Wednesday, April 11, 2012

All I have seen teaches me to trust the creator for all I have not seen. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Finally after finals, traveling home, & some more wedding planning/organizing..
I am here to briefly update everyone.
[& on that note.. I'm sorry that my blogs have been a lot of just keeping everyone up to date with what's going on and no fun recipes or ideas or anything anyone can use with their life..
After the wedding when life slows down I'll try hard to do better]

So first thing I feel is worth mentioning..

I won our March Madness bracket competition..
[all the other candy I won is hiding in this picture.. but lets just say Blake & I are set for our road trip:) ]
& let me tell you why this is needing to be mentioned,
 because I may or may not have watched a single basketball season..
or last season..
or the season before..
or pretty much ever unless I get to go see them in person.

So am I the most deserving?
Probably not..
The most fortunate?
Well sometimes you just get lucky.
Next thing in my life that is blog worthy according to Hailey?

Admit it.. This is kind of funny.
Someone at my school is kind of funny.
[Thank you Elisheva for finding this.. perfect surprise for finals week]

This could definitely be worse. 

My Business Teacher hates me..
Which explains the dang B..
But you win some you lose some.. & with everything that's been going on.. I'll take it.


I FINALLY got my business finance internship in New Jersey..
Over here..


& although I am slightly nervous..
I am also SO excited to get to go on an adventure with my best friend.
& I am SO happy and relieved and
for this internship..
I really needed it to graduate so.  
what a blessing. 

So while I'm experiencing culture shock.. & learning to live outside of a desert..
I'll be missing everyone.

[& you'll be hearing lots of adventures]

& Fifthly, 
[Which is probably too many points for a short update]
I was the worst at taking pictures for Easter..
[& basically at doing anything that's not wedding related this last week unfortunately]

But I hope you all got to celebrate your Savior
& new life and the opportunity that forgiveness and Christ has given you..

oh yeah,
and last point..

My sister is cute.

I've enjoyed getting to be home with my family in this last minute wedding preparation blitz..
I love my family more than I can say,
& am grateful for everything that my family "in laws" are doing that make it possible for me to be home right now before Blake & I get married.

Also if you haven't gotten an invitation yet and you are from Farmington,
We just barely sent them out since the Reception is at the end of May..
So don't feel left out they are coming!
& if you aren't from Farmington and feel like we didn't get you one send me an email with your address & we will make sure you're officially invited!

I  love you all & hope that your week has been slightly less stressful than mine.
All of the wedding stuff will come soon.. prepare yourself.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Conference Weekend.

So this last weekend was General Conference
[if anyone remembers our journey to Salt Lake last October for a church conference, this is the second one they have of the year]
& of course it was wonderful..
[even if we had to watch this one broadcasted..]

Our Prophet, President Monson, shared a message about the race of life that really stuck out to me.

“In our zeal, let us not overlook the sage counsel from Ecclesiastes: ‘The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong’ (Ecclesiastes 9:11). Actually, the prize belongs to him who endures to the end.”
“In this fast-paced life, do we ever pause for moments of meditation—even thoughts of timeless truths?”
-President Thomas S. Monson

Life gets so fast paced that it is easy to lose sight of what really matters.
If you want to be uplifted you can read some of the conference talks..

Then between sessions I was reminded that I am definitely 
marrying myself an Idaho Boy.

Something that I really love about Blake is that he is so darn fun.
He drags me off of the couch and makes me go out and DO things.. that I am so grateful for..
[after he gets me up of course..]

My sweet fiance took me four wheeling and gave me a tour of what he grew up doing..

& while he may be a little more adventurous in his endeavors than me..
[I couldn't even get pictures of the really intense hills because I was terrified of losing my phone]

It was really fun and nice to spend some scary relaxing time with just the two of us 
before finals week and the hectic wedding festivities begin.

I hope you guys enjoyed your conference weekends as well
& were able to be inspired and motivated by the great men giving us direction.

This week I will be crying over have finals week..
[& still school work because my dear school likes to cram everything together to shorten our semesters]
So things might be a little hectic as I'm attempting to pass school and packing my life away.

But when it's all over I will be back.
I love you guys.. 
& hope you had a great Monday.

oh. yeah. & tomorrow will be 16 days.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Bridal Shower Bonanza

So this past week I really have felt so blessed to have my "family to be"
& the friends that I have up here with me.

It was so sweet the work they went to to make my bridal showers special.
& with my family and friends that I grew up with being so far away it made me sad that they couldn't be there..
 but it really meant a lot to me that I have the wonderful people that I do in my life still trying to make it a positive experience.

It really turned out SO cute.
Thank you to everyone who came & contributed..
You all are the best.

So.. now..
Something that I learned about Bridal Showers?
People dress you up in things that you wouldn't normally choose to be dressed up in..
[oh.. wrapping paper, ribbon, tissue paper, TOILET paper..]
The joys of getting married.

& these are my sweet sisters to be..

& Bridesmaids of course.
I love you guys.

& then there is..
Bridal Shower take #2

Que.. Wrapping.

& just a warning..
The following [and previous] post contains WAY more pictures of me than anyone probably ever wanted to see..
[I guess when you aren't the one taking pictures you don't get them of everyone else.. note to self]
haha if that scares you..
 I wouldn't proceed

They mummified me alive!
& then proceeded to have me keep it on for most of the party..
It was good practice for the suffocating I will be doing in my wedding dress is I guess what they were thinking..

I also received presents that I definitely never have gotten for a birthday before..
This is Shelby's drawing of her present..
If you can't see it..
it's not you.
There wasn't much there.

Elana.. yes.. Shelby made me open your gift.
In fronnnt of evvveryone.
haha I love you.

It was quite the experience.
Thanks everyone I love you SO much. 
& to all of my loved ones that weren't there.. 
I hope you know how much I miss you and wish that you would have been.
I love you guys & know you would have been there if you could have.

I hope everyone is having a great conference weekend.

oh.. and..

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