Tuesday, December 16, 2008


1.What is his name? Uela Robert Young Yen

2. Who eats more? Uela usually does, but sometimes it's a tie!

3.Who said "I love you" first? Uela of course!

4.Who is taller? I think that's obvious!

5. Who is smarter? I am, I married him!

6.Who is more sensitive? I am with or without my time of the month!

7.Who does the laundry? Uela. He is soooooo picky with his laundry and doesn't trust me with it. I'm really not allowed to touch the laundry! :) He has a pile of colors, a pile of blacks, a pile of whites, and a pile of good whites, which usually entails nothing but his clothes, so WHATEVER! Less chores for me to do. He also uses waaaay too much detergent and I think it just goes to waste. As you can see, we've had a few disputes on the laundry but I love him still, he's great at doing laundry and he even folds. I had to give up control which was hard, but I love it and it works out perfect :)

8.Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? Uela

9.Who pays the bills? I do most of the time, but Uela will do it sometimes.

10.Who cooks more? Uela by far. He is my personal chef and he's great at it, both of our families can testify to that. My bro-in-law holds steak nights, featuring Uela's steaks and his tacos are to die for. Wow I just realized I found someone that does laundry and cook! ;)

11.Who is more stubborn? I am. Poor Uela!

12.Who is first to admit they are wrong? Uela, I refuse to do that! :)

13.Who has more siblings? Uela

14.Who wears the pants in the relationship? Ask Uela lol

15.What do you like to do together? Have movie nights at home, take drives or EAT OUT!

16.Who eats more sweets? Me!

17.His Guilty pleaures? Lakers, Football, Sushi, Dry cleaning, Shopping for Devyn, Shoes, Basketball shoes and more SHOES!

18.How did you meet? His family moved into my ward from L.A.

19.Who asked whom out first? Uela chased after me just a few weeks after coming home from his mission. lol

20.Who kissed who first? He came 90 and I went 10!

21.Who proposed? Uela

22.His best features and qualities? Amazing father, Worthy priesthood holder, very forgiving, makes me laugh everyday, thoughtful, loving and much more! I love you Uela!

23. Tag your it - Lora

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Tapusoa Women Christmas party!

When it comes to the chaos of our daily lives, you know you can always count on your family. Not just any family member, but the women in your family. We share our laughters, tears, and gossip with these women. If times are tough, we depend on them. If times are brilliant, we gloat with them. So it's absolutely imperative that we celebrate with them. Tapusoa Girl's night is the chance to ditch the "to do's", leave the man to bond with the remote control, be free of kids, house work, laundry and let our hair down. My Tapusoa family has a girls night out once a month and we all take our turn to host. So Aunty Edna and I were in charge of December. We gathered the troop at Olive Garden for dinner, despite the traffic that night, most of us made it there. We sat down and scarffed down well over 1500 calories of pasta and had our gift exchange. Too funny! We ended the night with a walk around Temple square to view the Christmas lights. I had so much fun ladies! We missed a lot of you, especially Sina and Gwen who are both now in Samoa for Miss Samoa's reign. We love you both and we are thinking of you during this holiday season. I love you all ladies, and I'm so grateful to be apart of this family. Can't wait for next month, Maumea and Tofi, better get planning!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Day trip to beautiful San Francisco

Sunday morning, my little family got up and jumped on the plane and headed to San Francisco for my nephews baby blessing. Uela's older brother just had a new addition to his cute little family a few months ago, Armani Leonidis Young Yen. He is such a good baby who can just sit with anyone and chill. San Francisco was beautiful and clear. The members of the Menlo Park English ward were so warm and friendly, very different from most members in the English wards here in Utah-sad to say! I love San Francisco and the diversity you find there. Too bad we left that same night. Next time we'll have to plan a week trip. Thank you to the Jimenez family for your love and hospitality you always show. Special thanks to Sione, Virginia and the boys! We love you all, especially Baby Armani! Congratulations and you will be seeing us again very soon.

Friday, November 21, 2008

My Twilight Review!

Ok so finally the awaited day has come and gone. I watched twighlight at midnight with my sisters and it was a packed theatre full of anxious twilight fans. Finally after 20 minutes of previews and commercials, the movie started. Not twilight, but Madagascar 2! Lol. What a buzz killer! I can't believe the theatre didn't have one seat open for the most anticipated movie of the year and they didn't even remember to put in the right film. Anyway, I went into the theater with mixed feelings on what the movie would be like. I guess it was exactly what I expected. I didn't love it, but didn't hate it. Whenever someone decides to make a movie inspired by a brilliant book, it never is as great as the book. The book just totally sucks you into the amazing story line and the characters. The movie didn't develop that, no not so much! If you did not read the book before you watched the movie, you would think most of America or world for that matter is insane because of all the hype! One thing I can really say is that I loved the acting, especially with the main characters-Edward and Bella! They both have such a wonderful talent. I've got to admit when Stephanie Meyer first released who would be playing the characters on her website, I was soooo disappointed in the choice for Edward....but, I fell in love with Robert Pattinson as Edward from the moment I watched him walk into the lunch room. He played Edward as this Romeo, James Dean, Heathcliff and Brad Pitt all rolled into one. He is absolutely beautiful. Did I just say all that? Lol. Kristen Stewart was a fantastic Bella, perfect in every way. A very simple and plain looking girl, but with this undertone beauty just like the book. I love the books but the director did not even begin to capture the magic in them. Overall it was fun and entertaining.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

A tribute to my Grandfather: I love you Papa!

Well it's been a month since we buried my dearest grandfather and I'm barely going through pictures from the funeral. My mind immediately flooded with precious memories of him. You know lately, there has been so many movies about superheroes that have hit the big screen and I've seen almost all since my husband is a big fan, but I can honestly say that I've had a real life superhero in my life and that is my Grandpa! I remember being young living in Laie and always being at Papa's house. He loved his grandchildren and when we got into trouble, he would always save us from any punishment our parents would dish out. His favorite thing to do was put you on his lap, force your arm way up high and tickle you almost to death. He was a man of great faith and would always teach me the importance of paying tithing, even as I grew to adulthood. He was a hardworking man as a world famous carver. He hand crafted everything, never needing a machine for precision or accuracy, from headboards, canes, caskets, old samoan weapons, canoes, but his most sought after carving was the traditional Samoan tanoa, or the ava bowl. He took care of his family financially through this marvelous talent and this is what the Purcell family was built upon. We as his grandchildren, and great grandchildren benefit from that today. I miss my grandfather dearly. It will be hard going back home to Laie, and not being able to physically see my Papa. I will miss walking into his home and seeing him sitting on his chair in the living room with a big smile and giving me the "shaka" sign. There is nothing quite like grandparents. My grandparents have loved me unconditionally despite my many mistakes. I hope I can continue the legacy he left behind. I miss you Papa, but I know that if I am deemed worthy, I will see you again! I love you!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Election 2008

Well it's finally over, the Presidential Election! Personally this truly is the most important election I've taken part of. Mainly because this is the first election that has taken place since I've become a mother. It's funny how you have children, and your world and perspective of the world just changes. Both my husband and I voted on Tuesday after he got off work at about 6pm. By the time he got off work, he was very tired and did not want to go to the polls but I insisted and of course I won! :) I felt it was so important because this next President will be the one in office as we raise our babygirl Devyn and when she starts school. So, I guess you can say I did not only vote for myself, but I did it for my daughter. It's important to me that whoever dictates the country is very serious about the economy and also more funding for the education system. I had a lot of mixed feelings about this election but in the end I felt comfortable with my decision. I felt empowered voting this week and I was so grateful to my father in heaven for this beautiful and greatest nation, America. I am proud to be American and thankful that I as a woman can vote. History has been made this week, but more importantly I took part of a historic event and was a voice for myself and also for my daughter. God bless America!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Anxious to move on!

So just the past few weeks I've been so itchy to quit my job and go back to school, or do something different! I've been working part time for Delta as a gate agent for 4 years now and I'm just tired! I worked a full time job at the school district, but in 2005 when I gave birth I quit my full-time job. Before that I was so career driven and I swore up and down that I would be back to work 2 weeks after giving birth, tops! Everyone warned me that once she came it would be a totally different story and it was! So I quit my full time and stayed with my part time (Delta) to be home more with my little angel. It's been about 4 years here at Delta and I look at most of my co-workers and I just can't fathom the thought of being a lifer at Delta! And trust me, there are too many Lifer's at Delta. Although, I'm grateful for it's benefits, traveling back home to Hawaii, leaving for short weekend trips to sunny southern California (where my husband is from), and so on. I am sooooo ready to move on. I just don't feel fulfilled. I've spent money and time for 4 years of college and there's so much more I could be doing. I've been bugging my husband about making a move to Provo and going back to school or even just getting a teaching certificate since I have a bachelor's it would be so easy to do. He loves the flying benefits and can't picture life without them, and so as my dad. I finally told him, "we just need to let go of some things in order to better ourselves." I just feel I'm at a dead end job. All I'm there for is the flight benefits and that's about it. I work as minimum hours as possible and I dread going in the two days a week I actually work. It's just time to move on! I don't see myself at Delta forever! It's just a scary thought to move on, but I know it will be best. We'll see what happens!

Friday, June 6, 2008

My baby girl Devyn!

My sweet little Devyn! She is my inspiration and reason for living. I have been blessed with a little princess that is solely dependent on me and motherhood so far has taught me the big lessons in life. Joy in the little things. That each new day is amazing and beautiful and full of grand adventure. My baby girl has taught me selflessness and unconditional love. Sheer joy in just being alive.My daughter is my religion. When I look into her bright laughing eyes, I can't imagine what I ever did that was of any real importance before she came along. She gives me a joy that is indescribable. I am greatful to my Heavenly Father who has entrusted me with one of his special spirits to raise here on earth. Heaven must not be the same without her. Through the thick and thin of this, and through the occasional tears of it all, I know deep down inside I am doing God's Work. I know that in my motherhood I am in an eternal partnership with him.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Graduation time!

Well I can't believe it's that time of year again and I just got an email on my 10 year high school reunion. I graduated from the best high school, Hunter High in West Valley, Utah. I can't believe it's been 10 years! My little brother is graduating from Hunter next week thursday. I feel like I haven't done too much in 10 years. I made an assesment and realized there were big, important decisions that were made these past 10 years. I went to BYU right out of high school and had a blast there. I got to do so much traveling while I was there and saw a lot of the world, but my most important accomplishment was marrying my best friend and becoming a mother to the most special spirit! So, 10 years after high school and 6 years after graduating from college, I may not have a mansion or drive a fully loaded Black Range Rover (the car of my dreams) yet, but I honestly cannot ask for anything more. With my two loves, I have the world!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Trip to Hawaii-May 2008

Purcell girls; Anny, May, Mafa, Me, Sala and Jovan at Laie Elementary May Day
There's nothing like being with the girls, especially the ones in your family. I was born in Hawaii on the North Shore and have so much family still there. It's nice to have a get away place and be able to go home to the relaxation of the countryside in Hawaii. I have been truly blessed to have a whole bunch of girls in my extended family and they have been such great examples and strength to me. I love my family so much and I'm grateful to consider all of you as sisters!