Engagement Picture Cuteness

Happy almost March! Can you believe it? This year is going by so fast already. We recently had our engagement pictures taken. We went to a really fun park in Draper. It had bridges, hills, creeks, train tracks. It was perfect. Richard’s aunt did a beautiful job!! I am totally in love with how they turned out and I can’t stop looking at them…

 

 

 

Wedding planning is going great so far…with just a little bit of stress because that’s who I am as a person. Ha! I know there’s no reason to stress, but I am. Thankfully I have Richard to help get me down from getting too stressed out and too into my own thoughts. He’s amazing. I sure can’t wait to marry him. Only 50 days, 3 hours, 48 minutes, and 20 seconds to go! <3 <3 <3

 

New job. Who dis?

This was as of January 23 at 10:55pm.

Happy New 2018!! This year is going to be my favorite, I think. This is the year I get to marry my best friend for all eternity, have my own family (even if it’s just two of us for a while), move out of Salt Lake and in with a boy (WHAT?!?!), graduate from college, and maybe get a grown up job… To me, all of this stuff is helping me become a “real adult.” So, I guess I could say that this is the year I become an actual real adult? Yes! Bring it on 2018!!

Life has gotten super exciting. I mean, it’s always been exciting but this month has been crazy!! I’m still the only RA, I’m fulling invested in classes, and I’m commuting back and form SLC and Midvale (just a sneak peak of married life I guess). Seriously, life is nuts!

The days are counting down until I become a Taynor. We have date set!! April 13, 2018!! YAY! I think it’s funny how concerned people are that we’re getting married on Friday the 13th. It’s the day we picked. That’s the day that worked the best for our schedule. Plus, I’ve never had a bad experience on Friday the 13th’s. Haha. Planning a wedding is harder than I thought, though. There are so many things that have to be decided… I have the groom, the dress, and a temple. That’s all that matters, right? I’m so excited!! I can’t wait until I get to see his cute face when I wake up and not have to leave every night.

Classes are good. I’m only taking 6 credits because I knew I was going to be busy with a wedding either during or right after the semester. It’s turned into a blessing because I have a big girl job now! What? Yeah!!

As part of my RA job, I assist the housing coordinator with move ins at the beginning of every semester. Winter semester is pretty low key with move ins, so there’s not a lot to do. The three days was mostly me sitting in Veronica’s office talking. It was great fun. We talked about married life, wedding planning, and the future (specifically what my plan was when I’m not RA anymore). She asked me one day during one of our move ins conversations, “Hypothetically, would you want my job as the coordinator?” I legitimately laughed out loud, Then I actually thought about it. She then further explained that if Judy (the director) were to leave, she would get promoted and leave her job vacant. She told me that I am the person she’d want to take over as coordinator. We talked about it for a little while then she reassured me that it wouldn’t probability happen for at least 3-5 years. I told her that I’d talk to Richard about it and pray about this hypothetical situation. I went home and Richard told me to pursue it when the time came but because it was all hypothetical, I didn’t take it too seriously.

About a week after that conversation, she called me into her office. I came down and she told me that she had been training to take over the director job and wanted to know if I had given her question any thought. I told her that I had but because it had been hypothetical, I didn’t think about it too seriously. She laughed and asked what I was thinking. I told her that it sounded like a great opportunity and that I would be willing to try. She then unofficially offered me the job – I still needed to meet with the general manager to make it official. About an hour after I had met with her, she texted me and asked if I was free to meet with her, Judy, and Mr. Workman in about another hour. I complied and quickly got professionally presentable. (I had assumed that she wanted to meet with me that morning about ra stuff so I was in a hoodie, jeans, no make up, and a beanie.) I threw on a skirt, quickly did my make up, and fixed my hair. I went downstairs and got called into the office. Because I was already an RA, I didn’t really need an official interview so this meeting was more of a friendly conversation about what was involved in the job and if I had any concerns or questions. To be honest, I felt really good about this job, my only concern was my housing situation. As an RA, I get free rent. As coordinator, I do not. I had a three month limbo between now and when I move to Midvale. Since I haven’t had to pay rent for the last six months, I had used my money for food, school, and playing. I didn’t have enough to start paying rent. We were able to make out a deal that I continued to stay RA until I get married so that wouldn’t be a concern. Guys, I love my supervisors. They are all so amazing!

So, now I’m doing both jobs. I’ve been training for the last couple weeks, but now I’m all on my own. Luckily, Veronica is just a phone call (or a floor) away if I have any questions or confusion (which is at least 50 times each shift…but I’m getting better and much more confident!) My schedule is only 20 hours a week and I can mold it around my class schedule. That will be so helpful when I don’t live upstairs anymore. I can come to Salt Lake for school and work and then go back home and not have to worry about leaving again!

I still get to work (kinda) with these girls that I’ve been able to get to know through my RA job. I get to work closely with the RA’s and with Veronica still. I set my own hours. I have a paycheck. I’m loving this job so far. This job has been such a blessing. Definitely another way of how Heavenly Father is involved in our lives. Like not even a week before Veronica and I had had the “hypothetical” conversation, Richard and I were talking about me getting a part time job when we get married…until we don’t need to have me work anymore or until we have kids – whichever one comes first. Hehe. We had been trying to figure out if I would get a job in Midvale or try to work in Salt Lake when I have classes. It was a stressful thing to try and figure out. Thankfully the way the hours work with this job, I don’t have to worry.

As my own personal celebration, I went and bought new shoes! My “new grown up shoes for my new grown up job” got here and I’ve been walking around in them on and off all week. Super cute. Super tall. Definitely going to take some time getting used to them. The feedback I got about them was pretty entertaining. Peoples commented “Nope. Pass.” “Super cute. Good luck wearing them.” “THESE ARE SO CUTE I AM ACTUALLY DYING!” “I need!!” “Very cute!” Lots of mixed reactions. Haha. I love them so much and look forward to trying to walk in them.

I am so thankful for the hand of the Lord in my life. He guides us in the direction we should go, if we follow the Spirit and actually allow Him in our lives! I’m thankful for a loving and supportive sweetheart. I’m thankful for wonderful supervisors who want me to be my very best. I’m thankful for who I am as a person to have been able to be given this trust and responsibility!! Even though it’s not even sort of connected to my field of study, I’m so excited to see where this job takes me in the future.

Merry Christmas, Sarah Brown!

This Christmas was so fun! I got to go home and spend it in Idaho with my family…plus Richard got to come with me!! Like I have mentioned before, his parents had moved to North Carolina right after Thanksgiving. After we had started talking, after he tole me that he continued to explain that he wasn’t sure what was going to happen, family wise, for Christmas. He wasn’t sure who was staying home and who was going to in-laws… I had jokingly invited him to do Christmas with my family. I didn’t even know this kid! What was I doing?!

But things had changed, and because we were actually engaged, it wouldn’t be weird to bring him home for Christmas. My family loved him already (some of them probably more than they actually love me), so they were excited to have him! The Saturday before Christmas, we got to tag along with Shannon and Jesse to come to the Dixon family Christmas party. That party was absolute madness…such as most Dixon events are. There was so many people, so much food, and so much laughter. It was great!

The next couple days were lazy and full of family. We spent Christmas Eve with my parents in their ward. We sat with the boys while Mom and Dad performed in the program. It was so beautiful – full of the spirit and love of Heavenly Father. After church, we went over and spent some time with Richard’s siblings. We walked in and there were so many kiddos screaming “Uncle Ricky!! Aunt Sarah!!” (They started calling me Aunt Sarah even before Thanksgiving. I’m so excited to inherit all of these cute little munchkins as nieces and nephews!!) We were attacked with giggles and hugs. It was so fun to spend that time with his family too. We did have Christmas Eve plans with my family, so a few hours later, we went back over to my parents for Christmas traditions. Pizza and Charlie Brown in the sun room on the big screen with pjs and pictures after.

Rachel and Nick left for the night, so after goodbyes beds were made downstairs and I helped mom with breakfast prep for the next morning (I guess Richard helped too. Hehe.) After that was all taken care of all 5 remaining kids went downstairs. Growing up, we had this tradition of all sleeping in the same room Christmas Eve night and it’s stuck. We all slept in the tv room downstairs… Okay, there wasn’t much sleeping… It was a late night of giggles.

The next morning, we didn’t wake up until 6!!! It was very weird. We spent the morning opening presents, playing with our new toys, and eating a yummy breakfast. Unfortunately, Richard had to be back to work the next day so we started packing and filling the car up with our stuff. Dad is a wonderful person and volunteered to take us back to Midvale. I was wanting to spend the whole day with Richard, so I didn’t want to go back to my apartment quite yet. Haha.

We got back to his apartment safely a few hours later. We gave hugs, said goodbye to dad, then turned on a Christmas movie and ate left over treats that Mom had made us take home. It was a fabulous first Christmas with my sweetheart and I can’t wait for all the other ones we get to have together in the future!!

 

 

Happy Early Christmas to me

This is going to be a kind of long post because so much has happened in the last few weeks!

Quick update on how life is going:

  1. I’m going strong in school this semester. I have an historical architecture class that I’m obsessed with!! Life has gotten crazier so a few less adventures with friends but we’re still trying.
  2. RA job is going great. I will shortly be the only one… The other RA is moving so I’ll be by myself until we can hire another one. (We won’t be hiring until the new semester starts, so in about 6ish weeks at the latest.)

Okay, that’s just a small snippet of what’s going on. Now for the real meaning of this post: I’m still head-over-heels in love with best friend, Richard! It’s crazy to think that we’ve only been dating for three months and “known” each other for four! I didn’t realize that I was missing a part of me until I found him. I know, I know… Another post about this guy? What? But guess what! I’m going to marry him!! AHHHHH!

Wait, stop! I’m getting ahead of myself. That’s the middle of the story… About a month ago, Richard was getting really serious about moving down to Utah. He didn’t feel like there was anything in Pocatello anymore. Even though he had family and friends there, he wanted to leave. He had been thinking about moving to Utah even before we met, but as we fell for each other, the more he wanted to move. We prayed about it and received complete peace about the decision. Now he had to look for a place to live….and a job. He after weeks of coming up dry, his sister sent him a link to a promising idea. He applied and got called in for an interview at an APARTMENT COMPLEX in Midvale (about 20 minutes away from me!). P.S. that was the interview he had that week of Thanksgiving. The interview went really well and they basically hired him on the spot! On top of the job offer, they also offered to give him a discount on a one bedroom apartment so he could live on the property. Hooray!!

The day he moved, I went to meet him with Gillian, Ashley, and Brad. I was so excited I couldn’t sit still the whole day. I felt like I was going to throw up, pee my pants, cry hysterically, and giggle to death all at the same time…totally in a good way! We had made a plan to help him move in so he knew we were coming but he didn’t know when. I wanted to surprise him, so I had him text me when he got there so we would be able to be there by the time he was done signing papers and stuff. Before we left, we ran to the dollar store where I bought one single balloon and his favorite treat. We got there and he was still busy. I jumped out of Gillian’s car, grabbed my stuff, and sat on the back of his car. About ten minutes later, he still hadn’t showed up and it was really cold. I didn’t want to get back in the car so I casually walked over to the driver side’s door on his car and tried to pull the handle. Luckily, it was unlocked, so I climbed in! Ashley called me and I talked with her and Gillian while we waited. (Brad had decided that he needed to wander so he had left.) A few minutes after that I see Brad’s head and Ashley is giggling. I ask her if Richard is with him. (His care was still packed with stuff so I couldn’t see out of the back window.) I was totally just going to snuggle down with all the stuff until he opened his car door but I was way too excited so I popped out of his car and ran down the parking lot. He was here!!

It’s been so fun to see him pretty much everyday. We have gotten so much stronger as a couple. We’ve been reading scriptures, saying family prayers, and going to church together. It’s been such a wonderful experience to grow that way together.

About a week later, my parents had planned to come to Salt Lake and go see the lights. Of course, we were invited to come along. One night he asked me if his aunt could come to take pictures of us while we were there. Confused, I told him that almost everyone that was going to be with us had a phone that we snap pictures on. He told me no and that he wanted professional pictures. Um, excuse me what?! I totally knew something was going on… We had gone ring “looking” a few weeks before, he kept talking about getting married, and now this. I made a joke one day about us being “practically engaged” and he said, “it’s coming soon.” I freaked out! Soon means so many different things to different people. Haha! Something was definitely up.

 

Side note: I knew it was coming eventually. We had talked about it. The day after our first date, he told me that he was going to marry me one day. I laughed and he said, “no. I mean it” and then proceeded to tell me the experience he had had after we said goodnight the night before. We started seriously talking about it and he asked me to pray. I did, deep down knowing that the answer was going to be yes. When I prayed, this feeling of absolute peace swept over me and it still does whenever I think about my future with Richard. A few days later, I told him how I was feeling about it and what was going on. Absoulutly ecstatic, we decided to pray and fast together that next Sunday. I was going to be in town so it would be perfect timing!! We did and the answer hadn’t changed. We were going to be each other’s forever. We just didn’t know when…

Okay, so that side note was clear back October! We were starting to talk but not very urgently but with this “we need professional pictures taken when you’re family is here” attitude he had, I was getting so anxious. The Saturday came and we had a wonderful day. The whole family got to come, plus Ashley too! (I mean she’s basically family so it was fun to have her there too. Hehe.) We had spent the afternoon in Lehi with Grandma and Grandpa and then went to see lights. Richard was acting funny all day… He seemed nervous but happy. I could tell he had a plan about something.

When we got to Temple Square, we wandered around for a while before he suggested we go over to the reflection pool. Guys, we were taking pictures one second and then the next he was down on his knee!!! He told me he was so grateful for Heavenly Father’s love and how much He must love him to allow him to be able to love me as much as he does. He told me that he falls in love with me all over every day. It was just such a sweet proposal. Obviously I said yes, but it took a minute because I was crying and smiling so hard. It was so special and I can’t wait to be sealed to him for time and all eternity!!

 

A Taynor Thanksgiving

Guys! Life has been crazy! The semester is winding down, Richard and I are making life decisions together, adventures with friends, the holidays are coming… It’s been nuts! I want to blog all about everything but right now, I want to tell what I did for Thanksgiving this year! It was so fun and enjoyed every second!

A few months before Thanksgiving, Ashley discovered that she wouldn’t be able to go home for Thanksgiving so I invited her to be my plus one to my family’s dinner. She excitedly agreed. We made plans to go hang out with my family and it was going to be wonderful. Fast forward to when I met Richard. Things were got serious and he invited me to come to dinner at his parent’s house. Well, I had already invited Ashley to join me and my family for dinner (this was before I had even met Richard). So, after talking to his mom, he personally invited her to come too. It was pretty silly.

He had an interview down in Utah a few days before Thanksgiving, so just picked us up so Ash and I wouldn’t have to worry about how to get to Idaho. The three of us were all crammed into the backseat of his dad’s truck with mom and dad up front. It made for some opportune cuddle time. 😉

When we got to Idaho we said hi to his family and gave hugs, then we switched suitcases to his car and went to my house. (That’s where Ashley and I were staying.)

His family has a tradition of doing a white elephant gift exchange for all of the siblings. I was able to participate in that this year. There was a ton of stealing and teasing. It was so fun! I don’t think I’ve laughed that hard in forever!!

Kind of a side story here… Right after we started talking in September, he mentioned that his parents were moving to North Carolina and that his whole family (minus Tabba) would be at Mom and Dad’s house for Thanksgiving. This was the last holiday for a while that they’d all be together. After that conversation, I had jokingly invited him to do Christmas with my family. I didn’t even know this kid! What was I doing?! So because Thanksgiving was with his family this year, everyday for almost a week, I would go over to his parents house (with Ashley in tow). It was so fun to be around him pretty much all day. Goodbyes were the worst…and still are!! The more I was around him, the more I was falling in love with him.

A few days after Thanksgiving, he suggested we go look at engagement rings. WHAT!? I mean, we had talked about it but it didn’t seem super urgent or serious right now – it had all been hypothetical. I was excited to see what the future holds with him, but we had only been dating for less than two months? Either way, we went and I was able to give him an idea of what I liked and what I didn’t like. Apparently, we have quite the difference in engagement ring taste. It was a fun afternoon of giggles and kisses.

The whole week was fantastic! I love his family and they love me, so that’s good right? Hehe. There were so many laughs, so much food, and lots of happy smiles! I can’t wait to see what other fun memories we will be able to create together!

God’s hand

I was talking to Mom a few weeks ago after my first real-life-in person-date with Richard. (We had had a few date nights over skype but this was our first actual date!!) I was just going on and on before it hit me. I had a huge epiphany that I HAD to talk to Brad about! I texted him and told him that I had a crazy realization that I wanted to talk to him about…

Part 1- Remember the trip to Idaho that Brad, Ash, and I took really randomly about two months ago? Yeah, the one where Brad’s car broke down?! So, like I had explained in that post, our original plan was to just stop at my parent’s house for about an hourish. Well, because our transportation quite working, we had to stay overnight. When I was talking to my mom, I realized that I wouldn’t have matched with Richard if we hadn’t had to stay in Pocatello that night! (Okay time line real quick… This adventure took place a few days after Brad had set up my Mutual account and I was kind of obsessed. It’s a pretty fun “game.” Anyway, my little distance setting doesn’t reach up to Pocatello… Okay, carry on.) If the car hadn’t have had called it quits, I wouldn’t have played on Match that night before falling asleep, and I wouldn’t have swiped up on him! And because I had swiped up on him, and was in Idaho Falls the next day, the distance thing reached to Pocatello, he was able to swipe up on me! What?!

Part 2- So, when we were getting ready for the trip, Brad kept saying that he needed to go to Idaho but didn’t know why and that we were supposed to go with him. Shortly after we came back from Idaho, I was pretty sad. Brad noticed and asked if I wanted to go for what I call a “walk-n-talk.” (We do “walk-n-talks” quite often. It’s become a staple in our friendship!) On our walk, I expressed what was going on in my head, he listened and spoke when I was done. He gave me some reassurance about what had been bothering me.  He also admitted something I wasn’t expecting. During our talk that night, he told me that the reason we had to go to Idaho was for me. He had no clue why, but I was supposed to be with him on that trip. While we were in Idaho, he realized that I was the reason he had to go to Idaho. Okay?

Part 3- That next Sunday, I was talking to Gillian, Sariah, and Jen about what I had realized. Brad was standing in our group too, laughing at my explication. After I was done talking, he said, “And what she doesn’t know is that I had been praying to be an instrument in the Lord’s hand a few days before our trip!” The answer to his prayer unfortunately cost him his car, but hey, I got a guy out of it! Brad told me that when Richard and I get married, we owe him a car.

Obviously there are many more things that have happened throughout my life but these three have definitely helped me realize that Heavenly Father loves me. He knows who I am. He knows what I need. He has a plan for me and He knows exactly how to help me achieve that plan. He places people, trials, and blessings in my life to encourage me to become the best Sarah I can be. I know with a surety that I am who I am right now because of My Father. He has helped guide me to this wonderful man that I’m head over heels for.

Heavenly Father is involved with every aspect of my life. I’ve seen it! I’ve felt His love. I’ve experienced his hand in my life so many times. He has been there for me during my transplant journey, my first love/heartbreak, my schooling, my family…everything! I mean, why wouldn’t He be? I’m His daughter. When I think about how much my earthly dad loves me, I get overwhelmed with gratitude and appreciation. Dad has done so much for me in my life. It’s the same for my Heavenly Father. He loves me just as much, if not more than my dad here.

Mormon 5:23 says, “Know ye not that ye are in the hands of God?” If that’s correct, then  Heavenly Father cares about me. He loves me. He wants me to be happy. I know with all that I am that He is very much involved with me meeting and falling in love with Richard.

Richard Jay

Toward the beginning of the September, Brad convinced me to get a Mutual account (basically Tinder for Mormons). He set it up for me and he did a fabulous job, might I add. About two weeks went by and I was getting messages from some really great guys. They all were super sweet and I really liked talking to them…but it was all virtual. I didn’t know who these guys really were.

One afternoon, I got a “Hi Sarah. How are you?” in my inbox on this app. I replied, “Hey Richard! I’m amazing. How are you,” totally thinking not much of it. Well, this guy pretty much immediately messaged back…every time I replied. It was weird but I really liked it. Haha. So we spent a few days constantly talking on this app. Soon, we were friends on social media and using FB Messenger as means of communication. We did that for a couple days before he asked me for my phone number. We texted on our personal numbers that day. Right as I was getting ready for bed that night, I get a text from this guy asking if I’d be okay with a phone call. Obviously, I was an anxious nervous mess. I was so excited. I told him yes and took a deep breath. A few minutes later, his phone call came through and I answered. We were on the phone for THREE HOURS that night…. After about a week of talking on the phone every night, we started doing video chat! (Since then, we’ve talked or video chatted at least every night before bed!!! Plus, obviously, constantly texting each other throughout the day. It’s been crazy!)

As we talked, I found so many similarities between us. I’ll tell you about when we met later in this post but after he met my friends I asked what they thought. My friends say that he’s a creepy clone of me. I asked if that was a good thing. Gillian said, “Well, we love you…and he’s basically you? So of course we like him!! He’s perfect for you!!” Like he’s literally me but a boy. It’s pretty funny.

Throughout our numerous conversations, the topic about what “we” were doing came up. I mean, that’s going to come up eventually. We both expressed that we really liked the other person and even though we were video chatting and seeing our faces it was all virtual. We needed to actually meet and make sure that the feelings we were having were real and not just twitterpation or the anticipation of potential feelings. A few days after that conversation he told me he was going to be in Utah for family stuff and wanted to know what my schedule was. I had class the Friday he was going to be here but I was going to be done after 11. We planned to meet up about noonish. Oh my gosh. I couldn’t sleep the night before. I was just way too excited.

Friday came and I couldn’t concentrate in class. I needed 12 to come faster!!! When it finally came around, he called me. The plan was for him to come get me and then we’d park at the school because I get parking for free! Yay for student perks!! Anyway, I got a call from him. He was lost… He had been right where he needed to be but didn’t think it was the right place so he left. It was pretty funny. I got him back on track and waited. I got a text telling me he was here so I headed downstairs. As I was walking out of the elevator, this tall guy walked in the door. He had a huge grin on his face as he hugged me. Guys, he gives THE best hugs!!

We walked over to City Creek for lunch and window shopping. Oh! The day before our date, he had asked if I would be okay if he held my hand. I admitted that I was hoping we would. Hehe. So, as I expected, he took a hold of my hand as we were walking. I don’t think we let go of each other’s hand all day…unless we absolutely had too. We wandered into the Disney store and he surprised me with buying a little Piglet zum-zum. He lives on my bookshelf where I can see him every time I walk into my bedroom. We then walked over to temple square where we walked around and talked. We touched the temple and took pictures too.

We made our way over to the school to meet up with some friends for dinner. One of the things Richard wanted to do is make dinner for me. Well, because he doesn’t live here and I don’t have a kitchen he’s allowed to be in, we asked Ashley if we could come invade hers. Obviously she said yes. In return, we decided to feed her too. Then we thought it would be fun to have more friends so Ben, Ashley, and Brad all tagged along to the store with us. After that adventure, we went over to Ashley’s house! Richard made dinner while I helped…when he let me. We talked and laughed. At one point, Ashley asked if we were “official” yet. Richard and I looked at each other and he grinned. “I’d be okay with that. Sarah, would you like to be my girlfriend?” “Yes!!” There were hugs and giggles. Ben and Brad returned from what they were doing and knew exactly what had happened while they were gone. It was pretty funny. We ate dinner and headed over to the dance that the ward was having. There we danced, laughed, I saved him from accidentally drinking pineapple punch (he’s really super allergic!), and met more friends. After we got bored with the dance, we gathered a bunch of friends and went back over to Ashely’s house for games! There we also met up with Sam, Jacob, and Warren. About 11ish, people started to trickle home. About midnight we said our goodbyes to friends and left. We still had a little bit before he had to leave. So we went back to my home and sat in the commons and talked. We talked about what our favorite parts of the day were and how happy we were.

It was such a wonderful day. The whole day was weird though…but definitely a good weird. It was weird because it wasn’t like I had just “met” him. It felt like I was reuniting with my best friend that I hadn’t seen in a long time. It wasn’t awkward, ever! Any silence we had had during the day was full of peace and comfort. The whole day while I was with him seemed perfect. Just everything about it seemed natural and normal!

We’ve only “dated” for about two weeks and only “known” each other for twoish months. It doesn’t feel like it’s been that short of a time. It feels soo much longer. Plus we just kind of automatically clicked from the very beginning!? We were talking about that the other night. I don’t think any of it is a coincidence… I’m pretty sure we knew each other before we came to earth. I know Heavenly Father helped me find Richard. The things that have happened in my life have helped me prepare to be the woman that I needed to be in order to deserve this wonderful man. There have been wayyyy too many tender mercies and divine interventions that could make me deny it. He’s special and I’m so glad he’s mine! I just love you, Richard Jay!!

Beach Time

Oh, goodness. I love my friends. On Monday we took a really spur of the moment trip to the Salt Lake. It was kind of an extension of the night before’s adventure actually… Let me start from the beginning.

Sunday night we all went to the girls’ apartment common room to just hang. It was Ashley, Gillian, Brad, Sam, Ben, and Warren. About 9ish, I excused myself from the fun so I could go video chat with Richard (I’ll blog about him later!!). I said goodnight and left. About 4:30 that morning I rolled over and woke up to a few missed calls and a rapid banging on my door. I tried to ignore the knocking but then it got louder. I grumpily got out of bed and answered the door. Gillian and Ashley were standing there laughing. “Can I crash on your couch…?” asked Ashley. “Sure,” I said. “Is everything okay?” After I was assured it was, I invited them in and went back to bed.

A few hours later, I woke up and left to go to school for lunch and homework…with Ashley still zonked out on the couch. After a bit of being by myself, Gillian showed up. I asked her what the heck happened the night before. I guess they all hung out for a while after I left, then Gillian took Brad and Ash home. After they dropped Brad off, the girls just went driving… They drove over to the Salt Lake. While they were there, they had seen a big cross in the distance and got really creeped out so they left. After that, they went over to Brad’s house and hung out with the boys until 4. Eventually they left…which brings us to when they showed up at my house wanting to sleep.

Brad joined us shortly after the story was over. He looked exhausted!!! They both did… The three of us decided to go back, during daylight, and check out the creepy cross and the lake. We called Ashley to let her know that we where heading back to the apartment to come get her. We ran, picked her up, and headed out.  We searched for the cross and could only find a little one by the side of the road. We were a little disappointed but thought it was hilarious.

We walked along the beach down to the water. It smelled like salt! Imagine that!? There were places that the salt had made the sand all crunchy and other places where there were big flat plates of salt. It was pretty cool. We made our way down to the water. I took my shoes off, rolled up my jeans, and jumped in! It wasn’t nearly as cold as I thought it was going to be. Eventually everyone followed suite. Soon we were all skipping rocks, sinking in the sand as the waves rolled in, running around, and giggling. We’re planning on going back soon. It was a fun afternoon that I wish had lasted longer. I am so glad my friends enjoy spontaneous adventures as much as I do.

General Conference

Three weeks!? It’s been that long since I’ve blogged!? Wow… I’m so sorry, but not because that I haven’t blogged but because that means I haven’t had ten minutes to sit! I’ve been so crazy busy with life – total college/adult life! I’m busy with my RA job, school, my church calling, friends, and life in general. That’s a good thing though, right?

I just wanted to take a quick minute (okay maybe like an hour) to write down my adventures, thoughts, inspirations I had during General Conference last week. Twice a year, members of the church (LDS) gather together to listen to the teachings and testimonies of our leaders. It’s probably one of my favorite times of the year. I’m so grateful that it happens twice! General Conference has a very special place in my heart. I walk away from the weekend feeling refreshed, loved, and kind of on a spiritual high!

This was the first conference a bunch of us weren’t going to be with our families so Brad had invited a bunch of people over to his new ghetto house for breakfast and a place to watch General Conference. I wanted to go, so the next morning I jumped on the Trax. He had told me that I needed to get on the green line for six stops and he would be there to take me the rest of the way.

Me: On the green line! Hopefully I don’t get lost!!

Him: Just hop off at the stop right before the airport. Make sure it’s heading over the bridge. If it’s going toward the temple, it’s the wrong direction.

M: Well, I’m at the courthouse. Definitely the wrong direction. Getting off and getting on the RIGHT one.

(No reply)

M: DUDE! There are two green lines. Next time specify which direction the line goes! Haha! I’ll be there in like 15 minutes.  

I met him and Jacob at the stop to go to their house. It’s actually super cute. I was impressed. We had breakfast, watched Conference, and laughed. Halfway through the first session, a bunch more friends showed up. After it was over, we met more friends for a picnic lunch. We listened to part of the second session outside on our picnic but we ended up getting rained out so we went back to the boys’ house for the last bit.

After the second session was over, we played games, ate food, and laughed. It was great fun. About 5, we discussed what the girls were going to do while the boys watched the Priesthood session – the options were: go home but come back later, stay there and either watch it too or figure out something to do while they watched it. Some people had to leave so it was me, Gillian, Liahona, Brad, and Jacob left. When six o’clock rolled around, the girls banished the boys to the living room. We had been in the middle of Catan, so we swapped out Brad’s pieces for ours and distributed them evenly. After the game, Gillian, Liahona, and I took a Walmart run. While we were there, we also picked up some supplies for Jacob to make donuts the next day.

When the boys got done, Liahona went home after a some laughs. With those of us who remained, we all piled on the couches and watched a movie. I thought it was funny that we watched Warm Bodies right after a wonderfully spiritual day of watching General Conference. After it was over, Gillian and I went home.

The next morning, Brad came over to our apartment. There were a whole bunch of us gathered in the common room. It was great! Lots of food, friends, and spiritualness. (I know that’s not a word but I just made it one.) When the first session was over, we decided that we wanted to try and get “standby” tickets. Gillian and I were hesitant…but we ended up going. I ran upstairs to change my clothes and we went! Brad and Liahona had met up with some other friends and were way ahead of us in line, Jen and Sariah had gotten tickets so they were already in their seats. Sadly, the other four of us didn’t get in but we went to the Joseph Smith Memorial Building to watch it instead. It was pretty cool! After that, we went back over to Brad’s house for games and the donuts that Jacob had promised. I thought they were yummy but Jacob was mad about they turned out… He’s promised more with his family recipe next time.

I am so grateful for how much my Heavenly Father loves me. I’m so blessed to have the friends I have and how they have become my family away from home. I love them so much. I am also so happy to have the influence of the gospel in my life. I know I’d be so lost without it.

Living alone!!

Today as I was doing my dishes from dinner prep for after class, I thought to myself, “I’m really rocking this living on my own thing!!” I love my cute little apartment!!!

 

 

Of course, I miss having roommates but I also really love being on my won. I don’t have to worry about being super quiet when I’m doing something at three int eh morning. I’m a quiet person…until I have to be quiet. (Just ask previous roommates I’ve had. Haha!) I can watch movies or listen to music without headphones. I can dance awkwardly around the kitchen with no one around to judge me.

I think moving out, going to school, and having roommates that aren’t your family is a big step to becoming an adult. I also thing everyone should take the chance to live alone. It’s helped me appreciate having others around. I have also learned a lot about myself and how I work without someone constantly there.

Cheers to living alone!!