Sunday, December 26, 2010

Things I never appreciated until I met you. Love, Future Wife

  • Personal Style. Skinny ties. Slim suits. Skinny jeans.
  • Truly not caring what other people think about you.
  • Going into everything with complete utter confidence. In yourself. How things will work out.
  • The Office. And tying everything back to it.
  • Tranquility.
  • Impacts of Music.
  • Chivalrous Behavior.
  • Ability and willingness talk to anybody and everybody.
  • Phase 10.
  • An intense conversation about nothing.
  • A game of marbles.
  • Movies in the movie theater.
  • Legit popcorn.
  • An incredible foot massage.
  • Being yourself completely all of the time.
  • Connecting immediately with someone.
  • Never wanting to leave someone's side.
  • True love.
PS. Tell me you can't love this face.
Isn't he absolutely adorable?

Its no wonder he has the whole family wrapped around his finger.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Now working.

I am now a working woman.
I have now taken jobs at


I could not be anymore excited!
I have always wanted
to work retail but I never have
and I am finally excited I am
having that opportunity.

Monday, December 13, 2010

I want it all.

I have spent the past two days staring at
nothing and it gradually getting flatter.
My Dad and I drove my car down
from Salt Lake to Texas.

It all went by pretty fast, surprisingly.
I enjoyed being able to talk with my Dad
and get his wisdom and thoughts on things.

Friday before we left I had to go to Park City
and on my way I there it hit me
how much I have missed my car and Utah.
It made me secretly want to move back.

At dinner that night Matthew started talking about
an inverted pentagraph.
What the heck?
That is the reason he is going to be in school for the rest of his life.
Getting a million degrees and not me.

Ok ok....I have had loads of fun planning mine and Benji's wedding,
but seriously can it be here already?
I feel like time is going by so slowly then fast
but right now soo slow.

I.Pod Jam on repeat right now: Prove You Wrong by He is We.

Monday, December 6, 2010


Saturday I went to a bridal shower
for a friend and there were several
of us there who are engaged.
I love hearing how people got proposed to.

Not to brag or anything but how Benji
proposed is by far the best
I've heard.

You can watch the video here.
Or the story of the whole day went like this.
Its kinda long. It was a very weird and unusual day.

It was Friday, July 2nd. Benji’s brother and brother’s girlfriend, Andy and Tara, had come to town to spend the long weekend with us. During the day, while I was at work and in classes, Benji, Andy and Tara just hung out around town and ran some errands.

Then as soon as I was off work the four of us were going to go to swimming and then later that night go to a concert. In the meantime, while I was at school and work, Andy and Tara got into a disagreement and Andy decided he was going to go on a walk to cool off.

When I finally got off work, Andy was still gone on his walk, so the three of us decided we were still going to go swimming. After getting ready and driving for 15 minutes where we wanted to swim, Tara and Benji jumped in the water then decided after 5 minutes they were not in the mood.

As we were driving back, Benji still frustrated of what happened with Andy, Benji and I had a misunderstanding. When we finally got back to my apartment, Benji helped Tara and I get our stuff out of his car then drove off, which is very not like him. As he quickly drove off I was very confused of what was going on, and I tried to immediately call him and figure it out, but he did not answer his phone.

A few minutes later, Benji calls me to ask what is wrong and why I am upset with him. As I explain to him I am not upset and I just thought he was upset about what happened to Andy and Tara, I convince him to drive back to my apartment to see me and I will meet him outside in the parking lot.

As we are talking, Benji explains he does not want to go to the concert anymore, but I tell him we are still going to go because we have been looking forward to this concert ever since we found out about it and we are not going to let anything ruin it, even if it is just the two of us who go.

After a few minutes of convincing, Benji finally agrees to still go to the concert. He leaves to go back to his apartment to get ready. As Tara and I are getting ready at my apartment, Tara keeps trying to convince me to dress really cute and I don’t understand why. I keep thinking it is just a concert; nothing exciting is going to happen.

A little bit later, Benji and Andy come back over to pick Tara and I up. Then the four of us go to get something to eat for dinner. All during dinner, Benji keeps texting someone. When I ask who it is he says one of his cousins. When we are about to go the concert, Benji finds out from “his roommate” that the location of the concert got moved. So, when we finally get to the new location of the concert, we find out it is going to be starting late.

While we are waiting for the concert to start, Benji keeps going up to the lead singer of the band to talk. After he does this about 4 or 5 times, I begin to get a little frustrated, because I don’t understand why he keeps leaving me to talk with her sticking me to be with Andy and Tara when they are still in their disagreement.

Finally, after waiting in the super hot attic of where the concert is supposed to be for two hours, the band we wanted to see finally starts playing. After playing about four songs, they begin to play mine and Benji’s song, which is called “I Wouldn’t Mind,” which talks about not minding spending forever by someone side, and first being afraid then deciding to want to wake up to their smile for forever.

As Benji and I stand in the very back behind everyone else we have our own special moment together and our super excited they are playing our song.

In the middle of the song, the lead singer stops singing and invites Benji and I up to the stage. As we are walking up there she explains to the crowd that she has never seen a love like ours before and she asks Benji to explain how you do it.

After Benji says some things, he turns and looks at me and says, “I really wouldn’t mind spending forever by your side, Rebecca.”, and everyone goes crazy, cheering and screaming.

Then he gets on one knee, or tries to, but before he gets all the way down I grab his neck and don’t let go and as he picks me up he whispers in my ear, “Will you marry me?” After a few kisses, he puts me down and puts the ring on my finger in front of everyone, and then the band continues to finish playing the song as we continue to stay on stage and give each other a few more kisses and talk between ourselves and hold each other close.

After the song is over, Benji and I walk to the very back behind everyone else and he begins to tell me about the experience he had asking my parents for permission, my ring and what he had to do to keep it a secret from me for a whole month.

After the concert is over, I come to learn Andy and Tara came to visit just to be there when Benji proposed. Benji had been in contact with the band ever since the beginning of June and he was texting one of the band members all during dinner and they were the one to let him know the location of the concert had changed.

Saturday night over dinner

I was telling my Mom that my proposal

is the best, by far.

She just kept laughing at me

and telling me I needed to work

on my humility.

One of the other girls at the shower

has done a long distance engagement, as well

and we were comparing feelings about it.

It felt good to know I am not the only one

with the separation anxiety feelings.

I helped my Mom refinish our front door.

Ok ok, I watched her refinish.

But, now I know how.

I found a new favorite blog.

Check it out here.

I went on double date with her husband

my first semester of school.

Small world, eh?

I got another nativity set.

Now, I have three, and

I accidentally found out we are going to

get another as a wedding present.

I still haven't figured out where I am going to

setup four nativity sets in our apartment.

But, I have a whole year to figure out,

because they will all be going up.

Yesterday, Benji told me he has always

wanted a rotary cheese grater.

A rotary cheese grater?


Sunday, December 5, 2010


Recently my new favorite store
has become
Hobby Lobby.

I get so excited whenever anyone
says anything
about needing to go.

If I had my car I would probably
go everyday.
No joke.

Every time I go I always come up with
more decor ideas
for the apartment
after we get married.
I knew I should have majored in
interior design in school.

Benji already has
a lengthy honey to-do list.
I just know he is super excited to
get it all started.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

My BYU-Idaho Days.

The other day as I going through my computer
looking for something I came across
some notes from one of my finance classes,
about becoming the best person you can be.

As I began reading them and remember
distinctly the discussion and the Spirit
in the room,
I became very grateful for my education,
BYU-Idaho, the faculty, and
even though much of the time I was there
I dreaded being there.

Grateful for the faculty.
For the ability to respect them not only
for what they had accomplished
professionally, but spiritually as well.
For their willingness to help,
and truly get to know you.
For the ability to have a spiritual discussion and
moving personal spiritual experience
in any class.
Truly, any class.

Grateful for BYU-Idaho.
For the office I worked at
and how the people there truly treated us, students,
like family.
For devotionals.
And many times what was said in devotional
was exactly what I needed to hear that week.
And how more than once during devotional time
my prayers were answered.
And how in the beginning of my Rexburg days
I could count on Tuesday from 2:00 - 3:00 pm
to be the motivation to keep going.

Grateful for Rexburg.
For how different it is from Houston
and what I grew up with.
For teaching me to embrace the
small town community.
And how I could never live in a small community
for the rest of my life, but I can appreciate it.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Thanksgiving Week.

Dress got picked up then taken to get alterations.
I can't wait to finally have it have it.

After many phone calls to Stylart and UPS
all of the announcements
finally got delivered.

Then most of the announcements
got put together.
I can't wait for them to finally get in the mail.

Benji and I registered. Target and Dillards.
We had an interesting experience
at both places, but so much fun at the same time.
Benji got into registering just as much as I did.
Seeing him get excited got me even more excited about it all.
I am so blessed to have someone who cares about me
and all our home decor.

Benji is almost a true Texan.
He tried true Texas BBQ, Blue Bell ice cream,
had a kolache for breakfast,
driven and dealt with crazy Texas roads and people.

Thanksgiving dinner was spent with my Mom's family
in Dallas,
which is always an interesting experience,
but still fun.

Copper, our dog, now has a new best friend
(which is hard to make happen).
I know Benji is excited to come again in February
to be reunited with his new friend.

Met with the wedding planner and DJ
to finalize stuff with them for February!
83 days!

Had lunch with a friend from high school and her boyfriend.
Oh, how I loved catching up with her.
Benji and JT had a blast spending time together also.

Bought Hobby Lobby out on
black frames.
Came up with even more decor ideas for our apartment
after we get married.

Took Benji to the airport early,
for him to be in Denver
when his brother got home from his mission.
I may or may not have shed a tear or two
when I dropped him off.
I was on cloud nine the whole time he was here.
I can't wait for the time to come again when I get to be with him everyday,
like I am used to.

Cut down the Christmas tree.
(Pictures will be coming soon.)
Saw Harry Potter.

Now, dreading going back to a normal week.

Friday, November 19, 2010

I gotta a feeling...

Tomorrow's going to be a good day...

I pick up my wedding dress at 10 am.
Our announcements are supposed to be here
before noon.
I get to babysit my nephew.

I pick up Benji from the airport at 4.

I am super excited!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

i can't wait.

To pick up this face at the airport
on Saturday!
Less than 48 hours!

Then let all the TEXAS adventures begin!

Best thing that ever's been mine...

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Dear Week.

Dear Week,

Please go by faster.
I would like for Thursday and Saturday
to come.

Thank you,

Monday, November 15, 2010

The. Outfit.

This past week Benji got his suit
for February!

Seeing him trying it on
and examine it in excitement
made me even more excited
for my dress to come in and
February to be here!

Isn't he such a stud?
I sure think so.

The. Weekend.

This past weekend I was able to go to Rexburg
to celebrate mine and Benji's one year anniversary!
Big deal. I know. It was pretty exciting.

All weekend long we did random fun stuff.
Thursday, Benji made me the most delicious salmon and
fried zucchini for dinner.
I now love both of them!

Then we got hot chocolate and went to the gardens
where some of our first date took place and FROZE
while we were there talking.

Friday we spent the day with Benji's best friend, Steffen.
I am pretty much marrying both Benji and Steffen.
They are seriously two peas in a pod and attached at the hips.
And I love it!
I always have so much fun whenever the three of us hang out.

We made caramel apples together.
Benji and I are now pros at making them.
They turned out so good.

The rest of the weekend we just hung out doing random stuff.
I loved it!

Now I can't wait for Saturday to come for Benji to spend
the whole week to Texas for Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

How time flies.

A year ago from today, I had been at school for 12 hours. I was tired. More than tired I was exhausted. I was ready to go to bed, but still had several different things I needed to do for school and I was supposed to go on a DATE, a BLIND date.

That semester I had not gone on too many dates, which I was completely ok with, because I had become so engrossed with my classes. I loved school. I loved doing my homework. I involved myself in my classes as much as I possibly could. I loved it.

The two girls who were trying to make this date happen had been trying for me to meet this boy for weeks, but every time something was arranged I was either too busy or that day I just didn’t feel like it, so it took weeks for this it to finally happen.

Reluctant and very unwanting, I went on this blind double date. It was supposed to consist of the boys making dinner, and then going to watch the boys play basketball, and then do something later that had been undecided. After such a long day at school, I decided I would just go to dinner and skip out on the basketball game to work on homework, but really it was because who wants to sit on the ground to watch two boys that you don’t really know all that well get stinky and sweaty by bouncing a ball back and forth, not me. So I went home to work on homework during the game.

Then dependent on how well dinner went, I would decide to do this after game thing that had yet to be decided. Dinner went as well as a blind date dinner can go, so I decided I would do the after basketball game plans, which ended up consisting of getting hot chocolate and going to this place on campus called the gardens to talk to get to know each other, just he and I.

As we sat in the gardens, we talked and laughed about our families, our lives – future and past, what we wanted in our future, school…you name it. As the night quickly came to an end, I knew I wanted to know more. So, that night became the first of the many nights and many hours he and I would spend together.

A year later, I am anxiously waiting for the day (100 days!) to be sealed for time and all eternity to that same boy. I am at a point in my life I thought I would never be at. Honestly, I thought I would NEVER be here.

I had always dreamed that one day I would be the girl I am today, the woman I have become, almost married to my best friend, and graduated from college, with everything that I was ever worried about then all figured out. I do not have to worry about what my major is going to be, or who I am going to marry, or if I will have any friends, or if I will have nice roommates, or if I can handle my classes. I made it through all that, somehow. It definitely was not the easiest phase of my life, but somehow I got here.

Quite frequently, Benji and I talk about how things would be different if we had met earlier in the semester or if we had met before his mission and we both know things would not have worked out as well as they have.

I am so grateful for the Lord’s timing and hand in all things and the ability he has to bring people into our lives when we need it the most. I am so grateful for good friends and the ability they have to sometimes see things when you don’t. I am grateful for the man I am to marry and all the things he does do and has done for me, from the beginning. He has become my best friend better than I could have ever asked for.

As I head to Rexburg this weekend to be with Benji, I could not be any happier and anxiously cannot wait to spend the rest of eternity with him.

Monday, November 8, 2010

I am thankful.

I am thankful for my parents.
For their unconditional love and support
they always give.
For their willingness to always listen.

I am thankful for my siblings.
Heather, Eric, Anthony, Rachel, and Matthew.
For the wonderful example they each give in different things.
For how some of our best times together we are doing the simplest things.

(missing Eric in this picture)

I am thankful for Joseph.
For the way he has our whole family wrapped around his finger
and brought us even closer.

I am thankful for Benji's family.
For the way they have shaped the person Benji
has become.

I am thankful for Benji.
For the person that he is.
For the example he gives me on a daily basis.
For his loyalty.
For the love he gives.
For the way he treats me, truly like a queen.

(it was a little windy the day we took this picture)

I am thankful for the gospel.
For the light and truth it can bring into your life.

I am thankful my Redeemer lives.
For the blessings that can bring into our life.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Officially Done.

This past week was my last week at my internship.

No more long drives through the mountains,
to get to Coalville.
No more eating of the delicious potato and cheese soup
from Denise's on Tuesdays.
No more sitting in meeting's to determine what
department is going to get what.
No more seeing my Uncle everyday.
No more getting teased about random stuff.

It feels good to be done,
but at the same time kinda nerve wrecking
because until February I don't really know what I am doing.
But only time will tell.

Now just to wait for my diploma.
Oh it feels weird to really be done.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Tis the Season.

"Sincerely giving thanks not only helps us recognize our blessings, but it also unlocks the doors of heaven and helps us feel God’s love. ... We can lift ourselves and others as well when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts can attitude of gratitude. If ingratitude be numbered among the serious sins, then gratitude takes its place among the noblest of virtues. Someone has said that “gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”
- Thomas S. Monson

Friday, November 5, 2010

"Love is that condition in which happiness of another person is essential to your own"
-Robert A. Heiniein

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween Surprise.

I had the best halloween,
really one of the best weekends.

On Friday about 9:30,
I had the best person peek his head around my door
to see what I was doing.

Benji surprised me and came down from Rexburg
to spend the weekend with me.

The rest of the weekend consisted of spending time
with our families and just being together
laughing, and doing random things.

Benji's new favorite store is Ikea.
I am now craving the burrito bowl from Chipotle
and animal style fries from In-N-Out burger.

I will definitely being going
to both places again soon.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


These past few days the Salt Lake area
has gotten quite a bit of snow.

As I am getting more and more experience
driving in the snow,
but at the same time I am getting
excited for Christmas!

It will be here sooner than we know it!

Sunday, October 24, 2010


One of the many perks of doing my internship
with my Uncle
is every once in awhile
I get treated to lunch.

On friday we went to lunch at this
hole in the wall in

They had several peacocks around the outside of the restaurant.
It made me even more excited for February to come.

3 months, 3 weeks, 5 days.

Saturday, October 23, 2010


When I read this quote the other day
I read it a little differently than
I have read it before.

It was a good reminder for me to have
right now.

"When one door closes another door opens;
but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door,
that we do not see the ones which open for us"
-Alexander Graham Bell

Monday, October 18, 2010

One day.

This weekend Benji and I started looking at furniture
for our house. Once we get it.

We both absolutely fell in love with this chair.

I love that he gets just as excited as I do about how we decorate. It makes me laugh.

I also decided someday I am going to have this chandlier.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Utah. Streets.

Utah does there streets on a block system and with directions.
As having just moved to Utah
this really confused me.

Many people have tried to explain to me how it worked
but I never understood it.

Until last night.
I was headed to the store one I had not been to before
and at first I got a little lost
but the direction thing finally clicked
so I was able to get there without having to call my Dad.

I was pretty proud of myself.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Recently I have been having random food cravings.
Like Taco Bell nachos.

Today, was the BBQ chicken pizza
Benji and I made last time I was in Rexburg.

Luckily, I have been strong and not giving in.
Not knowing where a taco bell is or having all the ingredients to make the stuff
kinda helps...
but still.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Don't Laugh.

In preparation for upcoming events in these next few months
I have decided I want to make a
recipe book.

A recipe book consisting of our favorite, but ultra simple, recipes.

Surprisingly, I am having a lot of fun looking for recipes.

If you have any recipes you are willing to share,
I would love to add them to my collection.

I can't wait to see how it turns out.