Saturday, December 29, 2012

Blazers Win in Portland!

Brett's favorite NBA team is the Portland Trailblazers, so for Christmas I was able to get us a couple tickets to go see them play while we were in town. My new boss just moved from Portland and was able to use some of his connections to get us some great seats, on the tenth row. Being that close to the action is such a different experience than being in the nosebleeds. 

As excited as Brett was, I was equally excited. I have loved exploring Portland with Brett over the past two years and going to the Rose Garden was another part of the adventure. 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

My Favorite Parts of December

The Smell of Snow or Rain: Yes. Snow and rain have a smell, and they are different. The only way I can think of describing it is that snow smells cold and rain smells clean. Brett agrees with me.

The Gospel: Religion is brought more to the front during the time between November and December than at any other time of the year. This focus on the Savior has the ability to help improve many aspects of our lives, both individually and as communities.

Winter Outfits: I honestly don't like summer clothes. When you are wearing as little clothes as possible, you can't have as much fun. To me, a perfect outfit needs boots, jeans, shirt, sweater, scarf, coat, cloves, bag and either good hair or a headband. If you don't believe my obsesion with these things, check out my Pinterest

Christmas: Christmas includes many different aspects, including many to follow, but just the overall feelings of joy, happiness, and excitement are wonderful. Right now we are still early enough in December that the Christmas music hasn't quite taken over the radio yet. Right now the occasional song is a lovely treat.

Family and Friends: Nothing brings people together more than the holidays. With everyone looking for opportunities for service, it is nearly impossible not to feel love towards those you know.

Food: Let's be real, this is everyone's favorite part of December. It is the time of year when we can eat whatever we want and nobody will judge us for it. 

Friday, November 30, 2012

Thanksgiving and an Internship

Brett and I were able to drive with my sister up north to my grandma's house for Thanksgiving. The best part is that my parents and other siblings drove south to get to the same place. It was good to see all of them in the same place. My mom and sisters  then spent a day with us in Provo which became the icing on the cake.

With my grandma's small house and dozens of aunts, uncles, cousins, etc we got a little stir crazy after a few hours so we took it outside. Tingey family events always end with everyone outside with a gun. I am a little proud of how well us Tingey girls can shoot. Our dad taught us well.

My favorite part of the afternoon was when Brett stepped aside and helped me, my mom, and my youngest sister Hailey shoot the handguns. Hailey was so excited to shoot the .22. You could tell she felt cool.

Now about the internship:
My husband is a stud. He needs a Public Relations internship in order to graduate this spring. A while ago he applied for an internship in the administration building here at BYU and after a series of interviews has found out that he got the job! Starting in January he will be working for/with the PR department under the president of the university. Isn't that great? Talk about a great internship. Good job honey, I am proud of you.

Monday, November 19, 2012

We Ran a 5k!

Saturday was a big day for us. We ran our first organized 5k. Not only was it our first one together, but a first for both of us individually. I have never really been a runner, but Brett started while he was on his mission. Running is still not my favorite thing to do, but I am learning to enjoy it more each time. Something about finishing wants me to simultaneously quit while I'm ahead and keep doing it again. Its a weird feeling.

Jesse and Emily were awesome enough to run with us. They have run all sorts of races, even up to a half marathon, so they were great support.

 Right after the race. If I look exhausted, its because I was. About this time we realized we didn't take any pictures near the finish line, so we headed on back there to pretend like we had just finished.

Brett recreated what he wishes he would have really done across the finish line. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Family Pictures for Two!

So these are the pictures from this weekend! Kirsten did a fantastic job. I am so happy with them, and if Brett was a girl, he would love them too! Really though, he was a fantastic sport. 

Now all that is left is to pick one and maybe send out some Christmas cards? We shall have to see.

Friday, November 9, 2012

While Husbands are Away

Last weekend Brett and his brother Scott drove up to Rexburg to visit their other brother Matt. That left me with Friday afternoon and evening and all day Saturday of time to fill on my own. This was only the second time since we have been married that we have spent a night apart, so it was pretty interesting.

Brook came and spent the night with me Friday. It was fun to have the time with my sister. We ate ridiculous amounts of food and watched chick flicks. I had almost forgotten how much I loved to watch a good chick movie that makes you cry. 

Saturday Brook had an intramural volleyball game and I went to the Stake Relief Society Super Saturday with some other girls in the ward. It was a great way to spend a large chuck of a Saturday.

Saturday afternoon was taken up with taking pictures. The lovely girl in the middle is Elisabeth. Brett and I made friends with her and her husband since we moved to our new apartment in the summer. She has a friend Kirsten that loves taking pictures and has recently decided to start a business. In order to build up her website and whatnot, she has been taking tons of pictures of their friends. It was Elisabeth's birthday this week so her present was pictures with her girl friends. I was flattered to be invited to join in for the group. 

These are a few of my favorites.

Can we just talk for a minute about how good my hair looked? I was very pleased. 

This next Sunday Kirsten is going to take some more pictures of Brett and me. I feel silly calling them 'family pictures' because it is just the two of us, but that is really what they are. But hey, if someone offers to take pictures of you and your husband, you can't really turn it down. I am hoping that the snow we are getting will still be pretty when Sunday afternoon rolls around.

Thursday, November 1, 2012


Halloween was pretty chill for Brett and me. We wore matching outfits (Batman T-Shirts and blue shorts!) when we went on our run. Since its just the two of us we didn't get any pictures, but it was these two shirts.

We also watched the Blazers beat the Lakers with some friends. It took the entire first half for the boys to set up the TV, but at least we saw the win!

Work on the other hand, was a different story. Our entire department dressed up as a group. We were the recruiting Mariachi Band!


We spent several hours in the afternoon going around to all the departments singing songs and handing out candy. They also had it set up so that any employee with kids could bring them and we had a Trick-or-Treat. The kids were the best part of the day. 

I made this little guy's day when I guessed his costume right away. It also made my day that I got to take a picture with Hawkeye!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili

I found the best recipe last week. I made it on Sunday and it was one of the best things I have ever made. It was super easy and fed us for two days! 

I was torn between two of my favorite sides to have, so of course I had both. I made cornbread and covered it in honey-butter. Always a winner. In between bites of cornbread I was scooping my chili with tortilla chips!

I highly recommend that you make this. You can find the original post here. Here is a copy for those of us who are too lazy to look :)

Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili

Serves 6
① 1 16 oz. can black beans, drained
② 1 16 oz. can kidney beans, drained
③ 2 garlic cloves, minced
④ 1 medium onion, chopped 
⑤ 1 jalapeno pepper, minced
⑥ 1 green bell pepper, chopped
⑦ 10 oz. package frozen corn kernels 
⑧ 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce 
⑨ 1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes 
⑩ 1 tbsp. cumin 
⑪ 1 tbsp. chili powder
⑫ 1 tsp. dried oregano
⑬ 1 tsp. kosher salt
⑭ 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, uncooked
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Optional toppings: Additional cilantro, shredded cheese, chopped scallions, red onion, sour cream, etc.

Combine ingredients 1 through 14 in a slow cooker*. Stir until combined. Place uncooked chicken on top and cover. Cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 4 hours, stirring occasionally.

Thirty minutes before serving, pull chicken breasts apart with two forks. Stir and continue cooking. Top with fresh cilantro or any other desired toppings.

Running a Few Weeks Behind

I am the worst blogger ever! I love looking at other people's blogs, but always come away thinking that I don't do anything exciting enough. Time for an attitude change! So that being the are some pictures of what we have been up to.

General Conference is one of my favorite times of the year. Luckily it comes around twice. I was able to go to the General Relief Society Meeting with my sister and a good friend. Sadly, we were running an hour and a half late (Literally. Traffic was insane! There was an accident on the freeway) so we didn't get any pictures. We looked good though. 

Scott was awesome enough to get the tickets. Megan wasn't able to make it. Although we had fun when Scott was detained at the front door because he set the metal detectors off with his batman belt buckle, Megan was missed. 

A week later we went to Hee Haw farms with Jesse and Emily. They are great friends and we are so glad they invited us to go with them. My camera isn't the greatest in the dark, so we only took a few pictures. 

 Brett was very proud of himself sitting on the tractor. He is so tough and manly in this picture I can hardly stand it. (Please tell him that)

Thursday, September 27, 2012

A Full Year

Well look at us! As of Monday, we have been married for a full year! Pretty exciting right? I sure think so. It was a great day for Brett and me.

Brett was crafty enough to find us a coupon to Outback Steakhouse and since their Nascar driver won on Sunday, everyone got a free Bloomin' Onion!

When we came back from dinner we were so full that it took a little while for us to be able to eat our dessert. Luckily we are still students and had homework we could do while we created some space in our stomachs. 


My mom was great enough to think ahead and help us keep a wedding tradition. We have had the top tier of our wedding cake in our freezer just waiting for our 1st anniversary. 

One year down, eternity to go. Lucky for us we like each other. It has been the greatest year, and I am looking forward to all the years to come.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Tingey Family Visit 2012

Last weekend some of my family come into town. It was my mom, Brook, Cole, and Hailey. Sadly, Dad had to work and Sierra couldn't miss soccer practice, so they weren't able to come. Luckily we were still able to enjoy ourselves.

Bridal Veil Falls again. Its so close to home and such a good excuse to get everyone out of our little apartment that we almost had to go!

Brett keeps up his thing with cliffs.

My Momma 

Brett and I explored to the other side of the waterfall while both Mom and Hailey both took pictures.

Here is Brook! Ready to start BYU in her Cougar t-shirt. 

Climbing beyond this point is strictly prohibited? What do you think Brett did?

If you look closely in this picture you can see the orange smudge that is Brett. Climbing beyond the sign. Luckily Hailey didn't follow him that far.

Cole spent the whole time trying to build up the side of the pool to get it deeper. Since he did nothing else, I am sure he succeeded to some degree.  

Saturday we all drove up to Salt Lake City to see the sights and see everyone but Brook (who is staying with us until she can move into her apartment) off on their trip home. We had some previous engagements back in Provo in the later afternoon, so we didn't do the whole tour of Temple Square. We got see City Creek and the Joseph Smith Memorial Building before we had to say goodbye. 

Sorry this picture is slightly askew. I didn't notice until I pulled it up on the computer. I love the architecture of this building. It is so beautiful it makes me wish I was a better photographer. 

Our whole group with a view towards the temple. It was great to see these guys. I'm glad that they were able to come down and spend a few days when they dropped Brook off. Looking forward to when we see you guys again!