Friday, April 29, 2011

every year


Every year these go up.
In May and October.

Every year it hurts my heart to see it.

There is still time to join us for the
Race for the Cure.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Administrative Professionals Day

Yesterday was

Administrative Professionals Day.


Since my official title is

Assistant to Marketing,

that includes me.


Between all the busy rush at work,

seriously,

store opening in 4 days,

it's busy.


I still got these beautiful flowers.


Thanks Keith, Danielle and Mark!


And,

Danielle and I may or may not have the same glasses.

That is why we had a little photo shoot.


Only 3 people noticed all day!

Pretty funny!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

the hunt

Saturday we had an Easter egg hunt.
It was fun!

We ate lunch and hunted eggs.
Luckily the weather was nice!

I think the kids all had fun!

This girl would not smile! All day!

Thanks grandma and grandpa for letting us hunt in your yard!

Monday, April 25, 2011

the end

As of midnight last night,
Lent is over.

I can now resume using my credit card.
I made it!

But honestly,
I didn't even really miss it.

Maybe next year I will give up something I would miss.
Like reese's pieces eggs.
Maybe.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

He Lives



"Perhaps the most awesome event in history was that glorious moment when the Son of God stepped from the tomb and broke the chains of death that held us all bound. In that instant, majestic and triumphant, the singular act of sacrifice and love on the part of the Son and the Father bore fruit and gave us all the gift of life.
As the Son rose upon that first Easter day, the world was never to be the same again. All things that had been created and were to be created would now live forever through this gift, unconditionally given.
What sweet hope this gives us today, that we can all live again, and live eternally, if we will but submit our will to Him who descended below all things that He might rise above all things.
'How sweet the joy this sentence gives, I know that my Redeemer lives.'" -Simon Dewey



Happy Easter
This is one of my favorite holidays.

The meaning and the love of this great day brings joy and peace to my heart.


'And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow. - Alma 40:12


So why weepest? There is so much joy from Easter, and the atonement.


We will live again.


And we will be with our loved ones again. I cannot wait for the glorious day when I will be with my mom again. And get to hug her. And tell her how much I love her. And get to cry on her shoulder and have her tell me everything will be okay.



Remember what today is all about. The bunnies and the eggs and all the fun is not what it is about. Today is about the most important event in history. What sweet hope that is. We will live again, and we will live eternally. We just have to do what it takes and we will have more joy than we can comprehend.


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Sunday

Last Sunday was my last Sunday in
the University 2nd Stake.

We have stake conference this week
and as of May 1st
University wards and stakes are no more.

I don't know what the new wards will be like.
I don't know what the boundaries will be.
I don't know who will be in my ward.
I don't know who my bishop will be.

But I do know one thing.

It will be a good ward.

This change is happening for a reason.
I know that good things will come of this.
And I know I will get out of the new ward what I put into it.

I look back on the last few years
in the 13th ward
and then the 32nd ward
and see how each person there,
each activity,
each fireside,
each lesson,
was in my life for a reason.

I learned so much being in the 13th ward.
I learned how to love people I never knew.
I learned how to be so close with the men in my bishopric
that they were like fathers to me.
I learned how to go to church all by myself and have to
branch out and meet new people.
I learned how to love visiting teaching
and the Relief Society more than I though possible.
I learned the importance of the temple
and the covenants made there
and was able to experience that for the first time.
And many many more times since.
I learned that through really hard things,
like death,
the church carries on.
We do not forget those who leave us,
but we learn to move forward.
I learned what it is like to feel like a ward family.
I learned what it is like to make life long friendships.
I learned how hard it is to change.
But i learned that change is what keeps us progressing.
Even if we don't like change!

I also learned so much being a member of the 32nd ward.
It was short.
But it was important.
I learned what it is like to have a sudden and unexpected change.
I learned that change makes us stronger.
I learned to love people I never thought I could.
Or would.
I learned how to work with a new bishopric.
I learned how to make new friends.
I learned how to help others see the best of a situation.
I learned that it takes time to love a new ward.
I learned that the time will come

when it is hard to leave those you have grown to love.
I learned how to keep friendships.
I learned that through it all,
the church is constant.
The church is true.

I am a little bit sad about the changes coming.
Sad that I won't see all of my friends from three wards
in the halls at church every Sunday.
I am sad that I won't get my weekly hugs from
Rock Winegar and Bishop Crosland.
I am sad that as soon as I started to really love my ward again
it is changing.

But through it all,
I am excited.

I am excited for this new chapter in my life.
I am excited to meet new people.
I am excited to see what the next page in my story is.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Saturday

Saturday was a busy day.
It was lovely.

But it was busy.

I started the morning with the usual.
Gym.
Clean.
Etc.

Then I met my visiting teachers for lunch.

I have had the best visiting teachers the past 6 months or so.
It was fun to spend our last month together
chatting and eating delicious Kneaders.

Then I went and met my ward
to travel to Provo
to see the Carl Bloch art exhibit.

I will say this,
it was smaller than I was expecting.
We were done in less than an hour.

But, it was truly amazing.
His paintings and drawings are incredible.

This one was my favorite.
It brought tears to my eyes.

This painting is called
The Daughter of Jairus.


You can't really see it in this picture,
but Christ is coming in the doorway.


Walking up to help a weaping mother.


As I stood there,


It just hit me and made me realize
that in our darkest moments, he is there.


Just when we need him.


Every time.


We all hung around outside after for a bit.


It was such a nice day,
we just wanted to soak up the sun.
And Matt did a little cartwheel show so that made me enjoy the sunshine even more!

After Provo
a few of us went and ate at Firehouse.


Then I met up with some other people and saw


Soul Surfer.


This movie was inspiring.
Beautiful.
This too brought tears to my eyes.

A few times.

But really,
go see this movie.

After the movie Misty and I ran to a party
some girls in our ward were having.
We didn't stay too long.

So,
so much for a restful Saturday.
But it was a great day.

Being busy is a good thing.
Especially being busy with great things.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

growing up


Growing up comes with a lot of responsibility.
A lot of changes.
A lot of new and exciting things.
And a lot of scary things.

Next step in growing up for me...
buying my very own car.
{my dad usually does this kind of stuff for me}

But now,
I will own my own.
And that is a little bit scary.
But exciting at the same time.

My favorite part:
the shiny wheels.
{maybe I like shiny things}

So, in about a week
I will be driving a new shiny Ford Escape.

Monday, April 18, 2011

nike


I am pretty particular about the shirts I wear to the gym.


The right fit.

The right length.

The right material so it doesn't stretch out.


I think after looking all over.

I have found a new favorite.


The Nike Dri-fit cotton.

It's the best.

I can finally throw away the 2 Shade shirts I have been wearing for who knows how long...


Thank you Nike.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

apples


"Girls are like apples on trees. The best ones are at the top of the tree. The boys don't want to reach for the good ones because they are afraid of falling and getting hurt. Instead, they just get the rotten apples from the ground that aren't as good, but easy. So the apples at the top think something is wrong with them, when in reality, they're amazing. They just have to wait for the right boy to come along, the one who's brave enough to climb all the way to the top of the tree."

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

delete


Some people like to see how many Facebook friends they can have.

I like to keep my number small-ish.

Therefore,

I like to delete "friends"

Did a bunch last night.

That feels good!


Now to update the blog list...

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Journals


I recently deep cleaned my room.

I was dusting and got to the shelf that has all of my old journals on it.

I decided to take a little break and read some.

Man, that makes for a laugh!


I have kept a journal for as long as I can remember.

It is so funny to see how things change.


I am glad I have done this for so much of my life.


But I worry, one day,

will people actually read them?

I am not sure how I feel about my grandchildren

sitting around at a family party reading them!

Oh well, I guess by then I will be gone.


I remember at a Bott girl party a year or two ago

we were reading through my Grandma Bott's journals.

I found the day that I was born.

It brought tears to my eyes

to read what she thought and felt about that day.


That also made me want to start writing more meaningful things in my own journals.

Things that my posterity will one day enjoy.

Things that will make them feel like I am sitting right there

years after I am gone.


My mom was not much of a journal keeper.

My dad has started the last few years.

I wish I had those things from them.

I would love to read how my mom felt at my age.

Even though she was married with 3 kids by 26.


I sometimes get a little bit behind in my writing.

I feel like this time of my life is an important one.

One I should be documenting more.

I have a goal to catch it up this week.

And then be better.


Lots of changes and things going on.

One day it will be fun for myself

to look back and see where I have been.


If you have never been a journal keeper,

give it a try. You might like it.

Or your kids might need it one day.


Monday, April 11, 2011

Friday, April 8, 2011

perks


Some days my job really has some perks.

Today was one of those days.


We are crazy busy with events and new store openings.

It's nice to get a little break.


Today is the

What a Woman Wants Show

at the South Town Expo.


We are a sponsor of this show

and giving away goodie bags.

I had to deliver the stuff today.

{It has to be fresh, right?!}


Anyway,

Kristy and Eliza met me there

and we walked around and checked it all out.


I think E really enjoyed herself!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

cabin times two

Some friends were going up to Eric's cabin for the weekend.
To watch conference and just get away.

I had a ton of stuff to get done on Saturday
so I didn't want to spend the night.

I did however want to go up.


Jessica Tibbitts and I went up Friday night.

We ate at Redrock.

Hit a few outlets.

Hung out at Eric's cabin for a bit.

Then came home.


It was a fun night!

Something different to do.


Saturday night Justin called and said

let's go to the cabin after Priesthood meeting.


So, we went.

Kind of funny!

They all said I should have just stayed over.

I got everything done that I needed to
so it was worth coming home.

Two times.
Plus,
We do family stuff Conference weekend

so I like to be home.


We were lucky to make it home

after an hour and a half drive in the snow storm!

It was an adventure.


I didn't take any pictures Friday

so it's a good thing I went back up!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

fix it

My blog is all messed up. The spacing of the lines is way off. It is making me mad. And taking me twice as long to post anything. Can anyone help me fix this? I think it might be the html.

Monday, April 4, 2011

race for the cure 2011

Whose Life Are You Running For? Participate in the 15th Annual Susan G. Komen Salt Lake City Race for the Cure and show everyone whose life you are running for. Are you running for your mother, your sister, a co-worker, a friend? Are you running for your own life? Or are you running for the future? No matter whose life you are running for, now is the time to get involved and run for their life!

It's that time of year again!
Only 5 weeks before the
Komen Race for the Cure


Join our team!


Race info:
Date: Saturday May 7th
Time: 8:30am
Place: Gateway Mall



Go to

komenslc.org

to join our team.

Search for our team
Bell'in Rosa

and join us!
{must be registered by April 29th}


If you have any questions feel free to ask!
Invite your friends and family.
Let's get a big team and make a difference!

Friday, April 1, 2011

{Choose} Peace

April is choose peace.
Easter is my favorite.
It brings peace into my life.
The knowledge that we will live again.
And we will be with our loved ones again.
That brings me peace.

This month,

I will choose peace.


Peace with myself.

Peace with others.

Peace with life.

Peace with my surroundings.


I will take the time to center my life

and find that peace.