Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Branson and I had the opportunity to speak in church this past Sunday.  We were given the topic of "covenant keeping."  This had been the reoccurring theme for the past month, so when I heard the topic I thought it would be difficult to find more to talk about.  Boy was I wrong.  I LOVED studying about the covenants we make and how important they are to our eternal happiness.  How important it is to stay committed to everything we do.  I came across this one particular story that really hit home to me.  I thought I would share it with all of you.

It's a story of Abe Lincoln.  I found it in Elder Marvin J. Ashton's talk "The Word is Commitment."

"Most of us who have ever heard of the great American leader Abraham Lincoln will recall what he said of his mother: “All that I am, all that I hope to be, I owe to my Angel mother.” But how many of us know what his mother’s last words to him were? They were “Be something, Abe.”
Aren't those simple terms, but, oh, so powerful? "Be something."  I think it is interesting that she didn't say, "Be someone."  She said, "Be something, Abe."  There is a significant difference.  In the dictionary someone is defined as "an unspecified person," while something is identified as "a person or thing of importance."

I love this because it shows that true happiness comes from becoming something.  I've realized how much I really value accomplishment.  I love to set goals and then try my hardest to accomplish them.  Doesn't that just feel so good? It brings me so much happiness to know that I worked hard for something and lived up to my true potential.  Running a half marathon, for example.  I never pictured myself accomplishing something like that.  When the opportunity came up, I realized it was something that I really wanted to do and that it would be a real challenge.  So, I committed to it.  The next thing I know i'm crossing the finish line. It's so important to be committed to everything we do.  We can't become something without commitment.  

Just one of my little life lessons :)

"To be a winner, all you need to give is all you have."

Friday, January 20, 2012


I have a ton of random photos and videos from my phone that I thought i'd post for keepsake purposes. Just a heads up...quite some random shenanigans ahead.

Lovely little reunion with the old roomies in Murrieta. 
Tryin the red lip thing at Sephora.
<3 them!
Nielsen's Frozen Custard-Chocolate with brownie bites.
Mmm Tasty!
Went up to Idaho a couple weekends ago to cheer on Preston at a few of his basketball games.

 Britt this past summer in Chicago with the cutest pup ever.
Miss/love you Britt!

 You betcha!

BYU game! Co COUGS!

 Doug's nice little stance on the subway in New York.
Made me giggle.

 Lyndsey Lou introduced me to these nummy treats a while back.
I can't wait for summer...

 Green smoothie mustache.
Girl after my own heart....

Saweet view of the Utah mountains from my plane window.

One of my favorite things to do when I'm home...
Love me some late night Rite Aid ice cream.

"National Geographic!"

Annabelle dancing it up.

Lyla sending her love the night before we babysat. Cutie pie.

Finally nailing "the Bischoff"

Branson's championship intramural basketball game.
[sorry for the bad filming and loud screaming]

HAHA! I sure get a kick out of this boy...
He won some new Beats by Dre this summer and was giving them a little test run.

Hope you enjoyed!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

New Years Eve

Gosh I suck at posting on time recently. Forgive me. For New Years Eve this year we celebrated with our good friends Sam and Blake.  We went up to Blake's uncles cabin in Oakley, Utah.  No words describe this place.  It was BEAUTIFUL! Unfortunately, the whole time we were there it was dark so I didn't get many pictures.  Story of my life these days.

We spent the night eating, snowmobiling, shooting off fireworks, relaxing in the hot tub (which is on the roof of a 6-story house in the middle of the forest-unreal), playing games and counting down till 2012.  
Thanks for letting us bring in the new year with you, Tillotson's :)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Cruisin the Caribbean

2011 Elite Carnival Cruise.
Six days.
Key West. Cayman Islands. Jamaica.
Take me back.

LOTS of Pictures ahead...

Boarding the ship.
Karaoke on the first night. And every night after that.
 Singing a little Sir mix a lot
 First stop-Key West.

 Elegant dinner every night.

Dancing during dinner. Of course.

 Awards night.Top salesman. Lots of new goodies :)
 Cayman Islands


Played a ton of games. 

Played a little Quest...

 Don't ask...

Hiked the Falls. Uh-mazing.

 TOO MUCH food.

 Relaxing days at sea.

 My well-earned prizes.
 Majority of cruisers this trip...baby got BACK!

This group of friends is such a fun bunch.
Another great trip.
Thanks Elite!