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

Saturday, November 11, 2017

'TIS THE SEASON

It's the moooost wooondeerfuul tiiiiiiime of the yeeeeeear! But really. The most beautiful and magical time is upon us and I am so excited about it! I've already started using Christmas music in my dance classes and our tree is decorated as of tonight. Yay! I've busted out the Christmas movies and can't wait to watch the several new Halmark Christmas movies that are coming out this year. While we are on the topic, my favorite Christmas movie is The Holiday (I watch it any time of the year though). The music/score in that movie just speaks to my soul. SO GOOD! What's your favorite Christmas movie? I want to watch them all this year so send me your recommendations. I've also created this fun little survey because I think its so fun to hear about how other people celebrate the holidays!

There's a blank copy of this survey below so copy and paste it into the comments with your own answers!!! It would make my day!

Favorite Christmas movie: The Holiday
Favorite Christmas tradition(s): Pajamas on Christmas eve, fudge when setting up the Christmas tree, doing a Christmas puzzle with my sisters, and church on Christmas Sunday.
Favorite Christmas treat: Christmas Crack.
Favorite Christmas song: I have too many but I love Mary Did You Know by Donny Osmond.
Favorite Christmas memory: just all of them. They are the happiest times!
Favorite gift you've ever received: Parker surprised me with a cruise one year. That was pretty dang good! And I cried when he surprised me with my camera last year. He's the best gift giver and I'm the worst!
Favorite gift you've ever given: I love any gift that makes my mom cry hahah. Then I know I got her something good!
What you are most excited about this year: Family time with both of our families! Perks of having them live so close to each other now!
Send me the link for your favorite Christmas pin: Here's mine!



How stinkin' cute are those stools? Can't wait to own a house someday so I can deck alllll the halls.

If you follow me on Pinterest you are probably annoyed with the amount of Christmas pins I've pinned recently but #sorrynotsorry. So that's all that this post is. Just sharing one of my favorite Pinterest boards and spreading some holiday cheer.

xoxo, Chelan

Favorite Christmas movie:
Favorite Christmas tradition:
Favorite Christmas treat:
Favorite Christmas song:
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Favorite gift you've ever received:
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What you are most excited about this year:
Send me the link for your favorite Christmas pin!


Monday, October 2, 2017

How We Wore It | Fall Floral

We're baaaaaaaaaack! I've missed this collaboration with these ladies! After taking a few months off because we all got super busy, we wanted to get back into the swing of things and I'm so glad we decided to do so this month!

Fall florals. Mmmm. So pretty and so many options! Since it's actually been super warm here in Ohio still, I opted for a t-shirt and skirt but this outfit could definitely be changed for cooler temps with some boots and a cardigan or jacket.

Be sure to check out how my beautiful friends are dressing their floral for fall! Their links are at the bottom of the post :). Enjoy!

The time on this thing is totally wrong. Am I the only one that has a ton of watches but none of them actually work? hahaha.

I would share where my outfit is from but I honestly have no idea. The top, skirt, and watch were given to me by my mom, the shoes were a Christmas gift from my in-laws, and the earrings I bought years ago. All in favor of my mom starting a personal styling business, raise your hand! {Insert hand raised emoji here}.

Jordan Cidelle
Twinnerpated
Brittany Lowry

Thanks for stopping by today!
xoxo, Chelan