Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Okay well it has been a while. For me at least. And I apologize not that this is anything more then just a venting journal sometimes.
But!!!!!!!!!! I DO HAVE AN UPDATE :)
My brother who has been dating the most wonderful person in the whole wide world is now engaged. :) And I couldn't be happier from them. I remember when Matt had gotten home off his mission and when I saw him for Thanksgiving he was talking to this mysterious girl. And I honestly didn't know how to feel about this. I know that when young men get off their missions that they are supposed to go look for Mrs. Eternal Companion. For me I just never really saw my brother as one who would go out on a search, and technically he didn't go out on a search for a wife. He dated a little and when I say little I mean very little and then he met Chantal.

I will admit that I was skeptical, and I think it was because I really didn't know her or really know much about her. I also would tell my mom over and over again that I really wanted to be best friends with Matt's future spouse. I wanted us when Matt and I were both married that he could go off and have fun with my husband while his wife and I would go do something fun, and because I didn't know Chantal I was worried.

Eventually I did start to warm up with Chantal and this was before I had met her, but the reason was because I saw my brother and I saw how happy he was. It wasn't just the goofy goofy ridiculous smile that he does all the time but it was the way he would sound when he would talk to her on the phone and all the pictures that he had of her and him together. (this was around Christmas Time.) So I became open to this relationship at this time when I saw how happy she really made him.

It wasn't until January that I had really met her and I would like to say that I was the first out of everyone in our family to officially meet her. I remember pretty much just talking to her the whole time, her and Jess, and we had exchanged numbers. We texted and talked to each other pretty much everyday after that! And we still talk all the time.
I realized when I met her how much they were good together. She wouldn't just do whatever he said and in his past girlfriends they were all very touchy and clingy to him, where she wasn't at all if anything it was the opposite. I remember actually them making a bet that he couldn't stand not kissing her for 10 minutes... he failed. :)

There relationship was very different then any other relationship that I have witnessed, because not only was she getting to know our family and him getting to know her family but it was both of our families meeting each other. Their family had came to Vegas so that way Chantal and Matt could be together and then the families would meet each other. I unfortunately wasn't able to go for this little shindig but I heard all about it. After that meeting they had we knew what was going to happen. We knew that Matt and Chantal loved each other and that they both felt that they should be together. They worked together and made sacrifices to be together through the long distance.

And it was the fact that both of our families were so willing and self sacrificing for these two to be together that it worked out. And with their relationship both of our families became best friends. Moana and my mother talked all the time along with Jerry and my dad. Our families just clicked and we all realized how wonderful and special they are. Her family including her is one of the most amazing families I have ever met, and I am so grateful that she will be part of her family so that way we can be apart of hers.
Even the rest of our family with our cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and little babies loved her. That's when I started to tell Matt that he needed to get a move on it and propose! A few weeks later I got a text with a picture of the ring that he had just bought for Chantal.

Of course it took a little while for him to actually ask her. But it was when I had called Matt letting him know when I would be in town on Thursday so that way they could take me to the airport for my cousins wedding that he told me that that was the night. The night he was going to propose to Chantal. And about 2 hours later I get a call from my dad saying that there was bad news, and it was that we were getting a daughter in law, for me a sister in law :)

I was beyond estatic :) Finally my brother was going to marry the woman of his dreams, and the woman that I know I would be able to call whenever and just talk to her, spend time with her, and when I was upset I knew she would be there for me. She is going to be another sister of mine and I can't wait for that day :)
Congrats Matthew and Chantal :) You guys really are the perfect couple and I am grateful that I get to be apart of your lives.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Ten, TEN, ten. tEn.

Ten things I'm afraid of:               Ten random songs on my ipod right now:
1. Spiders                                                          1. If I Die Young - The Band Perry
2. Thunder                                                       2. Jar of Hearts - Christina Perri
3. Scary Movies                                               3. Set Fire to Rain - Adele
4. The Dark                                                      4. Bad Body Double - Imogen Heap
5. Drowning                                                      5. We Intertwine - The Hush Sound
6. Being Paralyzed                                           6. Your Man - Josh Turner
7. Car Accidents                                               7. Nice Guys Finish Last - Cobra Starship
8. Marriage                                                       8. Droplets - Colbie Caillat
9. Failing                                                           9. Mean - Taylor Swift
10. Surger                                                       10. Future Sex Love Sounds -Justin Timberlake

Ten of my pet peeves:                                    Ten rules I've broken:
1. Mumbling                                                              1. Traffic Laws
2. The feeling of Cotton Balls                                  2. Eating on Fast Sundays
3. Sickled toes during dance                                   3. Ditching School
4. When people don't speak properly                    4. Lying
5. People being so serious                                        5. Cheating
6. Repeated sayings over and over                        6. Curfew?
7. Abbreviations in texting                                      7. I
8. Grinding teeth                                                      8. Have
9. Rude People                                                          9. No
10. Long nails on guys                                             10. Idea

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Having a bad day?

Okay so I admit today... was just a bad day. Things didn't go the way I wanted them to and I just felt sicker and sicker as they day went on. I don't want to go on with the details of my life and give you every single moment of my bad day, for one why dwell on it when there is nothing else I can really do to fix it and for two, why should I dwell on the unhappiness? The unhappiness of my day is not what I am posting about. In fact it is quite the opposite, I am posting about the things in my life even what happened today that make me happy and make me feel so much more grateful about my life. And for a lot of reasons. I have a loving family, I am a faithful member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and I know that Heavenly Father and His Son love me, I have a wonderful boyfriend who is loving and treats me like royalty, I have wonderful friends that are always there for me, I am able to go to a great college and learn and do what I want to do, I am able to dance whenever I want to.
What is sad is that I don't remember these things all the time, I only remember them half of the time. So what made me think of everything that I have to be grateful for on a bad day where all I honestly want to do is give myself a pity party?
I have been following this blog just looking at pictures and she posted this. Its called the Five Important Lessons of Life. And this I think is worth sharing for all of you to read.
1 – First Important Lesson – Cleaning Lady.  
 During my second month of college, our professor
gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student
and had breezed through the questions until I read
the last one:
‘What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?’
Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the
cleaning woman several times. She was tall,
dark-haired and in her 50′s, but how would I know her name?
I handed in my paper, leaving the last question
blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if
the last question would count toward our quiz grade.
‘Absolutely, ‘ said the professor. ‘In your careers,
you will meet many people.  All are significant They
deserve your attention and care, even if all you do
is smile and say ‘hello.’
I’ve never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her
name was Dorothy. 
  2. – Second Important Lesson – Pickup in the Rain
One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African American
woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway
trying to endure a lashing rain storm. Her car had
broken down and she desperately needed a ride.
Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.
A young white man stopped to help her, generally
unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960′s. The man
took her to safety, helped her get assistance and
put her into a taxicab.
She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his
address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a
knock came on the man’s door. To his surprise, a
giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A
special note was attached.
It read:
‘Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway
the other night. The rain drenched not only my
clothes, but also my spirits.  Then you came along.
Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying
husband’s bedside just before he passed away… God
bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving
Mrs Nat King Cole.

 3. Third Important Lesson - Always Remember Those Who Serve

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less,
a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and
sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in
front of him.
‘How much is an ice cream sundae?’ he asked.
‘Fifty cents,’ replied the waitress.
The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and
studied the coins in it.
‘Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?’ he inquired.
By now more people were waiting for a table and the
waitress was growing impatient.
‘Thirty-five cents,’ she brusquely replied.
The little boy again counted his coins.
‘I’ll have the plain ice cream,’ he said.
The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on
the table and walked away The boy finished the ice
cream, paid the cashier and left.  When the waitress
came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the
table.  There, placed neatly beside the empty dish,
were two nickels and five pennies..
You see,  he couldn’t  have the sundae, because he had
to have enough left to leave her a tip.

4 – Fourth Important Lesson. – The obstacle in Our Path. 

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a
roadway.  Then he hid himself and watched to see if
anyone would remove the huge rock.  Some of the
king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by
and simply walked around it.  Many loudly blamed the
King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did
anything about getting the stone out of the way.
Then a peasant came along carrying a load of
vegetables.  Upon approaching the boulder, the
peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the
stone to the side of the road.  After much pushing
and straining, he finally succeeded. After the
peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed
a purse lying in the road where the boulder ha d
been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note
from the King indicating that the gold was for the
person who removed the boulder from the roadway.  The
peasant learned what many of us never understand!
Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve
our condition.
5 – Fifth Important Lesson – Giving When it Counts…
Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a
hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who
was suffering from a rare & serious disease.  Her only
chance of recovery appeared to be a blood
transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had
miraculously survived the same disease and had
developed the antibodies needed to combat the
illness.  The doctor explained the situation to her
little brother, and asked the little boy if he would
be willing to give his blood to his sister.
I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a
deep breath and saying, ‘Yes I’ll do it if it will save
 her.’  As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed
 next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing
 the color returning to her cheek. Then his face
 grew pale and his smile faded.
He looked up at the doctor and asked with a
trembling voice, ‘Will I start to die right away’.
Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the
doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his
sister all of his blood in order to save her.