Sunday, April 26, 2015

happy anniversary, my love


Zachary Monroe White,

Happy anniversary, my love! We did it... One year of being married to you + it truly has been the most wonderful year of my life. It has been a year of love, happiness, fun, learning, and so much more. Everyday I come to love you more + still get those nervous, excited butterflies that I did when we first met.

When I met you, I was instantly smitten. You were fresh back from your mission, handsome, funny and so sweet. All through NSO I just wanted to sit by you and talk to you and get to know you better. Luckily, we hung out after the last day of new students orientation (when I seriously was devastated and never thought I would see you again) at the soccer game then played cards. And thank goodness you asked me on a date for a few days later to watch Star Wars for my first time.

I can't even believe how quickly I fell for you. Zachary, I love you. I look up to you and I'm so grateful for your influence on my life. You make me want to be my very best self + I can't wait for the rest of forever with you.

Thank you for everything #mrpopular , you mean the whole world to me.

Love always, your wifey

Saturday, April 25, 2015

home: for a wedding

It was so, so fun being home with my family for a week before my cousin, Eric, got married. We got to spend time together and just chill. It was a great down week just after finals!
Because our wedding was on Saturday April 26th, 2014, our Anniversary was on a Sunday this year. Eric got married on Saturday April 25th, 2015 which was the same DAY (not date) Zach and I were sealed last year. Being able to go to the Oakland temple the same day we were sealed the year previous and attend a beautiful wedding for family was the most incredible experience. It was fun getting all gussied up to go to the temple and be with family. 
Here's Zach and I in front of the temple after the sealing. It was a beautiful day.
Love this sweet mama of mine!
 The Moser/White family! Love these people so much.

Monday, April 20, 2015

road trip

Though it has been almost a whole month since I last blogged, I am happy to say that I am back! My laptop was having some major issues during finals week and completely shut down when we left for our road trip so I was unable to blog for three weeks! Though it isn't too long of a time period for me to not post on this here blog, a lot happened that I would've loved to post. So, here comes a couple different blog posts covering my short hiatus starting with... THE ROAD TRIP!

Monday morning on the 20th of April I had a biomechanics final at 7:00 A.M. (yeah, it was terrible + hard but I GOT A B *cries tears of happiness*) and thought I would be done around 10:00 A.M because our professor suggested leaving that block open just in case it took us that long. So, we were up bright and early; Zach did some last minute errands and I took my test which only took me an hour! WHAT! So we were on the road an hour or so earlier than planned after changing our oil!

Thus began the 11.5 hour (depending on how fast you drive) drive through Nevada. For those of you who have made this trek, you know how boring it can be! Unless, you're with Zach. The first time we drove this length together was after Z came to meet my family and visit me Christmas of 2013. We drove back with my super good friend, Abbey, after break ended. The next time we drove was from Utah to California for our wedding! Things are just more fun with Zach. Look how cool he is!

 Other than that handsome face, there was a whoooole 'lotta this. ^^ But then, we hit the Sierra Nevada's. There was this really cool mountain rain storm and the rain drops were ginormous! I could only take pictures through the car window so they don't really do the scenery justice but still pretty.
 We were about an hour away from Brentwood when the sun was setting. It was a gorgeous sight with the palm trees and a pink sky. It was a gorgeous welcome back home + I am so grateful for the time we got to spend with my family!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

finals

You know, the duration of the semester I totally dread finals. It's almost like imminent death. Obviously a bit dramatic, but it's debatably one of the most unpleasant time of the school year. I hate the idea of the "final judgement" type feel that final exams have. For some classes, the finals don't add up to too much of the final grade but for others... A poor grade on the final = a poor grade in the class. It's just so stressful! And I hate stress.

But when finals actually do roll around and the last day of classes arrives, it's kind of nice knowing that the end of the semester is near. I love having the freedom to take the 2 reading days (a.k.a. no school, likely not much reading days) and study or not study. I also enjoy having, essentially, a free day where I can take my finals when I want. Then there are those scheduled finals (I have TWO this semester scheduled at 7:00 a.m... like why?!) that suck but then after a few days you're all done!

I am currently 4 finals in with 1 to go. I am currently sitting in this exact spot:

Because I had one of my early finals this morning, I wasn't able to do my long run. So, as I sit here watching Diner's, Drive-In's and Dive's on the Food Network, I better study for a bit before I go... But I did complete 3 whole finals today so that deserves a little R+R before my long R(un)... Right?? Great, I'm glad you agree! ;)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

the (almost) Stone family

My older cousin, Eric, is getting married in a little less than 2 weeks and I could not be more excited for him + his sweet bride to be, Danika. Not to exploit my dear older cousin on the worldwide web but this will not be the first time Eric has gotten married. WHAT! I know, right. Well, Eric + I have actually been married to each other more than once (incest?). When we were kids, our older cousin Brynn would dress us up and play "house" with us in which we were usually a married couple. 

Eric has been like an older brother to me since I can remember. We have lived barely a mile away from each other all growing up, went to the same elementary, middle + high school, he has encouraged me to not be shy, pinched me with his toes, attacked me etc. etc. I grew up being very close with my cousins and love them very much! 

Well, today I got to shoot some pictures for Eric + Danika. It felt amazing being behind the lens again doing what I love to do! I have missed using my beautiful Nikon D-3000 to capture moments that people can have for years + years. Here are a few of my favorites with all natural lighting + no editing! 











I'm an amateur photographer but love to take photos, I'm easy to work with + love to work with others so if you ever need your photographic needs met for CHEAP (key word there) I am happy to help! Contact me through the "Let's Chat!" page located right up there ^^^

Friday, April 10, 2015

small victories




Every Friday morning, Zach has class at 8 a.m. EIGHT IN THE MORNING. I know what you're thinking... "Uhhhh... 8 o'clock in the morning isn't that early." or "HELLO McKenzie, you got up before the hour of 6 o'clock for 4 years in high school for early morning seminary; you can suck it up."

Heck, I even have an 8 a.m. class on Tuesdays + Thursdays but for some reason when Friday morning rolls around, 8 a.m. is just too early. Maybe it's because on Friday's my first class is at 11 or because I had been getting up at 7 every other day of the week but I just really like my Friday morning sleep-in.

Today, Zach got up for class, got ready then left. I remained in bed for a few minutes willing myself to go back to sleep. However, I couldn't fall back asleep. The alarm went off, I woke up when Zach did which meant that my chances of actually falling back asleep were slim. So... I hopped out of bed, threw on some exercise clothes + running shoes and by 8 (yes, 8) o'clock I was out the door.

YOU GUYS. This is TWO weeks in a row now that I have gotten up before 8 a.m. on a FRIDAY to go running. This is a big deal for me! Just a few weeks ago I was really struggling with my self-esteem (body image) + major lack of motivation to work-out. I have mentioned before here on the blog how hard it can be for me to stay consistent with my eating/exercise habits and how it often seems like a roller coaster for me. Well, 2 weeks in a row is a great start to becoming consistent once again.

Here is to 2 weeks of consistent Friday morning running, here's to Friday + here's to the weekend!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

a happy list: 1

Tonight, I found myself browsing Instagram looking at lots of cute + hip pictures from super cute/hip bloggers. One of the blogs I came across had consistent posts titled "a happy list" followed by a colon ":" and a number. I can't remember what number she was at but the idea was that she would list things (+ post pictures) of things that made her happy. Mine will be a bit different in nature but I loved the idea, hence my happy list: 1!


Zach and I have been a couple of Netflix junkies lately. A few weeks ago I found out how to hook our BluRay player up to the wifi box so we can now watch it on our T.V. This has been an incredibly beautiful yet detrimental occurrence in the White home. I have been watching the series "Once Upon A Time" since the show started with a couple of set backs (college dorms + no cable means falling behind on shows) but am all caught up as of last season. Thanks abc.com! Anyways, between "Friends" and Z deciding to start OUAT from the very beginning to bask in the greatness for himself, we've been making good use of the Netflix account. I love "Hawaii Five-0" and we've been watching that, too. So, ya know, Netflix.

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The fact that Zach is my best friend is pretty dang cool. Some people get all caught up with the necessity of being "just friends" for a nice long while before any sort of spark comes to life. I disagree. Zach and I met, hung out as friends but, yes with a spark + potential for more, went on a date, etc. etc. But we did start as friends and have continued to foster our friendship through marriage. The picture above makes me so happy I could just burst! It was a spontaneous selfie and we both look silly and it's just cute, right?? We both look a bit disheveled, as this was right before bed, but I like it. Because it's like a picture where our quirky, fun friendship shines out a bit.

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Easter weekend this year was a unique one as we didn't spend it with our Moser family + both Mom and Dad White as well as Megan (little sis-in-law) are in Seattle for Meg's spring break hanging out with our cute nieces as their parents are out traveling the world (BREATH). So it was just us + Phlaurelimon (? Phil, Laurel + Simon) for Easter dinner! To make Easter even better this year, General Conference was the same weekend so we got to listen to the words of our beloved Prophet and Apostles whilst eating Reese's eggs. Golden! One of my biggest feats was cooking my very first FUNERAL POTATOES CASSEROLE ALL BY MYSELF! I was very excited + it was very yummy. Easter was beautiful + He is Risen!!

Friday, April 3, 2015

we can do hard things!

This beautiful Friday morning has been a great one as I have re-learned a very valuable lesson. As the sweetest baby boy next door is sleep training with our bedroom wall sharing his, Zach + I have taken the opportunity to do something we've wanted to for a while. Have a SLEEPOVER! In my opinion, living room sleepovers are good for the soul. Yesterday, was rough for the both of us. It was the longest Thursday ever but we ended it in great spirits with a date night. Here is Zach being the gentleman that he is and ordering in the COLD (whatEVER Utah! It's springtime now!) as I sat in the warm car. Love that man. The Greek-n-Go truck has become a usual for us with amazing gyros, fresh french fries AND the most delicious fry sauce too.
Anyways, we went home and watched Netflix while we rested our brain-dead heads. Zach worked on homework while I searched the internet to no avail to find a cute dress for my cousins wedding. Target has failed me! Any suggestions for cute, not a million dollars dresses out there let me know!

So we went to bed early and I was so excited to sleep in! Finally my crazy week was slowing down. I woke up around 7:00 (whaaat the heck, right??) fully rested and my body would not let me sleep anymore. So, I woke up. As I am currently training for my 2nd half marathon it was the perfect opportunity to hop (Easter pun intended) out of bed and get going. I'm not gonna lie, I wanted to sleep more. I laid there for a while just debating inwardly whether or not I actually wanted to get up on my morning to sleep in and RUN. At last, I decided to get up and get out.

My run was only 3 miles. I am learning that this time around, training is not nearly as hard as it was last time. Which is good! But I am still at the very beginning of my training and it is still hard. Another thing I learned training the first time is that I CAN DO HARD THINGS! That lesson was reiterated to me today as I was tired and really cold (again, thanks bi-polar Utah) but kept moving my feet. There is a dreadful hill I have to run up at the end of all my runs to get home and sometimes, as I blare my One Direction or Taylor Swift, I will repeat to myself, "I can do hard things!". It really helps + you know what friends? We CAN do hard things! They may be difficult but they are not impossible. Remember why you're doing what you're doing + if your intentions are good + true, you will succeed.

Then after my run I got to go on a little breakfast date with one of my dear friends, Emily! I had to miss a little birthday outing she scheduled for last night with some other friends because Thursday is our date night + Zach had a good one planned. But also, I rarely miss date night! It's my favorite activity with my favorite person! So Emily + I went to Provo Bakery for some sugary treats to chat over.
Another lesson I learned this past couple of weeks combined with our breakfast date this morning is that good friends stay your friends no matter what. Within these past couple weeks, I've had a couple experiences that I have truly struggled with! I struggle because I think I am just too much for people sometimes. I am too loud, too annoying, not there enough, whatever. It's hard for me because I try my hardest and I want everyone to be happy! Although I know I cannot make nor keep those around me happy, I still try. It's made me sad for years and years that sometimes friends fade away or decide to go. But I have learned that if you have a true friend, they will never go. I ran into one of my very best friends all growing up at Cafe Rio last Saturday. Jill is a friend you might not see for a while, years even, but she still loves you and takes genuine interest in your life. Jill, I LOVE YOU! Thank you for teaching me what a true friend is. I am grateful to have met so many true friends here in Provo + friends that have gone but have taught me important lessons.

Most of all, today I learned that no matter your struggles + how little you feel that Christ will always be there to show you that you are loved. I am grateful for this Easter season and for the meaning it brings. He is Risen!