April 29, 2012


I celebrated my 25th birthday!
The girls at work were so cute and bought an Edible Arrangement. They also had balloons and decorated my whole desk. Quite the surprise!!
 Then this handsome guy:

took me to my favorite sushi restaurant in Salt Lake called Sapa where I ate lots of delicious food.

 He also surprised me over the weekend by taking me out to dinner where my best friend, brother, and his girlfriend all showed up.  When I first saw my brother I thought it was some really weird coincidence...but you know me, I finally figured it out!  I FORGOT TO TAKE A PICTURE OF ALL OF US!  I was so bummed when I realized that!  Thanks for the fun night everyone! It's so great to be surprised!

April 20, 2012

easter weekend

I'm so lucky that these girls could all be in town on the same weekend and we could have a get together at the Cheesecake Factory!  It was lovely to see everyone!

Thanks Aubrey for being so patient while waiting for the pics!

Sometimes I miss those girls camp and mutual days!

"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born."- Anais Nin

Easter morning I took Luke on a mini easter egg hunt.  Good job Luke on finding all 8 eggs. I know it was quite the challenge!

Also, thanks for all the pretty faces you make. 

Happy Easter!

April 18, 2012

general conference weekend

The weekend of General Conference we celebrated Grandma Taylor's 90th birthday!

This lady is still young!

These kiddos line up for turns to play with Luke.

The Robinson Clan

I also got to have dinner with these great ladies from the Nielson side of the family-
 Then we had the opportunity to attend the viewing of sweet Aunt Valorie.  It was nice to see family.  I am so grateful that families are forever!

General Conference

I am grateful for General Conference so that I can be motivated to do good.
I loved the talks, speakers, topics, everything!

Here are some of the things I pulled from listening.  
(some of these things may not be direct quotes)

"There is no end to the capacity to love."
Paul E. Koelliker

Don't be envious when someone else gets noticed.  We are not diminished when someone else succeeds.
-Jeffrey R. Holland  

"Coveting, pouting, or tearing others down does not elevate your standing, nor does demeaning someone else improve your self-image.  So be kind, and be grateful that God is kind.  It is a happy way to live."    
-Jeffrey R. Holland

Grievances can end with you.  Don't hold on.
-Jeffrey R. Holland

Surely God enjoys being merciful
-Jeffrey R. Holland

"I testify that you have not traveled beyond the reach of divine love."
-Jeffrey R. Holland

Refrain from judging others; take opportunities to rescue. -Quentin L. Cook

"Spiritual communication can be enhanced by good health practices. Exercise, reasonable amounts of sleep, and good eating habits increase our capacity to receive and understand revelation. We will live for our appointed life span. However, we can improve both the quality of our service and our well-being by making careful, appropriate choices." -Richard G. Scott

Our Heavenly Father did not put us on earth to fail but to succeed gloriously.
-Richard G. Scott

"Don't judge me because I sin differently than you."
-Dieter F. Uchtdorf

It is easy to love those who love us.  Let us put down our stones.   -Dieter F. Uchtdorf

"Yet some people erroneously think that these marvelous physical attributes happened by chance or resulted from a big bang somewhere. Ask yourself, “Could an explosion in a printing shop produce a dictionary?” The likelihood is most remote. But if so, it could never heal its own torn pages or reproduce its own newer editions!"
- Russell M. Nelson

Remember, the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.
D&C 18:10

Society at large is strengthened because of families.
L. Tom Perry

Focus your vision on the Savior.  Don't be afraid to act and follow him.
O. Vincent Haleck

"Compulsion builds resentment. It conveys mistrust, and it makes people feel incompetent. Learning opportunities are lost when controlling persons pridefully assume they have all the right answers for others."   Larry Y. Wilson

"As we consider the principles that should guide us in the Church and at home, let me close with an illustration from the biography of President Thomas S. Monson. Ann Dibb, the Monsons’ daughter, says that to this day, when she walks in the front door of the house where she was raised, her father will say, “Oh, look who’s here. And aren’t we glad, and isn’t she beautiful?” She goes on to say: “My parents always give me some compliment; it doesn’t matter what I look like or what I’ve been doing. … When I go and visit my parents, I know I am loved, I am complimented, I am made welcome, I am home.”
This is the Lord's way.
Larry Y. Wilson

May your homes be full of courtesy and love.   Thomas S. Monson

I can't wait to listen to the talks again.  Such good words!

April 14, 2012

Weekend away

I took a trip up to Idaho for this little guys baptism.

It was fun to be with family!

Afterwards I spent the night with Shea in Logan for some girls time.  We did girly things like get pedicures, eat sushi, go shopping, and watched chick flicks.

And we toured Red Rock Pass for about 20 minutes.

Thanks for a fun weekend!

April 9, 2012

a little running

Half marathon time!
We had an early morning, B was sure to grab some hot chocolate before heading out, and we grabbed a taxi to the race.

Here we are...cold.
Here are the front runners...
One day maybe I'll be like all of them.
The race was amazing. Not only was it a beautiful day, but it was fabulous running through Washington D.C. passing beautiful scenery, cute neighborhoods, and historical sights.

Around mile 3 I started getting really tired and slowing down.  That was my "oh crap" moment.  Luckily once I slowed down I was able to keep my pace for the rest of the race and keep on keepin' on.  Mom was basically a champ and flew right past people.  There were definitely quite a few inclines throughout the course.  I of course did NO training on any hills whatsoever.  Every time I'd be going up a hill, I'd try my trusty trick and imagine myself running downhill the whole time.  I still thought "imgoingtodie imgoingtodie" with each step up those darn hills, but then once I was going downhill I of course was fine.  Mentally I got through the race by making it to each water station.  They were spaced 2 miles apart; I thought, 2 miles I can do- and I did! The race was awesome and I reached my goal, completing the half in 2:26!
 The BEST cheering team ever!
There is really something about running with hundreds of other people.  There is something about having people lined up and down the streets there to cheer for you as you run, to cheer you on when you are the most tired and your muscles are screaming at you to please stop.  Thank you girl who gave me a high five around mile 10.  I thought about that high five for the rest of the race.

Let's do it again!

April 8, 2012

the day before the race

Get ready...

I've been looking forward to this trip for a long time!
Sadly I had to leave Luke at home for this one... but once in PA, we packed up in the car and headed out on our 3 hour road trip to D.C.
 Don't worry, Bethany brought her hot chocolate. I have never known anyone to love hot chocolate as much as her!
At one point in our drive Mom did have to stop a little too quickly, which sent Bethany's hot chocolate flying. It was fun stopping to use Arby's napkins to clean up the mess. B's shoes even got to get rinsed in the bathroom sink.
We stopped at a gas station for snacks, where we also decided to compare our heights. Who knew I'd end up the shortest?

We stopped at the Washington D.C. temple.
Can you see it in the distance?

Carissa- "I think the missionaries were judging me because of my ripped jeans".
I'm pretty sure they were.

We stopped at the race expo to check in. They had some great things going on there.  C and B made Mom and me some great signs!
Favorite quote on my sign:
"Just remember you will be skinnier when you are done!"

Last but not least, before heading to bed was dinner. We met up with Ty and Hollie at Nando's Peri-Peri. Nando's is a Portuguese restaurant. It serves delicious chicken and hummus with pita bread that I loaded up on.  I would definitely recommend it!  We ended up going there after the race the next day as well!

Till tomorrow!