Sunday, November 14, 2010

Holiday Cards

Pablo is making personalized Christmas Cards for anyone who wants one!

You send him the picture or pictures you want, a message you want and if you have any color or design requests. He will send you your card and make any changes you want if you are not satisfied! All for $20!!

Here are a few examples (models were not paid for their posing...)

Let me know if you are interested!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Hump Day Tag

Blogging is...
my way to vent, share, feel important and let others know they are important to me.

A current fashion trend I wish I was brave enough to wear is...
the whole floral/headbands, etc. I just feel too old to be sporting a cute little bud in my hair. Am I?!

My greatest accomplishment in life thus far is...
I'm happily married to the best Chilean around, have a great job and wonderful family and friends.

If I had to choose between a mountain or a beach vacation I'd choose...
LA PLAYA--there is nothing more romantic or more serene then watching the sun set over the ocean. My first area on my mission was the beach and I have been in love with it ever since.

A talent I wish I had is...
crafty or creative.

A talent I do have is...
cooking. Pablo sure has some good things to say about it anyways!

This week...
is finally coming to an end. I played with some kids. I laughed and cried during Parenthood. We are going to see Pirates of Penzance this weekend. It's been a good week!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Life as we know it...

I have dreaded doing this. Updating. I'm worried that if I spend the time to update several different posts that no one will even read them and by this point, who really cares what we ate for dinner or what movie we watched 2 months ago?

So, here is a quick overview of our life the last few months. (With pictures, don't you fret!)

My husband is here! It has seriously been so great to have him here. Even going to Walmart for toothpaste is more fun with him around. He has been so good to adjust to our culture and way of living. He loves everything I cook, helps me with laundry and washing dishes and is learning English. We are renting a cute 2 bedroom apartment just west of Blackfoot and we love having our own space.

My whole family was here for Labor Day weekend so we got some fun family pictures taken at my dad's grain elevator in Rexburg. Ashley Topham took them and they turned out amazing. Check her out here: It was so fun to be all together and spend time especially with my brother and sister Alan and Amber who live way too far away! While we were together we spent a day in Yellowstone and Pablo got to see some many things he never thought he would see!

Also while my family was all together, Pablo and I celebrated our 8 1/2 months of marriage with a reception in Blackfoot. It turned out so wonderful! From the food to the decorations to all the great people who came, it was quite the party! I'm so glad that we did it and that everyone got to meet Pablo. For more pictures of the reception, check out my Facebook album.

And last but not least, this last weekend Pablo and I were able to attend General Conference. We got to go to the morning and afternoon sessions on Sunday and it was such a neat experience. Sunday morning my dad's mission president, Jay E. Jensen spoke and it was so neat to be there. It was a dream for Pablo to be in the same spot he has seen on TV so many times. I am so glad that we were able to go down and renew our spirits for a few more months!

Other than that we have stayed busy with my new teaching job and Pablo working in Potato Harvest. We are so grateful to be together and I'm so glad to have my best friend with me finally.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Just call me Mrs. Riquelme

Mrs. Riquelme...I know I've been married now for over 7 months but no one really calls me that yet. But, now it will be an every day occurrence because starting tomorrow I will be the newest 4th grade teacher at Aberdeen Elementary in Aberdeen, ID. I am so excited to start this new adventure.

When I came home from my mission I knew I wanted to learn more Spanish but didn't want to be a Spanish teacher because that is too specialized. So I got my BA in Spanish and Communications with a cluster in Education. This last year as I worked alongside a wonderful Kindergarten teacher at Fort Hall Elementary I knew I wanted to teach but lacked the certificate. Luckily I was able to enroll in the ABCTE program and after passing 2 very hard tests, was eligible for my teaching certificate.

I am so excited to teach in a school where my Spanish will be well used and much needed. Thanks to everyone's love and support. Pablo and I are truly feeling like things are coming together and feel very blessed. So I guess for now it's "GO TIGERS!"

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Did I mention...

...that this guy right here will be here on August 20?! Yup. His interview was Wednesday and he got APPROVED! They told us that his Visa would take 7-10 days to get to him but on Friday morning the DHL guy stopped by to drop it off to him. So, he could have been coming sooner but we had decided to be safe rather than sorry and fly him here the 20th. But he's packing his bags and saying his goodbyes!

I'm sorry for not posting this earlier. My dear Aunt Sandy passed away this week. She wasn't married and had no children so my sister Laura and I pitched right in and helped my Mom and her siblings plan and carry out a beautiful funeral. I will post more about her later but thanks for all of your support and love. And I'm pretty sure Pablo and I's "Tia" Sandy helped him out just a little bit with his Visa. Thanks Sandy!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Sondra Beth Tyler, 67, of Idaho Falls, died Aug. 2, 2010, at her home.

Sondra was born Dec. 17, 1942, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Stuart C. Tyler and Rhoda Marie Stucki Tyler.

She grew up in Terreton, Arco and Rigby and graduated from Rigby High School in 1961. She lived in Terreton for 28 years and moved to Idaho Falls 18 years ago.

Sondra married Gerald Messerli on Aug. 23, 1963, in Idaho Falls, and they later divorced. She worked in the security department of Idaho National Laboratory for 35 years and retired four years ago. She was a member of the American Business Women's Association and served on the board of her condominium association.

An active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Sondra served in many capacities over the years, most recently as Relief Society compassionate service leader and visiting teaching coordinator. Sondra loved making crafts with seashells, reading, and serving her friends, family and loved ones. She had an unconditional love for everyone she came in contact with and freely shared that love. Her faith in the Gospel was unwavering, and she lived her life as a disciple of Christ.

Surviving are her father, Stuart Tyler of Blackfoot; siblings, Janet (Dale) Armstrong of Zephyrhills, Fla., Victor (Nyla) Tyler of Sandy, Utah, and Cindy (Scott) Campbell of Blackfoot; "adopted" sister, Linda (Ed) Andersen of Blackfoot; 19 nieces and nephews; numerous great-nieces and -nephews; and countless adopted kids, grandkids and neighbors.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Rhoda Tyler, and a brother, Stuart Stucki Tyler.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Idaho Falls LDS Mountain View Ward, 1450 Mountain View Lane, with Bishop Michael Hays officiating. The family will visit with friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Wood Funeral Home, 273 N. Ridge Ave., and from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Ucon Cemetery under the direction of Wood Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family online at

Monday, August 2, 2010


I can't make bread. I have tried I promise. It always bakes too dark or not enough or doesn't rise. You get the picture. But I made this today. YUM. It was quick, easy, and delicious! And you don't have to feel guilty for taking another slice cause it's 100% whole wheat.

Click HERE to get the recipe. And click HERE to see the whole fun "Busy Nest" blog. It's one of my fav's.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Life is beautiful

Do you ever just sit back, relax and think, Wow--things aren't too bad right now. My trainer on my mission told me that once you get comfortable things change. And I'm sure they will. But for right now, in this moment I just feel blessed.

My husband is almost here.
My family is so great and supportive.
I have a wonderful calling and love my primary class so much.
My friends have been wonderful support.
Things are not perfect and they won't ever be.
But for right now, in this moment, life is good.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Let the countdown begin...

August 4th is the day of Pablo's final interview in Santiago! WOOT-WOOT! I have waited not so patiently to hear about this since I sent off his first paperwork! His interview is the 4th and he should be able to travel the next week! That means before you know it, we will be together! (Let's keep our fingers crossed for the 2nd week of August!)

This has been such a LONG last few months but I'm sure it will all be worth it when we are together again. Since I got the news it is hard to think of anything else. I feel like all the plans that have been on hold can finally become unleashed!

Speaking of plans, we will be doing an Open House in Blackfoot sometime in August. I know I asked for addresses awhile ago but the hard drive on my iMac crashed and I lost my whole list. So, if I can make another cry for addresses--please either leave them in a comment or email me at

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Getting Excited for World Cup?

Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

A Busy Nest

Looking for some new recipes? How about just some motherly advice? Or some fun ideas for your home? One of my friends Meredith along with her sister and mother have started a really fun blog called A Busy Nest. Meredith is a classy gal and it shows through their fun blog. The current post right now is a recipe for crab cakes--yum! So go check it out and see what fun things you can find!

Click HERE to go to the blog and enjoy!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Spring is here? Or wait..not yet...almost...

I'm pretty sure that spring is more busy than summer because you are doing all the prep work during spring to make summer run smoothly. Does that make sense? And speaking of spring, where is it?!

For the last few weeks I feel like I have just run around in circles and put life on hold to get other things done. Dealing with Pablo's visa, work, church calling, planning Girls Camp (just as an assistant luckily!), helping with Relay for Life, and studying for my ABCTE test has me ready to pull my hair out. I'm not complaining, I know we are all going crazy right now.

Sometimes it is so hard to really see how all of these things are really going to come together in the end, but I also know that our Heavenly Father has a plan for us. We just have to have faith and patience and we will get there!

PS. I know this has been a random post, but anyone interested in a CD holder for their car I decided to just sell them for $20. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society and I will make you an awesome mix CD to go along with it! Just let me know if you are interested!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Relay Auction

How would you like to have a fancy, homemade, classy CD holder for your car?! This year to raise some money for Relay for Life I am auctioning off 2 of these babies! The one in the picture is one that my friend Michelle made me and I plan on making two of these to be auctioned off.Each holder has coordinating fabrics and elastic on the back to hook it onto your visor in your car. AND I will even throw in a personalized CD mix made by myself for YOU!If you are interested then leave a comment with a bid and see what happens. I will ship it to wherever. The 2 highest bidders will each get: a CD holder for their car, a personalized mix CD and get a luminaria bag for every $10 spent. (The luminarias are the bags that you or I can decorate to honor someone with cancer or who has had cancer.)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Leafy Treetop

All of my friends are talented in one way or another but today I'm going to brag about Tricia. She has her BFA in Illustration and she has TALENT! When we were roommates she was always working on a new project and it seemed like I always went to bed before her and woke up after her because she was always painting, drawing, etc. I love her sweet pictures and the great colors she uses!

She is starting an etsy shop to sell prints of her wonderful artwork. And I think that YOU should check it out. These would be perfect for a nursery, kids playroom or in a classroom. And they are more than reasonable priced. Go check her out and click HERE! Keep checking back because she will adding more when she has them available.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


We just found out that Pablo's visa has been approved!! I still can not believe it is true! Now that we have approval here it will go to Santiago and he will have to do a few things there before they allow him to come. But the second he gets approval in Chile we are booking his ticket!!! I am so excited to be with him again! It feels so real now! YEAH!

Sunday, March 14, 2010


It is time to get ready for the 2010 Relay for Life! This is such an amazing experience and I am so excited to participate this year. I am even getting to help out with the Committee just a bit and it is fun to work with such talented ladies who pull this huge event together! (Above is a flyer that Pablo designed for our Relay for Life--I think he did a pretty good job! )

So how can YOU get involved? Well, if you live near Blackfoot join a team! My team! My sister Laura is team captain and we would love to have as many people join our team as possible. This year's event is June 18th and 19th (it's overnight). We take turns walking all night long and stay up and have lots of fun during the process.
My favorite part of the whole night is when we light the luminarias. These are bags that people can purchase for $10 and decorate to honor a cancer survivor or someone who has passed away. This year I plan on decorating one for my Grandpa Campbell who is struggling with cancer and my Uncle Jed who has just started his cancer journey. They are both amazing men and deserve to be honored.
Questions? Ask me. Want to sign up for a team? I can help with that too! Just want to make a donation? Click HERE! And stay tuned because I have a fun fund raising prize to make for people this year...coming soon!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Reception: Chilean Style

On Christmas Day my parents, Pablo and I, and some of our AMAZING friends all met up at Pablo's church to set up for my reception. Pablo being the amazing groom that he was had set up help and had rented and gathered all of the materials. Now, just to let you know, Chileans stay up until midnight Christmas Eve and open all their presents. We had gotten home from our Christmas Eve festivities around 2 am. So we were all pretty tired! Some of my friends washed all of the rented dishes, others washed the chairs, we set up tables and decorated and dried dishes and did it all. We would not have made it without my parents and our amazing friends Jennifer, Mauricio, Elias and Betsabe who did so much work.

There is your preface to the acutal reception. Pablo's church is a two-story building. On the first floor are the classrooms, offices, bathrooms, etc. The whole second floor is the chapel and the cultural hall (seen above) It ended up looking very nice--even with Pablo's uncle's hideous and dead flower arrangements...but that's another story in itself.

Pablo and I arrived at our reception just in time for the cocktail that was being served. His dad did all of the food and had chicken wings with special seasonings and canapé. After the cocktail and visiting we sat down to a meal of salads, meat and vegetables and fruit for desert. And then the dancing began!
I think my MIL is trying to do the peace sign or something...but doesn't the groom look oh-so-handsome! I love that guy!Our good friend Elias. It gets pretty crazy at those Mormon parties you know...The cutting of the cake--my cake was a non-traditional Mil Hojas cake. It is my FAVORITE in Chile. Basically it is a cake made of crackery-thin stuff and manjar (it's like dulce de leche--not the Mexican kind, the Argentine kind) Anyways, it was yummy! Pablo's dad also made the cake which saved us tons of money!

It was a great evening and a lot of fun! The most important people from my mission and my time living in Chile, were there and I'm so glad I was able to spend that time with them. It was a really hard decision for me to give up having my "dream" wedding with all of my family and friends but to be sealed to Pablo was worth the sacrifice. So hopefully soon Pablo will be here and we can show him what an American reception is like!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Scary Quake

What an awful day yesterday! I woke up and turned my iMac on to see if Pablo was up yet. He usually likes to sleep in but it about 10:30 his time and I thought he might be up. I opened up my internet and the first thing I see is EARTHQUAKE. SANTIAGO. 8.8 I panicked. Big time! But at that very second Pablo popped up and I knew that if he was online that he was safe. He told me that the quake had woken him up, shook his house, knocked down a few glasses and after he saw sparks in the street, the power went out. I know that he was very protected because not all people have that mild of a story to tell. His neighbors had a lot of damage done to their home and many others.

Yesterday morning after I calmed down and knew that my husband was okay I went to a stake Relief Society Conference. The first counselor in the IF Temple Presidency and his wife spoke to us about the blessings of the temple. I have really tried to increase my temple attendance since being separated from Pablo and it was really helped. The one thing that really stood out in my mind that President Mead said was about sealings. He said that there are a lot of things that are uncertain in this life. Will you make it to the Celestial Kingdom? You can try and do your best but it is uncertain. But if you ask, will I be with my husband and family forever? You know the answer is yes if you have been sealed.

I am so grateful that even though my husband is far away from me right now, we will be together forever. And I know that I can say YES when asked if I will be with him forever. I am so grateful that he is safe and sound and that my Heavenly Father is watching over him while we are apart.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Love, Luv, LOOOOVE!

Happy Valentine's Day! Keeping up with my tradition, I'm going to post 100 things that I love! Try this for yourself and post it on your blog too!

1.) Pablo (that's a given!)
2.) Chocolate
3.) Sunny days
4.) Good books
5.) Plaza de Armas in Santiago
6.) My nephews
7.) Free samples
8.) Ward Choir practice
9.) Tulips
10.) Popcorn
11.) Alfajores
12.) Running into someone you haven't seen in a long time
13.) Pablo Neruda
15.) Dashboard Confessional
16.) Friends
17.) Teaching primary
18.) Traveling
19.) P & P (book and movie)
20.) Photoshop
21.) Gilmore Girls
22.) Scentsy
23.) Milky Way
24.) Hanging out with my sister
25.) Text messages
26.) Clearance clothes
27.) the Temple
28.) Pedicures
29.) Old Navy socks
30.) my iMac
31.) Birthdays (mine or yours)
32.) my cute little Passat
33.) Talks with my Mom
34.) Centennial Grain LLC
35.) Mowing the lawn
36.) Summer nights
37.) gmail chat
38.) Completos
39.) Skype
40.) The Farming Game
41.) My siblings (and their spouses!)
42.) Lomito al pobre
43.) Being married
44.) The 4th of July
45.) All of you who are reading this!
46.) Weddings ( I always cry.)
47.) Cards in the mail
48.) Dove Promises
49.) Family Home Evening
50.) Pablo's artwork
51.) Flip flops
52.) West Yellowstone
53.) Dutch Oven cooking
54.) Batter fried Zucchini
55.) Being in Kindergarten
56.) BOM
57.) Speaking Spanish
58.) My wedding dress
59.) Cumbia
60.) Root beer
61.) Juanes
62.) books by Jerry Spinelli
63.) SkippyJon Jones
64.) Nicole Miller lip gloss
65.) Purses
66.) Pablo's eyes
67.) Pearls
68.) Visiting Lancaster, PA
69.) GAP outlets
70.) Apple cider
71.) Cardigans
72.) Jack Black
73.) fonts San Serif
74.) The Office
75.) Movies that make you cry
76.) Sleeping in
77.) Buffalo wings
78.) Arrested Development
79.) Catching snow flakes
80.) Reading blogs
81.) Making lists (ha ha!)
82.) Passing tests
83.) New toothbrushes
84.) Date night with Pablo
85.) Facebook
86.) Rocketdog shoes
87.) Coke Zero Vanilla
88.) Melaleuca chapstick
89.) Ellen Degeneres
90.) Casate Conmigo
91.) Baked potatoes
92.) Going to the movies
93.) Camping
94.) Cooking new recipes
95.) Ratatouille
96.) Christmas
97.) Cafe Motion
99.) Earrings
100.) Little Women

Monday, February 1, 2010

Soups on!

My friend Drew so nicely reminded me that my blog has been LAME lately...thanks Drew! So, for lack of better posting material, try a new recipe! I actually got this out of American Profile and it was YUM! Try it and let me know what you think!

Cheesy Chicken Chowder

2 (14 oz) cans reduced sodium chicken broth
2 cups diced, peeled potatoes
1 cup diced carrots
1 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced onion
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup flour
2 cups milk
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (I used sharp!)
2 cups diced or shredded cooked chicken

Bring the chicken broth to a boil in a large saucepan and reduce heat. Add potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, salt and pepper (and other seasonings as you wish). Cover and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes.

Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Add flour and mix well. Gradually stir in milk and cook on low heat until slightly thickened. Stir in cheese and cook until melted (just a few minutes) Add cheese mixture to broth and add chicken. Cook and stir over low heat until heat and enjoy!

Friday, January 15, 2010

A little late but still great!

Here are a few pictures from the BIG DAY! That morning my mom and I ran all over Santiago trying to find some roses for my bouquet and then spent the rest of the morning getting ready. We got to the temple around 1 pm and all the crazy Chilean temple workers were so excited to get me ready! The sealing was beautiful and everyone that was there was special to Pablo and I. These are all pictures of us after the temple. Notice there are no pictures posted of Pablo's parents--they are kind of on my bad list right now... So enjoy these ones and I will get some up from the reception soon too!

This last picture is on the top of San Cristobal. It's this big hill in the middle of Santiago where you can see all of the city. After the temple our friend Elias took us on a little "paseo" and after getting a coke, we headed up this hill. It was so fun because everyone was calling out stuff to us--one girl even said, "I want to get married too!" It was a beautiful spot to go to right after being sealed because we were feeling on top of the world!