Part one of the beautiful love story that Tyler and I share
It’s late winter and I’m 15 years old.
I had just gotten a new seating chart in my freshman science class. This switch moved me to a table with my three (and only) friends in the class. Score! Cameron, Lisa, Tyler and I were excited to be in our new group and caused nothing but trouble.
At this time I had a big crush on Cameron. Gasp! I know. Wait what? Tyler and I were not love at first sight. Shocker. That’s okay though because about a week into the new seats, Tyler started to notice me. Aaand I was oblivious.
Tyler says he tried to drop subtle hints, but I didn’t notice. That is I didn’t notice until he made “the move”. I call it “the move” because it’s what made me notice Tyler.
We were working on a group project that required small and large tissue paper to make a hot air balloon. We were to first make a model out of the small paper and then build the actual balloon with the large tissue paper.
Well Tyler was confused, or so I thought. He asked the group “Will our final balloon be this big?” holding up his hands just a few inches apart, “Or this big?” He then put his arms out wide, putting one behind me.
Cameron laughed out loud and claimed Tyler just wanted to put his arm around me. Man did I blush!
But while I was laughing it off, I took a look at this boy next ot me, with his blonde shag (yes I know I know, but it was the style back then) and his red cheeks something changed. I went home that weekend very confused.
I spent the weekend thinking about that silly boy and on Monday I got his phone number “for a friend”. (Hey what do you expect I was 15 and easily embarrassed)
Well we began texting and quickly shared that we liked each other. (oh middle school romances) From there we got together (approximately February 17th) and by the time summer vacation came we had only held hands and hugged. Ha we took it sloooow.
With such awkward beginnings, who would’ve thought we could last, but this is just the beginning of our story. ❤️
I’ll be sharing more of the story of Tyler and I in later posts, so keep an eye out.
On Thursday July 20th, Tyler and I finally got to go out for a date night. (We haven't been on one since the proposal)
For our date we went to Mimi’s Cafe for a dinner and a show courtesy of Salty Dinner Theater.
Salty Dinner Theater is a traveling theater company that performs at various restaurants with several different shows a year.
For our super fun date night we got to see the little mermaid. I adore Ariel and all things little mermaid so Tyler totally picked well :)
The play was super funny and I enjoyed their twist on the classic tale. The “adult” jokes that were slipped into the show were tasteful. I really enjoyed the show and the talent.
This dinner theater does include a lot of audience participation. For many that's a fantastic plus. For me that totally stresses me out and makes me embarrassed. I was asked a couple times to join in, yet was rooted to my seat. Afterwards I totally regret letting my anxiety keep me from the fun. Learn from me and don't let embarrassment keep you from the fun!
I loved the show and I think it's a fun date night! I will totally be going back for another show. (And another and another ;) haha)
If you want to check out their website here’s the link :)
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Over the weekend Tyler and I joined my family at Lava Hot Springs for a fun weekend get away.
Lava Hot Springs is located in Idaho just a two hour drive from my home. It's a tiny little town and is easily passed by, but it's totally worth the stop!
Lava, as my family calls it, is a grouping of natural Hot Springs. They've been built into several separate pools that serve as natural hot tubs. The water is naturally heated and the main pools have 4 separate pools that vary in heat. The pools are very relaxing and full of natural minerals.
However the pools are my least favorite part of Lava. They're far too hot for my liking (I'm a total wimp about water temperature and don't enjoy hot tubbing).
The best and most fantastic part of Lava is the RIVER!
I love love love playing in water and the best part of going to Lava is getting to raft the river!
The river is heated naturally just like the pools but it's actually not very warm (think warm swimming pool), which is totally fine by me. This river is perfect for rafting, it's not super wide, has some slow flowing sections with just enough rapids and dips to make it super fun. If you're adventurous enough there's even a waterfall you can raft down!
My family starts our ride of the river at the same spot every year and it takes us about 20 minutes to ride from the top to the exit point. This year we got a fantastic surprise. The entrance spot we use used to be just a steep hill down to the river with lots of rocks and it was actually quite dangerous to get down. This year they had put in a walking trail with a platform to launch your rafts off of. It’s pretty awesome and made getting into the river super easy!
I honestly love rafting the river more than I can explain and it's the highlight of my trip. In past years I have played it safe though. Never really being adventurous. This year I decided to change that! I decided to try the waterfall!
I thought I could handle the waterfall as over previous years my younger sister and cousins (ages ranging from 6 to 12) went down it several times. Well as Tyler, my cousin Amanda, and I went over the waterfall things went anything but smoothly.
The waterfall has two exit points to it. A nice smooth one that flows over a larger bolder and is a fun ride, another that is a straight drop off that causes the tube to go vertical. Well as you can probably guess, our tube went vertical and it was so not fun.
As we went over the edge I was going backwards and went down first. Directly above me was Tyler. As we spilt over the edge, Tyler fell down towards me. He ended up kicking me in the face and gave me a bloody nose and a fat lip!
I got a totally hilarious video of it and you can watch it below. You can totally hear Tyler yell “I kicked her in the face!!” and then hear me yell “Tyler get off me!
Well the fiasco with the waterfall didn’t keep me off the river, I rafted down it for another 3 or so hours. However I did not go back down the waterfall.
But don’t let my story keep you from the waterfall. Other members of my family went down it almost every trip and had a blast. Just keep yourself on the path to the smooth decent and you’ll be totally fine.
Here's some more photos and videos of me going down the river :)
For those of you who are not adventure seekers, Lava is still a fun destination. The little town is so charming. There’s several little shops and restaurants. This trip my family didn’t eat out but in past trips we always visit the Wagon Wheel. It’s a cute little place with good breakfast food.
The town also has plenty of places to stay, lots of hotel options including two right across the street from the Hot Springs.
Lava also has camping options which my family uses. We stayed at Mary’s Place. It’s a tent and RV camping site and is located just outside of the main town entrance. Our spot this year was located very close to the road and the train track making it extra loud. But if you don’t mind the occasional train horn the campground is really nice and shady.
In addition to the river and hot springs, there's a pool that is actually pretty cool! We didn’t visit it this weekend but have in the past. The pool is heated by the hot springs and has some cool waterslides, two of which go over a road.
Overall I had a fabulous trip and hope to return to a family favorite weekend destination.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Just a little while ago I found myself at Barnes and Noble, a favorite place of mine, looking for a new novel to read. I love reading and find a great joy in escaping into other realities. As I entered the store, there was a display of classic novels, all on sale for five dollars. Just $5!! (PS that sale is happening all summer long!) So naturally I snatched up like 8 books.
I had a hard time deciding which one I wanted to read first, but I knew I would struggle with some of the older language since I was so out of practice of reading that type of novel. I finally came to the decision of Little Women.
I've always thought about reading this novel and when I opened up to the first page I found it easy to read.
I then settled into my bed to read it with a cup of warm tea, was pleasantly surprised. Not only was it easy to read and comprehend, I quickly found myself sucked into the story.
Of the four girls, I identified most with Meg and Amy. I believe I identified with Meg for many reasons. I, like Meg, am the eldest of a family of all girls. I also strongly desire to have a happy marriage and wonderful children as Meg does. This is really evident for Meg in the second half of the book.
At first I didn’t think I was much like Amy with her gift for art. However it was in the second half that I felt a strong connection to her. If Amy lived in modern day time she would be totally into Pinterest and throwing all the social gatherings of her friend group. I love her desire to get along with everyone and do well in society. Her attributes make her a very desirable friend and companion and I really like that about Amy.
As for Jo and Beth, I still love the characters and their own additions to the story, however I don’t feel a connection to them.
To me Jo is too much of a tom-boy for me to find a connection to her as I have always been a girly girl and one of my number one goals is to be a mom. While we didn’t have a connection, I still enjoyed Jo’s sarcastic view.
I couldn’t find a connection to Beth to save my life. While most people probably became very attached to sweet and innocent Beth, I found her to be a little dull and unrealistic. She is too meek and good to feel real. However I can see that these attributes are ones to work towards and like her example and influence on the other girls.
Overall I loved this novel a whole lot more than I anticipated. The love stories were wonderful and I adored the stories of Amy’s time abroad. The genuineness of the characters made it feel as if I knew them personally and gave me a relationship with each.
If you were on the fence about picking up this classic I would definitely recommend it! Happy Reading
Hi! My name is Kylie. I'm 21 years old and am married to my best friend! I love my wonderfully normal life and hope you do too.