baby on board!!!

We could NOT be more excited! We're going to be parents!!! We waited to announce this for a little bit, but I couldn't hold it in any longer :) We can't wait to start this new chapter of our life together!!!

We waited a little long to send out Christmas cards (I made them all up, but I just never got around to printing and sending them) So consider this our card this year!



This past month has been a little crazy with work and stu finishing up his semester at school. We got all of our decorations up, started our Christmas shopping, even baked some yummy Christmas treats. But we haven't had time to do some of our favorite things! I can't wait for this next week, I have every night planned with fun "get-us-in-the-christmas-spirit" things. Here's my checklist :)

We had my office Christmas party a couple days ago, it was so fun! I love getting together and seeing everyone out of scrubs and ready to have a good time :) We got our first Christmas present at the white elephant gift exchange that my doctors hosted. Can I just say that I LOVE my job?!! Stu and I got a Wii and an extra controller to enjoy- good thing too, we are absolutely obsessed with JustDance!!! This definitely gave us a head-start on getting in the spirit for Christmas, so excited for this next week!!

here's a pic of all the ladies of RME (minus aubrey) LOVE THEM!!!


I had a good talk with a friend yesterday. We just talked about what was going on in her life; it wasn't so much her story, but her insights related to the story that affected me. It lasted no more than 20 minutes, and I'm sure she doesn't know the impact she had on my day.

This is something I've been thinking on ever since.

There is only one source where all things negative originate: Satan. Any negative thought, negative judgement, negative action starts with Satan. He is manipulative, cunning, and he probably knows us better than we think we know ourselves. No good things come from him. If we give in to those negative thoughts, even momentarily, we give power to Satan. We let him win, even if it is for an instant, he has gained a victory.

A lot of my "negative" thinking is about myself... Now don't get me wrong, I am so happy about my life and the people in it. I LOVE MY LIFE. I know I am incredibly blessed. But I have weaknesses. And I know that my biggest one is to be overly critical about myself. (and i can be kind of a messy person) One thought can put a damper on my day, because I choose to dwell on it. And then of course I make it bigger than it is by analyzing other things that are "wrong" with me or I think about things I should be better at, or what I can do to make others happier. yadda yadda... vicious cycle. And I know I won't change over night. But I know that thinking about negative thinking in this way,
remembering that these thoughts are coming from satan, that he is winning when I give in to these thoughts, well it just makes me want to fight it all the more.

I'm starting my new years resolution early... What do you say friends? Can we choose to combat satan one ugly thought at a time?

tender mercy of the day: yesterday was just a good day for self-reflection... As I was driving out to one of our other offices, I switched the radio station and found a classic- "the middle" by one of the greats, Jimmy Eat World. It's been one of my faves for years, I've heard it a million and a half times, but I think yesterday is the first time I've really listened to it. If you have some time, I would grab your ipod and click on over to it... it really is good for the soul.


planning a trip

Guess what?!!

Mine and Stu's 2 year anniversary is coming up! (I know, crazy.)
I'm in charge this year, which means that I get to plan the trip and surprise Stu with something fun :)
Any suggestions? We really only have 2-3 days that we can be away from work/school so we're thinking it needs to be something close.

maybe some of this?

or this?

(i wish...)

I personally think just some(maybe a lot) of this would be beyond perfect...


i need witnesses

i, angie milne, will NOT cut my hair (only trim/shaping appointments) until it has reached optimal length. (approx. 24-36 inches) i needed to make this public so that i can be held accountable in case i get the urge to cut it short again...

this is the goal people:


oh dear...

these bad boys have been so tasty lately...
not so good for the hips, especially when paired with all the yummy holiday treats i've been downing.


christmas is coming!

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p.s. isn't this family just the cutest?!! some of my favorite clients ever!


such a slacker

is it so lame that i
really haven't blogged
about our life lately
because i've been such
a slacker at taking pictures?
i swear we do fun things... promise.


happy thanksgiving

"Regardless of our circumstances, each of us has much for which to be grateful if we will but pause and contemplate our blessings."

"This is a wonderful time to be on earth. While there is much that is wrong in the world today, there are many things that are right and good. There are marriages that make it, parents who love their children and sacrifice for them, friends who care about us and help us, teachers who teach. Our lives are blessed in countless ways. We can lift ourselves and others as well when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude. If ingratitude be numbered among the serious sins, then gratitude takes its place among the noblest of virtues. Someone has said that “gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”'

"Do material possessions make us happy and grateful? Perhaps momentarily. However, those things which provide deep and lasting happiness and gratitude are the things which money cannot buy: our families, the gospel, good friends, our health, our abilities, the love we receive from those around us. Unfortunately, these are some of the things we allow ourselves to take for granted."

"When we encounter challenges and problems in our lives, it is often difficult for us to focus on our blessings. However, if we reach deep enough and look hard enough, we will be able to feel and recognize just how much we have been given."

-President Tomas S. Monson (latest General Conference)

Stu and I have MUCH to be thankful for this year... Mostly we are so grateful for loving friends and family, the gospel of Jesus Christ, and the copious amounts of turkey and gravy we will be feasting on today. Happy Turkey Day all!!!


dear sickness,

you've been with me for the past 8 days, effectively RUINING my week off and messing with my weekend. just go away already. you stink, and I don't like you.

not even remotely yours,
angie milne


"Because of its sheer size, media today presents vast and sharply contrasting options. Opposite from its harmful and permissive side, media offers much that is positive and productive. Television offers history channels, discovery channels, education channels. One can still find movies and TV comedies and dramas that entertain and uplift and accurately depict the consequences of right and wrong. The Internet can be a fabulous tool of information and communication, and there is an unlimited supply of good music in the world. Thus our biggest challenge is to choose wisely what we listen to and what we watch.

As the prophet Lehi said, because of Christ and His Atonement, we are “free forever, knowing good from evil,” able to act for ourselves rather than be acted upon, “free to choose liberty and eternal life … or to choose captivity and death."

The choices we make in media can be symbolic of the choices we make in life. Choosing the trendy, the titillating, the tawdry in the TV programs or movies we watch can cause us to end up, if we’re not careful, choosing the same things in the lives we live.

If we do not make good choices, the media can devastate our families and pull our children away from the narrow gospel path. In the virtual reality and the perceived reality of large and small screens, family-destructive viewpoints and behavior are regularly portrayed as pleasurable, as stylish, as exciting, and as normal. Often media’s most devastating attacks on family are not direct or frontal or openly immoral. Intelligent evil is too cunning for that, knowing that most people still profess belief in family and in traditional values. Rather the attacks are subtle and amoral—issues of right and wrong don’t even come up. Immorality and sexual innuendo are everywhere, causing some to believe that because everyone is doing it, it must be all right. This pernicious evil is not out in the street somewhere; it is coming right into our homes, right into the heart of our families.

Let me say again that the family is the main target of evil’s attack and must therefore be the main point of our protection and defense. As I said once before, when you stop and think about it from a diabolically tactical point of view, fighting the family makes sense to Satan. When he wants to disrupt the work of the Lord, he doesn’t poison the world’s peanut butter supply, thus bringing the Church’s missionary system to its collective knees. He doesn’t send a plague of laryngitis to afflict the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He doesn’t legislate against green Jell-O and casseroles. When evil wants to strike out and disrupt the essence of God’s work, it attacks the family. It does so by attempting to disregard the law of chastity, to confuse gender, to desensitize violence, to make crude and blasphemous language the norm, and to make immoral and deviant behavior seem like the rule rather than the exception.

We need to remember Edmund Burke’s statement: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” We need to raise our voices with other concerned citizens throughout the world in opposition to current trends. We need to tell the sponsors of offensive media that we have had enough. We need to support programs and products that are positive and uplifting.

Of course the most basic way to protest negative-impact media is simply not to watch it, see it, read it, or play it."

M. Russell Ballard

Stu and I had decided to make some changes in what we watch on Tuesday nights. Reading this, I have no regrets and am more confident that our decision was the right one.


dear stu,

& i love our life.
'nuff said.
love, me.


loving sunday

i belong to the church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints
i know who i am, i know Gods plan
i'll follow Him in faith
i believe in the Savior Jesus Christ
i'll honor His name
i'll do what is right, i'll follow His light
His truth i will proclaim!

i'm back with the sunbeams and i couldn't be happier listening to their sweet voices belting this song all day.


"To live greatly, we must develop the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and triumph with humility."
-Thomas S. Monson

i snagged this from a friends blog, definitely exactly what i needed today... i love the prophet.


wishing i could boycott mondays

mondays are just evil.
going back to real life after having and awesome, relaxing, work-free, football-filled weekend.. just BITES.
and is it just me, or do they always seem to be more stressful than any other day?


thank goodness for hubbys who know just what you need to turn your day around. mmm i love my chipotle... I mean, husband :)



I don't have much time, but I wanted to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the most amazing person I know! Stu turns the big 2-5 today! I LOVE you baby!


dear sister,

You think you can just go away to college all grown up and stuff? No sir. Not allowed.

Jamie (baby sis) and I talked yesterday and cried about how much we're going to miss you. Even though you're only 2 hours away. But that's what it's like when your sisters are your best friends. The Three Musketeers. It's hard not to be able to see each other just when you want to, share clothes and exchange shoes, chit chat about every little thing imaginable, go on shopping trips and get some fro-yo therapy... I hate that you're gone.

But, I am so PROUD of you little sister. I am so excited for you; you get to live on your own, have new experiences with new friends, date college boys, learn to live the dorm life, experience a few all-nighters, feel your testimony grow by taking institute, eat hot pockets... I'm excited for the growth I will no doubt see in you by the end of this first semester. Jamie and I also talked about what an incredible person you are. So kind, so smart, so beautiful- inside and out. There's no question in my mind that you will do so well in school, and have the time of your life :)

i LOVE you Tina! Miss you so much!

p.s. I'm kinda glad that you have a weird-ish, lizard-obsessed roommate... that means you'll come home more on the weekends right?


so this is love..

Let me set the record straight... cheetos and I have never had a good relationship. The idea of cheese-flavored puffy, crunchy snack sticks kind of gross me out. But then, Stu and I tried these somewhere and we quickly became addicts. You better believe that I lick my fingers clean of their cheesy/jalapeno-y goodness... YUM!
(try a bag!)


"...temple work crosses worldly boundaries to bring eternal blessings to all the inhabitants of the earth. The temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are truly built for the benefit of all the world, irrespective of nationality, culture, or political orientation."

"The temple teaches us about the sacred purpose of life and helps us get our true physical and spiritual bearings."

"The temple recommend is a symbol of our faithfulness and determination to serve the Lord."

Pres. Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“Every foundation stone that is laid for a Temple, and every Temple completed, lessens the power of Satan on the earth, and increases the power of God and Godliness.
Pres. George Q. Cannon (the beloved Cannon Centers' namesake)

Just a few of my favorite thoughts from this months First Presidency Message. Oh how I love the temple.


last weeks trip up to payson and flag!

Stu and I have been planning a little getaway for a little while now. We hadn't gone any where for vacation since California, and we hadn't gone a trip together, just us, since maybe last fall? We had sooo much fun, especially since we got to get out of the heat for a little bit. We stayed at the Majestic Mountain Inn, with a name like that it has to be amazing right? Well it was! It was such a cute little place nestled in the pines. Plus we got to eat at our favorite Beeline Cafe, if you're ever in Payson you HAVE to go! PS get the pie, you won't be sorry.

Then we decided to head up to Flagstaff and see the Cardinals practice! Stu lives for football so it was fun to see our favorite players gearing up for the upcoming season. Plus we got to see our favorite ex-cougar QB, Max Hall practicing right alongside Leinhart and Anderson. So rad. We talked with some of his family and his super cute wife who said things are looking good for him.

one happy boy.

I love that we can enjoy so many things together. Of course with anything we're doing, as long as we're together, it's always fun. I love this guy. And I reallllly love making him happy :)

Our pick for the Cards starting quarterback! Still waiting for Leinhart to show up...


We had the opportunity to go to Stu's brothers home today, so Stu could participate in blessing his niece before she goes in for an operation tomorrow morning. I watched as the brothers gathered around her sweet head and blessed her with the authority from Heavenly Father. It humbles me completely to know of the power these worthy men hold, I am so grateful for it. We will continue to pray for little Bela, and we know that Heavenly Father is watching over their family.

Please keep them in your prayers. You can read about Bela's amazing journey here.

sure do love this little girl.


better reality

I know I'm pretty slacking in my posts lately, Stu and I have just been busy soaking up all the greatness of this Arizona summer :) I promise I'll get better, there's so much to update!

You know when you just wake up on the right side of the bed? Today was one of those days for me. Well, actually, I rolled out on the left side of the bed--but you know what I mean. I had to be at work early, and I woke up late, but I just felt so happy and eager for the day. I'm pretty sure it had to do with my dream last night. It was so weird, it was like I went back in time to the night Stu proposed and lived out my memory. I LOVED it. Well when I got home I looked back at the post I wrote about the night Stu proposed and was just filled with so many warm fuzzlies. Stu knew how much I love Kalai and bought us tickets to his concert and planned to propose afterward. It was the greatest. Here we are almost two years later... Sometimes I can't believe where our life together has brought us, it's incredible. One of my favorite of his songs is "Divide Me" -- these lyrics describe exactly how I feel every day when I wake up next to the love of my life.

I've waited my whole life to feel this blessed
now I'm comparing the dream to the way it is...
and i know i never dreamed anything up this good.


beach love

Status: just got back from an amazing week at Huntington. Stu's parents are big believers in 4th of July at the beach, which I am sooo grateful for. My only wish is that we were heading back there tomorrow for more.
Gosh I love it.

What's not to love? Jacks strips, sandy toes, tanlines, awesome company, patriotism, parades, fireworks, great reads on the beach, adorable littles, caramel apple pops, smashball, laughing till your cheeks hurt every night, milne family love... ahh take me back!


seeing cardboard

Packing, packing, and more packing... and it seems the end is nowhere in sight!

Well actually, Stu and I [mostly Stu] got a LOT of stuff packed away into boxes and some of our furniture moved into storage. We still have a week or so before we need to be totally moved out of our apartment, but we preferred to do it little by little so it's not so stressful. It's actually been kind of fun! I've made a list:

There's nothing like moving to help you...
--find all the things you thought got eaten up by the dryer monster or "borrowed" by your sisters.
--realize that you have WAY too much stuff. Serious de-junking time.
--remember how studly and strong your husband is :)
--convince your husband that it really would be lovely to have a truck of our own.
--wish that you had picked an apartment on the ground floor. or a different month for moving.
--find the bag of rotting potatoes, who knows how old. (oh THAT's where the smell was coming from...)
--think about all the projects you had planned, never to finish them. Slackerrrr.
--make you think about investing in a maid.
--see how stingy Craigslist shoppers can be. (ps if anyone is in the market for a tv...)
--feel super nostalgic about all the precious/funny/unforgettable memories you made in your home. Especially since this was our first home as 'The Milnes' and we loved it here.

Anyway, it's not all bad. It's kind of fun packing up your whole life anticipating the next great adventure that awaits you. We're excited.

On a side note, Stu and I found the greatest carne asada in the world. And we feel the need to let everyone in on the secret, share the goodness. Anyway, we felt we deserved a break around 6pm last night and decided to shower up and go on a little "explore the treasures of mesa date." I had heard about this place via blogland and decided it wouldn't hurt to try it out. This family opens up a little restaurant in their backyard on Fridays and Saturdays from 5-midnight. They only have carne asada: tacos, tostadas, quesadillas, and baked potatoes (loaded with carne and other good stuff)- but it's all SO good! Stu's fave was the quesadilla with everything (more like a burrito, I think) and mine was the taco with everything. I could eat five. We both LOVED the drinks they had, one was like a chocolatey horchata. Mmmmmm. All of it was really inexpensive and REALLY, really good. To quote Stu last night post quesadilla consumption, "I am amazing right now." If you want directions to mexican food heaven, let me know, I'll hook you up :)


sometimes people are lame.
sometimes i get my feelings hurt.
sometimes i almost make illegal u-turns into grocery stores so i can buy happiness (ice cream).
sometimes i call stuart on my way home and cry to him.
every time he makes me feel better and i forget why i was sad in the first place.

thank goodness for husbands.


milne life lately

So much has happened in our little milne family last month!

We had the chance to go to a few play-off games this year and we definitely took them! Boy do we love our SUNS! They definitely had a good run and we're looking forward to the 2010-2011 season!

We've also had fun playing on a city league softball team with some friends, so fun! Sadly I don't have any pictures of our team, but I do have some of us at the batting cages... Yeah, I realllly had to work on my slow-pitch batting skills...

mmm look at that form!

Here's a picture of stu after his big-time slide into home. He scored the winning point with this run! (please excuse the messy apartment, it's not always like that.. )

These two were sealed in the Mesa temple on May 28th! It was such a perfect day and they were happy as can be. Some of Stuart's family that we don't get to see too often were able to come for the occasion and we had so much fun with them! It was seriously a week-long party! Stu and I are excited about all the fun times that lie ahead for them. Congrats Graf and Laurisa!

Jodie and Kev started a tradition last year, Memorial Day at Gainey Ranch! We had soooo much fun enjoying a relaxing day at the "fake beach" (as Benson calls it). Mostly, these pictures just remind me how pale I am...

Then it was off to girls camp for me! This year was ward camp and the theme was "Princess Bootcamp" It was a LOT of work and preparation, but man was it worth it! Our theme was based on two things, the mutual theme for the year (joshua 1:9-be strong) and President Uchtdorf's talk at the YW broadcast. Our focus was to strengthen others and ourselves, physically and spiritually so that we can make it to our own happily ever after.

It was a perfect mix of fun and the spirit, and I think everyone had a great time. We "rough it" in our stake, meaning we don't go to Lo Mia, we camp in TENTS. It's not as bad as the huge deal I make about it every year, and it really was beautiful out there!

right before our canoe got tipped and we ended up in the lake..

All of these YW are incredible and I have had the best experience working with them. They have taught me so much. I am really going to miss them! Love you girls!

Which brings me to our big news... We're moving! Well, just temporarily to Stu's parents house until our house closes. We are so sad to leave our first home and first family ward, but we know that exciting things are in store for us! We have made great friends and have learned so much from this last year and a half of marriage- life has been wonderful! Thank you all for your love and support!

Stay tuned to find out where we finally end up...