January 8, 2017

We Love You, Dopey.

This sweet boy passed away early Saturday morning. He died quickly and experienced no pain, but it was a bit of a traumatic experience for us. It was unexpected and sad. I spent a better part of the day crying-- I didn't know what else to do. He was our little pup, we loved him. 

We had a little funeral for him and shared some of our favorite memories of him. Kingsley shuffled about near our feet, sniffing and searching for Dopey, but whimpering as his attempts proved useless. He was so close but so far away. 

"Well, Dopey wasn't the brightest dog... but he had an ability to love like no other dog we've seen. We'll miss his broccoli-cauliflower smelling farts and his little piggy noises. We were very grateful for the opportunity we had to take him from the abusive life he had before and give him a loving home. I may have been short, but it was worth it. He was plagued by physical and mental abilities and we know that where he is now, he won't be plagued by those anymore. We weren't sure if he was a dog, or a parrot, a pig, or a shark... maybe he was a combination of all those things. Maybe his disabilities came to be because his spirit was just too big for his little doggy body. He's probably a nine-foot tall doggy Einstein now with a deep, glorious bark. Woof. We're going to miss his cuddles and ear-lick-sucking-thing that he would do. He loved food of every kind and had the ability to summon old, lost toys up from the ground in our backyard. He loved everyone and was afraid of everyone, all at the same time. We'll miss him walking around the house with us, never more than three inches away. We'll miss the way he refused to go on walks and would end up being dragged around by Kingsley. Thank you Dopey, for loving us unconditionally every day we got to spend with you. We love you, Dopey. And we'll see you again sometime, you nine-foot tall, glorious soul." 


January 3, 2017

Happy New Year!

I'm a little late to the party here, but I hope that everyone had a fantastic New Year's Eve! Ours was fun... but we didn't end up getting to bed until about 4am (which was rather difficult seeing as our normal bedtime as of late has been around 10pm). But we survived (sort of)! We've spent the last few days fighting off a nasty old cold and it's been really kicking us in the behinds. We're talking aches and sniffles and head pains-- the whole nine yards. So that's been fun (note the sarcasm). But at least we had the Bachelor season premier to keep us semi-entertained for an entire evening (no sarcasm there)!

In other news, it's been a snowy couple of days here in Utah. We've got at least 18 inches of snow sitting in our front yard, which makes letting the dogs out to go pee really funny. Like I said, we've been cooped up inside fighting off our devil colds for the last couple of days, so we've had plenty of time to set some goals for the upcoming year and sort out some last-minute things before we get slammed by our heavy load of credits this semester... yay (definitely some sarcasm there). 

Sorry my posts lately have been so short and insignificant. We've just been enjoying our time doing nothing and it's been marvelous (but it won't last for long)...


December 31, 2016

Arizona Lovin'.

We spent a couple of days in warm, sunny Arizona with the Bagley side of our family. We're weird and we love road trips, so we thoroughly enjoyed not only our time spent in AZ, but also the entire drive down (and up) as well. We fill up all of our "travel hours" by long chats, me reading aloud to Tay, and singing along at the top of our lungs to the random music we come across on the radio. We were only in Arizona for a few days, but the seventy degree weather was well-worth it! I'm a firm believer in vacations where you drive somewhere... and do basically nothing the whole time you're there. It's amazing. 

Anywho, that was our last road trip before we start school again next week (which I'm less than enthusiastic about. I love learning... but I don't love school because of all the busy work and bleh it involves. But whatever). We bought plane tickets to Norway for two weeks in May (to celebrate the completion of our semester and to celebrate the 17th of May, a Norwegian holiday, in Norway)! So the sooner school starts, the sooner it ends... and the sooner we get to go to Norway. Yay. 


December 27, 2016

Road Trippin'.

Life's about to speed up a lot for us. Over the last month or so, we've had a lot going on, but we've also had a lot of "down time." As the year 2016 comes to an end, we're gearing up for the craziness that will go down in 2017 and embracing our last fleeting moments of "the calm before the storm." We decided to go on a last-minute road trip (because it's been a while since we last sat in a car together for endless hours and talked about everything and anything under the sun). We piled ourselves, our stuff, and two lil' pups into the car and drove for ten hours (chasing warmth, I guess). Now, here we are, wearing t-shirts and sandals while reflecting upon our year (and somewhat dreading the chaos to come). This Christmas season has been so different but it's also been so wonderful. I'll write about it someday, but today is not that day; I'm too busy doing nothing, sorry.

December 22, 2016

10 random things about me.

  1.  My favorite color is blue (but not one particular shade of blue, more-so every shade of blue... does that even make sense?). 
  2. One of my biggest goals for travel is to visit each of the fifty states in the United States. Taylor and I actually made this goal together-- we've somewhat "started over" so to say and we're only counting the states that we've visited together (so far, we've visited nine). 
  3. I'm the middle child in a family of nine (only counting kids). I love big families! Tay's family is also a big family and he is also the middle child in his family (which is kind of cool). People always ask us if we're going to have a big family too-- and I don't think we'll have quite as many kids as our parents did (but we really respect them for raising us).  
  4. I'm sometimes still scared of the dark because I always freak myself out and assume a serial killer or some kind of angry, tormented ghost is going to come for me when I turn out the lights.
  5. When I was five, I had a major accident + a major surgery. The doctors actually told my mom that I would likely never speak again (because long story short, my entire soft pallet got ripped out of my mouth-- gross). They said that if, by some miracle, I could speak, I would have to go through years of speech therapy but would never attain a normal speech level. The morning after my surgery, however, I woke up, turned to my mom and said, "I want waffles." She started crying immediately but I didn't understand why. I never did have to go to speech therapy. 
  6. I've completed at least fifteen different journals in my life (starting at the age of twelve). 
  7.  Marrying Taylor was the best decision I ever made. But that didn't mean that I wasn't terrified to make the jump into marriage. The hardest part of my marriage to Taylor were probably the months in which we were engaged and not actually married yet. Now that I'm married to him, life has been oh-so-great (I'm actually convinced that I couldn't reach my full potential without him). 
  8. I have so many things I thoroughly enjoy eating that I couldn't pick just one "favorite," but some of the most-liked foods as of late include: tacos, bibimbap, dukkbokki, mashed potatoes, and popcorn. 
  9.  I love the sky (I'm actually taking an astronomy class next semester that I'm really excited about). Morning, mid-day, evening, night-- you name it, I love it.
  10. I didn't know how much of a dog person I was until I actually had dogs of my own. Now I can't even walk past a dog without wanting to stop and pet it. 

December 20, 2016


Every year, around christmas time, I start the Harry Potter series all over again. It's something I started doing when I was in middle school and it's become somewhat of a tradition as the years have passed and I've grown older. For me, the magic never dies. I doubt I'll ever stop dreaming of Christmas at Hogwarts... and that's quite alright with me.


December 18, 2016

We're home again.

We spent the last week and a half working our buns off in Arizona. It was a good experience but I'm just glad to be home. I mean, look at those views! The plane ride back to Utah was hot and stuffy so the sting of cold air on our cheeks once we stepped out of the airport was extremely refreshing. I'm kind of sick of both work and standing for twelve hours a day, so if you need me or Tay, we'll be wearing our onesies and doing nothing but drinking hot chocolate and hosting a Harry Potter marathon for the next week or so. 'Tis the season of coziness, right?


December 5, 2016

home sweet home.

My house looks like it belongs to a seventy-year-old cat lady (and I'm strangely okay with it). We've been officially moved in for about three-ish months and we're just now starting to put our things where they "belong" (however, we've yet to even think about hanging up photos on the wall soooo). I'm just crossing my fingers that we get things more "situated" by the time school starts up again in January. Wish us luck.

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