Friday, February 27, 2009


I grew up in a large family and hope to have a large family someday. There are 8 of us total--dad, mom, 3 brothers (Greg, Jason, and Jonathan), and 2 sisters (Jen and Connie). We all got along very well growing up. Of course, there were times when we didn't, but they were few and far between.

My mom and dad were smart--they didn't let us watch much tv and we only had one game system (which broke and was, thankfully, never fixed). I can remember the Sega being the one thing we constantly fought over. I think that this lack of tv helped us want to do more creative things together. We made up neighborhood games (and growing up there were 36 kids in our cul-de-sac that were roughly our ages). We had candy sales. We made up dances and skits on Sunday. We pretended to be on our own tv and radio shows. We made blanket forts and each time they got bigger and better. There are so many good memories with my siblings. Growing up we made a pact that we'd stay close friends even after we got married. So far we have been true to the pact and I'm glad.

Now I have my own family. I married Thomas Lamar Dastrup on August 24, 2007 in the Salt Lake Temple. I can't believe we've already been married for a year and a half! I love Tom with all my heart. He is sweet, kind, smart, handsome, and all of those things that a girl looks for in a husband. We each have our quirks, but we love each other for them. Sometimes I think he's more patient with me than I am with him. (Actually, I'm sure that's true.) He helps me each day to be a better person, and I love him dearly.

Rachel Kristen Dastrup is our latest addition to our family. She was born September 19, 2008. We love her with all our hearts. She looks a lot like mommy with her red hair and blue eyes, but she has daddy's patience. Lately, she has taken to rolling all over the house. Everytime I turn around she's somewhere new. She really keeps me on my toes. I love her happy-go-lucky attitude and calm temperament. I'm glad that we can be a forever family because I wouldn't want to live an eternity without anyone in my family!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

My DVD Diversion

Yesterday, I spent the majority of the day working on home DVD's for the family. I never realized I could get so into technology. My projects are still far from done, but I had a good time regardless. I've found it's almost like scrapbooking in a way. It takes lots of time, but it's LOTS cheaper.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

About Me

This is for all of you sisters-in-law who have been wanting me to start a blog. I really don't know what I'm doing, but here goes...

About Me:
Name: Kristen Colette Harris Dastrup
Born: Boise, ID (moved to UT when I turned 6 and I never want to leave)
Family: Tom (my husband) and Rachel (my 5 month old). I come from a family of 8--3 boys and 3 girls. I'm the second oldest. I love big families!
Likes: My family and friends, music (especially piano), singing, drawing, writing, reading, cooking (as long as I don't have to clean up afterwards), vacations, dill pickles, quiet time and naps, anything crafty (I'm always up for learning a new craft), and more.
Daily Routine: Wake up, feed baby (this is repeated over and over so I will not mention it again), exercise, shower, write in journal, read scriptures and ensign, read lesson due for church, play piano, clean, teach piano lessons, cook, check emails and facebook, and spend time with my family and/or friends. I don't necessarily do all of this in one day.
Goals: To be a better cook, to one day finish school and become an elementary teacher, to be a good mom, to go on a couple's mission one day, to be more organized, to be a better visiting teacher, to learn something new, to read more books, to learn to decorate cakes, to start my geneology, to get better and memorizing songs on the piano, to get my house clean (this goal I might not ever reach!), and to be better about what I eat and how I exercise.
Things I'm Working On Right Now: I'm finishing my book Inkspell. I have only 4 more books until I've read my entire children's library. I am starting to organize my recipes so they're all in one place and easily accessible. I'm trying to get my house clean and take good care of my family.

Well, I suppose that's pretty good for a first posting. Hope you all enjoyed it. I realize that once I start writing I actually do have a little something to say. Who'd have guessed it?!