Wednesday, March 31, 2010

{Utah Temples} Manti

Saturday was my ward trip to the Manti Temple.
It was an incredible day.

We met at 7 am at the K Mart Parking lot to load up and head down.
Courtney, Liz and myself rode with Jeff and Jim Palmer.
All five of us.
In Jim's little BMW.

{ We had plenty of room back there...}

{Manti Utah Temple}

{Jeff . Jim . Courtney . Liz . Me}

{Liz . Me . Courtney}

{I loved this temple. A lot}

{At lunch}

{group shot at lunch}
{too cool to sit with the rest of us?}

{Brother Winegar . Me . Bishop Crosland . two of my favorite men on earth}
This temple trip will go down in the 13th Ward books.
Let me explain why...
First off, on our way down we were discussing that we didn't see the Bishop that morning when we all met. So I text him to see where he was. He said he would not be making it to the temple, but might meet us for lunch. A long way just to have lunch I thought.
When we got to the temple we went in as usual. We had some time so it was nice just sitting in the chapel waiting for the session. Brother Winegar leans up to me and asks where everyone is. He said he had counted about 30 people that morning but was only counting 14 in the chapel. We didn't think that many went for baptisms but we were not sure so we just kept waiting. We thought of the people that were not there yet. It was two car loads.
We were scheduled to do the 10:30 session and around 10:25 we finally saw the two missing groups rush in to go get changed. We wondered what had gone wrong. Something.
News spread quickly and there had been an accident. Two actually.
Amberly was driving through Spanish Fork and hit a patch of ice. Her car spun off the road and hit into the mountain. Then rolled. Somehow, all four in that car came out without a scratch on them. Luckily enough, there were two boys who both needed to drive alone to the temple who were following right behind Amberly's car. They both pulled over to help. Lucky again, there was a highway patrol man right behind them also. Under the circumstances, all was well.
Ten minutes later, Erron comes driving down the same corner. His car hits the same ice and spins into Amberly's car. Crazy. All four of them out without a scratch also. A few bumps and some sore bodies, but nothing major.
The four in the first car loaded up with Taylor and made it to the temple. The second four ended up making it to the 11:30 session. Except for one girl who was the most hurt. Jason took her home. Crazy how it all played out.
It amazes me how blessed they all were. I know an accident is never a good thing, but somehow it all worked out.
After the session we all were talking a lot about things and how this all happened. Brother Winegar thought it would be a good idea to give all of the ones in the accidents a blessing. He asked for permission to use a room in the Annex of the temple. We all gathered there. Bishop had made it to Manti by this point and was waiting for us for lunch. He text me wondering where we were. I called him and told him what had happened. He asked that we wait for him because he was only about a mile away from the temple.
When the Bishop got there they gave blessings to the ones in the accidents. It was one of the most incredible experiences I have ever had. To be there, at the temple, with some of my ward and hear these blessings was amazing. It was so great to see all the boys there standing in the circle giving these individuals blessings. It really touched my heart.
The Bishop talked to us for a bit. My love for that man grew so much that day. He is so incredible. His testimony and love and desire blows me away. He loves me and every single person in our ward so much. He knew he needed to come down there. He was not just coming two hours to have lunch with us. He needed to be there. He didn't know why at the time, but he knew there was some reason to drive down. I am so thankful for him.
Sunday in our morning meetings we talked a lot about what had happened. People shared experiences that just testified to us all that there is a plan for us and that we were being blessed and watched over.
I am so thankful for the temple. I am thankful for my ward. At times I wish I was not in a singles ward, but I know that what I am learning and experiencing right now in my life is just what I need. One day all of these experiences will be memories that I will cherish for a lifetime.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Legally Blonde

Went to Legally Blonde last week with these wonderful ladies.
The show was really cute!

This is the second year the four of us have had season tickets.
It's always so much fun!
I love going.

I look forward to next year already.
And Lion King in August.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Canyonlands Half Marathon

For some crazy reason I did it again.
The Canyonlands Half Marathon
in Moab.

I was not ready.
At all.

On the way down I considered changing to the five mile.
I think I knew I would not.
Once I have something in my head, I do it.
Even if I am not ready.

Here is the weekend in a nutshell.

I went with Liz and her family again.
It's always fun!
One year I will get my family there...

Liz and I left Friday afternoon.
Drove down.
Hit snow through the summit.
Not a good sign.

Once we made it to Moab we checked in
and waited for everyone else to get there.
Then we headed to the Moab Brewery for dinner.
Then it was off to the hotel to get some sleep.
Unfortunately, I don't think I slept ten minutes that night.
Not fun.

Saturday morning we got up early.
Got ready for the race
and left to catch the buses up the canyon.
It was about 29 degrees at the start of the race.
Coldest it's ever been when I have done this race.
I wonder every year why we have to go up so early.

{Runners: Me . Liz . Erin . Rachel}

{on the bus ride always seems so long}

{Rachel and Erin ready to get running}

{Liz and I...I was not so ready to get running}

{one last group shot before taking off all our warm clothes}
The race went okay.
My worst time ever.
But I was expecting that.
It pays to be prepared.
I was just glad I finished!
And my time wasn't even as bad as I was planning.
The weather was beautiful.
It warmed up to about 55-60 degrees.
Perfect running weather.
{1st place in her age group! 1 hour 34 minutes I believe}

{group shot after the race}
After hanging out at end of the race for a bit
we went and got some lunch at Slickrock.
Then Liz's parents and sisters headed home.
Liz and I went and got ready
and headed out on the town.
Moab is pretty rockin!
We made shirts.
Drove to Dead Horse Point.
Had dinner.
Then went back to the hotel and went to bed.
Luckily I actually slept that night.
{my favorite part...making t-shirts}

{this girl is there. making shirts. every year.}

{I hurt my foot. You can't see, but it was swollen. Hope that heals itself.}

{Dead Horse Point. It was just a little dark}
Sunday we got up
had breakfast
and headed home.
It was a super fun weekend!
As always!
Thanks Royalls for letting my join you again!
One day my own family will come support... {hint hint}

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Mat Kearney

This is the best thing that has happened to me all week!
Thanks Ty!
Here We Go.
{My favorite track.}
This is why...
If there's one more chance for us here tonight
I'll take the long way around this time.
Oh love, it's easy if you don't try to please me.
If you don't want to see me anymore.
Here we go again.
I know how I lost a friend.
We've got a light here that's not going away.
So here's my heart I'll give it over and over again.
Love it.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


You know your hair is really getting grey
when your 82 year old grandma notices...

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Remember Me

People say I hate a lot of movies.
Maybe true,
but I always have a good reason for it.
I would say I like more than I don't like,
but that's just me.

Last weekend I went with some friends to
Remember Me.
I had not heard much about this movie.
We just went.
It was something to do
on a cold stormy night.

Since people say I don't like movies
I am not going to even say what I thought of this one.

The night was fun!
And that is all that matters!

{It's been awhile since I have used the tri pod. Still love it!}

Friday, March 19, 2010


Tomorrow is race day.
Is it bad I am more excited to make a t-shirt than run the race?!
Let's just say I am a little unprepared.
Too busy this year.
Next year will be better!
It will be fun anyway!
{even if it takes 3 hours!}

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


I had to get some portraits taken for my portfolio.
I don't like pictures of just me.
My dear friend Amanda was so kind to take them for me.
We went Saturday morning...
In the snow!

It was pretty funny!
Between all 700 pictures I think there should be one I can use!
Thanks Amanda!
You are so talented.
It was fun to spend the morning with you!

Monday, March 15, 2010

raindrops on roses

I picked up this little treasure the other day
at Just a Bed of Roses.

Thanks for sharing it Jeni.
I love it!

{and everything else I got that day!}

Saturday, March 13, 2010


I love days when I get in my car and see this.
Thanks Dad!
{even if it makes me spoiled}

Friday, March 12, 2010

Happy Birthday!

To my favorite sister!
I hope you have a great day!
I love you!

{K+B wedding}

{New Year's Eve 2008}

{at Dear Lizzie}

{Wedding Shower}

{Tolman Christmas Party 2009}

Thursday, March 11, 2010

do what you love.

I will never forget my first semester at LDSBC one of my teachers was talking to us about how stressful the program can be.

He told us to make sure to make time for ourselves.
To make time to do something we love.

I love to design.
Not necessarily Interior design,
just design.
I love to create.
I love to pick things out.
Match things up.
Put things together.
Everything creative.

I have tried to remember that when school gets really crazy.

I was lucky enough to be asked by one of my dearest friends little sister to make her wedding sign in book.
I love to do this, so even though I am super busy right now,
I told her I would.

It was fun to just do something for fun.
Not for a grade.
Thanks Carrie!

I can't wait to see the wedding this weekend.

Best wishes Carrie and Andrew!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Oh, it is wonderful to know that our
Heavenly Father loves us -
even with all our flaws!
His love is such that even
should we give up on ourselves,
He never will.
-Joseph B. Wirthlin

Monday, March 8, 2010

all this time

Sorry for lame posts lately.

Sometimes, I fall in love with a song.
This is one of those times.

After watching this video, from my friend Kirsten,
I found this site.

Which in turn led me to find and fall in love with this song.

There is no real music video for it yet.
So here is a live version from Germany.

Just what I needed.
Right now.

{all this time, One Republic}

Friday, March 5, 2010

Be thou an example of the believers

This has become our theme for the year in my ward.
Be thou an example of the believers...
I have loved it ever since the Bishop first started talking about it.

Everybody needs an example of the believers.

This little movie brings tears to my eyes.
I am so thankful for the inspiration my Bishop has for our ward.
I sometimes think it is just for me.

Thursday, March 4, 2010


I have to get portraits taken for school.
Weird, I know.
I hate pictures of me by myself.
It will be good though.
I can now replace my high school graduation picture on our wall.
It's great having everyones wedding pictures,
and me in my Woods Cross blue gown!

Who ever came up with those anyway?!

Hopefully my amazingly talented friend Amanda can make me look half as cute as she does her little Shelby...

{Sorry Manda, I had to steal these photos. You are amazing! Can't wait!}

PS...any great ideas from anyone on what I should wear?

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

do i have a sign on my forehead?

that says...

please play games with my heart?

cause it feels like that a little bit these days.
and I don't love it.

Monday, March 1, 2010

on the wings of love

I am not totally into The Bachelor this season. I don't really have time to watch it faithfully every week. But I will admit I have watched it a couple of times.

Tonight is the season finale.

Two girls left.
One rose.


{Vienna, like the sausage}

It doesn't really affect my life either way. I won't lose any sleep over it. But I will say this, if he picks Vienna then he is stupid. She is nasty. Sorry if people like her, that is just my personal opinion.

I hope he makes the right choice.