Showing posts from 2015

{Gym Classes}

I've recently discovered the joy of going to classes at the gym. I've also spent a lot of time either on the track or the exercise bike. But I recently discovered that going to class is so much better than all of that. I am highly motivated and keep pushing myself harder when I'm in an exercise class. It is truly fabulous and I feel incredible when I'm done! 
My most favorite is yoga. I'm not very good at it because I've never done strength training in my life. I've always been more of a cardio girl, so yoga has been a rough go. But from day one I knew I loved yoga. For that reason I keep going back. Each time I go I feel by body getting a little stronger. The best part is that at the end of the class, during the relaxation, she rubs oils on our neck and temples. I leave that class feeling amazing!! {After going just a few times I had to go buy myself a cute mat. Those mats at the gym are gross!! Ew!!}
I've also started going to Piyo, which is a combo …

{Birthday Girl}

I had a birthday this week. Most people, as they get older, try to avoid birthdays. Yes, I feel old. But I have always loved birthdays, and will continue to love birthdays. One day a year, I get to feel special. I get to feel like the day is all about me. So yes, I will continue to celebrate my birthday with pride and joy. This year I got up and went to work bright and early. Right off the bat I lost my phone. Not a way to start your birthday. Luckily, it didn't take long to find it. Then there were celebrations all day. A birthday banner on my door. A yummy treat from the office (one that I seriously need the recipe for). Kids saying "happy birthday" to me all day. The entire fifth grade singing "happy birthday" as I was picking up my class in the morning. Hearing my math class waiting out in the hall for me to invite them in the room saying (shouting): "Okay. As soon as you go in the room, start singing." My roommates taking me to dinner. Riding th…

{Feelin Great in 8!}

Where do I begin? I've felt fat for a long time now. I've tried losing weight several times and it just hasn't worked. I'll go without for a few weeks and I feel like I'm doing pretty well. Then I just snap and binge on all of the foods that I had previously cut out of my diet. And every time I got super discouraged with my weight. Why must I love food so darn much?? 
A few months ago my sister Megan told me about a "getting healthy" challenge that her friend Nicole was starting. I thought that maybe this was just the thing I needed so I decided to go for it. My mom joined the challenge as well. We were put on teams and each week we reported as a team. I was highly motivated by being a part of a team. I didn't want to let my team (or myself) down. I kept working hard throughout the eight week challenge. To my surprise, the weight kept coming off. Some weeks were slower than others but I lost weight every week. 
The way that the challenge worked was t…

{String Art}

It's been quite awhile since I posted a craft project on here. But I did a craft with my sister and thought I'd share. 
My sister and I decided that it would be fun to attempt a string art project. So of course we asked Pinterest for help. The above picture is what I decided I would attempt. It's super cute and I didn't think it would be too hard. My sister decided to attempt Batman for her little boy's room. We were both excited about our projects! We headed to the store to collect our supplies, so we could get started.
The string was not only pricey but difficult to find the colors I wanted. At almost $3 each I knew I couldn't buy the seven colors I had planned on using. So I settled on the above colors (I will have enough to last a very LONG TIME. I better find some more string art projects involving those particular colors! 
First I found an image on google. I printed it out and traced it onto my board. (Sorry I didn't take a picture of that step) Then…

{5th grade ladies}

This year has been a great year! I got a job at Freedom Preparatory Academy teaching fifth grade with these fine ladies. I didn't know any of them before hand, so I really didn't know what I was going to get. Vanessa (sitting next to me) was also new to Freedom Prep this  year. Jessica (in the glasses) had worked there for awhile and Katy had worked there for one year prior to this last year. This ladies have made it a wonderful school year. Everyone brings their strengths to the team. Jessica and Katy have done a great job of showing the ropes to Vanessa and I this year. I don't know what I would've done without them. I love my team. It's not that easy to find a team that works so well together, but for us it works. We work so well together and have a great time doing it! And lucky for us, this is the first year in awhile that the fifth grade team is staying in tact. We are all staying together in fifth grade. Yay for another year! After school got out, we had to…

A Season of "Firsts"

Meet my roommate Heidi. Anne should be pictured here as well but I don't have any pictures of her yet. In the month that I've lived with these girls I've experienced a ton of firsts! Who knew that moving to Provo, UT of all places would be the place to have all of these new experiences. I've tried Indian food for the first time. I've also had authentic Korean food. I've started watching Korean dramas. I watched Star Wars for the first time in my life. The list continues... 
It's been quite the month for me. I have a feeling that living with these girls will continue to bring lots of "firsts" into my life. I love these girls and the fun times that we have as roommates. And living with them has forced me to try new things. If you know me at all, you know that I love sticking to what I know. I'm not good with trying new things or with change. So to some this might not sound like a big deal. But for me this is HUGE! I can't wait to see what o…

Green Door anyone??

When I decided to move into this house, I was so excited about the red door. I've always loved red doors. This is seriously the cutest little house!! A few weeks after moving in, my landlord decided it was time to change things up. So some painters showed up with GREEN PAINT! I told them that I didn't want a green door but they didn't care. So they proceeded to paint my door green. My roommates and I sat in the living room in sadness as we watched the door change from red to green. All three of us were extremely disappointed to be losing our red door. I guess life will go on... But for now I will be in the corner sulking over losing my red door. :( 

Amazing Parents...

These two cuties are my parents: They're still pretty cute today:

I am all that I am today because of these two! They have devoted their lives to raising their family and I am truly blessed for that. They have shown me what love and life are all about. They have shown me how to have fun. They have shown me how to enjoy life. They have shown me how to live the gospel every day. They truly are amazing people. I feel so blessed to be able to call them my parents. What a wonderful example they are to me! I hope to someday find that special person who can become a part of me the way that my parents have done to each other. I hope that I can raise a family and do as wonderful of a job as they have. They are my example. They are my happiness. I'm so grateful that I can call these goofy parents mine. I'll take them with all of their quirks! 

Happy Birthday Cole!

I love these two so much! Being an aunt is seriously my favorite thing in the world. I love all nine of those adorable children like they were my own! Last Christmas I was able to help plan sweet Miss Maliya's birthday since we were in St. George. She loves minnie so my mom and I decided on a Minnie Mouse theme!! It was seriously so fun. I loved every minute of it. Well...when we were done, Cole came up to me, in all seriousness, with something very important to tell me. He told me that his birthday is in April and he'd like a Mickey Mouse party, just like Maliya's party. He told me to be sure I got him some ears just like hers too. Since I couldn't be there for his birthday, I sent him a "party in a box" of sorts. I thought that maybe he and Maliya could have a little party together. I made sure that there were mickey ears in that box. I also put some games and a few other things in the box. Here are these two cuties in their mouse ears!! Aren't they ad…

Worn Out...

You guys! I am totally worn out. This has been one heck of a year! It has seriously been the most exhausting year of my life. It is a good exhausted but boy do I need a break!! I'm worn out to the point that I couldn't make it through church today. I came home and took a nap. When I woke up, I couldn't even pull myself out of bed. That's how worn out I am! If I can make it through the next four weeks, then I will have a little bit of a break. It will be nice to have a bit of a break to get caught up on all the sleep I've lost this year and to simply have a little time to relax. Friends, life is wonderful yet exhausting! Happy Sunday! Here's to making it through an amazingly busy month...

My testimony...

This afternoon at church I attended a beautiful Relief Society meeting. The lesson was all about how we gained a testimony and where it all started for us. The girl giving the lesson started by asking us to ponder the question above. She asked us to think about when we first knew the church was true: What question did you have on your mind?, What did you want to know?, What were you pondering?, etc. 
It really got me thinking about my own personal conversion. My conversion is different than that of some others. But I feel that my conversion started at birth when I was born into such a great family. I was raised by parents who are very strong in the gospel. They love The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Not only do they love it, but they live it! Growing up in the family that I did, I never had any doubts. I always knew the church was true. I never had any questions or wondered if the church was true. I just always knew that it was. 
With that being said, I do remember the…

Best School On The Planet!!

I am so grateful for the place that I work. I truly feel that I work at the best school on the planet. I'm sure that there are teachers out there that feel that their school is the best school on the planet. But I truly feel (for me at least) that the school that I work at is the best school on the planet! Words can't even describe how truly wonderful working at this school has been for me. 
My boss supports me as a teacher and that is truly wonderful. Personally I feel that having the support  of my boss is really important. Without that support, my job is so much harder. I'm so glad that I found a school where I can feel that support. My boss is caring and understanding. She keeps teachers in the loop so that we know what's going on at our school. She checks in on us every morning to see that things are going okay. She shows her appreciation for each and every teacher through flowers, notes, treats, and a simple "thank you". I am truly grateful to have her…

Girls Day Out!

Yesterday I had the opportunity to spend the day with a few friends: Trudi, Corinne, and Natalie. Although I've known Natalie ever since I was a child, all three of these girls were in my singles ward in St. George. We started the day at the Payson Temple Open House. Natalie didn't join us for this part of the day since she had some family things going on. The temple was just beautiful and I was so glad for the opportunity to attend the Open House. It was interesting to me that although the temple has not yet been dedicated, it still has the special feeling. The spirit is still so incredible when inside that temple. It is a beautiful place with a beautiful feeling. I wasn't sure I'd make it to the Open House, so I was excited when these girls called and invited me to come with them. :) I'm so grateful for the temple. It is such a beautiful place where I know that I can always feel peace and guidance. Words can not even begin to describe what the temple is for me! 


Hi friends. I've been thinking a lot lately about my own personal trials. I've had many ups and downs throughout my life. But there is one trial that I've been working through for many, many years. At times it seems unbearable. At other times I find ways to occupy myself and not think about it as often. Although the intensity is different at different times in my life, this trial is something that I think about daily. On some days it may be a brief thought when I am alone with my thoughts. On other days it may completely consume me. Although I am so ready to be done with this trial, the Lord is not ready for me to be done with this trial. I wish I could say that this trial had taught me more than it has. But I think the biggest thing I have learned from this trial is that life is hard and that you never know what battles those around you are fighting.
My battle is one of loneliness. I grew up in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a church that is centered ar…

Life is hard sometimes...

Life has been so hard this year. It has seriously been one of the hardest years of my life. Last spring I quit my job, sold my house, and accepted a job four hours away. It was one of the scariest times in my life. Letting go of my home of five years was soooo hard! I miss my house on a daily basis! I am now living in Provo, UT...a place I didn't plan to end up. I am renting a tiny basement for the same price that I paid for my mortgage on my cute townhouse in St. George. I absolutely love my job, which is a big part of why I needed to move here. My job has been a huge blessing to me this year. I love where I work. I love the people I work with. I love the happy, friendly environment at the school that I work at. I work for the most amazing principal on the planet! I am so blessed to work at Freedom Prep!! But I miss my friends in St. George so much that it hurts! I've met some wonderful people here and for that I am grateful. But it just takes time and I am not patient. I st…

{Cafe Rio}

Yes...that looks disgusting!
I am very disappointed in Cafe Rio right now. When I order a burrito, they ALWAYS mess it up. I didn't say sometimes; it is ALWAYS. For that reason I usually order the tostada. But sometimes I want leftovers for the next day, so I order a burrito. Last night I was feeling exhausted from all of my cleaning, organizing, doing laundry, grocery shopping, etc. I decided to treat myself to Cafe Rio. I was in Springville running an errand so I decided to go to the Spanish Fork Cafe Rio. Biggest. Mistake. Ever. First of all, that is the SLOWEST Cafe Rio I have ever been to. Second of all, not only  did they mess up my order, but they refused to make me a new burrito. 
They made my burrito "enchilada style". I'm sorry to all of those who like your burrito that way, but I simply do not. I asked them to make me a new burrito since they had made it wrong. The girl acted totally bugged, but made the new burrito anyway. She threw the burrito together …

Thinking about the past...

Brings back old emotions...

One day last week I was shopping at Home Depot (a store that I try to avoid). After I found my items I was heading to the register to check out. I heard a familiar voice and I couldn't figure out who it was. As I looked up, I instantly knew who that voice was coming from. It was coming from the principal that didn't hire me last year. I had interviewed with him on three separate occasions and had been lead to believe that I was going to be hired at that school. When I didn't receive the job I was totally crushed. My heart was completely broken. I had really wanted that job. I was super excited about that job! I loved the school, loved the principal, and it felt right. I felt very strongly that I was going to be working there. So when I found out that someone else was hired instead of me I was completed crushed. 
That was a year ago. I've since moved on and discovered that life is wonderful at the school that did choose to hire me. I know wi…

{The Longest Ride}

Oh how I love this book! A few years ago when it came out a friend leant me her book so that I could read it. I loved every minute of it! I think it might be my favorite Nicholas Sparks book. In my opinion, it is seriously that good! So when I heard that they had made it into a movie, I was beyond excited!! I knew I had to find the time to read it again. But when is what I thought to myself? Then I realized that Spring Break was coming up. So when Spring Break hit, I paid the few dollars to download the book on my kindle. I spent lots of time enjoying my fabulous book during the break. I loved it just as much the second time! And if you know me, you know that I'm not a book repeater. Once is usually good for me. If I read a book twice, you know that I really like that book! 
I worked it out to see the movie on the day that it came out. That wasn't easy. My mom was coming into town for my sister's bridals. My sister wanted to get ready for her bridals at my house. And I ha…

{Home Improvement}

If you know me, you know that I am not handy around the house. But this little basement that I'm living in has all sorts of issues that I'm forced to figure out. And I swear these light bulbs are going to be the death of me. Every time a light bulb goes out I discover that it's oddly shaped and costs lots of money. Prior to living here, I was used to buying the light bulb four pack from Walmart that costs 88 cents. The cheapest of the light bulbs I've replaced in this place has been $10. That is a LOT of money for a stinking light bulb! So when my most current light bulb went out, I was not excited for what I was going to find. And guess what? Although it's not as oddly shaped as the others, it's just as expensive as the others. Ugh!! 
So I made the trek once again to Home Depot and bought me some expensive light bulbs. The best part was that the packaging was label a little different than what my light bulb said on it. I decided to ask someone so I wouldn'…

{Easter Time!}

I got to celebrate Easter with these cute kids! All nine of them! It was so fun watching their excitement as they found eggs, baskets, and everything inside of those baskets. Easter isn't a huge deal around my house since I don't have a spouse or children. So it was fun spending it with my nieces and nephews this year. I absolutely adore each one of them and I'm so grateful to have celebrated with them!! 
Happy Easter my friends!