Wednesday, December 22, 2010

My Recital

I just had my very first Vocal Recital and it was great!

In October I started taking singing lessons. See blog post here.

When I started I made a goal to perform in the Christmas Recital and invite my family.

I sang two songs - God Help the Outcasts and a medley of Away in a Manger and Still, Still, Still.

I did so well! Granted, I'm no professional - but considering where I was 3 months ago, I am so proud of myself. It was only my 3rd time ever singing in front of people (the other 2 were practice runs - once for my family and once for my dad.) I was really nervous and very excited about performing. I was worried I would loose my breath or forget my words - but none of that happened. I did better than I even expected! Yippee!

It felt awesome to sing and be heard! And now I want to sing for you...

God Help the Outcasts
from Hunchback of Notre Dame

Christmas Medley


Monday, December 20, 2010

Thank you.

This post is way over due, but I wanted to make sure to thank everyone who helped me list 1,000 thankfuls before Thanksgiving. It was a lot of fun and helped to ring in the Thanksgiving spirit!

Thank you to all who listed a thankful or even to those who read them and felt more thankful.

The winner with the most thankfuls is Michelle McKinley with 205! She will be receiving a Thank You Angel Ornament from Willow Tree.

And as promised, here is my Thankful Dance. It is actually quite embarrassing! And you will have to tilt your head to get a good view - my pro photographer husband was really showing his skills with his retro angles...


Monday, December 6, 2010

What Type is Harry Potter?

If you are a Harry Potter fan or an Energy Profiling fan, you should find this post very interesting!

I am a Harry Potter fan! I love Harry Potter! I feel bad for those that don't - they are seriously missing out. But then again, I don't expect nor do I want everyone to share my same passion.  But many, many, many people do.

I'm not a member of the National Harry Potter Fan Club, I don't spend time on, and I don't know all the rules to Quidditch, but I love Harry Potter!  I find it fascinating and simply amazing what one woman's imagination has done to the world. Harry Potter and his life are like real to me. His adventures are a part of my childhood (and let's be honest, adulthood). I got so excited at the last movie - I felt like I was seeing old friends again!

I remember way back when there was a big dispute over whether school children in Georgia or somewhere should be allowed to read these wizarding tales. Then it eventually reached Utah and my brothers and I got hooked. My littlest brother, Mark, and I have been the most devout in our family. We have read all the books, seen all the movies, and always enjoyed talking about them together. Mark even bares a scar on his back because of Harry Potter...let me explain, it's actually quite

It was Mark's night to do the dishes, he wanted help, but I refused. He said if I didn't help he would tell me who died in Harry Potter #5 which I hadn't finished reading yet. Well, I said I wouldn't help and he better not dare say anything. But he did!! Can you believe it?! He told me who died and ruined it for me!!! Well, I had a fork in hand and chucked it at his back (would have been his face, had he been looking at me). That's how devout I am. Now he has a scar from the fork prongs! We laugh now - didn't then. But what better way to remember Harry Potter than with a scar?!

Since I am an Energy Profile fan as well, I thought it would be fun to Type the characters as well as the actors. I thought they did an excellent job casting the characters! Most were the same Type as the character; and if not it was their secondary.

Look closely...

Harry Potter - Type 4 - loyal, devote, the best at everything, unique
Daniel Radcliffe - Type 4/3

Hermoine Granger - Type 4/2 - studious, structured, smart, plays by the rules
Emma Watson - Type 4/1 (dressed her in Type 2)

Ron Weasley - Type 1 - funny, random, great best friend
Rupert Grint - Type 4/1 (this was surprising to me, because he plays a T1 so well, but looking at his pics he is a T4) (dressed him in Type 3)

**The 3 main characters are all Type 4's, no wonder they were able to stay so committed to filming for 7 years!**

Dumbledore - Type 2/3 - consistent, methodical, good-hearted, determined
1st Dumbledore (Richard Harris) - Type 2/3
2nd Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) - Type 3

Voldemort/Tom Riddle - Type 4 - wants to be the best, cynical (this can happen when T4's don't manage their critical eye), thinks there should only be one kind of wizard - black and white
Ralph Fiennes - Type 4

Hagrid - Type 1/2 - loves animals, loves kids, gentle and caring
Robbie Coltrane - Type 1

Snape - Type 4 - loner, keeps promises
Alan Rickman - Type 4

Draco Malfoy - Type 4 - thinks he's better than everyone
Tom Felton - Type 4

Neville Longbottom - Type 2 - timid, trusting
Matthew Lewis - Type 2/4 or 4/2

Ginnie Weasley - not sure - Type 2 or 4
Bonnie Wright - Type 4

Professor Umbridge - Type 1 - a depressed Type 1 that wants control and power - ooh, I don't like her!
Imelda Stauton - Type 1

Sirius Black - Type 3 or Type 4
Gary Oldman - Type 4/1

Bellatrix Lestrange - Type 4 - just plain evil
Helena Bonham Carter - Type 4

And there are way too many to go on. But I covered the most important. I hope you enjoyed that list!

Most were exactly how I imagined, except for Voldermort. I wanted his cheeks to be sunken deep, and his look to be more life-like and dangerous. I think he looks like a wanna-be snake, not as scary as I was hoping. This is closer to how I imagined him:

This is a picture of the actor who plays Mr. Filch.
Kind of ironic - they should have casted him as Voldemort, very scary.

Oh and of course, I must type the creator of all this magic - JK Rowling. She has been a little tricky for me, I thought she was a Type 3 for a long time, but looking closer I think she is a Type 2 with a secondary 3. Let's here it for 2/3's! Woohoo.

This was said of her success: "According to Forbes, Jo is the first person to become a billionaire by writing books and is the second richest female entertainer (behind Oprah) in the world." Read the entire article here.

Are you a Harry Potter fan? Do you agree with what my Typing? If you aren't a Harry Potter fan, what is your favorite book series?

If you don't know your Type go here or here.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Caribbean Cruise!

Tanner and I just recently returned from a cruise in the Eastern Caribbean. It was a lot of fun and very relaxing. Before I was married I went on 2 cruises, they were fun, but I think going on a cruise as a married person is much more fun! 

Last year we cruised the Mexican Riviera on Royal Caribbean. That cruise was a blast!! We loved every port and the boat had a lot of fun on-board activities as well.

This time we went on Holland America. Tanner had been on Holland America before and thought the food was the best, so we chose Holland America.

We enjoyed Holland America, but next time we will choose Royal Caribbean again. Holland America doesn't offer as many on-board activities. Holland America Line attracts - how do I say it--- well, old people.

In fact, there were so many old people (65 +) I came up with a clever list of how you know you are on the Holland America cruise line:

1. There are more scooters and walkers than children.
2. There are more children taking care of their parents than parents taking care of their children.
3. The comedians best jokes are about broken hips, empty nesters, and funerals.
4. There is no wedding chapel, but rather a 50-year anniversary room.
5. Tums and Alca seltzer are offered at the end of every buffet line.
6. Instead of a Midnight Snack at 12AM it's at 5:30PM (and breakfast is at 4AM).
7. Bingo is packed every night - Wii adventure rooms is - well, me and Tanner.
8. Instead of a vacation cruise it is a service opportunity for all the younger travelers. (I don't know how many times I helped a little old lady cross the gangway.)
9. The salon offers weekly perms.
10. The pools are empty - because the old ladies don't want to ruin the above mentioned perm. (Major plus!)

Haha, well not all those are exactly true, but I had fun making them up. I'm not ragging on Holland America - the service was wonderful, staff was friendly, and the ship was very nice, and actually I prefer a quieter boat. We just had a little too much time on it. .

For example, because of the Carnival cruise ship that lost power recently, regulations require that all ships have all generators in working condition. Well, our 3rd generator was broken - which I guess was no big deal, but better safe than sorry. So we sat in port until they fixed it. It was supposed to be ready 12 hours after we boarded, but ended up taking 36 hours! So we were in port for 2 days! They compensated us with 10% of what we paid in on board credit, but we missed our first port in the Grand Turks. :(

So, needless to say the first few days, were well - relaxing. I had a head cold and was grateful for all the rest I could get and a spa service!

Our first port then was Puerto Rico. We did a carriage ride around the city and toured a giant old fort. It was pretty cool. But nothing too special there.

It was funny, because the sides of the top of the carriage came down
so far it was hard to see anything!
At the fort.

Our next port was in the Caribbean at St. Martin, which is half French and half Dutch. I was able to speak a little French and get a crepe! That was a lot of fun. We went on a catamaran out to a natural reserve island which was apparently, also a nude beach - thanks French ladies for the cultural experience! We snorkeled and enjoyed the amazingly warm water! The catamaran ride was so much fun. I love love love the water and sailing on catamarans!

On the can tell it's winter at home! Whities!

I thought the front would be a good spot! I was right!
After. So glad the water was warm,
we were dunked about 12 more times!
Raising the mast

The final port was Holland America's private island in the Bahamas. It was a beautiful island where we enjoyed time with Stingrays, beach time, and beach volleyball with some other couples. I love volleyball and am actually quite good at it. I am now looking into joining a city league!

It was a great trip. Low-key, relaxing and a small dose of adventure. The food was fantastic - Tanner was right! If you haven't been on a cruise, the eating alone is worth it. You can order anything you want, as many times as you want! I thought more people would take advantage of that, but surprisingly they didn't. Tanner and I ordered multiple entrees every night, as well as all the desserts and appetizers!

People would laugh at us, but really I was was laughing at them. They were missing out! I didn't eat them all, but I wanted to sample everything. (I wish I had a picture of Lobster night! Tanner had 4 plates!) True, I did feel a little wasteful and glutenous, but hey, that's what cruises are made for, right?! ;)

Have you been on a cruise? What is your favorite cruise line and destination?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Get the Look for Less!

Woohoo! Who loves finding a great deal?! I do! I do! Whether it's an item on sale or you find the same look for less - it is so exciting! I just recently found a few looks for less!

Here they are:

I saw this lovely coat at and immediately put it on my wish list hoping that the price tag of $238 would go down...down...down...


Then one day my mom surprised me with this beauty! When I first saw it I thought she had purchased the one from Anthropologie! But it was just a look-alike. She found it at Target and knew I would love it! And it was only $60. Love this look...for less.

Target - Merona

The next one may not seem as exciting - but there is a part of me that thinks feet!

Last year I bought a pair of UGG Coquette Slippers and they have served me well. So much so, that I wore them right down to the sole. No more fluff. :( Well, I new I had to replace them, but with a price tag of $99 I was going to wait until Christmas...

UGG Coquette
But then one day while in Costco...I laid my eyes on an identical pair - but they only cost $27! I am wearing them now and they are just as divine! Hooray!

Kirkland Coquette

What looks are you loving for less?

Sunday, November 21, 2010

I am thankful. Part 2.

My first post was getting a little long so I am going to finish up here. Please feel free to add your thankfuls here or on the first post. Go here to see what this is all about.

368. The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom
369. Bestie ten Boom's amazing example of giving thanks for all things (even fleas)
370. BYU Basketball games
371. My vocal teacher, Barbara
372. My new coat from Anthropologie
373. Homemade Pumpkin Pie with real pumpkins
374. Fruit leather
378. Larabars
379. Conversion in Christ
380. The power of Christ to do all things
381. Crunchy foods
382. Hot glue guns
383. wool tights
384. Score Mobile app
385. Brighton Ski Resort
386. Christmas lights
387. The Gospels
388. Faith
389. Charity
390. Credit Cards
391. Finding money in places you didn't know you left it
392. taking a hot bath after snowboarding all day
393. Jibbin' rails on the snowboard - and the courage to do it
394. Fresh powder
395. Tulips
396. Paper
397. Printers
398. Disneyland and DisneyWorld
399. Glass
400. Mirrors
401. Tweezers
402. Life Centre pool with bubble
403. Automatic doors when my hands are full
404. Shopping Carts
405. Nice Government workers
406. The new salt solution - so I don't have to swim in chlorine
407. Stuffing
408. Pecan Pie
409. True to the Faith booklet
410. The Strength of the Youth pamphlet
411. Service opportunities
412. Not having to shovel my driveway - thanks, Tanner
413. Mom's rolls
414. my wedding ring!
415. Tanner's wedding ring
416. bras
417. freckles
418. Harry Potter 7
419. J.K. Rowling
420. pianos
421. Violins
423. Roller coasters
424. Talking with Jenny on the phone
425. Rod Works
426. newspapers
427. the childlike feeling I get when I walk into Disneyland
428. Believing in Santa Claus
429. Crunchy chewy homemade chocolate chip cookies
430. Sucanat
431. Whole wheat
432. Kefir
435. Flax seed oil
436. Tampons
437. cleanses
438. remote controls
429. Nothing Bundt Cakes
430. Forever 21
431. Online shopping
432. ottomans
433. Our TV stand that has been in the family for 29 years
434. Good paint jobs
435. Pedicures
436. Manicures
437. Volleyball
438. Beaches
439. towels
440. Grabber hand warmers
441. Grabber screws
442. Impact Photographics
443. Type 1's
444. Type 2's
445. Type 3's
446. Type 4's
447. Hawaii
448. That Tanner and I never yell at each other or fight
449. That Tanner supports me in whatever I want to do
450. That I support Tanner in his sport's interests
452. Seth's voice
453. Baby Emma's sweet hair and cheeks
454. Finding out what someone is going to name their baby
455. Laren Lowder
456. Lacie Gregson
457. Cole Crowther and Tyler Wall in Lyulin
458. BILLA
459. Nail clippers
460. Finger nails
462. high lights in my hair
463. Tanner's gray hairs
464. Waking up to Tanner right next to me!
465. Trip to Thailand
466. Going to Japan at age 13
467. My trip to Brazil
468. That I got my Passport in 2 hours!
469. crying
470. Brian Regan
471. Sneezing
472. being sick and healing
473. being healthy
474. That I can move so quickly
475. my memory
476. My brain
477. muscles
478. quiet
479. quilts
480. Baby smell
481. funny stuff on
482. English accents
483. The idea of being a mom someday!
484. our Pottery Barn dishes
485. Free shipping
486. O Holy Night
487. Mariah Carey Christmas CD
488. that candy and sugar doesn't taste very good to me anymore
489. Preach My Gospel
490. Duner Kebabs
491. Crispy, crunchy fries
492. My big claw clip for my hair
493. Hanging out with friends
494. When Tanner sings to/for/about me
495. Tanner's sense of humor
496. That Tanner served a mission
497. Bloopers
498. My heart
499. my body
500. My eternal family - me and Tanner!

Hooray! I made it! I am truly so blessed and have so much for which to be thankful! I give thanks to my Heavenly Father for all of my many blessings!

List your thankfuls here or here.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Game Day Shirt (Creation #3)

It's that time of year (and has been for awhile, this post is long overdue). Football time! Before I married Tanner I had always enjoyed watching sports, but didn't do it much. Now that has all changed! I am a budding sports pro and have really gotten into College Football and Soccer (loved the World Cup!).

But there's just one little problem - how do you be a sport's fan and look cute at the same time?! Okay, that's a BIG problem. ;) I have done my share of dressing up for the games, but looking like a blue and white Oompa Loompa every week is just too much to ask.

Ready for the big game against FSU - uh, we lost.

If you go into any university's bookstore there will be plenty of team paraphernalia to choose from, but most the stuff just doesn't jive with me... It's pink when the team colors aren't (I don't know how pink snuck into the blue and white line-up), or it is a crew-neck tee (which I do not prefer), or it doesn't fit right, or it's too girly-girly, or it's too manly... You see the problem? So I did what any DIY-er would do and took looking cute into my own hands.

This is the jersey I wore last year - I know, bad. At least the team was doing well enough that I forgot about looking cute.

Boxy, manly and just plain ugly!

And this is how I look now! A stunning after shot! And I'm even Dressing My Truth!

Mission Cute: accomplished

Want to make your own Game Day Shirt?! Here is how I did it:

I got the basic idea here.

I cut up a gray cotton tee for the ruffles, then shaped them in a Y and sewed them on! Easy as that.

Here are some more fun things I have made for Game Days:

I had some tiny BYU earrings, but I like big earrings, so I stepped it up a notch.

I used floral tape to add some team colored feathers to a regular headband

Here's to the days of looking cute on the playing field! Go Cougars!

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Pssst...I have a secret.

No, I'm not pregnant. 

The secret is... I started singing lessons! It's sort of a big deal to me, because my sister Jenny has always been the singer in the family (she majored in Vocal Performance and is really good!) and I felt like that left no room for me to be a singer too. I have memories of wanting to sing and be good at it only to be made fun by my brothers or told that I can't sing by other family members. 

Those memories may have become exaggerated over the years, but whether or not it really happened that way, I felt like no one wanted to hear me sing, and have felt that way for a very long time. Yet, I have always know that I can carry a tune and that I do have a pretty voice, I just need a little practice and training. It has been on my mind lately, so I took some action and found a voice teacher in classifieds. I have been taking lessons for about 5 weeks now and I am making great progress. 

Tanner, of course, was the first to know. Then I confided in my sister Jenny. She was so excited for me and encouraged me to keep at it. (She was always the one throughout the years that wanted to hear me sing! Thanks, Jenny.) Then after a few weeks more I told my parents - and they were excited too! That made me so happy. I then spilled the beans to the rest of the family and will be inviting them all to my Christmas Recital!

It's so funny that it is such a big deal to me, but as mentioned - there are a lot of sensitive feelings around this topic. During my first lesson I almost burst into tears when I started singing - it was like I was letting my voice be heard for the first time and I didn't care if anyone didn't want to hear. I wanted to sing and I was going to - like it or not! As I continue to practice my voice gets louder and stronger (which I believe goes hand in hand with me getting over the issue of not being heard - and my own voice/opinions/ideas becoming louder and stronger.) Even as I write this I feel my singing lessons are more than just singing lessons - I am facing a longtime challenge and also some fears that I am ready to overcome.

I have had a few musical opportunities in the past, but this is the first time I have felt like I can really do it - and really want to.

I was in plays as a young girl - Tinker-bell in Peter Pan, a hobo in Annie, and best of all -  a Horse - Lead Horse that is! in Ciderella. My sister was the Fairy Godmother and did a fantastic job - but can you image the little bit of shame I must have felt dressed up as a horse next to my amazingly talented lead-star sister?! 

Me and the fellow horses. I wish I could get my hands on
that crushed white velvet one-piece again - so sexy! 
Jenny in the pink! Beautiful.
Check out my hand placement and perfectly pointed toe - no wonder I was lead horse!

Fast forward 9 years and I am on my mission as a member of the Ambassadors Traveling Choir. Well, if I can't (couldn't) sing, how did I land that job? Well, one of the other girls (great singer) didn't get her Visa to come to Bulgaria on time; and my companion at the time got sick and had to go home. So I got put into the choir. It was definitely the highlight of my mission! We traveled all over Bulgaria and sang for hundreds of Bulgarians. It was an amazing opportunity to share our beliefs through music. The other 7 members of the choir were really musically talented - so, I was named the MC. And, once again, can you imagine how unmusical and insignificant I felt when matched up with these pros? But, God had a plan. I was designated as the one to close the program by sharing my personal testimony of Jesus Christ every time in every city for 2 months. It was awesome! But when it came to singing - I was the odd woman out.

Check out one of my songs - Build Me Up Buttercup. I did have a lot of fun singing this one - since it was a playful song and I was more backup. (You can hardly hear me - proof that I was embarrassed to sing.)

The Ambassadors (Посланиците)
Singing on the streets and passing out invites to the concert
Doing my MC thing!
The whole group.
(During the Summer there are miles and miles of sunflowers in Bulgaria!)
Our tour bus!

So, I am turning a new leaf and I am thrilled about it! Not to say it is coming easy and I am ready to be America's next Idol - but I am doing something that I have wanted to do for a long time and getting better at it. Singing is challenging, but so rewarding when I get it right and hear my improvements. I am so grateful for this opportunity and for the support and encouragement I am receiving! I look forward to learning and growing and letting my voice be heard! la la la...

Lettin' my voice be heard, baby!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

I am thankful.

Every year since I can remember, it has been a family tradition starting on November 1st to write 1,000 things we are thankful for by Thanksgiving day.

We had a lot of fun doing this as a family. Often times during the month of November we would pass each other sitting at the counter hunched over the family journal writing a few things here and there. As time was getting short and we were falling behind, lists of the States, countries, and past presidents would pop up. (So much to be grateful for!) We would always invite friends and family visiting to contribute as well.

I have always loved this tradition! 1,000 is a lot - even when you have 7 people, plus friends contributing. Writing my thankfuls down always gave me an opportunity to reflect on all my blessings! I took this tradition with me to college and even with me on my mission. (While in the Missionary Training Center me and the other 12 missionaries in my group wrote over 2,000 thankfuls in just 3 weeks. It was so much fun.)

I usually buy a cheap notebook to record my thankfuls, but I thought this year I would record them here, online, with you!

So, as tradition would have it, I invite you and yours to add anything you are thankful for. My goal is to reach 1,000 - I will write 500 and with you making up the other 500.  (Wow! On the first day you guys reached the goal! Way to go. Well, just keep posting. Let's see how many we can get!)

Rules and Guidelines:
1. You can post whatever you are thankful for.
2. You can't repeat yourself, but you can repeat what others have already written if that is something for which you are truly grateful.
3. You can add some now and add some later - come back whenever you are feeling thankful.
4. Be creative! (I love to write old memories I am thankful for - and then to reminisce on the good times.)
*5. Number your thankfuls - start off from where the last person left.
6. There will be a Grand Prize for the most thankful poster (person with the most items listed).
7. If we get 1,000 thankfuls posted I will do a happy dance and post it on my blog.

Okay, here it goes!!!
(in no particular order - just whatever pops into my head.)

1. Christian Tanner Brown
2. Heavenly Father
3. Jesus Christ
4. My mom
5. My dad
6. Jenny
7. Chris - he's just an awesome guy!
8. Mark
9. Mario
10. warm showers
11. toilets
12. my Subaru
13. TV
14. my laptop
15. fast internet connections
16. sleeping in
17. my intelligel bed
18. my blend-tec total blender
19. bed intruder song (that's from Tanner)
20. my mission
21. The beautiful mountains outside my window
22. Seth
23. Joseph
24. electricity
25. apples
26. Green Smoothies
27. lucky numbers (27 is mine)
28. Grandma Judy
29. Granmarne
30. Grandpa Tuttle
31. Grandpa Wagner
32. Hawaii
33. my iPhone
34. Ticket to Ride - Europe Version
35. UNO
36. Lake Powell
37. Boating
38. Basking in the sunlight
39. Fall
40. Summer
41. Spring
42. Christmas time
43. Dance parties
44. Weddings
45. Flowers
46. Lavender
47. Oranges
48. Essential Oils
49. T-Tapp
50. Down Comforters
51. Washing machines
52. Really good vacuums
53. Hot tubs
54. Tooth brushes
55. Airplanes
56. Vacations
57. Family time
58. Marcy Brown and her optimistic look on everything
59. Roy Brown and his determination
60. Jenner Brown and his vast treasure chest of knowledge
61. Anna K. Findley and her awesomeness
62. Kent Findley and how nice is always is to me
63. McKinley Brown and her genius mind at creating things
64. Ali Brown and her smile
65. Tyler Brown and his weird sense of humor
66. Max Findley
67. Luke
68. Ryder
69. Sofia
70. Eli
71. Cute little Jack
72. Sweet baby Emma
73. Sara Vane (who connected me with Tanner!!)
74. Jake Vane and his righteous example
75. Gordon B. Hinckley
76. Latter-day Prophets and apostles
77. Thomas S. Monson
78. Deiter F. Uchtdorf
79. Dressing Your Truth
80. Working in a family company
81. Being able to work from home
82. Understanding my true nature
83. all my wonderful clothes and shoes that are perfect for me
84. My wonderful curly hair
85. my EGO professional blow dryer
86. always having enough money
87. Understanding and using the law of attraction
88. old journals
89. Teaching in Primary with Tanner
90. Our old and new Primary classes
91. Being an example to kids
92. Good friends
93. Meeting nice strangers
94. Seeing someone help someone else
95. snow blowers
96. Snow blower trucks (we would be stuck in our house all winter w/o them)
97. Watching college football with Tanner
98. Jessie Shurtleff
99. Fond memories of old friends
100. Sarah Tuttle and how she lives so true to who she is and her great love for her family
101. Jaleah Tuttle and her enthusiasm and light
102. Tony Allen and his dedication
103. Gelato
104. Homemade cookies
105. Soups
106. Chocolate
107. Deal or No Deal at the arcade
108. The rare hole-in-one or strike
109. Facebook
110. my time in France
111. Marie and Kokoe and their friendship while in France
112. The 3 other American girls in France
113. Old Main at USU
114. The French language
115. Being trilingual
116. Art (thanks, Mrs. Hughes)
117. couches
118. Foam to roll my muscles out on
119. Personal trainers
120. Massages!
121. Chiropractors
122. Having friends over for dinner
123. President and Sister Bennett
124. My wreaths
125. Rod Works
126. Sales
127. My costume collection
128. Smells that remind me of times past
129. campfires and camping
130. Agave and cane sugar
131. organic produce
132. trying a new recipe and loving it!
133. Compliments - giving and receiving
134. Amazing Dressing Your Truth customers, who make my job so much fun!
135. Inspiration
136. Being able to tell someone's Type by looking at them or being with them and then being able to honor them for who they are
137. Christmas trees
138. 1st season of Arrested Development
139. All the Harry Potters - books and movies
140. The amazing group of friends I had in high school
141. my dehydrator
142. fruit leather
143. health bars
144. eating something when I am so hungry
145. Always having water at my disposal - especially Kangen Water
146. Coconut - oil, meat, juice
147. Grass fed beef
148. strawberries
149. bananas
150. Odwalla Orange Juice
151. Nuts and seeds
152. Planting something and watching it grow and then eating it!
153. My Gardenia and that I could nurture it back to life.
154. Amazing assistants at work - Ashley, Megan, Kalista
155. jeans that fit and are comfortable
156. find deals!
157. my ability to sew and create new things
158. kissing
159. more than kissing :)
160. that Tanner never ceases to tell me how much he loves me!
161. Tanner's easy-going nature - he never gets mad
162. Temple Marriage
163. Temples around the world
164. A closer Temple for the Bulgarians (Kiev)
165. My membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
166. Warm feet
167. My UGG slipper
168. My Asics
169. Red Mango
170. New York City
171. Bikes
172. Riding my bike in the early morning
173. Sore muscles after a good workout
174. Dave Ryland and my Master's Swim group
175. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
176. Digital Cameras
177. Music
178. Sarah McLachlan
179. yummy candles
180. perfume samples in magazines
181. Gossip magazines from time to time
182. Cruises
183. free food samples
184. Going somewhere warm in the winter
185. pens that write nicely
186. All my teachers over the years
187. Julie Anne Herger Beck and The Velvet Crew
188. Snowboarding
189. The courage that I once had to ride giant rails
190. laughing really hard with Tanner
191. Tanner's eyes when he smiles
192. Tanner's hugs
193. eating dinner at the table with Tanner
194. my wedding dress and veil
195. My wedding day!!!
196. The Bountiful Temple
197. Quinn Gardner
198. My Aunts and Uncles
199. That I am such great friends with all my siblings
200. naps
201. basecamp to do lists
202. farm fresh eggs
203. the Brown Town chicken coop
204. Animal Planet
205. Disco
206. Discovery Channel
207. Roller skates
208. warm Autumn weather
209. Laffy Taffy jokes
210. Corn Chowder
211. Organic Red Bell Pepper
212. Pesto
213. Peanut Butter
214. International Travel and the exciting feeling it brings
215. That I get to go on a cruise with Tanner next week
216. Finding out where people are going on their missions
217. day planners
218. delete button
219. copy and paste
220. libraries
221. online library holding systems
222. Reading a really good book
223. The Help
224. Ginger
225. Black licorice! YUM!
226. Chia Seed
227. Regular bowel movements
228. Camelbak water bottles
229. Saturday Sampler Quilting
230. the Garbage man
231. The Postman
232. Getting packages in the mail
233. Orange peelers
234. Remembering dreams
235. Sleep talkers
236. Babies right when they wake up and are so cute and cuddly
237. The Dressing Your Truth Share Program that I am helping to create
238. Reading old yearbooks
239. Waiting until I was 23 to get married
240. The United States of America
241. The right to vote
242. Talk radio (105.7FM/NPR)
243. Dr. Laura
244. Remembering Wholeness
245. That my parents were always ahead of the game and taught me to think positively to create the best life possible - it's working - thanks mom and dad!
246. That I have always had a good job
247. My blanky
248. Meeting people who think I am a "star" or "celebrity" - how cool is that?!
249. Seductress lipstick
250. Attraction, Sugar Rush and Confidential eyeshadows worn all together
251. Makeup in general
252. Eyebrow wax (if you need a great waxer, ask for Elizabeth here - tell her I sent you.)
253. Steam rooms
254. Sea Salt
255. Freeways
256. The masterminds who create the plans for construction
257. Jocco
258. My time at BYU-Hawaii
259. Caitlin Beck
300. The Center for Living Your Truth
301. Our inventory system
302. Getting my makeup and hair care at a discount
303. walking
304. butterflies
305. gum
306. Costco
307. Spinach
308. Nicole Kinateder and Emily Price and the Dressing Your Truth Salon
309. nieniedialogues and her inspirations
310. that I know how to drive
311. that I always have enough money for gas
312 Settebello Pizzeria
313. Jazz games
314. BYU games on sunny days!
315. hot chocolate - the real stuff
316. pictures
317. staplers
318. The Book of Mormon
319. The Bible
320. Joseph Smith
321. Prayer
322. Pepper
323. Salt
324. Butternut Sqaush
325. HD TV
326. Netflix
327. Natural Brew Rootbeer
328. Crockpots
329. the perfect size spoon
330. Watermelon
331. Grilling
332. Pizza Bob's
333. Razors
334. The feeling after shaving my legs
335. Gift cards
336. socks that fit right
337. shampoo and conditioner
338. body wash and loofas
339. microwaves
340. The Ensign magazine
341. iPhoto
342. iTunes
343. Pages
344. Microsoft Word
345. Throat Lozenges
346. The smell of coffee beans
347. knifes
348. Herbal Tea
349. Heater
350. AC
351. Irons
352. Down East warehouse jeans
353. Kleenex
354. paint
355. joints and that I can bend them
356. my mom's cooking
357. bean bags
358. playing in the ocean waves
359. a quiet house
360. Snowfall on Christmas Even
361. The New Testament
362. Thinking of Jesus when He was a child
363. Christmas songs
364. Christmas Carolers
365. Bright colors
366. Vacuum marks on the carpet
367. Clean surfaces

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween to everyone!  I love dressing up for Halloween. What are you going to be?

Tanner and I dressed up as Mr. and Mrs. Incredible for a party last night. (Not very original, at least when compared to my other costumes over the years.)

Check out some of my best costumes to date!


1997 - The Wizard of Oz Crew (I'm the Scare Crow)

2005 - iPod 3G and ear buds. We won the costume contest!

2009 - The Tooth Fairy
(look close and you will see my Billy Bob teeth)
You can find anything on the internet - including giant tooth brushes!

And this is my very, very favorite costume of all time! The night before the big Halloween party, my friend Jessie and I weren't sure what we were going to be, but then...while I was playing around with the fur on the hoodie I was wearing, pretending it was beard it hit me! Like a flash of inspiration!

2004 - An Amish Couple
I think I look like a 12 year old boy! Haha! We went to the huge party on campus and no one recognized us. The guys kept calling me, "Babe-raham Lincoln!"  I don't think Amish have ever danced so hard! 

What are some of your most favorite costumes over the years?!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

7 things you wouldn't expect from me...

As a Type 2 Subtle, Soft woman there are things that I do in my life that you probably wouldn't expect.

The Type 2 Woman is described as the following:

"Type 2 Energy is an introvert expression, moving in a subtle and connected flow to create in this world. As a Type 2, you express a medium to medium-low movement. You move through life in a naturally subdued, calming, flowing movement. Other keywords that describe the movement of this energy in a dominant Type 2 woman are: blended, soft, steady, easy-going, relaxed, connected, nurturing, comforting, warm and detail-oriented."

(Taken from Dressing Your Truth: Discover Your Personal Beauty Profile, by Carol Tuttle, pg. 89.)

That is me! I am definitely a soft, subtle woman. For proof go here. But in no way does that mean I am boring or weak! (Let that be a lesson to my fellow Type 2's.)

Then there are things that I do that wouldn't seem to fit under the description of the Type 2. But it's me! That's the beautiful thing about Energy Profiling - it's helps me understand my true nature, but also allows me to be me as the unique person that I am! I have permission to be me in all aspects of my life!

(Also, I think the my secondary Type 3 nature definitely gives me a feisty side! And is the influence on the list below.)

1. Honk at people who don't notice the green light.
2. Go dancing! I love to get my groove on.
3. Dress up for nearly every holiday (especially Halloween!!!)
4. Pick my fruit with out looking at the quality of it. (Bruises, scratches? Oops, didn't notice.)
5. Tell naughty jokes at bridal showers.
6. Yell at referees and athletes (in a deep "man" voice).
7. Shamelessly return things without the receipt or box. (Got over $300 in cash from Bed, Bath and Beyond gift cards.)

So, this is for my Type 2 friends that sometimes start to think Type 2's are boring and uninteresting. Au contaire! Just look at me! I'm amazing. Haha, just kidding. But really we all are amazing in our own unique way.

What are some things that you do that don't fit the "classic" description of each Type?

Don't know your Type? Go here to find out.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Take Me Home, Country Roads the place I belong. West Virginia. Mountain Momma. Take me home, country roads.

I just got back from an amazing 6 days with my wonderful sister and her family. Jenny is my only sister and is so special to me! We had such a good time being together.

Jenny and her boys (Tony, Seth and Joseph) live in Morgantown, West Virginia where Tony is doing his Opthmology residency at a local hospital. They will be there for 3 more years. Seth is 3 and Joseph is 15 months. I love these little boys with all my heart. There is something really special about your own sister's kids. They are very very dear to me.

Tanner didn't come with me on this trip, just me, just sisters.

This post will be a lot of pictures. You know how it is when you are with kids (especially not having any of my own), everything they do is soooo cute and must be documented.

I arrived on Thursday morning after taking the red-eye (not fun) and that night we headed out for some camping down in the country. I sat between the 2 car seats for the whole "1.5 hour" drive (that's what Tony said it would was really 3 hours). But, no hard feelings, I was just happy to be with the family.

Nice and cozy!

Camping was so much fun. The first night and day was rainy and a little cold, but Saturday was so nice and sunny. I was so amazed by all the trees, being a desert girl myself.

Our little tent with our cozy bunk beds.
Annie Bannie and Sethie Bethie. (Seth thinks that is hilarious.) 

Beautiful Fall Colors.

Again, amazed at how fast stuff grows here.

The Little Troopers. They were so good all weekend.

Seth and his sticks. We were pretend hunters looking for Tigers. 

It's so wet here mushrooms grow on trees!

That night we enjoyed a local band and some local eats (worst baked beans I've ever had...)

The main reason we went camping was to attend Bridge Day, an annual festival that features people jumping off a 900-foot bridge and parachuting into the river or to the shore. There were over 500 jumpers and each jumped at least twice. Needless to say, there was plenty of entertainment all day long! We watched the jumpers from the bottom by the river and then went to the top of the bridge and watched them do flips and twirls off the top. The whole idea is pretty bizarre, but it was really cool!

On our way to the bridge. Swinging Seth in the air. I wish I could still do that.
We were planning on walking a lot, but some friendly people picked us up in the bus!
West Virginians are such nice folk!
New River Gorge Bridge
This guy is from Kansas. People came from all over to watch and jump.

The top! They can jump off the diving board or the ledge.
(The red cage is for photographers.)

Bombs Away!!!

Jenny got hit in the face by a leaf. This is our re-enactment.

After Bridge Day was over we headed back to Morgantown. The rest of the trip was just family time. Seth and I went to the park with "BearCuddly." We went to the rec center for some swimming, Jenny took me on the grand tour of downtown Morgantown (which took about 3 minutes), I had lots of play time with the boys, and we finished it up with some shopping in Pittsburgh.

Seth got in this big bag and I would zip it up and take him around the house
and he would have to guess where we were. It was so much fun!

Seth was so excited to show me his costume collection.
This year for Halloween he is going to be the dinosaur.
Such a snuggly little guy! 

Joseph loves to move!
It was hard to get a still shot of him.
Joseph's Halloween costume.

Morgantown is really nice. It reminds me of Logan, Utah (where I attended Utah State University). It has a nice cozy feeling, lots of college kids, big trees and not a lot of nice buildings. The people are so friendly as well - a stark contrast to the city folk of Pittsburgh (rude lady, mean cop).

It was a such a wonderful trip! I love Jenny so much! She is so kind and encouraging to all. I appreciate her sense of humor and desire to live righteously. She is an amazing person and sister. She has always been there to lift me up and make me laugh. I love you, Jenny!