Wednesday, January 22, 2014


I would that everyone should see the movie "About Time."
It is a beautiful, sweet, charming film.
And may even make you ugly cry, but in a good way. 
(see photo below)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Sometimes when Andrew is out of town for work, I take other people on dates....

For the Hale Thank You Party, I took Danielle as my date! She's so pretty!

And we hang out with these awesome people! 
That is little baby Jude. He is too adorable in that bowtie.

And then after the party, we threw off our heels, laced up our boots & 
headed to Ihop, like what any self respecting adults would do!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Celebrate Caden & Liam!

Just a few January birthdays to celebrate! 

Liam is now 2 years old! 

And Caden just turned 6! 
 I can't believe how big & how cute they are both getting!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Monday, January 6, 2014

I've been (re)watching Community a lot lately. And this is still one of my very favorite moments of the show: 

You're welcome. 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

I will now proclaim & set forth THIS: 

My goals of 2014. 

I will be:

I will improve my posture. (I slouch all the time)

I will start my online shop this year. 

I will join a gym and work out regularly. (This is the scariest one of all.) 

I will wake up before 10am every day, regardless of when I went to sleep the night before. (I'm hoping this will cure me of my "stay up late, wake up late" routine.) 

And this year I will have:

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


Is it just me or are the years going by faster and faster? I know I know, its just because I'm getting old and so time goes by quicker because a year is a smaller portion of my lifespan... blah blah blah.

The point is, its time for the YEAR REVIEW!!!

Lists of memories from this year:
BIG Things:
Angel and Mike tying the knot!
Newest nephew & Nevin-ite born - Koen Hale Nevin!
Parker baptized at age 8!

Portland - for Ari's very special Wildwood birthday party!!!
Texas - just because I miss all my dear friends and family who live far away & I had to meet all their new babies I already love and adore!
California - where we rocked six flags and sunburns (okay it was just Julie on the sun burn thing)
Cedar City - Utah Shakespeare Festival for my first time! We saw 12 Angry Men and Peter & the Starcatcher. Both were amazing.

Shows worked on:
Rapunzel - first time I was back ON stage, probably since High School, for reals.
Harlem Shake - does this count as a show? haha In case you missed it:

The Box - a wonderful new piece by Christian Swenson, that I was dramaturg for (kinda.)
Hello Dolly - SM for the Jerry Elison
The Scarlet Pimpernel - SCERA Shell Summer show, again alongside Mr. E!
The Jerry Elison Scholarship Night - I was the emcee - which was scary. But I'd do anything for that man!
A Christmas Carol - 3rd year! It gets better every time! And of course, with Jerry!

Other Shining Moments:
Our beautiful new juicer!!
Being Cinderella for a day in the 4th of July parade!
Seeing Wicked for my 25th birthday
Andrew finished wheel of time series - an end of an era
Hiking up around Strawberry Lake & seeing wild beavers only a few feet in front of us
Attending the Beautiful Singing vocal camp at BYU with my Mommy!
Lincoln riding on 2 wheels
Halloween - biker duo
Anvil, thermos, axe collection grew and grew
Little camping trip
Witches Tea Convention
Andrew's axe from the Ukraine
And of course just stopping at every estate sale and antique shop we can! seriously.

Not-so shining moments:
Spraining my ankle jumping in puddles
Scout's eye infection and having to wear the miserable cone
My awful sunburn from Cali
Cracking my iPhone
My fantasy football team
.....wait why are these mostly about me?
Wasting too much time of our lives watching the Netflix original series Hemlock Grove.

Memorable Movies of 2013 (in no particular order):
Catching Fire, Ender's Game, Gravity, Monster University, Iron man 3, Life of Pi, Bridesmaids, Warm Bodies, OZ: Great and Powerful, The Great Gatsby, Silver Linings Playbook, Django, Les Mis
Burt Wonderstone, Saving Mr. Banks, Bernie, and The host.... just kidding about the last one. :)

Firsts that happened this year:
Pyrex! And so began my obsession.
Dirty Dr. Pepper (at Swig)
Men in Black
Acting performance on Utah stage
Bachelor and Bachelorette viewing
Andrew's Handmade knife
Utah Shakespeare Festival

What I wish I could say we did this year.... and is *maybe* going on our goal list for 2014:
Buy a house
Start my online vintage shop
See a Broadway show in NYC
Take lots of pictures on our amazing camera. (I mean I took some this year, just not enough!)
Camping camping camping (again we did go, just not as much as we'd like to have)
More swimming and hot tubbing!!!! (notice the amount of exclamation points - this is serious)
Grow a garden

More of 2014 goals to come. But for now....
here's a little photo flip review of twenty-thirteen!