Friday, March 30, 2012


dear blog,

i realize i haven't posted in awhile, but not for lack of things to talk about. i just... haven't i guess. but here is a rundown of life lately. a picture list if you will.
mom turned 55 and i made a cheesecake
this girl came to surprise her daddy for his birthday!
peeta and gale? haha
i love my friends.
looking fly in our hg shirts
we threw dad and brian a surprise luau for their 50th birthday!
prom dress shopping
spending lots of time with these weirdos
and this weirdo
and now i'm watching these cuties
and wednesday night we planned our disneyland trip! so far it's nickie and becca and nickie's friends brittany and stephanie. it is going to be SO FUN!! we have 2 open seats... any takers? also, tonight i'm going to The Porch with lauren, lindsey, jessica callahan and jacob newman. i'm really excited! and this weekend is general conference AND i get to meet maddie's love interest. YES, PLEASE.

happy weekend!


p.s. i've had this song on repeat all week.

Monday, March 19, 2012


dear blog,

i inadvertently inhaled my fair share of paint fumes today as i tried to finish everyone's t-shirts for the midnight premiere of the hunger games on thursday night. i wanted to finish today because i'm pretty busy tomorrow and i want to wash them and distribute them in time. they have been SO MUCH WORK. but today as i painstakingly sprayed everyone's personalized message letter-by-letter onto their shirt i couldn't help but feel like cinna, styling everyone to make an impression for the start of the games. i love the hunger games books so much because not only are they extremely entertaining, but they also force the reader to think twice about social and ethical issues. not to mention that i feel like the characters are my best friends. i finished 11 shirts today and there are 4 more forthcoming. we are going to look amazing. i am so excited!!!

here are a couple of samples for your viewing pleasure:
the front of every shirt looks like this
the back of jeff's shirt
the back of jessica's shirt
the back of becca's shirt
the back of nickie's shirt
the back of megan's shirt
well folks, happy hunger games!

and may the odds be ever in your favor.


p.s. it was also freezing today! it snowed more last night than it has for the whole winter combined i think!
p.p.s. i DEFINITELY didn't do it alllll by myself. nickie, maddie, carly, aunt julie and especially becca helped too!

tag, i'm it.

dear blog,

my sister did this thing on her blog and she "tagged" me. i haven't blogged in awhile, so i figure what's the harm?

1. Post the Rules
2. Post a photo and 11 random things about you.
3. Answer Questions
4. Ask Questions
5. Tag
this morning we went to beca's homecoming. she did such a great job and i'm so glad she's back!
1. i prefer staying up late and sleeping in.
2. i could hold a baby all day every day.
3. i love (some) science fiction/fantasy.
4. i am watching prison break while i'm writing this.
5. i love doing creative projects.
6. i have a love/hate relationship with nature.
7. my favorite color is probably yellow, maybe green, but i pretty much like every color.
8. i don't like reading that much, but i love learning and finding out information.
9. i have a hard time sleeping if i don't drink a huge glass of ice water before bed.
10. i may or may not be obsessed with pinterest.
11. i prefer dresses to pants. 

1. What inspires you?
beauty in ordinary everyday life, when people overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles, my family, interesting people, the scriptures

2. What is your daily routine?
every day is pretty different for me, but for the most part every day includes waking up and eating and going to bed.

3. Who is your favorite actor? Actress?
matt damon.
probably kate winslet or amy poehler

4. Can you roll your R's?
you betcha.

5. What is your least favorite thing to do?
wake up early/clean up vomit.

6. If you could have an endless supply of one food, what would that food be?
sour candy.

7. What are your top three guilty pleasures?
sleeping in, watching (too much) tv, not showering.

8. What is something you think about often?
my siblings.

9. What are you wearing right now?

10. City or country?

11. What are your top visited websites?
gmail, facebook, blogger, pinterest, netflix, hulu

i feel uncomfortable putting pressure on people to do this, but if i were to tag someone it would probably be rebecca richardson. and i would probably ask the following questions:

1. what's a phrase you use all the time and where did you pick it up?
2. what do you like most about yourself?
3. if you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
4. who is your favorite disney character and why?
5. if a genie granted you 3 wishes, what would they be?
6. who is your biggest role model?
7. what is your all time favorite food?
8. if you could purchase one item regardless of cost what would it be?
9. of the past bachelor/bachelorette contestants, who would you most like to go on a date with?
10. what is your favorite movie?
11. what is one hidden talent that you have?



Tuesday, March 6, 2012


dear blog,

don't take this the wrong way, buuuut, i kind of love when a member of my family is in the hospital. here's why: 1. they are there to get better! and 2. when someone has a brush with sickness i feel like it brings out the best in everybody else. i just love how everybody bands together and gets along. gramma dowd was in the hospital for the weekend because she got salmonella poisoning from some cross-contamination on a slice of costco pizza and she was sick for a couple of days and lost so many fluids that she passed out in the bathroom in the middle of the night and bonked her head pretttty good. she didn't have a concussion, but they rehydrated her at the hospital and they said that the symptoms of the salmonella will go away after a couple of days. she will take a couple of weeks to get all of her strength back, and she has a pretty sick shiner from hitting her head, but other than that she will be just fine!
anyways this weekend i found myself overwhelmed by how awesome my family is and how lucky i am to be part of a group of people that i love and who i know love me and would be there right by my side being slightly too rowdy and embarrassing if i were ever to be in the hospital.