There was this one time...

... ben surprised me with these cute things:

... i had never even tried the pair on. In his words... "i saw them and thought they were too dang cute for you not to have!" How lucky can a girl get? seriously i dont know how i ever snagged him up.

I would say he is a keeper.. wouldn't you?

week of events

Last week was absolutely crazy! And his week is going to be even worse... but a good worse of course! Things are just busy. i feel like i have sooo much to update you on.

First off.. things with benjamin are so great. It is almost like he was never gone. I would have never expected it to be like that and thinking about how normal things are kinda weirds me out, but hey i am definitely not complaining. He is finally feeling better and isn't as sick anymore, so we have been able to do some fun things.

Thursday Mike and McKinzy got married. Ben was a groomsman--mike and him have been friends since they were tiny little guys. The bridal party was asked to learn a specific line dance to preform at the reception so of course, Benny and i were up late trying to learn the dance the night before the wedding. So funny. The wedding was so fun and unique. i LOVED it. I dont have a picture of the happy couple but just trust me on this one.. they looked fabulous and superrrr happy.
Just leaving the wedding with my handsome groomsman

Friday i had the much anticipated final Omega Retreat. We officers had put a lot of work into this weekend get away and everything turned out amazingly. It was so fun catching up with my fellow "O gals", relax, and party. Omega retreats are always filled with tons of food, games, music video making, and gossiping (only the good gossip of course). It was seriously a blast! We had already decided on our theme and designed our t-shirts for next year... so deciding what to spending our budget on was a no brainer! the theme?...."Just Do It"..  with the three ideals incorporated we thought...just do service, just do sisterhood, just do omega. I dunno it was going to be soo cute but i am really glad we still ended up doing our shirts for the year! The back of the shirt is my favorite and i didnt even get a picture of it! booo.
the cabin was decorated with all our cute Omega stuff... 

Some of the girls just before we went on our sunset walk

The whole crew besides our sweet advisor 

Scottie and i throwin up some cheers for OMEGA

The O girls in our cute shirts
 Saturday was also a busy day! My dear childhood friend Lindsey got married... [a beta girl of course, and she looked beautiful ps].. and i guest played in an indoor soccer game. PLUS it was Draper Days. Which means.. fireworks, lots of scantily dressed high schoolers, games, music, friends, food, and too many people crammed into a small area. Ben and i went together and met up with lots of our close friends. It was a fun night and we both went home exhausted.
sometimes we do the same faces on accident

Draper dayss 

Sunday was the day we have all been waiting for! Not only was it the world cup finals [which by the way sucked massively].. but it was also ben's homecoming. He did such a great job and i loved hearing him talk so dearly about his mission. He summed up the day pretty well when he whispered to me.. "Homecomings are just a whole lot better than farewells." I have to say, i couldn't agree more!

well this is the best i can do.. our pics from the homecoming didnt turn out great....

Well that sums up my life in the last week.. this week we have a possible boating trip, a quick vaca to st geez for Jacie's wedding, and the DERBY in Park city with Carson's family. I can't even waittttttttt

peace n blessingsssssss

prepare yourselves..

....for some Giraffe Lovin'

Giraffe Lovin from Haley Hansen on Vimeo.

sorry it is super skinny.. i filmed it on my ipod touch.
and just excuse my annoying voice at the beginning.. and also excuse the fact that the food dropped down my shirt during my first attempt..

sunday night

Normally on a sunday night like tonight i would be typing away at my computer hurrying to get a good email sent off to Elder Woolf.

But tonight....

...instead of staying up late writing Benjamin

.... i stayed up late cuddling with  him instead. 


The Scoop

Well its true.. benjamin is back. and greater than ever. Monday he got home from Orlando where he had been vacationing with his family for the past week. His mother had texted me and told me that he wanted me at the airport and that i had better be at the bottom of the escalators around 8pm. I got ready and decided to wear a new Lauren Conrad brand shirt (of course).. that my mom had bought me while i was on the other side of the world. I rode to the airport with Carson (ben's brother from another mother), his girlfriend Heather, and his parents- Scott and Wendy.  Honestly i wasnt too anxious or nervous that whole day. I was so excited and could hardly wait to see him. Once i got to the airport though, everything changed. i was nervous and unsure about how everything was going to work out. It didn't last long once i came to grips with what was actually going to happen! i mean... it was a happy day! there was no need to be worried. Some of his extended family showed up to surprise him as he came off the plane and so that eased my nerves a bit too.
The first hug :)
There he came.. the last one down the elevator in his cute white shirt and tie.. His family started screaming and jumping up and down. I dont even really remember what my reaction was.. all i know is that i couldn't stop smiling! after hello's to all his aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents, he came walking over to our small little group. I was somewhat relieved when Carson jumped out first to give him a big hug, which then led mike to offer up the next. All while i was just standing there grinning from ear to ear in complete shock that i was starring at my dear elder woolf. After hugging mike he gave me possibly the best hug in the world! Wrapped me up and just held on tight. i didnt even know how to react. I just know i couldnt stop smiling. We sat there for a long time... (at least it seemed like it.. and i can't say that i minded) and then he let go and went and said hi to carson's family. It was sort of chaos from then on out but eventually things calmed down and we left the airport. i rode with his family up to his house, where all of us met back up and hung out until later. He was so stinkin cute and i was on cloud nine all night. Yesterday morning i had to make sure it wasn't a dream when i woke up.. it was the weirdest feeling everrrr.

Mike's fiance Makinzy, Mike, Haley, Ben, Carson, Heather
Anyway he got officially released yesterday morning and last night we went on a little date to Rio and a movie. It is indescribable the way it feels to be with him again. I can't even begin to say how happy it makes me. I am constantly a giddy little school girl! Life is the best with my boy next to my side! :)

he's home!!!

The story will come shortly cuz i am just too tired tonight.

 but just know...

i am on cloud nine :)

Just so you know....

5 airports, 4 planes, and 26 hours later..... I am home. Finally. never doing that travel arrangement againnnn.


...i am heading to the airport tonight to see the lovely Elder Woolf. How great.

LOTS of updates coming soon. Prepare yourselves people.