Monday, January 19, 2009

I Love This Kid!!

Tonight I got a wonderful phone call from this adorable kid! He called just to say hi and we chatted for about 10 minutes. He is so funny! Easton absolutely brightens my day! He is such a good boy and he loves to have fun with all of his buddies. And he especially loves to have sleepovers at Aunt Jen's house! (hint hint :) I love Easton so much and am so grateful that he is my nephew! Our family just woudn't be complete without him. I love you East!!
Easton also has a pretty stinking cute sister!! We love having her in our family too. I can't believe that she is 6 months old now! She is so sweet and I love listening to her laugh and talk. This picture is of Shell, Averie and I on Christmas morning. For our family gift, my parents are taking all of us to Disneyland in April. We are going during Michelle's spring break and over my Dad's 50th birthday. I am so excited to take the kids! But I'm excited for the big kid stuff too! Space Mountain here we come!!

Anway this post is about the kids...

Thanks for calling tonight Easton! I love you both and am so grateful that I get to be your aunt!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009



Did any of you watch it tonight? Oh. My. Gosh. It was incredible! I cried. You should all go watch it now. It is so inspiring and I want Jillian to be my trainer. Go blue and black teams!! (they are both from Mesa and I'm pretty sure are both members of the church, not that I'm biased or anything :)

Monday, January 12, 2009

Sister Watt

This is just a little shout out to my amazing and beautiful cousin Jesica. She received her mission call last thursday and I am so excited for her. She will be serving at the Kirtland Ohio historic sites. So fun!! I know that Jes will be an incredible missionary and she is going to love every minute of it. I'm so proud of you Jes!

Also I was just thinking about my baby brother and the fact that he has been on his mission for 15 months. Crazy! Time really flies. I love hearing from him each week and am so grateful for his example and his testimony. Keep working hard Ky!

I love missionaries!! :)

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Castillo Crazies

Last weekend my family went to Twin Falls, Idaho for my cousin's wedding reception. Steven and Emily were married in Portland on December 20th and then had a reception in TF last weekend. It was a blast! There isn't much to do in Twin so we made our own fun. And believe me, when you get any Castillo's together it is a p-a-r-t-y!!
We went to the mall, lifted weights in our hotel, went to the wedding reception (where all these pictures were taken), went swimming and hot tubbing, and played games until way too late! Seriously, my family rocks. We have so much fun together. It is so fun now that the younger cousins are all teenagers and we can all hang out. They are so cool. It was also really good to get to know my cousin Tono's fiance better. We're so excited for the party that will be their wedding in May!! :)

Tuesday, January 06, 2009


Shoveling snow counts as a workout right?!? Well, tonight it does for me. I got home from work to my driveway with 5 inches of snow piled up. I decided to forget the gym tonight and shovel instead. It took me an hour to shovel it all and of course, by the time I was done, there was another 1/2 inch that had fallen. So much fun! NOT!! This is how I looked after my shoveling "workout"...

Friday, January 02, 2009

Rundown of 2008

Look!! 2 posts in 2 days! I'm already doing well with my goal. ;)

So I thought since I was such a horrible blogger the last half of 2008 that I would share a few things that happened and I never wrote about. Hope you enjoy the catchup.

Jessie, Kristin and I had so much fun at the American Idol concert. It was incredible! I was pleasantly suprised by how much I really enjoyed all of the acts. The most amazing part was the screams that came from all the 14 year old girls when David Archuleta came onstage. I have never heard such shrieks! He was awesome though!! And David Cook wasn't too shabby either. :) I'm glad I got to enjoy this night with such great friends.

Big Tim and Cara were able to receive Tim's diploma from Brigham Young University since he was so close to graduation when he passed away. What a blessing for them! I felt very lucky to be invited to join them for the commencement ceremonies. The School of International Studies had a very nice video of pictures of Tim that they showed before presenting Big Tim and Cara with his diploma. It was a great moment. Tim was so looking forward to graduating so we were excited to be able to celebrate this for him. After Uncle Clint treated us all to breakfast at Magleby's. Such a great day!

As most of you know, my family are very big BYU football fans. BYU had a great season (if you don't count the last 2 games) and we loved going to all the home games. I love spending Saturday afternoons in Lavell Edwards Stadium with my family and the Cougars! This year we inagurated another Cougar fan...Easton! We took him to a few games and he absolutely loved them! He loves watching the Cougars and especially loves searching for Cosmo the Cougar with his binoculars. It was so fun to have him at the games and by the end of the season he was proficient in the Cougar fight song. Or at least the "ra-ra-ra" part. And he's really good at yelling "go Cougars"!! Now that the football season is over, we can enjoy basketball season!

OCTOBER 11, 2008 - TRACY'S WEDDINGIn October I went to Las Vegas to attend Tracy Murtishaw's wedding. Tracy is like my little sister and I am so happy that she and Frank have started their family. I haven't seen most of the Murtishaw family for a couple years and it was so good to spend this happy day with them. I also had never met Tracy's son Trey. He is almost 2 and is such a cutie. He kept himself entertained through the ceremony playing with Lightning McQueen. Adorable. It was also so great to spend time with Andrew and his roommates Jessica and Katy. They are such fun girls and I am excited that they are coming up to Sundance in a couple weeks and I'll get to hang out with them again!! Congratulations Tracy & Frank!

OCTOBER 12-14, 2008 - MESA
Since I was going to Las Vegas for the wedding I decided to make it a long weekend and spend a couple days in Mesa, Arizona. The Filichia's have wanted me to come down and visit for a while so it seemed like the perfect opportunity. The hard part was that the day I got there was the exact one year mark of the day that I arrived in Mesa for Tim's funeral. In fact, it was much harder than I ever expected it to be. The first thing I did when I got to Mesa was going to the cemetary. This is a picture of Tim's headstone, it is beautiful. The best part of my trip to Mesa though was spending time with the Filichia family. I got to just hang out with Cara and shoot hoops with Matt and sing with Big Tim. We also had dinner at Heather's house and went to the park and shopping with Liz. I got to play with the kids and just enjoy being with this incredible family. It was so much fun! (I was having so much fun that I forgot to take any pictures. I know Heather and Liz have some, so I'll have to get them.) It was hard to be there without Timmy, but it was actually really good closure for me. I think of him everyday, but the pain isn't as sharp anymore. I loved every minute of my time in Mesa and am so grateful for the Filichia's.

I got to spend a weekend in Rexburg with Michelle and it was so fun! We hung out with her friends and roommates, went to a Halloween party, walked around campus (this is a picture of us in front of the Taylor building) and the best part was doing a session in the new Rexburg temple. It was wonderful! It was really weird to be there since it was 7 years ago that I left Rexburg, but it was so much fun. Thanks Shell for letting me visit. I'm going to miss you when you have to go back to school next week!!

THE GREATEST NIGHT OF MY LIFE! (quote from Sarah Bohe)
I need to get all of the pictures from Sarah from that night, but here are a few. It was seriously AMAZING!! I was obsessed with NKOTB as a kid and I love them even more now! We had such a blast at the concert and actually had pretty incredible seats. They did so many of their old songs and even their old dance moves. Every woman (which was 99% of the crowd) in the whole audience was singing along and screaming. I about melted when Joey sang "Please Don't Go Girl". That was my favorite song growing up and it was so awesome to hear him perform it again. He is still my favorite. :) And seriously, who knew Donny Wahlberg was so good looking!!
Wow, I'm getting old! I did have a wonderful birthday though and spent it with many wonderful friends and then the weekend after spent it with my family. Thank you everyone for making it a great birthday!
So now that I have bored you all to tears I will stop and wait to update about Christmas. Seriously, looking back on 2008 it was an amazing year and so much fun! Can't wait to see what 2009 holds!!!!!!

Thursday, January 01, 2009



Can you believe it?!?!?! Seriously, it's 2009 already! Where does time go! Honestly though, I am really looking forward to this year. I think it's going to be a great one in many aspects and I am exteremely thrilled about it!

There are a lot of things that I want to work on this year, but one of the top things on my list is to blog more. Get excited people! (all 2 of you!!!)