Monday, April 29, 2013

road trip

Road trippin' from San Diego to Ptown makes us do some strange things.

But, mostly makes Rachel do some strange things. 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Bri's Bridal Shower

On Sunday night I got an hour of sleep and then finished my finals on Monday morning. Then I hopped on a plane and flew to San Diego for Bri's bridal shower!

Epiphany I had while in San Diego: It is literally one million times prettier than Provo. Californian for life this one is.

Monday night we stayed up late laughing and admiring the wedding decorations for Bri's imminent marriage. Her wedding is black and white old Hollywood and it's going to look like a dream!

Tuesday morning I had a dentist appointment (I loathe the dentist) and then we picked up Rachel, Aunt Kim, and Jenna and went to one of my favorite restaurants in Carmel Valley, Urban Plates.

Tuna with a cilantro, onion, tomato, and spinach topping. Potato slices sprinkled with olive oil and salt and pepper. Brussel sprouts with shaved provolone cheese. Ciabatta bread with chopped fresh parsley. Yes please.

Then we went to my brother's swim meet and cheered him on. He is quite the athlete. I'm like a proud mama.

We also lounged outside in the sun. Don't you love Bri's pants? I want to steal them right now.

Then Sophie had her softball banquet and she won a trophy!

Then we got ready for Bri's bridal shower. 

Ignore Jenna in the background, whoops.

Then we went to the bridal shower hosted by the lovely Mrs. Walten. Her house looks like a Spanish castle, but sadly I didn't get any pictures of it.

Talking to her soon-to-be-hubbie on the phone.

I didn't get any pictures of Bri opening her presents because I was writing them down along with the gifter's name. Maid of honor duties. She got an abundant array of aprons. Her favorite gift was $50 to Sephora; go figure.

My piano teacher of fifteen years didn't recognize me at the party and same with another family friend that has known me since birth. Do I really look that different with bangs and a ponytail?

We went around giving the bride-to-be some advice. Some of my favorite advice was:

-Don't compete with each other and have lots of sex.   I second this.
-Write little notes to each other and hide them in cute places like his lunch or behind the cool whip in the refrigerator.
-It's okay to go to bed angry because you most likely will forget what you were mad about the next morning. Or you will remember it and think your fight was awfully stupid.
-You can't change your spouse, you can only change yourself and your attitude toward your spouse.
-Spend time apart and have time for yourself.
-Try new things together. For example, golfing. Brett and I will never try golfing, however. Maybe we'll try gourmet French cooking or something.
-Pray together.

It was a wonderful day in San Diego. I love my sister and I love her fiance. They will make a great team.

Happy Sunday! More updates to come.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

meanwhile during finals

So finals came and went, but mostly they destroyed my sanity.

We found time in between studying to spend time with friends. Balance in all things.

We went lazertagging with Luke and Lindsay and Brett dominated as usual. It was just the four of us and I found myself getting really creeped out in the huge arena we were in, with large neon clown faces as decoration I might add.

We also went bowling for a roommate reunion with all of the roomies' men. We missed Lauren and Lyndsi.

All of our rings. We are all so old and married! Clockwise from right: Courtney, Laina, Victoria, and Ashley.

Ashley and I can never escape the demon eyes!
I loved being friends with these girls. I'm glad most of them will still be in Utah next year.

During finals I:

-Compiled and finished a 150 page manuscript. Trying out this whole writing a book thing. It's a lot harder and more time-consuming than it looks. It's also really fun and enjoyable to get lost in your own story you created from scratch. 
-Wrote a paper called "Connection Through Violence: Ichiro’s Rejection of Totalization and His Encounter with Bull in No-No Boy" about how we can read the novel through the lens of Emmanuel Levinas's theory of the Other along with Flannery O'Connor's philosophy of grace through violent encounters. Sounds like the most exciting thing you've ever heard, right?
-Did a presentation on how F. Scott Fitzgerald demonstrates an Isocratic view of rhetoric in The Great Gatsby
-Tried every single technique to distract myself, including spending hours looking at other people's wedding photos

I am so grateful for my teachers this semester. Sure these past few months were crazy, but my teachers pushed me to be a better writer, critical thinker, and person. 

There are a lot of other things that have happened lately. I will keep updating slowly but surely. 

Happy Saturday! Today I slept in until 10:30 a.m. and I absolutely don't regret it. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


-I dyed my hair a dark red/purple/brown on Sunday. By myself. I will never get my hair dyed at a salon every again.

-I am praying for Boston right now. There has been so much violence lately. But, in these times, the good of humanity always outweighs the evil. I was touched by the stories of people running to help instead of away from the explosions and Bostonians offering their homes as places to stay and runners running an extra two miles after the race to the hospital to donate blood to help the victims. Good will always always prevail.

-The last day of class for my undergraduate career was yesterday. I still haven't realized that I'm graduating. My years at BYU have been some of the best of my life. 

-I have one and a half million things to do before I graduate. But when that day comes, and it will come, I will shout and be merry.

-I am going to San Diego on Monday for just a little more than 24 hours and I'm so excited. 

-I ate pizza and McDonald's ice cream yesterday and top ramen today. I am recommitting myself to eating healthy . . . once school is over.

-I have the sleeping cycle of a vampire. I have been getting most everything done in the wee hours of the morning and taking four hour naps in the middle of the day. 

That's all.

Have a fantastic Wednesday!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

general conference with friends

Last weekend was General Conference, two weekends out of the year where we all gather to listen to the leaders of our church give inspiring messages. Brett and I have gone to conference before in Salt Lake City, but this time we decided to relax and watch it at home with some good company.

On Saturday, we went to Luke and Lindsay's apartment to make crepes, probably the most sugary breakfast I have ever had in my life, but also the most delicious. Ice cream and orange cream cheese in crepes are a must.

Then on Sunday we had them over to our place for some gargantuous omelets brought to you by
Brett. He's the cook in the family for most things.

We did it Mongolian BBQ style; you put what you want in a little bowl and then Brett whips it in with the eggs.

My favorite talk from General Conference was on marriage, go figure.

"Marriage is a gift from God to us. The quality of our marriage is a gift from us to Him." ~L. Whitney Clayton

Then on Sunday night we had an enchilada feast with Stannabel, the Van Blerkoms, and Kimber and Scott and played some games. I ate sooo much that weekend. I love food.

'Twas a great time with great people and great spiritual edification.

Happy Sunday!

I dyed my hair today. Pictures of that to come.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

how many pictures does it take for two sisters to look decent?

A lot.

I never blogged about Easter, or really anything that's been going on in my life recently. Easter was great. Brett and I woke up late and went to church with Bri and G-dog. Then we had a lovely lamb meal at the McCloskey's and celebrated the resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ with verses from the Bible. I am grateful for Him and His sacrifice on the cross so I can live with God again someday with all of my wonderful family including my ancestors. 

My cousin Mia enjoyed some quality time with Riley. 

I hope you had a lovely Easter and celebrated what it is really about--none of the chocolate egg fluff. 

Last night I went to the BYU Ballroom Showcase and it was amazing! No wonder our ballroom program is top-ranked. There is so much talent at BYU. 

Today I went to a good friend's baby shower and failed to take pictures. 

Happy Saturday!

Friday, April 5, 2013

this is your life

"You deserve to take care of yourself. You deserve the time that you will spend on your health." 
~Greg Marshall

Spend time on your health this weekend. I certainly will.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

healthy at any age

This is what I want to be in 50 years. Loving life with the hubbie.

Remember to stay healthy! Eat right and exercise. Our bodies are gifts from God. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

my wants in my future house

Vintage vanity:

Spanish tile stairs:

Grandfather clock:

Turquoise kitchen:

Library with floor to ceiling bookshelves:

Wall of windows overlooking nature:

High ceilings and exposed wooden beams:

White walls with colorful modern art:

Stone and moss driveway:

Playroom for the kids:

Vines on the back of the house:

Brightly painted door:

Garden with a big variety of flowers:

Four poster bed:

Infinity pool preferably looking over a beautiful vista:

White Spanish stucco exterior:

I LOVE Spanish-styled homes. They remind me of the ocean and of Balboa Park; they remind me of home.

Brett loves modern homes. I think a blend of Spanish and modern would look really amazing. 

I am so excited for my future house. I think about it all the time. 

But, what matters most is family. I will be blissfully happy wherever I am with Brett. 

Happy Tuesday!