Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Our Love Story: Part 13

"Here's the thing about this love story of ours. It's long. And drawn out. And mushy-gushy. And even a bit cheesy. But it's true. And I've decided to take my time writing it, capturing all the special details of those moments I never want to forget. So if mushy-gushy, cheesy love stories aren't your thing, I totally get that. Just know that I'm writing this as a gift - to my family, and my children, and their future children - and also, for [Parker] and me - so that on those days when the kids are screaming, the laundry is overflowing and the bills are rolling in...on those days when it all just seems so hard, we'll have this to remind us of those first moments when we fell in love. And if sappy, detail ridden love stories are your thing, well then you've come to the right place." -Ashley Stock

To read the beginning of Our Love Story, click here
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July 2011

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I was on my way to work one day the summer after my first semester at BYU. I was living in Cardston and for some reason, I was walking to work (this is the only time I ever walked to work which is why I remember it so clearly I think) at the tourist center downtown. I was walking down Powerhouse Hill just passed the high school when I got the text on my flip phone (that makes me sound so old). It was a text from Parker saying that he was coming to visit me. His parents had bought him tickets for his birthday to fly out to see me before he left on his mission and I was SO EXCITED! I remember my eyes welling up with tears and willing myself not to cry and I also remember smiling the entire day afterward. I would just catch myself grinning from ear to ear with excitement!

So Parker came to visit me at the beginning of July and we had the most fun time. We went four wheeling, to Waterton and 'hiked' Bears Hump (but really we got 1/4 of the way up and then decided 'uh bettah not' and got ice cream instead), we went on a date or two to Lethbridge, I made him a sandwich for the first time, he straightened my hair lol, we had dinner at Nana & Pumpa's house, he came to hang out with me at work, etc. We did lots of hanging out and just spending quality time together and it was the best. Matlin cried when he left and so did I. I cried a lot, a lot, a lot.


I used to LOVE this picture lol still do but I can't get over how blurry it is! I remember thinking it was some high-quality photography lol. 

Anyway, we had such a fun time when Parker came to visit. I think it was about 10 days and getting to spend that extra time together before he left on his mission meant so much to me. 

After Parker left we Skyped a few more times and then we had to say goodbye for real. That was really hard. I remember shutting the computer and just crying hard for like an hour straight. Then I broke our my writing stuff and started writing him the first letter. 

I also remember that when Parker got to Utah before he went into the MTC, he got to say goodbye to Tessa and some other friends and she texted me (possibly called me, too? How the heck is my memory so stinking bad???) so we got to chat through her for a little bit, too! 

He entered the MTC on July 20, 2011. And so began the letter writing and emails for the next two years. 

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

All Time Faves

Whenever I'm in a little blogging rut/too busy to blog, I find that doing a little fun post helps to get my creative juices flowing again. So here's a little all-time favorites post for your reading pleasure.

In hindsight, this post was SO HARD TO WRITE! I'm too indecisive lol.

Favorite drama tv show(s): Parenthood, Gilmore Girls, and Friday Night Lights. Honorable mentions to Grey's Anatomy (it's a little too hard on the heart), Friends, and How I Met Your Mother. Currently loving American Housewife!

Favorite reality tv show: I cannot decide between The Bachelor/ette, Survivor, and Big Brother. I love them all equally. And I love that they all come on at different times of the year.

Favorite podcast: Awesome with Alison. Scrubbing in with Becca Tilley and Off the Vine with Kaitlyn Bristowe tie for second. The Goal Digger Podcast with Jenna Kutcher and The Almost Famous Podcast tie for third place. I like my podcasts.

Favorite song: Drops of Jupiter by Train. It's such a classic and the violins steal my heart! Currently also loving The Cure by Lady Gaga.

Favorite movie(s): Remember the Titans and How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days.

Favorite board game: Aggravation ties with Settlers of Catan... I think.

Favorite card game: Nertz.

Favorite date: Dinner and a movie <3 <3 <3.

Favorite vacation spot: anywhere with the sun and a body of water I can swim in.

Favorite time of year: Summer!

Favorite book(s): Idk why I do this to myself because it's too hard. I LOVED The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines. The Lake House and The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton blew my mind. Marcia Lynn McClure is my favorite romance author.

Favorite food: POTATOES IN ALL THE FORMS. Chips, mashed, baked, scalloped, funeral, FRIES, etc. My mouth waters at the thought of potatoes!

Favorite colors: Blue, white, with a little bit of red. The perfectly classy combination and patriotic, too!

What are your favorite things? Thanks for reading!

xoxo, Chelan

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Cyber Monday with My Sister's Closet Boutique

I hope you have all had the best Thanksgiving weekend ever! One full of lots of food, family, and relaxation. And shopping of course. I am really, really excited to share this post today because it's the first time that a shop has reached out to me about sharing a product. And not just any shop. My Sister's Closet Boutique!!! So exciting! So in honor of working with them for the first time, I am pumped to tell you about their amazing Cyber Monday sale that starts at midnight MST tonight! You'll want to be prepared for this, you guys.

They are doing buy two get one free for all of their dresses. WHAT?! And on top of that, each purchase will get a free gift! How incredible is that? I already have my eye on a few dresses because they have the most darling selection. And here is a link to share all the details about their Black Friday weekend sales along with some fabulous tips and tricks to ensure you get the goods you want and deserve! Happy Christmas shopping!

Here's one of their dresses that I had my eye on for a long time and finally got my hands on!

I love the fit. I love the length. I love the pockets. I love the stripes. I love the style. I love the fabric. I love this dress. Perfect for any time of the year. Pair it with some red lipstick and red heels for your festive Christmas dress this year! It's just plain perfect.

Phone case from CaseApp!

Dress: My Sister's Closet Boutique
Shoes: Old

Thanks for stopping by! Merry Christmas and happy holidays, everyone!

xoxo, Chelan

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Holidays at the Hollingsworths

Can you tell I love Christmas? lol It just brings me so much joy and I love that people are happier and nicer and it's just magical. Also the countdown until we see our families is on!!! I should make a paper chain... ;).

I just wanted to share a little bit of our Christmas decor because it makes me happy and our tree is beautiful, if I do say so myself!

First, go play the Peaceful Christmas Piano playlist on Spotify while you scroll. That link is directly to the playlist for your convenience!

Thank goodness for reusable wedding decor, right? That knitting right there is my amazing Nana's handiwork!
Shout out to Camrie for making these for me for Christmas last year! So cute!!!

Ok, ok, I'll stop now! haha Come visit me and we'll watch a Christmas movie while we eat Christmas Crack and drink hot chocolate!

Thanks for stopping by!
xoxo, Chelan