29 November 2007

The Road

i have to rave about this book. it was an assignment for my american literature class (which i happen to love by the way) and i can't tell you how much i love it. its terrifying, beautiful, devastating, tense....i mean you name the emotion and i'm pretty sure it's in there.

"a father and his son walk alone through burned america. nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. it is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. the sky is dark. their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. they have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the law-less bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food---and each other. the road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. it boldy imagines a future in which no hope remains, but which the father and his son, 'each the other's world entire,' are sustained by love."

i loved it. oprah loved it.. so will you.

24 November 2007

i'm in love.

seriously, is he not the cutest thing you've ever seen in your entire life? katie had her baby early early this morning, around 3:45 a.m. stinker andrew brian hillstead is here, weighing 7 lbs 7 oz, and i want to eat him. i love him so much already and he's not even mine! anyway, katie is doing great, looks amazing and is going to be such a good mom. i have a million other pictures but i wanted to get it all started by these three. they're some of my favorites. anyway, love him. little drew. welcome to earth.

16 November 2007


i. am. so. tired.

and that's all i have to say.

13 November 2007


well here it is. please know that in this post, i am in NO WAY bragging or trying to say, "hey check me out folks." but something exciting and slightly embarassing....ok embarassing....is happening. utah valley bride magazine emailed me a few weeks ago and told me they wanted to feature my wedding in their magazine. they put out four issues a year and feature four different brides. they talked to my photographer kenneth linge (www.kennethlinge.com) and apparently they told him to use the vela/robbins wedding. so she interviewed me for the article and everything. then she randomly said, ok we're going to put you on the cover. i'm like....what. cover? are you sure? yes yes, she says. i said, well there is a really beautiful picture of jake and i....and she interrupted me and said, no just you. WHAT. close up or what. close up. wow. so those of you who live in utah, the issue will be out after thanksgiving if you're interested. this is the picture that they're putting on the cover. this is actually hard for me to admit (i really don't like being in the spotlight and i HATE surprises...and this was definitely a surprise)...but it is sort of fun. anyway, so that's the latest.

08 November 2007

the homefront.

hello dearies. as i've said, school rules and i don't. BUT, that isn't going to stop me from somewhat updating every once in awhile. you are my people and i love you, which means i want to include you in my life. with that said, here are the latest events. we had katie's shower last wednesday and it was so fun. we had delicious tomatoe artichoke soup (i have the recipe if anyone wants it), yummy home made rolls (gotta love kendal mugleston), salad and veggies with cake to top it off. mom was in town, which made everything so much fun. she took us out to dinner one night and as usual, we had a blast. anyway, everyone is doing great. jake is amazing as always, school is almost done...thanksgiving coming up. lots to be grateful for.

chillin' before the party.

liz and me.


at katie's shower--she is very cute.

dinner. yum yum.

mom and me.

jake is a statue.

the robbins girls. me, mom katie, rachie-bear

jake and drew outside of PF changs

03 November 2007

a new post.

so i know i've been sort of m.i.a. its called school....kicking my trash every single day. so this is the update for the past few weeks. hope all is well!

jake tried to take it while jumping in the air...almost.

got it.

i look like a boy.

alpine loop. love jake.

love aspen trees.

jake and zach obsessing over some youtube video.

jake and me at warren miller.

and this is jake shaving his head.

jake and rugby. he's amazing.