Monday, September 7, 2009


(20) Brigham Young 14

(3) Oklahoma 13

#20 BYU beat #3 Oklahoma. I am still speechless. I was hoping this would happen, but not expecting it would. It was fun to watch the game here in Provo and to see the chaos it caused in the streets and at the stadium, but I regret not being at the game in Dallas. I'm excited for the season and the first home game against #18 Florida State.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

what's going on

matt is working hard at his job at no more mortgage. i'm working hard trying to find a job, probably not hard enough. matt says i need to bug people everyday to get a job i want.

matt has been listening to books on audio and so far he has listened to glenn beck's common sense, 5000 year leap (a book i had to read for my econ class this summer), 1776, lone survivor and just started count of monte cristo (there may be another book or two, but i can't remember). we started listening to lone survivor on our way back to utah from colorado after he finished 1776 and it is really good. matt even said it made him want to live in texas. it's a true story about a proud texan who becomes a navy seal and during a mission in afghanistan he is the only one to survive. the largest loss of elite soldiers ever and it is very well written.

my mom is coming to town today! woo hoo!

i finished summer term last week (hallelujuah!). i'm glad to get economics and statistics out of the way.

last night at sushi (yamato sushi restaurant in orem, BEST sushi we've had so far and great service: miso soup, salad and ice cream, all on-the-house) our very nice server confirmed all my fears about looking really young when she asked:

server (to matt): "is this your sister?"(referring to me)

matt: "no, this is my wife."

server (to me): "oh, you look to young to be married. how old are you?"

me: "i'm 22."

server: "0h, i thought you were 17."

the sad thing is i thought that when you dress up and wear more makeup you look older, not in my was my first time to wear a headband in probably 3 years...and it could've been the flower on the headband that defined me as a girl who is not old enough to be a legal adult. also, people who meet me or my sister for the first time, automatically assume she is the older it's official, i feel 17 and i look 17. which will be good in the future right?

Sunday, August 16, 2009

come what may, and love it

i love this message and i am so grateful for the leaders of the church

colorado pictures

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we heart each other (and guns)

we went shooting again. matt is really good and i have to say that i am getting pretty good too. i really like matt's gun (it doesn't have too much kick and is easy to aim) matt went through the house to find random things to shoot (mainly bottles and bad fruit, apples work great) i really like watching the boys throw stuff up in the air, shoot and blast them away into little pieces.
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whit's bridal shower!

whitney gets married in 5 days! woo hoo! we started the celebration by eating pizza and chatting at my apartment and decided to go hot tubbing instead of seven peaks water park because of time and the weather. afterwards, we ate sundaes and played games and it was fun to have girl talk and hear more about whitney and her man, scott (not mike haha). the bride-to-be got a lot of cute stuff and i'm so excited for her!
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colorado and birthday weekend

i'm 22 and i'm not ready! matt and i had were able to drive out to where his parents and his sister, cassi, were visiting buena vista, colorado where jenni, jonathan, ethan and noah were living for a short time. we went camping and they were nice enough to sing me happy birthday and surprised me with a birthday cake. the kids enjoyed the river by the campsite while matt, jonathan and bill kept the fire going and cooked our delicious soup, brats, steak, and corn on the cobs, that jenni and christi had prepared. it was delicious! the next morning at camp, matt, me, jonathan, and bill drove up to the trailhead to hike up mt. harvard and it was beautiful, but tough! there was always a constant change of scenery from the aspens, ponderosas and the river, to small bushes, then to lots and lots of rocks and finally snow at the top. we saw tiny squirrels and marmots along the way and the wind and altitude became gradually intense, especially at the top. it took 5 1/2 hours to get up and 4 hours to get down. coming down was even harder, it was steep and i'll need to give my knees some time to recover before i'll go hiking again. after the hike bill found out that mt. harvard is only 75 ft smaller than the tallest mountain in the continental u.s. (mt. mckinley) mt. harvard is 14, 420 ft tall! it was my first time to climb a mountain to the highest peak and i had no idea how tough it would be, but i'm glad we did it! it was nice to be out in nature in "colorful colorado" and the small town of buena vista was so nice. we would constantly see deer roaming the streets and matt and i had the BEST pork nachos from a bbq stand. SO GOOD.

matt's parents and cassi left on saturday and sunday (my birthday) jenni was so nice and had a big breakfast for matt and i when we woke up. we hung out for a little while and then matt and i had to go back to utah because i had a final the next day, so on our way back i was studying while matt listened to the book 1776 on audio. we drove through aspen this time and ate at qdobas mexican grill (yummm) at the last big town we were going to drive through. when we got home, rachel and alayna came over with a delicious birthday cake and i was able to open gifts after my final the next day that my parents sent with rachel. i has a great birthday! thank you so much to everyone who made me feel so special and loved!

the view from the top of mt. harvard

provo river - round 2

with andy and jen in town for jon and annie's wedding they wanted to make the most of their trip to utah by floating the provo river. so me, matt, rachel, the skeltons, the emorys, and andrew all went and this round went a lot smoother than our last adventure floating the river. we rented tubes this time so we wouldn't have to worry about them popping and we found out last trip you can get a ticket for not wearing a life jacket (stupid, i know). we hung on to each others single tubes as we comfortably sat out of the freezing water and enjoyed the summer sun and the mountains around us in the provo canyon while dodging rocks, trees and brush. i love summer activities in utah and its too bad there are only a few months in the year to enjoy them...
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jon and annie kimball - 08.01.09

jon and annie had their reception at sundance and it was beautiful. the hall was covered with bright summer colors and the food was delicious. we were able to see a lot of santa barbara friends (matt above holding micah's 8-day old baby), also andy and jen, and scott and lindsay. they had a live band and lots of people were dancing...i discovered that matt is a very good dancer, matt and i would tease each other that we were a better dancer than the other without actually trying to prove it so i always ask him to dance for me and he always says no, so he really impressed me with his moves on the dance floor. matt enjoyed talking to people he hadn't seen in a long time and i enjoy meeting the people matt grew up with. weddings are so fun and i can't wait for whit's this weekend.
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salem mud volleyball tournament 2009

matt and his friends participated in the annual mud volleyball tournament where rob is from. matt did it last year and was SO excited for the tournament. they made it to the finals and were able to take 3rd place. i know they would have wanted to win the whole thing, but they were happy they got their beloved t-shirts. after every game they won, they would run into a huddle and jump on top of each other in the mud and it seemed like they were probably enjoying it a little TOO much, a little awkward...anyways, i had the miss the final game because my sister was flying in from dallas and i am so excited she is back in utah!
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

pioneer day

For july 24, Utah's Pioneer Day, the skeltons, andrew, matt and i went shooting. it was a good area along the mountain by utah lake. there were other people there too, celebrating the day by shooting up bottles and other random targets. matt decided to make an old watch a target and was able to shoot the face off, completely off, what's left is a perfect hole where it used to be. we had fun trading off the rifle, shotgun and pistol. i was not expecting the kick that the shotgun gave though. i'm excited to go again, we really like shooting and i would like to get more comfortable handling a gun. as long as they are in the house, i better be able to handle one!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

they're here!

David was nice enough to be the photographer during the rafting trip and mailed us a copy off all the pictures, he did a great job. there were so many pictures that i tried to be creative with displaying them. here's a little video of one of the best (and most intimidating) rapids of the can see that we almost flip.

more pictures...

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

roses are yellow, hydrangeas are blue

we've been married for two months and it has flown by! matt brought me these yellow roses (my favorite) on out first month anniversary and then he brought me this beautiful hydrangea the day after our second month (as a surprise, he says i shouldn't expect them, because then it wouldn't be a surprise, but i probably will). he is very sweet and thoughtful and i am so lucky!

floating the provo river

matt and i spent last saturday floating the provo river and eating a little bbq afterwards. the provo river was packed! it was me, matt, andrew, becca, and adam. to begin, the water was FREEZING and the river was moving quite a bit faster then i had remembered with rapids i have never seen before. we had our rafts, blow up mattresses and pool mats but this would not be enough...after crashing into the first bridge at the very beginning of the river, adam and becca's blow up mattress popped, so the extra pool mat was given to them and eventually adam spotted a pretty nice innertube logged into some branches on the river and they each had their own floating device, then the second bridge came and we slammed into that, where matt and i's raft that we had bought the day before could not avoid the nails and did not make it, so adam took what was left of our blown up raft and generously gave us his innertube. matt and i layed on each side of it, but because matt is heavier than me and kept my side out of the water and so he had to endure more of the cold water than i did. during all this, andrew had a pool mat that we had brought that only half of it could stay inflated. besides all that, it was an adventure trying to hang on to one anothers rafts while avoiding rocks, trees and brush. there were a couple of times i was on the outter edge and had to cover my head with my arms to protect me from tree brush. even though it took awhile afterwards for our bodies to recover from the water and banging our limbs against rocks, it was so much fun, and i can't wait to do it again when we are more prepared. we ended up going to kiwanis park for our bbq where lindsay and scott joined us. the girls talked and the boys played frisbee and threw around a football. we had had fun eating hamburgers, brats, and talking til sun down. the pictures above are from while we were drivng through the canyon. it is so beautiful during the summer. and there are a few pictures of the boys and me and matt at the park.
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Friday, July 10, 2009

remembering jerusalem

i can't believe that it has already been a year since i was at the byu jerusalem center. i REALLY miss it and i am so lucky to have had that opportunity. there is so much i can write about, but i think i'll have to break it up and include only a few of the hundreds of pictures i have each time i post about this amazing experience.

this is the jerusalem center. the huge building on top of mount scopus overlooking the mount of olives. this was my home for 2 months, where classes and church were held and where i ate and slept (when not on field trips). it is a beautiful building with huge windows so that no matter where you were in the center you had a view of the holy city. everyday we could hear the islam call to prayer 5 times a day, including the 4 am call to prayer that would usually wake me up, it is loud! but you eventually get used to it and kind of enjoy it. hearing muslims and jews say their prayers almost sounds like they're singing a song. it was a safer than i had expected, people think that because it is in the middle east and a religiously hostile city that we would have to be cautious, but the people were very tolerant of us american mormons.

one night, we all went to the western wall the night before the sabbath (we had church on saturdays like the jews). the wall was divided so that women were on the right side and men were on the left. it was a really neat experience. men would dance and sing together, as well as the women, like a celebration and were really enjoying themselves. we took part of this and they were very friendly and inviting to have us join them. people would pray aloud and place written prayers in between the stones and cracks of the wall. when you walk up to touch the wall it is custom to walk away facing the wall, so you are walking away backwards.

the dome of the rock on the temple mount was beautiful. i could not believe how much detail and color was used to decorate the exterior, it is incredible and breathtaking to see it up close. this is where muslims believe muhammad ascended to heaven with the angel gabriel and the jews believe it is the place where abraham prepared to sacrifice issac, was well as the place of holy of holies during the time of solomon and herod's temple.

the garden tomb is located outside the city walls. it is outside and feels like a little oasis with lots of plants and a gravel pathway leading to golgotha and then to the garden tomb. it was very peaceful to be there and away from streets and city. it's hard to describe the way it feels to be there, because besides bethlehem and visiting the places where it is believed Christ was born, this is the holiest of all the sites i will ever visit. the tomb represents the Crucifixtion and Resurrection of Christ. it is empty because Christ had risen and overcame death. He died so i may repent of my sins and obtain the gift of everlasting life. He is the Son of God, my Savior and Redeemer. I am so grateful to have the Gospel and to know the Plan of Salvation/Happiness.

since the byu jerusalem center opened, it has been promised that latter-day saints will not proselyte and teach the Gospel. so we could not speak about the Gospel or our religion with any palestinian/israeli even if they asked. i know eventually this will change and i cannot wait for day when the Gospel can be taught here.

golgatha adjacent to the garden tomb. can you make out the skull-like eyes?

the holy sepulchre. when comparing the garden tomb and the church of the holy sephulcre, they are polar opposites. as you can see from the pictures. a church was built around the holy sepulchre and it is decorated a great deal. while waiting in line to enter the holy sepulchre i could feel the excitement of those around me who had travel so far to see it. an older woman behind me was actually pushing me along to make sure she wouldn't miss the chance.

the garden of gethsemane. this was another very special place to be, the place where Christ was last with his Apostles before He was arrested. the neat thing for us was that there are two gated areas. one for the public to tour with much older olive wood trees that were gated off. so the public could only walk around them and not through the garden and then this area that i am pictured in. this area that i am in is a garden of older and newer trees, the gate is locked and we would have to ask the gate keeper of the other gate to let us in and out. this was a priviledge for us to have this privacy in the garden, to sit and read the scriptures for as long as we wanted. i think that because people in jerusalem respect mormons, the jerusalem center, and our faith, they are willing to allow us in this private area for jerusalem center students both in the past and in the future.

i am so lucky to have add the chance to explore and learn more about the culture and history of this city. i cannot wait to go back with matt.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

how well do you know matt hansen?

matt created this quiz on facebook, so i thought it would be appropriate to include it on the blog as well. this was my quiz and i got a 70%. i corrected my wrong answers below the questions i missed and included information about myself as well.

What is my favorite sport to watch
a) College Basketball
b) NBA Basketball
c) College Football
d) NFL Football
e) Golf

matt and i love watching sports

2) When was I born?
a) November 3rd, 1984
b) November 11th, 1983
c) November 3rd, 1982
d) November 11th, 1984
e) November 3rd, 1983

i was born on August 9th, 1987

3) Until 2001, how many sisters did I have?
a) 4
b) 5
c) 6
d) 7
e) 8

Matt was trying to be tricky with this one...he's last sister was born in 2000 so he was trying to confuse us quiz takers. Matt has 7 sisters and 1 brother.

I have 3 brothers and 1 sister.

4) What city did I serve my mission in?
a) Michoacan
b) Monterrey
c) Nuevo Leon
d) Merida
e) Mexico City

matt served his LDS mission in monterrey, mexico for 2 years. it's just below texas.

5) How many countries have I been to so far?
a) 4
b) 8
c) 11
d) 14
e) 17

matt has been to 14 countries so far: usa, mexico, costa rica, greece, italy, france, the netherlands, belgium, germany, england, switzerland, belize, austria, and luxembourg

i have been to 7 countries so far: usa, france, italy, israel, jordan, egypt, and costa rica

and hopefully many more! we love traveling. we are very lucky to have been where we have been.

6) Where did I get my name from?
a) My mother's grandfather
b) The Apostle
c) My father's father
d) Matthew McConaughey
e) My father's grandfather

matt was named after his mother's grandfather

i was name after my grandmas'. my mom's mom is LORraine and my dad's mom is ALice. i'm so lucky to be named after both of these wonderful women.

7) What is my wife's name?
a) Lorel
b) Loral
c) Laurel
d) Laural
e) Lorrel

people have spelled it all sorts of ways but as explained above it is LORAL

8) Which of these have I not done?
a) Rockclimbed without a rope
b) Skydived
c) Rafted class-5 rapids
d) Bungee jumped
e) Dirtbiked off a 25-ft drop off

matt will do about anything crazy

from this list i have rafted class-5 rapids and skydived

9) What is my favorite food I've eaten?
a) Belgian Waffles in Belgium
b) Gyros in Greece
c) Pizza in Italy
d) Escargot in France
e) Tacos in Mexico

matt loves mexican food and will eat it 24/7

i like everything, but in moderation

10) What is my favorite type of music?
a) Rock from the 90's
b) Country
c) Rap
d) Classic Rock
e) Hymns

matt listens to rap more than any other kind of music, not the rap you would hear on the radio, but to my surprise classic rock is his favorite and i would have to agree for myself.

11) What is my favorite country so far?
a) Greece
b) Italy
c) Mexico
d) Germany
e) Costa Rica

all are great countries, but we plan on going to greece together soon. matt says it's just very relaxing to be there.

12) Of the following, which flavor do I like the least?
a) Vanilla
b) Postachio
c) Chocolate
d) Almond
e) Coconut

matt will take chocolate in small doses, but doesn't like anything rich

i don't think there is a flavor i don't like

13) How old was I when I completed the requirements for my Eagle Scout?
a) 14
b) 15
c) 16
d) 17
e) 18

14) How many siblings-in-law do I currently have?
a) 3
b) 4
c) 5
d) 6

matt has 5, but in april he will have his first sister-in-law, angie. she is really nice and fun.

i have one right now, but come february 13th i will have katie as another sister-in-law, i'm excited!

15) What did I graduate in this past April?
a) Business
b) Spanish
c) Spanish Literature
d) Spanish Translation
e) Pre-Law

i will graduate this coming april in landcape management (if i can get through stats and econ this summer)

16) What was my main nickname growing up?
a) Mob
b) Bud
c) Matty
d) Cowboy
e) Big Matt

matt is referred to now as big matt, because he is the tallest matt in his family. he has a nephew named matt (little matt) and he sister lyndsi married a matt (matt). now that matt and i are married, he has another brother-in-law named matt. so many matts! i guess growing up though matt was "bud". i had no idea, but i like it.

i didn't really have a nickname growing up, but my brother matt called me "loral babes" and my sister "rachie babes," my sister and i are my mom's "best friend, girl friends" and my dad would call my lolo on occasion.

17) From Utah, what is the farthest place I have driven to?
a) Boston
b) Baja California
c) Bangor
d) Key West
e) Anchorage

matt and i took a road trip with friends from provo to miami and key west over this last valentine's day and president's day. it was fun to drive through so many cities, lay out on the beach and be in the sun and out of the snow of utah.

18) How many years has it been since I've lived in SB (besides summers)?
a) 4
b) 5
c) 6
d) 7

for matt it has been 5 years of school and 2 years of being on a mission

for me it has been 4 years since living in dallas

19) What is my most prized possession?
a) A brick from the Colliseum in Rome
b) A gift from one of the people I baptized in Mexico
c) Pottery piece from the top of a Mayan pyramid
d) A spearhead from Greece
e) A pebble from the River Seine in Paris

yes matt, was able to break away a little of the colliseum in rome

my most prized possession would most likely be a olive wood bust of christ from jerusalem

20) What was my favorite outfit when I was little?
a) Ninja Turtle costume and gun holsters
b) Superman cape and cowboy boots
c) Spiderman mask and chaps
d) Batman costume and cowboy hat

matt's favorite outfit was his superman cape and cowboy boots

i didn't have a favorite outfit, but it's fun to look back at pictures and see what my mom dressed my sister and i in. there are some funny outfits and clothes that i thought were so cool, but i wonder now what i was thinking.