Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Desert Doings

My friends, Dorothy and Jillian, and myself took a
day trip to Vegas yesterday.
We had so much fun!
The Day was filled with
Baptisms for the Dead at the Las Vegas Temple,
Laughing so hard it resulted in wheezing for air,
Countless inside jokes,
Big City Driving/Parking,
M&M World,
the Belagio's Water Show,
Great Memories
Huge Slurpees for the way home

That town is crazy!
I didn't think that it would be so packed on a Tuesday, but it was!
Everyone was gearing up for the big New Year's Eve Party.
Can you imagine that?
Vegas on New Year's. You couldn't pay me to go on that night!
The contrast between the Temple and the Las Vegas Strip
is so extreme it makes the Temple seem just that much more peaceful.
As I was people watching, I was overwhelmed with the thought that we are all Children of God.
I was kinda sad thinking about how most people don't believe that,
but at the same time it made me amazingly grateful for the knowledge
of the true Gospel and my purpose here on Earth.
This trip was so much fun and it was definitely a missionary work motivator.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Lunch Ladies

I miss seeing these girlies on a daily basis.

Friendship isn't a big thing - it's a million little things.

Saturday, December 19, 2009


I just got this in my email.


(don't let the title fool you, it's funny!)

Twilight Years from Tom on Vimeo.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

For Unto You...

A Child is Born!
Micah Joseph Swank
Weight: 6 pounds 4 ounces
Height: 18 & 1/2 inches

The proud parents

She is going to be a great mom!

Friday, December 11, 2009


The Princess & the Frog was...
a Disney Princess movie should be!

It had great animation,
dynamic characters,
catchy songs,
a creepy villain,
good moral in the story,
a HOT prince ;)

My Movie Review: 2 thumbs!
(if anyone wants to go, I will gladly see it again)

Thursday, December 10, 2009


Yep, those are mine.

Farewell Gall Bladder,
you have caused me nothing but trouble for a long time now.
Good Riddance!

(sorry if you get grossed out by the pics- it was my first surgery,
I thought it wise to document the event properly :D)


Thursday, November 26, 2009


Today is the ULTIMATE Thankful Thursday being that it is

Thanksgiving Day MUSTS:
- Watch Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
- Play Christmas Music!
- Watch the movie "It's a Wonderful Life"
- PIG OUT! (that's a given)
- Watch our Christmas Lights turn on
- Drive by the "Christmas House" to see the lights
- Watch some sports & a good Christmas Movie
- End the night by scouting out the Black Friday deals in the newspaper
- Be sure to thank those that I'm most grateful for :D

The Head Chef & her delicious turkey

"The Christmas House"

Our House
(I did all the bushes)

What I'm MOST Thankful for:
- My Savior, the Gospel & my Testimony
- My Family
- My Friends
- Modern Medicine
- My Education
- My Job & My Bosses
- My Country
- Nature
- Technology
(I recently had an experience with my health where I wasn't allowed to eat or drink for DAYS! I never thought that I could be so happy to be allowed chicken broth in my life!)

(click below)
a Morman Message

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Baby Showerin'

This last Saturday my mom and I threw my older sister a baby shower at the Garden House.
Kathryn in 8 months along and is expecting a baby boy.
Her and Luke have decided to name him

The shower was lots of fun, we had a great turn out.
It is obvious how loved Kathryn is
and how much Micah will be and already is.
We're all excited to meet him.
There is no doubt that he is going to be spoiled, being that he is the first grandchild on both his parents' sides.
(Not to mention a very excited "Aunt-to-be")

It will be a fun adventure for all of us! :D

The Diaper Cake- made out of real diapers

Guest of Honor.

The "Soon-to-Be" Grandma getting some practice in.


Thursday, November 5, 2009


I love this season.
It always seems to go by so fast
and living in Cedar City, it usually gets cut off extra early with that blasted snow.
(I'm glad our recent remnants of our first storm have melted.
Much too early for that stuff!)

There is such a comfy and cozy feeling about autumn.
No need for the winter coat yet, just a nice fuzzy sweatshirt.

Does anyone remember the "You've Got Mail" quote
Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) writes to his secret pen pal,
Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan), about fall?

"Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly-sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address."

I feel the same way, something in the air makes me in the mood for certain things.
Maybe not the school supplies, being that I'm just trying to get through
the semester without going insane but there are other things.

- Like lately I'm in the mood to bake... ALL THE TIME!
I find myself constantly looking for fun recipes that have to do with the season.
I love fall flavors, like apple, squash and pumpkin.

Now if I only had the time to try them out.
I'm really looking forward to Thanksgiving so I'll have more time to bake.

But I don't think you will catch me near the turkey.
I'm all about the baking of cute and fun desserts, not the ripping out of the insides of a bird.

I'm a chicken, or should I say "turkey" when it comes to guts.
HAHAHA, ya I know that was cheesy but I couldn't resist my witty pun.
I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

- Another thing that I have been in the mood for is Hot Chocolate,
the real stuff-not the Frozen variety at
DQ that I'm semi obsessed with.
Especially in the evening by the fire doing homework.
And while I'm making it, I like to sing in my head
(OK, sometimes out loud as well, but only if home alone)
the Hot Chocolate song on the movie, The Polar Express.

"Hot! Hot!

Ooh, we got it!
Hot! Hot!
Hey, we got it!
Hot! Hot!
Say, we got it!
Hot chocolate!"

OOH, how I love it!

- One of the main reason I love fall so much is the emphasis
put on Thankfulness and Families.
Obviously a lot of that has to do with the Thanksgiving holiday,
but I still find myself thinking about my blessings long before November.
I love the traditions (my favorite part of the holidays) and the unity they bring along with them.
I can't wait to pass them along to my future family.

I wish this season could last just a bit longer, but then maybe that's why I cherish it so much.
I need to enjoy it while it lasts :D


oh, I almost forgot, I know its been FOREVER since I've posted a Thankful Thursday.
sorry about that, I still pick one even if I don't post it.

This week I'm thankful for my right to vote, especially as a woman.
I voted on Tuesday in my local election and I'm quite pleased with the outcome.
I think these new political officers will do great things in our community.

I'm also thankful for voting days, because that means that I get to go with my dad (and sometimes my mom)
to the booths and then to get some lunch.
I enjoy that :)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Monster Mash

If you haven't seen this on my sister's blog already, check it out.
She made it and I think it's hilarious, especially my dad with the feather boa.
Enjoy, maybe make one of your family! :D

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

To an Old Friend...

"What is a friend? A single soul in two bodies."
- Aristotle

This is Jillian Strand
-A.K.A. Jill-Jill, Jillster, and my personal favorite, Jilli-O.
Today is her 19th Birthday.
I've known Jill pretty much as long as I've lived in Cedar,
clear back to when we were just wee babes.

"It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
And boy, have I had some of my most stupidest blond moments with Jill and yet she's stayed friends with me anyways.
I've enjoyed all of our adventures together;
from times in high school, to trips to California.
From all-nighter "sleep"overs with mac & cheese at 3 am,
to the infamous writing of the Quote Book.
Even though our schedules are hard to match up at times, we always pick up right where we left off. She's an amazing friend and I love her :D

Conference Surprise

For my birthday, my family surprised me with a trip to Salt Lake to attend General Conference.
(I haven't ever had a chance to go, either had my parents.)
I accidentally found out about the surprise before they told me, but I was super excited anyways! :D
And to add to the surprise, my boyfriend Colter, was going to come with us.
(he's never been to conference either.)
opening the surprise!

So to start out our weekend get-a-way, I drove up with Colter and his friend Ben on Friday afternoon to attend their mission reunion in Salt Lake.
They were companions in the Birmingham, England mission.

After dinner with Ben's family that we met up there, we went to the reunion. It was fun to meet all of Colter's friends and put a face to the people in his stories. His Mission President and wife were super nice, and there was just a nice spirit of camaraderie.
I imagine that's how its going to be when we all reunite in heaven after we have completed our mission here on earth.

Then I went to stay with my parents at the Little America Hotel and Colter went and stayed with Ben.

Saturday came bright and very early the next morning.
My dad, who always wants to beat the crowd, had us all ready to go to the Saturday Morning session of General Conference at 8 o'clock.
Everyone walking to conference.
I promise I'm not wearing an 1980's shoulder padded jacket, I
was cold and Colter gave me his suit coat.

But it paid off because we did seem to beat most of the crowd, although there were a lot more people there that early than what I expected.
Colter and I, along with Kathryn and Luke got our picture taken by one of those photographers outside, so watch for our picture when the Ensign comes out! ;)

The session was GREAT!
I was amazed at the massiveness of the conference center
and the reverence of all of those people when the Prophet walked in.
The speakers did fabulous and the spirit was strong. It seemed to go by a lot faster than when I have watched sessions on TV.

After our session ended, we blazed through the masses to meet our group which included my family, Colter and my Uncle Bobby, Aunt Janet and cousin McKay.

We ate at the Roof restaurant, which is on the top level of the Joseph Smith building, overlooking the Salt Lake temple.

This is the view from the restaurant

Colter then surprised me with a birthday present that I never saw coming...
a DIAMOND necklace and bracelet!
I know! DIAMOND!
I've never gotten such a "posh" (as he would say in his English lingo) gift as this present.
I feel pretty spoiled.

He is always doing such sweet things for me, I love him :D
After the surprise

We then met his sister-in-law and nieces for an afternoon at the Hoogle Zoo.
He had to leave pretty early in the evening to go stay at his friends and get some rest to wake up and drive home on Sunday to be back at work.

Me and my family had a great dinner at the hotel that night and breakfast the next morning. We spent Sunday watching conference and visiting family.

It was an AMAZING weekend and birthday present. I loved it all and I'm very blessed to have a family that loves me and would go to all this trouble to make my Birthday so special.


...that's what I need to do with my blog, is "ketchup"
on everything that has been happening lately.


Me, Rebecca Stewart, Natalie Whittier, and Dorothy Peacock outside the temple.

A couple Friday's ago, on Sept. 25th, me and some of my very best friends in the whole world went to do Baptisms for the Dead in the St. George Temple.
Not only did we get to feel the spirit and strengthen our testimonies
but we also got to "ketchup" on every one's life happenings on the drive down.

After baptisms we ate at "O.G." as we affectionately call it,
but you might know it by its formal name of the "Olive Garden."
I love hanging out with these girls. I feel like I am a better person just for knowing them
and every time we hang out I leave on a spiritual high.
You just can't feel down around them.

They all have so many talents, all very different, but I look up to each of them for their strengths. They are spiritual GIANTS and I feel blessed to call them my friends.

I know that we're going to be friends even as old ladies.
Probably still going to be eating at "O.G." and hitting on the cute waiters clear up into our eighties.

We're going to try to make these temple trips a monthly tradition.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Guess who...

That's right, ME!
Now I have money to buy me some groceries
& pay my first parking ticket I've ever had. :(

(dumb SUU parking lots.)
In my defense, my RA at my apartment told me that they don't start ticketing
for not having a parking permit until the 2nd week of school ended.

Ya, got mine the 3rd day of school. blah.

This week I'm thankful for:

Friday, September 4, 2009

The Trick is...

"Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting he has been robbed. The fact is that most putts do not drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to be just people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, most jobs are more often dull than otherwise.

Life is like an old time rail journey- delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride."

-- Gordon B. Hinckley

I needed this quote today.
Gotta just keep chugging along...