March 31, 2011

sure glad this guy was born!

happy 26th year mr. barlow!

March 17, 2011

happy st. patricks day!


i wear green in case someone trys to pinch me.

March 16, 2011

another year OLDER & WISER too!

i love every year of life.
i'm on my 26th now!


i have such great family.

my sisters wrote some sweet words about me ..

read them here >>>

its great having an older sister.
its even better having TWO.
its the absolute BEST when they are twins!

for the adventure of turning 26 we celebrated life, love, family and friends by having sushi!

and this amazing cake!
thank you my cat and whoeve decided to put 26 candles on this beauty!


ichima has the best birthday song around.
just go and experience it!


i feel blessed to have another year to learn and grow.
life is wonderful!

March 14, 2011

legit californian!

for the past 5 years i have been a UTAH resident!
i know. i know.

i was so sad when i had to give up my california love 5 years ago but i was ever so excited for in state tuition.

my utah license expires 03.16.2011
which just happens to be MY BIRTHDAY!

so i had a little decision to make ..

fly to utah to renew and keep my utah residency OR become a legit californian?

today i spent about 2.5 hours at the Pasadena DMV with my dear Cat by my side and got myself a California license! 

[we'll keep my info censored for those prone to identity theft!]

we celebrated by getting yougurtland.

welcome [officially] back to cali!

March 09, 2011

baby BOY peanut!


i heart babies.
especially when they are related to me and will be albino.

March 07, 2011

sweet reunion march 5th 2010 ..

finally.
here is the actual video of me seeing my family again!
it was a sweet reunion.


i could watch this multiple times a day and it always brings a smile to my face.

i heart my family.

ps i am glad the video still chose to be me hugging my bffl.
you can hear heather scolding me in the background on how i wasnt allowed to hug boys yet!

March 05, 2011

a year back in LA ..

a year ago today i came home from the Wisconsin Milwaukee Mission!

where has the year gone?!

sometimes it still feels like it was just the other day i was there among my beloved wisconsinites eating cheese and drinking gallons of milk.

other days it feels like it really has been a year since i got on my flight in milwaukee and landed in california.

>>>

i've had a lot of thoughts about today.
i miss the WMM more than i can explain.
BUT ..
i love being involved with my family on a daily basis.

i can watch my homecoming video over and over and over and NEVER get tired of it!
[hopefully it will decide to upload tomorrow.]

i did find these gems along with my welcome home vid that i never saw until today.
they made me laugh and smile and shed a couple tears!

>>>

this 1st one has some pretty funny commentary by the best bro A and Brother Braden!
apparently they mistook me for some guy who caught off his finger and got famous for it so they started filming .. 

video

this 2nd one cracks me up!
i will admit I DID take forever to get off that plane!

let me explain ..
1. i was in the very last row of the very large plane
2. i really needed to use the restroom when i got off the plane
3. i was a little worried i would walk out and no one would be there

in their wait bro A made a vid for me to tell me i was taking TOO long!

video

my actual homecoming video is not letting blogger load it at the minute so we will try at a later time.

>>>

i will say this though i did have THE BEST welcome home committee EVER!
look at them. best. ever.
[this includes you lisa jane since you are the photog here!]


when i finally came down those stairs my twins charged.
it was the best feeling ever.
im just glad they didnt knock me over in my skirt!


sister hugs are amazing.


warner family hugs are everything.

i especially love this shot ..
[thank you again lisa!]

to be completly smothered in love was something i will never forget.


and then FINALLY my sisters let me for real hug my marmie!


i find this next photo amusing for many different reasons ..

1. i look abnormally short here
2. i didnt know whether to laugh of cry .. so many emotions at once
3. i never fail to make H laugh .. does she get why she is laughing? only half the time!


sweet reunion 2010!
one of the best days ever.


guess where my first stop in good ole CALIFORNIA was?!
In - N - Out.
OBVI.


also that day i met 2 additions to my warner family ..
Braden & Alex.
that was interesting and fun and most likely awkward!
but i love them with my sisters so it all worked out.


see?
best. welcome. home. committee. ever.


so what did i do today to celebrate my love for California and my anniversary of coming back?!

ate at In - N - Out.
OBVI.


i still miss the WMM every. single. day.

why? let me tell you ..

1. waking up every morning and putting on my tag that says "Sister Warner".
being a full time representative of the Savior Jesus Christ.

2. my companions. 
getting to be with them all day. everyday. everywhere.

3. saying 50+ prayers a day.
for every thing. whether it was little or small.

4. bearing my testimony multiple times a day.

5. WISCONSINITES.
they are some pretty amazing people. all of them.

6. the fall.

7. President & Sister Barrett.
need i say more?

8. Green Bay. Appleton. Milwaukee. Madison.

9. putting all my effort, love, time, service and faith into the work of the Lord.

10. the accents of the midwest.

this list could go on FOR DAYS!
[elder oldman anyone?!]
seriously.

"You will NEVER see the end of the good from your service in WI."
President Barrett

this is truth.
i know it.

as much as i miss my hand shaped state i am grateful to be home for lots of reasons ..

1. my family.
our love grew for each other even though i was apart from them for 1.5 years.

2. the gospel continuing to go forth in WI.
i love getting texts, phone calls, fb messages calling me "sister warner" and giving me updates!

3. "on my mission .."
i am the girl that talks about her mission constantly bc it literally changed my life. i can never stop talking about the goodness of the WMM. the stories remind me of the Lords daily tender mercies.

4. having a full time job that i love!
my job really came as a blessing in disguise. it all happend in the Lords timing and job was perfect for me.

5. G7 Ward
these ysa have taken me in and made me one of their own.

6. the never ending connections i have to Wisconsin!
i continue to meet people who are related to the WMM. it makes me smile.

7. cameras.
i love being able to take photos again and focus on what a photographic image is all about.

8. staying up late.
its nice not having a designated bed time. even though i did love it on the mission.

9. DANCE PARTIES!
dancing is the best form of exercise ever invented.

10. dating mr. barlow.
this boy is a blessing and makes me all kinds of happy.

Heavenly Father is a God of miracles.
He gave me the opportunity to serve Him full time and He sent me to the BEST place for me.

i love Wisconsin everyday.
i also love California everyday.

i love the Lords hand in my life and where He continues to guide me.

i am also grateful to get to wear jeans daily and not eat 3 dinners a night! 

i heart wisconsin forever.

i guess i cant use the excuse .. "i was on my mission .." anymore?!
cat will say its about time i stop using it!

March 01, 2011

march! march! march!

march is a good good month.

full of reunions, anniversaries, birthdays, parties, adventures and of course disneyland.


march also means spring and longer days of sun!

welcome to march.
i am a happy girl when the sun is shining on my face!