it's true what they say

andrew and i went out on a date last friday night.  it consisted of free costa vida, a free movie (we bought a zoo... loved it), and then a $5 nielson's frozen custard. all in all we spent $5.67 on our amazing night out.  who says you have to spend a lot when you go out? :) (Just be nice enough to people so they give you gift cards...hee hee)

i was just thinking about something at my desk. you wanna hear what it is? alright... here it goes:

date nights are so important in a relationship (especially when we have been married for SOOO long like andrew and myself).  i don't think andrew and i have taken the time to go out on a "date" just the two of us for quite some time. 

i came across this general conference talk by Russell M. Nelson titled "Nurturing Marriages". in it he brings up this great quote:

"Marriage brings greater possibilities for happiness than does any other human relationship. Yet some married couples fall short of their full potential. They let their romance become rusty, take each other for granted, allow other interests or clouds of neglect to obscure the vision of what their marriage really could be. Marriages would be happier if nurtured more carefully."

i feel that this quote is so true- that so many of us let our romance become rusty and we take each other for granted. it wasn't until we were sitting in the movie theater and andrew was over the top flirting with me, that i realized that he still makes me giddy! he still makes me smile and laugh and appreciate the man that i married.

i have always known how important it is to "date" your spouse, but i guess i get too caught up in my own business to really make it happen.  after this weekend, i have a new resolve to date my husband each week, every day, any moment i can get.  i want to continue to have those butterflies throughout our lives together.

here's to a good ol' fashioned date night!

Moral of the Story...

I had to get this out in the open… because it is more than slightly embarrassing but pretty darn funny at the same time.

Today I went to the gym. At my work. Where fellow co-workers can walk into the gym at any time. The personal trainer (who is a girl) walked through the gym several times, right behind me. What relevance does this have with anything?? Well, let me tell you.

Today I also walked a mile on a treadmill, biked 2 miles, did some abs, and stretched all before I realized that a black, small, lacy piece of underwear was stuck to my white/red basketball shorts the whole time. On the outside. Stuck to the material of my right butt cheek. Where I had NO IDEA.

I hurried and grabbed it and shoved it into my shorts and just continued stretching as if nothing happened. Picked up the yoga mat that I was using and slyly slipped downstairs to the locker room.

Moral of the story: Always check your clothes before you go out in public to make sure clothes didn’t get stuck together in the dryer. Also Moral of the Story: If you are a girl and you see underwear stuck to another girls butt… maybe go up and tell them!

All I can do is laugh at this unfortunate situation! And just keep going to the gym as if nothing ever happened!

Happy Thursday!

so glad i went to this one

Wow. All I can say is that I LOVE Temple Sealings! I have had the chance to go to several temple sealings and I am so so grateful that I went to the one today! Hattie Nicole Gardner married Justin “Juice” Lake in the Salt Lake Temple and it was one of the best sealings to date (not counting mine, because I think it’s a law that you have to like yours over everyone elses!) I just sat there in the ceremony so struck with the spirit and amazed at the awesome, loving plan of our Heavenly Father and that these two were entering into a covenant that would allow them to live together forever for all eternity. There was so much love in that room and I couldn’t help but cry my little eyes out! I think it meant so much to me also because I know Justin and Nikki so well (We all go back to the Jr. High days… like legit friendship right there.)

I sat in the sealing just trying to soak up every word that the sealer said (he was Nikki’s grandpa which made it even more special!) and now I want to write down what I could remember- because it was that good! So here we go:

He started out with a story of when he got married about 50 years ago. He thought about who he wanted to seal him and he decided on Spencer W. Kimball (Sweet, I know.) So the then Elder Kimball agreed to do it and before he took them into the Sealing room with all the family, Elder Kimball took them into another separate room and gave them individual counsel. He told the wife (Sister Howard now) all about the meaning of an eternal marriage and now the different things that she will have to do to uphold her husband and honor the priesthood. Brother Howard thought he was getting off scotch clean and thought that was all the counsel Elder Kimball had for them! But little did he know… :)

So Elder Kimball then turned to Brother Howard and said, “Brother Howard, do you know what it means to preside?” Brother Howard having just returned home from his mission, said, “Of Course! It means that I decide what we are going to do and everyone follows!” (My wording might be off, but just bare with me!) Elder Kimball looked at Brother Howard and said, “Brother Howard, do you remember your first full proselyting day in the mission?” “Yes,” Brother Howard said. Elder Kimball then said, “I bet you got up, worked out, studied, spent all day out knocking doors and contacting people, skipped lunch, finally came home around 9:00 and you were ready to be done and go to bed. But then I bet your Sr. Companion encouraged you to get ready for bed and then he instructed that on a mission you pray together as a companionship morning and night. I bet he told you that you thank God for your blessings and pray for your investigators. Then I bet he said, “I will lead out tonight’s prayer, and then we will take turns from here on out.”” Elder Kimball paused and then looked at Brother Howard and said, “That is what presiding means. You, as the Priesthood holder “Lead out” and then you take turns from here on out. Sometimes it means that you lead out in forgiveness, or lead out in family prayer, but you lead out and then take turns. Marriage is an equal partnership where not one is greater than the other.”

Elder Howard then turned to Nikki and Justin and said, “This does not mean that in your marriage one is 49% and the other 51%... this means that both of you are 50/50. No matter what. I’m sure there will be times in your marriage that you will get ornery with each other or a fight may occur. This is when one of you leads out and takes the turn to make things equal again. This means that not one of you dominates and makes all the decisions.” Brother Howard continued on all about how it’s the Priesthood’s role to “Lead Out” and set an example but that both man and wife are in it together. (Obviously that doesn’t mean that the wife doesn’t have to Lead Out sometimes or set an example… equal partnership people. :))

He shared about how in the Doctrine and Covenants, there is a scripture that talks about how in the Celestial Kingdom, there are 3 kingdoms (in the Celestial Kingdom alone!) and how eternal marriage merits you to enter into the top kingdom of the Celestial Kingdom. But he tied this into how marriage will be work and how even though they are covenanting today that will allow them to make it to the top kingdom, that it isn’t over yet. There is work to do to make sure they stay eligible for that blessing.

That is the jist of what was spoken about today and I loved it so much. I truly do love going to sealings and to listen to the blessings that were given to Andrew and I almost TWO years ago! It is a true reminder of how great the Gospel is and how even though we are humans, we have great blessings and promises in store for us.

Congrats Nikki and Justin! I am so excited for you two and I wish you the happiest of years ahead of you! I’m excited to go on double dates with you two and for us to grow old together! Love you both so much!!


I saw this idea on this here blog and thought it a good one. I would like to put a "pause" on my "26 Things to do in my 26th Year"
and focus a little more on what I want to do with my husband,
a.k.a. Andrew. 

hike mt. timpanogos and see caves
do a video shoot out at saltair
run in a relay race (ragnar or the like)
take andrew skiing at snowbird
start or get on a bowling league (ah ya)
camp and hike in zions
go on a hot air balloon ride

travel through europe
live in hawaii together
create our own self sustaining business
go on a cruise together
go to bora bora
serve a mission as a couple

go fishing/hunting in alaska
become a successful fly fisherman
graduate with a bachelors degree
serve a mission (canada, calgary)

a floating fly fishing trip in chile
make $200,000 dollars a year eventually leading to becoming a millionaire.
or grow a company that was as rapid and as profitable as google... :)
 raise a family, see them serve missions, temple marriage, grandkids etc.
 change someone's life, then do it again
convince my wife everyday that I love being with her.

become a mom
bachelors degree
serve a mission (canada, calgary)
sew a quilt
go back to school for a film degree
update my blog once a week for a year

went inside to do work
Cardston, Alberta 
Logan, Utah
Bountiful, Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
Provo, Utah
Laie, Hawaii

Jordan River, Utah
Mt. Timanogos, Utah
St. George, Utah
San Diego, CA
Washington D.C. Temple

2012 Dreamin

I stole this quote off of my friend DeeAura's blog- and I will never be able to write such an inspiring story to go with it, but I thought I should share it with you all! :) Oh and this makes me want to finish my "26 Things to do in my 26th Year" list... maybe someday I'll get around to finishing it!

"God expects you to have enough faith, determination, and trust in Him to keep moving, keep living, keep rejoicing. He expects you not simply to face the future; He expects you to embrace and shape the future - to love it, rejoice in it, and delight in your opportunities.
God is eagerly waiting for the chance to answer your prayers and fulfill your dreams, just as He always has. But He can't if you don't pray, and He can't if you don't dream. In short, He can't if you don't believe."

-Jeffrey R. Holland

I believe that 2012 will be an OUTSTANDING year with great opportunities awaiting Andrew and myself if we just keep believing and moving forward with our dreams! Here is to 2012!