Thursday, April 30, 2009

still gets to me

Twice a year these banners go up. In May for the Race for the Cure and in October for breast cancer awareness month. Every time I see them my heart aches just a little bit. Each time I find my moms I shed a tear. I miss my mommy everyday. I don't know if a day will ever go by that I don't think of her and miss her.

Today I picked up the race shirts and found the banner again. It's still hard to see her name up there. I am excited for the race next week to honor my mommy and all of those other people who have had to battle breast cancer. I love that all of my family does this together. I know that us being together would make my mom happy. I know she looks down and smiles as we all share this event together. For her. I know she looks forward to the day that we will all be with her again. I want to do whatever I need to to be able to be with her forever.

We will find a cure for this. Someday. Somehow.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

nyc 2009 in a nut shell

I know, it's been a month since I went to New York, but better late than never right?
We did a ton and had a ton of stuff in a few short days.

Too much to talk about everything so here are some highlights.

This was my fifth time to New York and I did something I had never done everyday! There is still so much to do too!

NYC 2009
Day 1. March 27th
We went to the today show! A first for me. There was nothing going on outside though so it was not that great. Maybe next time!

We went to the temple and did baptisms. That temple amazes me every time I turn the corner and see it. It takes my breath away a little bit.

Magnolia Bakery of course. I still have yet to get my hands on a red velvet. They are always gone! Next time!
A little shopping! (okay, a lot of shopping) This was the Stilla display at Sephora. All Barbie! It was way cute!

KaDee's first time to New York so we had to hit the Empire State. Who needs to sleep right? I think we were done here about one in the morning. After a red eye flight the night before mind you!

Day 2. March 28th

Jesse met us at our hotel and we headed out for a fun filled day!

Had to see the Statue of Liberty for KaDee's whole experience! She didn't care to go out to it so we just looked from a far. (totally okay by me!)

Little Italy and China Town. A first for Jesse and KaDee. It was funny actually! I don't think they really expected it to be exactly like you hear it is. Hand bag?!

Yummy lunch in Little Italy. It turns out this is where I ate with Kristy and my mom the very first time I went to New York. I have tried to find it several times after but I didn't know the name and since there are so many restaurants I never found it. We just picked and as soon as I walked in I knew this was it. It was fun to be the same place I ate with mom! And just as yummy as the first time!

Another first for me, Central Park Zoo! It was so cute! Nothing like in Madagascar the movie, but fun! I always thought it was just pretend cause I have never been able to find it. Lucky for me we were with a local so he knew right where to go! Thanks Jesse!
Broadway of choice. Mary Poppins. It was good! The stage and scenery were amazing! I still don't know how she pulled all of those things out of her bag!

Good thing Serendipity is open til two in the morning! We went there after the show. I forgot how good frozen hot chocolate really is. Totally worth $8.50!

Day 3. March 29

KaDee and I went to the MET and did some last minute shopping. Then we went to church.

The Manhattan singles ward is the place to be! One day...

Jesse met up with us and we just hung out around the city. We went to a new museum called the Museum of Art and Design. I loved it! We also did some jumping pics. I have always wanted a really cool jumping pic. It was rather humorous!

We walked around, took it all in one last time and then said our goodbyes to Jesse.

Then KaDee and I said our goodbyes to the city and headed home. Until next time New York!!!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Blows my mind. Everytime.

Last Thursday, April 16th I saw Wicked at Capital Theater in Salt Lake. It blew my mind! I was not sure how good it would be being in Salt Lake, in a small theater, on a smaller stage. It was amazing though! I don't know what it is about this play but I wanted to see it again before it was even over! It's that good!

I saw it this time with Kristy, and my cousins Vicki and Mandi. We got some yummy dinner first and then went to the show. My brother and his wife were at the same show and we saw them outside the theater so it was fun to get some pics with them. The Salt Lake Cast is amazing! Elphaba was so powerful. She has an incredible voice.

After this night every single person in my family has seen Wicked. I am so glad. You don't know how much you love it until you see it for yourself. I think I love it even more because the very first time I saw it was with my mom. I think it will always be special to me for that reason.

As you know there was a little blowout on Saturday when I tried to get lottery tickets to see it again. But, Michelle and I thought we would try it a few times this week. Nothing to lose right?! So, we headed out with all the kids (kids who can write their own name can put their names in too) and Kristy and Ben came too. (they just felt bad they shafted me Saturday) With six names in the cauldron we for sure had this made.

They called one name...not us.

Then they called the second name...ABBY BOTT!!!

Yay! We were so excited! Unfortunately for me, Abby was pretty excited thinking she was going to see Wicked! Uh oh. Was this another Saturday on my hands? I was worried for a minute or two...

After Michelle had a little talk with Abby and promised her a Wicked shirt she was happy. Kristy and Ben also promised them all yogurt stop so they ended up happy.

We didn't have a lot of time after we got the kids in the car and off with Kristy and Ben so Michelle and I got some Olive Garden take out (the wait was 30 minutes and we did not have that much time) and went and sat outside to eat it. People were giving us dirty looks but I didn't care. I was going to Wicked tonight!!! I got to see Wicked again!!! On the sixth row!!! And, for only 25 dollars!

It was just as amazing the fourth time! I still get excited before. I still get goosebumps during every song. And I still cry through most of it! I love it so much and I am so lucky to have been able to see it again. I am lucky I have seen it four times. I am glad that every time I see it I get to share it with people I love. If you have not yet had the opportunity to see, you should definitely try. It's worth it!

{December 20, 2004 - NYC}
Holly, Me, Kristy, Dawnelle, Mom

{October 27, 2007 - NYC}
Mike Darla, Grandpa, Grandma, Rex, Kathy, Kristy, Dad, Me

{April 16, 2009 - SLC}
Josh, Jennifer, Kristy, Me, Mandi, Vicki

{April 21, 2009 - SLC}
Me and Michelle

Sunday, April 19, 2009

lottery blowout

Capital Theater is playing Wicked right now.
Yes, I have seen it twice in New York.
And yes, I already saw it once in Salt Lake.
{pictures and review of that later}
But, my friend Kadee has never seen it.
She really wanted to.

We decided to get ready and try our luck at the lottery.
I tried to get people to come help us out.
People who didn't care to see it.
My dad was going to come and everything.
All to help Kadee and I get tickets last night.

We went.
We ended up having two helpers.
(So we didn't make my dad come. I should have. I can at least count on him!)
Helpers who had other plans for the night.
Helpers who said multiple times they did not want their tickets if they won.
One helper didn't even WANT to see it.

We all four entered our names.
Then we waited...

Helper number one got called!!!
How exciting for me and Kadee right?
(cause our helpers were just there to pad the lottery and help us get tickets)

Unfortunately helper number one changed her mind real fast.
And lucky for helper number one, helper number two was right there with the money to pay.
(Helper number one has no money of course.)

The helpers went.

Kadee, Kayla and I went to dinner and a movie instead.
We had fun.

After a really bad day,
(this was not the only bad thing that happened)
I came to this realization:

you can't count on some people for anything.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Join Our Team

It is that time of year again...time to get registered for the Race for the Cure!

The past few years we have had one of the largest teams that participate. This year our team is not so big! JOIN! Let's make our team the biggest this year!

The race this year is on May 9th, the Saturday before Mother's Day. It is held at the Gateway Mall and starts at 8:30 am. We will meet at 7:00 am at the Bott home if you want to carpool out and for a group photo. The t-shirts can also be picked up at the Bott home anytime starting May 2nd until the morning of the race.

Our team this year is Bell'in Rosa just like last year which means 'pretty in pink' in Italian. Our team is limitless so join and invite anyone you would like to join too! Here is how to register.

-go to

-click Race for the Cure and then Registration

-click on the pink Click here

-click on 'join an existing team'

-search for our team: Bell'in Rosa-click join

-fill out the information (be sure you mark Adult - Team Member on the first page)

The rest is pretty self explanatory! Let me know if you have any questions, I am happy to help!

You MUST be registered by April 24th to be on the team!!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

baby kade

Today I met baby Kade.

Kade was born April 1st. His mommy and daddy are my friends Danelle and Alex Skelton. Kade is perfect! I did not have a chance to meet him until today due to business with school but he is amazing! I love him already!

I am so excited for Danelle and Alex! They are the cutest little family! Congratulations and know that I am here to babysit anytime!

Love you guys!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

catch up

Tomorrow marks my first of eight weeks off of school.
I have a ton I want to get done before I start school again in June.
I have had a list going for a few months now of what these things are.
Thing I have lacked on since I started school.

I am going to post these items on here in hopes that giving a report after each thing will motivate me to get them done!

1. catch up on blog (sorry for the lacking here!)
2. catch up on journal
3. catch up on scrapbooks (just 3 years or more behind...)
4. organize i.pod
5. spring clean my bedroom
6. spring clean entire house room by room
7. clean up piles of school stuff around the house
8. organize school stuff
9. take pictures of color boards
10. clean and organize holiday decorations

That is all on my list right now. I am sure as I get going I will add a ton more. Some of these items will take one day, some may take weeks, but I am ready and determined to get them done! Don't worry though, I will still plenty of fun things while I am off school! A couple trips to the cabin, a day trip to Park City, Taylor Swift concert, Kenny Chesney and Sugarland concert, the Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point, Ryann's shower and wedding...and much more.

I better get to bed since I have a lot to do these next few weeks!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


As of 7 o'clock tonight I am done with school!
Until June at least!
I am for sure ready for a break!
It will be good to have a few weeks off.
Just enough time to prepare to go back
and start it all over again!

{do we look tired?!}

Today in my Space Planning class we had our final presentations.
We had to design a 'green' design restaurant.
From floor plan up.
Then build it in a model.
It was crazy!
Luckily I had this amazing guy in my group who has mad model building skills and did an AMAZING job!
Thanks again Ben!
In the end it seemed to go pretty well.
I am just really glad it is over!

Thanks Kristy for coming to the presentation!
The support means a lot!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

just what i needed

Right now.

I can't get this video to post on here so click the link.

My sister in law Meridith sent me this earlier this week and I have not even had one free minute to watch it.

Tonight was just when I needed it I guess.

After a LONG week of school projects this little video was just what I needed to make through.

Thanks Meridith!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


Had TONS of fun in New York!
Now I have TONS to do for school.
That means the details of New York {and other stuff} will come soon.
{Like, anytime after 7pm next Tuesday.}
I know I should not wish days away,
but I can NOT wait till that day!
{done with the semester}
That gives me a TON to look forward to!