UA-114812973-16 Well Rounded: October 2015

Book Review: My Story - Elizabeth Smart

I don't think I've written a review on here in a long time, but I also haven't read a book that impacted me so much in a long time. 

If you aren't familiar with who Elizabeth Smart is I'll do a brief summary:

Elizabeth was a fourteen-year-old girl who was kidnapped from her home by a religious fanatic in June 2002. Him and his wife kidnapped her all in the name of God. She was abused, rapped, and threatened on a daily basis. 

Read the full review here over at, Sisters, What!


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Better Than Christmas

Twice a year my Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, holds a worldwide conference in Salt Lake City and then broadcast it throughout the whole world. It is two days long consisting of five sessions each two hours. It is my favorite time of the year. We get to spend two days being uplifted, inspired, taught and sometimes even rebuked (in a loving manner of course) by Prophet's and Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ. I'll be sharing some amazing quotes from it here soon.

Usually I just watch it from my home in Washington but this year I got  the chance to meet Blake in Utah to attend Conference. We drove so much allll weekend. Let me tell you how it went.

I flew in Friday afternoon, Blake picked me up and we drove to Logan to see my newest niece, Evelyn. We were only there for about two hours then left to drive to Provo. By the time we reach Provo we had driven a total of about 4.5 hours since I had landed. Then on Saturday we drove to Salt Lake. Spent the next 24 hours there, then on Sunday we drove to Vegas. So probably a good 10 hours in the car over the weekend. Good thing Blake and I get along ;). But let me tell you about the actual weekend!!

Do you see these cool kids below? They are my favorites. They were some of my first students in my Missionary Preparation Class and now a couple years later they are all grown up, RM's and in college. I got to spend a good chunk of the weekend with them and it was wonderful. We laughed, sang, Spencer moved his hips a lot and none of us really slept. Needless to say we had a good time!

Like I mentioned before I got to spend Friday night with my brother David and his cute family, and then on Sunday I was with Daniel and his family. I love my brothers. Seriously, I'm lucky to have such loving older brothers!




Unintentional matching. We must be kindred spirits. 


I'm a huge fan of this guy. 


Another paparazzi picture for the books.


Story time: During the men's session of conference someone thought it was a good idea to leave Julie and I alone together, while we waited to meet up with some other awesome ladies....bad idea or should I say BEST IDEA EVER! We found these unicorn outfits at H&M and needless to say we had to try them on. We may or may not be considering actually purchasing them. Guys they were the most comfortable unicorn suits ever! As they say, "Always be yourself, unless you can be a unicorn. Then be a unicorn."



Blake did a lot of sleeping during Conference and everyone had to get a snap of him. He can't stay awake if he is holding still. It is pretty impossible.




It is safe to say the weekend was wonderful. I got to spend the whole thing with my favorite guy, see my brothers and their families, and listen to Conference. Little sleep was had but I don't even care.

Stay awesome!

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"The Mountains are Calling and I Must Go"

Blake came back in town a few weeks ago and I had to show him more of the Washington beauty, so of course I took him to Mt. Rainier. It was cloudy so he didn't actually get to see the mountain but it was still very beautiful.

We had so much fun. My knee started hurting about halfway up the hike, I injured it playing soccer back in July, so we didn't get to finish it so we drove around and explored some other parts of Mt. Rainier.

I think it is safe to say he got a lot of embarrassing pictures of me, so ignore me and just check out the beautiful views!



Blake got me modeling my bagel....lucky me.  




How did I get so lucky!?




#Basic


Mt. Rainier - Pinnacle Peak

















If you've never adventured around Mt. Rainier, do it! What a beautiful place!

Stay awesome.

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