My Aunt Jen. I can’t imagine my life without her. She’s been there through thick and thin. It’s so hard to put into words, but she just gets it. She’s my pedicure go-to tía, tell-me-if-I’m-crazy-or-if-this-is-rational sounding board, fashion consultant, detail-oriented wedding planner, take-this-it-will-make-you-feel-better nurse, get-all-of-my-jokes-and-think-they’re-funny-too (even the bad ones) friend, and one of the best examples a girl could have ever asked for. I am going through Aunt Jen withdrawals, but at least we still pin together and text all the time. Ha. ¡Felíz cumple, tía! I love you! Thanks for being mine!

My Auntie Karen has a birthday today. And do I love her.

She taught me how to dive when I was still a baby, took me on her dates, instilled a love of mountain biking from a young age (riding on her handlebars!), tried to help me not wear my favorite, but too-short flower dress, read me stories, pretended I was hers, taught me a little Korean, and, in all, made me feel like the most special niece an aunt could ever have. As I grew up, she got married to one of my favorite Uncles ;), she helped me with the Personal Progress program, inspired me to be a lifeguard, gave me my Cori-girl, Tina Lily, Annaka, and Millie Grace, showed up at my cross country meets, indoctrinated Pride and Prejudice, cried with me when Sam jumped in after Frodo, demanded that I take the Auntie Karen oath, instigated the very important week-long birthday tradition, and finally, was one of my examples that helped me want to serve a mission.

These days, she’s been number-one Jesús interviewer and traveled across the country and back to be there when we got married. I only hope I can be as great of an Aunt! Thank you for being mine. I love you, tía. 생일!

A lot of the photos were taken by Dad and Uncle Allen. :)

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A food post, pretty much. Our 100th blend on the Blendtec was brown rice - it is now rice flour! Number 111 was pesto. Then we bought some almonds in bulk so we could make our own almond milk! It’s cheaper than cow’s milk here and making your own is even less expensive! That’s a work in progress, now we need some cheese cloth. Finally, we tried making sushi with brown rice. It’s kind of hard to make it sticky. We used our new sushi roller that is so awesome! My dad is always talking about having good kitchen tools, and Jesús and I are totally converted.

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A food post, pretty much. Our 100th blend on the Blendtec was brown rice - it is now rice flour! Number 111 was pesto. Then we bought some almonds in bulk so we could make our own almond milk! It’s cheaper than cow’s milk here and making your own is even less expensive! That’s a work in progress, now we need some cheese cloth. Finally, we tried making sushi with brown rice. It’s kind of hard to make it sticky. We used our new sushi roller that is so awesome! My dad is always talking about having good kitchen tools, and Jesús and I are totally converted.

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Groomals with Carolina Lindsay, at the Provo Library. I think she has the magic touch. We are so grateful that she sent us these previews!

Our wedding by the sea. Photos by Ali Lanenga. I’m in love with her style! I’m also in love with my husband (my new favorite word) of one month and one day! To see more, go to alilanenga.smugmug.com, browse, then Morgan and Jesús. Ask me for the password!

I’m sorry for all the couple selfies. I would tell you it will get better but I just can’t make promises I can’t keep! ;) St. Lucia was Thursday, but that day we just found a present for family at the local market and headed back to the ship. Someone tried to rob us, and after that jacuzzis, cuddling, and room service sounded better! Saturday, St. Maarten, was Jesús’ favorite island. We went with another couple, actually the cruise paired us up with them because we were all honeymonoers from Puerto Rico, so we ate dinner together every night in the beautiful dining room. We loved our waiter, Lucas, a Colombian. He has been working there for decades to put his children through school. So with Lysaika and Edgar, the other couple, we did Latin dancing the night before, and the next morning got up early to rent some jet skis on St. Maarten! That little hanging monkey in the corner is one of many towel animals waiting for us every evening when we got back to the room!

The next couple of days were a whirlwind of overeating, dancing, beaches, and tours. On Tuesday we were at sea, and Wednesday we went to Barbados. The island was so dry compared to St. Thomas, they haven’t seen rain for months. I never thought a Caribbean island could have a drought! The photos here are from Friday, when we went to St. Kitts. The woman talking there was our tour guide, she was awesome. We found out that in St. Kitts, if you buy a home worth over $250,000 you automatically get a Barbados passport! Lots of people buy homes there just for that reason. 

Finally! The honeymoon. We felt like we had been running a marathon before the wedding. I had been living all over the place, and out of a suitcase, for more than a month, Jesús had been working and taking finals, we found an apartment, set up health insurance, got our marriage license and tests, dealt with a turtle egg fiasco, and took family all around the island, then got married, then flew to Utah and had another ceremony + reception, so we were definitely ready. Brenda and Hector picked us up at the airport in San Juan and we went straight to our cruise ship! We ate at the buffet and went to bed, slept in for the first time in a LONG time, and when we woke up we were at the first island, San Tomas. After trying to escape the tourist traps, we ran into a little scooter rental shop (probably still a tourist trap), totally got a good deal (the guy was Uruguayan), and went around like crazies on the left side of the road! We went to the beach, bought supplies, and Jesús even helped a lady with her tire! 

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