Monday, January 20, 2014

Setting Goals

As everyone knows, January is a time when everyone sets resolutions for what they'd like to do for the new year. I've been thinking a lot about goals lately as our family is reaching some big milestones this year. So here are my goals that I want to work on this year.

Healthier/More Active: I've been feeling really sluggish and unhealthy the last few months and it's about time I did something about it. I've been really working hard on eating healthier and less the last few weeks and I already feel better. I'm also getting a membership at the Lehi Legacy Rec Center so I can do some Zumba classes with my sister-in-law, go swimming with Marcus and the kids, and just be more active. I'm very excited about this!

Daily Scripture Reading/Journal Writing: I feel these go together because I like to have my journal nearby while I'm reading my scriptures so I can record feelings or thoughts that come to mind when I read. And I also really love the idea of recording this time of our life. The kids do so many cute and funny things and I want to have those things recorded. I had a really great habit of this going over the summer and somehow fell out of it so I'm determined to get back into it.

Make Quality Time with the Kids: The kids and I spend all day at home together. But some days at the end of the day I look back and think that I didn't spend enough quality time with them. They played their toys and watched their shows but I didn't interact with them like I would like. I'm determined to make sure I am involved in playing toys with them or doing activities that they really love. It makes me happy when they're happy.

Graduate from Law School/Get a Job: Okay so really this is Marcus' goal but it is also a family endeavor so it's something we're working on together. This is Marcus' last semester of Law School. He graduates in April and sometimes we can't believe it's almost here. And then a lot of the time we feel like we've been in school forever and it'll never end. But I am so proud of how hard Marcus has worked and I know it will really bless our family. We don't have a job lined up yet but we're starting the application process and we both feel really good that everything will work out. We will get a job and we'll move out of my parent's house to our own place and those are two goals we are very excited about! (Not that we don't love my parents and really appreciate them helping us out by letting us live in the basement. Really- it's been a huge blessing!)

So basically my goals focus around me being a better wife, mother, and person. I'm excited for this year and the growth and change it will bring to our family!

Happy 2014 Everyone!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

My Public Service Announcement

Hello all you fellow iPhone lovers out there! I, like many of you, love the handiness of being able to just pull out my phone to snap a quick picture or take a video. It's so handy and awesome. And then posting it to social media couldn't be easier. So here's my public service announcement for all you users out there:


Seriously, stop. Recording videos while holding your phone vertical cuts out most of the picture you are trying to capture. Even if your capturing your cute baby walking so you think you should hold it vertical since that's how they're standing- don't. It's wrong. You always, ALWAYS, hold the phone horizontal. Always. That is the way the iPhones are meant to record videos. I promise, you will get better videos by doing this.


Thank you. And you're welcome. (You can thank my father for making this a pet peeve of mine).

Now go record those cute videos we all can't wait to see!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


I want to do a post on Christmas morning but while I'm waiting to get those pictures from my dad, I want to talk a little about my newest hobby- quilting! I've started feeling more comfortable sewing and so I've recently completed two quilts ON MY OWN. This is big. Usually my mom does a lot of the work for me. :)

This quilt I made for my best friend of 12 years- Leah. Ten of those years we haven't even lived in the same state. She is awesome. She is always there for me even though we are so far away. I'm so lucky and grateful she is my friend.
Johnny really wanted this to be his quilt. He's pouting hoping I wouldn't take the quilt away to send to Leah.
My dear friend and former college roommate Kate recently had her second baby girl. Kate and Brock are those friends that it doesn't matter how long it's been since we've hung out, when we get together we pick right back up. I love that we have that kind of friendship with them and I hope it never ends.

When she had her first daughter in 2011, I made her the green and pink themed quilt below.
So when baby Norah was born, I knew she needed her own quilt as well. 
I love making quilts- especially for such great friends. Now I want to make some for my family members. Quilting is such a fun hobby!