Monday, August 6, 2012

Meet Mike

Meet the man I am going to marry.
  • Age 22 (approximately 27 days older than me)
  • Majoring in Neuroscience at BYU, going into Dental or Medical (still deciding)
  • 6' 3" :)
  • Attractive
  • From Springville, Utah
  • Went on his mission to Russia
  • Cellist, Soccer player, Volleyball player, Pianist, excellent singer...
  • Loves all things chocolate, going out to eat, swimming, guitar hero, iphones, and learning new things
  • Hates being hot, shopping, rude people and traffic
  • We met through a mutual friend (who is now very proud of introducing us)
  • He is patient (which is a quality someone needs if they are going to marry me)
  • Comes from a great family
  • Magnet to little kids and loooves playing with them
  • Sometimes timid and quiet when around a big group of people (opposites attract right?)
  • Makes me laugh and laughs at my lame jokes
  • Most importantly he wants to get married in the temple and raise a family in the church
Here's to starting my life with an amazing man! November 17 can't come soon enough

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

When I was little...

  • I thought I was pregnant, because of a food belly. I was so worried my parents would disown me.
  • I thought sex consisted of a man and woman in bed. That's all.
  • My biggest worry was getting home from school in time for Arthur
  • I would lick my lips to the death because I wanted natural "red" lips
  • I thought bunions were normal and would make fun of my friends for not having bunions on their feet.
  • I thought menstrual periods were non-stop - 24/7. So glad that's not the case
"Every true genius is bound to be naive." :)
     -Friedrich Schiller

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


I've done this for a few years now and I thought I'd continue the tradition...

This past year was an unforgettable one with memories that I will cherish forever. Rather than bore all of you (or the 2 people that actually read my blog), I'm going to do a year in review with pictures :)

In 2011 I have....

Spent numerous hours completing art projects for my minor. Here is one of the projects...I replicated a Kandinsky painting. 

Visited one of my good friends in the hospital after she gave birth to baby Emmett

Spent hundreds of hours laughing with this chicka while we lived together Winter 2011 semester.
Taken my first drawing class and completed this sucker for the final project. 

Gone on a weekend trip to Vegas with some friends.

Spent some time with Alex and his sister up in Idaho one weekend. And also took this high quality photo.

Been in one of my best friend's wedding. Also, said goodbye to my longtime friend & roommate, Linsey for a year and a half.

Said goodbye to my family for a few months while I lived in Europe.

Visited Sydney in Paris with Brittany before I headed over to England.

Been amazed by the size of the Eiffel Tower

Seen this infamous painting in real life (see first photo)
Traveled across the pond over the England and fell in love instantly.

Met these amazing folks (along with others) and had a blast exploring Europe with them.

Waited in a 7 hour line to see a Wimbledon match. Oh, and also tried the amazing strawberries and cream :) 

Visited the lovely Ireland (also fell in love with Irish people.)
Seen Wicked in LONDON :) 

Worked with these amazing people and gained a greater appreciation & knowledge for Interior Design.

Spent my last few days in England with my mum & sis. Unforgettable memories.
Made a pit stop on my way home from  Europe in Houston to visit my family.
Rolled a 3-wheeler on a cabin trip with some friends. (Picture taken BEFORE the traumatic experience)
Gone to conference with some old friends.

Attended my first Murder Mystery while having my voice completely gone. So fun.

Ditched a date to go to a BYU game with one of my best friends.
Volunteered at the Utah Food Bank with my co-workers.
Celebrated Brittany's birthday with life-long friends.

Annnd last but not least, my family and I gave my parents a makeover for one of their bathrooms. Thanks to Laurel and Kevin's handyman skills, it turned out really awesome!

Here's to another great year! Bring on 2012 :)

Sunday, November 27, 2011


Last night I had a chat with a good friend about how I've been having a hard time being determined. Being determined to set and achieve goals. Being determined to read more than a verse of my scriptures each night. Being determined to eat healthy, resist the chocolate. I've just felt like I'm having a hard time progressing. And we all know when we are not progressing, we are digressing.

I know I want to be a better person, but I'm really having a hard time being determined and achieving each goal. Church today was really amazing and I felt like we talked a lot about our potential and how great of potential we all have. I guess I just wanted to put down my thoughts and also, ask my {2} readers, what you do to achieve your goals? How do you not let laziness overcome you? I don't necessarily feel lazy in my daily life...I stay fairly busy with school, friends, family, church...but I feel lazy in the fact that I don't feel like I'm progressing in life.

Any advice??

Sunday, October 16, 2011


Since I've been back in the land of Utah, I have been forced to be back in the dating world. (London was a good break and I enjoyed time just hanging out with girls and not worrying about boyzz). I've had a few comical experiences that have forced me to make this list of no-no's in dating.

Dating Don'ts
1. While on a date do not tell the girl you are with that she was your last resort
2. Do not go to a restaurant and decide it's too expensive and that we have to go somewhere cheaper. Cheap dates are fabulous, but when men point of the high price tag on all food items it leaves the date ordering a side salad and feeling horrible.
3. Talking about ex-girlfriends and how they screwed you over is not good first date convo material
4. Doubling with your sister and talking with her the majority of the time leaves a very bored date (and unimpressed)
5. Showing your date model pictures of your sisters (and commenting on their beauty) is a little weird...
6. First date + Ward parties = Awkward date. period.
7. No need to tell your date how you've been turned down 300+ times, we all have secrets that we don't unfold at the beginning.
8. Don't sit on your date. You may suffocate them.
9. Mama's boy is hot but on a first date talking to your mom for half an hour is kind of odd.

In the past two months I may or may not have had all of these occur on a first date. Oooh dating, how I will be glad to be done with you some day in the future.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

What have I been doing the past two months???

As I am approaching my final week at my job I have been thinking about everything I have learned. I don't think I could express how grateful I have been in participating in this experience of a lifetime. I have made excellent friends and have come to thoroughly love interior design. For posterity purposes I am going to layout a few randoms about my internship.

  • My boss, Helen, is brilliant. I was incredibly intimidated by her and she made me shed a few tears at work and she may have yelled at me near fifty times but she has taught me so much. She has an eye for design like no one else. She adapts herself to each client and is able to create lovely interiors (and exteriors). 
  • The first week of working I was optimistic about working there. I was going to try my best and just deal with a crazy boss. Then the next couple of weeks I began to hate it. I could never do anything right and Helen was never satisfied. I continued to work hard and do what I can to please her. After a few weeks, boom, she changed overnight and liked me. She liked what I was showing her in my design ideas and she actually offered me a position. This was truly amazing. Now it wasn't smooth sailing the rest of the time but I have come to really enjoy working there. 
  • I really love interior design. I love helping client's in deciding their paint color, the fabric they want to use, the flooring, the different furniture options. (p.s. we do what is called bespoke furniture, which means the furniture will be made to the client-from start to finish---AMAZING!!).
  • Tea and coffee are served ALL the time. People are so weirded out with my decline every day. But I'm okay with it :)
  • The UK does not teach English well, nor computer classes. The emails I receive are so poorly written and spelled. Also, people "peck" at the keyboard when they type. HOME ROW PEOPLE! My coworkers are amazed that we can type so fast. 
  • The few different vocab words...such as: hoover {vacuuming}, trousers {pants}, full stop {period}, rubbish {garbage}, uni {college}, biscuit {cookie}, carriageway {highway}...just to name a few.
  • Ethics are not applied in the work environment. One thing that really bugged me. I will be glad to go back to a company that is honest in ALL of their dealings.

This experience has literally changed who I am and who I want to become. Sounds corny but I have learned soo much. 

This was at the beginning. I didn't really fancy everything chosen for this client but we were given all the material and made it look presentable. 

The same client as above but for her bedroom. This one I thought was classy. We spent so much time and put in so much work looking up all sorts of different types of designs for this client. Good thing she dumped us. :)

This is the office. Pretty cluttered eh? Yes, I was dying. We did a bit of organizing but man it was stressful being in such a cluttered space.

The other part of the office, aka the "showroom". This was a little more presentable...All of these walls are filled with fabric books, carpet, paint, and wallpaper books {this is not picturing near as many books as the company owns}. My first day my boss said, "go familiarize yourself with the fabrics and wallpapers". We literally had to sit there and memorize ever single fabric in all the books. Needless to say I was a little overwhelmed. I surprised myself with how much I actually retained.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Best Friend

My best friend, Linsey, is going on her mission next week. I'm sure I've mentioned her before, seeing as though we have been best friends for quite some time and have roomed together for the last three years. I just wanted to give her a little shout out before she left.

This post is going to sound cheesy so get over it. But this girl is amazing. Not only is she involved in and exceeds in so many different things (taekwondo, photography, singing, clogging, percussion, volunteering, and lots more), she is one of the most humble, loving, non-judgemental, smart, gorgeous person I know. I honestly don't know where I would be without her. I specifically remember this one time freshman year when I came home one night extremely frustrated, and worried about who knows what and while I was complaining, she had gone in our room and put up little notes of encouragement and for the next week she was continuing to ask how I was doing. This has happened numerous times and she has always been there for me. She has always been the "more-liked" person within our roommates because she is always so nice and forgiving. I look up to her in so many ways.

I have seen this girl grow and progress so much this past year as she has been preparing for her mission. She truly is going for ALL the right reasons and the people of Argentina are going to be blessed by her presence.

Although, it is going to be weird not having her here, I am so happy and excited for her.

These are only a few photos among the hundreds of weird pictures between the two of us. We even have a video made of all our weird photos....

Love you, Linsey Spinsey!!