January 31, 2011

Elder Holland's talk in November 2010. (Because of your Faith)
"I have never been a leader of anything in the Church.  I guess I've only been a helper."
""Dear sister, God bless you and all the 'helpers' in the kingdom."  Some of us who are leaders hope someday to have the standing before God that you have already attained."

No matter our situation, calling, experience, etc., we are all great in the eyes of our loving Heavenly Father.  He remembers our potential.
 {D&C 18:10 Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.}

January 26, 2011

"He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has."
(President Thomas S. Monson- The Divine Gift of Gratitude 2010)

January 25, 2011


I don't know what the heck my deal is tonight but I had a complete 180 and turned into such a bawl baby!  My plan for the morning was to wake up at 4:45 and go to cycling so I was trying to get to bed early and then I heard a dog barking.  Holy flashback galore.  It was over two years ago that I found Simba after he had died.  September 6, 2009.  For awhile after that tragic experience, I couldn't even talk or think about him without bawling my eyes out.  Of course that phase faded and here I am, missing him.  I miss cuddling with him.  I miss sneaking down to the laundry room at night to sleep with him when I was sad.  I miss feeding him from the palm of my hand.  I miss him sleeping in my bed taking up 3/4 of it.  I miss going through phases taking him for walks with dad.  I miss his cutest puppy face when he knew he was in trouble. I miss swimming with him even though he smelled like crap after.  I miss talking to him when I felt like he was my best friend.  I miss fighting over not feeding him. And I miss each one of the memories that these pictures hold.
Layton house.  I have very few memories of our house in Layton and this is one of them!  Playing with Simba & Bug outside.  With Braden's disintegrating diapers hahah.

Probably the first and last bath we ever gave Simba.  He had way too much energy for baths. 

South Jordan deck.  Haha I remember trying to sleep out in his doghouse with him when I was angry at the world.

I remember taking this picture one family night, thinking it was the funniest thing I had ever seen.  Haha sometimes I worry myself.

Cutest puppy you've ever seen?  I think so.

The one picture I have of me and my simbers.  I sure do miss him<3

January 23, 2011

Cravin' some brown oxfords. 
$148 at Urban..
Possibly hit up Last Chance??

January 22, 2011

Just my LUCKY day!

I'm gonna tell you right off the bat that there's some major sarcasm in that title.  At like 8 this morning, I woke up and went to traffic school.  I got there about 10 minutes early and waited in line for a little, only to be told I was the 31st person and they only accept 30.  Yep, ONE person off.  Even though I was one of the few who had paid ahead of time, I was sent home. Wasted about 1/4 my tank, no biggie.

The icing to the cake just had to have been work tonight!  (Bahama Bucks for those of you who don't know.  To my 6 followers now....) Lucky me, I gotta work with my boss.  Something about him makes everyone at work shake just to talk about him.  He just stresses me out!  When he's showed up to work unexpected I've had many near-heart attacks.  It's dangerous.  I rarely work with him anymore so I try and stay positive on those lucky days I do end up working with him.  Tonight, something was seriously wrong with me!  I was such a clutz.  [Side note:  I've worked there for almost a year and hadn't dropped a smoothie or shaved ice....] until tonight! I definitely spilled an entire smoothie and it splattered all over the counter and onto the floor.  A couple hours later I was handing a shaved ice out to drive thru and I dropped the napkins, but as I tried to catch those in the air I flung the top of the shaved ice all over the counter by the register and on the floor.  Like I said, clutz.  Hahhah it was just great/really embarrassing.  TWO in one night.  There's a first for everything right..
Haha anyways I just needed to vent about my super lucky/awesome day!  Glad there's always tomorrow.  I think I'm gonna shower and watch one of my favorite chick flicks on my laptop.  Goodnight ya'll.

January 21, 2011

Major eye-opener.
Soo we started clinicals yesterday!  I'm at an assistive living facility called Springdale West and they have units for rehab, dementia, ventillation and dialysis, and long-term care.  Since it was our first day, we spent the day getting acclimated and did a scavenger hunt around the home.  Me and my friend Haley made a couple friends in the long-term care unit and had a great laugh.  They are entertaining to say the least.. Also, we spent a good 30 minutes watching their "roseary" in their dining room.  It was extremely interesting because I've only seen another church service in action maybe once.  The patients that were attending were mostly unresponsive and most were in pretty severe condition and crippled.  The catholic priest that was in charge led the prayer and it was a cool experience for me.  I love that our prayers are unrehearsed unlike so many other religions.  I know that it is a time to talk to our Heavenly Father and I know that our prayers are answered.  Not trying to bash on them but I'm just glad we pray to talk to Him and not recite a routine.  Anyways, that was cool for me and I'm so thankful I have the gospel in my life and know of the truth.

Today was a whole other story....  We were each paired up with a CNA to shadow and just help throughout the shift.  I was sent to the dementia unit and it was pure madness.  My CNA, Julie, was always on the go.  We'd take a resident back to the room, but on the way, find 3 others that are trying to get out of their wheelchair or need help with something.  My personal favorite was Miss Sylvia.  Ohhh my crap she was hilarious!  She'd somehow get around and manage to steal everyone's stuff and take off.  We caught her probably 5 times in the hallway with an armful of stuff on the run.  We had to explain to her where she was and that none of that stuff was hers.  She would get real angry and scream and hit as we took away all the stuff she stole.  I guess that's a never-ending obsession with her and they deal with it all day long.  I assisted with changing briefs, making beds, tranferring residents from wheelchair to beds, showers, and all that good stuff.  It was extremely different from what I had expected.  I do love that you're always on your feet and keep busy though.  It also made me sad to see some of the conditions of the patients and know that I may be the only person they get to interact with that day.  I know I'm going to fall in love with them and it'll be hard to see some of them pass as I've been told will probably happen at least once.  Even though some don't interact very much, I can feel of their sweet little spirits.  It's a pretty nasty job, not gonna lie, but it will be a great experience as it already has been.  And I'm sure there will be plenty of stories to come.

January 18, 2011

MLK Weekend
La Jolla Beach
This is what packing in ten minutes will do to ya:
You'll forget flip flops going to the beach.....
My dearest Jules!
I love the Beus's!!  Thanks again for letting me tag along:)
Mormon Battalion
If you're ever in the San Diego area and need a Sunday activity, I'd recommend it!  Cool experience.

SUCH a fun trip!  I feel so spoiled.

January 9, 2011

Blind dates.

Aren't blind dates supposed to be super awkward!?
Well I'm here to tell you otherwise.
I went on one last night and it ended up being super fun!(as were previous ones and I think they are some of my most favorite dates yet)
We played Just Dance 2, then went to Westwood's Cheap Dance, and then to Jumpstreet.  Great time!

January 8, 2011

Cute love story.

I watched Pride & Prejudice for the first time all the way through.  Definitely a new favorite!  Oh how I love predictable chick flicks.

Not too mention, I found him extremely attractive..in a different sort of way

Cutest ever.

January 6, 2011

Blogging addict?

I think I'm slowly but surely becoming way too fond of this whole blogging experience.  Third time this week....But hey, at least blogging has better results than an fb addiction.  I used to ground myself from facebook because I'd routinely stalk the SAME people and use it as an excuse not to do homework or anything else that'd actually get me somewhere.  Anyways, after stalking some blogs I feel uplifted.  I LOVE reading about what everyone's up to and the inspirational quotes and awesome pictures.  You know, stuff that actually matters.  The stuff that facebook doesn't have to offer.  If you have fb I think you know where I'm coming from.
Basically, blogging's kind of amazing!  Even though I do have four (feel free to laugh) followers and I'm not really out in the blogging world yet... Hahah it's all good because I don't even understand how "following" works anyway.

On my mind:

"One day your life will flash before your eyes.  Make sure its worth watching."
I feel old!  Scratch that, I still feel like I'm 5 sometimes, a lot of the time, but I feel old when I remember looking up to people this age.  If that made any sense.  Anyways, I'm realizing that time flies by way too fast and you need to take advantage of every single moment that comes your way.
"Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today." -James Dean
Slightly repetitive but two amazing quotes.

I took a nap today and it felt great!  You're probably thinking that didn't flow too nicely after talking about making a day count.  Nevertheless, I LOVE naps.  I'm a night owl and I would have a nap a day if I could.  Plus, naps can ultimately rejuvenate you to make your day count that much more!  Haha pushing it maybe, but naps are the bomb.

I think I deserved that nap.  I needed a lazy day after my busy day yesterday!  If you even care, I left at 7:40 for my CNA class at evit, then to Mountain View for AP Gov, Seminary, and Junior history which I never took and its back to bite me.  After that I went straight to the hospital for my weekly volunteering (I'll tell stories another post) and from there I went straight to work.  Getting home at 11ish, with homework to do, made it a busy but great day.  And earned me a nap:)

January 4, 2011

Dear Utah, thanks for reminding me what a mountain is.
Eternally grateful for these beauties.

(Taken during Thanksgiving break at my Aunt's!)

Although AZ sucks in that department....

It definitely has a few strengths of its own!

Both are favorites.