. Timp) we were all about ready to pass out from fear and exhaustion!!! Landon wouldn't even stand up to look at the view because he was scared a gust of wind would come and he'd be a goner (I've never seen him so scared--it was pretty cute actually! haha). We decided there was NO way we would go any further and pretty much scale our way on the edge of a cliff to reach the summit (plus there were some major thunder clouds heading our way). We said a quick prayer on the top of the mountain and headed back across the cliff just in time for the rain to start pouring down. Lets just say the 3 hour hike down the mountain was not too pleasant..... All in all, it was a very fun experience and looking back I'm glad we did it! We were all soaking wet and muddy so we decided to drive back down to Provo and shower before heading back up to our camp--which got SOAKED by rain. It was definitely a LONG night...



Thankfully, Tuesday was a much sunnier day! All of us were SO sore from hiking Timp but we were definitely not done hiking yet! We hiked to see the Timp Caves (my poor legs!!!) The hike is only about a mile and half, but its VERY steep (on top of having sore legs). The cave tour was really great and I loved seeing all the cool formations. Dawsen's favorite part was when the turn off all the lights and you are in complete darkness--kinda freaks me out!! After hiking the caves we went back to our site and took a NAP, made dinner, played some games, and then the dang RAIN came back at about 9 p.m., so we packed up camp in less than 30 minutes (in the dark!!!) and went home a night early!



Wednesday was a catch up day--laundry, cleaning, organizing. We also got to eat out at Red Lobster! mmmm!

Thursday we went to fly Landon's airplane and then spent the day up in SLC. We went to the Great Salt Lake, which actually isn't that great if you ask me! I got stuck in a mud hole and had gnats swarming me the whole time, plus it REEEEEKS! It was cool to see though. We then went and toured the Conference Center which was pretty neat because I had never been on the roof and the little old lady giving us the tour was SOOO cute (I almost adopted her). After the tour we went to the Joseph Smith building and saw the Joseph Smith movie--I literally BAWLED the whole way through! It is such a good movie!!! After that we went and ate dinner at the Italian Village in Murray and had pizza benders (which are SO amazing, its like a Calzone kind of but they are LOADED with cheese and are just amazing). Wheeler Farm is actually really close to the restaurant and we had some time to kill so we walked around there for a bit (and almost got attacked by a chicken!!) Then we took off to the Redwood Drive-in and saw Despicable Me and Karate Kid. Dawsen had never been to a drive-in so we definitely had a lot of fun!





Today we went to the Mt. Timp temple and did baptisms and now everyone is taking a nap! We have just had so much fun this week with Daren and Dawsen and wish they could just stay with us in Utah forever! :)

Friday, July 23, 2010

I Thought Grandmas Were the Ones with Hip Problems...

Well, I'm officially VERY frustrated. I have been running for 3 months now and right when I decide to run a half marathon, my body decides to break on me. I have been SO cautious. I only run 3 miles a day, I always stretch and do a cool-down, and I even started doing strengthening exercises so I wouldn't injure myself (like lunges, wall sits, calve raises, etc).

I have really become addicted to running. I have never really had a hobby. I never danced. I have never been on a sports team. I don't play any instrument. Running was finally something I was "good" at, or at least enjoyed doing.

It all happened last Tuesday. Somehow I came home from running with a pain in my hip. I googled "hip stretches" and it didn't seem like there was much to do. So basically I just took a few days off and thought I would be okay to go running on Friday...NOPE! Big mistake. I had gone about a mile and a half (limping!!!) when my leg just completely gave out on me and I had to call Landon to come pick me up. It would be an understatement to say that I was upset....

I haven't been running since and I feel like such a lazy bum! My hip is definitely not getting any better...it hurts anytime I walk longer than 2 min (and when I say hurt I mean throbbing stabbing sharp pain...owww!!) I'm just so frustrated because I am really determined to do a half marathon and eventually a full one...but how am I supposed to accomplish this with a busted hip!

I really hope it gets better soon, especially because I'm supposed to be hiking Mt. Timp next week!

Okay, I'm done venting :)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

My Hubby!



1. What is his name? Landon Dean Richins

2. Who eats more? Definitely him.

3. Who said I love you first? He did. We had only been dating 10 days :) I pretty much squealed and he twirled me in his arms before I said it back. Happy moment!

4. Who is taller? He is, by 7 inches. I’m a shorty.

5. Who is smarter? Landon! He has the most amazing memory and is REALLY good at math and stuff that actually requires logic and thinking… me, I’m just a hard worker! My GPA may be higher, but that doesn’t mean anything. I’m school smart. Landon is smart-smart.

6. Who is more sensitive? Hahaha. Me. No question.

7.Who does the laundry? I do! He will help fold it, but I actually love doing the laundry. Its one of my favorite household chores :)

8. Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? If you are looking at our bed, Landon sleeps on the right side. I don’t know why, but I think that’s how it will be for the rest of our lives now.

9. Who pays the bills? Well we both work to pay for the bills, but Landon is actually the one who sits at the computer and pays them.

10. Who cooks more? Me! But Landon does cook for me too sometimes, which is actually fun! I do really really enjoy cooking though! I love looking up recipes and seeing Landon’s face when he loves the meal I just worked so hard to make for him! :)

11. What meals do you cook together? Umm lasagna, homemade chicken nuggets, BBQ, homemade Wisconsin cauliflower soup (like from Zupas! Mmm) we make a good team when it comes to cooking! He does the hard parts like cutting the onion!

12. Who is more stubborn? Well I thought I was really stubborn….then I met Landon! Haha :)

13. Who is the first to admit they're wrong? Landon. It takes me awhile to get over things and Landon is way more willing to talk about things right then and there.

14. Who has more siblings? Haha I have 9 kids in my family, THREE times more than him!

15. Who wears the pants in the relationship? We’re a team.

16. What do you like to do together? Honestly, we just love spending time together. It doesn’t even matter what we are doing. I just love having him next to me, even if we are doing completely separate things. But we do love to go hiking and we go on a walk EVERY night. Its probably my favorite thing ever! We also REALLY like going on road trips.

17. Who eats more sweets? Landon eats chocolate every day, and it is really starting to rub off on me…

18. His Guilty pleasures? Hmm, he is literally addicted to anything that flies, mostly airplanes. I think he could sit all day and watch airplanes, fly RC airplanes, fly a real airplane, play with his flight simulator, watch birds fly… He literally should have been a BIRD!

19. How did you meet? Well, we first met in September of 2008, but we only talked for like 5 minutes (him and his roommate were teasing me about coming in after curfew). I love hearing him tell the story because at this point he will say “I could already tell that she was different and really cute.” Awww!!! Anyway, we didn’t really see each other again (plus I had a boyfriend…) until ward prayer on March 1st! Neither of us really went to ward prayer, but for some reason we went that night (I think its fate, but he later told me that he specifically went looking for me! How cute).

20. Who asked who out first? Landon asked me out :) We hung out for the first time March 5 and literally hung out every single day after! You could definitely say we hit it off. I have never felt so comfortable with anyone so fast in my entire life.

21. Who kissed who first? Landon! It was our first “official” date and he took me snowboarding. While we were renting my snowboard he grabbed my hand for the first time and then later we cuddled and then later, he kissed me! All in one day. I was a little shocked because I have never moved that fast, but definitely very happy he was so brave :D

22. Who proposed? Haha, I guess girls do propose nowadays? But Landon did, a year ago today actually!

23. His best features? Holy cow, his smile melts my heart. His eyes are the prettiest color brown, his skin is olive toned and SO beautiful (I’m not jealous at all…..), and his hair is really thick and a beautiful shade of dark brown.


24. What is his greatest quality? This is a really hard one because there are actually a million and one things I could say about Landon, but if I were to pick his greatest quality, I would have to say that he is a GINORMOUS heart. When he loves someone, he loves them VERY deeply and more than I think most people do. He is very kind and gentle and literally would do ANYTHING for the people that he loves. He honestly is such a sweetheart and I love him for it!

25. Tag? Sally, Ang, Brooke, Autumn, and Wendy :)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Sister Christensen



This is me and my best friend. But she's more than just my best friend. She is the reason I am who I am today. She is my "twin-soul." She helped me through EVERY hard time in my life and has ALWAYS been there for me. She is so caring, so loving, so selfless, so strong in the gospel, and the absolute nicest person I have EVER met! I will pay you a million dollars if you ever hear her utter one bad word about anybody. She is literally the most Christ-like person I have ever met. I have laughed with her harder and more often than I have with any other person. We have always been such spazzes together because we are both so silly! And do you know what? The people over in San Fran are SO lucky that I am willing to share her with them for 18 months :)

Jenna you are going to be the most AMAZING missionary. I love you!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Celebrating the 4th


Landon and I had a nice relaxing Fourth of July weekend. We hiked the Y on the 3rd to watch the Stadium of Fire fireworks and it was actually an amazing view (and I could kind of hear Miss Underwood!) I almost died on the way up, but it was totally worth it! Today we went to church, ate some delicious BBQ'd chicken and mashed potatoes, played some killer bunnies on the front lawn, and played with sparklers! Happy Birthday America!





I would also just like to give a shout out to all the men and women who are serving our country so that we can be safe and free. My brother Nick is in the Navy and I'm just so proud of him and grateful for his sacrifice and his service! He is in the middle east right now (don't ask me where haha) and I know his wife and daughter miss him so much, it breaks my heart. He has been gone for six months and gets to come home in a few weeks...just in time for their second daughter to be born. I love you Nick, Brooke, Evie, and baby Miller!!!!!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Born to Fly

One thing I love about Landon is his passion. He follows his dreams and is very passionate about what he loves (including me, hehe!) One thing he has ALWAYS loved is flying, which is why he is going to fly airplanes when he grows up. For now, while he is still getting his Electrical Engineering degree, he fills his craving to fly by flying model airplanes instead of the real thing. Its so fun for him, and I absolutely LOVE watching how excited and happy he gets. His latest airplane is called PT. He built it from scratch pretty much. He had to glue all the wood together, sand it down, cover it with this plastic stuff...it took him over 50 hours! But he loved every minute of it.




Its so fun to see all of his hard work pay off when he gets to fly PT. He found this "runway" in Springville that is absolutely perfect (in fact, other model airplane flyers have found it too and Landon has made some new friends!) Here are some pictures/videos of Landon flying. If Landon was any animal, he would definitely be a bird. Love you sweetie!! :)



I'm his official co-pilot :)


Love Birds
video video
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