Monday, August 21, 2017


This weekend,

We did nothing... absolutely nothing.

It was the best weekend ever!

It was the first time in weeks that we didn't have anything planned and we made it a goal to have one thing on our schedule and that was... to do nothing.

I mean, we did go to the grocery store, but that was needed so we could have food at our house so we could do nothing... and in nothing I mean watch multiple episodes of Madam Secretary.   Also while doing nothing, I crocheted and organized my yarn.  

It was very satisfying.

I'd say all in all, it was a very successful weekend. 

Side Note/Reminder: I need to take more pictures.

love, hannah jane

Monday, August 14, 2017

Backspace please!

Please... someone please push the backspace button and let the weekend be a little bit longer....moving in slow motion today at work from a fun family weekend, returning home so tired!

I'm pretty sure Hailame and I could drive to Salt Lake and back with our eyes closed... seeing as I feel like we drive it a billion times a month.  

But the tired Monday is worth it, being able to support this cute boy in his Missionary Homecoming Celebrations!  
We love you Caleb!... and little Whitney who Photobombed our picture!  But she's too cute to take out of the picture!

love, hannah jane

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

"Be Bear Aware" Weekend Getaway

"In Yellowstone National Park, there are more 'do not feed the animals' signs than there are animals you might wish to feed." -Natalie Jeremijenko

This past weekend, I got to share one of my favorite places with my favorite person (Hailame the Husband), Yellowstone National Park.  For most of our marriage (the whole almost 3 years of it), I have talked and talked about wanting to take him to see beautiful Montana and Yellowstone.  I know he's never been to Yellowstone, and I'm pretty sure he's never been to Montana.  

A few months ago, my Mother planned to take Caleb there the weekend after coming home from his mission.  She wanted to have a good family weekend prior to him getting back to normal life after the mission.  I made it my goal to make it to this trip, despite the long drive from St. G to Montana.    

Hailame's family is always busy with family gatherings during the Summer and we do our best to support them, but I told him no matter how many things going on during this particular weekend, I want to go to Yellowstone with my family.  Being the great man he is, he made sure it happened and we had a wonderful weekend.  

I got to see Caleb for the first time in 2 years!  He is still the best little brother any sister could ask for.  We had fun catching up with him and hearing loads of mission stories.
This was also Hailame and I's first big camping trip.  I started prepping a week before we left to go.  I was so excited I could hardly wait.  That week of prepping felt like it lasted forever!  
I made 4 loaves of banana bread and lots of cookies to feed my cute nieces and nephews.  

Being in Yellowstone was so great!  I had missed it so much!  The last time I was there, was in college with my roommates Rachel and Brittany.  
Hailame was looking forward to seeing all the wild life... and I probably shouldn't have hyped about all the animals he would see.. because he saw hardly anything!  In all the times I had come to Yellowstone, I always saw loads of bison, moose and deer and so to get Hailame excited, I raved and raved about all the animals... and we saw the slim pickings of close to nothing.
We saw a beaver and 2 bison.... I felt so bad.

He was convinced he would see a bear... all my siblings saw one... and we didn't....
We even tried going to Bear World in Rigby and we were too late by 34 minutes... I felt bad once again!

But as always, Old Faithful was beautiful, all the geysers were amazing and the atmosphere was just what I needed to check out of civilization for a few days.  

Next year... Grand Teton's National Park!

love, hannah jane

Friday, July 28, 2017

I am thankful for my Talents

Since being married to Hailame, it has always been on my bucket list to learn how to make Traditional Tongan clothing.  But just like many of my bucket list items... it has remained there for the last few years.  In college, I took a Pattern Making Class where I learned to make clothes and patterns from scratch.  It was one of my favorite classes, but I haven't really taken the time to grow those skills since college.  

When Hailame's best friend's son, Jason, received his mission call to TONGA he was told to provide his own Tupenus (Lava-Lava) prior to coming to Tonga.  Hailame immediately volunteered my talents and skills for his best buddy's son, and reminded me and the multiple blessings that would be coming my way when helping a missionary! :)  

Hailame, Jason, Tupou

Granted making a Tupenu is not rocket science.  It's actually a very simple pattern.  However, I always get self conscience and nervous when sewing for others besides my husband.  I'm always worried it won't turn out right, the size will be too big or too small, too long or too short, wrong fabric and other ridiculous thoughts. 

After a couple measurement mishaps on my practice tupenu, the ones I made for our missionary, Jason, turned out great!  Hailame's mother, Nola, brought a Ta'ovala (mat wrapped around on top of the tupenu) for him to wear and he was ready to go and serve in beautiful Tonga!

I am thankful for my sewing skills and talents.  I'm thankful that my husband provides different opportunities for me (usually by blindly volunteering me) to share my talents.

Next Tongan Bucket List Item:  Learn to make a Ta'ovala...

love, hannah jane  

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Dixie Life

Well I did it!  I got a job at Dixie State University.  Since living here in St. George, I have always secretly and not so secretly wanted to work on campus.  I love the College Campus Atmosphere.  I also love living a mile away from the University.  Granted, nothing will ever compare to my love of being at BYU Idaho, but Dixie State University is a pretty good second place!  
For the last three years, I have regularly checked Dixie to see what jobs were available, applying for many and never getting so much as a call for an interview.  After leaving my job at Ence Homes, I went full force in trying to get on at Dixie.  I applied for 2-3 jobs a day at the University.  About a month into trying, I finally got a call for a part time job as an Administrative Assistant for Student Affairs.  

The interview process was very relaxed and the Manager hiring, Ginger, made me feel right in place.  After a couple of hours of interviewing, I was offered the job!  I was ecstatic!  I finally got my foot in the door, leading to many future opportunities!    

I have been working here for a little over a month and I love it.  This job is just what I have been needing.  The work atmosphere is very lively.  I'm doing something different everyday.  I love my boss and advisor, they are so kind and I thoroughly enjoy working for them.  And the main reason, I will be able to really grow here.  This University offers so many different opportunities for their employees and I'm looking forward to them!

love, hannah jane... and Go TrailBlazers!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Don't be afraid to OPEN YOUR MOUTH

A characteristic I've always loved and admired about my Hailame is how outgoing and kind he is.  His own personal theme or motto for his life everyday is

"Don't be afraid to OPEN YOUR MOUTH!"  

That was something that he learned from his Mission President serving in Australia and he's kept it everyday since then.

That motto has helped him become successful at his job, making a lot of our best friends in St. George... and most importantly finding me (his favorite person)!

Last night we went to our local Rec Center to exercise.  About fifteen minutes into exercising, I could tell that Hailame was getting bored and he quietly disappeared.  I knew where he was heading, he was going to see if there was a Racquetball Game he could join... and sure enough he found a game to join.... 
About an hour and a half later and 5 games later, Hailame came back looking happier than ever.  

The guys he ended up playing with come every Tuesday to play and invited Hailame to come back and play.  This isn't the first time he's made random friends playing Racquetball and I'm sure it won't be the last!

love, hannah jane

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Homemade is always better...

Homemade is always better... am I right?

Homemade bread or store bought bread....

Homemade frosting or store bought frosting....

Homemade ice cream or store bought....

It's pretty obvious...

To relax and enjoy my weekend, I made Homemade Strawberry Jam.  My Mother has ruined me for life.  She raised me on all things Homemade and now I can't be satisfied with anything less of Homemade perfection.

I'm thankful for the skills my Mother taught me and what I gained in college to be resourceful in the home.  I'm still learning to be more resourceful at home and saving with home cooking, but some days I feel like super woman when I produce some Homemade Awesomeness!

love, hannah jane