Friday, December 14, 2012

Relevant Christmas Songs

Living in Columbus has been nothing short of a blessing but I will admit, I can't wait to be back in Utah for Christmas. Living so far from my family and from what Christmas is supposed to look like makes me think of a few Christmas songs that have more meaning to them this year than they did before.

#1 White Christmas

Who says it better than Bing Crosby? There is no snow in Columbus. It comes and goes within an hour. That is NOT Christmas! Snow during December, balmy happiness the rest of the year.

#2 I'll Be Home for Chirstmas

I get to go home for Christmas! Going home for Christmas makes the season even more exciting in my opinion.

#3 All I Want for Christmas

Um.. this might be weird but Henry our pooch can't come with us for Christmas. I want him to come with us but it would be too crazy of a schedule to bring him and this is the only song that sort of portrays my feelings. OK, really I just like this song. Can't survive the season without a little Mariah Carey.

#4 I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

No, I don't. It's just a funny song.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

A job, a dog

A job, a dog, a noodle, a doodle... (name that movie!)

Anyway, I got a job!!! I have been searching for a job since June and finally got the perfect one.  I've been hoping and praying that I would get a job that I would enjoy and one that would help me apply what I am learning in class to my "real life."  This job does just that! I am thrilled and so blessed to have gotten such a great opportunity. I feel that the Lord has been really looking out for me.

Introducing Henry!
In other news, Justin and I got a dog! We have been thinking about getting a dog and decided to go look around at what kinds of dogs were out there. We didn't really expect to actually get a dog, just check out the scene.  But then we met Henry.  Henry is a six pound Pomeranian mix. He looks like a little fox but cuter and he won over our hearts (especially Justin's) right away.  He's sweet, playful, cuddly, and apartment sized all at the same time. Great dog, right?

A few little facts about Henry: First he is a jumper. It's a good thing his mad jumping skills are limited by his tiny six inch legs or he'd be dangerously close to soaring into space.

Henry is trying really hard to get the whole house training thing down. He's almost got it and we are remaining perfectly calm during this disturbance in our usually clean home. Except for that one time when I gasped so loudly when I discovered a mess that Henry hid in the corner.  That was sad.

Henry loves food and jumps for joy when he sees it. He's a gazelle in a tiny dog body.

Henry gets what Henry wants. When he want's his belly rubbed, he will nudge and paw at you until you finally cave and pet him.

Needless to say, he's a keeper. We are enjoying having a puppy to welcome us home.

Justin and I have been so blessed since moving to Ohio.  It gives me a lot of confidence that we are right where we need to be.

This picture is a good demonstration of his personality.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

An update

The last time I wrote on this blog was when I got married. That was a pretty big deal. Now Justin and I will be celebrating 6 months of wedded bliss on Saturday.  As you can imagine, a whole lot has happened in such a short amount of time.  I'll give a brief overview of the last six months starting with the day after mine and Justin's big day.

We went to Mexico!! We loved it and have every intention of going back as soon as we can.  We did everything from snorkeling to buying off 2 cops. It was awesome
First time snorkeling for me. Justin's a pro.
Chichen Itza
This is us being awesome in Mexico

We dressed up like disco people... obviously.
I hope you are impressed by Justin's suit. I know I sure am.
We went to 2 zoos... the latter being the more impressive.
Hogle Zoo Salt Lake City, UT
Manatees, the reason the Columbus Zoo is better
Zoo 2 Columbus Zoo

We became an aunt and uncle!

Baby Cohen

We went to Cedar Point, just the coolest amusement park in the world.

We moved to Columbus, Ohio and we have loved it!

And we had a grand adventure with the Nelson's on our way to Ohio

We found our way into some Indian Caverns.

We became The Ohio State University Buckeyes!  We're nuts!  

Script Ohio. The most amazing marching band!

Well that gives a pretty satisfactory summary of our first six months of marriage. It has been a blast! I've loved being married and having so many fun adventures! 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Becoming Kels Nels

It's official! I am off the market, I bit the dust, I've tied the not... whatever way you want to phrase it, I'm married!

 Justin and I were married March 29, 2012 in the Salt Lake City, Utah Temple.  Little known fact to many, my 10-14 year old self always knew I'd marry a Justin. Just ask my sister, when we'd play house, my husband/boyfriend's name was always Justin.

What a glorious day... week it was! Our families lovingly dubbed ours a wedding festival rather than a wedding day. I feel like Justin and I planned our wedding perfectly. We had a dinner the night before and didn't have a luncheon so that we could have a later ceremony the day of our wedding. So to begin the thrilling saga that was our wedding festival...

Wednesday (3/27) was a fantastic day.   I had to go to work in the morning and that was lame and of little importance for this story. I picked up Emily at this point and we went off to get manicures and pedicures for the big day.  I had the bright idea to go to a school rather than a professional salon to save a few pennies.  Mistake made, lesson learned.  Emily was privileged to have a girl who spoke English. I did not receive such a nice perk. My salon lady, fashionista, stylist, beauty girl... (what are they called??) did not speak English and forgot my name within the first 3 seconds of meeting me. After Emily was greeted so warmly, my gal walked up to me and said, "oh, I forgot your name." Thanks, lady.

During the manicure I had my nails painted and look jealously over at Emily who was receiving a luxury hand massage. My girl decided it would be a great idea to put lotion on my just painted finger and smudged the paint a little. Thanks again, lady.

Sexy thing
Regardless of the not-so-great service, Emily and I had a good time. I love being with her. She's the best friend I've ever had.

Dinner was great! We held our dinner at a church and all of our closest friends and family came to support us and eat delicious Cafe Rio.

Justin and I also learned what would happen to us in the next 1,5,10,20,30,40, and 50 years. Sounds like we've got a lot of kids coming our way and very diverse careers including thespian endeavors, public speaking engagements, and law. We've got an exciting life in front of us, Justin!

Amazing friends!

Really High 40 - Because we are that cool

The next day was the big day!!  It looked beautiful outside. The sun was shining, it was warm and there was no wind. It was everything we could have asked for.

On our way to the temple!

Our sealer, the man who married us, was Craig Zwick of the Quorum of the Seventy. When he spoke, the entire room went quiet to listen to his beautiful, powerful and heart felt message. It was a beautiful ceremony!   There wasn't a dry eye in the entire room.  What a beautiful and powerful experience it was to be sealed to my love for all of eternity and to have my family there supporting me. I'm a pretty lucky girl.

My mom promised me that I would never forget the look on Justin's face when he saw me in my dress for the first time. I can tell you, I never will. The look on his face was so sweet and made me feel like I was the most beautiful woman who ever lived.

Photo courtesy of the amazing Emily Burt

We took our grand exit outside to a totally different day. It was blustery, rainy and cold. You know what, I didn't mind a bit. As long as I can remember, it has rained on most important days in my life so it was only appropriate for mother nature to get a little choked up at this blessed event. Everyone I love was outside waiting to see our smiling faces.  I got a kiss from my groom... hehe.. and a few hugs from family and friends. We smiled a whole lot, not just because we took boat loads of pictures (that will come soon I hope) but because we were completely happy.

Here are more pictures for your viewing pleasure:

Naturally we had to make a quick stop by Wendy's to celebrate with the friendly staff and to feed our very hungry stomachs.  We were still wearing our full wedding ensemble so the kind Wendy's people got a good laugh and gave a hearty "Congratulations!" 

We took oodles of pictures once we were at the reception hall. That was fun. Our photographer, Chris Wood was amazing. You should consider him for any of your photography needs. 


Our line was simple, just Justin, our parents and me.  It was a lot of fun greeting old friends and meeting new ones. I'll tell you what, Justin is one loved man. Every person that came through that line raved about the amazing man I was getting. I had to agree. We had some great friends come all the way from Cedar City and California to our wedding. It was so great to see them!! 

Nobody can resist giving Justin a good game... pinch.
Sorry for any of you who came right at the end of the formal line. We were supposed to be cutting the cake and all that jazz so I may have tried to get the line to move a little faster by spending about 1 second talking to each person. That probably wasn't the best for PR. I'm sorry!

Naturally we had Cold Stone cater. Because we're just that awesome.

Then we cut the cake! It was truly a piece of art.  Justin's aunt, Tya, spent hours on this stunning 40 pound cake. Not only was it visually stunning, but it tasted amazing too! 

I wasn't really sure if my handsome groom would smoosh cake in my face. We'd discussed it before, but never came to a decision. He squished cake in my face. The squished cake then made a little trek all the way down my dress.  I feel I got the worse end of the deal. I hardly got Justin at all.

Then I threw the bouquet. All of the girls lined up about a mile away so it was unfortunate that I was not blessed with a wicked throwing arm.  However, it did make it to the bottom of the stairs and my cousin Becca caught it. Wohoo! 

I got to have my daddy daughter dance. I loved that. I remember dancing on his feet as a little girl and I will always remember my dance with my dad at my wedding.

My Dad and I and Justin and his mom

Then we partied it up! We had all sorts of dancing going on afterward. Christopher even led us in some Zumba. I have the coolest family ever.

Justin and I may or may not have forgotten to plan a get away... so our sweet friends and family threw rose petals from their corsages/boutonnieres and the pebbles from our centerpieces. That was pretty sweet. Loved it! 

To sum it all up, we had a blast. We're living happily in Salt Lake in our cosy new apartment. I sure do love Justin.  
We know how to have some fun

I'm so happy to be married to the man of my dreams!

(As of now I only have the pictures from friends and family and just a few from our photographer. I'll probably post more later!)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Happy Valentines Day! Tell somebody how much you love them.  I know I will!

These clips may make me say "awww" but my favorite story is the one I'm living right now. Justin, I love you.

If you'd like to learn more about falling in love, read this article, it's amazing!

Monday, January 30, 2012

It's beginning to look a lot like.... April Fools.

Valentines Day has never been my favorite holiday but I'm warming up to it because thanks to Justin, I have reason to celebrate now.  However, I've already started planning for another holiday. One that is far more exciting and fantastic in every way. April Fools Day.

While Valentines Day may be the celebration of our love, April Fools day might be more of a test of our love. Thank heavens Justin and I are getting married only days before April Fools day so he'll be stuck with me... before I show my love for April Fools Day.


Growing up in the Chandler household was the kind of heart warming, loving childhood experience that everyone hopes for. I am very blessed. But on April Fools day, it's a free for all that would make luchadors tremble in fear.

Patches. He's one of the best dogs in the world
 I recall one year my dad strategically molded a sliver of brownie to resemble the droppings of our dachshund who had yet to learn the difference between bedroom and outside. He put the poo-shaped brownie on my brothers pillow who discovered it because my little brother (who was not in on the joke) came to tell him that Patches had "left him a present on his pillow." Poor Patches. Christopher ran to his room and freaked out at the little guy who was completely innocent. My dad came down to help clean up the mess. To the horrified and exasperated face of my brother, my dad grabbed the poo-shaped brownie and popped it into his mouth.  That was an April Fools trick for the books. It was fantastic.

We've done so many more dramatic pranks, but I'm afraid you would get tired of reading all of them. So instead, I give you a link to a blog that lists some April Fools tricks... we've done all but a few of these in my family.

So Justin, you should consider yourself one lucky duck that we will be on our honeymoon on April Fools. It will be much harder to play a prank when I'm in unknown territory. Beware, fresh meat, April Fools Day is one of my favorite holidays...

Welcome to the Chandlers, Justin!