Monday, December 10, 2012

Swollen limbs

Our lives have been pretty crazy around here..
Michael hurt his hand at work in October, and I hurt my foot when we were in Texas.
Here's what happened!

Michael was pulling out a bush at work and and a thorn went into his wrist, His hand got super swollen and infected right away, he had to go into the doctors 3 days in a row for an IV drop of antibiotics and had his hand in a soft cast and splint.. all because of a thorn! His hand has still been bothering him so we have an apt with the hand specialist on Wednesday and we will know whether he has to have surgery to get the thorn out or whether it will come out on it's own. Here are some pictures of what his hand looked like the day after it happened.

... and my ankle, well that's another story! We got to Texas on the 17 of November about 3 hours after we got there we were all supposed to go to Grayson's birthday party at a place that has tons of bounce houses.. Michael and I decided to race through one of them and as I was climbing up the last wall to go down the slide I slipped and my ankle popped. I knew I needed to get out of the bounce house but didn't know how.. I couldn't climb over the wall with one foot, and could I make it out the way I came in, through all the obstacles?  Michael finally came in looking for me, wondering what was taking me so long, he saw me and finally got me out! I ended up going to the ER and getting ex-rays. The doctor came in and said I sprained and pulled some ligaments in my ankle. So lucky for me I was on crutches the whole week we were in Texas.

So needless to say our lives have been pretty crazy, but we just laugh and think it's pretty funny how everything happened!
We leave for Christmas break on Saturday and are SO excited to get way for awhile and not have to worry about work or school, and just be able to relax and be with family! Hope you all have a Merry Christmas, and I'll be back with pictures of our Christmas Vacation :)

Sunday, October 14, 2012

I'm Back..

I'm Back.. and hopefully for good this time! 
 Married life is great, we love it! We have been married now for about 3 months, it's crazy how fast time fly's. Michael is busy with school, but he is such a good sport.. he is working so hard so one day he can support our little family. He is such a good husband, even though he is busy and he always makes a little time for me :) I have been working a lot and it keeps me busy while he is at school. We have been loving going to all the BYU football games and hanging out with friends. We have made a few new friends in our ward, and love getting together with them. we got a our first calling as a married couple.. We are primary teachers!! If you know me at all you will know how excited I was about this, I LOVE singing time, it is one of my favorite things! We have a cute little primary with only 6 kids, and they are all under the age of 6.. it's the smallest primary ever! We teach every other week so we can still go to our adult classes too. We are so happy with life and the way things have been going for us, we can't wait to see what the future has in store!! 

Sorry for all the picture, but I LOVE them and wanted to share.. 

I love the lighting in this picture, it was taken the night before we were sealed..

The BOWLER family, I'm so happy we were all able to be together!

Love this with all the kids and there spouses

Brothers and Sisters


Love this of all the bowler boys..

Even Marie was there, LOVE this!

Struve family, love my new family

This is one of my favorite pictures ever, all my nieces outside the Temple

She is one of my best friends, Love her!

Friday, May 18, 2012


Sorry for the delay in blogging, don't even have an excuse, I guess I have just been lazy! The beginning of April we were able to go to Susanville for Michael's best friends wedding, and for easter weekend. We had so much fun with Mom and Dad Struve, and Holly and Patrick. It was such a nice break from Provo and the normal everyday activities! We laughed, stayed up way to late playing games, and talking wedding stuff. We had SO much fun and can't wait to go back in July as husband and wife!! (only 64 more days)

Michael looking handsome as usual!

Ok, it is NOT supposed to snow in California! I guess I better get used to it though :)

Welcome to the "Gun Show" as Michael would say! haha

Michael and Dad Struve putting in the green house.

While we were there I also got one of my wisdom teeth out.. so here is a pic of me fat cheek!!

funny story.. First of all I do NOT like going to the dentist, so i was freaking out the whole weekend about getting my wisdom tooth out. We walked into the dentist office and Michael's Mom gave me some medicine to calm my nerves then after doing ex-rays I was put on nitrus. I don't really remember much and for that I am glad, but I do remember one thing.. Dad Struve saying he was going to need a blade!! He got up and was showing Mom struve where they were kept. Michael was there the intire time holding my hand, He looked up and me and I was crying, trying to hold it in but I just couldn't anymore, he asked what was wrong and I just said I was nervous! A little while later I was finally done, I let go of Michael's hand and he had indents of where my fingers were (I guess I was squeezing a little to tight). then we were off to go home and relax. 
I guess I should probably start getting used to being in a dentist office since that's what Michael will be doing :)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


It's official.. We are engaged!!
Michael's parents are in town for the week so we decided that we would head up to Park City for the weekend to be with them. On our drive up there Michael asked if I had ever been to/heard of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.. I told him I loved that place.
We got up to his parents time share around 6ish, we had dinner and hung out with the kids for a little while. Then around 8 or so Michael wanted to go get some caramel apples, so Michael's Dad, sister Melissa, Michael and I bundled up and walked to the Chocolate factory. Once we arrived we picked out 4 different apples to take back and share with everyone else. Connected to the chocolate factory is a bookstore Michael said he wanted to go look around so we did.. we walked around for a little while not really looking anything, then Michael saw a book that said California on it.. he picked it up and said he missed California, but good thing we will get to end up there, he then pulled a book off the shelf above and there was a picture of us on the book. (I was in shock) I had NO idea what was going on, then he asked if I new what today was (feb. 3) I said yes, it's our anniversary. He opened the book, I looked up at him SO serious and said "what are you doing" he laughed and started reading, it was a book about us.. our first date, first kiss, and when we first said I Love You.. stuff like that. On the last page it said "JULY 20 2012 Today is the beginning of ETERNITY" he then handed me the book and got down on his knee and asked me to merry him.. I said YESSSSS then gave him a big hug and kiss!!
Then to find out later Melissa was taking pictures and his Dad video taped the hole thing!
I am SO happy I get to spend ETERNITY with his boy, I LOVE him SO much and I can't wait to see what the future has in store or us! :)

Friday, January 20, 2012

Road Trip!

Last Wednesday night Michael and I decided to take a random trip to southern California for the long weekend. We left Thursday afternoon and came back Monday! We had such a good time, it was our first road trip together and I couldn't ask for better company, we talked and laughed the entire drive there and back!!
We got to my parents around 10pm and Mom had Miguels waiting for us. SO yummy! We ate and visited with Mom and Dad for a little bit then headed over to the Byrd's to surprise them. :) I walked in and they were all in bed so I jumped on Letti, she was pretty surprised. Her and Darian got up and came out to visit with Mom, Dad, Michael and I.
Friday morning, the Byrd's came over and woke us up, such a good wake up call :) After breakfast Dad and Michael were off to go golfing, (good thing they tied so Michael will be able to be a part of the Bowler family. haha) I got go shopping with Mom and Letti then came home and hung out with the kids. That night we had egg rolls for dinner with Aunt Toni, Grandpa, and Grandma Bowler.
Saturday Dad and Michael went golfing again, and I went to some soccer games with Letti. Then we went on a triple date later that night with Dad, Mom, Darian, and Letti!!
Sunday was very relaxing we hung out with the family and I got to show Michael off to everyone at church :)
We had such a great weekend, thanks for hanging out with us! We can't wait to see you all again, SO come visit us soon!?
Love your stinkin' Guts!!

Dad & Mom
Letti & Darian
Handsome & I
Isn't this the cutest picture ever?? Paisley LOVED Michael and would walk around the house calling for him if she couldn't see him!
This is her cuddling with him when he was watching football with my Dad.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


After 12 days apart I was finally able to fly up to Susanville and see this handsome boy! I hurried and got off the plane and "mom walked" to baggage claim to see him, I think we gave each other the biggest hug EVER! Then when he opened my door to let me in the car there was a bouquet of pink daisys. Isn't he the best!?
Later that night we finally made it down to Susanville, Mom and Dad Struve were waiting up for us and we got to visit and chat with them for awhile before going to bed.
Friday morning we woke up before the sun and headed down to Chico to help Michael's sister and her husband move to Susanville, we brought back there cute kids with us and they followed later that night along with Michael's sister Melissa and her family who were driving in from Utah!!
The rest of the week we just enjoyed being together, having home cooked meals, playing games, and visiting with the family!!
The week went by way to fast, but we can't wait to see Mom and Dad Struve in a couple of weeks!!
Next stop the Bowler family, Can't wait for all of you to meet my Best Friend! :)

Freezing in Susanville!

The best part of the week was just being together 24/7

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

One more Week!!!!!!

One more week till I get to see my Handsome boy, I sure do MISS him! :)
I am SO thankful for skype, without it I don't know how we would get through these days apart. We were both laying in our beds the other night texting.. we both couldn't sleep cause we were missing each other to much (at that time he had only been gone for 2 days) when I got the cutest text..
"I CAN'T SLEEP! I need you!!! I just love thinking about you! This is going to be the most difficult 11 days of my LIFE!"
I sure did get a winner with this boy! If I am at work or busy doing something he will randomly send me the sweetest text and I love it!!

Can't wait to see you Handsome & take my spot back from the bear :)

Friday, December 16, 2011


Today Michael left for home (Northern California) for about two and a half weeks, it was a bitter-sweet day. I am SO excited for him to be able to be with his parents and not have to worry about school, but I already miss him like CRAZY!!!
I am very excited to be going to Susanville and getting to meet his family. I think getting to meet/know someones family can tell you a lot about a person, just being able to see where he grew up and how he treats and interacts with his family!
Only 12 more days.. I can hardly wait :)


Tuesday, December 13, 2011


LOVE is a strong word, but a word with lots of meaning. It's an emotion that we lose ourselves in, something we all wish for one day.. my Mom found this quote on pinterest and sent it to me.. I thought it was perfect! :)

Something that is and WILL always be on my list is being married in the Temple! I want someone who has served a mission, and who loves the lord and will always put the Lord first in all things!

And I am enjoying being on this journey to LOVE!!

Monday, December 5, 2011

VERY much in LIKE..

Well everyone.. this is Michael, we have been dating for about a month now, and things are going great! Michael's sister and her husband, Melissa & Rodney Jay were in our family ward back in California. Melissa had been trying to get me to go up to her house in Salt lake to cut her hair and she suggested that her brother and I drive up there together. Michael texted me a week before and suggested that we go out sometime during the week so that drive up to his sisters wouldn't be awkward.. we hit it off and things were going good.. I went to Texas 2 weeks later for thanksgiving, and decided to see how I felt when I was gone.. long story short I missed him like CRAZY and couldn't wait to get back to Utah to see him!

Here are some pictures, we went up to see the lights at temple square and then yesterday we got tickets to go to the first presidency's Christmas devotional!!