Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Monday, September 28, 2009


I am so thankful for the love and knowledge I have of the temples. There is nowhere I would rather be. I am thankful I have so many so close by, yet so many all over the world that serve the exact same purpose. It truly is amazing.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

four years ago

and not a day has gone by that I don't think of her.
and miss her.
or wish she was here.
or want to call her on the phone
just to tell her about my day.
not one day.

i try to be like her.
i try to make her proud.
i try to live so i can be with her again.

i'll meet her there.
in the quiet of a moment.
i will see her face smiling.
in a place, waiting for me.
and we will dance and laugh again.

i'll meet you there.

Friday, September 25, 2009

10 weeks

Is it bad I am already counting down the weeks left until the semester is over???

The first four have flown by!

Let's just hope the next ten do too!

{and that I survive them!}

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Showers...4 of 5

Hodgkinson Family Shower

date: September 19, 2009
time: 11:00 am
place: Kathy's house
hosted by: Ben's aunt Kathy (and probably others)

Showers...3 of 5

Bachellorette Party

date: September 18th, 2009
time: 6:30 pm
place: Sego Lily Cafe
hosted by: Dawnell and Cami

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

she's a yellow pair of running shoes

KaDee and I ended our Summer Concert Series right this past weekend with a little Brad Paisley. This was my first time seeing Brad live, but for sure not my last! He put on an awesome show! He is incredible live. He sounds way good and looks just as good! This was the last show of the year at USANA so that was fun. It rained a little bit off and on but nothing unbearable. It was a wonderful evening! Can't wait to see him again!

{waiting on Brad}

{our boots}

{awesome set, he did some cool stuff}

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

support the cause

October is breast cancer awareness month.
Wear your pink and denim on October 2nd
and show your support!
Learn more here.
I am thinking pink tights!
One more reason why I love fall!

Monday, September 21, 2009


I have a pretty great ward.
I will be honest,
I went on a short sabatical awhile back.
{I have metioned this before}
The ward just changed.
A lot.
And I had a hard time with it!

But now,
thanks to KaDee being home,
a new calling,
new friends,
rekindled friendships with others,
getting to know people who have been around as long as I have,
being back in the loop,
fun social events
{outside of 'ward activities'}
and more...

The ward is great again.
Here are a few pics from recent things that happened...

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Hey Cowboy!

Cody trip 2009
Labor Day Weekend
September 3-7, 2009
This year the Cody trip consisted of everything Cody is made of...

Buffalo The old 'historic' hotel that my dad loves
fishing bridge
cowboy boots

cowboy hats


The Cody Cattle Company

a new addition this year, it is like the Bar J Wranglers in Jackson

Dinner at the Proud Cut Saloon: dad waits ALL year for this! They do make a pretty mean bacon burger. Last year we went there twice!
fun with the kids (or not so much fun if you ask their mothers!)

family time
my first ever grizzly bear sighting!
proof I saw him...and so did that lady in the red pants!

Overall we had a fun time! As much as did not want to go, I am glad we did! I will say I hope this goes back to an every other year trip. Don't tell my dad! It's just a little more fun for the boys.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Showers...2 of 5

Bott and Tolman Family Shower

date: September 12, 2009
time: 2:30 pm
place: Vicki Mangum's Home
hosted by: Diane, Vicki, Mandy and Sonia

{movie theme...}

{they went all out!}

{it was all SO cute!}

{concession of choice...nachos!}

{all the ladies that attended}

{Grandma and Cleo}

{all the Bott girls and a soon to be Hodgkinson}

Friday, September 18, 2009

Showers...1 of 5

The first of Kristy's showers...

date: September 1, 2009
time: 6:00 pm
place: Jeanine Groberg's Home
hosted by: Jeanine, Rhonda and Kay

{me and K getting ready for guests to arrive}

{Kay and Jeanine. Two of the greatest women I know.
Unfortunately Rhonda is not pictured here, another of the greatest women.}
{a little lady in the ward gave this to ME and said...
"I can't stay but I wanted to say congratulations."
I said...
"Thank you!"
and she left}

Thursday, September 17, 2009


I have been a little overwhelmed lately.
A lot of change is going on in my life right now.
I hate blogs that get really personal so sorry if this is too much.

I got a new calling in my ward.
I am the Relief Society President
over half the girls in my ward.

Yes, half.
We now have an East and West Relief Society.

After three months of knowing this was happening,
a lot of worry,
a lot of sleepless nights,
a lot of talks with the bishop,
I finally feel really good about the split.

I am still overwhelmed with this
that is why I think the split will be a good thing.
It's in a way only half the calling!
I know I can do this.

It will be crazy for a bit
getting things organized,
getting people called,
fitting it all in
with school,
visiting teaching,
reading challenge,
wedding stuff,

But, one step at a time.
Inch by inch.

I will be okay.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


Today my first big project was due.
It feels so nice to get it done.
The presentation went well.
I got 41 out of 45.
I am happy with that.

Now on to another

Oh well,
one day at a time.

At least I have a minute to breathe.
And catch up the blog.

Friday, September 11, 2009


Today is a day to remember.
Remember that life is short.
There is no need to rush through it.
There is no need to be unhappy.
after a crazy past few weeks,
I want to just be.
No more homework.
No more worries.
No more stressing out about things.
{until Monday that is!}
And PS...I do have more exciting things to blog about,
just need to finish a project first.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


I wish today was my wedding day.
I wish today was my birthday.
My ninth birthday even.
I wish something cool could happen for me today.
I will just spend nine hours at school.
{not nearly as cool as getting married today!}

Thursday, September 3, 2009

and so it begins...

Good luck to the Utes tonight!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

days like today

I started school today.
I cannot believe how fast the past year went by!
If this next goes by as fast
I will be done in no time!

I swear,
it's always days like today I want to talk to my mom.
{even more than other days}
I wish she was here to ask me how the day was...
To let me tell her my worries and cares for the semester.
To tell me that it is going to be okay.
To tell me that I can do it...

But she's not.
And that really makes me sad.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

it only hurts till tomorrow afternoon

We went to Red Lobster Saturday night. My brothers and dad LOVE when they have the all you can eat shrimp deal. Gross! It would blow your mind to see how much shrimp was consumed between dad, Jason, Ammon and Ben. I don't think our waiters knew what to do. Other than just keep bringing it out! You would have thought we were on a cruise again!

Which one is having the baby?! Jason thinks he should keep up with Meridith. Hers is a baby though, his is just shrimp!