Friday, October 28, 2011

Witch A Palooza

Ben was out of town last weekend so Kristy, Eliza and I went to
Gardner Village
to see the fun witches for Halloween.

We walked around,
saw the witches,
ate dinner
and of course shopped a bit.

It was a fun festive night!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


I was thinking this morning about how a lot of life depends on other people.

We are told to be dependant and to make decisions and choices on our own.
But in some cases you just can't do that.
I mean,
you can up to a certain point.
But then you hit that point where there is nothing more you can do alone.

I have a few projects I am working on at work that I have done all I can do
and now I am waiting for more information or approval from other people.
I am at the end of the line
and I cannot move forward with out depending on others.

I started thinking about some of the talks from Stake Conference this weekend.
And of course, as always in a singles stake,
a lot of the focus was on getting married.

This is something else I feel like one can only do so much to accomplish on their own.
There is a point where there is nothing more one can do
but wait for someone else.
Wait for someone to move forward with.

Some key points I learned at conference about this matter...
{not that I didn't know all of these, but sometimes things hit you differently}

1.  You have to take risks in dating. Not always an easy thing.
2.  The most important reason to get married is because it is a commandment.
3.  The Lord expects us to put our whole heart into dating.
4.  Dating is a process.
5.  Your timeline may be different than what you want, but things will happen as long as you are doing your best.
6.  Make it count.
7.  Some relationships are filled with heartache.
8.  If you are living faithfully and doing all you can, the Lord will provide on his timeline.
9.  Put forth all the effort you are capable of. The Lord is pleased when you put forth the best effort you know how.
10.  Do not hesitate.

So pretty much to sum it.
As long as we are doing all we can to move forward,
things will work out.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

love you through it

Last night Kristy asked me if I had heard this song.
I had not.
So I YouTubed it today.

Maybe not a smart idea...

But a great song for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Just brings up lots of emotions.

I am thankful for the chance I had to help my mom
and love her through it.
And to see all the other people who loved her
and our family through it.
And all the people who are still loving me through life,
without her.
And to see the love of my dad for her.
Something I would hope to have.

enjoy the song.
But maybe don't listen to it at work!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

love him

I just love this little boy.
He is not so little anymore.
He is as tall as Kristy!

I can't believe I was only 14 when he joined the family.
Time flies!
I love him more and more.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

pumpkin patch

I had been wanting to go to a pumpkin patch.
This weekend Ammon was taking me to get my oil changed
and said they were going and said I could come along.

So of course I did!

It was so much fun!
I don't think I had ever been to a pumpkin patch before.
And of course it was fun to go with the kids.

Thanks for letting my tag along!

Monday, October 17, 2011


I finally got out the Halloween decorations this weekend.
And finally had some pumpkin Nielsen's.

I love fall!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Utah vs Arizona State


Pretty sad game.
But the dinner and shopping afterward more than made up for it!

Thanks for a great day ladies!

Thursday, October 13, 2011


I never thought I would be the owner of an iPhone.
But, with the new job came a new phone.

I wasn't sure at first about it.
But over the weekend I decided that it is amazing.

To be able to have an entire computer
and be connected to anything you can imagine
in the palm of your hand is pretty amazing.

Then this morning when I took it on my run
and used the Pandora ap,
I was sold.

I have heard that once you go iPhone you can't go back.
And now I believe it.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

the pink house

Check this out!
Even Obama knows it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

I think that is pretty cool!
And it kind of makes me want to be in DC...

Monday, October 10, 2011

failures and successes

Sometimes we fail.

And sometimes that is okay.

Ever since my mom died,
and even for a couple of years before,
I have done most of the cooking around my house.
I feel like I have it down pretty good by now.
That’s like 8 years of practice.

I admit,
it’s not every day that my house smells of delicious treats and dinner is cooking in the oven.
I still have to live my life
And sometimes cooking dinner is not top on my list.
But I love to do it when I can.

I wanted to make pumpkin cupcakes last week for Sunday dinner.
I found a recipe that sounded delicious.
I thought these were going to be so good that I better double the recipe.
I even got darling fall leaf cupcake liners.

These were going to be the best fall treat ever!

I mixed everything together,
poured it into the cute liners
and put them in the oven.
They smelled so good!
I go check them half way and to my dismay,
They had all sunk in the middle.

No big deal,

I can fill the hole with frosting
and make it look like that was supposed to happen.

They finish cooking and I get them out,
let them cool
and start taking them out of the muffin tins.
And they totally fall apart.
What a mess!
I will admit,
I get a little bit mad when I fail at cooking.
So I was upset and going to throw them all away.
And in walks my dad.

He says,
“Are you not listening to conference?”
It was General Conference weekend.
And then he went on to tell me that it’s okay.

I had been listening to and watching conference.
But sometimes I just don’t like to fail.
No one does really.
I got over it and threw most of them away.
My dad made me keep some; he would eat them he said.
I think he just says that to make me feel better.

On with the story...

I decided to try again.
I needed dessert for dinner
and I was not about to serve those things to anyone!
Out comes Google again.
Trying a new recipe.

And what do you know?
They turned out!

And they were delicious if I do say so myself.
{sadly the cute liners pulled themselves apart from the cupcakes so I just removed them. Then I had a great idea to dip the bottom in white chocolate. Best almost fail of the day.}

The moral of the story is this.

Sometimes we fail.
But a lot of the time we succeed.
We need to not let the failures get us down.
Or don't let them get us down for too long anyway.

Things don’t always go the way we want.
But sometimes that happens for a reason.
Had the liners not come off I wouldn’t have dipped the cupcakes in chocolate.

Sometimes bad things happen
so better things can come of it.

And that is something I need to remember.

Friday, October 7, 2011

new job

It's official.
I got a new job.

Same office.
Same boss.
Same department.
Same coworkers.

Just a few changes.

New title.
New iphone.
New responsibilities.

We'll call this a promotion I guess.
I am now the Creative Services Manager.

I am excited for this change.
And excited to learn more and do more.

Thursday, October 6, 2011


I have posted this before.
But it is a good reminder.
Something I need to remember.
Right now.

It always ends up the way it should be.
Everything is worth it.

Say how you feel, always.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

call me crazy...

But I love seeing this.
I am so ready for fall.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

{Choose} Hope

October is choose hope.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Hope for a cure.

But this month is more hope than that.

This is a month to hope for things.
Good things.
Happy things.

Hope is
a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.
Who couldn't use a little more hope.

Hope for a cure.
Hope for good things to happen.
Hope for change.
Hope for love.
Hope for certain things to happen.

This month I will choose hope.