January 31, 2011

i miss this girl.

our relationship goes way back.

we knew of each other at Clifton Middle School.
i think we talked a couple times when we were in 8th grade.
mostly because we were the "mormons"
but we were in different wards so we didnt really hang out.

fast forward to Monrovia High School and our love and friendship blossomed.

our being "mormon" bonded us in high school and that was a blessing.
having this girl hannah in my life.

we enjoyed many church activities together.
stake beach days was always a fun one.

our sophomore year we were both on MHS homecoming court.
we enjoyed our matching pink dresses.
that was sarcastic.
[ps hannah i still have mine!]

most of our memories of back in the day come from our senior year!
those were some good and hard times.

dance dress shopping.
driving in the volvo.
[that meant hannah driving me EVERYWHERE due to me having no license!]
planning various church activities.
going to church dances.
filling out college applications.
FHE at the Terrills.
sleeping in hannahs bed on the weekends.
having a tooth brush at her home.
photography classes.
living it up in M-Town!

we graduated together.
moved to utah within a week of each other.
adventures galore continued!

lots of college adventures happend in provo nation.
we were roommates for a year.
even shared a room.
hannah would talk in her sleep.
we danced together every week.
we had a kitteh together.
lucille was presh.

she met her husb rob in provo.
she went to DC for a little bit.
i started preparing for my mission.
the han and rob got engaged.
stopped by my apartment RIGHT after the proposal!

i prayed i'd report to the mtc AFTER the hamill wedding.
it happened.

the newly weds started life together.
i started a mission in wisconsin.

hannah wrote me.
sent me packages.
kept me updated on their life.

i got home in march 2010 but our great real life reunion didnt take place till december 2010.
what a happy day that was to hug her again.

its like no time goes by when we get together again.
its wonderful.

this always happens too ..

we take photos of each others faces.

DC keeps the hamills right now.
california keeps me.

i wish i could have a hannah hug right now.
love you mommy.

truth ..

"The gospel of Jesus Christ challenges us to 
BECOME something."
- Brother Scott

January 27, 2011

framing skills.

i use this nail gun at least 2 - 3 times a week.

its for framing. 
[yes i am a professional framer at my place of work, thank you ray.] 
[ok, i lie, ray IS the professional.]

every time i use it i am surprised i do not have a nail through my finger.

fun fact. i am a pretty UNcoordinated warner.
BUT at least i am not #1 for this .. H is the most UNcoordinated warner!

 so i get a little nervous when i need to frame for this fact.

actually last week i was framing and talking to ray at the same time.
the nail gun got stuck or something and i pulled it away from the frame and a nail shot into the air.

good thing i didnt look at it or point it at ray.
that would have been bad.

basically i am ever more cautious of my nail gun usage now.
and well xacto knife usage too.
and using a step ladder.
and well i guess i should even be cautious of using the packing tape contraption. 

remember. in all things.
safety first.

January 26, 2011

only because it was wisconsin.

i NEVER watch American Idol. NEVER.
not a fan. 
sorry if you are.

BUT ..

heidi barlow rose let me know the auditions were being held in MILWAUKEE tonight.

i miss this place.
i miss these people.
well i live with marmie but i still miss wisconsin.

and i do love that the auditions were held at the milwaukee art musuem!

thank you heidi for helping me get my wisconsin fix.

3 things ..

#1. i CANT stop listening to this song on repeat.
you can judge if you like.

#2. a package came from the hatchs in the AZ today.
among the goodies included was THIS.
a polaroid camera for me.
my heart skipped some beats as i held it in my hands.

#3. APPARENTLY i dont already know HOW TO COOK.
thank you H.

so much goodness!

January 23, 2011


this is happening.


and they will win.
no doubt.

GREEN & GOLD .. go pack go!

i woke up this am with this on my mind ..
GB Packers vs. Chicago Bears

we all know the green and gold will dominate.

listen and enjoy.

last night i was talking about my mission. of course.

alex or was it alisha asked me if i was a Farve fan of a Packer fan?!


Green Bay is where i started my lovely mission in the WMM.
on my 4th day in Wisconsin i had the pleasure of going to the ever famous Lambeau Field.
Monday Night Football vs. the Minnesota Vikings.
read >>> here if you like.

those Packers SHUT DOWN the city, maybe even state for their football!

we had many adventures and service opportunities that took us to through those G gates!

when i went back in June to visit i took Marmie by good ole Lambeau to see it in all its glory!



January 19, 2011

i heart the moon!

while riding my bike home this eve i saw the most beautiful site ..

the moon!

it wasnt quite this orange.
a little more on the yellow side.
it was full and round and so beautiful in the sky.

i could stare at the night sky all evening long.
i heart the moon!

January 13, 2011

the things you do for love!

there is this boy ..
who i love.
yes love.

sometimes we do crazy things for love.

example ..

i am leaving this ..

to go to this ..

good thing this boy will keep me warm!

thank you Mr. Barlow!

January 10, 2011


Catherine N. Card + Melanie E. Warner = MelCat

yes we have a celeb duo name.
do not hate.

the Lord DEF knows what He is doing.
that is all i gotta say.

this woman came into my life when i needed her most.
and i will ALWAYS continue to need my Cat!

there are heaps of reasons why this girl is my other half.
the Cat to my Mel!
[the pepper to my salt! halloween 2010!]

let me share a few ..

she listened and continues to listen to EVERY one of my WMM stories.
[she practically knows everyone and everything about the wmm!]
[and every story for that matter!]

she lets me borrow her pearls when we dress up.
[she is a classy woman!]

she drives me to and from g7 activities and more.
[and now thank you marmie for letting me give back with goldie!]

we share cans of diet cokes when we are at each others houses.
[we are a good support team!]

we text daily. all day.
[some of the best parts of my day is hearing her funny stories as a nanny!]

she is the most selfless and caring person.
[always there to pick me up. i am a blessed girl. seriously.]

she is supportive and loving.
[always full of encouragement for me to keep moving forward!]

she is an amazing example of living the gospel of Jesus Christ.
[she listens to the Lord and is a faithful woman.]

there are SO many more qualities and attributes that i could highlight this beauty with but that would take me years to write down!

the Lord blesses us through other people.
i believe and KNOW that to be true.

you deserve the best person in the world trophy!

i love you boo.

January 05, 2011


its ones like this that i miss.

at least they are videoed to give me a smile and remember funny missionary moments.

i love wisconsin.

i love the wmm.

right now in the warmth of my bed i am NOT missing the cold cold cold of wisconsin.
but i still love that place.

if you didnt know by now i am a nostalgic person.


time flies.
in the mission and at home.
10 months today i have been back in the monrovia.

in honor of this day i watched my old mission videos.
i couldnt stop laughing.

mostly b.c. i am such a dork!

thank you elder air johnson for making me cry with laughter over the district meeting farewell video posted on my fb today!

i promise no elder was hurt in my attempt at the pinata.
only the wall of the cultural hall.

January 04, 2011

good discovery!

while i am at my studio i read photography magazines.

i get aquatinted with different artists.
learn new concepts that are out there.
get new ideas for ray and myself.

i came across this photographer

i really like his intimate portraits called Beloved.


his website is amazing.
so captivating.
and entertaining.
maybe entertaining is the wrong word but its sweet ok?!


you will thank me later.

January 03, 2011

truth ..

“The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ takes the slums out of people, and then they take themselves out of the slums. The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature.” 
Ezra Taft Benson


Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
marianne williamson

January 01, 2011


thank you 2010 ..

 new adventures ahead ..

hey there 2011!