Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Lucky Girl

Do you have those days, or even weeks, when you feel completely frustrated with life?
I sure hope other people do, and that I'm not the only one.

Maybe it's the planner in me...
The planner that gets kind of disappointed that life
is not necessarily going to the places I had mapped out! 

I've been thinking a lot lately about my life plan
and feeling a little low. 
I decided I needed to do something to pull me
out of that frame of mind!
And what better way to do that than to focus
on what I DO have and the things I am
grateful for! 

Not to long ago I posted about my newly created
Pinterest bucket list. The other day I was looking 
for things to add to that list and I realized just what 
a lucky girl I am. 

There were all kinds of things on other pinner's bucket lists
that I had done! It made me stop to think about how 
blessed I am!
And that even though there are plenty of things 
I want for my life, there are way more
things that I HAVE done!! 

Here are just a few things that I can mark
as DONE on my bucket list!! 
(Delicious!! I  tried it when I visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter) 

(I caught my friend Tiffany's beautiful bouquet)

(First color run: June 22, 2013)

(Who doesn't love "that-thing-we-call-movies")

(I got to watch the woman's giant slalom at the 2002 winter Olympics) 

(I graduated from the University of Utah in 2009 with
a degree in Early Childhood Education) 

(Jumped in a pool, in my bridesmaid dress, at my brother
and sister-in-laws wedding reception) 

(The city of lights!!! I loved it and would definitely
go again!)


(The first time I flew was to California when I was 8) 

(I recently threw both of my parents surprise 50th
birthday parties) 

(I saw this one and thought it was pretty cool!
It was honestly something I never thought about
before and I've always taken for granted)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

FMS Photo-A-Day Challenge

Day 11: M is for...

Day 12: Below

Day 13: Watching
Drop Dead Diva on Sundays! Love this show! 

Day 14: Favorite Space 

Day 15: Secret 
Confession time...... I have secretly been watching Doctor Who!
And I may or may not have a secret crush on Matt Smith! 

Day 16: Leafy

Day 17: First World Problems
First, I have say I didn't really like this day's prompt.... It was honestly
hard to think of a "problem" when I was thinking of real world
problems! But this is what I came up with....
Pausing craft time to let the paint dry! 

Day 18: Still
Still water.... I was giving myself a pedicure and started
out by sitting on the bathroom sink, soaking my
feet in hot water! 

Day 19: A Good Day
It's always a good day for this dog when he gets to go
for a ride on the 4-wheeler! 

Day 20: Open

Saturday, October 12, 2013

FMS Photo-A-Day Challenge

Day 5: Afternoon

Day 6: Eight O'Clock

Day 7: What You Saw Today

Day 8: Corner

Day 9: Pink

Day 10: Hands

Friday, October 11, 2013

Fun Foto Friday

Pebble Beach posts coming next week! 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

FMS Photo-A-Day Challenge

I'm doing the Fat Mum Slim Photo-A-Day Challenge this month! I did it a few years ago and posted a picture to my blog every day.
That was pretty time consuming... so I thought, instead, that I would post pictures once a week! Here are the first few!

Day 1: Colorful 

Day 2: Light

Day 3: You Today

Day 4: In Motion 

Friday, October 4, 2013

Fast Fact Friday

Back in March my brother and sister in law said they had a late birthday present for my mom. They said they had ordered it online and they handed her a box.

I sat next to her on the couch as she opened it and as she pulled away the tissue paper, I saw a bright yellow shirt. At first I couldn't figure out why they would buy her a shirt online!

Then I saw the words....

FACT: You can call me Aunt Amanda!
FACT: We've already gone on multiple shopping sprees for baby girl Markus!
FACT: So happy for Eric and Hayley!!
FACT: Can't wait for her to get here!! 

Now.... I just need to find my niece this awesome onesie....

Tuesday, October 1, 2013


In case you had any doubt...
Gravity still works. 

My family was taking a Sunday afternoon walk
and we were just down the street from home
when it happened....

I stepped on a teeny tiny rock and
I was down!! 

Deja vu! 

Sprained ankle....
throbbing and skinned knee.....

One of my neighbors came outside and saw my 
laying in the middle of the street 
and asked if she needed to give me a ride home.

Shattered pride, 
I said no and walked home.

I swear my knee hurts more this time than it 
did when I fell in June.

The bonus though....
I am getting plenty of use out of my 
dang $75 brace!! 

I have resigned to the fact that I may need to
start living life in a bubble....
or wrapped in bubble wrap....
Or maybe I need to invest in some awesome 
football gear! 

Sunday, September 29, 2013

What A Sight

Going through my phone, I've come across some pretty cool pictures of the world around me....

Friday, September 27, 2013

Flashback Friday

When: May 2012
What: Attempt at cake decorating 

Last April, my friend Tiffany made a super cute rainbow cake for her twin's first birthday. I went over to help her frost it and she had done such a great job with all the colorful layers! In the end, it look so fun with its perfect white coating, completely hiding the surprise inside! 

My friend Miranda celebrated her birthday just a month later and I thought it would be an awesome idea to make HER a rainbow cake! Tiffany had made it look so simple and I thought it would be "a piece of cake"!! 

It started off fairly easy... All I had to do was make the cake batter and dye it all the shades of the rainbow! {A shout out THANK YOU to my lovely friend Charmaine who came over to help me! And you hung out at my house while I went to the store for more powdered sugar}

I even got them out of the oven and out of the pans without incident! 

But that's when things started falling apart.... literally!
I am NOT a good frosting maker. I don't know what the problem is because frosting is pretty basic... but the frosting I made that day just wasn't that great. It was really sticky... which might sound like a great way to hold the cake together, but it had the opposite affect. The more layers I stacked, the worse it leaned! I kept putting the stupid thing back in the fridge, hoping that would help! I remember at one point I just used my hand to push the layers back together.... ruining the outside. 

It was pretty titled when I finished, but I figured it would make it to Miranda's apartment. Well, this is what it looked like after the ten minute drive! 

 The leaning tower of rainbow cake..... Impressive, right?

If you cut the cake just so, and take a picture from just the right angel, you can almost see the look I was going for!

It wasn't long before gravity took over though and my rainbow cake because a big huge FAIL!! 

It's a good thing cake tastes delicious no matter what state it's in!!