Saturday, November 5, 2016

Puppy Love

My best friend and her husband just got the cutest puppy in the whole world! I couldn't pass up the opportunity of taking a couple pictures of the new family. He's a Aussie with the most beautiful/ softest fur, already super obedient, and full of love. Oh and don't forget about the chickens! haha hopefully one day this cute pup and those fun chickens will get along. They will be best of friends, they just don't know it yet. haha. 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Mountain Fall Engagements


These two are just too adorable! I absolutely loved shooting these mountain engagements. Ty and Marissa are good friends of mine from the mission so it pretty much was just like hanging out, except I was just the third wheeler taking pictures of them haha. These two just radiate so much light and happiness. It was amazing to catch their love in action. 

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Backyard Camp-Out

 This weekend Joseph and I were supposed to go camping, but Joseph ended up working late so I decided to surprise him with setting up the tent out in the back. He got home around 8pm, we had dinner, and I asked him what he was thinking about doing that night. He began to tell me about how we couldn't go camping now because it was too late. I of course pretended to be a little sad that we wouldn't be able to go camping but I told him that if he was up for it that I had a plan. I said it was a surprise though so I couldn't tell him. After dinner I took him outside where I had set up the tent. Joseph had explained to me earlier that he would rather just sleep outside without a tent so he could see the stars, but what he didn't know was that our tent had a see-through top so we could look at the stars all night anyways! I think that was what he was most surprised for. We watched our favorite show (Vampire Diaries.. for the second time around now) and then started the fire pit with our neighbors. Hot coco, marshmallows, chocolate, starbursts, the whole thing! It was a fun night.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Dental Hygiene School!

This is a picture of me from my first semester working on a fake patient! His name is Dexter (:

I started Dental hygiene school in May of this year (2016) and so far I have finished my first semester and I am half way through my second semester. I started seeing patients for the first time this semester and I absolutely love it! My favorite part is being able to implement all that I have learned so far and improve the dental health of others. Dental hygiene school is definitely one of the hardest things I have ever done. There are days that I come home crying and I feel so inadequate, but I know it will all be worth it on graduation day. I have had so many people ask me why I want to clean peoples' teeth for a living but it is actually really fun! For someone who hasn't cleaned teeth before that might sound like a really weird statement. I am really into painting and science.. literally those are my two favorite things and I have never been able to put the two together like I have with dental hygiene. Yes cleaning teeth is not painting, but it is more similar than you might think. I also just love the progression I have seen. I could talk for ages on how much I love what I do, but I won't. 
There are a couple things I thought were super interesting that I have learned in school that I didn't know before and I wanted to share! 

1. Flossing is not just to get food out of your teeth
I totally thought that flossing was mostly to get stuff out of in-between my teeth. But in reality the reason I needed to floss every single day is to disrupt the bacteria. Bacteria likes to grow on top of each other and after a couple days they produce this shield that protects them. If someone flosses everyday they break those bacteria apart from each other and then they cannot progress to something worse. 

2. Periodontitis is a gum disease that also effects the bone
Ok so most of us have heard of gingivitis, when our gums get all inflamed and they might hurt or might even make our gums bleed when we floss or brush. Well periodontal disease is what can happen after gingivitis if there isn't good oral hygiene. The sad part is, periodontitis is not reversible! It can be treated and contained, but it won't ever go back to normal. In periodontitis, the bone that holds our teeth in place gets destroyed and it cannot grow more after it has been destroyed. It can get so bad that there isn't enough bone to hold the teeth and then thats why people loose all their teeth when they get older. 

3. Bass technique
I never heard of this till school. It's one of the most effective way for an adult to brush their teeth. Instead of subbing (which is actually not good) it is important to angle the tooth brush at a 45 deg. angle toward the gums to get all the bacteria that is accumulating there! Here is a picture from:

Those are a couple things I have learned so far! 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Things to do When Best Friends Get Bored

1.Travel the world
2. Go to the gym
3. Cook dinner
4. Bake cookies and bring them over to people's houses 
5. Volunteer at a race
6. Go adventuring in the mountains
7. Hike
8. Photo shoot
9. Camping
10. The typical sleepover
11. Start a TV show for just the two of you 
12.Disney movie marathon
13. Start a diet together 
14. Go shopping
15. Football game/baseball games
16. Watch hair/makeup tutorials and do them on each other
17. Tan
18. Try a new restaurant 
19. Make a blog post together
20. Deep clean room blasting music 
21. pull an all-nighter 
22. get manicures 
23. dye your hair together 
24. drive somewhere far away for no reason at all 
25. go to each other's family gatherings
26. learn a language together 
27. go to a zoo
28. go to a museum and imitate the exhibits 
29. do acro-yoga
30. imitate typical pinterest bff poses
31. road trip to disneyland
32. get matching swimsuits
33. go country dancing
34. go to a beach 
35. paint a room 
36. go to a driving range
37. sneak in all our fav treats into a movie theater
38. plan a party and invite everyone we know 
39. go 4 wheeling 
40. apply for the same job
41. make sandwiches and hand them out to homeless people
42. picnic on a roof
43. wii games funny vines all night
45. do hena 
46. make matching jewelry 
47. Wake boarding 
48. cliff jumping 
49. corn maze 
50. hot air balloon ride 


Sunday, October 9, 2016

September Baby Wreath

My niece Remi had her baby blessing this weekend so we decided to do a little cute photo shoot! She is just the cutest and so photogenic. I've seen a lot of flower wreaths but baby Remi was born in September so we shook things up a bit and made our wreath with leaves from a garland and some flowers from my moms decor. I was happy with how it turned out and decided to share! :)

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Smiles for Central America

I have truely come to see that when we serve others we are blessed more in return; so much that it almost does not feel that it is right to call anything "service". I am almost finished my 10 day trip to El Salvador where i was involved with a humanitarian group called "Smiles for Central America". Dentists and doctors come from the United States to do dental work for teens ages 16 to about 25 who are preparing to go on two year to 18 month missions for our church. The dentists saw 800 patients in a period of 7 days.

I was able to be a part of the X-ray team! It was so fun and I got to meet so many people from this beautiful country. We also did other humanitarian visits like going to the women's hospital, children's hospital, orphanage, and home visits. I was able to go on two home visits. We gave them food and talked with them for a little while. We also went to church on Sunday and gave the families a surprise visit with all of the donations given to us from America. Even though we were the ones who traveled from the states to serve these people here in El Salvador, I couldn't help but feel so emensley blessed for all that I have and all that I had gained from this trip. Not only were my eyes opened to how little these people in El Salvador had and how much the Lord has blessed me with, but I was also able to see how spiritually blessed these people are. Each person that I met was so humble and full of light and faith. I have never seen such great faith among so many.
I wanted to share an experience from my trip that really impacted me.
In the dental clinic we were all doing our jobs and suddenly I heard someone yell for a doctor. A girl was having a seizure. It seamed to last forever and I tried to stand back. I felt a feeling of fear come over me. As I felt this fear my eyes turned to the boy sitting in the X-ray chair next to me. His hands clasped together, his eyes closed, and his head bowed. I stared in confusion until he opened his eyes and raised his head. I was so over whelmed when I realised what he was doing. He had stopped to pray. I couldn't help but cry because I realised that that was the last thing that I thought to do. Following his example, I bowed my head and said a little prayer. She was alright in the end. It turned out to be a minor thing but that boy taught me that day that such a minor thing could have been something great and terrible. I truely believe that that was a miracle.