Sunday, October 24, 2010

It's Fall

I feel like it has been forever, but I haven't really had anything to blog about...until now! The other day, I picked Josh up from class and we drove up the canyon to Squaw Peak (yes, where our first kiss was). The leaves were so beautiful and fall is so nice right now. We were surprised to see how many people were at the lookout. Everyone had the same idea. I got a lot more pictures but I'll only put a few up.

Last night, we went with Tahnee and Tyler to the reception of Christina Pasqua (now Lloyd). The Pasqua's were our closest friends when we lived in Brentwood, and have stayed in touch with them all these years. It was a beautiful reception, the colors were black and red, there were feathers everywhere, the theme was very well coordinated, the bride and groom looked great, and the food was wonderful. Unfortunately, we didn't get a picture with the bride and groom. As all of you know, on your wedding day it is so hectic. That is the one thing I regret from my own day, is not getting enough pictures with people that came. Your thought process is all over the place, you want to make sure you say hello to everyone that comes (which I wasn't able to do either), the photographer doesn't know who she should be taking pictures of, ugh it's just a huge ordeal. So anyway, here is a recap of last night. (And they had a photobooth...we had a little too much fun with that!)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

This weekend, Tahnee and I were invited to an overnight Bachelorette party in Park City for a dear friend, Christina Pasqua, who we have known since we moved to Brentwood. It was a BLAST! We both had so much fun. Tahnee and I left a little early to return something at the outlets. Luckily for us, Christina and the rest of the gang got a late start, so we spent over TWO HOURS at the outlets doing what we do best...SHOPPING! We were good though. Then we met up with everyone at The Caledonian. It was such a sweet set up. The other girls that came were so fun to be with. I definetly feel like a made some new friends over the weekend. I will have to get pictures from Tahnee, because I couldn't find my camera in time. It was a blast being with the Pasqua girls, Amy, Vicki, and Chrissy. I can't believe it has taken us so long to finally hang out! I am so excited for Christina and Cameron and their big day coming up! Congrats and thanks for letting us share this special time with you :)

Tonight, I got a text from Tahnee telling me that the entire GAP store is 40% off, including sale items. Well I have been waiting for a particular shirt to go on sale. So I said to Josh, "do you mind if I run over to the mall and see if they have that shirt I have been wanting?" Of course he doesn't care, but he stretches out his hand to me to shake mine and says, "Are you a shopaholic?" I reply yes, and then change my answer to no. I am a normal girl! He is convinced I have a problem haha. So Amy and I run over to the mall. GAP literally looks like a tornado has hit through the entire store. It was a disaster. I have never seen anything like it before. Mind you, this was at 8:00 tonight. There were sooooooo many people, manikins were knocked over, clothes were everywhere, employees running around like crazy, more clothes seemed to be in the back by the changing rooms than in the front of the store. After searching all the racks and tables in the very back of the store, I found the shirt I came for!!!
It may not look like much, but I can do so many things with this...belt around the waist, wear with leggings,'s going to be great. I am into baggy clothes these days, for more reasons than one (pregnancy not being one). I have been waiting for this shirt to be under $15 (originally $59.50). Tonight...$13!! Woohoo! Thanks Tahnee for the text.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Called to Serve

Yesterday, Tahnee, Tyler, Josh and I, dropped Michael off at the Missionary Training Center, right here in Provo. He flew in Tuesday night, we made spaghetti and just hung out. The next morning, I had an interview at a law office (have a second interview tomorrow) and Michael got all his stuff packed and ready to go. Tahnee came over, then we went to pick up Josh at the beloved Tanner building. While we were there, we saw Tyler...long story short...he jumped in the car and the five of us met up with Lisa, Nicole, Heidi, Kasey and Karilyn at Kneaders for lunch.

*Sorry Kasey, Josh deleted the picture with us three in it :(

Afterward, we drove up to the temple and took some pictures. And the curb. For those of you who have not been through the new experience of dropping off a missionary at the MTC, this is how it goes. Pull up to one of the 25 stations along the curb, where there are missionaries there waiting to help you with whatever you need, park, get out of the car, the missionaries tell you to take as much time as you need, say your good-byes, get the luggage out of the trunk, and he is off. Just like that.

Good luck Elder Neilson. You will be great. What a wonderful experience and a great time for us, return missionaries, to reflect back on our time that we spent serving the Lord. There is not one day I have been home where I have not thought about my mission. It is a part of me and will always be. Last night, Josh and I kept talking about how crazy the whole experience it is and how we are so glad we made the decision to go. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. I love hearing of people making the choice to go, sacrifice what is going on in their personal lives and dedicate 100% to the Lord. I have a good friend from high school, Ashley Coleman, who just left to NY, NY North and a former roommate who just got called to Chile Santiago. I am so happy for these girls. I know it will bless their lives forever! I have been home for 3 1/2 years and it has blessed me in more ways than I can even comprehend. I know that Josh is certainly one of those blessings. I can't wait until the day where the two of us get to go together. How awesome is that? You can pick your companion?! After I got off the phone with my friend Maggie (who is going to Chile), I told Josh, "I hope all of our girls go on missions." I know that my experience serving a mission will help in my marriage, when I am a mother, in all of my future church callings, and in every other aspect of my life. Now it is Michael's turn. He will come to understand the gospel better than he ever has, gain a testimony stronger than ever before, and make relationships with people he will never forget. The next two years for him is going to be a roller coaster of emotions. There will be bad days, there will be good days. There will be times where he wants to give up, there will be times where he will never want it to end. There will be companions he will become best friends with, and there will be those he wants an emergency transfer. He will feel the spirit so much and will be guided to those who are ready and willing to accept the gospel in their lives. Oh to be a missionary again, and only be focused on the work of the Lord, to not worry about work, school, a social life, the opposite sex, what's on TV, etc. Michael is going to have a great time explaining the principles and ordinances of the church, inviting people to be baptized and to become apart of the Lord's kingdom here on Earth. There are days where I miss being a missionary, but I know I can always be a missionary...we all can in our daily lives, by being an example to those we associate with. I am not trying to bear my soul here, but to just remember how I loved my experience out in the mission field and how Michael will just as much! Good luck and God Speed Elder ;)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

1st Semi-Annual Conference Breakfast

This morning, Josh and I hosted our first Semi-Annual Conference Breakfast before the morning session of General Conference. It was a lot of fun. We had a lot of Josh's cousins and Karilyn represented my side of the family! Josh made waffles, and other delicious food was brought. And since this was the FIRST breakfast, you better believe there will be one in April. Those of you who missed out, will be sure to come in six months!