Tuesday, August 9, 2011


I flew straight from Orange, CA to Honolulu, Hawaii for a week of fun with the fam! I was SOOO psyched to see Brandon again. Two weeks is WAY too long. I never EVER want to be away from him that long again. I can't believe I cried at the airport upon seeing him after all that time. What a goober. Ha ha. Oahu was SOO much fun and it was SO great to see Quinn again. We miss him!!Sorry these photos are so scrambled. They are definitely not in the right order but I can't figure out how to fix it. Ha. The above photo is at Sunset Beach. That was my favorite night of the trip. We just played in the water until the sun started setting and then played in the sand, tried out our model poses (ha) and had some friendly competitions. Ha ha. Brandon creamed us all in the long jump but the foot race was a close one between him and Quinn.

This is at Ted's Bigger Burgers. Holy Hannah are they ginormous! Mine was SOOO good. It had a "bigger (you choose big, bigger, or biggest.. I was hungry ok?)" pattie (7 oz), avacado, bacon, hash browns, lettuce, pickle, onion rings, tomato, ketchup, and honey mustard. I think thats everything...haha. I don't even want to know how many calories that was... But I would totally go back. YUUUM! haha.
At the Polynesian Cultural Center after the Kali'i Luaa

Luau!! They gave us fresh flower leis! The kalua pork was as scrumptious as ever. :)

The first day of our trip Rick biffed it really hard on the sand when he was trying to body surf a gnarly wave. There were signs saying to use caution because the waves were dangerous. In fact life guards were telling us over the speaker to go to a safer beach if we weren't experienced. Rick was the first to head into the water. When we asked him if he wanted a boogie board, he said, "Let me see if I can survive first." Ha. I guess not. After the accident, he struggled to make it back to the beach and then headed over to the Lifeguard to get something for his bleeding head. A few minutes later he returned with a confused expression on his face. He sat down and proceeded to ask us several questions such as "How did I get this ice pack? What happened? Where are we? We would answer his questions but he would keep repeating his questions every 30 seconds or so. After he called his son Brandon, Frank, we decided we needed to get him to the hospital. We couldn't get him to go willingly as he kept saying, "Wait just a second. Just tell me what happened" after we had told him multiple times. After an exciting ambulance ride we spent a few hours at the hospital while the doctors checked him out. The ride home was pretty funny since he couldn't remember anything that happened two minutes ago. After we told him what happened he asked, "Did I just get pile driven (his favorite description of the accident that day) into the sand? Did it look cool? Was it a big wave? and of course.. What happened? Ha ha. Don't worry, I got some of it on tape. His memory slowly returned but he will never remember the accident or the ride to the hospital. Poor guy. We are so glad he is back to normal. :) Lesson learned: Don't go boogie boarding( or body surfing) at Sandy Beach in Oahu! Its dangerous!!

"Love and Other Impossibilities" photos

Photography: Tim Agler

Backhaus Dance Summer Intensive

July 18th-30th I got the amazing opportunity to go to Orange, CA for a summer dance intensive with Backhausdance, a professional modern dance company. It was an AMAZING two weeks and I learned so much. I took class from 9:30 to 5, Monday through Friday for two weeks and then performed in a show Fri and Sat night of the second week. Some classes I was able to take were contemporary jazz, modern, ballet, contemporary ballet, pilates, somatics, composition, improvisation, Limon technique and partnering (possibly my favorite class). We also had rehearsal from 3:30-5 everyday. All the students were split into three groups to learn some rep from the company. The piece I got chosen for was "Love and Other Impossiblities". It was a BLAST! It was a combination of contemporary and tango. I got to partner with several guys and get lifted!! (this is new for me being 6'1). It was basically a dream come true performance. Ha ha. When it was over I made sure to write down everything I had learned from the great faculty. I'm excited to take that information into my technique classes at BYU in the fall.. Its my last year! Craziness.

Chihiro, me, Tawny, and Liane. These three ladies are dancers on the company and are CRAZY talented!!! I love them. :)
Jolie, the sweet girl who let me stay with her in Orange, loaned me her bike to trek the the 3 miles to campus everyday. As it was my only form of transportation, Bike and I went to the laundromat, grocery store, Target, and everywhere else together. We are good friends. Ha ha.

Meet Gabe. He and I were often partners during the intensive. He is awesome! :)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Reyna Photography

My friend and rock star photographer Reyna Peery did a dancey photo shoot with me last month when I was visiting my parents in Arizona. It was SO much fun. She was in town last week and did another shoot with me and my sis-in-law Rachel. We got to submerge ourselves in a freezing river in huge poofy dresses. It was awesome. :) Those pics will be posted later but for now.. these are some Arizona ones.


Kinect Adventures is WAY too much fun. I get all sweaty within minutes. These are pictures our Kinect took of us as we dodged obstacles, reached for coins, flew through the sky, or other similar nonsense. You NEED to try this.

Brandon is Prospering :)

This is kind of old news but for those of you who don't know.. Brandon got this amazing job for a company called Prosper. It's a financial consulting company for people who want to get out of debt, succeed in their businesses, or just be smarter with their money. He has learned a lot and is doing really well. He animatedly tells me all about it all the time! haha. He actually won a huge flat screen tv because he is so amazing! It was a 42 in. but we decided to upgrade a little and get a 50 in. It has been SO nice. Our old tv was so ghetto. Ha ha. To celebrate we got a kinect for our x-box and the game dance central. We play it ALL the time. :) He also just won a huge stainless steel grill! We are pretty excited about that and can't wait to have a real backyard we can put it in! For now it will be used well at my in-laws house. Bring on the steak!! Woot woot! Brandon also won a week driving a brand new Mercedes. Its b-e-a-u-tiful! If only we could keep it! Actually Brandon says he wouldn't want a car that nice because he is so afraid of anything happening to it. Ha! I completely agree. We DO need a new car however. If any of you hear of something cheap, let me know! Our Buick is dying. :( Anyway, his team just moved up to Draper so its a bit of a commute everyday. He may have to quit once school starts which is a bummer. School is going to be really hard this year in his business program so having a full time job would be quite a struggle. Sigh.. I guess we will just have to see how it all plays out! Life is good! :D

Run Jessie, Run!!

I miss dancing so much. The first couple of weeks after the school year ended I didn't really move much outside of walking. I felt so... bleh. Luckily, my friend Manda had this amazing idea to start running together! I was very excited because just a few days earlier I had run into a beginners running program on stumbleupon.com (funnest website ever). I have NEVER been a good runner. I hate it. I think this hatred began when I found out I had sport induced asthma in middle school. While running the mile I had an asthma attack and thus began my short relationship with my inhaler. I gave up on the inhaler long ago, trying to get over my asthma on my own.
The first week of our running regiment we only ran (don't laugh) one minute and then walked a minute for 30 minutes. The next week we ran two minutes and then walked a minute for 30 minutes. Every Monday we add a minute and surprisingly, its going really well. We are currently on six minutes. We are also going to yoga on Tuesdays which is super awesome. I love the instructor. She is really sweet and is teaching me the true technique of yoga that I have never really learned. I'm so glad Amanda and now her sister, Heather, are doing this with me! They are the will power I need! Thanks guys!!