Thursday, September 29, 2011

women's conference

Saturday was the General Women's Conference.
It was so so good this year.

First Kristy, Grandma and I went to Plates and Pallets.
Delicious as always.
Then we went to Grandma's stake center for conference.

President Uchtdorf's talk, Forget Me Not
was so inspiring.
And just what I needed to hear that day.

This time of year is hard for me.
But I know that there are always good things to come.

Our golden tickets will come.
But we need to not miss the beauty and wonder of the tiny forget-me-nots
that are all around us.

Monday, September 26, 2011

six years


And not a day goes by that I don't miss my mom.
That I don't think of her.
That I don't wish she was here.
That I don't wish I could pick up the phone and call her.
Or sit on her bed and talk to her.

Not one single day.

And then every year,
without fail
September 26th rolls around.
A big fat reminder that she is not here.
And I miss her just a little bit more today.

Six years ago today.

Six years is a long time.
But for some reason it just does not get easier.

Maybe it's because there is more of my life now that she has missed.
Or maybe because there are more days since I last saw her.
Or maybe it's because I really need her in my life right now
and really wish she was here.

for some reason this is my life.

And although I will never stop missing her,
I am thankful for the almost 21 years we did have.

The vacations.
The shopping days.
The phone calls.
The laughs.
The cries.
The lunches.
The many things she taught me.

And I will do everything I can to be like her.
{even though I will never come close}
And everything I can to be able to see her again.

That will be one happy day.

But for now,
I will go on missing her.
And loving her.
And trying to make her proud.

Friday, September 23, 2011

welcome fall

I love fall.
I think I love each season by the time it is time to change seasons.
But fall may win.

I love the sites of fall.
Colors, pumpkins, changing leaves.
I love the smells of fall.
Spice, campfire, that crisp morning smell.
I love the food of fall.
Pumpkin everything, cider, peaches.
I love the fashion of fall.
Boots, tights, scarves.
I love the crisp air.
Nothing more enjoyable than an early morning run.
I love the activities of fall.
Football games, fairs, late nights.
I love a new fresh beginning.

I just really love fall.

Happy first day of fall.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


For the past oh, five years or so
September has not been my favorite month of the year.

I realized today it is already the 21st and cannot believe it.
This month has flown by
and I have not even really had time to remember why it's not my favorite.

I guess I have just been busy.

A lot is going on in my life right now.
Nothing huge or life changing at the moment.
But little things,
hopefully little things that will eventually lead to big things.

Between work, church and life
time seems to be flying.

Good or bad,
it is what it is.

Here's to it almost being October.

Monday, September 19, 2011

1 year

Last week little Eliza turned 1.
I cannot believe she is already 1!

I remember the day she was born.
And the first time I saw and held her.

I knew from that moment that I loved her.
And that she would always hold a special place in my heart.
I know that she was hand picked by my mom to come to Kristy and Ben.
And to be in my life as well.

If I am ever sad or having a bad day,
I know spending time with her is bound to put a smile on my face.

I just love her!

Kristy and Ben put on a HUGE party for her.
I don't know if she understood it
but I think she liked her cake.

Happy birthday E!
I love you!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Rascal Flatts

Friday was the last country concert for the season.
Rascal Flatts.

It was a good time!
The ground was really wet.
Other than that the weather was perfect!

Rascal Flatts are kind of annoying though.
They told a bunch of jokes and stuff.
I came to hear them sing!

Sara Evans opened.
She was really good!

Then Sara sang Easy with Rascal Flatts.
That was my favorite part of the night.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Anything can happen if you let it...

Last Thursday was our last Broadway of the season.
It was Mary Poppins.

I had seen this in New York with KaDee.
So I knew what to expect.

Mary Poppins is not my favorite,
the story that is,
but it is a fun show.

The stage and scenery are amazing.
I still do not know how she pulls those things out of her bag!

We had a fun night!
Can't wait for next year...

Already have tickets for Wicked!

Friday, September 9, 2011


After a long week in the ICU
little Noah got to come home Monday!

I finally got to meet him and hold him.
He is adorable!
And so tiny.
I forgot how little newborns are.

He is perfect.
I can't wait to spend more time with him.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

i can't resist licorice

For Labor Day weekend we headed to the cabin.
I went with Kristy and Ben and Eliza.
Dad went with Josh and his kids.

It was a nice little getaway.
Short, but still nice.

We went up Friday.
Went to Jackson Saturday.
Came home Sunday.

I got to ride by Eliza all weekend.
It was fun!
She is a hoot!

After 3 or 4 hours of just sitting in the car little ones get bored.
But luckily she loves licorice!
And luckily Ben bought a huge bag of it in Evanston.

Things got a little messy!

But I would say she cleans up pretty good...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Utah vs Montana State


Nothing says fall like the first Utah football game!
It was a perfect night weather wise.
This year our fellow season ticket holders are not as fun as last year.
The two right next to us are mean.
But they also have season tickets in 4 other, better seats.
{why I am not sure}
But it will be okay.
Doug and Jackie are close enough to come visit still.
Doug even bought Kristy and I some drinks.
Soda, no worries.

The game was pretty good.
The team was not looking their best,
but at least they won!

It's going to be a fun season!

Friday, September 2, 2011


In exactly 3 months from today
I will be turning 27.

That is just 3 months and 3 years
from turning 30.

That's right friends.
I am getting old.

So I have decided to make a
30 things to do before I turn 30 bucket list.

Now I am not going to say things like
get married,
have a baby,
things I can't control.

I am going to say things that I have complete control over.
Like go to Disneyland,
Run a marathon {pretty sure this will not make the final list}
Do service in Thailand.

You know, things like that.
Probably including a lot of traveling.

I am open for suggestions too.
Let me know what I should add to the list!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

{Choose} Simplicity

September is choose simplicity.

"Indeed we have great reason to rejoice. If life and its rushed pace and many stresses have made it difficult for you to feel like rejoicing, then perhaps now is a good time to refocus on what matters most."  -President Uchtdorf

I am going to simplify my life
by removing things that are not important
and getting back to the basics.

Back to what matters most.

This month I will choose simplicity.