Tuesday, May 31, 2011

"Brightly Beams our Fathers Mercy"

Dear Grandpa,

How is everything for you? We sure miss you lots here. Grandma is turning 90 tomorrow! We threw her a pretty big party, it was great to see how many people came for her party. People came from far away too.

Yesterday, we had a little family reunion and for Memorial day we visited your grave. While we were there, we shared so many memories that we had of you. I really enjoyed that time with family laughing about all the good times with you.

I just wanted to let you know that I never let my marshmallows get burnt. If they are not golden brown, I won't eat it. I know that you never approve of a burnt marshmallow. I have to admit, I am no where near as good or as patient as you were with the marshmallows, but I sure try my hardest to get them golden brown.

I just finished my fourth year at BYU. Yes, I am moving slow but I am going to graduate with my bachelors degree in Therapeutic Recreation next April. I know its not a masters or doctorate degree but I am continuing my education. I know how important it was to you that we all gain an education, so I hope that I make you proud.

I try to be a hard worker just like you were. I have so many memories of coming to your house while I was growing up. You were always outside working on the yard. Even when moving around got harder for you, you still did yard work. I hope that I am that strong of a worker, that I won't let little things become an excuse to be lazy.

I miss your big hugs that you would always give me. I miss your beard that you would always rub on my face and think it was hilarious! I miss your jokes you would tell us. I miss all the stories you would tell me about your life.

Thanks for everything you have taught me Grandpa. I hope I can make you proud!



Tuesday, May 24, 2011

"I see tree's of green...red roses too"

This picture is from Mothers Day so a little old but that is okay! These guys are good friends of ours. They brought over a flower for Michelle, Christine and I. I thought this was the sweetest thing to think of bringing us a flower on mothers day. I have got some pretty great friends!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

"Its my birthday and I cry if I want to"

Okay, well, I have no plans on crying today, but it is my birthday!!!!

I had a huge party last night, mainly it was just for people to come and chat. I was going to play games and stuff but there was WAY too many people for us to be able to even move in my apartment, so that didn't work! But that is okay, I think people had fun just chatting with each other!

This is most everyone that came to the party. I think there was about 10 people who left before the picture was taken and about 10 people who came after the picture was taken!

This is me with my boys! These three are so sweet. They got me a Carrabbas gift card, 30 dollars! I am so excited to go there now and get some good food!

My friend Alex made my birthday cake! It was delicious! She is an amazing baker! If you want some stuff from her you should check out her blog. THanks so much again Alex!!!!

Now, I am on my way to Arizona! I am super excited for sunshine, warmth and family!!!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

"All I do is Win"

My Half Marathon is less than one month away!!!! Ahh! I can't believe that my half marathon is so close! I have been running a lot more lately, so I am not has scared about this as I was a couple weeks ago!

I am so excited, my dad and Rachelle will be coming out here and running this with me! I don't know if I could do it by myself, its been so nice to know that I have my family in this with me!

I did 8 miles on Saturday and for the first 6 miles I was a rock star! I ran faster than I had ever run before, it was beautiful! Of course, at mile 6, my mind decided it didn't want to be running anymore, got a little bored and just wanted to eat. So those last two miles was a struggle, but I did it!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

"Pictures of You, Pictures of Me"

So, I read lots of blogs where people will post a picture a day or a picture a week and then have a little post about that picture. I decided I wanted to do that. I am not sure if I will do a picture everyday but maybe every other day or something. We shall see. So, here goes a random picture post!

These are some of my bestest friends, Corey and Jon. We went to Brick Oven the other week with a bunch of friends which was fun. They flirted the whole time with the waitress, which is typical! I guess in the end they won her heart and left their numbers for her and hung out with her a few days later.

However, with these two, I fear for my life sometimes! Corey and I fight, physically fight all the time! I guess one day he wanted to see if I would punch him. So, he tried to make me punch him, by kicking, punching, etc. I don't do that though, so it is more of me getting beat up on and trying to defend myself. Although, I have punched him now... almost a legit punch!

Jon on the other hand just chokes me! One time Corey and Jon were fighting. Jon thought it would be hilarious to take me as a prisoner, so he wrapped his arm around my neck and started holding me tight. He didn't realize just how tight it was. I screamed(well, to me it was a scream, everyone else said it was a lot quieter) trying to let him know I couldn't breathe, however, he thought it was all part of the play. So he lifted me up and got way more into it. By that point, everyone realized that I really couldn't breathe and he dropped me immediately. I struggled for a while but all was good after that. Now, Jon and I have a good little joke about this.

Anyway, they are my good friends and I still love them! Even though all the bumps and bruises. We took History of Creativity together in Salt Lake and had a two hour drive every Thursday. We would have lots of entertaining times, singing opera, cracking jokes, memorizing quotes for Jon's ROTC, and having some deep conversations!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

"I always love my mama"

Its Mother's day as everyone knows and I am doing a post all about her for it! I love my mother SO much!

My mom has always been an amazing example in my life. She taught me that we need to put others before ourself. My mom was constantly doing something for someone. Helping out with weddings, planning activities for people, helping others when it comes to struggles. I think this is where I got my constant desire to be doing something for others. I always see her planning things for others and now I am doing the same. She is the go to woman when people need help getting something done.

My mom taught me how to be independent. She never made decisions for me. Growing up, I hated this. I just wanted someone to give me all the answers. I am the worst at making decisions but still, she made me do it. Now, I am super grateful this. I am able to make my own decisions and I am independent. I have learned that I need make decisions for my own life and that no one else can do that for me.

My mom not only taught me to be independent with my decisions but also financially. When I had gotten to the age where I understood money, she made me buy anything I wanted on my own. She taught me that saving money is important. She can find the best deals... I still don't know how she does it but she is always finding items for an extremely low price. So now, I am always looking for the deals. I have money in my savings account, it may not be a lot but I have a little bit because my mom always stressed how important saving is.

My mom always taught me that running away from your problems is not the solution. One time when I was going through a really hard time I called her asking her to fly me home, just for the weekend. I just wanted to run away from all the problems that were here and she lovingly told me that she would use her free ticket for me to come home but that I needed to remember that when I come back the problems would still be there and maybe worse because I didn't deal with them like I should have. I didn't run away from my problems, I stayed here and I worked through them and I became stronger from the experience. I know that this is a lesson that I will always remember. I knew that she loved me and that she would let me come home but she also loved me enough to tell me something I needed to hear and but didn't at that moment want to hear.

She is an amazing mother. I know as children we each have done some crazy and stupid things but she still loves us. She came to my shows, she came to my dance performances, my musical performances, my sport games, ect. She drove me everywhere before I had a license and car to drive myself. I was in about 100 activities a day and she would make time to drive to all those locations.

I love you mom. You are amazing and I know that I have become who I am today because of you. You are my best friend. Thank you for everything you have done for me. I really appreciate everything you have done for me.